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Celebrate the Holidays with PPLD 2021 Blog

From cookbooks and classes, DIY gifts, holiday playlists, and winter strolls and more! PPLD has all the programs, tools, and resources to help you make the best of the holiday season!


Resources

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…

Explore the world of making this October with All Pikes Peak Makes! A maker is someone who creates – to be innovative, to solve problems, to bring something beautiful into the world, or simply to have fun. They have an idea and they bring it to life. Making can encompass just about anything, from high tech to low tech to no tech, from art to fabrication to artistic fabrication, from needles to table saws to software. Join us Mon., Oct. 11 - Sun., Oct. 24 as we celebrate making in the Pikes Peak region – by exploring outer space as well as local maker hubs, tinkering, thinking, and, of course, making!

Celebrate making with us!…

The purpose of this survey is to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the use of virtual library services by teen patrons within Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD). The survey is comprised of ten questions and is completely voluntary. It should take five to ten minutes to complete. All data is collected anonymously. Direct any questions or concerns to Philip Krogmeier at pkrogmeier@ppld.org.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZN8CCGJ

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.…

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce the call for submissions for All Pikes Peak Writes 2021! 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 Sat., May 15 through 9 p.m. on Thu., July 15.


Eligibility: All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El…

We need your help to create art for Panorama Park!

The tile art project will include over 7,000 individual tiles made by the community that will come together to create a beautiful statement piece that celebrates the diversity and unity of Southeast Colorado Springs.

Please attend a FREE tile art workshop to put your personal touch on the park through the tile art project.

Discovery Kits are a collection of interactive items that patrons can check out to explore new topics, hobbies, and interests at home. There are Discovery Kits for all ages, from toddlers to adults. Learn more about the different kits here.

 

They are currently available at:

Check out these stats and our top title of 2020 below. 

  • Physical material checkouts: 1,845,866
  • Additions to physical collection:18,000 titles and 58,000 items, plus 15,570 magazines
  • OverDrive:
    • Checkouts: 2,430,575
    • Patrons: 61,278 patrons; an increase of 22%
  • Freegal:
    • Song Downloads: 76,007
    • Songs Streamed: 248,986

Join Britt & Christa for this interactive program that will teach youth to build a holiday card of their choice in Scratch using block coding! This is a great introduction to coding for total beginners, or folks just starting to code.

The program will require a password to log on, so please make sure to register and to provide the correct email address.


Submit a recipe to Pikes Peak Library District's A Harvest of Recipes digital cookbook! Use this link to upload your recipe: https://ppld.librariesshare.com/ppldrecipes/

Some Fun Facts about Grilled Cheese

❖ Though similar recipes were mentioned in ancient Roman texts, the grilled cheese sandwich was technically invented in France in 1910, known as the Croque Monsieur.

❖ However, most experts agree that the first grilled cheese sandwiches were made in the United States in the 1920s when Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented a bread…

At Pikes Peak Library District, you can do anything you set your mind to. We, of course, offer books at each of our libraries. But did you know you can also get help with at-home education, do virtual yoga, learn a new language, discover your family tree, stream music, watch movies, and more? PPLD offers so many exciting things, it’s hard to capture them all! Learn more about what all you can access with your library card below. Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, Pikes Peak Library District can provide Library resources and services to all cardholders for free. You can learn more about PPLD'…

The 2020 school year will look different for all of us, regardless what learning method your family has chosen for your students. Pikes Peak Library District has tools and resources to support you in your education journey this year!

Homework Resources Guide

First stop: get your card.

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Teen Art Contest 2022

This year our theme is Dreams.

Dreams are both a vision for the future, as well as a nightly occurrence while we sleep. They can be bizarre, aspirational, hard to understand, or a guide for our next steps. They can have great meaning or be something we don't think much about. Share your thoughts on Dreams through your entry! Create a piece that expresses what dreams 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 29 at 6 p.m. at East Library. All…

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…
  • Library buildings may be open on a limited basis right now, but there’s still plenty for teens to do on PPLD.org!

    You can join us every Tuesday and Friday in May for a new teen virtual program. In these video programs, library staff will walk you through different activities using common items you might already have at home. So far, we’ve learned how to make a DIY lip scrub, baked 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies, and discovered some ways to class up our instant ramen.

    You can watch all of those virtual programs on PPLD TV: https://tinyurl.com/PPLDTeenPrograms. Learn to…

    Every election is an opportunity to express your vision for the future of your city, state, and country through voting. On Tue., Nov. 3, 2020, U.S. Citizens will cast their ballot to determine not only the next President of the United States, but also state officials, local ballot measures, and more. The best democracy is one where everyone exercises their constitutional right to vote. Read on to learn more about how to make your voice heard this fall and in future elections.


    How do you Register to Vote?

    Think staying home means you can’t volunteer for the library? Well it doesn’t! You can volunteer from wherever life takes you as a member of Pikes Peak Library District’s Review Crew.

    All you need to do to start earning volunteer hours is apply at ppld.org/teens/volunteer (be sure to select Review Crew at the top of the application), and start reading! Once we’ve confirmed that we received your application and you’re ready to submit a review, just go to the form we provide and tell us your thoughts!

    Here’s a list of things to considering when leaving a book review:

    • Be sure your…

    During the spring, we released a new digital escape room every week, which are still available below! Even though they are designed for teenagers, anyone can participate, and these can be completed alone, or with friends and family. All of the links will remain live so you can access all of them at any time, beginning with the Hogwarts escape room we launched on Mon., Mar. 30.

    For our last escape room of the spring, test your bookish knowledge on a literary trip with So Many Books, So Little Time!

    The prequel to the Hunger…

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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,…