InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Mon., Feb. 15 for President's Day.

What's New!


Join us for an afternoon of fun feline festivities with members of Look What the Cat Brought In, a local cat rescue and shelter, and Penrose Library! Come for a lecture on cat behavior from 1 - 2 p.m. and stay for cat trivia and kitty crafts from 2 - 3 p.m.

Please call (719) 531-6333, x2314 for more information.

  • When: Sat., Feb. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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All Pikes Peak Writes

All Pikes Peak Writes is Pikes Peak Library District’s inaugural fiction writing contest for adults.


  • All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 18+.
  • Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • One work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • ŽStories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of each story must be included with an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location.
  • Entries will be accepted beginning January 23 at all PPLD locations.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Wednesday, March 23 at 9 p.m.
  • “ Entrant’s name should only appear on the entry form (not any of the story pages).
  • The title of the story should appear on the upper right corner of each page followed by the page number.

Entries that are over 3,500 words, submitted without an entry form, submitted or postmarked after 9 p.m. on Wed., March 23, or previously published will NOT be accepted!

Entries will be judged by members of PPLD-sponsored writing groups, participants in the Mountain of Authors program and associated Library staff on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling. The decision of the judges is final.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at the Mountain of Authors event on Saturday, April 23 at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Winners will be notified by phone on or before April 15, 2016. Non-adherence to the entry rules will result in disqualification.

Please contact for questions or more information.

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Colorado's presidential primary caucus is scheduled for Tue., March 1.
Visit these websites for information:

Caucus Information

General Information

Want more information? Visit our voting resources page!

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It's that time again. Taxes are due by Monday, April 18. 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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2016 Adult Reading Program

The 2016 Adult Reading Program will run for eight weeks from January 9 through March 9. It is the 12th anniversary of the program. Patrons will have the opportunity to win prizes after reading 4 books and again after reading 8 books. At the end of the program, finishers will be entered in prize drawings for each community library and in a District-wide grand prize drawing.

The Adult Reading Program is for ages 18 and up. For more information, email us at

You can register by clicking here or visiting any PPLD location.

Click here to view or print the reading log.


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The results are in!
Last Stop on Market Street

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2016 was awarded to Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña.

"The celebratory warmth is irresistible, offering a picture of community that resonates with harmony and diversity." - Booklist.

Finding Winnie

Caldecott Medal

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner.

"A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing, this lovely story, penned by Colebourn's great-great granddaughter, is ideal for sharing aloud or poring over individually." - School Library Journal.

PPLD's Award Booklists:

Caldecott Medal Winners
- (printable)

Newbery Medal Winners
- (printable)

Visit the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal websites for a full list of Honor books.

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Pikes Peak Library District is accepting applications through March 4 to fill two vacancies on its Art Evaluation Committee.

Art Committee members review works submitted by local, amateur artists for exhibit at all 12 PPLD galleries. There are several daytime meetings held annually which last approximately two hours. Membership terms are three years.

Those wishing to be considered for appointment should submit a letter of intent with credentials to: Carol Brunk Harnish, PPLD Art Committee Liaison, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579.

For more information, call (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email

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Regsitration is required for the free business class as Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Linking in to LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a professional social network that allows you to search for jobs or network with others in your field. Learn the basics of LinkedIn - setting up a profile, finding contacts, navigating the main tabs, giving/receiving endorsements, and how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

Minding Your Business
Learn what your industry outlook is, how to find competition, vendors and target markets as well as other tools to use to look for a job, start a business or grow a business.

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The Custer Street Combo

Join us on Valentine's Day for a special Monthly Musicale event! This month's concert will feature The Custer Street Combo. Lovers of all that's retro, prepare to be taken on a two hour trip through the passionate pantheon of pre-Beatles pop!

This will be a special Valentine's Day show, complete with a dance floor!

  • When: Sun., Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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On the first Tuesdays of the month, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.), the Department of Philosophy of the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs presents a series of lectures on a variety of topics.

  • Tue., Feb. 2 - Rex Welshon: The Spark of Awareness and the Death of the Soul: Nietzsche on Consciousness
  • Tue., March 1 - Raphael Sassower: Images of War and Terrorism
  • Tue., April 5 - Edward Gray: Can a Non-Profit Have Virtue?
  • Tue., May 3 - Patrick Yarnell: All Animals are Equal! Or Are They? An Inquiry into the Nature and Scope of 'Human' Rights

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