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Sep 11, 2010 4:17 PM by Andy Koen

Tesla and innovation headline All Pikes Peak Reads

Think of it as a book club that includes everyone in the city.  The Pikes Peak Library District announced the titles of the 5 books in this year's All Pikes Peak Reads campaign today at the "What if? Festival."

Now in it's ninth season, the city-wide reading event features titles centered around the theme of innovation. 

Two of the books, Lightining in His Hand and The Invention of Everything Else, feature the inventor Nikola Tesla who lived in Colorado Springs and conducted experiments here in the late 1890's.

Erik Larson's the Devil in the White City is a non-fiction work that weaves together the stories of serial killer Henry Holmes with that of architect Daniel Burnham who created the White City for the Chicago World's Fair.

This year's children's titles include The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the award winning Snowflake Bentley.

"This is the year of innovation at the Pikes Peak Library District and so we pick our books based on that theme and invite everyone to be part of that whole read and activity," said Beth Fox-Kret, the library district's director of public outreach.

Included in that year of innovation is the adaptation of new technology. The library district is currently testing out various e-readers and other digital media for use in local branches.  Classes on how to use the readers are offered at the Penrose and East Library branches.

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