What's New: Friends of PPLD

International best-selling author Jim Fergus has been named the 2022 recipient of the Frank Waters Award by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. Fergus, a Colorado College graduate, will receive the award and be the keynote speaker at the annual Literary Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

Fergus’s first novel, “One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd,” was published in 1998. The novel won the 1999 Fiction of the Year Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association. It has since sold over 700,000 copies in the United States.

Fergus has also published a collection of outdoor articles and essays, titled “The Sporting Road.” In 2005, his second novel, “The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles” set in the 1930’s in Chicago, Arizona, and the Sierra Madres of Mexico, was published. In 2018, he published “The Vengeance of Mothers,” a sequel to his first novel. followed by “Strongheart” in 2021. Fergus divides his time between southern Arizona and France, where he also is a best-selling author.

The 2022 Golden Quill award also will be presented at the luncheon. The annual prize, given to a local author or publication, will go to John Anderson, former El Paso County sheriff, historian and writer. His works include: “Sherlock Holmes in Little London: 1896 The Missing Year”; “Rankin Scott Kelly: First Sheriff of El Paso County Colorado Territory 1861-1867”; and “Ute Prayer Tees of the Pikes Peak Region.”

Cost of the luncheon will be $45 for Friends of the Library members, $50 for all others. You may purchase a table of eight for $360. Reservations may be made online by visiting https://tinyurl.com/bmwafcms. Reservations also may be mailed to: Friends of PPLD, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Deadline for reservations is 5 p.m. Friday, June 10. Questions may be directed to the Friends office, (719) 531-6333, x1461.

Books will be for sale at the event and authors will be on hand to autograph them. Proceeds from the event benefit Friends, who support library district programs and needs.

The Friends of the PPLD holds two big book sales per year, typically in March and October.

Tentative dates for 2022 are

  • March 11, 12 and 13
  • October 7, 8 and 9

Watch this space for details!

The results are in!

The Betty Field Youth Memorial Writing Contest, sponsored by the Friends of Pikes Peak Library District, is writing contest for youth in grades 6-12 that focuses on mystery stories.

This year, 90 students submitted stories to the contest. These submissions were judged anonymously by volunteers from the Friends of the Library and Pikes Peak Library District staff, who entered over 400 scores for the stories!

6th Grade:

  • 1st place: "Pluto Found Missing" by Madalynn Moorhead
  • 2nd place: "Friend or Foe?" by Tristan Kumar
  • 3rd place: "The Girl Erased from Time" by Hudson Sheperd

7th Grade:

  • 1st place: "Scootered" by Jace Baehman
  • 2nd place: "The Dissociative Killer" by Raina Seybert
  • 3rd place: "The Case of the Cullinan Diamond" Daniel Bloomfield

8th Grade:

  • 1st place: "Buried Memories" by Isabelle McNett
  • 2nd place: "A Walk in the Woods" by Marian Griffiths
  • 3rd place: "A Hole in the Roof" by Cannon Lockburner

9th and 10th Grade:

  • 1st place: "Provocation" by Elaine Zou
  • 2nd place: "Blue Girls and Zombie Kits" by Riley Ferl
  • 3rd place: "The Ridge" by Angel Jimenez

11th and 12th Grade:

  • 1st place: "The Puppetmaster" by Sierra Montgomery
  • 2nd place: "Mystery of the Missing Happiness" by Evelyn Peake
  • 3rd place: "An Odious Case" by Christian Alvis

Winners will be contacted via email with information about their prizes.

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are now selling books online, through Amazon. The Friends growing online collection features an assortment of both non-fiction and fiction, including history, textbooks, best-sellers and more.

You can see the collection on our Amazon Storefront at Amazon.com/shops/FriendsofPPLD. Purchases benefit Pikes Peak Library District. Now you can purchase books for yourself and help us provide books for others. Contact us if you have questions.

To join the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, please complete a membership application or visit our Join Us page.

Member benefits include:

  • Discounts at all Friends bookstores and biannual book sales
  • Advance notice of book sales
  • Invitations to special events
  • Early entry to biannual book sales
  • Meeting and working with other literate, interesting people who care about preserving valuable community resources
  • Feeling good about supporting a vital resource that benefits our whole community.