InformationHey Teens! Summer Reading Volunteer Applications are due soon. Each library has its own deadline. Please contact your library for details.

What's New!

Summer Reading Program Starts June 1!

PPLD's Summer Reading Program is coming to a library near you on June 1!

The Kids Summer Reading Program theme is "Every Hero Has a Story"

The Teens Summer Reading Program theme is "Unmask!"

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

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This is a six-session class that will be covering everything from basic crochet practices through completing larger intermediate projects. This is a progressive skills class and attendance at all six sessions is ideal. All sessions will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Registration is required. To register, click here. Patron must be at least 16 years old to attend. Makerspace use agreement required.

  • Mon., May 11 from 10 a.m. - noon: Washcloths
  • Mon., May 18 from 10 a.m. - noon: Cozy
  • Mon., June 8 from 10 a.m. - noon: Heart and Flower Appliques
  • Mon., June 22 from 10 a.m. - noon: Head Wrap/Band, Boot Cuffs, or Scarf
  • Mon., July 13 from 10 a.m. - noon: Baskets and/or Hats
  • Mon., July 27 from 10 a.m. - noon: Ball or Sphere

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The results are in!

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2015 was awarded to The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander.

"Twelve-year-old narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Swish! This book is nothing but net!"

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated by Dan Santat, is the 2015 Caldecott Medal winner.

"In four delightful “visual chapters,” Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emotional journey looking for his human. Santat uses fine details, kaleidoscopic saturated colors, and exquisite curved and angular lines to masterfully convey the emotional essence of this special childhood relationship."

PPLD's Award Booklists:

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

For what it's worth, my daughter and I LOVE Beekle!

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All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

"An imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology."

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High Prairie Library Launches Seed Library

The High Prairie Seed Library officially launched on Saturday, April 25, 2015!

PPLD is very proud of the hard work that Rhonda Curtis, High Prairie staff member extraordinaire, has put into this 2 year project.

High Prairie Library kicked off the grand opening with a speech from Rhonda (and tutorial), ribbon cutting, cake (carrot), refreshments, and lots of community engagement! In the process of creating the Seed Library we have made some strong connections to our communities in the area, garden clubs, and independent farmers, including generations of growers in the county extending to Calhan.

High Prairie Library will conduct a contest for the biggest pumpkin patrons can grow using the giant pumpkin seeds from the Seed Library! The pumpkins will be judged at the 4th Annual Harvest Festival on October 3, 2015.

A special thanks goes to the High Prairie Friends and staff, who have all contributed both time and resources to help get the Seed Library open.

The High Prairie Seed Library joins the Manitou Springs Seed Library as PPLD's two seed repositories.


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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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East Library was closed from Wednesday April 22 through Sunday, April 26, 2015, for renovations. Curious as to how it went? Take a look at these videos!

Great work, guys!


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Tea cups

Learn about three different kinds of tea and what makes each unique. Find out which tea works for you and enjoy sipping tea together!

Registration is required for the free program. To register, click here.

  • When: Fri., May 8 at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Anime Girl

Join us for PPLD's Anime Prom! This event is for ages 12-18! Cosplay, contests, and more will take place in the Venue @ 21c!

Registration required. Click here to register.

For more information email or call (719) 884-9800, x6336.

  • When: Fri., May 8 from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Play with toys and speak with library staff and community resource professionals on a different topic each week, including child development, nutrition, music and movement, speech and language, and early literacy. For parents and their children ages 1 - 3. These workshops are part of PPLD's Family Place initiative.

Registration is required for this five-week series. Please plan on attending all five weeks. Click here to register. Call (719) 884-9800, x6310 for more information.

  • When: Tue., May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 400 sites in 27 states and continues to grow.

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