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Manitou Springs Library

Manitou Springs Library FacebookAddress:
701 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Manitou Springs Library PearltreesPhone: (719) 685-5206

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Friends of Fountain LibraryBus Route: 3

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A meaningful public service commitment for the community-oriented individual.

There are seven members serving on the PPLD Board. The term of office is five years; vacancies are filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. Board members may serve for no more than two terms. Board members are appointed jointly by the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Commissioners.

Board of Trustees Job Description

To apply for this position, please complete the Board of Trustees Membership Application and mail to:

Pikes Peak Library District
Attention: Board Applications
PO Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, November 6, 2015 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Email questions to Sue Hammond at


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Gerry Murphy

Gerry Murphy invites you into the world of the mystic, the true stories of many unusual and, in some cases, supernatural events in Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Gerry is a life member of the International Ghost Hunters Society and is a Certified Ghost Researcher. He’ll take you through the Golden Age of the early 1900s when mediums were guests in the parlors of Manitou’s Victorian homes where psychic games were played and many a séance was performed.

No registration is required for these free programs.

  • Sat., Oct 3 at 1 p.m. – Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade
  • Sat., Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. – Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave.

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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 1 - 2 month individual shows. Interested artists should bring 5 representative pieces of their body of work in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art). Submissions must include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Wed., Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day between 4:30 - 6 p.m.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email

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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. If the school district closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.


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Sarah Withee

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July was Sarah Withee. She began folding paper as a child, and was introduced to modular origami by Makoto Yamaguchi’s book Kusudama (Origami Ornaments). Thus began a lifelong interest in Japanese paper arts. Sarah has lived in Japan and taken classes in advanced paperfolding and doll making at Tokyo’s Origami Kaikan, and has an extensive library of origami books.

Sarah is an experienced origami instructor who has worked with students from children to senior citizens. She has taught origami at the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado’s Children’s Day for over 10 years, as well as classes for Pikes Peak Library District and private classes. If you have tried learning origami from a book and failed, Sarah knows just how to help you get unstuck!


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Winner 2015: The Gazette's Best of the Springs

Pikes Peak Library District was honored in two categories by The Gazette's Best of the Springs!

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."


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Call for Makers and Artists

The makerspaces contained in Library 21c of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster such endeavors, PPLD has a Maker/Artist in Residence program.

What are we looking for?

  • People with creativity and skills to teach and share
  • People who can introduce others to what being a maker or an artist is in the vast expanse of making
  • Techy people
  • Artsy people
  • People with well-developed ideas for their studio project and classes that are detailed in their proposals and can be accommodated at multiple PPLD locations
  • A wide variety of different proposals from across the making spectrum

We are currently searching for makers and artists who are able to participate any time during 2016. Applications are due Fri., Oct. 23.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for six weeks.
  • Three (3) hours of studio time per week onsite at Library 21c held on various days/times throughout the contracted period to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, two (2) programs/classes at East Library, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations for a grand total of six (6) classes.
    • All programs/classes will be made available to the general public, with PPLD responsible for participant signup.
      All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD.
    • These programs/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.
    • These programs will be mainly geared toward ages 16 and up.
    • These are not usually six (6) different class topics, instead usually one (1) or two (2) different classes offered multiple times.
  • Contract payment of $900, with up to another $300 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
    • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
  • Contractor may be asked to coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.
  • Application Process

    • Complete and submit the Maker-Artist in Residence application.
    • Submit a one page write-up proposal explaining your knowledge or craft, what you would plan to do for your studio hours project, the programs/classes you would like to present, and how they would benefit our patrons. Attach it to your email with your application. Applications without a proposal will not be considered. Proposals need to be in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
    • If you have pictures you would like to submit with your application, please provide a link to a web address containing those photos in your email. If you must attach a photo, the size of all of the attachments cannot be greater than 10 MB.
    • Interviews will be held for makers and artists who are being considered.
    • If offered a residency, the maker/artist must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement, fill out an IRS W9 form, and complete a PPLD paid background check.

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    Join us for a very special storytime involving music and movement, aimed at ages 2 and 3. Caregivers and children participate through movement to songs and rhymes. A fun one-on-one time with your child while fostering learning, coordination and a love of music.

    Where: Library 21c
    When: Wednesdays, 10 and 11 a.m.

    Where: Manitou Springs Library
    When: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

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    'Round the Year in Myth and Song

    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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    Manitou Springs Public Library

    In an historic election on November 6, 2012, Manitou Springs residents voted to have their local library become part of Pikes Peak Library District. The approved Issue 2B will raise property taxes by up to 4 mills in Manitou Springs, generating $240,000 in 2013 and allowing Manitou Springs Public Library to join PPLD and its 14 other facilities serving El Paso County.

    “The positive election results for the Manitou Springs Public Library to join Pikes Peak Library District means that we are combining over a hundred years of service in each of our two library systems together,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller. “With the passage of this issue, we have literally made history together. We are excited to welcome Manitou Springs into the Pikes Peak Library District. This will provide better and more consistent library service for all residents within both of our service areas.”

    The Manitou Library was among proposed budget cuts in Manitou Springs before citizens petitioned to place Issue 2B on the ballot. MSPL was excited to hear that library service to Manitou Springs residents would not only continue, but be expanded.

    “This is an exciting time in the life of our library and we’re thrilled to become a part of Pikes Peak Library District,” said MSPL Executive Director Margaret Morris. “This merger into such a progressive, nationally-recognized library district allows us to not only provide an abundance of additional library services to the Manitou Springs community, but to keep those services in place for many years to come. This ballot initiative always has been about sustainable library services in Manitou Springs, and the citizens recognized and showed their support with a favorable outcome.”

    While the transition will not be officially effective until 2013, PPLD will soon begin issuing cards to all Manitou Springs library patrons who wish to begin using PPLD services immediately. Manitou patrons will still need their MSPL card to check out materials from the Manitou Library until the end of the year.

    A celebration of this historic transition will occur at MSPL in January.


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