InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Mon., Feb. 15 for President's Day.

What's New!

Regsitration is required for the free business class as Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Linking in to LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a professional social network that allows you to search for jobs or network with others in your field. Learn the basics of LinkedIn - setting up a profile, finding contacts, navigating the main tabs, giving/receiving endorsements, and how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

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.

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The Custer Street Combo

Join us on Valentine's Day for a special Monthly Musicale event! This month's concert will feature The Custer Street Combo. Lovers of all that's retro, prepare to be taken on a two hour trip through the passionate pantheon of pre-Beatles pop!

This will be a special Valentine's Day show, complete with a dance floor!

  • When: Sun., Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Cat

Join us for an afternoon of fun feline festivities with members of Look What the Cat Brought In, a local cat rescue and shelter, and Penrose Library! Come for a lecture on cat behavior from 1 - 2 p.m. and stay for cat trivia and kitty crafts from 2 - 3 p.m.

Please call (719) 531-6333, x2314 for more information.

  • When: Sat., Feb. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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On the first Tuesdays of the month, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.), the Department of Philosophy of the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs presents a series of lectures on a variety of topics.

  • Tue., Feb. 2 - Rex Welshon: The Spark of Awareness and the Death of the Soul: Nietzsche on Consciousness
  • Tue., March 1 - Raphael Sassower: Images of War and Terrorism
  • Tue., April 5 - Edward Gray: Can a Non-Profit Have Virtue?
  • Tue., May 3 - Patrick Yarnell: All Animals are Equal! Or Are They? An Inquiry into the Nature and Scope of 'Human' Rights
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taxes

It's that time again. Taxes are due by Monday, April 18. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

  • Colorado Tax Information
  • Federal Tax Information
  • State Tax Forms
  • Tax Websites
  • Free Tax Help

Good luck and happy filing!

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A generous gift of $250,000 from Lyda Hill has helped bring Pikes Peak Library District’s Tri-Building Project Capital Campaign to completion. Funding for the Tri-Building Project has been completed due to PPLD’s fiscal management and successful fundraising. The Tri-Building Project was PPLD’s most ambitious fundraising project to date, with 691 donors including individuals, organizations, Library staff, and in-kind gifts helping PPLD reach its $3.9 million fundraising goal.

Pikes Peak Library District completed the first phase of its Tri-Building Project in June of 2014 with the opening of Library 21c, a state-of-the-art facility delivering 21st century library service to the Pikes Peak region. Its resources and spaces are designed to encourage enterprise, build skills, create new content, and connect people.

The final phase of the project was completed with the migration of 21st century library service to Penrose and East libraries. This was PPLD’s first opportunity to deploy improved technologies and include elements such as makerspaces and co-working areas to other parts of the District.

The Tri-Building Project Campaign would not have been successful without members of the Capital Campaign Committee and Tri-Building Project co-chairs Laura Muir Mellini and Craig Anderson.

“This was accomplished due to smart fiscal management and successful fundraising team efforts,” said Mellini.

“The District could not have transformed itself into a system for the 21st century without so many members of the community donating to this campaign,” said Anderson.

In addition to the recent donation of $250,000 from Lyda Hill, other important donations over the last two years have helped PPLD reach this landmark goal.

  • El Pomar Foundation – $750,000
  • Mary K. Chapin – $150,000
  • PPLD staff also contributed $50,000 to this capital campaign!

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Countdown to Kindergarten Carnival

Discover ways to help your child get ready for kindergarten through playing fun activities that support early literacy! Come for fun games that incorporate Every Child Ready to Read skills, a free book, and free snack! This program is for ages 5 and under with an adult. No registration is required.

  • Sat., Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. - noon at Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd.
  • Sat., Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. - noon at Cheyenne Mountain Library, 1785 S. 8th St.
  • Sat., Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. - noon at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.

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All Pikes Peak Writes

All Pikes Peak Writes is Pikes Peak Library District’s inaugural fiction writing contest for adults.

Eligibility

  • All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 18+.
  • Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • One work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • ŽStories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of each story must be included with an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location.
  • Entries will be accepted beginning January 23 at all PPLD locations.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Wednesday, March 23 at 9 p.m.
  • “ Entrant’s name should only appear on the entry form (not any of the story pages).
  • The title of the story should appear on the upper right corner of each page followed by the page number.

Entries that are over 3,500 words, submitted without an entry form, submitted or postmarked after 9 p.m. on Wed., March 23, or previously published will NOT be accepted!

Judging
Entries will be judged by members of PPLD-sponsored writing groups, participants in the Mountain of Authors program and associated Library staff on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling. The decision of the judges is final.

Awards
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at the Mountain of Authors event on Saturday, April 23 at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Winners will be notified by phone on or before April 15, 2016. Non-adherence to the entry rules will result in disqualification.

Please contact hbuljung@ppld.org for questions or more information.

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David Bowie

The great David Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016 after an 18 month battle with cancer. What can we say? His legacy cannot be understated. A multi-talented trailblazer who made some of the most powerful music of recent times. I try to think of my favorite, but it's impossible to pick just one, especially since his lexicon is so varied. When I hear "Space Oddity" I get goosebumps. "Kooks" is a love song to my six year old daughter. His "Blue Jean" music video opened the door. And that's just his music. Bowie was also an actor, producer, songwriter, and style icon.

Click here to learn more about David Bowie.

Want to hear some Bowie? Try PPLD's Hoopla and Freegal services. Hoopla lets you stream music and temporarily download songs. Freegal allows you to download up to 5 songs per week for free. You will need a valid library card to access these services.

What's your favorite David Bowie song?

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2016 Adult Reading Program

The 2016 Adult Reading Program will run for eight weeks from January 9 through March 9. It is the 12th anniversary of the program. Patrons will have the opportunity to win prizes after reading 4 books and again after reading 8 books. At the end of the program, finishers will be entered in prize drawings for each community library and in a District-wide grand prize drawing.

The Adult Reading Program is for ages 18 and up. For more information, email us at arp@ppld.org.

You can register by clicking here or visiting any PPLD location.

Click here to view or print the reading log.

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