InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Mon., July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.
Old Colorado City Library will be closed Sat., July 2 - Wed., July 6 while their floors are refinished.

What's New!

Please join us for an exhibit closing reception and discussion for Provocative Persuasions! The Editorial Cartoons of Chuck Asay, an exhibit of some of Chuck's most controversial syndicated and Gazette cartoons on display at East Library throughout the month of June.

Discussion panelists include:

  • Chuck Asay, Editorial Cartoonist, retired from national syndication and the Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Barry Fagin, Columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Rosemary Lytle, President, NAACP CO MT WY State-Area Conference
  • Jon Stepleton, Former Editor and Associate Publisher, Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Arshad Yousufi, Spokesman, Islamic Society of Colorado Springs

The discussion will be moderated by Michael L. Olsen

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Reservations required: or (719) 531-6333, x2253.

  • When: Thu., June 30 from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: East Library Art Gallery, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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Submission deadline has been extended to Monday, June 13.

There will be 3 categories with a bird-related prize for the winner of each category:

  • Adults (ages 19 and up): Build a FUNCTIONAL birdhouse/nesting box – judged by professionals
  • Teens (ages 12-18): Build a FUNCTIONAL birdhouse/nesting box – judged by professionals
  • Adults AND Teens: Build a PURELY DECORATIVE Birdhouse – judged by popular vote “People’s Choice Award”

1. One submission per person in your age group for the functional and one for the decorative.
2. Birdhouse/nesting box must be made by you – no kits please.
3. Functional birdhouse/nesting box must be species specific for local birds and may not be painted. (You may stain it with non-toxic water based stain.)
4. Entry must have your name, (age if teen), contact information, and tell which bird species the house is made for (if it is a functional birdhouse).
5. Decorative birdhouses may be painted and must NOT have a hole for the bird. It should have a flat bottom and not be larger than a copy paper box.
6. Birdhouses/nesting boxes will be on display at Library 21c during the month of June 2016. PPLD is not responsible for any damage that may occur.

Submission Guidelines
1. One entry per person in your age group for the functional and one for the decorative.
2. Drop off your birdhouse/nesting box at Library 21c (teen or adult desk) from Tuesday, May 31 - Monday, June 13.
3. Entry form must be included with birdhouse/nesting box. To print an entry form, click here.
4. Pick up your birdhouse/nesting box at Library 21c (teen or adult desk) from Tuesday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 6. (Any birdhouse/nesting box not picked up becomes property of PPLD.)

To view birdhouse specifications for specific species, click here.

You can vote for your favorite birdhouse at Library 21c from Wednesday, June 8 - Saturday, June 18.

Contact Robin at (719) 884-9800, x6359 or with any questions.

Sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited #023, Colorado Springs Wild Bird Center, and This Place Is for the Birds.

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Try something new in this series of messy outside art classes! Learn a bit about science as you create art with paint and anything but paintbrushes! Supplies will be provided. Expect to get messy.

Patrons must be at least 18 years old to attend. Registration is required. All programs will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Join us Tuesdays this summer from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on the lawn of Manitou Springs Library (701 Manitou Ave.) for a series of free shows! All concerts are open to the public. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, lawn chairs, and enjoy an evening of music on the lawn. In case of bad weather, concerts will be held in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park on the west side of downtown Manitou Springs.

  • June 7: Jazz Express (Big Band Jazz)
  • June 14: Balanced Rock (Original Rock)
  • June 21: J. Miller Band (Americana)
  • June 28: Tenderfoot Bluegrass (Bluegrass)
  • July 5: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
  • July 12: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
  • July 19: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
  • July 26: Michael Reese (Rock)
  • Aug. 2: Crystal Hill Billys (Bluegrass and Acoustic)
  • Aug. 9: The Scones (Rock & Rollin’ Americana)
  • Aug. 16: Kip & Friends (Easy Listening)

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Join us for a wide variety of programming this month in MAKE @ East, the makerspace located on the top floor of East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Summer Saturdays: Outdoor Games
The first and third Saturday of every month this summer, join us at MAKE @ East to build an interactive outdoor game. Bring yourself, or come with friends and family, and learn to make the following fun games.

  • Ladder Golf
    • Sat., June 4 from 3 - 4 p.m.
    • Sat., June 4 from 4 - 5 p.m.
      Registration is required. EVENT IS ON WAITING LIST. To sign up, click here.
    • Sat., June 4 from 4 - 6 p.m.
      Registration is required. EVENT IS ON WAITING LIST. To sign up, click here.
  • Build a Kite

Rescue Sewing Basics: How to Keep Your Clothes Looking Good
This class will cover hand sewing techniques for quick and relatively simple repairs you can make to your clothing to save you a trip to the seamstress. All the methods used for making repairs will be taught by making a simple fabric key fob/chapstick holder or a small button closed bag to take with you at the end of the class. No previous sewing skills needed. Ages 16 and up.

T-Shirt Graffiti
Stop by MAKE @ East to create a one-of-a-kind T-shirt! Bring in a light-colored shirt in your size, and we’ll help you decorate it with paint, fabric markers, and iron-on crayons. Make free-hand designs or stenciled designs using our electronic die-cutting machines… or try a combination of techniques!

50 Shades of Creativity: Coloring for Adults
Coloring for adults is the new, popular way to relax and get creative. Coloring pages and crayons/pencils/markers will be provided, but feel free to bring in your own.

Hand Embroidery 101
Learn hand embroidery basics at this informal program. We’ll supply embroidery hoops, fabric, thread and needles, and go over simple stitches, including straight stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, lazy daisy stitch, satin stitch, French knots and more! No registration is required.

  • Sat., June 25 from 3 - 6 p.m.

Beaded Suncatchers
Experiment with beads, wire, and nylon filament to create one-of-a-kind suncatchers!

MAKE @ East Open Hours
During Open Hours, MAKE @ East is available to work on your own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis.

  • Mondays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Fridays: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!

What: PPLD Summer Reading
When: June 1 - July 31, 2016
Who: Birth - Grade 6 welcome to participate!
Why: Read books and earn prizes!

Register for Summer Reading!

How to Play:

  1. Register at any PPLD library or at from June 1 - July 31, 2016
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete nine spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every two picture books read to you.
  3. Collect your prize at your nearest PPLD library.
  4. When you reach Prize 3, you have completed the game! Congratulations!

Please play this game only once, but keep reading in our Gold Medal Readers game!

Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a medal for every five hours you read.
  2. After each completed five hours, visit your library and add your name to our bonus readers diplay.
  3. When you complete 25 hours, you earn a  free Child’s Pas to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (with a 75¢ donation)!

You don't have to be reading on your own yet to play. In the baby/toddler game (ages 0-2), you mark a space each time you share a book or do an activity with your baby. Win some fun bubbles, a wearable rattle, and a board book.

But Wait! There's More!
Hundreds of fun programs this summer are all free, and include science, magicians, LEGOs, puppets, music, animals, crafts, and dinosaurs. You can even come in and practice reading to a real live dog! At the end of July, we have four parties with bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Reading Buddies

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Check out this promo made by PPLD's Center for Public Media!


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Susan M. Peiffer

Susan M. Peiffer was inaugurated as the 5th Pikes Peak Poet Laureate on April 24, 2016. Susan will serve as Poet Laureate until April 2018.

Susan Peiffer is a published and nationally recognized poet who studied creative writing and theology at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. With graduate degrees from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Susan taught at a private high school in Delaware for six years. As program director of a non-profit in Philadelphia, she had the opportunity to organize a young leader’s program enabling participants to effectively speak their own stories. She coached the Delawhere? Youth Slam Team to the Brave New Voices championship in Oakland, CA. Since relocating to Colorado Springs in 2012, Susan has become deeply invested in the local poetry community. Currently the Program Director of Hear Here Poetry, she has facilitated several workshops and classes on different aspects of writing and performance, was named the RAW Colorado Springs Artist of the Year, and was the recipient of three Pikes Peak Arts Council awards for excellence in performance poetry and leadership. She is an animated and inclusive presenter who readily engages audiences and inspires the unique circumstances into which poems arrive. Susan is eager to continue connecting different facets of the community through the shared experience of crafting words.

The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project is a partnership of the Pikes Peak Library District, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Radio Station KCME, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, Pikes Peak Arts Council, Hear Here Poetry, the Fountain Valley School, the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, Pikes Peak Community College and Poetry West.

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Healthy Living @ PPLD

PPLD, the El Paso County Department of Human Services, and the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region are teaming up to encourage healthy living!

Our libraries will be hosting a wide variety of programming and the opportunity to win prizes through a game that runs from April 1 through June 30.

For a complete list of Healthy Living programs, click here.

1. Register online at or your nearest library location
2. Attend the PPLD Healthy Living Programs AND complete 6 activities listed on the game card

3. Collect prizes at the end of each level
4. Complete all 3 levels for the grand prize drawing

1. Open to all ages and all PPLD library patrons
2. Must have a library card in good standing to win grand prize
3. PPLD employees, substitutes, and household members are not eligible for grand prizes
4. PPLD reserves the right to substitute prizes
5. Prizes will be awarded while supplies last

Granola Bar, Fitness Journal, Water Bottle, and Day Pass to the YMCA

Fitbit, YMCA 90 Day Pass, Fitness Gift Basket

This program is funded by the El Paso County Department of Human Services.


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Pikes Peak Library District is proud to introduce our new website, ! has the same basic layout of information as, but with

  • Bonus content and features
  • Improved functionality
  • Updated look and feel
  • Mobile friendly design

Please take a few minutes to watch this short video about what has to offer: is in beta testing and will run alongside our current website until mid-July, at which time the current site will be retired and the new site will become

The Catalog and My Account are not affected by this and will stay the same.

Please take some time to look around and contact us at with any questions or comments.


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