Manitou Springs Library

Manitou Springs Library

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

Teens at Manitou FacebookPhone: (719) 685-5206

Hours:
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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What's New!

AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring at Monument and East Libraries

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.

When: Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Mondays, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Monument Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

With over 300 votes cast, the winner of the PPLD 2014 Book Madness is
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green! Thank you for participating!

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Christine Faith

This Manitou Springs Library Lecture Series at the Manitou Art Center (515 Manitou Ave.) is presented by Christine Faith, a well-known expert in urban farming and a Colorado Springs resident. She and her husband farm out of their backyard in the Ivywild neighborhood.

There is no registration for these free programs.

  • Backyard Farming
    Explore backyard farming, urban livestock, and local food production to help determine what place food production and food producing animals have or do not have in our cities.
    Sat., March 29 at 11 a.m.
  • Bees
    Learn about the history, advantages, and basic elements of urban honey bee keeping. Honey bees are required for the natural ecosystem, and are a component of agriculture and food production.
    Sat., April 26 at 11 a.m.
  • Miniature Vineyards & Miniature Orchards
    Growing anything along the Front Range can be a challenge. Growing fruit can be especially challenging with our poor soils, dry climate, and cold winters. Learn what to plant, how to plant it, and tricks to keep those plants thriving on your landscape.
    Sat., May 31 at 11 a.m.
  • Aquaponics
    An introductory overview class of aquaponic gardening. This class will include basic system types, initial set-up, fish selection, ideal plants, and expectations for an in-home aquaponics growing system.
    Sat., June 28 at 11 a.m.
  • Backyard Poultry
    Backyard chickens have come to symbolize the backyard farming movement, and for good reason. Chickens are productive, quiet, and beneficial members of a backyard farm.
    Sat., July 26 at 11 a.m.

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22nd Annual Frank Waters Award Luncheon

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District invite you to join us for a luncheon, author talk, and award presentation with authors Sandra Dallas and Kathy Brandt.

Click here to purchase tickets

When: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. check-in; 11:45 - 2 p.m. lunch and program
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road
Cost: $30 through May 1; $40 after May 1; $300 Reserved table of 8

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A great time was had by all at 'A Novel Evening: The Great Gatsby', a special event benefiting the Manitou Springs Library.

Check out our photos!

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Yearbooks

We are looking to fill in gaps in our Pikes Peak region high school yearbooks collection. After several years of contacting high school yearbook offices and alumni groups, we have added several hundred more volumes, but we still have holes to fill. We are the main repository in the area for these yearbooks and perhaps the only place where they are easily accessible. They are used extensively by our genealogy patrons, high school students, and those recently graduated from high school.

To serve our patrons better, we would like to have as complete a collection as possible. Therefore, we would like to appeal to our patrons to complete this task. Click here to see which yearbooks we are missing. If you have any yearbooks on this list that you are willing to donate to us, please contact the Library at (719) 531-6333, x2253.

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In response to feedback from patrons, statistical data and observation, and the integration of Manitou Springs Community Library, the PPLD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase the District's operating hours by 52.

The changes, effective Monday, April 15, will be:

  • All PPLD facilities, with the exception of Ute Pass, Palmer Lake, and Manitou Springs libraries, will open at 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Manitou Springs Community Library will add eight hours of service. The new hours at Manitou Springs will be 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Monday - Thursday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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PPLD Awarded El Pomar Challenge Grant for 21st Century Library Campaign

At a special event held at Penrose Library on Wednesday, February 13, El Pomar Foundation announced it had approved a challenge grant of $750,000 to support the Library’s Tri-Building Project to create a 21st Century library system, which will bring significant improvements to Pikes Peak Library District.

The funds from El Pomar are earmarked for use at PPLD’s Penrose Library, but the funds will allow for wider District-wide improvements at PPLD, including renovations and upgrades at PPLD’s East Library and the opening of a new facility in 2014 at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive as well. PPLD’s new facility will feature content creation areas for creative professionals, business incubation and hoteling space for small businesses and nonprofits, enhanced areas for job seekers to find career assistance, and much more!

El Pomar’s generous grant will allow the Library to move forward on construction and renovation in 2013, with a projected opening of the new facility in 2014. The challenge grant is contingent upon The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation raising $3.15 million by January 1, 2016.

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Beginning on Monday, December 3, 2012, all PPLD self-check machines will require the use of your patron PIN.

Why do I need a PIN?

A PIN (Personal Identification Number) protects your library card from unauthorized use. In the event that your card is lost or stolen, we have provided you with an extra layer of protection. The Library enabled this feature to help ensure the privacy of your Library account.

Your PIN is required when you:

  • Login to My Account on the Library’s web page
  • Check out items at a self-check station
  • Login to reserve and use a Library computer
  • Place holds on items
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Manitou Springs Public Library

In an historic election on November 6, 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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