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The Zookeeper's Wife

Join us on at noon the third Thursday of each month in the Venue at Library 21c for a free movie screening. Feel free to bring a lunch! Snacks will be provided.

The Zookeeper's Wife
Thu., March 15
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned - and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance. (PG-13, 107 min.)

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All Pikes Peak Writes

Creativity and imagination abound in the Pikes Peak region. Show off your talents by entering All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's 3rd annual fiction writing contest for adults. Submit your entry to All Pikes Peak Writes from February 15 - April 16.

Below, you will find contest rules, submission deadlines, and other useful information as you begin your writing.

You can read last year's winning entries here.

All Pikes Peak Writes is open to those who are ages 18 and over and who currently live in El Paso County. Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • Only one work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • Stories 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, OR submitted online to along with a submission form.
  • Acceptable file formats include: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Entries will be accepted beginning February 15 at all PPLD locations and online.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Monday, April 16 at 9 p.m.
  • Entrant’s name should only appear on the submission 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 will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, and overall impression of the work. The judging panel may include library staff, local authors, and previous winners. The decision of the judges is final.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, May 5 during the Mountain of Authors program at Library 21c.

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The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District will honor two Colorado women authors at its annual Literary Awards Luncheon at noon on Saturday, April 21 at the Antlers Hotel.

The 2018 Frank Waters Award will be given to Mary Taylor Young. Her formidable knowledge of Colorado and the West is revealed in more than 15 books, her last one marking the centennial of a state treasure, "Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years." Since 1987, her vivid portrayals - at times touching or humorous but always compelling - have explored the wildlife, landscapes, and people that define the West.

Young is also a creative writing teacher and artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park. She has worked extensively with children.

The 2018 Golden Quill award, given to a local author, will honor Kathleen "Kay" Esmiol, who co-authored a biography about local legend Fannie Mae Duncan. The book, "Everybody Welcome," was written by Esmiol, but dictated by Duncan, reflecting her voice and vernacular. Duncan was an African-American entrepreneur who owned and operated the famous "Cotton Club" in Colorado Springs, patterned after a New York nightclub of the same name. Many famous black entertainers performed there and Duncan was a local icon for civil rights.

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the authors will be signing copies of their books before and after lunch.

The cost for the luncheon is $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. Meal choices include chicken or vegetarian/gluten-free. Reservation deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 13. Parking in the garage will be validated.

Payment is due at the time of registration; no refunds. Proceeds benefit Friends, which supports library programs.

To reserve by mail send a check in the appropriate amount and your meal choice to:
5550 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

To register online via debit, credit, or PayPal:

Number of Tickets
Meal Choice:Ex. 2 Veg, 6 Chick

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Repair Café

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is teaming up with the Manitou Art Center (MAC) to present Repair Café, a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out.

At a Repair Café, attendees will find the tools and materials needed to repair their broken items, as well as knowledgeable volunteers to assist fixing their items. Repair Trainers will offer a diagnosis and suggested remedy for broken items, repairing items when possible, and otherwise explaining what parts you may need to obtain to complete the repair.

“The MAC is extremely happy to partner with PPLD in bringing the Repair Café to Manitou Springs and the Westside of Colorado Springs,” said Dustin Booth, MAC Studio Artist Manager. “The Repair Cafe concept is a strong, community-oriented model which reinforces skill sharing and fosters a supportive learning environment for anyone of any age. It is a progressive concept with very traditional roots. There is no end to the value of being able to reuse, repair and understand how to fix items that we use in our day to day lives.”

To learn more about Repair Café, including how to volunteer, visit

Repair Café will be held each month from February to November 2018. All community members are welcome to join in these free events to reduce waste and learn some new skills!

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Want to publish your own book? Learn more about self-publishing opportunities with the Library, such as SELF-e, Indie Author Day, and Mountain of Authors. This class is an overview about the self-publishing process, including creating an eBook, distribution channels, and marketing.

Registration is required for this free class.

  • When: Thu., March 1 from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Tuesday, April 17. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

Good luck and happy filing!

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Dark Girls

Join us in the Venue to watch the documentary Dark Girls (2011, 71 minutes, not rated) in honor of Black History Month.

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.

There is no registration required for this free event.

  • When: Sat., Feb. 24 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Buffalo Soldiers

Come for an afternoon of fun, crafts, face painting, button making, movies, exhibits, refreshments, door prizes, and more, to celebrate Black History Month! Also enjoy a fascinating lecture entitled “U.S. Army Buffalo Soldiers: A Historical Snapshot.”

This free event is for all ages!

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Human Library
  • When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: East Library

A library of human beings, the Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life. Individuals serve as human ‘books’ and participants can ‘read’ the book by engaging in a conversation with the book on loan.

The Human Library™ aims to establish a safe conversational space where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and hopefully answered. It was developed to challenge societal prejudices wherever and for whatever reasons they occur, and to help people form a better understanding of those with whom they share their communities.

PPLD's Human Library will feature 15 books available for "checkout." Readers will have the opportunity to have a 20 minute conversation with their book selections. Reservations are suggested. From March 2 - 9, readers may place ONE book on hold by calling (719) 389-8968. Readers are welcome to read more books the day of the event. At the event, books are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Click here for our catalog of books.

For more information about PPLD’s Human Library program visit:

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Friends Spring Book Sale

It's that time again! The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are holding their annual Spring Book Sale at East Library on March 16-18.

  • Friday, March 16, 4 - 7 p.m.: Friends members only. Friends memberships are available at the door or here
  • Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Open to the public
  • Sunday, March 18, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Open to the public. $5 bag sale (bags supplied by the Friends)
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A new exhibit of images from Pikes Peak Library District’s Special Collections photograph archive captures the response of many residents of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region to the inauguration of President Donald Trump and his first 100 days in office. The exhibit will be on display at East Library in February, followed by visits to other PPLD locations (see full schedule below).

The response began with the Women’s March held on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The day began with speakers and performance artists in Acacia Park, followed by a march along the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs. Observers estimated the crowd to be in the range of 7,000 participants, which places it among the largest public demonstrations in the history of Colorado Springs.

The collection also includes images from a pro-Trump rally held in Acacia Park, marches and rallies against the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines, an anti-Muslim immigration ban protest, a Climate Justice Vigil, and the March for Science.

Numerous groups served as organizers, sponsors, and supporters of these events. Included were SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), the El Paso County Republican Party, UCOS (Unite Colorado Springs), NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Conference, NAACP Colorado Springs Branch 4001, the Colorado Springs Council for Justice, the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission.

The First 100 Days! Exhibition Schedule
February: East Library
March: Fountain Library
April: Rockrimmon Library
May: Old Colorado City Library
August: Monument Library
September: Library 21c
October: Penrose Library
November: Ruth Holley Library
December: Sand Creek Library

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The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to Pikes Peak Library District patrons. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

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Career Online High School

When she was in 9th grade, Crystal Reavis dropped out of high school. “I got in with a group of friends that thought partying was more fun than being responsible,” she says. “I was a cheerleader. I wasn’t in the out crowd. But my parents left me with some friends to make my own decisions when I was 13, which led to partying and not doing my schoolwork.”

Now a married mother of two, Reavis is part of the first group of graduates from Pikes Peak Library District’s Career Online High School (COHS) program. A graduation ceremony will be held from 6 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14 at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

“This is something I have wanted to do, but I don’t drive because of epilepsy, so getting a GED was hard. Dragging kids onto the bus is almost impossible. And most people don’t want your kids in the class with you,” says Reavis, who also homeschools her children: Gauge, age 9; and Kahlan, age 1.

While on PPLD’s website, self-described “library junkie” Reavis found information about COHS, and said, “‘This is something I can do!’ And my husband (David) said, 'You absolutely should!’ It was a perfect fit for me.”

Reavis was able to finish the program in four months, getting career certification in office management. The flexibility of a self-paced, online program benefited the busy Reavis. “I could go on there anytime I wanted, which was really great. Having two kids is hard enough, and when you homeschool you have to fit it in when you can,” she says.

Reavis’ accomplishment has unsurprisingly moved her family. “My son said, ‘I want to make sure I finish school now because I see how happy you are.’ When the diploma came in, my husband actually cried and told me how proud he was of me. He knew how important it was for me,” recalls Reavis.

“Thank you to Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, to all of the librarians, and especially (PPLD Adult Education’s) Teona (Shainidze-Krebs) and Julie (Beck). They have both been with me every step of the way. If anyone were to ask me why they should enroll, I would say that it really will change your life. Once you have a diploma, you can do anything, whether it’s a better-paying job, going to college, or getting a sense of accomplishment.”

Ah yes, college. Reavis, once a teenage dropout, is about to start studying Anthropology through Ashford University. And she’s been trying to get a family member to enroll in COHS, as well. “My dad lives in Florida, and they have the same program there. He never finished school because his parents died. I told him, ‘You have to do this!’ And now he’s looking into it.”

For more information about Career Online High School, visit

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Hydraulics Engineering STEM Kit

Explore the mechanical power of liquid in motion by building your very own hydraulic machines! Follow simple step-by-step instructions to create 4 different hydraulic machines, including a working drawbridge, a rake, and a crane that really lifts objects!

This kit will help develop your child’s skills in engineering, hydraulics, and the design process. For ages 8 and up. This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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Math War Game Cards

We have added some fun new card games to our collection! Math War: division, multiplication, and addition/subtraction game cards are an excellent way to improve math skills while also having fun.

Plus, we have animal matching, word families, and silly sentences card games! Ages vary, starting at 4 and up. These card games are available at our Educational Resource Center.

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The Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeong Chang, South Korea this month! Don't just watch it on TV. Take this time to move with your child! You may not really be able to ice skate or compete in luge, but you can use your imagination! Athletes need to have good balance. Practice walking on a line. If the weather is nice...pretend to LUGE down the slide at the park. Indoors, wear slippery socks and slide around on the smooth floor like you are FIGURE SKATING. Or make a modified CURLING course...using a ball or toy truck and a broom, and land on a bulls-eye on the floor. Don't let your kids have all the fun! They want to judge your spins and turns on the ice rink as well! Here are some books to help your athletes "warm up". Click on link:

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PPLD invites you to participate in our 3rd Annual Business Resource Fair on Wed., May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Library 21c.

The goal of the Business Resource Fair is to make entrepreneurs and businesses in the Colorado Springs area aware of the many resources available to help grow their businesses.

In the past, the fair has included participants from city, county, state and federal agencies as well as free or low cost non-profit organizations, and this year we are expanding to include local vendors who provide services for other businesses. Examples include Banks, Marketing, Accounting, Lawyers, Social Media, Cyber Security, Graphic Design, Insurance, Staffing Agencies, Consultants, Coaches, Funding Sources, and more.

If you feel your business would be a good fit, please fill out our Vendor Application.

We also have spots open for educational presentations. Three rooms will have Business-to-Business (B2B) or other vendors offering 15, 30, 45, or 60 minute presentations. If you are considered, you will need to submit your presentation to be vetted and to avoid duplication. B2B spots are limited so please reply as soon possible. Participants will be decided by Friday, April 6 so they can be included in the publicity.

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Homeschool YMCA Physical Education

Homeschool YMCA Physical Education is starting at GARDEN RANCH YMCA.

Homeschool YMCA Physical Education is a great way to work physical activity, health and wellness, and socialization into your homeschool curriculum. Tuesdays will consist of a sport/activity based curriculum focusing on strengthening the fundamentals of different sports. Thursdays will be spent in the pool with a 40-45 minute age appropriate swim lesson and 15-20 minute water activity. The session runs from February 20 - April 5 (No PE March 26 - 30). A 50% Off FPP discount is offered as well as a $5 discount for each additional child.

WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays February 20 - April 5
TIME: 9 -10 a.m.
AGES: 5+
COST: Members: $80; Non-Members: $100

For More Information, contact Jessica Ehlen at

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Rainbow Fish

2018 marks the 10th year of the Giant Puppet Project at Mountainside Elementary School (MES) on Fort Carson. Concrete Couch works with the students to design and build a marionette puppet that is based on a favorite children's book. The most recent project, inspired by The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, is now installed at Library 21c.

The project involves kids from military families, their parents and siblings, and community volunteers. It is designed to boost literacy skills, has a pre-engineering element, and is just plain fun! Kids ages 6 - 10 are involved in the 11-day experience. The installations are up at MES for one year, and each puppet has about eight different moving parts! For the installation at Library 21c, Rainbow Fish was simplified to be a non-moving sculptural piece.

Sponsors of the program include the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Joseph Henry Edmondson, El Pomar and Quail Roost Foundations, the Hillsdale and Alpenglow Funds, Colorado Industrial Recyclers, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Barb and David Winter.

Special thanks go to the many volunteers who assist in this and other Concrete Couch projects. You guys are the bomb!

~The Staff at Concrete Couch

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MAKE @ East

Here is just some of the many programs being held in MAKE @ East in February. For a complete list of programs, click here.

Knit One & Crochet Too
Wed., Feb. 7 and 21 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Bring a project to work on, and socialize with fellow knitters and crocheters! No registration is required.

Drop-in Painting
Wed., Feb. 7 and 21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Amateur artists are invited to MAKE @ East to experiment with watercolors (watercolor paints, watercolor crayons, and watercolor pencils!) at this fun and informal drop-in program. We’ll supply the brushes, paint, and paper; just bring yourself! Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Maker in Residence: Digital Photography as Art & Play
Sun., Feb. 11 from 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Do you love photography? Join Maker in Residence Charlie Mussi for a fun, free class perfect for anyone seeking to find or share tips and techniques, and engage in digital photography discussions. We’ll also learn more about the photography resources at PPLD. All adults welcome, including beginners. Bring any camera or phone camera that you choose. We will take time after the formal class to talk about your photography hurdles. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required.

Kids Create: Valentine Edition
Tue., Feb. 13 at from 10 - 10:30 a.m., 10:45 - 11:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. - noon
Join us in MAKE @ East for a Valentine activity sampler! Attendees will create special Valentine’s and see the laser cutter in action. Also be sure to visit the Educational Resource Center (ERC) any time between 10 a.m. and noon for additional Valentine activities! Ages 5+. Registration required. Please register EACH child attending by clicking on preferred time above.

MAKE @ East Open Hours

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: closed
  • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed
  • During Open Hours, MAKE @ East is available to work on your own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

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Write a poem about your favorite piece of art . It could be a painting, a photograph, a sculpture, or even a dance or a movie!

Keep your eye out around town for inspiration, including projects made by local Concrete Couch.

Your poem should include not only some description of the art itself, but your thoughts about what you feel the art might mean or why it matters to you. Title your poem with the same title as the art you choose.

Open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region. Meets Colorado Model Content Standards 1, 2, and 4 for Reading and Writing.

Six winners of $50 each. Winners will also receive a book and a Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration poster

Entries may be mailed to:
The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest
c/o Nancy Maday
Pikes Peak Library District
PO Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

Or, email entries to Nancy Maday at

Questions? Call (719) 531-6333, x2405.

Awards announced in mid-April as part of Young People’s Poetry Week.

1. One entry per student. Teachers are urged to review poems and submit no more than five per class.
2. Each poems must be the original work of the student.
3. Poems will be judged on originality, including poem title and adherence to the theme.
4. Submit two typed, double-spaced copies of each poem on 8.5” x 11” paper. No handwritten copies or illustrations accepted. Please include on a separate piece of paper: name, phone number, home address, school name and address, and teacher and principal’s name. Poems will not be returned. Please keep a copy.
5. Entries must be postmarked by Fri., March 9, 2018.

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Adult Storytime

Storytime is not just for kids! Enjoy a short story read by a librarian and join the following discussion.

  • When: Fridays from Feb. 2 - March 9 from 5 - 5:30 p.m.
    (No program on Feb. 16!)
  • Atrium at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Python Path Phonics

Make learning about phonics and consonants fun and easy with our new board games! In the Python Path Phonics Word-ending game, kids slither along the snake path and score points for the number of words they make.

Learn even more with the Creepy Cave Consonant Matching Game, in which players move their monster around the board by matching beginning consonants and build their vocabulary, spelling, and memory skills. For ages 5 and up. Games are available at our Educational Resource Center.

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Engineer a Coaster

Design your own roller coaster with our new Engineer A Coaster Kit! Through trial and error, kids learn how the track position will affect the disk as it rolls and travels from track-to-track and into the goal box!

This kit is ideal for developing skills in understanding speed and momentum, force and motion, angles and trajectories, and size. For ages 3 and up. This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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2nd Pikes Peak Homeschool Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Inspired Home Educators is hosting their 2nd Pikes Peak Homeschool two day Conference on Friday and Saturday, May 4 - 5, 2018. It will be held at Falcon Legacy Campus, 11990 Swingline Rd., Peyton, CO 80831. Order tickets now to reserve your spot!

Stay tuned for details on…

  • Our “day in the life” homeschooling series
  • Homeschooling styles
  • Inspiring Speakers
  • Fantastic Vendors

In the mean time please fill out our survey. Also, if you are a speaker, vendor, or a teen vendor please follow the links and submit an application. Space is limited so apply soon.

The website is:

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