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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.


Thu., July 19
Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. (PG, 113 min.)

The Greatest Showman

Thu., Aug. 16

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, this original musical celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (PG, 105 min.)

Same Kind of Different as Me

Thu., Sept. 20

International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. (PG-13, 119 min.)

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Edie Carey

All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music on the lawn. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Community Congregational Church in Manitou Springs, across from the library.

Tuesdays from 6 - 7:30 pm

June 19: Edie Carey (Folk-Pop Singer-Songwriter)
June 26: Archtop Eddy (20th Century Music)
July 3: Tenderfoot Bluegrass (Bluegrass)
July 10: The Storys (Folk and Classic Rock)
July 17: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
July 24: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
July 31: Michael Reese (Rock)
August 7: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
August 14: Unlok (Easy Listening)

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Share in an engaging, expansive and energetic evening learning about the history and practice of Reiki. You’ll learn simple hands on techniques to help you and your loved ones reduce stress, create balance and promote healing. Reiki, Universal Life Force Energy, is an energy healing practice developed in Japan in the early 1900s by Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki is used all over the world in homes, offices, clinics, and hospitals to aid physical and mental health and spiritual growth.

Registration is required.

  • When: Sat., June 30 from 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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DESTINATION:SPACE An out-of-this world FREE concert, great for the whole family!

Join us for this community event on Wednesday, June 27. Concert performances at 6 and 7:30 p.m. • Star viewing begins at 8:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for the young (and the young at heart)!
There will be music, hands-on activities, an instrument petting zoo, star viewing, and crafts.

Featuring The Constellations: A Guide to the Orchestra by local composer JONATHAN PETERS with narration by Max Ferguson.

Visit or for more information.

4425 Arrowswest Drive
Colorado Springs, CO

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Yoga in the Park

Come and join PPLD for Yoga in the Park, led by a certified yoga instructor. Enjoy the outdoors and a great view of Pikes Peak while doing yoga. Bring your own mat and beach towel. You might want sunglasses and sunscreen too!

Weather permitting. Please consult your physician prior to participation in this program.

  • When: Thu., June 28, July 26, and Aug. 23 from 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Where: Ford Frick Park, 8025 N. Union Blvd.
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"Shedding Light" by Clarence Chivers

The Shivers Concert Series presents an Evening of Inspirational Song featuring:

  • Hermione Martin, soprano
  • Daughters of Promise
  • Celebration Multicultural Choir
  • John Redmon
  • Mildred Hinton
  • When: Sunday, July 29 at 4 p.m.
  • Where: Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus (SW corner of Cache la Poudre and Cascade)
  • Tickets: $25; Call (719) 593-8400 or fill out payment form below.

Proceeds benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.

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“By the sea, by the sea….By the beautiful sea!
You and me, you and me…Oh how happy we’ll be!”

June is “The Great Outdoors” Month! Oceans and lakes, sea creatures and mermaids! Stop at the library for a great book…but make sure to keep it out of the water! Click on pdf below for reading list.

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Qwirkle Game

Mix, match, score and win in this fun game that teaches colors, shapes, math and the importance of strategizing! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 6 and up.

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Tumble Stars

Set off a chain reaction of tumbling fun with our new Tumble Stars game! Enhance your child’s fine motor skills and strengthen their basic foundations of physics and spatial relationships while having fun in the process! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 3 and up.

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Penrose Library "after 1968" - Photo by Stewarts Commercial Photographers from PPLD Special Collections (013-10889)

Join us on Sunday, July 15 from 12:30 - 4 p.m. for an afternoon of celebration as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Penrose Library!

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and Secret Garden statue re-dedication in honor of former
PPLD Director Bernie Margolis will begin at 12:30 p.m. featuring Mayor John Suthers, PPLD Board of Trustees President Kathleen Owings, PPLD Chief Librarian John Spears, former PPLD Executive Director Pat Losinski, and El Pomar Foundation Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer R. Thayer Tutt, Jr.

At 1 p.m., we will have hot dogs provided by Big Papa’s Grill and 1960s music provided by The Psychedelegates in the upper parking lot. Cake will be served inside the main entrance.

The party will also feature raffles and prizes, a “come as you were/would have been in 1968” costume contest, green screen time machine (take a green screen photo with Special Collections photos or other 1960s backgrounds), make a 1960s button, and other fun activities.

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Reading Buddies has returned!
Teen volunteers help kids, Kindergarten through 5th grade, with reading practice.
Every Tuesday in June, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Only at East Library!

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Monique Santos

PPLD's current Maker in Residence is paper crafting instructor Monique Santos, a Colorado native and enjoys all things “Colorado”! A perfect day would be a morning hike with a friend, cup of coffee, afternoon of playing with the girls and dinner with the family. When she is not busy as a wife and stay at home mom of two daughters 6 & 4 she enjoys being a part of the Colorado Springs community. Whether it be at her daughters school, community centers, crafting events or the library she is passionate about sharing her love for creating.

She will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

Introduction to Paper Quilling
Class Description: Quilling is a form of art that uses thin strips of paper to create designs. Join instructor Monique as she introduces you to the basic elements of paper quilling. Learn to create basic coils and scrolls that will set the foundation for endless possibilities.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Thu., June 28 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fri., July 6 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Sat., July 28 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mon., July 30 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 4 from 1 - 4 p.m.

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Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who aren’t hungry learn better, act better and feel better.

School District 11 is providing FREE nutritious meals for kids and teens (ages 1 - 18) all summer long.

These free lunches will be served at Old Colorado City Library from 11 - 11:30 a.m., Monday - Friday through July 28. (No service on July 4.)

Click here for more food options for kids during the summer.

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The Challenge
Write an original fiction story of up to 2,500 words that begins with the sentence “The letter could not have come at a worse time.” This year’s first sentence was chosen by New York Times best-selling author, Sandhya Menon. What happens after that is up to you!


The entry must begin with the line “The letter could not have come at a worse time.”
Must be ages 12 to 18.
Must be an El Paso County resident.
Word count must not exceed 2,500 words. Word count will be established by using Microsoft Word 2010. Points will be automatically deducted from the total score of the piece if the word count exceeds 2,500 words.
Pieces must include title page with title and author’s name. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the document.
Pieces must be double-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri font with the title and page number in the upper right-hand corner.
Only one entry per person.
Failure to follow the guidelines will result in disqualification.
You must fill out the online entry form and submit your piece here by Mon., June 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm. The file format should be compatible with Microsoft Word 2010. If you need to convert a file, please visit a library location.


When will I know if I have won?
We will notify participants by mid-July if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the East Library, regardless of if they won an award.

Are you publishing the anthology again?
Yes! We will be publishing the top five in both middle school and high school (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and two honorable mentions).

Will I get feedback for my work?
Yes! You will receive a copy of your story with comments via email after the awards ceremony.

Do I have to turn in my story online?
Yes. To better facilitate the process, we are requiring all stories be turned in digitally. You can stop by any PPLD location to use one of our computers for this purpose.

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Looking for new curriculum materials? Have curriculum you don't need? Come to the Give & Take on Thursday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the East Library Community Meeting Room! Find curriculum, educational materials, books, and more.

No selling. All sharing. Everything is free!

Call 719-531-6333 x. 1407 or email Joy at if you would like to bring items to give away. We'll have a table for you!

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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: Wed., June 7 from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Kids and teens (ages 0 - 18) can win prizes through reading and activities, and we will be hosting many free, fun events. You can track your progress online or with game cards available at all PPLD locations and through the links below.

The adventure runs June 1 - July 31.

Registration now at

Questions? Email

Game Cards

Events Calendars

Free Things to Do in Colorado Springs

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Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) 2018, which will run from September 10 - November 17.

Our selected adult title is The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe. The book explores themes of diversity, multiculturalism, compassion, immigration, endurance, resiliency, and hope. PPLD will use these themes while planning programs of community interest. Our selections for teens and children titles also explore similar themes.

Our title for teens and young adults is Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh. Flying Lessons was published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

Our children's title is Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Last Stop on Market Street was the 2016 Newbery Award winner.

This fall we will present a variety of programs to the community including author visits, film screenings, community discussions and panel presentations, theater productions, art installations and gallery exhibitions, and more. We will be undertaking many of these with our community partners.

We are delighted that our selected authors will be able to join us in the fall. Helen Thorpe will be visiting on Tuesday, October 2 and Matt de la Peña (who also wrote a short story included in Flying Lessons and Other Stories) will visit on Thursday, November 8.

Check this page for updates on APPR events.

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The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is an educational, non-profit living history farm and museum that depicts life in the Pikes Peak region in four time periods: American Indian area in 1775; 1860’s Galloway Homestead; 1880’s Chambers Home and Ranch; 1907 Edwardian Country Estate.

Follow this link to the Special Events Calendar.

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Painting with cups


  • Paint
  • Assorted cups and/or jars
  • Paper plates or pie pans
  • Paper


  1. Put paint on plates or pans.
  2. Dip the top of a cup into the paint.
  3. Press the top of the cup on to the paper to make a circle.
  4. Experiment! You can use different-sized cups to make a variety of circles, or dip the bottom of the cup into the paint to make a solid circle instead.

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When: 8-days in June (June 20 -22, 25-29, 2018)
Who: Young people ages 15-18
Cost: FREE ($50 appreciated to help with snacks, beverages, and lunch for the 8 days)
Where: Meadow Lake Airport – 13550 Piper Lane, Peyton, CO (Map)

The Aviation Education Foundation of Colorado, Inc. (AEFCO) is dedicated to introducing high school students to careers in professional aviation after college. During this FREE 8-day "camp", students meet pilots from the airlines, military, and corporate, as well as aerospace engineers and representatives from local schools with aviation programs. They are introduced to aviation concepts, weather, and flight planning, to name a few of the topics. Always ranked as the best, though, is that they fly!

For more information and to sign up, please visit Aviation Summer Flight Experience.

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National Cybersecurity Center 2018 AFA CyberCamp

What will students do at the NCC’s AFA CyberCamp?

The AFA CyberCamp program is designed to excite students about cybersecurity and STEM pathways. The camp will teach important cyber defense skills through hands-on instruction, and involve them in cyber-related activities that start to build a foundational skillset in technology. Through the camp, students will learn how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats, as well how to harden entire networks running Windows 7 and Ubuntu operating systems.

The NCC’s AFA CyberCamp will culminate in an exciting final team competition that simulates real cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals and mimics AFA’s CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Who can attend?

7th to 12th graders brand new to cybersecurity

When will the camp run?

July 23 - July 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily

Where will the camp be held?

National Cybersecurity Center
3650 N. Nevada
Colorado Springs, CO
(719) 255-5223, Attention Dr. Mary Elizabeth Graft

What should students bring?

Notebook, pen/pencil, lunch/snack each day, water bottle. Computers provided.

Camp fee / How to sign up:

$295 per student (non member); 250 member) / Visit
A limited number of scholarships are available.

For more information on the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program, visit:

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This opportunity provides two high schools juniors or seniors, or incoming college freshmen, from diverse populations with summer-long paid internships at Pikes Peak Library District. The interns will work at one of the 14 Pikes Peak Library District locations up to 20 hours a week developing a project with the help of a mentor. The interns will have the opportunity to engage with multiple facets of library life, from administrations to programming to user services. Interns will have opportunities to connect with one another, and learn from mentors across the country.

Minimum qualifications to apply:

  • Not have any disciplinary offenses incurred in the last year
  • Be an incoming high school junior or senior, or college freshman for the Fall 2018 term
  • Have parent/guardian approval to participate upon selection. (Required if under age 18.)
  • Please attach a letter of recommendation from a teacher or other adult (not family) who can speak to your leadership skills, ability to develop and pursue a goal, or your community involvement.
  • 2.5 GPA or higher, please provide transcript or report card.
  • Commitment to attend two funded trips: Kick-off in Washington D.C. (June 14 - 16) and Wrap-up in Chicago (Sept. or Oct.) NOTE: Student must have valid ID for travel.
  • Commitment to work paid local project hours for 10 weeks at up to 20 hours/week at assigned location (either Sand Creek or Penrose Library, respectively) at a rate of $10.20 per hour.

Important Dates:

  • Application materials due to Angela Ibrahim at on or before 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018. (See application link below.)
  • Intern will be selected prior to June 2 and will begin meeting with his/her mentor the week of June 5 to begin project development and to organize work schedule.
  • Kick-off Event in Washington, D.C.: June 2018
  • Wrap-up Event in Chicago: TBD (September/October)
  • This program is funded by the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation and offered in conjunction with the Public Library Association with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences grant.

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    Interested in working in a library someday? Want a chance to explore the field during your summer? Apply for the Inclusive Internship Opportunity at PPLD this summer!

    This opportunity provides two high schools juniors or seniors, or incoming college freshmen, from diverse populations with summer-long paid internships at Pikes Peak Library District. The interns will work at one of the 14 Pikes Peak Library District locations up to 20 hours a week developing a project with the help of a mentor. The interns will have the opportunity to engage with multiple facets of library life, from administrations to programming to user services. Interns will have opportunities to connect with one another, and learn from mentors across the country.

    More information at Don't delay--applications are due on May 14th!

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    Q-BA-Maze Marble

    Build and design your own marble maze with this fun and engaging kit! Inspire your child's creative play as they experiment with stability, motion, art, and physics! This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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