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Philosophy at the Library is a series of talks given by UCCS Philosophy instructors at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. The partnership series is celebrating UCCS' 50th Anniversary and will be held the first Tuesday of the month from February through November from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

  • Feb. 3 - "Learning in the Digital Age" Raphael Sassower
  • March 3 - "Liberation through Love of Fate in the Bhagavad Gita" Geoff Ashton
  • April 7 - "Neuroscience and the Flame of Consciousness" Rex Welshon
  • Sept. 1 - "Love and Hate" Dorothea Olkowski
  • Oct. 6 - "The Theology of American Political Discourse" Jeff Scholes
  • Nov. 3 - "Do We Have Moral Obligations to the Poor?" Jennifer Jensen
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Throughout the months of January and February, $1 for every special ordered at Over Easy, Salsa Brava, and Sonterra Grill restaurants in Colorado Springs will be donated to Pikes Peak Library District’s Tri-Building capital campaign, bringing innovative improvements to Library 21c, Penrose, and East libraries. This fundraising partnership is made possible through the Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group. More information on the Library’s Tri-Building campaign is available at ppld.org/21stcenturylibrary.

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Air Force Men's Basketball: PPLD Day

Root on the Air Force Falcons men’s basketball team and support the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation! If you purchase an upper courtside seat for the Falcons’ Sat., Feb. 28 game against Utah State, some proceeds from each ticket sold will go to the PPLD Foundation. Tip-off for the game is at noon.

Tickets are just $11 (regularly $18) for PPLD patrons and a guest! To order, visit goairforcefalcons.com and enter the promo code Library.

For more information, contact Tonya Fode: (719) 472-1895, x205 or tonya.fode@airforceathletics.org.

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Tax Information

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Wednesday, April 15. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

  • Colorado Tax Information
  • Federal Tax Information
  • State Tax Forms
  • Tax Websites
  • Free Tax Help

Good luck and happy filing!

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Free Workshops

Have you ever wondered about doing business with the government? Join us for this series of free workshops at Library 21c, presented by Certify to Success. Registration is required. For more information, email maryjane@certifytosuccess.com.

  • Does the Government Buy What I Sell?
    Find out ways to discover what the government is buying, who buys it, and what they are paying for it.
    Thu., Jan. 15 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Opening the Door to Government Contracting
    Learn more about the use and access of key tools for small businesses to expand or enter into contracting with the government.
    Thu., Feb. 19 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Procurement Certification Alphabet Soup
    Learn the how to and benefits of 8(a), SDB, DBE, WBE, MBE, SBE, ESB, WOSB, EDWOSB, SDVOSB … and who accepts each.
    Thu., March 19 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Strategies to Overcome “Contract Bundling”
    Learn methods to utilize tools (i.e. socio-economic certifications, strategic alliances, etc.) to level the procurement playing field.
    Thu., April 16 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Does Your Business Plan You?
    Learn to plan products/services, marketing and financing for growth, collaboration, and/or writing proposals.
    Thu., May 14 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Systemize Your Small Business
    Learn the difference between owning a business and owning a job. Understand how systems will affect your expansion, mergers, sale, and government contracting.
    Thu., June 18 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Staying on Top of Your Market
    Stay ahead of market changes in your industry. Designed for companies who want to contract with the government or take their businesses to the next level.
    Thu., Sept. 17 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Succession Planning for Your Business
    Critical elements of developing your company’s plan of operation, and plans for loss of key employees/owners including owner’s exit.
    Thu., Oct. 15 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • The Power of She
    Women, veterans, and minority owners will learn to level the playing field to increase the bottom line. Learn the importance of strategic alliances and ways to leverage public policy.
    Thu., Nov. 12 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Fee-based Workshops

    TalkGovBiz,TheExperience is made up of two hands-on, intensive, fee-based workshops providing support for small businesses in obtaining resources and certifications to procure government contracts. For more information about TalkGovBiz,TheExperience, email maryjane@certifytosuccess.com or visit ppld.thankyou4caring.org/TalkGovBiz.

    These workshops focus on key areas of business development essential to procuring government contracts such as socioeconomic certifications, developing strategic plans, and the development of marketing materials. Each of these workshops take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Library 21c. Registration is required. To register online, visit ppld.thankyou4caring.org/TalkGovBiz. To pay by check, click here.

    • JumpStartToSuccess
      JumpStartToSuccess bundles hands-on development of the important tools small businesses need to procure government contracts.
      Wed., Jan. 28; Thu., March 26; Thu., May 28; Thu., Sept. 24
    • 8(a)InADay
      8(a) InADay offers hands-on instruction in preparing your application for 8(a) Business Development Program certification.
      Wed., Feb. 25; Thu., April 23; Thu., June 25; Thu., Oct. 22

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PPLD’s 2015 Adult Reading Program begins on January 10 and goes through March 11. Read 8 books in 8 weeks to win prizes. Prizes include chocolate, book bags, and the 11th annual Adult Reading Program mug. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire!

To register, click here.

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Rosetta Stone is here!

Rosetta Stone’s online language learning resources are now available at PPLD.org!

Rosetta Stone provides more than 50 hours of foundational instruction using an interactive immersion approach to build skills in 30 languages. Core lessons will build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Mobile apps are also available to reinforce language learning on the go.

Available Languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Dutch, English (American), English (British). Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese

Click here to get started!

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Jim Jenista

When: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Where: The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Join local crossword puzzlemaker Jim Jenista for a morning of competitive crossword puzzles. Jenista, who has competed in the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT) since 2002, loves spending a weekend with fellow puzzlers. Moviegoers may remember Jenista from the 2006 documentary film Wordplay, highlighting New York Times (NYT) puzzlemaster Will Shortz and the ACPT; Jenista appears briefly in the movie.

For the Pikes Peak Library Puzzle Contest you don’t have to be a tournament-level solver. This contest is open to wordplay people who enjoy the challenge of the daily crossword puzzle. There will be two rounds of 20 minutes each, solving a Monday-to-Wednesday level NYT puzzle. The two winners from these rounds will advance to a final playoff round, solving a Thursday level NYT puzzle. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served.

The event is free but limited to 50 people. Register now online or contact any PPLD Library. Contestants cannot be a professional puzzle constructor, editor, or proofreader. Please note when registering if you are right- or left-handed, for seating purposes.

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PPLD is proud to announce our newest resource, lynda.com! Lynda.com has thousands of online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.

Lynda.comVideos are on the following topics:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Audio + Music
  • Business
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

And best of all, it's FREE with your library card! Click here to start using this amazing resource now.

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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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