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PPLD's Got Talent

What's New - General - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:24pm

PPLD's staff sure are a talented bunch. Take a look at the 2014 Artistic Expression Contest winners. Staff members submitted their creative endeavors and their peers voted on the top three:

Russ Stamp: "Sunrise Cranes"

Lisa Steck-Gillen: "Untitled"

Sara Sharples: "Keyhole"

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Career Enhancement Workshop Series

What's New - General - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:25pm

Let PPLD help develop your career with this series of free workshops, all held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. This series is presented by DeVry University's Keller Center for Corporate Learning. Registration is required for each workshop.

Every Minute Counts: How to Master Time Management
Learn a strategic approach to overcoming the challenges of successful time management, and walk away ready to put your education and career plan into action.

Generations at Work: Coming Together to Optimize Performance
How can generations collide less and connect more? We’ll explore the differences in generations and how their diversity can foster a connection and drive optimal performance.

Move in the Right Direction: Putting Your Career Goals into Action
Acquire the skills needed to create your career vision and execute your specific goals, in both your personal and professional life.

Are You a Catalyst for Change? Lead With Confidence and Your Team Will Follow
Leading a team through transitions can be extremely difficult for almost all organizations. That’s why the best companies look for leaders who can motivate, support and move teams from point A to B, while successfully navigating the challenges of change.

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Wine with Friends - A Fundraiser

What's New - General - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:48pm

Enjoy Colorado wines and help bring back Adult Programming to the Ute Pass Library by attending a wine tasting and hors d'oeuvre fundraiser.

Hosted by the Friends of the Ute Pass Library.

When: Monday, August 25, 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: The Winery at Pikes Peak
4455 Fountain Ave.
Cascade, CO 80809
(Just 10 Miles West of Colorado Springs off of Hwy. 24)
Across the street and catered by Wines of Colorado.

Tickets are $25 each (includes a drawing for a Wine Gift Basket).

Call for info and tickets: (719) 684-9096 or email: condobeth@msn.com

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AfterMath Tutors Needed

What's New - General - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:49pm

PPLD is looking for volunteer tutors for our AfterMath program.

Volunteers are needed at the following locations:

Under the general supervision of a site coordinator, AfterMath volunteer tutors will:

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Commit to and sign up to assist at least two hours per month
  • Assist students of all ages with K through college-level math topics, depending on current skills and comfort level of each tutor such as: fractions, decimals, percents, pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus.

Manitou Springs Library is also looking for an Assistant AfterMath Coordinator.

Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

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Shivers Fund Presents an Evening of Inspirational Song

What's New - General - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:12am

Join us for an evening of music, featuring special guest artist Kimberley Davis, and internationally-renowned soprano.

Other guests include:

  • Celebration Multicultural Ensemble
  • Edna Robinson, singer of gospel songs from Denver
  • Tim Gramling, MC
  • New Jerusalem Baptist Church Choir
  • The David Generation Dancers
  • and more…

No tickets are required for this event. A freewill offering will be collected. All funds will be used to support the Shivers Fund’s efforts to enhance PPLD’s African-American Collection and encourage young people in the arts.

  • When: Sunday, August 10 at 4 p.m.
  • Where: Packard Hall, Colorado College (southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre)
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"Weird Al" Yankovic's New Album Available Through Freegal

What's New - General - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:59am

"Weird Al" Yankovic's much anticipated new album, Mandatory Fun, is now available through Freegal!

Download up to three songs a week for free. The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. You will need a PPLD library card that starts with a '4' and a PIN to access this service.

We recommend "Tacky", a take on Pharrell William's "Happy". Hilarious!

OR take a look at this video and remember to visit your local library for all your grammar needs:

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Food by the Book

What's New - General - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:17pm

Join us for this free series of food-related events held at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The programs are open to ages 12 and up. Registration is required; to sign up, call (719) 531-6333, x2665.

For those with food allergies, please be aware that samples may contain allergens.

Tea Around the World presented by Judy Williams
Join us as we journey through a brief history of tea, beginning with its origins in the Far East, through its proliferation through Europe and America. We will discuss various tea-growing regions and some interesting tea customs and ceremonies, all the while sipping on a variety of teas.
Saturday, August 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Eating Locally with Chef Heather
We cannot find food that is fresher, better-tasting, or more nutritious than what our local farmers are growing. We will discuss the mutually beneficial relationship between grower and consumer, discover the ever-increasing outlets for finding local food in our community, and figure out what to do with these ingredients once we get home.
Saturday, August 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Make Mozzarella and Ricotta at Home with Rich McGaughey
Join us for a fun and easy cheese-making demo! Rich has been making homemade cheese for years, and teaches classes at Colorado Free University. Watch Rich make mozzarella cheese in this demonstration, and enjoy eating the finished product!
Saturday, August 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Do You See What I See? with Christine Yocum - Cookie Artist
Become a "Cookie Artiste" (oooolala!) and paint (yes, paint) a delicious cookie for you or a loved one. It's okay to play with your food in this class! You will learn to paint your very own cookie and earn a "Cookie Artiste" diploma.
Saturday, August 30 at 1:30 p.m.

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Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire at Library 21c

What's New - General - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:47pm

The world's largest DIY Festival is coming to Library 21c on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and it's FREE!

The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire takes after the enormously successful Maker Faire in San Francisco, which is in its 9th year and hosts nearly 120,000 visitors in two days. Like the San Francisco event, Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire celebrates do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

A Call for Makers, Performers, and Crafters is open now through August 30. Groups or individuals interested in participating in this inaugural event should complete an application here.

Featuring both established and emerging local "makers," the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

This one-day event is a collaborative effort between Pikes Peak Library District and the Colorado Springs Science Center and is a cornerstone of the 2014 Colorado Springs Science Festival.

Visit the official website for more information.

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Call for Art

What's New - General - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:33pm

Have your own art show at one of the 12 PPLD art galleries!

The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be jurying art for future month-long, individual shows. Interested artists should bring five representative pieces of their body of work in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired). Submissions should also include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Tue., July 29 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Note: artists will be notified of Committee’s decision within two weeks.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at 531-6333, x2332 or email charnish@ppld.org.

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c

What's New - General - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:40pm

Purchasing a Library 21c courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri - Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Click here to purchase your paver today!

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Library 21c is Open!

What's New - General - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 1:50pm

Library 21c has officially opened to the public. Come visit us!

1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Mon. - Thu., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun., 1 - 5 p.m.

Visit our Library 21c web page for more information.

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How to Use the Makerspaces at Library 21c

What's New - General - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 2:54pm

Want to use some of the nifty machines featured in Library 21c's makerspaces? Here's some general information:

Library 21c has two makerspaces, Make and Make II.

In order to use any machine in either space, you must first contact us to make an appointment.


  • Make is intended for creative projects that do not require hand or power tools
  • Make is open to the public, but you must first check in with staff
  • Users must have a library card
  • Users must sign a liability waiver

Make II

  • Make II is intended for fabrication projects that require hand or power tools, emit fumes, or use advanced machinery
  • Make II is used by appointment only
  • Users must have a library card
  • Users must sign a liability waiver AND take the Makerspace Safety Class

Click here for more information about our makerspaces
Click here to visit our Creative Computer Commons (C3) website

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Historic Gems from the Photo Archives

What's New - General - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 2:40pm

You are invited to attend Historic Gems from the Photo Archives, a presentation by PPLD photo archivist William G. Thomas. This celebration honors photographers and philanthropists Helen and James McCaffery and their generous financial and in-kind support of PPLD’s Special Collections. The presentation will be followed by refreshments and music by Mango fan Django.

The 1905 Carnegie at Penrose Library will also host an exhibit of cameras entitled A Lifetime of Exposures: Cameras that Captured Colorado throughout the summer.

  • When: Thu., June 26, 2014, 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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Wireless Printing at Library 21c

What's New - General - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:41pm

PPLD is proud to announce that, starting Saturday, June 21, you can print from wireless devices at
Library 21c.

This service enables you to print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected PC or device to our printer. There is no additional software required. Print jobs stay in the queue for up to 24 hours.

Just click here and follow the directions.

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Happy Hour Was a Blast!

What's New - General - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:10pm

Friday night's Sneak Peek Happy Hour of Library 21c was a blast! Over 400 people attended and were plied with food and drinks. PPLD thanks everyone who came and everyone who helped make this event a rousing success.

Library 21c's grand opening will be Saturday, June 21. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

Check out our Green Screen Experience photos for a look at the fun!

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Library 21c Grand Opening is Saturday, June 21!

What's New - General - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:31pm

Join us for the grand opening of Library 21c, located at 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. (Chapel Hills and Jamboree), on June 21 from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Dedication ceremonies, featuring Lt. Governor Joe Garcia and John Wilson of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, begin at 9:30 a.m.


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lord Tubbington (aka Aragon the Cat), the cat from Emmy-award winning series “Glee”– outside Children’s Area

10:15 a.m. Home Buyers Seminar with Richard Dillman, Caliber Home Loans – Room B6 (Business and Entrepreneurial Center)

10:30 a.m. Cougars Gone Wired, Coronado HS Robotics Team Demonstration – Atrium
Effective Ways to Leverage LinkedIn with Kevin Knebl – Ent Conference Center

11 a.m. Performance by Mayuri of Natyasangam Dance Academy – Venue @ 21c

11:30 a.m. Effective Ways to Leverage Linked in Kevin Knebl – Ent Conference Center

Noon Dance Performance by Kaleidoscope Arts Project-Imagination Celebration – Alcove
High Performance Leadership with Paul Adair and Paul Martinez, Rockies Consulting – Room B6 (Business Area)

12:30 p.m. Suitcase Fairytales by Birgitta DePree – Venue @ 21c
Cougars Gone Wired, Coronado HS Robotics Team Demonstration – Atrium
Effective Ways to Leverage LinkedIn, Kevin Knebl – Ent Conference Center

1:30 p.m. World Changing Innovation with Dr. Jim Stevens – Ent Conference Center
Dance Performance by Kaleidoscope Arts Project-Imagination Celebration – Alcove

2 p.m. Poetry Reading with Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Janice Gould, MC-ed by Luke Cissel – Venue @ 21c

2:30 p.m. Cougars Gone Wired Coronado HS Robotics Team Demonstration – Atrium
3 p.m. Dance Performance by Kaleidoscope Arts Project - Imagination Celebration – Alcove

4 p.m. Karaoke with nationally known DJ Gary Halverson – Venue @ 21c

4:30 p.m. Dance Performance by Kaleidoscope Arts Project-Imagination Celebration – Alcove

ACTIVITIES (10 a.m. - 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted)

  • Refreshments available at Her Story Café
  • Demonstrations / interactive stations in multiple locations/departments throughout Library 21c
  • Guess the Shredded Book Title and Candy Guessing games – Adult Stacks
  • Active Green Screen video demonstrations – Video Studio (10 a.m. - 1p.m. and 2 - 5 p.m.)
  • Recorded Books/Zinio/Universal Class/One Click Digital demo with Mark Haley
  • 3D Printer demonstrations – Make II
  • Gaming Space demonstrations
  • Robot Building with YoungBotBuilders
  • Dragon Theater actors roving and greeting patrons
  • GalaxyFest 21st Century Marketplace information
  • Cyber Clinic
  • Teen-oriented, building-wide Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Teen craft
  • Bubble Wrap Room – Teen Study Room T2 totally filled with bubble wrap, ready to pop!
  • Children’s Stay & Play (many children’s activities will begin at 21 minutes after the hour)
  • Face Painting – Children’s Area (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

See you there!

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Kids Summer Reading Program!

What's New - General - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:00pm

This year's Kids Summer Reading Program is Fizz Boom Read!
Registration starts June 1 and the program runs through July 31.

Here's How to Play:

Print out the game card:

Kids Game Card

Babies and Toddlers Game Card

Starting Sun., June 1, register online or in person at your local library and start reading!

  1. Begin at "Start Here". Complete nine spaces to reach each prize.
  2. Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or every two picture books read to you.
  3. Collect your prize at your nearest PPLD library.
  4. When you reach prize #3, you have completed the game! Congratulations!!
  5. Please play this game only once, but keep reading with our Mega-Boom Readers game!

Take a look at our Summer Reading Program video or check out our website!

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Teen Summer Reading Program!

What's New - General - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 2:59pm

It's time to SPARK a Reaction with the Teen Summer Reading Program!

Program runs from June 1-July 31. Starting June 1, sign-up online or in person!

Grades 6-12 welcome to participate! Read books and earn prizes!

There will also be plenty of fun programs for teens throughout the summer! Click here for an events calendar.

How the game works: For each level, read 3 books or 9 hours (mix and match to complete each level). To complete the program, teens need to read a total of 9 books or 27 hours by July 31. Read whatever you want: your books, library books, audiobooks, ebooks, eaudiobooks, manga and fan fiction. Be sure you are reading at your reading level!

For a list of recommended reading related to this year's theme, click here.

Level one: read 3 books or 9 hours and you get a pack of coupons for these generous sponsors:

  • Academy Mini-Golf
  • Brunswick Zone
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Del Taco
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Louie’s Pizza
  • Noodles & Co.
  • Plato’s Closet
  • Sertich Ice Center
  • The Sweet Shop at Toy Station
  • Wendy’s
  • YMCA

Level two: read 3 more books or 9 hours and you get a book or journal!

Level three: read 3 more books or 9 hours and you get a cool Summer Reading t-shirt!

Complete the program by July 31 and you will be entered into a drawing to win a tablet!!

Read On!
Finished the Teen Summer Reading Program? Keep reading and when teens in the District read 1000 more books then each location will win a prize!

Everyone in grades 6 - 12 (residents and visitors) is welcome to sign-up for the Teen Summer Reading Program! To be entered into the drawing for the tablet, you must live in PPLD's taxing district.

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Sneak Peek Happy Hour at Library 21c - Friday, June 13, 5 - 7 p.m.

What's New - General - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:36pm

Please join us for a sneak peek of PPLD’s new 21st century library, Library 21c! Enjoy hands-on makerspace experiences, demonstrations in the business and entrepreneurial center, and wine and refreshments during this exclusive first look.

Tickets are $25 per person, adults only.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!

When: Fri., June 13, 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: Library 21c
Chapel Hills & Jamboree
1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, 80920

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Book Returned to Manitou Springs Community Library after Many Years

What's New - General - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:48pm

The Manitou Springs Community Library recently received an old book (copyright 1897) with a typed letter explaining where the book has been the past few years. It is a touching story of a book that affected a patron many years ago, traveled the world, and returned.

Dear Manitou Springs Public Library,

As a kid, many years before Manitou Springs became a redeveloped historic community, I spent hours and hours as a latchkey child with a single mother discovering classic books in your library. I remember the Manitou Springs Public Library as a mystical place of knowledge; an historic building whose contents fueled a desire for learning. Based on a desire for knowledge, I kept up my grades throughout school, eventually earned a scholarship to University, and graduated with a bachelor degree.

One of the numerous books I checked out from your library was a 19th century picture book with delightful poems, photographs and stories about ancient Greco-Roman mythology. I had intended to return the book; however it was inadvertently packed in a box of belongings and moved from the area when my family suddenly relocated. Unfortunately, this was in the days before the Internet. I do not recall seeing the Manitou Public Library’s address anywhere within the volume, and could not return it.

Eventually, after numerous relocations throughout the world, the book was finally lost … perhaps in a box that was not delivered … perhaps in a truck … or perhaps some divine deity from our mythological past decided enough was enough. Wherever that volume disappeared to, it was gone from the bookshelves that had temporarily lent it a place to rest during its global travels.

Recently, I happened to remember the name of that volume and searched for it online and was delighted to learn it was neither an expensive nor a rare book, and there were numerous copies of it available so I ordered a volume to replace the missing book. That volume turned out to be a second edition; apparently this may have been quite a popular book for several generations of school children. Then I searched again, and found a first edition; printed in the 19th century, as I had remembered.

Enclosed in this package is that first edition of Round the Year in Myth and Song to replace the inspirational book of my childhood, to which I had become attached throughout the years before it was lost, so that it may return to your historic shelves, where I first found it many, many years ago. I hope you will accept my apologies for not returning the original book before it mysteriously vanished, and also my thanks for the gifts of knowledge and desire for learning that I received so long ago, as an elementary school kid who discovered a world of adventure within a small building in Manitou Springs.

Yours truly,

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