InformationEast Library’s main entrance is closed for renovations. Please use the temporary entrance located to the south (left) of the main entrance.

The Interlibrary Loan System will be down Wednesday, September 2 for maintenance and an upgrade. You will not be able to login to your account or place new requests during that time.

What's New!

Snowflake Ornament

Design your own holiday ornament for a chance to win a great prize! The Creative Computer Commons at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) is hosting this contest.

Contest Guidelines

  • Three age categories:
    • Tween: 9-11
    • Teen: 12-18
    • Adult: 19+
  • Ornaments cannot exceed the size of 3 in3.
  • Ornaments can be made up of no more than 3 different pieces glued together. The final ornament must be turned in at Library 21c in one piece and of the appropriate size.
  • Only STL files will be accepted.
  • Up to 3 separate STL files will be accepted per submission.
    • Each person may submit one ornament to the contest.
  • One copy of the ornament will be printed free of charge at Library 21c.
  • Any subsequent copies must be paid for by the patron. Completion of printing cannot be guaranteed by the time of judging.
  • Individuals will be responsible for removing any support materials on their ornament themselves.
    • All pieces of the ornament must be 3D printed.
    • All ornaments must be printed in white filament only.
  • If they are printed through Library 21c, they will be printed in white ABS filament. The only exception will be if the PLA printers must be used to help with completion. All prints will be done at .15mm resolution, medium speed, 25% infill, and 5 shells.
  • All ornaments must be able to be hung for display, i.e., a part to thread string or an ornament hanger through must be present in the design.
  • PPLD’s makerspace use policies must be followed.
  • All designs must be original, not a (un)modified 3D scan, downloaded file, or potential copyright violation.
  • Ornaments will be disqualified if the guidelines are not followed.
  • Judging will be based on design, not necessarily the print quality of the ornament due to the printer.

Important Dates

  • October 12: If printing through Library 21c, STL files must be dropped off by this date.
  • November 6: All 3D printed objects printed by the Library will be available to pick up for removal of support material and/or assembly.
  • November 12: All completed ornaments must be turned in for judging at Library 21c.
  • November 15 - 21: Judging will take place.
  • November 23 - 27: Winners will be contacted with information for an awards reception.
  • December 17: Displayed ornaments will be taken down and available for pick up.
  • January 6: Any remaining ornaments will be discarded.

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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.
Begins Monday, September 28

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library
Begins Monday, September 14

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library
Begins Monday, August 17

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c
Begins Wednesday, September 16

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library
Begins Thursday, September 17

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library
Begins Saturday, September 12

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!


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Get involved in building a local writing community at Library 21c. This adult group meets to discuss creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We will offer the opportunity to read and workshop existing projects, writing exercises, writing support, and more. Contact the writing group facilitator at (719) 884-9800, x6345 if you are interested in getting your writing on the list for the month's feedback and discussion.

  • When: First Thursday of each month from 6 - 8 p.m. (beginning Sept. 3)
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Fantasy Football at Your Library

Join us for PPLD's fantasy football extravaganza where we will have a draft party (snacks included)! Winner will receive a prize, and of course, bragging rights! Attendance is not necessary to participate in the PPLD Fantasy Football League. Please contact Will O'Hearn at if you'd like to participate from another location.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 2 from 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Old Colorado City Libr

Take the challenge! Stop by Old Colorado City Library and pick up the 2015 History Scavenger Hunt form or print one out through the link below. Collect all the answers and return the completed form to Old Colorado City Library by Saturday, September 12, and win two tickets to the Vintage Antique & Makers event in Bancroft Park on Sunday September 20. The first five people to turn in a completed form will win a canvas, library book bag!

Questions? Call (719) 634-1698.

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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.

These free classes take place in the Petritz Learning Lab at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Registration is required.

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Philosophy at the Library is a series of talks given by UCCS Philosophy instructors at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. The partnership series is celebrating UCCS' 50th Anniversary and will be held the first Tuesday of the month from February through November from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

    Sept. 1 - "Love and Hate, The Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Emotion" by Dorothea Olkowski
    Dorothea Olkowski has just relinquished her position as Chair of the Department of Philosophy at UCCS. Although grateful for the support of the members of her department, she is pleased to be able to once again engage primarily in teaching and research. As Director of the Cognitive Studies program, she plans to teach Philosophy of Psychology and she has just finished teaching a new course with her colleague, Joseph Kuzma, on Cyborgs and Philosophy. Her research on cognition and emotion as well as theories of perception and sensation continue to occupy her research and publications. She looks forward to finishing a new book on these topics and continuing to teach courses in these areas of philosophy.

    Oct. 6 - "The Theology of American Political Discourse" by Jeff ScholesJeffrey Scholes is Assistant Professor, Philosophy and the Director of the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has written books and articles on American political theology and on the relationship between religion and sports.

    Nov. 3 - "Do We Have Moral Obligations to the Poor?" by Jennifer Jensen


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Bright by Three

Expectant parents and new parents with a baby up to eleven months old are invited to attend a baby shower at the library. Each family will receive a bag of literacy materials from Colorado-based Bright by Three. Learn fun and easy things to do with your baby that will encourage brain development, cognition, and more. Make a scrapbook page for baby, get to know other families with babies, enter to win some additional prizes and enjoy refreshments!

Registration is required. We'll also have some fun activities for the older siblings who attend.

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Daria Wilber

PPLD's newest Maker in Residence is Daria Wilber. She born in Washington, D.C. and spent the first two decades of her life in and out of the amazing array of galleries and museums in the D.C. area on a weekly basis. She studied painting and printmaking at the Maryland School of Art and Design and worked in the scene shop for a regional theater company. In the mid-2000s, Daria began to study the paper arts in earnest. In 2012 she plunged into studio papermaking after a sculptural papermaking intensive at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with Jo Stealey. Daria currently works with papermaking and artist Helen Hiebert as a studio and teaching assistant.


Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Flat Paper Making Class: Paper, The Old Fashioned Way
Do you know where the term Rag Picker originated? Rag pickers were the backbone of western papermaking! Papermaking arrived in Europe in 1290 ce, almost 1500 years after its invention in China. Europeans did not use raw plant fibers to make paper, they used cotton and linen from cast off clothes. Rag pickers bought cast-off clothing, and then resold it to the papermill. At the paper mill, rag pickers would sort and grade the clothing by color and quality, remove buttons and hooks, wash the rags, then cut them into strips and roll them into a ball to ferment for several weeks before being beaten with a wooden mallet to tear apart the fibers. Rag pickers were, in fact, master recyclers!

We won’t go through the rag pickers’ processes but we will make paper using cotton, 100% post-consumer cotton, the leftovers from T-shirt manufacturing. The paper we make will not be much different than the paper made in 1290! You’ll be able to use your handmade cotton paper for writing, drawing, bookmaking, mixed media work and more!

Paper Sculpture Class: All Wrapped Up
Paper is a perfect sculptural medium; it’s easy to work with, resilient and fairly forgiving. We’ll spend a few minutes going over papermaking basics and then we’ll make paper from abaca pulp, a high shrink pulp. While the paper is in the press we’ll create armatures using common, everyday objects and wire. Then we’ll sculpt! We’ll cover our armatures using our freshly pressed abaca sheets.


  • Wed., Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Thu., Aug. 6 from noon - 2 p.m.
  • Wed., Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri., Aug. 14 from noon - 2 p.m.
  • Mon., Aug. 17 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thu., Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Thu., Aug. 27 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 29 from 2 -5 p.m.
  • Tue., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 2 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Tue., Sept. 8 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. - noon


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Mango Languages

Mango Languages is back by popular demand! Learn a new language! Choose from 71 languages, including 19 English as a Second Language (ESL) options.


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