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Manitou Springs Library

Manitou Springs Library FacebookAddress:
701 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Manitou Springs Library PearltreesPhone: (719) 685-5206

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Friends of Fountain LibraryBus Route: 3

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What's New!

Sarah Withee

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July is Sarah Withee. She began folding paper as a child, and was introduced to modular origami by Makoto Yamaguchi’s book Kusudama (Origami Ornaments). Thus began a lifelong interest in Japanese paper arts. Sarah has lived in Japan and taken classes in advanced paperfolding and doll making at Tokyo’s Origami Kaikan, and has an extensive library of origami books.

Sarah is an experienced origami instructor who has worked with students from children to senior citizens. She has taught origami at the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado’s Children’s Day for over 10 years, as well as classes for Pikes Peak Library District and private classes. If you have tried learning origami from a book and failed, Sarah knows just how to help you get unstuck!

WORKSHOPS

Origami Cards
In this class, we will learn to fold several models that can serve as decorations for cards. This is a great introduction to origami, and will feature origami butterflies, stars, hearts, and other flat models suitable for cards. All models will be suitable for beginning paperfolders. Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be 16 years of age to attend.

Origami Ornament
In this class, we will learn to fold the traditional Japanese kusudama, or ornament, from six sheets of paper. This class provides a great introduction to some basic origami folding techniques and gives you a beautiful finished ornament to take home. Registration is required and space is limited.

IN STUDIO HOURS
Sarah will be hosting open studio hours at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), when you can talk to her about her origami and watch her work.

  • Tue., June 23 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri., June 26 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Mon., June 29 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu., July 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., July 8 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Sun., July 12 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Fri., July 17 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Sat., July 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., July 20 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Wed., July 22 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tue., July 28 from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wed., July 29 from 1 - 3 p.m.

PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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John Anderson

Retired El Paso County Sheriff John Anderson will give a one-hour presentation on the cultural and historical significance of the Ute Indian Prayer Trees in the Pikes Peak region. These Culturally Modified Trees are believed to have been cultivated between 150 - 450 years ago, and they are found throughout Colorado. Learn about the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak Region, their culture and world view, history, and how these trees connect us to the richness of their culture. Learn to identify Ute Prayer Trees.

Anderson will have copies of his recently published book, Ute Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region, available for purchase and to sign them.

  • Sat., June 27 at 2 p.m., Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
  • Fri., July 10 at 2 p.m., Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade
  • Sat., July 25 at 2 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Anderson has lived in the Pikes Peak region since 1956 and grew up in the shadow of Pikes Peak on a ranch in eastern El Paso County where he loved riding horses and collecting arrowheads. He enjoyed a thirty year law enforcement career, including twenty-two years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and two four year terms as Sheriff for El Paso County.

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Tenderfoot Bluegrass

Join us for this series of free concerts on the lawn of Manitou Springs Library (701 Manitou Ave.) on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, and lawn chairs! In case of bad weather, concerts will be held in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park on the west side of downtown Manitou Springs.

  • July 7: Tenderfoot Bluegrass (Bluegrass)
  • July 14: The Storys (Folk Rock, Classic Rock, Originals)
  • July 21: Mo’ Mungus (Reggae)
  • July 28: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
  • Aug 4: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
  • Aug 11: Charity Shatwell (Power Folk)

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2015 Teen Fiction Contest

The Challenge:

Write an original fiction story of up to 2,500 words that begins with the sentence: “Sunlight and shadow flashed across the mountain.”* What happens from there is up to you!

Who can Enter:

Middle school or high school students who are El Paso County residents.

Deadline:

The deadline for this contest has passed.

Winners will be notified by August 14, 2015.

The top five middle school and the top five high school entries will be published in a PPLD eBook anthology.

We take our theme for this year’s teen fiction contest from the library theme: Transformation at Elevation.

*A big thanks to Scribes & Bards (East Library), Teen Writing Group (Library 21c), and the Penrose Teen Writers’ Association (Penrose Library) for the selection of this year’s first line!

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What: Pikes Peak Library District Kids Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2015
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 online (registration link available June 1 at 9 a.m.)
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete 9 spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every 2 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 the Super Hero Readers bonus round!
Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a star for every 5 hours you read.
  2. After each completed 5 hours visit your library and a your name to our super Hero readers display.
  3. When you complete 25 hours you earn cool shoe bling, and enter a drawing for a Hero party!

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 finger puppet, and a board book.

But wait! There's more!
Over 800 programs this summer are all free, and include art, 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 inflatables, bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Reading Buddies

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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Summer Reading Program Starts June 1!

PPLD's Summer Reading Program is coming to a library near you on June 1! Registration starts June 1 at 9 a.m.

The Kids Summer Reading Program theme is "Every Hero Has a Story".
Click here for more information about Kids Summer Reading.

The Teens Summer Reading Program theme is "Unmask!"
Click here for more information about Teens Summer Reading.

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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Winner 2015: The Gazette's Best of the Springs

Pikes Peak Library District was honored in two categories by The Gazette's Best of the Springs!

Expert Pick for Hands-Down Great Place for Kids
"On any given day of the week, parents can find a free educational event for their kids to attend at one of the many libraries of the Pikes Peak Library District. From newborns to teens, the district makes an effort to reach out to all kids and give them age-appropriate programming and resources to help them learn more. Programming is especially good in the summer months when the libraries bring music, crafts, animals, and movies for kids and parents to enjoy together."

Voter's Choice for Teen Hangout
"Teens can enjoy myriad activities, get help with reading, writing and math homework as well as learn how to use library resources for research and enjoyment. The district has organized a wide range of unique programs including workshops in electronics, gaming, tutoring and knitting."

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There is no Music and Movement during the summer.
We will begin again starting August 5, 2015.

Join us for a very special storytime involving music and movement, aimed at ages 2 and 3. Caregivers and children participate through movement to songs and rhymes. A fun one-on-one time with your child while fostering learning, coordination and a love of music.

Where: Library 21c
When: Wednesdays, 10 and 11 a.m.

Where: Manitou Springs Library
When: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

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'Round the Year in Myth and Song

The Manitou Springs Community Library recently received an old book (copyright 1897) with a typed letter explaining where the book has been the past few years. It is a touching story of a book that affected a patron many years ago, traveled the world, and returned.

Dear Manitou Springs Public Library,

As a kid, many years before Manitou Springs became a redeveloped historic community, I spent hours and hours as a latchkey child with a single mother discovering classic books in your library. I remember the Manitou Springs Public Library as a mystical place of knowledge; an historic building whose contents fueled a desire for learning. Based on a desire for knowledge, I kept up my grades throughout school, eventually earned a scholarship to University, and graduated with a bachelor degree.

One of the numerous books I checked out from your library was a 19th century picture book with delightful poems, photographs and stories about ancient Greco-Roman mythology. I had intended to return the book; however it was inadvertently packed in a box of belongings and moved from the area when my family suddenly relocated. Unfortunately, this was in the days before the Internet. I do not recall seeing the Manitou Public Library’s address anywhere within the volume, and could not return it.

Eventually, after numerous relocations throughout the world, the book was finally lost … perhaps in a box that was not delivered … perhaps in a truck … or perhaps some divine deity from our mythological past decided enough was enough. Wherever that volume disappeared to, it was gone from the bookshelves that had temporarily lent it a place to rest during its global travels.

Recently, I happened to remember the name of that volume and searched for it online and was delighted to learn it was neither an expensive nor a rare book, and there were numerous copies of it available so I ordered a volume to replace the missing book. That volume turned out to be a second edition; apparently this may have been quite a popular book for several generations of school children. Then I searched again, and found a first edition; printed in the 19th century, as I had remembered.

Enclosed in this package is that first edition of Round the Year in Myth and Song to replace the inspirational book of my childhood, to which I had become attached throughout the years before it was lost, so that it may return to your historic shelves, where I first found it many, many years ago. I hope you will accept my apologies for not returning the original book before it mysteriously vanished, and also my thanks for the gifts of knowledge and desire for learning that I received so long ago, as an elementary school kid who discovered a world of adventure within a small building in Manitou Springs.

Yours truly,
“Anon”

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Manitou Springs Public Library

In an historic election on November 6, 2012, Manitou Springs residents voted to have their local library become part of Pikes Peak Library District. The approved Issue 2B will raise property taxes by up to 4 mills in Manitou Springs, generating $240,000 in 2013 and allowing Manitou Springs Public Library to join PPLD and its 14 other facilities serving El Paso County.

“The positive election results for the Manitou Springs Public Library to join Pikes Peak Library District means that we are combining over a hundred years of service in each of our two library systems together,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller. “With the passage of this issue, we have literally made history together. We are excited to welcome Manitou Springs into the Pikes Peak Library District. This will provide better and more consistent library service for all residents within both of our service areas.”

The Manitou Library was among proposed budget cuts in Manitou Springs before citizens petitioned to place Issue 2B on the ballot. MSPL was excited to hear that library service to Manitou Springs residents would not only continue, but be expanded.

“This is an exciting time in the life of our library and we’re thrilled to become a part of Pikes Peak Library District,” said MSPL Executive Director Margaret Morris. “This merger into such a progressive, nationally-recognized library district allows us to not only provide an abundance of additional library services to the Manitou Springs community, but to keep those services in place for many years to come. This ballot initiative always has been about sustainable library services in Manitou Springs, and the citizens recognized and showed their support with a favorable outcome.”

While the transition will not be officially effective until 2013, PPLD will soon begin issuing cards to all Manitou Springs library patrons who wish to begin using PPLD services immediately. Manitou patrons will still need their MSPL card to check out materials from the Manitou Library until the end of the year.

A celebration of this historic transition will occur at MSPL in January.

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