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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What's New!

John Spears

The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the finalist for the position of Executive Director. After an extensive national and local search, the Board has named John Spears as the finalist.

About the Candidate
John Spears is the current Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library. He leads a staff of 325 employees in a seven facility city library with an operating budget of $17.9 million. Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City he was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. John obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Public Meet and Greet Session
A reception is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. for the public and community stakeholders to engage with the candidate. It will be held in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

About the Library
Pikes Peak Library District is comprised of 14 community libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of PPLD is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community.

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Colorado Gives Day

From Summer Reading Programs that allow children and teens to continue learning through the summer to Adult Literacy programs that allow community members to reach their goals, Pikes Peak Library District changes lives in the community. This is story is a great example.

"Paige entered PPLD's Adult Literacy GED program at the beginning of the fall 2014 term. I immediately recognized her to be an excellent student: intelligent, hardworking, and ambitious. She was raising a 1 1/2 year old son and still managed to attend almost all classes and keep up with her homework and studying. Soon after the term ended she took and passed all four GED exams with high scores. She used two vouchers which were offered by the library program to help defray the cost of these exams.

"Today I went to the dentist and was surprised and happy to see her again. Paige had taken a 10-week class and was now working as a hygienist's assistant. She told me she is also enrolled at Pikes Peak Community College to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a radiology technician.

"Paige expressed how grateful she is to the Adult Literacy's GED program. This was confirmation that even when students' lives get derailed for whatever reason they can get back on track and achieve their goals. Paige embodies the real value of PPLD's commitment to education and to the community it serves. "

Your support of Pikes Peak Library District through Colorado Gives Day will go towards programs that will empower people like Paige to reach their goals. Colorado Gives day takes place on December 8, but you can schedule your donation today at

For more about how PPLD changes people's lives, check out this PPLD TV-produced video:

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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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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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