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Teen Anime Prom

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:32pm

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 or call (719) 884-9800, x6336.

  • When: Fri., May 8 from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Bright From the Start Workshops

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:23pm

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.

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French Music Lingua

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:56pm

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.

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Perspectives of Russia: Mutual Understanding and Appreciation

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:41pm

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.)
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Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group Donates $3,146 to 21st Century Library Capital Campaign

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:25pm

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.

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Story Quilt Contest Showcase

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:16pm

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.

For more information contact, (719) 502-3397; or, (719) 502-3510.

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

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3D Printing Opening Doors for Students & Entrepreneurs

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

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:30am

Western mystery writer Michael McGarrity is the 2015 winner of the Frank Waters Award, presented for literary excellence annually by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

Local historian and author Mel McFarland is the 2015 winner of the Golden Quill award, given to a Pikes Peak region author for a body of work.

McGarrity and McFarland will be honored at an awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S Circle Drive. McGarrity will be the featured speaker.

McGarrity is the author of more than a dozen novels set in the Southwest, primarily New Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and one in clinical social work. His career in criminal justice includes work in corrections, law enforcement, security and police officer training. As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, community relations officer, training and planning supervisor and lead investigator for the sex crimes unit, which he established.

Golden Quill winner Mel McFarland, who lives in Rockrimmon, is a graduate of Palmer High School and the University of Southern Colorado and taught in schools in the Pikes Peak region for 23 years. He also was a Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway conductor for 16 years. His knowledge of local history is revealed in his books, Midland Route: A Colorado Midland Guide and Data Book, Cripple Creek Road, a Midland Terminal Guide and Data Book, and Rocketing to the Rockies. He’s also the editor of the Colorado Midland Quarterly (since 1980) and has written weekly local history columns in the Fountain Valley News, Westside Pioneer, Ute Pass Courier and other state newspapers since 1997.

Tickets for the event are on sale now. Cost is $30 per person until May 1, when they will increase to $40 per person. You can buy a table of 10 for $300 and designate your guests at that table. Otherwise, seating will be assigned. To reserve a seat, go online to: Pay for online tickets with a credit card, or send a check to: Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Questions? Call (719) 531-6333, x1008 for information, but reservations cannot be made by phone.

All reservations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.

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Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto

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

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

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.

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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Book Madness Winner!

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:02am

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!

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Check It Out: Happy Hour Celebration at East Library

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

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

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

Check out our dinosaur green screen photos at Library 21c's One Book 4 Colorado party!

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2nd Sunday Concert Series: Mango fan Django

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

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

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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21st Century Library Phase II - East Library Renovation Update

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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