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I Am Malala

With over 400 votes, the winner of the 2016 Book Madness is....

I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

Thank you so much for voting and come back next year!

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

The theme for our 2016 Teen Art Show & Contest was Magnify It! Teens were encouraged to take a closer look at the world around them and create a piece of artwork.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

Here are the winners!

High School
“My Converse Crush” by Ashley D.—Best in Show
“A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P—2nd Place, High School
“Lou” by Arely A.—Coordinator’s Choice, High School
“Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E.—1st Place, High School

Middle School
“Hidden in the Flowers” by Tiya G.—2nd Place, Middle School
“Butterfly Glory” by Asia X.—Coordinator’s Choice, Middle School
“The Story in an Eye” by Stephanie L.—1st Place Middle School

You can view the winning works here:

Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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Submit your artwork to our Teen Art Contest!

This year's theme is Magnify It! Take a closer look at the world around you and create a piece of artwork.

Submit your artwork Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23 from 9 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Drop-off at the following locations: East, Penrose, Sand Creek, Fountain, Ruth Holley, Cheyenne Mountain, Mobile Libraries, Monument, High Prairie, and Library 21c.

Guidelines

  • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2016.
  • Sorry, we are no longer taking submissions.
  • 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.
  • If you want to display at Library 21c, art must be able to be displayed with a wire hanging system.
  • Frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces.

For more information, email rphilipsen@ppld.org or call (719) 644-7242.

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Hand holding pencil writing on open journal

Congratulations to the winners of the Teen Fiction Writing Contest! All the winners stories will be published in an anthology—details on the anthology to come!

Middle School results

• 1st place: "Usual" by Anika Nelsestuen
• 2nd place: "My Home" by Emma Rose Bufkin
• 3rd place: "Shaded Sprouts" by Selena Mendez
• Honorable mention: "Journey to the Top" by Maggie Frohnhoefer
• Honorable mention: "Up To You" by Ally Hall

High School results

• 1st place: “Wings” by Maggie Hart
• 2nd place: "And the Heavens Split" by Sariah Smith
• 3rd place: "Strength in the Shadows" by Emma DeHerrera
• Honorable mention: "To Renuvial" by Jacqueline Dunn
• Honorable mention: "The Unexpected" by Mariah Mayhugh

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Are you tired of dystopian novels and melodramatic romances in teen fiction? Does it annoy you that the plots of many works of teen fiction are completely unrealistic? Then this Twitter feed is for you:

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

The theme for our 2015 Teen Art Show & Contest was Out of This World. Teens were encouraged to think beyond the scope of the everyday and explore a fantastical realm or the deepest depths of space through art.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose, East, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors Meininger Art Supply and Her Story Café for donating prizes for the teen artists!


Isabella Wright
"Deep Sea Universe"
Middle School - 1st Place

Andrea Lira
"The World Is Too Big for Us to Hold
Middle School - 2nd Place

MeiLan Haberl
"The Night Boat"
Middle School - Coordinators' Choice

Hector Medrano
"Moon Rise"
High School - 1st Place

Molly Meyer
"Melted Hearts"
High School - 2nd Place

Natalia Valentine
Infinite Sky
High School - Coordinators' Choice

Pamela Flores
"Space Encounter"
Middle School - Best of Show

Taylor Logar
"It Looks Cooler Upside Down"
High School - Best of Show
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High School

Middle School

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art. Teens determine the winners.

Every story, adventure and journey starts from square one. The theme for our 2014 Teen Art Show & Contest was: Art2. Art Squared allowed the artist to choose the content and the medium. Our only request? The artwork must be square.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose and East Library during the month of April.


Best of Show - High School

Best of Show - High School:
Kodi’s Midnight Trek - Becka Jackson

Best of Show - Middle School

Best of Show - Middle School:
Spiral – Meera Bhatia

First Place - High School

First Place - High School:
Adrift - Kendra Baucom

First Place - Middle School

First Place - Middle School:
Goal - Raven Henriquez

Second Place - High School

Second Place - High School:
I Eat Numbers - Moriah Gilbert

Second Place - Middle School

Second Place - Middle School:
Rose - Alysia Jiminez

Coordinator's Choice - High School

Coordinator's Choice - High School:
Silent Night - Eloro Lobosco

Coordinator's Choice - Middle School

Coordinator's Choice - Middle School:
Day of the Dead - Raelynn Gross

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

With over 300 votes cast, the winner of the PPLD 2014 Book Madness is
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green! Thank you for participating!

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Let us know how we are doing!

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

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Isabel Song, a member of TAB (Teens at Briargate), has a dream. One that is beautiful and ambitious in its scope. This dream has been highlighted by The Huffington Post and even Taylor Swift herself. Great article, Isabel, and we here at PPLD wish you every success in your endeavor.

Read 'Why I Dedicate My Life to Childhood Cancer'

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Booktalking Colorado is Back!

Colorado's premier booktalking website is back with a new and improved look and function.
Booktalking Colorado was conceived by PPLD's Teen Services Team to assist other library districts with preparing and presenting booktalks to teens. Booktalking Colorado contains full length booktalks on current and classic titles with a focus on middle school students.

Check it out!

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Congratulations to the Teen Art Contest winners! The theme this year was Fantastical Faire. All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose or East Library.


Siren’s Eye by Alyssa
Best of Show

Pixie Dust by Claire
1st Place - Middle School

Panther’s Brightness by Carli
2nd Place - Middle School

Flight of the Carousel by Allison
1st Place - High School

Internal Self-Portrait by Catherine
2nd Place - High School

Beyond City Limits by Cierra
Coordinator’s Choice - High School

Skyscraper by Anna
Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School

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Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

"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." (from Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award)

The winner this year is Lost Hero by Rick Riordan! Get it here!

2nd Place...Boy in the Striped Pajamas
3rd Place....Matched

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Be prepared for anything. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a fun way to look at and get ready for any kind of survival disaster.

If you're ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency. emergency.cdc.gov

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Virtual Read Out logo from ALA

The American Library Association's (ALA) Virtual Read-Out is a great opportunity for people to share their favorite banned book. During Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 to Oct. 6) we had a few of our teens read for us! Check it out!

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Banned and Challenged Books

Looking for suggestions of what to read for banned books? Take a look at these books in our Catalog.

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High School

Middle School

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Here is Arjun Gheewala’s film A Lame Story, an entry in PPLD’s 2011 Teen Filmmaker Festival. His movie artfully demonstrates the power of books.

Submissions were required to have the following elements:
Theme: Adventure
Word: Rosebud
Object: Cape with the color red somewhere in it
Place: Library

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