Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 7, 2015) – Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 14th year in 2015!
PPLD’s theme for 2015 is Transformation @ Elevation. This year’s APPR selections all relate to characters that are transformed by extraordinary circumstances.
The 2015 titles are: In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides and Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson.
Young adult readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2015 is the graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.
The Children’s selections are Wonder by RJ Palacio and, for very young readers, the picture book I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer.
2015 APPR Programs & Activities
With the help of Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado College, more than 30 other community partner organizations, 13 public school districts, and private school partners, All Pikes Peak Reads engages thousands of residents in El Paso County in historical, cultural, and literary exploration of a work of fiction that presents significant issues pertinent to our society. This year’s lineup of events includes an offering of theater, performances and exhibits, author presentations, and more. Author Hampton Sides will give presentations at both Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado College in the fall. Author Gene Luen Yang will be presenting lectures and graphic novel workshops at the library as well. Complete information will be available this summer at ppld.org/APPR.
About All Pikes Peak Reads
All Pikes Peak Reads is a community-wide effort to improve literacy and foster dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines. The program begins in September and extends through the fall season. It includes free community events, author visits, children's programs, discussion guides, art exhibits, and much more. Past projects include The Invention of Wings (2014), The Cellist of Sarajevo (2013), The Year of the Flood (2012), The Hunger Games (2011), The Devil in the White City (2010), Rocket Boys (2009), The Worst Hard Time (2008), Zorro (2007), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2006), Tales from the Arabian Nights (2005), Treasure Island (2004), Frankenstein (2003), and To Kill a Mockingbird (2002).
History of APPR
All Pikes Peak Reads was one of Colorado’s first community-wide reading programs. The program is modeled after similar one-book projects in cities like Chicago. APPR debuted in 2002 and has quickly become a local institution.
The APPR selections are chosen based on the following criteria: the book must have broad appeal, be suitable for adaptation to the stage, written at a sixth- to ninth-grade reading level, a book in print, available in multiple formats, and contain issues relevant to residents of the Pikes Peak region.
Book selections in multiple formats will be available at PPLD libraries and through local bookstore partners. Book discussion materials and curriculum guides for elementary, middle, and high schools are also under development.