InformationEast Library will be closed Wednesday, April 22 - Sunday, April 26 for renovations. Available holds can be picked up at Library 21c during that time.

What's New!

Young Girl Dancing

Join Barbara Mills from Colorado Springs Music Lingua at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) for a unique program that teaches French to children, ages 8 and under, using a fun mix of music, movement, art, drama, and storytelling. Register for the free French class by clicking on the appropriate link below or at the Library 21c Children's Information Desk by calling (719) 884-9800, x6310.

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Russia today is made up of many varied cultures and geography. Join us for a discussion and slide presentation of this way of life and country. Discover the similarities and differences between American and Russian cultures, and share in their live music and food.

Presenters include Rob Danin, a Manitou Springs resident who recently returned from living in the Russian Far East for two years, and Russian foreign exchange students: Bella Manoylova and Milly Yusupova.

  • When: Sat., May 2 at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs (Free parking behind the church.)

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The Invention of Wings

Join us for a student showcase of fine arts talent inspired by the Story Quilt Contest. Portrayals of anti-slavery heroes from the time of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings (a 2014 All Pikes Peak Reads selection) will stitch together student performances into historical context.

  • When: Thu., April 30 from 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

For more information contact, (719) 502-3397; or, (719) 502-3510.

Sponsored by: Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Libraries; PPCC Writing Centers; PPLD Literature, History, Communication, Music, and Dance departments; PPCC Downtown Studio Art Gallery; Pikes Peak Library District

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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:


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Becca Cruz, manager of the Creative Computer Commons (C3) at Library 21c, was featured in an article about the benefits of 3D printing for students & entrepreneurs:

3D printing is just one of the many services we offer at Pikes Peak Library District. Come visit us!

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The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District will honor mystery writer Michael McGarrity at an annual awards lunch at 11:45 a.m. (sign-in starts at 11:15) on Thursday, May 14 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive. McGarrity will receive the Frank Waters Award for writing excellence and give the keynote address.

Also honored with the Golden Quill Award for regional writers will be historian Mel McFarland.

Tickets are $30 until May 1, then $40. Purchase a table of 10 for $300. Deadline to make a reservation is 5 p.m. on May 7. To do so, visit For information, call 531-6333 x1008. Or send a check to Friends of PPLD, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs 80901-1579. Make checks payable to the PPLD Foundation and note that they are for the luncheon. There will be a book signing after the lunch.

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Tyrannosaurus Sue

The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, under the direction of Maestro Thomas Wilson, will perform Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto in Library 21c's atrium on Sunday, April 26 at 5 p.m. The concerto, composed by Bruce Adolph, is the delightful story of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Sue. The seven movements progress from the birth of Sue to the dawning of a new world.

There will also be a special guest appearance by Sabrinuraus and her balloon dinosaur at this free event for all ages.

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Mike Essam

Join Mike Essam, president of the Pikes Peak Mycological Society and local mycophile (mushroom lover) as he explores our historical (and modern) cultural relationships with mushrooms, their habitats and lifecycles, and ways you can get more involved with mushrooms. He will have fresh mushrooms and a slide presentation.

Grow your own mushroom starter kits will be available for $35. (Purchase not required.)

  • When: Sat., April 25 at 11 a.m.
  • Where: Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave.

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Ingrid Law

You are cordially invited to join us for a reception in honor of Newbery Honor winner Ingrid Law on Thursday, April 23 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade.

The American Library Association named Ms. Law’s book Savvy a 2009 Newbery Honor book. Her books have been placed on over 25 state reading lists, and have earned accolades from Publisher's Weekly, Oprah's reading list, Today Show's Al Roker's Book Club for Kids, and Smithsonian. She lives in Lafayette, Colorado.

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Are you tired of dystopian novels and melodramatic romances in teen fiction? Does it annoy you that the plots of many works of teen fiction are completely unrealistic? Then this Twitter feed is for you:

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