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Randall and Liz Price (holding check in photo at right) of Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group presented a check for $3,146 to the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation’s 21st Century Library Capital Campaign at the Check It Out happy hour event at East Library on Friday, April 17. One dollar from every daily special sold at Salsa Brava, Over Easy, and Sonterra in January and February went toward the donation. Laura Muir Mellini and Craig Anderson, Co-Chairs of the Capital Campaign Committee, accepted the check on behalf of the Campaign.

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Western mystery writer Michael McGarrity is the 2015 winner of the Frank Waters Award, presented for literary excellence annually by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

Local historian and author Mel McFarland is the 2015 winner of the Golden Quill award, given to a Pikes Peak region author for a body of work.

McGarrity and McFarland will be honored at an awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S Circle Drive. McGarrity will be the featured speaker.

McGarrity is the author of more than a dozen novels set in the Southwest, primarily New Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and one in clinical social work. His career in criminal justice includes work in corrections, law enforcement, security and police officer training. As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, community relations officer, training and planning supervisor and lead investigator for the sex crimes unit, which he established.

He also has taught at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, has been an investigator and case worker for the Public Defender’s Office, and served as an investigator for a state government agency. In 1987, he was honored as Santa Fe’s Police Officer of the Year.

McGarrity has served on the faculty of several colleges and universities, teaching courses in psychology and counseling. For years, he maintained a private practice in family therapy and consultation services to community-based treatment agencies.

With the publication of Tulalrosa, in 1996 McGarrity turned to writing full time. He lives in Santa Fe., N.M. A number of his best-selling novels have been nominated for various awards, and in 2004 he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – Literature.

He helped establish the Hillerman-McGarrity Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of New Mexico, the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship at the Santa Fe Community College and the N. Scott Momaday Creative Writing Scholarship at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

He is currently working on a new book and was recently named a finalist for the prestigious Spur Award from Western Writers of America for his historical novel, Backlands.

Golden Quill winner Mel McFarland, who lives in Rockrimmon, is a graduate of Palmer High School and the University of Southern Colorado and taught in schools in the Pikes Peak region for 23 years. He also was a Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway conductor for 16 years. His knowledge of local history is revealed in his books, Midland Route: A Colorado Midland Guide and Data Book, Cripple Creek Road, a Midland Terminal Guide and Data Book, and Rocketing to the Rockies. He’s also the editor of the Colorado Midland Quarterly (since 1980) and has written weekly local history columns in the Fountain Valley News, Westside Pioneer, Ute Pass Courier and other state newspapers since 1997.

He often gives programs in local schools and to civic and historical groups on local history, especially on railroads. His Midland Route book is currently being republished by the Old Colorado City Historical Society.

Tickets for the event are on sale now. Cost is $30 per person until May 1, when they will increase to $40 per person. You can buy a table of 10 for $300 and designate your guests at that table. Otherwise, seating will be assigned. To reserve a seat, go online to: Pay for online tickets with a credit card, or send a check to: Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Questions? Call (719) 531-6333, x1008 for information, but reservations cannot be made by phone.

All reservations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.

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Free Workshops

Have you ever wondered about doing business with the government? Join us for this series of free workshops at Library 21c, presented by Certify to Success. Registration is required. For more information, email

  • Does Your Business Plan You?
    Learn to plan products/services, marketing and financing for growth, collaboration, and/or writing proposals.
    Thu., May 14 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Systemize Your Small Business
    Learn the difference between owning a business and owning a job. Understand how systems will affect your expansion, mergers, sale, and government contracting.
    Thu., June 18 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Staying on Top of Your Market
    Stay ahead of market changes in your industry. Designed for companies who want to contract with the government or take their businesses to the next level.
    Thu., Sept. 17 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Succession Planning for Your Business
    Critical elements of developing your company’s plan of operation, and plans for loss of key employees/owners including owner’s exit.
    Thu., Oct. 15 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • The Power of She
    Women, veterans, and minority owners will learn to level the playing field to increase the bottom line. Learn the importance of strategic alliances and ways to leverage public policy.
    Thu., Nov. 12 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Fee-based Workshops

    TalkGovBiz,TheExperience is made up of two hands-on, intensive, fee-based workshops providing support for small businesses in obtaining resources and certifications to procure government contracts. For more information about TalkGovBiz,TheExperience, email or visit

    These workshops focus on key areas of business development essential to procuring government contracts such as socioeconomic certifications, developing strategic plans, and the development of marketing materials. Each of these workshops take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Library 21c. Registration is required. To register online, visit To pay by check, click here.

    • JumpStartToSuccess
      JumpStartToSuccess bundles hands-on development of the important tools small businesses need to procure government contracts.
      Thu., May 28; Thu., Sept. 24
    • 8(a)InADay
      8(a) InADay offers hands-on instruction in preparing your application for 8(a) Business Development Program certification.
      Thu., April 23; Thu., June 30; Thu., Oct. 22

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c

Purchasing a Library 21c courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri - Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Click here to purchase your paver today!

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A PPLD staff member was at the Walmart across the street this afternoon when a cashier approached her and said (with tears in her eyes).

“I just wanted to thank you for being so kind to me. It’s because of you that I got this job here. I was at the library some time ago and you let me use the computer, even though my card was blocked. I needed to fill out the application for this job, and I did, and I got it! I was on the verge of homelessness and hopelessness when I came into your library, and because of you my life is better. Thank you so much!”


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