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Pikes Peak Library District, in partnership with the Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Wives, Pikes Peak Chapter, is honored to present The Fallen, a photo exhibit.

It will feature photographs provided by mothers and wives who have lost a loved one while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

  • When: Sat., June 6 - Tue., June 30
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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Teen cadets from the Colorado Springs Police Department and Colorado Springs Fire Department will talk to you about the Explorers program. They will also bring along job-related equipment so teens can see and feel what it takes to be a community hero. Learn how to finger print and more. For teens ages 12 - 18.

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Watercolor

International Watermedia 2015 is the biennial open, juried exhibition of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. It represents original works by local, national, and international watermedia artists. The juror for selection and awards is Ted Nuttall, AWS, NWS, who has selected 85 paintings for inclusion. The exhibition will hang from June 1 through June 29 at Library 21c. There will be an Awards Reception on Friday, June 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. with music and food to be enjoyed along with a rich spectrum of original artworks. The reception is free and open to the public.

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Crystal Hill Bil

Join us for this series of free concerts on the lawn of Manitou Springs Library (701 Manitou Ave.) on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, and lawn chairs! In case of bad weather, concerts will be held in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park on the west side of downtown Manitou Springs.

  • June 2: Crystal Hill Billys (Bluegrass and Acoustic)
  • June 9: Balanced Rock (Original Rock & Roll)
  • June 16: FluteDaddy (Inspiring Contemporary Jazz)
  • June 23: Michael Reese (Rock)
  • June 30: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
  • July 7: Tenderfoot Bluegrass (Bluegrass)
  • July 14: The Storys (Folk Rock, Classic Rock, Originals)
  • July 21: Mo’ Mungus (Reggae)
  • July 28: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
  • Aug 4: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
  • Aug 11: Charity Shatwell (Power Folk)

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Please help up create a lasting legacy honoring one our communities most beloved leaders: Judy Noyes.

When Dick and Judy Noyes opened the Chinook Bookstore in 1950 in downtown Colorado Springs, they began writing a story of passion for reading, community service, leadership and a deep commitment to First Amendment rights. Since Judy’s passing earlier this year, friends, family members and colleagues have established several funds in honor of her various community passions.

Because Judy served as a PPLD Foundation Director and supported the library in numerous other ways over the years, PPLD would like to celebrate her memory with the creation of a new children’s garden in front of Penrose Library. Because Judy believed absolutely in everyone’s right to read, and in the power of literacy---especially for our children, and because she also had a passion for maintaining the downtown area as a vibrant space within our community, we believe a children’s garden in the midst of downtown would provide an excellent way for the community to remember her. Dick Noyes joins us in thanking you so much for considering a donation to make the Judy Noyes Children’s Garden a reality.

If you have questions about a gift, please call the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation at (719) 884-9850.

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What: Pikes Peak Library District Kids Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2015
Who: Birth - Grade 6 welcome to participate!
Why: Read books and earn prizes!

Registration starts at 9 a.m., June 1.
A link to the registration form and game cards will be available at that time.

How to Play:

  1. Register at any PPLD Library or online (registration link available June 1 at 9 a.m.)
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete 9 spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every 2 picture books read to you.
  3. Collect your prize at your nearest PPLD Library.
  4. When you reach prize 3, you have completed the game! Congratulations!

Please play this game only once, but keep reading in the Super Hero Readers bonus round!
Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a star for every 5 hours you read.
  2. After each completed 5 hours visit your library and a your name to our super Hero readers display.
  3. When you complete 25 hours you earn cool shoe bling, and enter a drawing for a Hero party!

Baby/Toddler:
You don't have to be reading on your own yet to play. In the baby/toddler game (ages 0-2), you mark a space each time you share a book or do an activity with your baby. Win some fun bubbles, a finger puppet, and a board book.

But wait! There's more!
Over 800 programs this summer are all free, and include art, science, magicians, legos, puppets, music, animals, crafts, and dinosaurs. You can even come in and practice reading to a real live dog! At the end of July, we have four parties with inflatables, bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events

Sponsors coming soon!

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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Unmask!

What: Pikes Peak Library District Teen Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2015
Who: Grades 6 - 12 welcome to participate!
Why: Read books and earn prizes!

Registration starts at 9 a.m., June 1.
A link to the registration form and game card will be available at that time.

How the game works: For each level, read 3 books or 9 hours (mix and match to complete each level). To complete the program, teens need to read a total of 9 books or 27 hours by July 31st.

Level 1: Read 3 books or 9 hours
You get a pack of coupons for:

  • Sertich Ice Center: free session + skate rental
  • Plato’s Closet: $5 gift card
  • Yo Yogurt: free 3 oz. frozen yogurt or a Yo Pop
  • Del Taco: free two taco combo meal (#5 or #6)
  • Louie’s Pizza: free lunch special (slice of pizza and drink)
  • School Crossing: popcorn or candy sampler
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: free Lil’ Hoagie sandwich

Level 2: Read 3 more books or 9 hours
You get a book or journal!

Level 3: Read 3 more books or 9 hours
You get a cool Summer Reading t-shirt!

Complete the program by July 31 for a chance to win a tablet!!

Read On!
Completed the Summer Reading Program? Don’t stop now! Each additional book you read adds to our goal of beating last year’s record. Stop by the library to let us know the book! We can do it!

Calendar of Events

Sponsors coming soon!

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Summer Reading Program Starts June 1!

PPLD's Summer Reading Program is coming to a library near you on June 1! Registration starts June 1 at 9 a.m.

The Kids Summer Reading Program theme is "Every Hero Has a Story".
Click here for more information about Kids Summer Reading.

The Teens Summer Reading Program theme is "Unmask!"
Click here for more information about Teens Summer Reading.

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:

Congratulations!

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PPLD is proud to announce our newest resource, lynda.com! Lynda.com has thousands of online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.

Lynda.comVideos are on the following topics:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Audio + Music
  • Business
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

And best of all, it's FREE with your library card! Click here to start using this amazing resource now.

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