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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:

Original, previously unpublished stories and entry forms must be submitted to Pikes Peak Library District staff by no later than 9:00 p.m. on June 30, 2015.

The top five middle school and the top five high school entries will be published in a PPLD eBook anthology. Winners will be notified by August 14, 2015.

See the entry form for official rules.

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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Submit your artwork to our Teen Art Contest!

The theme for our 2015 Teen Art Contest is Out of This World. Think beyond the scope of the everyday and explore something "out of this world" through art. Imagine a fantastical realm or the deepest depths of space and express yourself on canvas, cardboard, paper, wood, or even metal; the medium is your choice!

Artwork will be accepted on March 2 and 3 at the following libraries: East, Fountain, High Prairie, Library 21c, Manitou Springs, Monument, Penrose, Sand Creek, and County Mobile Library stops.

Guidelines

  • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2015.
  • All entrants must submit an online submission form and Artwork Agreement Form.
  • Entrants may submit only one piece of art.
  • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries.
  • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.

For more information, email rphilipsen@ppld.org or call (719) 884-9800, x6336.

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Top Teen Chef at Rockrimmon Library

Three top teen chefs will battle it out for the title of Top Teen Chef in a competition to whip up a gourmet treat using surprise ingredients and their own skill and creativity.

Bring your friends and family to watch the action!

When: Saturday, February 28, 2015, 2 p.m.
Where: Rockrimmon Library

Fill out an application if you want to compete.
The application deadline is Saturday, February 14.

If you wish to attend as a spectator, register here.

The audience will be served sample bites from Her Story Café.

Including local “Celebrity Chef” judges Nathan Dirnberger - Executive Chef, Colorado School District 11 Food and Nutrition Services, Josh Davis, Executive Chef at Sonterra Grill, and Liz Rosenbaum - Her Story Café, Library 21c.

Top Teen Chef Winner will receive a $100 gift card for a gourmet dinner for two at the Blue Star Restaurant, a $50 gift card to the Chefs Catalog store, and a $15 gift card for Her Story Cafe. Runners up will receive gift cards in the amount of $25 for the Chefs Catalog Store, dinner for two at Salsa Brava Restaurant, and a $15 gift card for Her Story Café.

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German style board game pieces, commonly called Meeples

Love playing board games? Want to try out new games each month and meet other teens interested in board games? Come to the Teen TableTop Gaming Club at Library 21c. We meet the first Friday of the month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the teen area. Each month we learn and play a different game (and sometimes get out old favorites as well!). Drop by and maybe you'll discover your new favorite game! For ages 12-18. Co-sponsored by Petrie's Family Games!

When: 1st Fridays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Library 21c teen area

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Colorado Blue Spruce Award Ballot

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner - adults do not vote. This survey is only for teens age 12 to 18.

Click here or on the logo to vote online!

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Teens Top Ten

Teens around the country voted for the top ten books of the year! Check out the results here!

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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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Help is available! Career Compass features career guidance, classes and resume writing--even including LIVE help!
Already have the preparation complete? Awesome. Now you are ready for Student-Youth Job Search Websites. Here you will find a collection of 7 different websites that all feature TEEN jobs.

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