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: tinyurl.com/chuckasay 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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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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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 ppld.org 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)!

Baby/Toddler:
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.

HOW TO PLAY:
1. Register online at ppld-healthyliving.readingrecord.net 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

RULES:
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

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

GRAND PRIZES INCLUDE:
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, http://new.ppld.org/ !

New.ppld.org has the same basic layout of information as ppld.org, 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 new.ppld.org has to offer:

New.ppld.org 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 ppld.org.

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 webmaster@ppld.org with any questions or comments.

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Penrose Library is hosting an open mic night!

When
Thursday, June 16
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where
Carnegie Garden at Penrose Library

What
Participants can sign up the day of the event starting at 5 pm. Sign up is first come first serve.
20 minute set. Lyrics should be appropriate for all ages.
All styles and levels of experience are welcome.
Mic and Speakers provided, but performers may bring their own equipment.

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the following winners of the Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest:

  • Ella Batson, “The Form of a Mystery”
  • Sophia DeJoia, “Mountain Gem”
  • Dara S. Kurbegov, “Mysteries of Nature”
  • Brooke Steinberg, “Mystery Murder”
  • Sage Stoecklein, “Mystery?”
  • Anna Winslow, “The Mystery of Me”

You can watch the winners read their poems below:

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