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Call for Makers and Artists

The Library 21c makerspaces of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster these endeavors, PPLD is starting its Maker/Artist in Residence Program.

We are looking for makers and artists to teach and engage patrons for six-week contracts through spring 2015. The call closes Tuesday, September 30.

If you have any questions, email makeart@ppld.org.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for six weeks.
  • Five (5) hours of studio time per week onsite in Library 21c held at various days/times throughout the week to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations. All programs/classes will be made available to the general public, with PPLD responsible for participant signup. All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD. These programs/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.
  • Contract payment of $1,400, with up to another $300 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
  • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
  • Contractor will coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the Maker/Artist Application
  • Submit a one page write-up proposal explaining your knowledge or craft, what you would plan to do for your studio hours project, the programs/classes you would like to present, and how they would benefit our patrons. Attach it to your email with your application. Applications without a proposal will not be considered. Proposals need to be in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • If you have pictures you would like to submit with your application, please provide a link to a web address containing those photos in your email. If you must attach a photo, the size of all of the attachments cannot be greater than 10 MB.
  • Interviews will be held for makers and artists who are being considered.
  • If offered a residency, the maker/artist must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement and fill out an IRS W9 form.
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    Sweet Afternoon Bake-Off 2014 at Rockrimmon Library

    Looking for something delicious to do on your weekend?

    Return the form below to enter, or just come and sample the many scrumptious cakes on Saturday, October 11 at the Rockrimmon Library. Public tasting is from 1 - 3 p.m.

    In addition to First, Second, and Third place winners, your votes will win one lucky entry the “People’s Choice” award.

    First Place Winner: Gift basket from Chef’s Catalog ( a $175 value)
    Second Place Winner: $50 Gift Card for Marigold's Restaurant
    Third Place Winner: $25 Gift Card for Great Harvest Bakery

    There will also be a Children's Storybook Cake Decorating Contest for ages 12 years and under.

    Bake-Off Entry Form and Information

    Children's Storybook Cake Decorating Contest Entry Form and Information

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    All Pikes Peak Reads 2014: Engage the Extraordinary

    Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 13th year in 2014!

    PPLD’s theme for 2014 is Engage the Extraordinary. PPLD and our community partners will be presenting many events around this year's theme and book titles.

    The 2014 titles are: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and Who Owns the Ice House? by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger. Younger readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2014 is Matched by Ally Condie. The Children’s selections are The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis and Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.

    The APPR titles also reflect our nation’s 50th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This overriding theme will be used as a starting point to kick off community-wide dialogue sessions during the APPR initiative.

    The “Engage the Extraordinary” theme will also be a touchstone to programs and activities at PPLD’s new state-of-the-art facility, Library 21c. This 21st century library will provide opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in research, learning, content creation, and entrepreneurship in new and exciting ways.

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    book cover for Matched by Ally Condie

    Ally Condie, author of the Matched series, is coming to Pikes Peak Library District!

    Friday, Nov. 14
    7 - 8 p.m.
    Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
    Book signing to follow!
    Library 21c

    But, wait! Do you want meet her? Let us know your top 25 books to be entered into a drawing for you and a friend to attend a reception before the presentation.

    To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 now and then vote for the top 100 starting on October 15.

    In Matched, Society has determined the best Hundred Songs, Hundred Paintings, Hundred Stories, and Hundred Poems. Everything else has been eliminated. That won't happen at PPLD, but we want to know what your top 25 stories are. Please fill out the survey below and let us know what you think. Come back on October 15 to vote for the top 100 books based on your suggestions!

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    Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

    Celebrate your Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week! This year BBW is September 21 - 27! Public libraries support access to information and your freedom to read.

    Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the third year, PPLD is participating and we hope you will help us.

    Virtual Read-Out
    Wed., Sept. 24
    3:30 to 5 p.m.
    East Teen Center at the East Library
    Readers of All Ages Welcome!

    During the Virtual Read-Out, readers of all ages (including you!) will be recorded for up to 3 minutes talking about the book that you choose! A form is provided below to help you write your piece.

    Below is a list of frequently banned or challenged books.

    Take a look at these quick, great videos of local teens and adults talking about some of their favorite banned or challenged books.

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    Join us for the 4th Annual Latina Voices - Sharing Latina Experiences - The Past, Present, and Future.

    Speakers will include

    • Rosana Ramponi - President & CEO, PRONTOCOM
    • Herman and Patricia Martinez - Board of Directors, Hilos Culturales,
    • Christina M. Sigala - Curandera, and Professor Chicana/o Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver

    When: Saturday, September 20 - Registration at 9:30 a.m., Program at 10
    Where: Penrose Library - Carnegie Reading Room
    Cost: FREE!

    Click here for more information.

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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. (Starting September 4)
    Where: East Library

    When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m. (Starting September 3)
    Where: Library 21c

    When: Mondays, 4 - 6:30 p.m. (Starting August 25)
    Where: Manitou Springs Library

    When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m. (Starting September 15)
    Where: Monument Library

    No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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    Below is a summary of updates for the CyberShelf OverDrive digital library website that are now live:

    Suspend a Hold
    This feature allows users to temporarily suspend a hold in the waiting list. The user’s position will continue to advance in the queue while their hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled. After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available. If a user advances to the first position in the waiting list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next available hold.

    Hold Auto-Checkout
    Users can now set their preference to ‘auto-checkout’ a hold when the title when it becomes available. Users who select this option will receive a notification when their title is available confirming that it has been checked out and can be found on their Account bookshelf. Users who do not choose this option will follow the current hold notification process.
    If a user is unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because they have already reached their maximum checkout limit, for example) they will be sent the current hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make their checkout.

    Maturity Settings
    Two options that allow users to customize their browsing and discovery experience based on content maturity level now appear on the Account > Settings page:

    • The ability to exclude certain content from browsing based on the maturity level (Juvenile, Young Adult, General Adult, and Mature Adult). This allows adult users to exclude titles for younger readers and young readers to exclude adult-only titles from their experience.
    • The option to “mask” all Mature Adult cover images with a basic cover image.

    “Recommended for you” Collection
    After a user signs in, a collection of recommended titles will appear on the homepage. Recommended titles will be available for checkout and suggested based on titles the user currently has checked out or on hold. If a user does not have any checkouts or holds, this collection will not appear.

    “And” Boolean Searching
    Based on partner feedback to improve search results, default search behavior has changed from “OR” to “AND.” Now that this has changed, the number of results returned for a search will likely be lower than with the current behavior, but this change will meaningfully improve the relevancy of the results.

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    PPLD's staff sure are a talented bunch. Take a look at the 2014 Artistic Expression Contest winners. Staff members submitted their creative endeavors and their peers voted on the top three:

    Russ Stamp: "Sunrise Cranes"

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    Lisa Steck-Gillen: "Untitled"

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    Sara Sharples: "Keyhole"

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    AfterMath Tutors Needed

    PPLD is looking for volunteer tutors for our AfterMath program.

    Volunteers are needed at the following locations:

    Manitou Springs and Library 21c are also looking for AfterMath volunteer co-coordinators.

    Under the general supervision of a site coordinator, AfterMath volunteer tutors will:

    • Attend an orientation session
    • Commit to and sign up to assist at least two hours per month
    • Assist students of all ages with K through college-level math topics, depending on current skills and comfort level of each tutor such as: fractions, decimals, percents, pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus.

    Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

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