InformationUte Pass Library will be closed today, Friday, April 17, due to inclement weather.

East Library will be closed Wednesday, April 22 - Sunday, April 26 for renovations. Available holds can be picked up at Library 21c during that time.

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2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

What's New - General - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:35pm

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

  • Olivia Heath - "The Net Bringer"
  • Delia Rose Philips - "The Homework Helping Heroine"
  • Kate Vasquez - "Hope"
  • Ansley Irrgang - "The Hero Inside of Me"
  • Ryan Blumenhein - "Drill Hand Man"
  • Landon Janc - "Super Noodle Doo"

You can read their poems here.


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3D Printing Opening Doors for Students & Entrepreneurs

What's New - General - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:00am

Becca Cruz, manager of the Creative Computer Commons (C3) at Library 21c, was featured in an article about the benefits of 3D printing for students & entrepreneurs:

3D printing is just one of the many services we offer at Pikes Peak Library District. Come visit us!

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Frank Waters and Golden Quill Awards Luncheon

What's New - General - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:30am

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District will honor mystery writer Michael McGarrity at an annual awards lunch at 11:45 a.m. (sign-in starts at 11:15) on Thursday, May 14 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive. McGarrity will receive the Frank Waters Award for writing excellence and give the keynote address.

Also honored with the Golden Quill Award for regional writers will be historian Mel McFarland.

Tickets are $30 until May 1, then $40. Purchase a table of 10 for $300. Deadline to make a reservation is 5 p.m. on May 7. To do so, visit For information, call 531-6333 x1008. Or send a check to Friends of PPLD, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs 80901-1579. Make checks payable to the PPLD Foundation and note that they are for the luncheon. There will be a book signing after the lunch.

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Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto

What's New - General - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:16am

The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, under the direction of Maestro Thomas Wilson, will perform Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto in Library 21c's atrium on Sunday, April 26 at 5 p.m. The concerto, composed by Bruce Adolph, is the delightful story of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Sue. The seven movements progress from the birth of Sue to the dawning of a new world.

There will also be a special guest appearance by Sabrinuraus and her balloon dinosaur at this free event for all ages.

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Fungi: The Forgotten Kingdom

What's New - General - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 4:22pm

Join Mike Essam, president of the Pikes Peak Mycological Society and local mycophile (mushroom lover) as he explores our historical (and modern) cultural relationships with mushrooms, their habitats and lifecycles, and ways you can get more involved with mushrooms. He will have fresh mushrooms and a slide presentation.

Grow your own mushroom starter kits will be available for $35. (Purchase not required.)

  • When: Sat., April 25 at 11 a.m.
  • Where: Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave.
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Reception for Newbery Honor Winner Ingrid Law

What's New - General - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:29am

You are cordially invited to join us for a reception in honor of Newbery Honor winner Ingrid Law on Thursday, April 23 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade.

The American Library Association named Ms. Law’s book Savvy a 2009 Newbery Honor book. Her books have been placed on over 25 state reading lists, and have earned accolades from Publisher's Weekly, Oprah's reading list, Today Show's Al Roker's Book Club for Kids, and Smithsonian. She lives in Lafayette, Colorado.

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Death and Taxes. Well Okay, Just Taxes.

What's New - General - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:57am

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Wednesday, April 15. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

  • Colorado Tax Information
  • Federal Tax Information
  • State Tax Forms
  • Tax Websites
  • Free Tax Help

Good luck and happy filing!

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Check It Out: Happy Hour Celebration at East Library

What's New - General - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:31pm

Join us in a toast to the migration of 21st Century Library services to East Library as our Tri-Building Project enters Phase II. The Library will be holding a happy hour celebration with construction tours and previews of the new and innovative library spaces and technology coming East Library.

Improvements will include:

  • 17,500 square feet of new public space
  • A makerspace and Educational Resource Center
  • Open interior with easy wayfinding
  • Improved parking

Tickets are $10 and space is limited. RSVP by April 10 online at

  • When: Friday, April 17 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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College Education Fair

What's New - General - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:38pm

PPLD has teamed up with the ACCEL group of colleges and universities to support our local community in taking their knowledge, careers and development to the next level. This free fair will take place Saturday, April 11 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Highlights include:

  • Visit local colleges and universities
  • Resume Writing Tools
  • Career Directions Workshop
  • Raffles
  • Scavenger Hunt

ACCEL-affiliated colleges and universities:

  • National American University - Colorado Springs
  • Webster University
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
  • Regis University
  • Newman University
  • Nazarene Bible College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • DeVry University
  • Colorado Technical University
  • CSU Pueblo
  • Colorado Christian University
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One Book 4 Colorado

What's New - General - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:53am

From April 13 - 27, any four-year-old can pick up a free book from any PPLD library! There will be English and Spanish versions available (while supplies last). Check with your local library for fun events related to this giveaway.

Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia developed this state-wide initiative to emphasize the importance of early literacy and reading to children. For more info, visit

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2nd Sunday Concert Series: Mango fan Django

What's New - General - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:45am

Our 2nd Sunday Concert series continues with a free concert by Mango fan Django, a gypsy jazz instrumental band. Music fans of all ages are invited to attend!

  • When: Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Where Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Teen selected from group of 3 for important task: the dishes - and other #VeryRealisticYA

What's New - General - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:50am

Are you tired of dystopian novels and melodramatic romances in teen fiction? Does it annoy you that the plots of many works of teen fiction are completely unrealistic? Then this Twitter feed is for you:

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Celebrate Sustainability in the Pikes Peak Region

What's New - General - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:40pm

Celebrate Sustainability in the Pikes Peak Region! This blog, maintained by the PPLD Green Team, is your passport to Green Living. Throughout Earth Month, check here for regular updates on regional events, resources, and organizations.

Also, check out our Green Living resources on

Remember, Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
Love your Mother!

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Children’s Hospital Colorado Parenting Workshops

What's New - General - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:18pm

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 beginning in April.

No Regrets Parenting
There are 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth and the day he or she turns 18. Local pediatrician Harley Rotbart will guide parents in choosing age-appropriate, fun, and memorable family activities. The first 10 people will receive a free signed copy of Dr. Rotbart’s book, 940 Saturdays. Thu., April 9 at 12:30 p.m.

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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21st Century Library Phase II - East Library Renovation Update

What's New - General - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 2:38pm

PPLD Facilities Officer Gary Syling discusses the next phase of our Tri-Building Project: East Library!

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Teen Art Contest 2015 Winners

What's New - General - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 2:15pm

The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

The theme for our 2015 Teen Art Show & Contest was Out of This World. Teens were encouraged to think beyond the scope of the everyday and explore a fantastical realm or the deepest depths of space through art.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose, East, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors Meininger Art Supply and Her Story Café for donating prizes for the teen artists!

Isabella Wright
"Deep Sea Universe"
Middle School - 1st Place
Andrea Lira
"The World Is Too Big for Us to Hold
Middle School - 2nd Place
MeiLan Haberl
"The Night Boat"
Middle School - Coordinators' Choice
Hector Medrano
"Moon Rise"
High School - 1st Place
Molly Meyer
"Melted Hearts"
High School - 2nd Place
Natalia Valentine
Infinite Sky
High School - Coordinators' Choice
Pamela Flores
"Space Encounter"
Middle School - Best of Show
Taylor Logar
"It Looks Cooler Upside Down"
High School - Best of Show
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Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison

What's New - General - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:44pm

Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison was featured on KCME's Culture Zone program which aired on March 29 and 30. Keith Simon of KCME 88.7 conducted the interview.

Many thanks to KCME for sharing the audio with us!

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9th Annual Mountain of Authors

What's New - General - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:53am

Join us for the 9th Annual Mountain of Authors on Saturday, April 4 from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Please note the event is being held at a new location this year.

Keynote speaker Carrie Vaughn is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, the most recent installment of which is Low Midnight. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 70 short stories.

This event is free, and no registration is required.


  • Noon - 12:30 p.m. - Doors open to the public
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Panel 1: KOPs, Goblins, and a Time Traveling President
  • 1:30 - 2 p.m. - Showcase Spotlight
  • 2 - 2:30 p.m. - Break
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Panel 2: Marketing Your Book
  • 3:30 - 4 p.m. - Break
  • 4 - 5 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Carrie Vaughn
  • 5 - 6 p.m. - Reception & Book Signing

For more information, visit the Mountain of Authors website at

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Philosophy at the Library

What's New - General - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:07pm

Philosophy at the Library is a series of talks given by UCCS Philosophy instructors at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. The partnership series is celebrating UCCS' 50th Anniversary and will be held the first Tuesday of the month from February through November from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

  • April 7 - "Neuroscience and the Flame of Consciousness" Rex Welshon
  • Sept. 1 - "Love and Hate" Dorothea Olkowski
  • Oct. 6 - "The Theology of American Political Discourse" Jeff Scholes
  • Nov. 3 - "Do We Have Moral Obligations to the Poor?" Jennifer Jensen
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Spring Break Programming @ Your Library

What's New - General - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:59pm

Patti Smithsonian – Puppeteer
Shadow puppets animate worldwide legends from Ancient Greece to Native America.

Bruce Black – Magician presents “The Magic of Reading”
A magical ride through the world of literature with a special salute to Dr. Seuss.

  • Mon., March 23 at 10:30 a.m. at High Prairie Library
  • Thu., March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs

Up in the Air with Peter Davison
Juggling, dance, and theater transform the stage into a world of motion!

Katherine Dines and Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta Music
A performance packed with movement, sign language, sing-alongs, zany props, and story songs.

Alanna Jones – Coyote and the Yodeling Cowboy Puppet Show
Watch how Coyote tricks the yodeling Colorado Cowboy with the help of his friend, Tumbleweed.

Connie Elstun with Bunnies and Birdies
Smiles abound in this family-friendly program with magician Connie Elstun and her hilarious costumed rabbits.

Cluck! Cluck! Chickens …
Join Laura Foye and her chickens as you learn how to care for them, pet a sweet chicken, and make your own chicken creations!

Neil McIntyre Celebrates Dr. Seuss
Experience Dr. Seuss in a way that will get everybody groovin’.

Creepy Crawlies with Rowen Monks
Creepy Crawly wrangler Rowen Monks is back with amazing arachnids, hissing cockroaches, scorpions, and who knows what!

Preschool Dance Party
Children ages five and younger (and their grownups) are invited to come dance, hop, and boogie to the beat!

Familiar children’s sing-alongs, movement, and live music with Barb and Ryan. A hopping good time for children ages 1 - 8 and their young-at-heart adults.

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