What's New - General
East Library is closed from Wednesday April 22 through Sunday, April 26 for renovations. Curious as to how it's going? Take a look at these videos!
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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.
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."
Join us for PPLD's Anime Prom! This event is for ages 12-18! Cosplay, contests, and more will take place in the Venue @ 21c!
Registration required. Click here to register.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 884-9800, x6336.
- When: Fri., May 8 from 6 - 8 p.m.
- Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Play with toys and speak with library staff and community resource professionals on a different topic each week, including child development, nutrition, music and movement, speech and language, and early literacy. For parents and their children ages 1 - 3. These workshops are part of PPLD's Family Place initiative.
Registration is required for this five-week series. Please plan on attending all five weeks. Click here to register. Call (719) 884-9800, x6310 for more information.
- When: Tue., May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 400 sites in 27 states and continues to grow.
Join Barbara Mills from Colorado Springs Music Lingua at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) for a unique program that teaches French to children, ages 8 and under, using a fun mix of music, movement, art, drama, and storytelling. Register for the free French class by clicking on the appropriate link below or at the Library 21c Children's Information Desk by calling (719) 884-9800, x6310.
Russia today is made up of many varied cultures and geography. Join us for a discussion and slide presentation of this way of life and country. Discover the similarities and differences between American and Russian cultures, and share in their live music and food.
Presenters include Rob Danin, a Manitou Springs resident who recently returned from living in the Russian Far East for two years, and Russian foreign exchange students: Bella Manoylova and Milly Yusupova.
- When: Sat., May 2 at 1 p.m.
- Where: Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs (Free parking behind the church.)
Randall and Liz Price (holding check in photo at right) of Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group presented a check for $3,146 to the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation’s 21st Century Library Capital Campaign at the Check It Out happy hour event at East Library on Friday, April 17. One dollar from every daily special sold at Salsa Brava, Over Easy, and Sonterra in January and February went toward the donation. Laura Muir Mellini and Craig Anderson, Co-Chairs of the Capital Campaign Committee, accepted the check on behalf of the Campaign.
Join us for a student showcase of fine arts talent inspired by the Story Quilt Contest. Portrayals of anti-slavery heroes from the time of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings will stitch together student performances into historical context. The Invention of Wings was an All Pikes Peak Reads 2014 selection.
- When: Thu., April 30 from 5 - 7 p.m.
- Where: Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.
Sponsored by: Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Libraries; PPCC Writing Centers; PPCC Literature, History, Communication, Music, and Dance departments; PPCC Downtown Studio Art Gallery; Pikes Peak Library District
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"
3D printing is just one of the many services we offer at Pikes Peak Library District. Come visit us!
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 https://tinyurl.com/FrankWaters. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
With over 1,400 votes, the winner of the 2015 Book Madness is....
Fellowship of the Ring
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Thank you so much for voting and come back next year!
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 tinyurl.com/qdd6u3r.
- When: Friday, April 17 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
- Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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.
- Visit local colleges and universities
- Resume Writing Tools
- Career Directions Workshop
- 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
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 onebook4colorado.org.
Check out our dinosaur green screen photos at Library 21c's One Book 4 Colorado party!
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