East Library (EA)

East Library

Address:
5550 N. Union Blvd. - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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Phone: (719) 531-6333
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Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Route: 18

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Friends of East Library

East Library operates a staffed bookstore in the lobby during Library hours and is also the main headquarters of Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.


 

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PPLD enables every individual in the Pikes Peak region to achieve their goals, whatever those goals may be. State-of-the-art equipment and software, elite educational opportunities, and community support and assistance are available through the doors of every PPLD facility. The only limit to what you can achieve at the Library is your imagination.

Check out some of what PPLD has to offer your community:

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“We Have a Story: Homeless in Colorado Springs,” is a documentary project completed in 2019 by people experiencing homelessness. This project seeks to capture the unique experiences of these individuals through photos and stories. The six individuals who participated in the project present their distinctive perspectives of this complex and diverse community, which is not easy to define. As one participant said in his oral history, “We all have our story, which is the point of this [project].”

The photographers created this exhibit using Photovoice, a participatory research methodology. They each took pictures over a three-week period in September 2019, meeting at Penrose Library to discuss them as a group with a professional photographer. Each participant also sat with a historian to conduct an oral history. At the end of the project, they selected two of their images and wrote an accompanying artist story.

Join us in celebration of the exhibit where people experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs share photos and stories about their daily lives. In observance of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week (11/16 - 11/24), come learn more about homelessness in Colorado Springs. Event also includes a panel discussion and conversation on homelessness.

The photos and narratives will be shown at both Penrose Library and Library 21c in November 2019, and East Library and Sand Creek Library in December 2019. They are also available online.

The photos, narratives, and oral histories are accessible in Special Collections at Penrose Library, which preserves the stories and records of the Pikes Peak region. “We Have a Story: Homeless in Colorado Springs” contributes to the region’s history by documenting the stories of contemporary residents who are typically not represented in a community’s historical record.

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Mountain of Authors Presents: Johnny D. Boggs

Pikes Peak Library District's Mountain of Authors presents eight time Spur Award-winning author and journalist Johnny D. Boggs.

The author will talk about the western genre, his experiences as an author of westerns, and more!

There will be a small inventory of books for sale (cash only). Patrons are welcome to bring their own books for signing.


Author Bio:

Winner of a record eight Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, novelist Johnny D. Boggs has been praised by Booklist magazine as “among the best western writers at work today.”

Boggs has also won a Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. His Spurs came for Best Western Novel in 2006 for Camp Ford and 2012 for Legacy of a Lawman; Best Western Juvenile Novel in 2008 for Doubtful Cañon and 2010 for Hard Winter; Best Mass Market Western Novel in 2012 for West Texas Kill and 2017 for Return to Red River; and for Best Short Fiction in 2002 for A Piano at Dead Man’s Crossing. Only the late Elmer Kelton has won that many Spurs. Boggs won his Wrangler for Outstanding Western Novel of 2003 for Spark on the Prairie: The Trial of the Kiowa Chiefs.

His novels Poison Spring, Greasy Grass, Summer of the Star, And There I’ll Be a Soldier, South by Southwest, Killstraight, Northfield, The Hart Brand and Ten and Me and his short stories The Cody War, Comanche Camp at Dawn, Umpire Colt and The San Angela Stump Match of 1876 were Spur finalists.

Other honors include: 2011 Distinguished Alumnus from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication; 2013 New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Rounders Award for living, articulating and promoting the Western way of life; and 2015 Arkansiana Juvenile Award from the Arkansas Library Association for Poison Spring. True West magazine named him the Best Living Fiction Writer in its 2008 Best of the West Awards, and the magazine’s readers voted him Best Living Fiction Writer in 2012.

A native of South Carolina, Boggs worked almost 15 years in Texas as a sports journalist at the Dallas Times Herald and Fort Worth Star-Telegram before moving to New Mexico in 1998 to concentrate full time on his novels and books.

Boggs is also a prolific writer of short nonfiction with works appearing in more than 50 magazines and newspapers; has also written nonfiction books (including Jesse James and the Movies; and Billy the Kid on Film, 1911-2012); is a professional photojournalist; and has acted on stage in local theater.

He lives with his wife and son in Santa Fe, and is represented by Golden West Literary Agency.

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Seven Falls Indian Dancers are a family dance troupe representing four generations of dancers. They can present educational and entertaining Native American dances including the Eagle and the Hoop Dances.

Join us for this colorful celebration of National Native American Heritage Month.

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make it personal
In Pikes Peak Library District’s Makerspaces, we offer access to tools, materials, and machines to help bring your creative vision to life. Before you visit our spaces, make sure to familiarize yourself with our Makerspace Policy, and review information about accessing the spaces. Using the Makerspaces requires a little bit of background, so review the section below for the craft you are interested in. Use #MakeItPersonal to share your creations on social media with us!


Need some project inspiration? You can:

DIE-CUTTING

  • Learn: Use the die-cutters at PPLD’s makerspaces to safely and accurately cut or draw designs on paper, vinyl, iron-on transfer materials, cardstock, sticker paper, select fabrics, and other materials. All three makerspace locations offer the Silhouette Cameo 3, and Library 21c also has a US Cutter LaserPoint Vinyl Cutter 25” available for use.

    Come in to use these machines during regular Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek Library, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

  • Design: Browse free designs on the Silhouette Design Store or create your own design using the Silhouette software. It’s easy to bring a clipart file from the internet into the software and add your own touches to it. Use the step-by-step instructions available with every die-cutter machine in the makerspaces.
  • Create: Vinyl sheets and cardstock are available for a small fee at all PPLD makerspaces – call the location of your choice for more information about colors and availability, or feel free to bring your own materials. Each space also has tools for weeding and cutting materials used with the die-cutters.

SEWING

  • Learn: PPLD makerspaces provide a variety of sewing machines to support your textile needs! Our three spaces provide standard sewing machines, embroidery machines (4”x4” workspace), and 3/4 thread overlock sergers, while East Library also provides an industrial machine that can tackle heavy-duty projects.

    These machines are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

  • Design: Find a sewing pattern at a local store, online (we love Pinterest!), or in a book. PPLD’s collection features many types of sewing books, with patterns for quilts, stuffed animals, dolls and outfits, tailored clothing, and much, much more. New to sewing? We’ve got a book for that!
  • Create: Assorted thread and needles are provided, in addition to basic sewing notions such as pins, clips, scissors, fabric measuring tape, rotary cutters and cutting mats. Speak with staff today about how to get started on a sewing project!

3D PRINTING

  • Learn: Make your own tools and trinkets with PPLD’s 3D printers!

    These machines require a badging certification to ensure you understand basic machine operation and safety practices. To become badged, simply watch a video online and take a short quiz. You must get all answers correct to pass the quiz, but can retake it if necessary.

  • Design: You can create your own project using free, open-source software like Tinkercad (great for beginners) or Fusion 360 (good for more advanced models). Not sure you want to dive in to making your own design right away? Search for what you want on Thingiverse, a community for making and sharing 3D printable designs. You can search Thingiverse for keychains, bookmarks, planters, ornaments, and all sorts of other fun and useful items.
  • Create: After you’ve completed the badging quiz and designed or chosen your file, come in to a PPLD makerspace to print it! 3D printers are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours, and all makerspace locations have a variety of printer filament to use (call the location of your choice to ask about availability if you have a specific color in mind). Outside filament is not allowed, and prints are weighed after completion; each print costs $0.05 per gram for normal filament or $0.10 per gram for specialized filament. If it’s your first time using a 3D printer or you have any questions, staff will be available to help walk you through the steps.

LASER ENGRAVING/CUTTING


PPLD Make It Personal :30 from PPLD TV on Vimeo.


Makerspaces
  • Make at East
    • 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    • Open Hours:
      • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Tuesday: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Thursday: Closed
      • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Sunday: Closed
  • Make at Library 21c
    • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    • Open Hours: Make is open during regular library hours, as long as the room is not in use for programs or other reservations.
  • Make II at Library 21c
    • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    • Open Hours:
      • Mondays: Closed
      • Tuesdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
      • Wednesdays: 2 - 6 p.m.
      • Thursdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
      • Fridays: Closed
      • Saturdays: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Sundays: Closed
  • Make at Sand Creek
    • 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
    • Open Hours:
      • Monday: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      • Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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eBooks for All!

Publishers are Putting Libraries and Patrons in a Bind
New lending and purchasing models place financial burdens and time limitations on libraries.

Recent moves by book publishers to limit library access to eBooks and eAudiobooks will create increased financial burdens for libraries and wait times for patrons.

The eBook collection at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is so popular that the system’s digital circulation now ranks within the top twenty in the nation. PPLD cardholders have already surpassed one million checkouts on OverDrive, one of several eBook services offered by the Library District.

Hachette, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Blackstone Publishing, and Macmillian Publishers, among others, are changing their lending models for eBooks and eAudiobooks. While these changed lending models vary slightly from publisher to publisher, each change limits library access to digital books and will increase wait times for new releases and other titles.

“Unfortunately, these drastic steps by book publishers are putting Pikes Peak Library District in an extraordinarily difficult position,” said John Spears, Chief Librarian and CEO of PPLD. “Our digital circulation is incredibly high, and we know these new measures are going to increase wait times for our patrons.”

Most of the changes include new purchasing models, so that instead of libraries having perpetual access to each book they purchase, they have to re-purchase the books after two years.

Macmillan Publishers is going as far as to impose an eight-week embargo on public libraries for the purchase of new eBook titles, beginning Nov. 1. Libraries may only purchase a single copy of new eBook titles during the first eight weeks of its release, during which time the titles will be available through marketplace vendors.

“This is an equal access issue for our patrons,” Spears says. “We know that not everyone with a library card will be able to bypass these increased wait times by simply purchasing the digital book somewhere else, and they shouldn’t have to. We urge publishers to reverse or modify these changes, and encourage our patrons to speak out if they agree.”

Those who want to voice opposition to these lending model changes can take action at ebooksforall.org, a national initiative of the American Library Association urging publishers to reverse their new lending models.

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Upcoming Maker in Residence: Comics and Sequential Art with Tarikh Brown

Welcome our Maker in Residence for winter 2019, Tarikh Brown!
Maker in Residence: Comics and Sequential Art

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to sequential art. Participants will learn how to create a comic page and will be able to tell a story through images. This course will cover critical lessons for comic creators, and is useful for all skill levels.

Please help ensure that other patrons have the opportunity to participate in this program by only registering for one session. Ages 16+

Artist Biography: Tarikh Brown is a local artist with a BA in Graphic Design. He is currently seeking an MA in Computer Science: Digital Media Technology, which will be used for developing video games and virtual reality. Tarikh is especially passionate about sequential art, such as comics and story boarding, and loves to share his craft with others!

Please also visit with Tarikh and see him work on a digital comic project! Tarikh will be available at Library 21c in the Atrium for Meet the Maker in Residence:

  • Mon., Nov. 11, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov. 13, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 16, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 17, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 1, 1;30 - 4:30 p.m.
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Call for 2020 Makers opens Oct. 1!

Pikes Peak Library District is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community. We help our community seek and engage in new opportunities which transform thoughts, perspectives, and result in new discoveries. 

Over the last 5 years, the PPLD Maker in Residence program hosted over 30 creative individuals, who introduced the El Paso County community to a wide range of projects and ideas including the following:

  • Bookbinding & Papermaking
  • Drawing & Painting (acrylics, watercolors, oils, alcohol ink)
  • Stop Motion / Animation
  • Songwriting & Dancing
  • Polymer Clay
  • Origami
  • Sewing

Click here for past makers and more details!

To celebrate past successes and embrace new trends and possibilities, the 2020 Maker in Residence Program has been redeveloped to further inspire and empower making and creativity. 


We are currently searching for two Makers for 2020, who are inspired by the year’s theme:
20/20 VISIONS – It’s often said that hindsight is 20/20. As a maker, what does this phrase mean to you? How do you reflect on past lessons, celebrate clarity of the present, and seek new discoveries and growth?
What are we looking for?

We recognize that the term “Maker” encompasses creators of all kinds. As explained by Dale Dougherty:

“Makers are producers and creators, builders and shapers of the world around us. Makers are people who regard technology as an invitation to explore and experiment, with the most inclusive possible definition of technology, meaning any skill or technique that we learn and employ. What we once called hobbyists, tinkerers, artists, inventors, engineers, crafters – all of them are makers.” – xv, Free to Make

But specifically, we seek makers who… 

  • Love their craft and possess skills to teach and share.
  • Are curious about the world around them and enjoy tinkering.
  • Enjoy collaborating with others.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for 10 weeks.
  • 30 hours (or less) working on a large-scale community project at one of our PPLD locations.
    • Several of PPLD’s library locations provide spaces which could host an assortment of creative efforts, such as a larger installation piece or semi-permanent mural, among other options. Our libraries vary greatly in size; please consider the scalability of the community project, including maximum and minimum size requirements.
    • The finished work will be revealed at a public reception and will be publicly displayed within the Pikes Peak Library District.
  • 30 hours of programs/classes presented at various PPLD library locations as well as the Manitou Art Center.
    • These programs/classes must present our patrons with a hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill. The Maker will work with library staff to determine the best way to structure these classes.
    • These classes can be the same topic offered multiple times, or a set of different class topics with a cohesive theme.
    • 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 will be mainly geared toward ages 12 and up.
  • Contract payment of $1800 for 60 project hours or a rate of $30/hour for total project hours less than 60, with up to another $1500 reimbursement for supplies.
    • The Maker will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse the Maker for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Compensation rates do not cover setup/teardown time for programs or project hours.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Maker will become the property of PPLD. If the project is temporal in nature (i.e. a performance), PPLD will have the sole right to photograph or otherwise record the project. Following the public display, PPLD may or may not decide to keep the finished project, return it to the Maker, donate, or sell the work.
  • The Maker may be asked to coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD-produced video that promotes the Maker’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • The Maker is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.



Dates and Deadlines
Complete and submit the application. The call will open October 1, 2019 and will close on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:59 MST.
Please complete the application here.

  • Submitted applications will be reviewed for both the Spring and the Fall Residency time slots.
  • Please note in your application your availability for both time slots, as well as preference for Spring or Fall.
    • Spring Residency Dates: March 9 – May 18, 2020
    • Fall Residency Dates: September 7 – November 16, 2020

Makers will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Suitability for the year’s overall theme
  • Type of project/medium (to ensure diversity of projects)
  • Program/class learning objectives and outcomes
  • Ability of Maker to engage the community in the project

Interviews will be held for Makers who are being considered.

If offered a residency, the Maker must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement, fill out an IRS W9 form, and complete a PPLD-paid background check.

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Teen Gaming

Gaming programs are designed to provide teens and tweens with a fun, safe program where they can socialize with their peers!

Live Action Clue!
Imagine the board game clue – but live! The rules will likely be a little bit different, but we’ll play a version of the board game but with real people. The murder, however, will still be fake.

Find your Live Action Clue game here.

Escape Room
Time Warp escape Room: You're lost in time and the secret to getting back to 2019 is locked in a box! Can you break in, or will you be stuck in ancient Egypt, the Wild West or the Incan Empire forever? Ages 12-18.

Retro Games
Join other gamers to explore the world of classic video games on the Nintendo and Super Nintendo Classic Consoles.

Click here for Retro Game events!

bingo
BINGO

Please join us right after school for a quick hour of B-I-N-G-O! There will be snacks AND prizes. No registration necessary, just drop-in and bring your friends!

Click here for Bingo!

Tabletop Gaming
tabletop gaming
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! We will 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! (See specific event for details.)

Click here for tabletop games!

Dungeons & Dragons Club

dungeons & dragons
Join teens who are passionate about Dungeons and Dragons!

Click here to find the club nearest you!

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The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District is hiring for the position Volunteer Coordinator. The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for the day to day operation of the Regional Library Book Stores. The Volunteer Coordinator, an ex officio member of the Friends Board of Directors, manages the operations for the Regional Library Bookstores and special book sales, including volunteers. This person serves as the Friends liaison with PPLD personnel and outside vendors.

Please see the attached files for more information.

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"What has TED Done?" - A TED Talk

TEDx COS 2019 speaker and former El Paso County Sheriff John Wesley Anderson presents "What has TED Done?"

This one hour talk is designed for an audience of teens to adults to seniors who are interested in learning what TED is, how TED has radically changed the communication process, and how they can use this enhanced communication process to improve their future public speaking or writing.

Click here for more information.

John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller and TEDx speaker. He was selected from over 300 applicants to be one of only 13 speakers for the TEDx Colorado Springs event held at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Ent Center for the Arts on Mother's Day, May 12, 2019. (Bio attached)

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PowerPass

Knowledge is power. Unlock your potential!

Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado Springs School District 11 have partnered up to create PowerPass, giving students access to research and homework help, academic databases, college application and job search assistance, makerspaces, and more!



How did anyone ever get through school before the internet?

It’s a question students in District 11 will certainly not need to answer this year! As of the 2019-2020 school year, every student in D11 has a PowerPass, a digital PPLD card. The PowerPass gives students access to PPLD’s digital resources, like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads, all available at ppld.org. Each PowerPass holder can also check out five physical items at a time from any of the 14 PPLD locations or mobile library services!


High school and middle school students can use their PowerPass for online access to live tutors and online foreign language courses. They can also get help with projects and prepare for the future with practice driving and SAT tests.


Elementary students and their parents will benefit from kid-friendly eBook and audiobook access, digital education resources, and in-person classes at PPLD to learn how to write, draw, code, or use
makerspace equipment.


What you need to know about the student account :

  1. The student will have an e-card (i.e. not a physical card)
  2. The student card # will be the first five letters of their last name (fewer if the last name has less than five letters) followed by the initials of their first and middle names (if they have a middle name) and then the last four number of their student ID. Ex (John Jacob Jingleheimer student ID 12345678 – id would beJINGLJJ5678)
  3. Student PINs will be the two-digit month and day of their birthdate (ex, 0731)
  4. Student cards will have the profile of STUDENT
  5. Students are allowed to check out five items and have five holds at a time. However Interlibrary Loans are not permitted on the student accounts.
  6. Student accounts can access CyberShelf and Research resources as well as PCs in the libraries.
  7. Student accounts are blocked at $10 which prevents further checkouts of physical materials and use of OverDrive.
  8. Students can use the self-checkouts’ on-screen keyboard to enter their account IDs and PINs. The onscreen keyboard now displays letters and numbers.

If a parent does not wish for their child to use PowerPass, they may opt out at the child's school.

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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.

No appointment necessary, just drop in!

keep calm and love math

AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. Times and dates are subject to change. If the school district or library closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.

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Questions about using the Internet, email, social networks, a Smartphone, tablet, eBooks, or something else? Get help at Pikes Peak Library District and learn to use technology more effectively. Bring your laptop or device or use one of of ours. This is intended for patrons wanting help beyond PPLD computer classes.

Drop-in Help

1-on-1 Help

Contact location to register for 1-on-1 assistance!

  • East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    3rd Wed., 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Call: (719) 531-6333

For information on computer resources at your library, please visit https://ppld.org/computers

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Blood Drives at the Library

Vitalant provides blood to 1,000 hospitals across 40 states where it is used in a variety of medical treatments. A single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients. Registration is not required. Just find the truck in the parking lot!

Click here to see if you are eligible.


A quick visit, with light refreshments, can save lives!

  • Where: East Library
  • When: Fri., Oct. 25, and Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Library 21c
  • When: Fri., Oct. 25, and Dec. 27 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about Vitalant.

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Maker in Residence: Mixed Media Collage Art with Roxanne Lingle

Roxanne Lingle, The Maker in Residence for September/October 2019, is a mixed media artist and teacher. She has been teaching for many years and loves to inspire her students and see them “come alive” when they realize they can do something they never thought possible. She loves mixed media art and all its variety of color, texture, and amazing avenues for creativity. Roxanne has taught many types of mixed media classes in the Pikes Peak region as well as across the United States.

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

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2019

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads 2019!

All Pikes Peak Reads is Pikes Peak Library District's annual program geared towards improving literacy and fostering dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines. Each year, we select APPR titles that focus on a variety of timely topics and coincide with our planned community-wide programming. This year, our titles explore themes of crossings, peace, multiculturalism, identity, friendship, and memory.




Our selected adult title is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann.
TransAtlantic
Summary: A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.

About the author: Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in over 40 languages. He is the co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organisation, Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children.


Author presentation and book signing: Click Here!


We have also selected a book of poetry, Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez.
Citizen Illegal
Summary: Citizen Illegal is right on time, bringing both empathy and searing critique to the fore as a nation debates the very humanity of the people who built it." —Eve Ewing, author of Electric ArchesIn this stunning debut, poet José Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life in the spaces between Mexico and America. He paints vivid portraits of good kids, bad kids, families clinging to hope, life after the steel mills, gentrifying barrios, and everything in between. Drawing on the rich traditions of Latinx and Chicago writers like Sandra Cisneros and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olivarez creates a home out of life in the in-between. Combining wry humor with potent emotional force, Olivarez takes on complex issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration using an everyday language that invites the reader in.

About the author: José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers.


Author presentation and book signing!



Our young adult and children’s title is Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh.
Nowhere Boy
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Ahmed, a Syrian refugee, and thirteen-year-old Max, an American boy, are bound by a secret that sets them on the adventure of a lifetime.

About the author: Katherine Marsh is an author of books for children and young adults including Nowhere Boy, which is being published in over a dozen languages; The Night Tourist, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery; Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, a New York Times Notable; and The Door By The Staircase, a Junior Library Guild selection. A former journalist and managing editor of The New Republic, Katherine spent three years in Brussels, Belgium with her family and flock of chickens. She now lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, two cats and three chickens.


Author presentation: Click Here!

  • When: Thu., Oct. 24, from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c Venue, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.



This fall we will again present a variety of programs to the community including author visits, film screenings, community discussions and panel presentations, theater productions, workshops, music programs, and more. We will be undertaking many of these with our community partners.

Click here for program information.

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:

Colin Bevan - "Bahamas"
Mayah Bolenbaugh - "The Essence of Warmth"
Eva Goroski - "Bioluminescent Beach at Night"
Brody Karr - "Papayalulu Paradise"
Sally Peterson - "The Mystical Land"
Jana Yuschalk - "Darkling Dwabidisador"


Bahamas
By Colin Bevan

Fisherman rip tonight’s dinner from the ocean
Bloody hands filet the dead fish
Smells of fresh fish turns my head
Salt fills the air rusting old boats
Charcoal beach fires cook todays catch
Warm water surrounds my feet
Small birds run from the waves
Boats dot the horizon for miles
Paradise, I hope I never leave


The Essence of Warmth
By Mayah Bolenbaugh

Firewood receives the spark
Steam rises from the bread, fresh from the oven
Soft snuggle from a purring kitten
Sip a large mug of cider under a changing tree in the fall
Enter a cabin to kick off winter’s freeze
Submerge in hot springs as the snowflakes dance
Comfort and serenity, as the shower pours through your hair
Earth is nourished by the elements
Now the sand takes in the sun
The day’s last hour bathed in dark orange sunshine on a summer’s day


Bioluminescent Beach at Night
By Eva Goroski

Twilight creeps up the coast
Waiting for the moon to come with a gleam
Shells adorn the beach like jewels
Stars twinkle and glimmer like diamonds
Tide pools shine with a radiant beam
The ocean has an eerie glow
Bioluminescent dinoflagellates show off in a chain of lights


Papayalulu Paradise
By Brody Karr

I dream of a land called Papayalulu
It’s a tasty paradise for me and you-you
It’s hard to get to - this is true-true
First you must make a papaya canoe-noe
Row your canoe-noe to the end of the sea
And soon Papayalulu you will see

As papaya trees sway in the papayamint breeze
You can paddle down to the Papaya Juice River with ease
You can even lean over and take a sip
But better take care - your canoe-noe might tip
Look out! What’s that I hear?
It’s Papaya Juice Falls - better stay clear!

Safe at last upon the shore
What’s that sound I cant ignore?
It’s the singing papaya birds high in the trees
A song so sweet my ears it does please
I think I’ll stay a while in this land
Papayalulu is oh so grand!


The Mystical Land
By Sally Peterson

I know a place, not far away
It glistens and it gleams.
I go there every time I sleep
It’s called the “Land of Dreams.”

So when I sleep I don’t count sheep
Or toss and turn in vain.
I just fly to the “Land of Dreams”
In my one-man twinbed plane.

Each night I fly right out the door
And pass the moon and sun.
I’m going to the “Land of Dreams”
To have some dream like fun.

And when I land on snow white sand
A lovely sight I see.
A wondrous civilization is
Stretched out in front of me.

A mountain looms above you
If you look to the west.
On the east there is a river
And a town where you can rest.

There are bubbles in the air
That are floating in the breeze.
You can smell the scent of honey,
And hear the rustling trees.

Then my views were interrupted
By a woman clad in white.
She was the noble Queen
Of this land of truth and right.

“Welcome” she said. “Welcome
Won’t you come to my estate”
And she pointed to a castle
With a shiny marble gate.

“Of course” I said, “how gracious,
How could I refuse?”
We started towards the castle
And she told me all the news.

We walked into the town
Where the buildings stand so tall.
Everything is vibrant
From the big to really small.

The people there wear brilliant robes
Of many different hues.
There are feathers on their hats
And feathers on their shoes.

Aromas that are new
Are wafting towards my face.
I wonder what the food is like
In this amazing place.

We came to a kiosk
Where a man was selling food.
The food was shaped like balls
Some were red and some were blue.

They tasted sweet and juicy,
And suddenly I knew!
They were little berries,
And in the fields they grew.

A woman selling flowers
Gave me a bouquet.
It smelled just like sweet roses
In my wildflower spray.

The red flowers were the largest.
The blue flowers were large, too.
The yellow flowers were tiny.
My favorites were the blue.

We entered a cute clothes shop
Filled with rows of silk,
They were soft and they were comfy,
And smooth and cool like milk.

I chose a robe with red, blue, and yellow
For they would match my blooms.
I got nice shoes and a fine new hat
With fluffy little plumes.

Next we went to a pet shop
And saw a little dog.
He was not like mine at all, though.
My dog is brown like a log.

But this dog had new colors.
This dog was so bright!
So were all the other dogs.
It was a crazy sight!

I thought the cats were normal
Until I heard them speak.
They spoke such perfect English
I fought the urge to shriek!

A bird screeched in the background
And I turned in surprise.
The bird that was behind me
Had creepy human eyes.

The castle was our last stop
And it was getting late.
I was getting pretty tired
When I walked up to the gate.

The gates were swiftly opened.
We ran to a bench and sat.
It was nice to calmly sit there
And hear the robins chat.

Said the Queen “Oh heaven help us.
The feasts about to start”
We raced inside the castle
And I couldn't calm my heart.

I changed my clothes and entered
The room of the great feast.
There were many fruits and veggies
And for meat they had roast beast.

Many fancy people
Were invited here to dine.
Some were very famous.
All were very fine.

They all told me hello
Then sat and ate and ate.
I listened to their stories
As I cleaned off my plate.

A toast was to be done.
I lifted my cup.
Then “beep” went my alarm clock
And quickly I woke up.


Darkling Dwabidisador
By Jana Yuschalk

To bed I went on that ordinary night,
Not knowing in the morning what I may fight.
I woke up on a pile of hay,
Wondering what would fill my day.
Surprised and frightened, I immediately felt.
Suddenly, I wished I could just melt.
It seemed so sunny without any rain.
Smells of sweat hovered over the plain,
From jumping creatures who seemed insane.
The so-called “Dwabis” had a mane.
No animals were there.
Not even a bear.
I was informed, this was Dwabidisador.
Wow, I really need to study by geography more!
The Dwabi’s legs were awfully long.
They jumped then fell, I am not wrong.
The sound of jumping pounded the ground.
Their favorite hobby was jumping. That I found.
The language they spoke was also Dwabidisador.
At least I don’t need to study my languages much more!
“Dwabi fell down,” they said over and over again.
“English without pronouns,” I thought. Until then,
A young Dwabi who was probably only four,
Came up and said, “Why don’t you enter that door.”
I did as he commanded only to find,
A Dwabi whose name was Filabind.
He bought me a cupcake with sprinkles on top,
The smell was so sweet I thought I would pop!
All that was better than the taste, was the smell.
It looked and smelled like sweet caramel.
The taste was Dwabilicious.
Red velvet without mush.
After I finished my delectable cupcake,
I was sure Dwabidisador wasn't fake.
Then we departed and walked a long ways.
We entered a place called “Dwabi’s Good Maze”.
Since Filabind was my guide, he led me through,
A portal that said, “How do you do?”
Filled with wonder and awe, I heard a loud, “MOO!”
Before I knew it, I was back home on our farm.
Lying in my bed was my noisy alarm,
Trying to wake me up from my-dream?
What it was, it filled me with gleam!

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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 2019 Teen Art Contest was "Opposites Attract! "

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April.

Here are this years winners, which you can also view below!

Best In Show
“Poseidon’s Goldfish” by Cole R.

High School - First Place
“Opposites Attract” by Isaiah R.

High School - Second Place
“A Spectrum” by Preston S.

Middle School - First Place
“Steamy” by Teddy K.

Middle School - Second Place
“Concrete Jungle” by Ava K.

Coordinator’s Choice - High School
“Calm Before the Storm” by Lydia M.

Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School
“Strong and Courageous” by Chloe H.

You can view the winners here:

Teen Art Contest 2019 Winners

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PPLD's Repair Café is a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. At a Repair Café you’ll find the tools and materials needed to repair your broken items, as well as knowledgeable volunteers who will show you how to do it. Repair Trainers will offer a diagnosis and suggested remedy for broken items, repairing items when possible and otherwise explaining what parts you may need to obtain to complete the repair.

The Repair Café exists to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?

To learn more about the international Repair Café initiative, visit https://repaircafe.org/en/.

Repair Café Dates

Individuals must agree to the Repair Café Guidelines and Disclaimer to participate.

Volunteers offer no guarantee of items being repaired made by them or with their assistance, and are not liable if objects repaired do not work properly at home. Volunteers are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that cannot be repaired.

Disclaimer: Please know you bring your items to be repaired at your own risk. Because repairs are made by unpaid volunteers there may be risks. Neither the facilitators of Repair Cafés nor the repair volunteers are liable for any loss or damage that may result from advice or instructions, for the loss of items handed over for repair, for indirect or consequential loss, or for any other kind of loss resulting from repairs made by Repair Café.

Get Involved!

Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? Can you…

  • Repair tires, chains, or brakes for bikes?
  • Mend, hem, or patch clothing?
  • Test, dismantle, or fix small appliances?
  • Assess, disassemble, or possibly repair electronics?
  • Fix wobbly furniture or other wooden objects?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, help your local community by becoming a Repair Trainer!

To apply, fill out our volunteer application and skill specialty questionnaire and drop them off at East Library attn: Amber Cox, or email both to repaircafe@ppld.org.

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Pikes Peak Library District sparks development, opportunity, and inspiration for everyone across El Paso County. Whether you've got a young one who's learning to read, or you're a lifelong learner looking for a new skill, the library has something for you.

We are excited to share stories of how the Library positively impacts the lives of our patrons.

To tell your story, click here to take our short survey or use the hashtag #shareyourspark on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

INSPIRATION

PPLD sparks inspiration. In this video, hear Price Strobidge's story about how the library helped him become Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak Region.

OPPORTUNITY

PPLD sparks your opportunity. In this video, hear Allan's story about how the Library helped him improve his English language skills and provide him with GED test preparation. Read more about Allan's personal growth and development through the Library in this article from The Gazette.

DEVELOPMENT

PPLD sparks your development. In this video, learn about how our children's areas are free, safe places that encourage development and growth.

Stay tuned to learn how PPLD can spark your opportunity and your inspiration.

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Shirley Dale, PPLD's Maker in Residence for March/April 2019, has been creating in one way or another since childhood, applying this creativity in many different endeavors and careers. The joy of creating and the belief that everyone has the ability to create art have been constants throughout her life. Shirley has worked with many different mediums as a teacher and artist, always finding exciting, creative possibilities with whatever art materials are at hand. She is currently working with acrylics for monotype prints as finished pieces, and also for use in mixed media collage pieces.

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

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Have you heard about auto-renewals? Beginning Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, PPLD will save you the step of renewing your checkouts.

The day before items are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them if there are no holds and they haven’t already been renewed twice.

There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, including:

  • Rapid Read, Rapid View
  • eBooks, eAudios
  • Equipment
  • Interlibrary Loans

Patrons will receive an email notice letting them know what, if anything, was renewed as well as the new due date.

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Overdue books? Fear not. Pikes Peak Library District will no longer charge you for being a little bit late on your returns.

The library will officially eliminate overdue fines Fri., Feb. 1, just in time for a county-wide celebration of Library Lover’s Month. Patrons will no longer be financially penalized for books that are late in returning to the library.

“Our mission as an organization is to eliminate barriers to information and resources, not create them,” said Director of Library Services Tim Blevins. “We had a trial run of eliminating overdue fines and didn’t see longer hold times for patrons, but did see a positive impact on borrowing. It makes perfect sense for us to permanently eliminate these fines.”

Fines, Blevins says, are particularly prohibitive for the community’s most vulnerable families. Plus, overdue fines accounted for less than one percent of the library’s overall revenue in 2017.

There will still be fees assessed for lost or damaged materials. Materials are considered lost if they are 21 days overdue.

Additionally, Pikes Peak Library District will roll out automatic renewals later on in Library Lover’s Month. The day before books are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them up to two times, so long as no other patron placed a hold on the material.

There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, like rapid reads, e-materials, and equipment checkouts.

“What we’ve seen here, and in library facilities across the country, is that by taking these steps to increase ease of access to materials, use of library resources and checkouts is positively impacted,” Blevins said. “We’re here to help people access the resources they need to achieve their goals. This is just one more way for us to do a better job of achieving that mission.”

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We want to celebrate your successes! Pikes Peak Library District is looking for stories about how our resources and staff have helped enrich minds, fuel learning and growth, spark imagination and ideas, build community and connections, and/or achieve goals.

To tell your story, click here and take our short survey.

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Linda Riley

PPLD Maker in Residence for January/February 2019, Linda Riley learned to knit when she was a young girl, taught by her granny when growing up the Chicago suburbs. She continually grew her skills and eventually began creating her own unique patterns. Her original designs have been published in both print and online outlets. Her project portfolio ranges from simple items such as hats and scarfs all the way to full size afghans and cable knit sweaters. Mittens are her favorite item to knit!

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

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The 2018 Teen Fiction Anthology is here!

Click the link below to read the award winning stories from the 2018 Teen Fiction Writing Contest.

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Gay Houghtaling

PPLD's Maker in Residence for October/November 2018 was Gay Houghtaling. A decade ago, she saw an art exhibit made up entirely of suitcases filled with found objects. This exhibit introduced her to the art of assemblage, the art of displaying a collection of objects in a way that expresses a meaning or idea. Gay works with Who Gives a Scrap, a local creative reuse store, to provide craft swaps and classes through the Pikes Peak Library District. Gay has an eclectic teaching background that includes Kindergarten in an overseas classroom, language acquisition and cultural studies for children moving overseas, fourth grade art, and reentry programs for tweens and teens. She currently homeschools her 12 year old grandson.

She taught classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District and hosted open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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PPLD Board of Trustees

Get to know – and get help from – Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees

On the evenings of Wed., Oct. 10 and Tue., Oct. 16, members of the PPLD Board of Trustees will be shadowing our library employees at seven different branch locations. Board members will be working everything from circulation to security to helping our patrons! They’ll be available for library related assistance, and be there to answer any questions you may have about PPLD. Make sure to stop by and see our board members at your favorite library branch!

Wed., Oct. 10

Tue., Oct. 16

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Aja Black and Big Samir of The Reminders

PPLD's Makers in Residence for September/October 2018 were The Reminders (Big Samir and Aja Black), a rare and remarkable musical duo, blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. Releasing their debut album Recollect in 2008 and their latest Born Champions in 2012, The Reminders have been recognized and applauded for their work both nationally internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, and television and radio appearances. The duo is constantly and actively engaged with community organizations, schools, universities, delivering workshops, talks, and specially catered performances.

They taught songwriting classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District and hosted open studio hours at Sand Creek Library and Library 21c.

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

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Monique Santos

PPLD's Maker in Residence for July/August 2018 was paper crafting instructor Monique Santos, a Colorado native and enjoys all things “Colorado”! A perfect day would be a morning hike with a friend, cup of coffee, afternoon of playing with the girls and dinner with the family. When she is not busy as a wife and stay at home mom of two daughters 6 & 4 she enjoys being a part of the Colorado Springs community. Whether it be at her daughters school, community centers, crafting events or the library she is passionate about sharing her love for creating.

She taught classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosted open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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Charles and Tauni Orndorff

PPLD's Makers in Residence for May/June 2018 were Charles and Tauni Orndorff. The Colorado Springs natives have been making costumes and props for over 15 years. Their skills include sewing, fabrication, 3D design, and much more. They are currently instructors at the Pikes Peak Makerspace where they teach resin casting, silicon molding, and vac-forming.

They taught Resin Casting with Silicon Molds classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosted open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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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 2018 Teen Art Contest was "Hidden Beauty." Teens were encouraged to show us where they have found hidden beauty in the ordinary, everyday world.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April.

Here are the winners!

Best In Show
Clear by Isabella Huhn

High School - First Place
Letting Go by Celine Hanlon

High School - Second Place
Masked by Elizabeth Ward

Middle School - First Place
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder by Connor Murdock

Middle School - Second Place
Beauty of the Mountain by Adyline Poirson

Coordinator’s Choice - High School
Color through Clutter by Rebecca Gearhart

Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School
A Shoe by Adia Byron

You can view the winners here:
Teen Art Contest 2018 Winners

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Joanna Bolek

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March/April 2018 was Joanna Bolek. She has taught art processes in the context of mindfulness/awareness for over 20 years to diverse populations. She has a masters degree in art education. She is also a qualified meditation and Dharma Art instructor.

Sarah tought throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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Career Online High School

When she was in 9th grade, Crystal Reavis dropped out of high school. “I got in with a group of friends that thought partying was more fun than being responsible,” she says. “I was a cheerleader. I wasn’t in the out crowd. But my parents left me with some friends to make my own decisions when I was 13, which led to partying and not doing my schoolwork.”

Now a married mother of two, Reavis is part of the first group of graduates from Pikes Peak Library District’s Career Online High School (COHS) program. A graduation ceremony will be held from 6 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14 at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

“This is something I have wanted to do, but I don’t drive because of epilepsy, so getting a GED was hard. Dragging kids onto the bus is almost impossible. And most people don’t want your kids in the class with you,” says Reavis, who also homeschools her children: Gauge, age 9; and Kahlan, age 1.

While on PPLD’s website, self-described “library junkie” Reavis found information about COHS, and said, “‘This is something I can do!’ And my husband (David) said, 'You absolutely should!’ It was a perfect fit for me.”

Reavis was able to finish the program in four months, getting career certification in office management. The flexibility of a self-paced, online program benefited the busy Reavis. “I could go on there anytime I wanted, which was really great. Having two kids is hard enough, and when you homeschool you have to fit it in when you can,” she says.

Reavis’ accomplishment has unsurprisingly moved her family. “My son said, ‘I want to make sure I finish school now because I see how happy you are.’ When the diploma came in, my husband actually cried and told me how proud he was of me. He knew how important it was for me,” recalls Reavis.

“Thank you to Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, to all of the librarians, and especially (PPLD Adult Education’s) Teona (Shainidze-Krebs) and Julie (Beck). They have both been with me every step of the way. If anyone were to ask me why they should enroll, I would say that it really will change your life. Once you have a diploma, you can do anything, whether it’s a better-paying job, going to college, or getting a sense of accomplishment.”

Ah yes, college. Reavis, once a teenage dropout, is about to start studying Anthropology through Ashford University. And she’s been trying to get a family member to enroll in COHS, as well. “My dad lives in Florida, and they have the same program there. He never finished school because his parents died. I told him, ‘You have to do this!’ And now he’s looking into it.”

For more information about Career Online High School, visit ppld.org/cohs.

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Repair Café Volunteers Needed

PPLD's Repair Café is in need of BIKE fixers! Fill out a volunteer application at ppld.org/repair-cafe or stop by your local library!

Repair Café is a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. At a Repair Café you’ll find the tools and materials needed to repair your broken items, as well as knowledgeable volunteers who will show you how to do it. Repair Trainers will offer a diagnosis and suggested remedy for broken items, repairing items when possible and otherwise explaining what parts you may need to obtain to complete the repair.

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Charlie Mussi

PPLD's Maker in Residence for January/February 2018 was Charlie Mussi, an award-winning retired photojournalist whose work has appeared in national newspapers, international magazines, and table-top books. In 2001, he was recognized as one of the world's 125 finest photographers and set out on a unique global photographic essay to record "A Day in the Life of the U.S. Armed Forces." Since retiring, Charlie has rediscovered the fun of photography and enjoys teaching, coaching, and conducting photography workshops. In 2015, Charlie started the PPLD Community Photography Contest to recognize the amazing photography talent in the region.

Charlie taught Digital Photography as Art & Play classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosted studio hours at Library 21c, where patrons could talk to him about his work.

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

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Best Workplaces 2017

At an awards ceremony on Mon., Nov. 27, 2017 at the Antlers hotel, Pikes Peak Library District was named Best Workplace by The Gazette in the Extra Large Company (300+ employees) category.

According to The Gazette, PPLD "ranked high among its employees in social responsibility, providing meaningful work, confidence in leadership, being a place workers would recommend to others for employment and operating with strong values and ethics."

Here is a video The Gazette created, which was shown at the ceremony.

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Charles and Tauni Orndorff

PPLD's Makers in Residence for November/December 2017 were Charles and Tauni Orndorff. The Colorado Springs natives have been making costumes and props for over 15 years. Their skills include sewing, fabrication, 3D design, and much more. They are currently instructors at the Pikes Peak Makerspace where they teach resin casting, silicone molding, and vac-forming.

They taught classes about creating silicone molds throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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Congratulations to the winners of our first All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. You can read the winning entries by clicking here.

1st Place
"I Don't Blame Him for Dying" bu Andrew Beasley

2nd Place
"Puddle" by Andrea Malcom

3rd Place
"The Photograph" by Jacqueline Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Apostrophe" by Ariane Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Dr. Luckwood" by Jill Long

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Deb Bartos

PPLD's Maker in Residence in August/September 2017 was Deb Bartos, who has always been fascinated with new discoveries in the natural world and has been hiking and exploring for as long as she can remember. Rediscovering creative expression in painting as an adult has enhanced her learning to see even more in nature. Her work is best categorized as realistic impressionism, as she captures light and color often on location in oil. To see some of her work, visit DebBartos.com.

She will be taught Painting in Water-soluble Oils classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when she discussed her work.

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

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Deb Prewitt

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June/July 2017 was Deb Prewitt, a Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT) and a Mixed Media Artist. She has been making art and creating all of her life, finding most of her inspiration from Mother Nature (living in Colorado makes it easy to find that inspiration on a daily basis). She has developed numerous classes around the Zentangle practice and has also incorporated it into other aspects of her art. Deb believes in curiosity, creativity, and playfulness. She knows that bringing art and creativity into our everyday lives will make us happier and healthier. Deb also owns Blue Twig Studio, where she teaches classes, hosts art groups, and sells mixed media and Zentangle art supplies.

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

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Barbara Dimond

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for May/June 2017 was Barbara Dimond. She considers herself a mixed media artist working in out of the box processes in collage, as well as paper mache. Originally from New York City, she has been living in Colorado Springs and New Mexico for her adult life. Trained as a handmade paper artist, she collects papers and fibers found, bought, and prepared. Barbara teaches art around the region and has been on the faculty of the Fine Arts Center Bemis School of Art for well over 20 years. She loves to share her artistic ideas and processes with her students. Barbara went to the City University of New York, getting a degree in art and art education. She then did her graduate work in Southwest Studies at the Colorado College.

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

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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 2017 Teen Art Show & Contest was Transformation Teens were encouraged to show us how art impacts your life, or how it transforms the world around you.

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) 531-6333, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

Here are the winners!

Best in Show

"Mirror Reflection" by Aleyah B.

High School

1st Place: "My Fantasy" by Elizabeth W.
2nd Place: "Summer Sunsets" by Kaylee T.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Hands of Time" by Mary R.

Middle School

1st Place: "Transportation through Time" by Liberty H.
2nd Place: "Evolution" by Mikayla R.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Coy Fish Pond" by Kristine B.

You can view the winning works here:

2017 Teen Art Contest Winners

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Check Out Colorado Backpack

Reserve your free State Parks Pass and Backpack today by clicking here!

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.

Each backpack, which checks out for one week, includes:

  • State park pass hang tag for the rear-view mirror
  • Guide to Your 42 State Parks
  • Binoculars
  • Leave No Trace™ card
  • Colorado Wildlife Guide
  • Activity ideas list
  • Colorado Trees and Wildflower Guide
  • Fishing Basics tip sheet
  • Program evaluation card

Click here for more information about this program.

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Linda Smith

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March /April 2017 was 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.

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

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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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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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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.

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Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar

PPLD's Makers in Residence for January and February 2017 were Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar.

Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs. He has dedicated his talents to playing blues, R&B, funk and jazz. His influences include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and a host of other artists.

Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. Sande Leadership, a model Dr. Wanda developed, is based on ancestral lineage to the Mende of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Tisby-Cousar has studied tap and interpretive dance since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dancea nd performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.

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

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Have you read a really great (or really bad) book lately? Tell us all about it! Just fill out this book review form and your review will be posted in the Book Reviews section of ppld.org.

Happy reviewing!

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Jo Hart

PPLD's Maker in Residence for November 2016 was Jo Hart.

Yearning for a change from her Midwest living Jo moved to Colorado less than 18 months ago. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications. She has worked in the art and design fields throughout her career in the corporate, private, ad agency and not-for-profit sectors. Jo primarily works in clay making sculptural objects with a focus on feminine concerns. Recently she has been making utilitarian pieces and mixing multiple surface decoration techniques to create a balance between discord and harmony. Jo likes to make everyday and if she can’t she is sad.

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Deb Bartos

PPLD's Artist in Residence for September and October 2016 was Deb Bartos, an oil painter who loves exploring the natural world and teaching students about color. She continues to develop her knowledge about how light and color work together, and is fascinated by the process.

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Brian Looney

PPLD's Artist in Residence for August/September 2016 was Brian Looney.

"I learned to draw while sitting alone at the kitchen table. Art is about self-discovery, and there truly is no rule book. The more you do a thing, the more that thing develops, and everything you do along the way is unique. Excuse the play on words... I was born in 1985, and that was a kooky year. Albuquerque, NM is my hometown, and I moved to Colorado for the nature and the art. I haven't been disappointed. Additionally, I am a published poet and a yoyo artist. That last might fall under the 'geek' category, but you may view it all at brianlooney.com. I look forward to meeting you!" ~Brian Looney

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

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clay snake

PPLD's Maker/Artist in residence for June and July of 2016 was Patricia Moore. Patricia has been making all kinds of crafts forever. She believes in the magic of arts/crafts bringing wholeness and joy into life. She has been teaching arts/crafts to children and adults since around 1985. Patricia believes in Expressive Art and has used that to help children in different programs such as CASA.. Polymer clay is the main medium that she works with finding its possibilities near endless. Patricia lives in beautiful Black Forest on five acres with her teenage sons and many delightful animals.

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The 2016 Summer Reading Photography Winners have been announced! The winning photographs will be on display at East Library during the month of August.

Robert Loughman

"All I Do is Ball"
all I do is ball

Clare Chaddon

"Lifelong Goals"
lifelong goals

Lena Ahrens

"On Point"
on point

Sean Brooks

"Pitch Perfect"
pitch perfect

Congratulations!

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Christine Yocum

As a California native and self-taught baker, current PPLD Artist in Residence Christine Yocum was introduced to baking at a young age by her father and grandmother. Imagine a former left tackle in college teaching his nine-year-old daughter the finer points of cookie-making. Those sweet moments birthed in her a lifelong passion for baking—in particular cookies—and the eventual opening of Art & Style Baking, an online gourmet cookie company specializing in hand-painted cookies.

Even now, when her hands are steeped in cookie dough, she can sense his tender nod of encouragement and approval. While her dad passed away before he could enjoy "the fruits of his labor," her tender-hearted daughter assures her that he would be proud.

Christine will host classes throughout the Library District about cookie painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c where you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

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

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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) 531-6333, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

Here are the winners!

High School

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

Middle School

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

You can view the winning works here:

Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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Artist in Residence: Diane Crawford: Feb/March 2016

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Diane Crawford, a contemporary artist with twenty years experience. Originally from the upper Midwest, she left careers in corrections, law enforcement and social work to pursue the arts. While primarily self-taught, she has attended watercolor workshops by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Diane has recently lived in Hawaii and Las Vegas, and her works reflect the influences of her life and experiences.

Her mediums of choice are watercolor and alcohol inks. Her painting style is unique. She paints free-hand without drawing her designs first and rarely uses paint brushes. She uses old credit cards and drinking straws on her alcohol inks, and a palette knife on her watercolors.

Diane will host classes throughout the Library District about alcohol inks, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c during which time you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

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

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for East Library, Fountain Library, and Library 21c

Purchasing a courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri-Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Commemorative pavers are now available at Fountain Library!

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Book a Librarian

Can’t find the information you need? Have a research project? Pikes Peak Library District has a brand new program to help you.

Professional librarians at East, Library 21c, and Penrose Libraries are available to assist you with your information needs, whether you are looking for a great book to read, starting a business, or researching local history.

Research topics include, but are not limited to, finding materials for children or teens, locating health and wellness information, beginning legal research, and finding grant information for nonprofits. If you would like to learn how to search the library’s catalog or subscription databases more efficiently, we can help you with that too.

Begin by completing the online form on our website. From our home page (ppld.org), click on Research and select Book a Librarian. You can also locate the service by clicking on the dropdown arrow under "How do I?" on the left side of the home page and selecting Book a Librarian.

Fill out the form with your information, including your library card number. If your research request differs from the options provided, describe your question or research need in as much detail as possible.
We’ll look at your request and determine the best person on our staff to meet with you based on expertise and availability. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to schedule your appointment. Appointments may be scheduled for up to one hour at either the East or Penrose Library.

The Book a Librarian service is open to any PPLD cardholder. We cannot offer advice (e.g., medical, legal, investment) except to advise users of reputable sources of evaluative information. Also, we cannot offer troubleshooting or maintenance help with personal computers or devices. However, computer classes are available at several PPLD locations.

For questions, you can contact PPLD by email, chat, phone, or in person at any of our locations.

By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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