InformationEast Library’s main entrance is closed for renovations until early September. Please use the temporary entrance located to the south (left) of the main entrance.

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Summer Reading Program Starts June 1!

What's New - General - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:21pm

PPLD's Summer Reading Program is coming to a library near you on June 1! Registration starts June 1 at 9 a.m.

The Kids Summer Reading Program theme is "Every Hero Has a Story"

The Teens Summer Reading Program theme is "Unmask!"

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

What's New - General - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:35pm

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:


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What's New - General - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:34pm

PPLD is proud to announce our newest resource,! has thousands of online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.

Videos are on the following topics:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Audio + Music
  • Business
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

And best of all, it's FREE with your library card! Click here to start using this amazing resource now.

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Maker in Residence: Michelle Lim

What's New - General - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:30pm

PPLD's Maker in Residence for May and June is Michelle Lim, a self-taught designer, animator, and maker of various things at the intersection of art and technology. She lives in Denver and is originally from Queens, NY. Education and community are essential to her work, which includes teaching creative technology in Denver public schools and designing digital programs at the Denver Art Museum. Inspired by her favorite short story — The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges — she hopes to explore the many lives of infinitely complex patterns through video, sculpture, and interactive media during her residency and community workshops.

Lim will be hosting open studio hours at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), when you can talk to her about her craft and watch her work. (More dates and times will be posted soon.)

  • Sat., May 16 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

She will also be running workshops about Folding Fractals and Stop Motion Animation. Details about these workshops will be posted in the near future.


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Helping Paws: Finals Stress Relief!

What's New - General - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:29pm

Teens, are you stressed out due to finals? Stop by the Teen Center at Library 21c and hang out with a furry pal to relieve your pre-test jitters!

This program is free, and there is no registration required. For ages 12 - 18.

  • When: Sat., May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Teen Center, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Invention Incubator

What's New - General - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:40am

PPLD is entering into collaboration with The Invention Incubator to create a permanent environment wherein veterans, inventors, makers, video producers, marketing experts, and others can meet periodically to consider new inventions and team to make them happen.

As an introduction to this initiative, Invention Incubator organizer Ed Herlik is holding “pre-organization” conversations on Wednesday, May 13. These conversations will help shape the formal organization work, which will start in early June. This is a chance to influence the initiative from the start!

There are two informational opportunities on May 13:

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Her Story Café, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: window bay area near makerspaces at Library 21c

If you would like to attend, send Herlik an RSVP at He’ll only attend these events if he receives interest, so you must contact him. This step is also critical to keeping you informed.

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APPR 2015 Titles Announced

What's New - General - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 1:08pm

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.

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East Library Open House

What's New - General - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:51pm

You're invited to an Open House at East Library!

Come preview the improvements at East Library in progress as part of Phase II of PPLD's Tri-Building Project:

  • New carpet
  • Refurbished children's area
  • Makerspace
  • More study and meeting rooms
  • Educational Resource Center
  • When: Sat., May 30 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Regional History Symposium - Military Matters: Defense, Development, and Dissent in the Pikes Peak Region

What's New - General - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:54pm

Reservations are open for the 12th annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium. This year’s theme is Military Matters: Defense, Development, and Dissent in the Pikes Peak Region.

It is free to attend and a complimentary light lunch is provided. For more information and to register, visit or call (719) 531-6333, x2253.

If you cannot attend the symposium, you can still watch a live simulcast streaming online at

  • When: Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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What's New - General - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:53am

The IPSO Alliance and Atmel are partnering with Pikes Peak Library District to kick off IPSO CHALLENGE 2015, a global competition that encourages individuals and teams of innovators to utilize the Internet Protocol (IP) to develop the Internet of Things (IoT). The competition returns for its third year with over $65,000 in cash and prizes, including a travel stipend and booth space for finalists to exhibit their prototypes alongside industry leaders in a special IoT Pavilion at a major Silicon Valley trade show. CHALLENGE contestants can also win hardware/software development kits from sponsors: Atmel, Freescale/ARM, Micrium, Sigma Designs/ZWave, ST, and Texas Instruments.

Form a Team!
Attend a special kick-off event to learn more about the CHALLENGE, brainstorm with other developers, and form teams. Mentors will be on hand to answer questions about the competition, the Internet Protocol, and Atmel development hardware. The event will be held on Thu., May 28 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive.

How To Win $10K
First round submissions require a written proposal to be submitted through the online registration site. Development kits are being awarded to qualified entrants on a first come, first served basis, so contestants are encouraged to submit their designs early. The final submission window closes July 15, 2015. Semifinalists will be notified by July 31, 2015 and must deliver a functional prototype to San Jose, CA for final judging no later than December 1, 2015. Semi-finalists receive mentorship from respected industry leaders to assist them in presenting a polished demonstration to the public. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 USD, and 2nd and 3rd place receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. Entry forms and more information can be found at

In its first year, entries were received from 17 different countries with half of the top 10 projects coming from university students. “CMD Asset Management,” submitted by a Colorado Springs start-up, took home the 2nd place prize of $5,000. Last year the CHALLENGE attracted a diverse group of contestants with innovations ranging from robot-controlled fight-simulators to devices that monitor water quality. Semifinalists have been featured in and CHALLENGE alum have been hired by Fortune 500 companies. Recently, a 2014 Semifinalist received $2.5 million SEK (close to $300K USD) funding from the five investors on DRAKNÄSTET, the Swedish version of Shark Tank.

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Children’s Hospital Colorado Parenting Workshops

What's New - General - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 6:18am

Children’s Hospital Colorado will be offering parenting workshops at Pikes Peak Library District’s Library 21c on the second Thursday of each month in 2015.

Common Tummy Troubles
Dr. Christine Waasdorp will talk about constipation, reflux and common reasons for abdominal pain in children. This is actually one of the top reasons why parents going to the ED/Urgent Care! Thu., May 14 at 12:30 p.m.

Sports Injuries 101
A presentation by Dr. Travis Murray. Thu., June 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Promoting Children’s Social and Emotional Competence and Addressing Bullying
A presentation by Lisa Costello. Thu., July 9 at 12:30 p.m.

Heart Health: It’s Not Just for Adults Anymore
Please join Dr. Sonali Patel from Children’s Hospital Colorado for a discussion on childhood cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressures. The seminar will include information on the importance of heart health in childhood to protect against disease in adulthood. Learn 7 simple ways to live a better life for yourself, your family, and much more in this lunchtime event. Thu., Aug. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Sick Kids 101
Parents - What do you do when your kids are sick? In urgent care, we see a lot of parents who get so worried when their children have fevers or mild colds. Leslie Austin will talk about when to worry and when not to, and how to manage fever and colds at home. Thu., Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m.

Tonsils: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
A presentation by Dr. Stephen Newton. Thu., Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Healthy, Happy Holidays
Plain and simple, the holidays are tough! Weight management isn’t always easy but it’s especially difficult when you’re surrounded by sweets and comfort foods constantly. Come learn from Jennifer Kintner some easy ideas, recipes, and things you can do to help manage your weight this holiday season. Thu., Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m.

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Partner Spotlight: COPPeR and

What's New - General - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 1:19pm

COPPeR (Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region) is a nonprofit that serves as the lead organization for the creative community in Colorado’s El Paso and Teller counties. COPPeR takes a strategic view of the Pikes Peak region to ensure that cultural services reach all people, and that the arts are used to positively address issues of economic development, education, tourism, regional branding, and quality of life.

COPPeR also runs, the Pikes Peak region's cultural calendar and the #1 source for arts, culture and fun in El Paso and Teller counties. Post your event listings, artist profiles and creative classifieds for free as part of its powerful collection of local events and useful information about organizations, venues, artists and public art. On, you can discover over 2,700 events, 400 artist profiles and 350 cultural groups with one click.

COPPeR and PPLD have formed a partnership to promote activities and opportunities for citizens of the Pikes Peak region to engage with arts and culture. Watch for our collaborative transformation at elevation!

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Crochet Basics

What's New - General - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:40pm

This is a six-session class that will be covering everything from basic crochet practices through completing larger intermediate projects. This is a progressive skills class and attendance at all six sessions is ideal. All sessions will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Registration is required. To register, click here. Patron must be at least 16 years old to attend. Makerspace use agreement required.

  • Mon., May 11 from 10 a.m. - noon: Washcloths
  • Mon., May 18 from 10 a.m. - noon: Cozy
  • Mon., June 8 from 10 a.m. - noon: Heart and Flower Appliques
  • Mon., June 22 from 10 a.m. - noon: Head Wrap/Band, Boot Cuffs, or Scarf
  • Mon., July 13 from 10 a.m. - noon: Baskets and/or Hats
  • Mon., July 27 from 10 a.m. - noon: Ball or Sphere
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2015 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners

What's New - General - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:40pm

The results are in!

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2015 was awarded to The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander.

"Twelve-year-old narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Swish! This book is nothing but net!"

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated by Dan Santat, is the 2015 Caldecott Medal winner.

"In four delightful “visual chapters,” Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emotional journey looking for his human. Santat uses fine details, kaleidoscopic saturated colors, and exquisite curved and angular lines to masterfully convey the emotional essence of this special childhood relationship."

PPLD's Award Booklists:

Caldecott Medal Winners
- (printable)

Newbery Medal Winners
- (printable)

Visit the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal websites for a full list of Honor books.

For what it's worth, my daughter and I LOVE Beekle!

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2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Announced

What's New - General - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:32am

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

"An imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology."

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High Prairie Library Launches Seed Library

What's New - General - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 2:17pm

The High Prairie Seed Library officially launched on Saturday, April 25, 2015!

PPLD is very proud of the hard work that Rhonda Curtis, High Prairie staff member extraordinaire, has put into this 2 year project.

High Prairie Library kicked off the grand opening with a speech from Rhonda (and tutorial), ribbon cutting, cake (carrot), refreshments, and lots of community engagement! In the process of creating the Seed Library we have made some strong connections to our communities in the area, garden clubs, and independent farmers, including generations of growers in the county extending to Calhan.

High Prairie Library will conduct a contest for the biggest pumpkin patrons can grow using the giant pumpkin seeds from the Seed Library! The pumpkins will be judged at the 4th Annual Harvest Festival on October 3, 2015.

A special thanks goes to the High Prairie Friends and staff, who have all contributed both time and resources to help get the Seed Library open.

The High Prairie Seed Library joins the Manitou Springs Seed Library as PPLD's two seed repositories.

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PPLD Honored by Gazette's Best of the Springs

What's New - General - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 1:38pm

Pikes Peak Library District was honored in two categories by The Gazette's Best of the Springs!

Expert Pick for Hands-Down Great Place for Kids
"On any given day of the week, parents can find a free educational event for their kids to attend at one of the many libraries of the Pikes Peak Library District. From newborns to teens, the district makes an effort to reach out to all kids and give them age-appropriate programming and resources to help them learn more. Programming is especially good in the summer months when the libraries bring music, crafts, animals, and movies for kids and parents to enjoy together."

Voter's Choice for Teen Hangout
"Teens can enjoy myriad activities, get help with reading, writing and math homework as well as learn how to use library resources for research and enjoyment. The district has organized a wide range of unique programs including workshops in electronics, gaming, tutoring and knitting."

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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

What's New - General - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:33am

Free Comic Book Day is an all-ages event in which comic book shops give away special edition comics. Publishers involved include DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW, Image, and many others.

Patrons of all ages are welcome to visit any library to pick up a comic on Sat., May 2!

Special Events:
East Teen Center
Sat., May 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Comics available and activities galore! Costumes are encouraged!

Manitou Springs Library
Sat., May 2 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Comics available and face painting!

Old Colorado City Library
Sat., May 2, All Day (while supplies last)
Comics available and Superhero Cubecraft.

Penrose Library
Sat., May 2, All Day (while supplies last)
Comics available and fun activities!

A HUGE thank you to Escape Velocity Comics for partnering with PPLD to provide comics to our patrons.

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East Library Renovations

What's New - General - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:24pm

East Library was closed from Wednesday April 22 through Sunday, April 26, 2015, for renovations. Curious as to how it went? Take a look at these videos!

Great work, guys!

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Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

What's New - General - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 9:43am

Learn about three different kinds of tea and what makes each unique. Find out which tea works for you and enjoy sipping tea together!

Registration is required for the free program. To register, click here.

  • When: Fri., May 8 at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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