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Seeds

Local seed swaps are a great way of finding unusual and unique seed varieties and to meet other local gardeners. Visit with David Woolley about starting plants from seed, how to make the best garden possible with our area's climate and soil and how to save seeds from your successful harvests.

This is a walk-in program. Bring some seeds from previous years. Take home some new seeds. All the seeds are organic and non-GMO. Everyone is welcome!

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Legendary Ladies

Penrose Library is pleased to welcome back the cast of the Legendary Ladies! Join us as we learn about Colorado History and the women who helped shape the West.

No registration is required for this free event.

  • When: Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District have chosen the 2017 winners of the Frank Waters and Golden Quill awards for excellence in writing. They will be honored at a luncheon on April 29 at the Antlers Hotel.

Frank Waters winner

Popular and award-winning Western mystery writer C.J. Box is the winner of the 2017 Frank Waters Award and will be the keynote speaker at the event. The award is given annually to a writer who exemplifies the spirit and literary excellence of the late local author. Frank Waters, nominated multiple times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote the “Pike’s Peak” trilogy and several groundbreaking books about native Americans.

Box is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 novels, including the Joe Pickett series. He has won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. He was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum. His novels have been translated into 27 languages. Open Season, Blue Heaven, Nowhere To Run, and The Highway have been optioned for film and television. More than 10 million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone. In March 2016, Off The Grid debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he owned an international tourism marketing firm with his wife, Laurie.

An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden and skied throughout Wyoming and the mountain West. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and currently serves on the Wyoming Office of Tourism Board.

Golden Quill winner

Manitou Springs artist Charles Rockey is the winner of the 2017 Golden Quill award, given to a local author for either a body of work or a single exceptional publication. His 2016 book, “Love Songs from Middle Times Echoed through Illuminations and Fables,” is packed with illustrations and original stories by him and other local writers. He and daughter Hannah Rockey compiled the work, which is already a collector’s item.

A familiar figure in Manitou, Rockey is best known for his art – paintings and whimsical sculptures that are reminiscent of the characters from J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is the culmination of 15 years of work, and includes 115 stories and more than 150 of Rockey’s illustrations – most of the originals lost in a flood several years ago.

Frank Waters and Golden Quill Awards Luncheon

The awards will be presented at a noon luncheon on Saturday, April 29, at the Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person or $250 for a table of eight and includes luncheon and a program. Complimentary parking will be provided and the authors will sign copies of their books afterward.

To register for the event online, visit http://ppld.thankyou4caring.org/frank-waters-friends. To register by mail, with a check (and names of your guests, if buying a table), send the appropriate amount to: PPLD Foundation, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. For more information, call (719) 231-7202.

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PPLD's Community Photography Contest will recognize the incredible talent, unique vision, and artistic diversity that we have in our PPLD neighborhoods. This contest corresponds with National Photography Month in May. The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels and ages who live in El Paso County.
The categories arephoto contest

  • Portrait
  • Animal
  • Landscape
  • Abstract
  • Close-up
  • Black & White

The top 18 winners (1st - 3rd place) will be recognized in an opening reception, their work will be printed and framed, and exhibited at Cheyenne Mountain Library during the month of May. In addition, the public will vote on a 'Best of Show' winner.

To enter, please follow these directions:

  1. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 28. You may enter up to 3 images.
  2. The final prints will be printed on 8x12 paper and matted and placed in a 11x14 frame. Crop your photo the way you want it to look since it will be printed to fit the paper and custom matted.
  3. Save the high-resolution image (300 dpi with NO watermarks) as a .jpg. Name each file with your last name, first initial and entry number. (For example: SmithJ1.jpg)
  4. Send to infocheyenne@ppld.org
  5. Include your full name, phone number, and category for each photo. Titles are not required, but can be submitted with the images. You may use Dropbox or other cloud storage if needed.

If you are selected to be part of the exhibition, the image will be printed as it was submitted. Everyone will be notified by April 3.

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Linda Smith

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March /April 2017 is for Linda Smith, an artist and art educator who started a non-profit while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana and Bronx NY. She has been commissioned by the UN to provide photographic classes to survivors and former perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She earned her BA from Syracuse University an MA in Communications at Goldsmith College at the University of London and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited in the United Nations, embassies, and universities.

She will be teaching classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when you can talk to her about her work.

Image Transfer: Making Art out of Photographs
In this class, participants will learn how to create photo transfers using simple techniques such as hand sanitizer and gel medium. Each participant is encouraged to bring personal photographs to work with during the class. Registration is required. Patrons must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Thu., March 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tue., March 14 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fri., March 24 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Thu., April 13 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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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 17 - 19.

  • Friday, March 17, 4 - 7 p.m.: Friends members only. Friends memberships are available at the door or here
  • Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Open to the public
  • Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Open to the public. $5 bag sale (bags supplied by the Friends)
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This has been the longest sort of a short month—and I hope you have had time to be alone, but not much time lonely. We celebrated this month with Joe Hutchinson—the Colorado state poet laureate. Several local poets, including past laureates Price Strobridge, Janice Gould, and Jim Ciletti read their own poems and “Oh! The purple of it all…”
It was a celebration of Valentine’s day in the shadows of Pikes Peak. Sometimes we prefer our own company to anyone else’s and sometimes we are able to revel in shared intimacy with others. Love is transitional and changing and a choice—let us all attempt to be more charitable, truthful, and merciful with ourselves and with all those we encounter along the way.

—SMP

[You will find Susan's poem "Dreaming DE" in her hand in the images attached below]

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Join our informal Spanish conversation group, including intermediate-advanced students and native speakers. It is not an instructional time and no English is spoken during the meetings. It is an opportunity to enjoy and practice speaking and learn casually from more experienced speakers. The group welcomes new participants as well as ideas for activities or topics of discussion.

Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
When: Thursdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

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Human 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" between 1 and 4 p.m. Readers will have the opportunity to have a 20 minute conversation with their book selections. Reservations are suggested. From March 12 - 18, 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.

Book Titles

(Descriptions coming soon.)

  • 1960s Unwed Mother
  • 90 Years Old
  • Autism
  • Campus Assault Survivor
  • Christian Homemaker
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Felon
  • Female Merchant Sailor
  • Homeschool Parent
  • Native American
  • Refugee & Serbian Concentration Camp Survivor
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse Survivor
  • Single Mom: 3 Kids, 3 Dads
  • Transgender
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It is the middle of winter and I am back east at my cottage on a northern most cove of the Chesapeake Bay on the eastern shore of Maryland. I would love to diagram that sentence. It is snowing and the stillness is tangible for the geese have gone quiet. This home is under the migratory pattern of so many birds—but the Snow Geese, the Canada Geese, and the Starlings are my favorite. It’s best to put seed out just before dawn and just at dusk to draw the most curious creatures. There is a squirrel I adore—he’s a wee thing I call Reepicheep as he is spry and has no tail. He’s been here the whole year and hasn’t grown much bigger…but he certainly is quick. It’s a different world at sea level. It’s been sunless and dreary and cold—but there is peace. There is quiet. There is the constant variation of tides swelling in and out. There are journals and there are pens and there is curriculum to be written. There is a fire, red wine, and my dog. Winter is a time of underground and rejuvenation and rest—and I wish you all the best hibernation.

Dreaming Delaware

I went to the top of a mountain—
collected shooting stars in an old cigar box— laid them at the foot of your bed last night fireflies at midnight a night light to keep you company—

I quiet wondered if silence
tells stories of questions
& kisses

I swung pendulum triplet counts
from tree-swing orchestrations—
skinny-dipped
swam striations
—a soul filled with sentiments—
sediment on insomnia’s spiral pathways
to the shores of Delaware
where ocean sneezes tickled
the bottoms of our pants
& sleep was something
adding brushstrokes
to our kisses—

You looked up at
a polka-dot explosion of sky—
saw a star with a slight shade of blue
& named it after my skin—
I wore short curly hair
& you held a holster for my lips on your jaw—

I picked up a seashell
the color of coming dawn
& held it at my ear
as silver dolphins poked heads up from waves & carried the wish I made to deeper waters—

Keep me.

We dove into the ocean
where freedom beat so strongly
baptizing us in salt water
and fishes clapping—

We tried to keep waking at bay
as long as we could
while the pesky neighbor of morning
crashed the party
& heaven played an encore
with the moon—

The sunlight wrapped around your smile
& I haven’t kissed anything as holy since— my lips still taste of salt & wonder & I will never let you go…

I woke
& saw us the next day
& the day after that
& thirty years from now
finishing each others’ sentences
in the middle of silence,
questions,
& kisses.

Believe me when I tell you—
you are here
when I am washing my hands
in the porcelain sink—
silver dolphins spilling from the faucet— back in Delaware for a brilliant fleeting moment—

Your name is just underneath my tongue
& with every line I can taste you.

You left a love letter on my body—
the note I’d withheld from myself—
the one you took
for safe keeping—

& if you’re ever dreaming—
walking that sacred place again
where seagulls become protectors
& sand a layer of skin—
if through your closed eyes
you think of my palm in your hand—
you will hear my wishing voice
in the last waves—
in the last seashells buried on the beach— whispering a promise—

Forever.

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James Ciletti, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate 2010-2012 presents...
"Every day, walk the Sunfire, breathe the Stardust"

When: Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Hooked on Books, 12 East Bijou Downtown.

In this workshop Jim will lead writers in the art and craft of creating a journal and system of journaling to create daily inspiration.

Everyone who wants to engage in the workshop is expected to bring the following:

  1. A new journal (must be new), as thrifty as a $2 Composition notebook, to $10 spiral bound journals. If you do not have time to pick up a new journal Hooked on Books will have journals for sale.
  2. A pair of scissors, your writing pen, some colored pencils and crayons.
  3. Magazines, cooking, sports, news, the comics/funny papers from the news, whatever- things to cut up.
  4. A glue stick, if you have one (some will be provided).

But, most of all, bring an attitude of engagement and enthusiasm to participate in the work of the workshop. Jim emphasizes the word, WORK. There can be no sideline “auditors” who watch but do not engage in the workshop.

Please RSVP, as required: (719) 419-7660
*Parking Hint* Park for $1 all day Saturday in the city garage right around the corner from Hooked on Books.

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Steve Adelson: Little Bighorn, Voices from a Distant Wind

Local author and Interpretive Ranger at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Steve Adelson, will talk about his book Little Bighorn, Voices from a Distant Wind, a compilation of bio-sketches on the primary characters of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The lives of George Armstrong Custer, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Reno, and others are profiled, revealing the events that shaped their lives before, during, and after the battle. Emotionally powerful, this book is the first to paint a picture of the epic fight through riveting lyrical revelations.

The provocative documentary Contested Ground from award-winning filmmaker Chris Hoffert with music by award-winning composer Skyler O’Neal will be shown as well (50 min. not rated).

After the film, there will be a Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

  • When: Mon., Feb. 27 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Brain Booster

Join us for six weeks to exercise your body and brain. We will explore many facets of helping your brain have the best health ever. We will experience topics such as Brain Booster exercises, acupressure techniques, EFT, proper hydration and nutrition, brain games, and laughter for brain/mood health.

There is no registration required for these free programs.

  • When: Mondays from Feb. 6 - March 20 (no class on Feb. 20) from 1 - 2 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 18. 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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Volunteer for the Library and help us create Repair Fairs.
Can you:

  • repair tires, chains, or brakes for bikes?
  • mend, hem, or patch clothes?
  • test, dismantle, or fix small appliances?
  • assess, disassemble, or possibly repair electronics?

Help your local community by becoming a Repair Trainer. Repair Trainers will guide people through the process of troubleshooting and repairing their items.

To apply, print this application form and drop it off at any PPLD location. Submissions are due by March 31.

Please contact Amber Cox at (719) 531-6333 x1305 or acox@ppld.org with questions.

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MAKE @ East

Below are just some of the many free programs during February at MAKE @ East, the makerspace at East Library. For a complete list of programs, click here.

Iron-On Appliques
Sat., Feb. 4 from 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Experiment with a die cutting machine to create unique applique designs. Bring in your fabric item of choice (t-shirt, bag, pillow case, etc.) and iron on your new fabric applique creation! Ages 12 and up. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Valentine’s Day Cards
Tue., Feb. 7 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Join our card-making experts to create a unique stamped card for that special someone! Ages 16 and up. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Sewing Social
Wed., Feb. 15 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Bring in your current work-in-progress machine or hand sewing project and socialize with other crafters while you work! Indulge in hot beverages while you share tips and techniques and get inspired by fellow creators’ styles and designs. Ages 16 and up. No registration is required.

Upcycling: Paperback Postcards
Wed., Feb. 22 from 6 - 9 p.m.
This month we'll make postcards from old paperback book covers! Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

MAKE @ East Open Hours
NEW HOURS!
Mondays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
Thursdays: 6 - 9 p.m.
Fridays: noon - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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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Poet JOY SAWYER will be the guest speaker for Poetry West’s workshop, Deep Play: a Poetry Romp, from 10 to Noon Saturday, February 4, at Hooked on Books bookstore, 12 East Bijou, downtown. HOB doors will open at 9:30. The workshop is open and free to all but reservations are suggested, call (719) 419-7660. Easy parking is $1 all day Saturday in the City Garage right around the corner from HOB.

Poet and naturalist Diane Ackerman wrote, “the spirit of deep play is spontaneity, discovery, and being open to new challenges.” Who knows this better than the poet? Sawyer plans a playful writing workshop to “exercise several ‘poetic muscles,’ and explore ways to nurture more joy and freedom in our creative work.”

Joy Sawyer’s poetry appears in Books & Culture, Christianity & Literature, LIGHT Quarterly, Lilliput Review, New York Quarterly, Ruminate, St. Petersburg Review, The Bacon Review, Volta, and others. Her book of poems is Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet Press, 2016).
Joy received her MA from New York University, where she won the Herbert Rubin Award for Outstanding Creative Writing. She teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.

PR Contact, Jim Ciletti, (719) 419-7660
Books@hob3918.net

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Drawing and Painting

Bring your creativity to this monthly gathering. Bring whatever project you are working on and work in a group setting. Local artist and instructor Deb Ross will be on hand to help inspire.

Supplies will not be provided. Registration is not required.

  • When: Last Thursday of each month from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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The Fountain Valley School of Colorado is pleased to announce its annual city-wide poetry competition. Now in its 9the year, this competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 in the Colorado Springs region.

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Prizes:
English - First place: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25
Bilingual - First place: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25

The competition has two categories: English and bilingual. You may submit up to three poems in each category. For the second category, please submit your original work not written in English and an accompanying original translation. No electronic translation devices should be used in either version. You may enter both categories.

All winning poems will be published in the spring edition of the Athenaea.
All winning poets will be invited to read their poems at a ceremony in April 2017.

Judge: Susan Peiffer, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

Each poem must include the student’s name, address, school, phone, and e-mail. Each student may submit up to three poems, each on a separate page, in each category. If e-mailed, paste directly into body. No attachments. The Athenaea will have one-time publishing rights only. Poems must be original and previously unpublished.

Entries should be in the font Times New Roman, or equivalent, size 12
Poems will not be returned.

Submit entries to dreynolds@fvs.edu or to this address:
David Reynolds
6155 Fountain Valley School Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80911

While there are no formal guidelines or topics, remember that good poetry uses fresh language and images with precise words.

The Athenaea is the student literary magazine of the Fountain Valley School of Colorado. Published twice a year and featuring student poetry, prose, and art, the magazine dates to 1930 and honors Athena, the goddess of wisdom.

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It is the observation of Dr. Martin Luther King day in the United States. And unlike our several years prior—this year it has gone largely unrecognized. The celebration and remembrance have been dampened and the mission threatened—because it has never been more obvious than now that the work is not done. As the inauguration looms before us, we must focus on the revolutionary words of a civil-rights pioneer—to honor his message we are required to become heroes ourselves. Peace —Susan M. Peiffer, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

Villanelle for a Burning House

Black women kneel in churches with flames around their feet as
a caustic smoke sneaks to cover this confederate place—

Black children litter American streets where both bullets & protests
stoke the heat of badges, black hoodies, and race—

Black mothers watch from barred windows with flames at their feet—

Begging for breath and throat choking a black man weeps and
drops like a concrete corpse with a blood and blue stained face—

Black boys are littered on American streets and black girls wail as
their mother’s leap from killing heights to land in defeat as
death-crazed officers attack with tasers and
black fathers perch on ledges, flames burning their feet—

We carry quick-trigger rifles and people can’t sleep while
scorched-wing black angels fall to grace in gunshot embrace.

Our black children like litter on American streets.

They gaze at those imprisoned behind steel bars and at
the freight of unnamed bodies filling cemetery space—

Black people pray in this house with flames burning around their feet—

Our black people litter American streets.

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PPLD now has Sorenson videophones and Video Relay Service-equipped laptops available for patron use. VRS allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using American Sign Language through video equipment. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.

Videophones are now available at the East Library and Library 21c.

VRS-equipped laptops are available at the following PPLD locations: Cheyenne Mountain, High Prairie, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Ruth Holley, and Sand Creek libraries.

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Small Business SEO and Marketing Series

Library 21c is hosting a three-part Small Business SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Marketing Series. Registration is required for each free class.

Auditing Your Website
In this workshop, we will take a look at a few real WordPress websites to point out some very simple things you can do to make sure you are ready to begin ranking in Google and other search engines. This will entail utilizing Yoast SEO (free WordPress plugin) to give businesses a better understanding of how simple everything really is. We will cover everything from headlines, body text, image alt tags, urls, and more. At the end of this class participants will have the tools to conduct an audit of their own website in private and see some areas of very quick and easy improvement.

  • Thu., Jan. 19 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    REGISTRATION FULL

Analyzing Market Channels
So you have a business and are now ready to increase your online presence. How do you get people to visit your website and where do they come from? How can we tell who is a tire kicker and who is actually interested in buying? We will cover things such as Google Ads, Facebook Ads, YouTube Ads, Competitive Analysis, Keyword Analysis, and finding our audience. At the end of this course participants will have the skills to make decisions on their own that are backed by real data so they can feel better about what marketing chances are worth taking.

  • Thu., Feb. 16 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    REGISTRATION FULL

Executing Your Plan
We will finally take a look at how to go about actually executing your successful marketing plan. This will go over some budget information as well as some real world examples where logic does not seem to apply. We will talk about setting up accounts as well as a few resources for companies to achieve a particular goal. At the end of this course participants will have the ability to hit the ground running and begin to develop a game plan for their marketing efforts that is structured within their budget.

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PPLD’s Winter Adult Reading Programs kicks off January 14! Click here to register or visit any PPLD location starting January 14. Click here to print a Reading Log.

Kick-Off Party
Sign up for the Adult Reading Program and enjoy coffee and hot chocolate!

  • When: Sat., Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Reading Prizes Include

  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar and coupon
  • Cole’s Gourmet Popcorn mini bag of cheese popcorn
  • Reading Program mug
  • Random drawings for three gourmet food baskets

Community Library Prizes

  • Carmike Cinema gift certificates
  • Louie’s Pizza gift certificates

Grand Prizes

  • iPad Mini 4
  • Samsung 32-inch LED TV

How to Participate

  • Register with your PPLD library card in person at your library or online at ppld.org starting January 14.
  • Reading logs will be available at all libraries or by clicking here, but feel free to keep track of the books you’ve read using any method you choose.
  • Prizes will be awarded while supplies last.
  • PPLD reserves the right to substitute prizes.
  • PPLD employees, substitute employees, and household members are not eligible to win grand prizes, only reading prizes.

Getting Started

  • The program is open to anyone age 18 and older with a Pikes Peak Library District library card.
  • Read any eight books of your choice — eBooks, eAudios, books on CD, and audiobook players count, too.
  • After you read your first four books, visit your library to pick up a prize.
  • Read four more books and visit your library to pick up a second prize.
  • If you read eight books by March 15, you will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing.

Thanks to Our Partners!
Inertia Coffee, Louie's Pizza, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Cole's Gourmet Popcorn, Carmike Cinemas, and the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation

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Happy New Year, friends—

2016 was full of more challenges than joys for many people and I am not sorry to have a fresh year starting. It was a year where governments upheld cruelty, where the political climate became absurd, where countless nameless people died, where so many have had their civil liberties threatened, and where millions seeking safety were turned away. It has been a year of progress, but I don’t know in what direction—I’m afraid calling it “congress” might be an issue.

It has been a year of accomplishment and success in many areas and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been given in open doors and chances to serve others. I have learned a lot, written a lot, and shared a lot—but I’m left feeling relieved that the year is done.

May 2017 grant you each the peace and happiness you deserve. May your joy be overwhelming and your challenges be blessings in disguise. May you learn much and love much and create and be kind. May your heart be full and your motivation lively. May you make a difference and be comfortable with change. May you find and rest in a place you cherish as home and may you be always deeply loved.

—SMP

2016/17

Cast aside this cut-hard year
slap in the face year
pleading for change year—

Let its casket lily stench waft away—

Grieve what didn’t blossom
flowers mistaken as weeds
fruit that went unharvested

& bouquets you didn’t give

Cleave sentiments
from could-have-been calendars
Stow months with mothballs

& pack up days—

Time is fleeting on careless wings—
we only change what tomorrow brings.

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Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, PPLD will no longer charge fines on overdue children and teen items. Removing overdue fines will provide greater opportunity for children and teens to use the full range of library services. Currently, 15% of children and teen cardholders are blocked from checking out items at the library due to overdue fines.

Also, overdue fines on DVDs and games will be reduced from 25 cents per day to 10 cents per day.

PPLD seeks to foster literacy and life-long learning for children and teens. The Library regularly evaluates policies to see what barriers for service exist and evaluates how to eliminate such barriers. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the new policy at their December meeting.

Items that will not accrue overdue fines must be designated as “juvenile” or “teen” in the Library catalog. The policy will take effect for any items checked out January 9 or after. Lost item and damage fees will still apply.

Overdue notices will still be sent as reminders to return Library items. Items not returned within 21 days of the due date will be considered lost, and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.

Click here for more information

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