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Look What the Cat Brought In

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 1:36pm

Join us for an afternoon of fun feline festivities with members of Look What the Cat Brought In, a local cat rescue and shelter, and Penrose Library! Come for a lecture on cat behavior from 1 - 2 p.m. and stay for cat trivia and kitty crafts from 2 - 3 p.m.

Please call (719) 531-6333, x2314 for more information.

  • When: Sat., Feb. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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All Pikes Peak Writes

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 1:17pm

All Pikes Peak Writes is Pikes Peak Library District’s inaugural fiction writing contest for adults.


  • All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 18+.
  • Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • One work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • ŽStories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of each story must be included with an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location.
  • Entries will be accepted beginning January 23 at all PPLD locations.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Wednesday, March 23 at 9 p.m.
  • “ Entrant’s name should only appear on the entry form (not any of the story pages).
  • The title of the story should appear on the upper right corner of each page followed by the page number.

Entries that are over 3,500 words, submitted without an entry form, submitted or postmarked after 9 p.m. on Wed., March 23, or previously published will NOT be accepted!

Entries will be judged by members of PPLD-sponsored writing groups, participants in the Mountain of Authors program and associated Library staff on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling. The decision of the judges is final.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at the Mountain of Authors event on Saturday, April 23 at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Winners will be notified by phone on or before April 15, 2016. Non-adherence to the entry rules will result in disqualification.

Please contact for questions or more information.

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Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:42am

Colorado's presidential primary caucus is scheduled for Tue., March 1.
Visit these websites for information:

Caucus Information

General Information

Want more information? Visit our voting resources page!

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2016 Adult Reading Program

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:41am

The 2016 Adult Reading Program will run for eight weeks from January 9 through March 9. It is the 12th anniversary of the program. Patrons will have the opportunity to win prizes after reading 4 books and again after reading 8 books. At the end of the program, finishers will be entered in prize drawings for each community library and in a District-wide grand prize drawing.

The Adult Reading Program is for ages 18 and up. For more information, email us at

You can register by clicking here or visiting any PPLD location.

Click here to view or print the reading log.

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2016 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:20am

The results are in!

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2016 was awarded to Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña.

"The celebratory warmth is irresistible, offering a picture of community that resonates with harmony and diversity." - Booklist.

Caldecott Medal

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner.

"A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing, this lovely story, penned by Colebourn's great-great granddaughter, is ideal for sharing aloud or poring over individually." - School Library Journal.

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.

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Art Evaluation Committee Applications Being Accepted

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:35pm

Pikes Peak Library District is accepting applications through March 4 to fill two vacancies on its Art Evaluation Committee.

Art Committee members review works submitted by local, amateur artists for exhibit at all 12 PPLD galleries. There are several daytime meetings held annually which last approximately two hours. Membership terms are three years.

Those wishing to be considered for appointment should submit a letter of intent with credentials to: Carol Brunk Harnish, PPLD Art Committee Liaison, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579.

For more information, call (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email

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February Business Programs at Library 21c

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:53pm

Regsitration is required for the free business class as Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Linking in to LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a professional social network that allows you to search for jobs or network with others in your field. Learn the basics of LinkedIn - setting up a profile, finding contacts, navigating the main tabs, giving/receiving endorsements, and how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

Minding Your Business
Learn what your industry outlook is, how to find competition, vendors and target markets as well as other tools to use to look for a job, start a business or grow a business.

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Monthly Musicale: The Custer Street Combo

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 10:42am

Join us on Valentine's Day for a special Monthly Musicale event! This month's concert will feature The Custer Street Combo. Lovers of all that's retro, prepare to be taken on a two hour trip through the passionate pantheon of pre-Beatles pop!

This will be a special Valentine's Day show, complete with a dance floor!

  • When: Sun., Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Philosophy at the Library

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:17pm

On the first Tuesdays of the month, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.), the Department of Philosophy of the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs presents a series of lectures on a variety of topics.

  • Tue., Feb. 2 - Rex Welshon: The Spark of Awareness and the Death of the Soul: Nietzsche on Consciousness
  • Tue., March 1 - Raphael Sassower: Images of War and Terrorism
  • Tue., April 5 - Edward Gray: Can a Non-Profit Have Virtue?
  • Tue., May 3 - Patrick Yarnell: All Animals are Equal! Or Are They? An Inquiry into the Nature and Scope of 'Human' Rights
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PPLD Crossword Challenge

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:11pm

Join local crossword puzzlemaker Jim Jenista for the third annual morning of competitive crossword puzzles. Jenista has competed in the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT) since 2002. Moviegoers may remember Jenista from the 2006 documentary film Wordplay, highlighting New York Times (NYT) puzzlemaster Will Shortz and the ACPT; Jenista appears briefly in the movie.

To participate, you don’t have to be a tournament-level solver. This contest is open to wordplay people who enjoy the challenge of the daily crossword puzzle. There will be two rounds of 20 minutes each, solving a Monday-to-Wednesday level NYT puzzle. The two winners from these rounds will advance to a final playoff round, solving a Thursday level NYT puzzle. Prizes will be awarded and free refreshments provided by Her Story Cafe.

The event is free but limited to 50 people. Click here to register. Contestants cannot be a professional puzzle constructor, editor, or proofreader.

  • When: Sat., Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Venue at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Donation from Lyda Hill Brings Tri-Building Project Campaign to Completion

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:58am

A generous gift of $250,000 from Lyda Hill has helped bring Pikes Peak Library District’s Tri-Building Project Capital Campaign to completion. Funding for the Tri-Building Project has been completed due to PPLD’s fiscal management and successful fundraising. The Tri-Building Project was PPLD’s most ambitious fundraising project to date, with 691 donors including individuals, organizations, Library staff, and in-kind gifts helping PPLD reach its $3.9 million fundraising goal.

Pikes Peak Library District completed the first phase of its Tri-Building Project in June of 2014 with the opening of Library 21c, a state-of-the-art facility delivering 21st century library service to the Pikes Peak region. Its resources and spaces are designed to encourage enterprise, build skills, create new content, and connect people.

The final phase of the project was completed with the migration of 21st century library service to Penrose and East libraries. This was PPLD’s first opportunity to deploy improved technologies and include elements such as makerspaces and co-working areas to other parts of the District.

The Tri-Building Project Campaign would not have been successful without members of the Capital Campaign Committee and Tri-Building Project co-chairs Laura Muir Mellini and Craig Anderson.

“This was accomplished due to smart fiscal management and successful fundraising team efforts,” said Mellini.

“The District could not have transformed itself into a system for the 21st century without so many members of the community donating to this campaign,” said Anderson.

In addition to the recent donation of $250,000 from Lyda Hill, other important donations over the last two years have helped PPLD reach this landmark goal.

  • El Pomar Foundation – $750,000
  • Mary K. Chapin – $150,000
  • PPLD staff also contributed $50,000 to this capital campaign!
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Countdown to Kindergarten Carnival

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:20pm

Discover ways to help your child get ready for kindergarten through playing fun activities that support early literacy! Come for fun games that incorporate Every Child Ready to Read skills, a free book, and free snack! This program is for ages 5 and under with an adult. No registration is required.

  • Sat., Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. - noon at Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd.
  • Sat., Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. - noon at Cheyenne Mountain Library, 1785 S. 8th St.
  • Sat., Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. - noon at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.

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David Bowie: 1947-2016

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:12am

The great David Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016 after an 18 month battle with cancer. What can we say? His legacy cannot be understated. A multi-talented trailblazer who made some of the most powerful music of recent times. I try to think of my favorite, but it's impossible to pick just one, especially since his lexicon is so varied. When I hear "Space Oddity" I get goosebumps. "Kooks" is a love song to my six year old daughter. His "Blue Jean" music video opened the door. And that's just his music. Bowie was also an actor, producer, songwriter, and style icon.

Click here to learn more about David Bowie.

Want to hear some Bowie? Try PPLD's Hoopla and Freegal services. Hoopla lets you stream music and temporarily download songs. Freegal allows you to download up to 5 songs per week for free. You will need a valid library card to access these services.

What's your favorite David Bowie song?

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Top Ten Titles of 2015

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 2:46pm

PPLD checked out a whopping 8 million titles in 2015! Here are lists of the top ten titles by number of checkouts for 2015. How many of these have you read?

Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Total Checkouts = 2492
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Total Checkouts = 1747
  3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Total Checkouts = 1218
  4. Memory Man by David Baldacci. Total Checkouts = 1149
  5. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides. Total Checkouts = 1005
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Total Checkouts = 847
  7. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Total Checkouts = 804
  8. Gray Mountain by John Grisham. Total Checkouts = 800
  9. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Total Checkouts = 775
  10. 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Total Checkouts = 662
Juvenile Fiction
  1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Total Checkouts = 1770
  2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 923
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney. Total Checkouts = 813
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney. Total Checkouts = 716
  5. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 678
  6. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 625
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Total Checkouts = 620
  8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Total Checkouts = 603
  9. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 585
  10. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Total Checkouts = 577
Teen Fiction
  1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Total Checkouts = 770
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 711
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry. Total Checkouts = 627
  4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 608
  5. Paper Towns by John Green. Total Checkouts = 582
  6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Total Checkouts = 493
  7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 481
  8. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 478
  9. Four : A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 446
  10. The Death Cure by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 425

Want to review a book? Fill out our Book Review Form!

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Path to Citizenship

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 2:16pm

Pikes Peak Library District Adult Literacy & ESL Department in partnership with Catholic Charities of Central Colorado will present the “Path to Citizenship” forum. Come and learn everything you need to know about the citizenship application process, and register for classes on Friday, January 22 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd.

For more information please contact Julie Beck at (719) 531-6333 x2224 or

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PPLD Surpasses 1 Million OverDrive Circulations in 2015

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 11:54am

PPLD surpassed 1 million digital circulations in 2015 through OverDrive, one of the digital distributors on our CyberShelf. We are the first Colorado library to reach this milestone! As a result, we received the following letter from OverDrive's President and Chief Executive Officer:

Team OverDrive has shared with me the continuous success of Pikes Peak Library District in developing, curating and promoting eBook, audiobook and other digital media materials from your collection. As a result of your efforts, PPLD will join an elite circle of top libraries that during calendar year 2015 circulated more than 1 million digital titles. At 11:59 PM on Friday, December 11, your circulation count for this year achieved 1,001,088.

Congratulations to you and all of the professionals at PPLD for this achievement in the delivery of digital reading and media to your community. You are truly leading the digital revolution. OverDrive is proud to be part of your success and, accordingly, we will promote this accomplishment as part of our national announcements at ALA Midwinter 2016 in Boston.

Again, congratulations on hitting this outstanding milestone.

Very truly yours,

Steve Potash
OverDrive, Inc.

The one millionth checkout was House of Harkonnen by Brian Herbert in eBook format, checked out by a patron registered at PPLD's Cheyenne Mountain Library.

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Artist in Residence: Erin Gillespie

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 3:40pm

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Erin Gillespie, a multimedia artist currently residing in Colorado Springs. Her paintings are primarily figurative or portraits, full of bold, bright colors and expressionistic qualities. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Painting from Colorado State University, Erin lived for many years in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona before returning to Colorado. She held positions at Pinon Fine Art Gallery and Terra Firma Fine Art in Denver, Colorado and was a member of the Arts Student League of Denver for many years. Erin is currently an art instructor teaching numerous classes at both Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and venues, in both group and solo shows.

Erin hosted classes throughout the Library District about acrylic painting.

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2016 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children!

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 12:35pm
What does MYSTERY mean to you?
  • Is it a puzzle to be solved?
  • Is it tracking down clues to a crime?
  • Is it the unknown in the cosmos?
  • Is it the wonder in nature?
  • Is it the magic of imagination?

Use your best poetic words to clue us in. Scavenge for good words. Don’t stop at the first word that rhymes, but be a sleuth and seek out just the right word. Judges will be looking for evidence of creative word use in order to deduce which is the best poem!

Open to all 4th and 5th graders in the Pikes Peak region.

Entries must be postmarked by Sunday, February 28, 2016. Winners will be announced in mid-April in conjunction with the Young People’s Poetry Week.

See the attached entry form for more information.

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c and East Library

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 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.

Commemorative pavers are now available at East Library!

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East Library Makerspace Open Hours

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:44pm
General Information

Located at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., MAKE @ East blends high and low tech resources for patrons exploring the range of their creativity. MAKE @ East is available for public use during Open Hours and is generally free, with the exception of some equipment and materials.

About the Space
  • MAKE @ East has a capacity of 14 people
  • MAKE @ East is intended for a broad variety of projects, including some that require hand tools, emit fumes, or use advanced machinery
  • MAKE @ East is open to the public during scheduled
  • Patrons must have a signed User Agreement Liability Waiver on file, have a PPLD library card in good standing, and be at least 9 years of age to use the space.
  • For their safety, minors age 9-11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Patrons must check in at the Computer Commons desk to get an access pass to MAKE @ East.

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  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Silhouette Cameo 2
  • Husqvarna Viking Opal 670 Sewing Machine
  • Brother CS6000i Sewing Machines – 2
  • Brother SE-400 Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • Brother 1034D 3/4 Tread Serger
  • Afinia H480 3D Printer
  • Afinia H800 3D Printer
  • Epilog Zing 16 laser cutter

Conversion Machines

  • Toshiba DVR260KU – DVD Video Recorder/Video Cassette Recorder
    • VHS → DVD
  • VuPoint Solutions All-in-One Digital Converter FC-D680-VP
    • Slide, Photo Negative, Photo → .jpg (can save to SD card or personal computer)
  • TEAC LP-R550USB CD Recorder with Turntable/Cassette Player
    • Record or Cassette → .mp3 (can save to CD or personal computer with recording software like Audacity)
Open Hours Schedule

March 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

April 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • NEW! Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed
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