Teens

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A photo of Colorado Springs with text over it that reads "2023 - 2025 Strategic Plan."

From a small reading room established 136 years ago, PPLD continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our sprawling community. Our service area covers 2,070 square miles of El Paso County with a population of nearly 700,000 – people of all ages and backgrounds with varying views and interests.

Thanks to taxpayer funding, we can continue to provide residents with access to 16 facilities, three mobile library services, and a large online hub of resources and services, all of which are inclusive and welcoming to everyone. The Library team strives to make its physical and digital spaces safe and respectful for diverse voices…

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A teen paints on a canvas. Illustrations of paint brushes and other paint supplies decorate the image. Text reads "Pikes Peak Library District's 16th Annual Teen Art Contest"

Our theme for this year's Teen Art Contest is Memory. Please submit a piece inspired by this theme.

Memories can fool us, cause us grief, or bring us great comfort. Memory of the past can keep us from what we want in the future or inspire us to great heights. Create a piece inspired by the theme that shares your thoughts on Memory or expresses what Memory means to you and enter it to win a prize!

Entries are judged by other teens, along with one award that is judged by Library staff. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tue., March 21 at 6 p.m. at East Library. All entries accepted into the…

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A snowy, hilly landscape with people sledding and making snow angels. Text reads "Winter Holidays."

December is packed with festive celebrations, including Hannukah, winter solstice, Christmas, Kwanza, and others. It’s a busy time for many, with decorating, meal prep, purchasing gifts, visiting family, and attending community celebrations. Pikes Peak Library District has all the programs, tools, and resources you need to make the best of the holiday season, including cookbooks and classes, DIY gifts, holiday book lists, and more!

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A person holding a cardboard sign that reads "Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week."

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) Collects to Share is once again putting out the call to collect crafted items for our community shelters. Starting in November, as part of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, we will be accepting donations every month for a year. If you have knitted items such as hats, scarves, socks, and blankets that you would like to donate, please bring them to the public desk at any PPLD location and let staff know that they are for PPLD Collects to Share.


Resources

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Looking for something fun to do in Colorado Springs? Or maybe you want to learn a new skill?
Check out our Fall Programs for teens at Pikes Peak Library District!

Fifth Annual Yule Ball

Witches, wizards, and all other magical beings are invited to attend the 5th Annual Yule Ball! Get sorted into your Hogwarts House, participate in magical crafts and activities, mingle with fellow fans, and dance the afternoon away. Costumes and cosplay are encouraged. All ages and magical beings (or non-magical) are welcome.

Registration is required.…

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An illustration with video game controllers, board game spinners, a checkerboard, and other game items. Text reads "International Games Month"

Celebrate International Games Month with Pikes Peak Library District! This is a worldwide celebration where libraries promote connecting communities through games! Check out the resources below for how PPLD will celebrate this year, and make sure to check out our circulating board game collections for your next game night!


Take and Make for Teens – International Games Month

Patrons can take and make their own 20-sided die. Available at Libraries beginning Nov. 4, while supplies last.


Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

Celebrate International Games Month with a Jigsaw Puzzle…

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce the call for submissions for All Pikes Peak Writes! All Pikes Peak Writes is PPLD’s annual fiction writing contest for ages 12+ and seeks to highlight writers in our community through one contest. This year’s contest will have three categories for Middle School and High School (ages 12-18), Young Adult (ages 19-24), and Adult (ages 25+). Please see the guidelines, rules for entry, and submission form for each category below.

Submissions will be accepted May 15, 2022, through 9 p.m. on July 15, 2022.

Eligibility:
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso…

PPLD is excited to announce that patrons will be able to use a certain number of supplies for free when they visit a Library
makerspace. Whether you want to engrave a family photo on the laser cutter, 3D print a replacement part for your vacuum cleaner, or just learn how to use an embroidery machine, there will be materials available for you to use to test out your designs and explore the space.

In every session, you will have access to:

  • $1 worth (20 grams) of 3D printing.*
  • 1 piece of wood for the laser cutter (6”x12”).
  • 5 buttons for the…

Looking for games to play while apart from friends or family? Check out these free digital games, multi-player video games, and role-playing game resources!

Digital board games

  • Board Game Arena - Website with 175 board games that can be played in real time or as slowly as one move every other day if you can’t be online with other players at the same time. Some games must be started by a player with a paid account.
  • Dominion Online - Play the original deckbuilding game in your browser, on your own or with up to 5 other…
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Free Math Help

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Take advantage of math tutoring for all levels!


Check out our resource guide for Homework Help. There you will find,