InformationUte Pass Library will be closed today, Friday, April 17, due to inclement weather.

East 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!

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:

  • Olivia Heath - "The Net Bringer"
  • Delia Rose Philips - "The Homework Helping Heroine"
  • Kate Vasquez - "Hope"
  • Ansley Irrgang - "The Hero Inside of Me"
  • Ryan Blumenhein - "Drill Hand Man"
  • Landon Janc - "Super Noodle Doo"

You can read their poems here.


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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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Celebrate Earth Month

Celebrate Sustainability in the Pikes Peak Region! This blog, maintained by the PPLD Green Team, is your passport to Green Living. Throughout Earth Month, check here for regular updates on regional events, resources, and organizations.

Also, check out our Green Living resources on

Remember, Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
Love your Mother!


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940 Saturdays

Children’s Hospital Colorado will be offering parenting workshops at Pikes Peak Library District’s Library 21c on the second Thursday of each month in 2015 beginning in April.

No Regrets Parenting
There are 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth and the day he or she turns 18. Local pediatrician Harley Rotbart will guide parents in choosing age-appropriate, fun, and memorable family activities. The first 10 people will receive a free signed copy of Dr. Rotbart’s book, 940 Saturdays. Thu., April 9 at 12:30 p.m.

Common Tummy Troubles
Dr. Christine Waasdorp will talk about constipation, reflux and common reasons for abdominal pain in children. This is actually one of the top reasons why parents going to the ED/Urgent Care! Thu., May 14 at 12:30 p.m.

Sports Injuries 101
A presentation by Dr. Travis Murray. Thu., June 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Promoting Children’s Social and Emotional Competence and Addressing Bullying
A presentation by Lisa Costello. Thu., July 9 at 12:30 p.m.

Heart Health: It’s Not Just for Adults Anymore
Please join Dr. Sonali Patel from Children’s Hospital Colorado for a discussion on childhood cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressures. The seminar will include information on the importance of heart health in childhood to protect against disease in adulthood. Learn 7 simple ways to live a better life for yourself, your family, and much more in this lunchtime event. Thu., Aug. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Sick Kids 101
Parents - What do you do when your kids are sick? In urgent care, we see a lot of parents who get so worried when their children have fevers or mild colds. Leslie Austin will talk about when to worry and when not to, and how to manage fever and colds at home. Thu., Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m.

Tonsils: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
A presentation by Dr. Stephen Newton. Thu., Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Healthy, Happy Holidays
Plain and simple, the holidays are tough! Weight management isn’t always easy but it’s especially difficult when you’re surrounded by sweets and comfort foods constantly. Come learn from Jennifer Kintner some easy ideas, recipes, and things you can do to help manage your weight this holiday season. Thu., Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m.


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PPLD Facilities Officer Gary Syling discusses the next phase of our Tri-Building Project: East Library!

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