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

What's New!

Erin Gillespie

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Erin Gillespie, a multimedia artist currently residing in Colorado Springs. Her paintings are primarily figurative or portraits, full of bold, bright colors and expressionistic qualities. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Painting from Colorado State University, Erin lived for many years in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona before returning to Colorado. She held positions at Pinon Fine Art Gallery and Terra Firma Fine Art in Denver, Colorado and was a member of the Arts Student League of Denver for many years. Erin is currently an art instructor teaching numerous classes at both Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and venues, in both group and solo shows.

Erin will host classes throughout the Library District about acrylic painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c during which time you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

Acrylic for Beginners
In these fun and informative classes, we will learn the basic techniques of acrylic painting. We will briefly discuss color theory, various brushes, blending techniques and composition, all while painting a variety of subject matter. We will create our own paintings working from various still lifes, landscapes, and photographs. Registration is required and space is limited. Supplies will be provided. Patron must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Studio Hours at Library 21c

  • Tue., Jan 5 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Wed., Jan 13 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu., Jan 21 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., Jan 25 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Thu., Feb 4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., Feb 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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    2016 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest

    What does MYSTERY mean to you?

    • Is it a puzzle to be solved?
    • Is it tracking down clues to a crime?
    • Is it the unknown in the cosmos?
    • Is it the wonder in nature?
    • Is it the magic of imagination?

    Use your best poetic words to clue us in. Scavenge for good words. Don’t stop at the first word that rhymes, but be a sleuth and seek out just the right word. Judges will be looking for evidence of creative word use in order to deduce which is the best poem!

    Open to all 4th and 5th graders in the Pikes Peak region.

    Entries must be postmarked by Sunday, February 28, 2016. Winners will be announced in mid-April in conjunction with the Young People’s Poetry Week.

    See the attached entry form for more information.

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    Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c

    Purchasing a Library 21c courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri-Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

    Commemorative pavers are now available at East Library!

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    Afinia H-480

    During open hours at East Library's Makerspace, patrons can work on their own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present.

    Equipment available includes 3D printers, a Zing laser cutter, die cutters (Silhouette Cameo and Cricut), a serger, sewing machines, and an embroidery machine. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis.

    Here are the open hours for the coming months:

    December 2015
    Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 - 6 p.m.
    Wednesdays from 6 - 9 p.m.

    January 2016
    Mondays and Thursdays from 9 - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
    Tuesdays from 2 - 9 p.m.
    Wednesdays from 6 - 9 p.m.
    Fridays and Saturdays 2-6 p.m.

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    Submit your artwork to our Teen Art Contest!

    This year's theme is Magnify It! Take a closer look at the world around you and create a piece of artwork.

    Submit your artwork Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23 from 9 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Drop-off at the following locations: East, Penrose, Sand Creek, Fountain, Ruth Holley, Cheyenne Mountain, Mobile Libraries, Monument, High Prairie, and Library 21c.


    • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2016.
    • All entrants must submit an online submission form and Artwork Agreement Form.
    • Entrants may submit only one piece of art.
    • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries.
    • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.
    • If you want to display at Library 21c, art must be able to be displayed with a wire hanging system.
    • Frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces.

    For more information, email or call (719) 644-7242.


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    John Spears

    The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selection of John Spears as the next Executive Director of the district. “Over the past 5 years, Pikes Peak Library District has earned the reputation as a true pioneer of 21st century library services,” said PPLD Board of Trustees President Ken Beach. “Our vision of elevating these services to the next level requires a ‘unique’ individual to lead the Library forward from this point. Understanding the importance of the decision, the Board has spent 15 months in the search process and we are pleased and excited that John Spears has accepted our offer to lead PPLD to that next level. John is a groundbreaking visionary and exceptional leader.”

    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. While at Salt Lake City Public Library, Spears:

    • Created a Library Service Model Team that examines and continually recommends improvements for library operations

    • Partnered with the Salt Lake City School District to allow parents to obtain a library card for their children as a part of online school enrollment

    • Oversaw the creation and implementation of the Library’s first digital media studios and makerspaces

    • Worked with more than 30 social service and governmental organizations to create “Project Uplift,” a semiannual resource fair for those experiencing homelessness

    “The Salt Lake City Library District is a bit smaller and more compact (area wise) than PPLD, but the reality is that John has been guiding the district on a path similar to that of PPLD with our vision around 21c. I am quite sure he will hit the ground running with no problem,” Beach said.

    Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City, Spears was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. Spears obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Mr. Spears responded to his leadership role at the El Paso County-wide Pikes Peak Library District by saying, “My career has encompassed this role in a variety of libraries – rural, suburban, and urban, and I am well versed in the specific traits that make each of these unique.”

    Added Beach, “John’s extensive experience across the spectrum of library land is a perfect fit for PPLD. He understands that the service needs for 21c are different than the needs for example of those at say Monument, High Prairie, and Sand Creek.”

    Spears will now lead a library district comprised of 14 community libraries, three mobile libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of Pikes Peak Library District is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community. Spears will begin his new position in late January.


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    Do you need access to the Internet at home, work, or on the road?

    Try checking out one of the WiFi hotspots now available through PPLD! Click here to place a hold on a hotspot.

    The tablets are available to patrons ages 12 and over who have had a PPLD library card for at least 90 days. They check out for three weeks. Overdue fines $1 per day with $20 maximum ($100 if item is lost).

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    Comics Plus

    Comics Plus: Library Edition is the new digital revolution bringing thousands of digital graphic novels and comics are only a click away!

    PPLD has thousands digital graphic novels and comics available to read on any web-connected device. We have recently partnered with iVerse Media to provide you with an incredible collection of titles via their Comics Plus: Library Edition. This revolutionary digital collection includes every genre you could wish for: fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, indie comics, Sunday funnies, and manga!

    How do you find these books? Click on CyberShelf at and visit the eBooks link. The ComicsPlus database is free to use with your PPLD library card! From there you can fill your virtual bookshelf with any title you choose to read. When you do place titles onto your bookshelf, you will see an orange banner running diagonally across the upper right corner of the cover. This tells you how many days you have left to read the title. When the seven days are completed, the book is automatically returned-and you don’t have to do a thing!

    Please feel free to browse the collection as we are sure you will discover an entire world of storytelling you never knew existed! Of course there are hundreds of titles and series that you will recognize: Doonesbury, Bleach, Archie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Naruto, Dilbert, Cathy, Garfield, Red Sonja, The Shadow... it is a virtual tidal wave of digital graphic novels and comics. Among the many publishers we have are Archie Comics, Papercutz, Andrews McMeel, VIZ Media, Ape Entertainment, Dynamite, Graphic Classics, and many, many more!

    What’s even better is that you can read them from any place you have a web connection and on any device: tablet, PC, smart phone... You can even read them on gaming systems!

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    PPLD Friends storefront

    The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are now selling books online, through Amazon. The Friends growing online collection features an assortment of both non-fiction and fiction, including history, textbooks, best-sellers and more.

    You can see the collection on our Amazon Storefront at Purchases benefit Pikes Peak Library District. Now you can purchase books for yourself and help us provide books for others. If you have questions, contact Charleen Bader at


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    Teen Boy

    Most teens in dystopian novels don’t get to pick what they will be when they grow up ... but YOU do!

    On the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Ent Conference Center at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), professionals will talk to teens about their careers and the ups and downs of getting where they are, followed by a Q&A session. Must be 12 - 18 to attend. To register, please click on the appropriate link below.

    If you are interested in volunteering to talk about your profession during the designated month for your career field, contact rphilipsen(at)ppld(dot)org. Speakers should currently be in the career field they wish to talk about.

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