What's New: General

Community Conversations at Pikes Peak Library District is a new series of monthly events that invites the public to discuss current events and issues impacting the Pikes Peak region. We want to promote civil dialogue and greater understanding of different perspectives.
Urban Renewal: Impact on Stratton Meadows and Ivywild Neighborhoods

Please join us for a community conversation on urban renewal in the Stratton Meadows and Ivywild neighborhoods. We will host a panel discussion with neighbors followed by community dialogue regarding urban renewal. Activities for children will be available.

Featured Panelists:

  • Carolyn Rogers
    Broker Associate
    All Seasons Realty
  • Dieter Schnakenberg
    Owner
    Edelweiss Restaurant
  • Julie Nedrow
    President Ivywild
    Improvement Society
  • Brian Kates
    Park Operations Administrator
    Meadows Park Community Center

Keep an eye on our calendar to join us for future conversations on timely and relevant topics to the Pikes Peak region. More information to come on locations and times!
  • April: Water Supply
  • June: Economic Development
  • July: Affordable Housing
  • August: Immigration
  • September: 2020 Election: Concerns and Aspirations
  • October: Police Relations
  • November: Military and Veterans
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Beginning March 2, 2020, OverDrive is discontinuing the auto-checkout feature for available holds.

However, you will be able to suspend a hold even after it’s made available, without losing your position on the hold list.  
Libby notifications will alert you when your holds become available.

OverDrive will also add a “Notifications” section to the PPLD OverDrive website and the OverDrive app, where you can see those alerts. Email notifications for holds will continue as well. 

After receiving notification that a hold is available, you can choose from three options: 

  1. Borrow the title within 3 days.
  2. Suspend the hold by selecting “deliver later.” This option passes the book to the next person in line while maintaining your place on the wait list. When the suspension period ends, you will be able to borrow the book when the next copy is available.
  3. Cancel the hold.

If you take no action within three days of notification, your hold will automatically be suspended as a one-time courtesy for 7 days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be cancelled automatically.


FAQ:
  • Q: Why is this happening?
  • A:  OverDrive is trying to decrease patron wait times by eliminating auto-checkout of holds that patrons no longer plan to use. This change also gives patrons more control over their holds.
  • Q: Can we turn it off or opt out?
  • A: Libraries don’t have control over this feature – we can’t opt out, nor can patrons.
  • Q: Are the Libby app and OverDrive app the same thing?
  • A: No. They both provide access to OverDrive titles but have some different features. Additionally, some patrons use the PPLD OverDrive site.
  • Q: Can’t patrons already suspend OverDrive holds?
  • A: Yes, when the hold is not yet available. With this change, they will also be able to suspend holds after they have become available.
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Census 2020

The 2020 Census is closer than you think! Pikes Peak Library District will have dedicated census stations at each Library location.


Households will receive a letter with instructions for responding to the census online or over the phone.

Between April 8–16, the Census Bureau will send a paper questionnaire to households that have not yet responded to complete the census by mail.

Beginning in May 2020 households may receive an in-person visit from a Census Bureau employee.


Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted.
  • Everyone counts: The census counts every person living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.
  • It’s about fair representation: Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
  • It’s in the Constitution: The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.
  • It’s about $675 billion: The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs (like Libraries!).
  • It’s about redistricting: After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
  • Taking part is your civic duty: Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”

Census data are being used all around you:

  • Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
  • Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which create jobs.
  • Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.
  • Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.

Your privacy is protected.
It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.

The Census Bureau uses a different method to count people in group living situations, called “group quarters,” such as college student housing, prisons, military barracks, and nursing homes. People experiencing homelessness (and who are not staying in a household) will be counted at the places where they receive services, such as shelters and soup kitchens.

2020 will be easier than ever.
In 2020, you will be able to respond to the census online. The online questionnaire will be available in 13 languages.


Click here to learn more!

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Call for Authors: Mountain of Authors

Pikes Peak Library District Presents the 14th Annual Mountain of Authors

This year Mountain of Authors will be presented in two parts: A spring program called Bookfest, a celebration of books, authors, readers and reading, and a fall program focusing on bringing together resources for aspiring and established writers.

We are looking for Showcase Authors (local authors) who will be able to showcase and sell their books, meet the public and other area authors, and hear presentations and keynote speech by bestselling author Barbara O'Neal at Bookfest!


Mountain of Authors presents Bookfest

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When you think of your community, what comes to mind? Learn how to create a fabric collage that celebrates the beauty of our Pikes Peak region. Attendees will create two collages – one for the community art installation, and one to take home! Come learn some fun and simple embellishment techniques using fabric markers and hand embroidery stitches to add detail to your collage.

For ages 12+. Registration is required. 

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


Class Dates



Create Together

Interested in helping assemble the community art installation? Join Liz and Ruth from Textiles West as they piece together textile illustrations of the Pikes Peak region, made by community members all across El Paso County. These fabric collages will be assembled into an art installation piece that will be displayed at Monument Library in June 2020 for everyone to enjoy.
Create together
No registration is required, just drop in!


Public Reception

See the culmination piece of the Spring 2020 Maker in Residence, Textiles West. Makers Liz Kettle and Ruth Chandler will be available to chat with attendees about the creation of the final textile installation piece, in collaboration with local community members. Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Tri-Lakes Friends of the Library.

Sun., June 7 from 2 – 4 p.m.

The art piece will be on display at Monument Library, available for viewing from June 1 – 30, 2020.


The Makers


Textiles West's teachers are all experts who know the power of creating and understand that for many, textiles are a much more accessible art form than traditional art forms.

Liz Kettle

Liz KettleThrough her work, Liz Kettle tells tales that are personal as well as those that speak of relationship, humanity, and the earth. She chooses a nontraditional palette of fabric and stitch because she believes they connect us and draw us closer in a way that cannot be achieved with traditional art materials alone. Liz uses a variety of techniques drawing from the deep wells of quilting, mixed media collage, and paint to tell and support each unique story.

Liz is the co-founder and Director of Textiles West, a Textile Art Center that aims to inspire widespread awareness, participation, and appreciation of textile and fiber arts.

Liz is passionate about teaching and is a co-author of two books; Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. She is also the solo author of First Time Beading on Fabric, Layered and Stitched and Know Your Needles. Liz has articles published in Quilters Home, Quilting Arts, Quilting Arts In Stitches and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, and has appeared in the PBS show Quilting Arts TV.

Ruth Chandler

Ruth ChandlerRuth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity.

She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan. Shibori, Boro, Sashiko, and indigo dying are her love, however she also teaches garment sewing and other classes to children and adults.

Ruth teaches locally at Textiles West in Colorado Springs, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine, blog posts for Havels’ Sewing, and has work published in several books. Additionally, Ruth is one of the co-authors of the best-selling book, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond, and is the solo author of Modern Hand Stitching.

Ruth may be contacted for nationwide classes at ruthachandler@comcast.net

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Business Resource Fair

Save the Date for our 5th Annual Business Resource Fair! Meet over 60 vendors to help grow your own business. There will be guest speakers, a passport to collect stamps from vendors, and prize drawings!

  • When: Mon., May 18 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c

We are now accepting applications for business to business vendors.

You may also contact Terry Zarsky at (719) 531-6333, x6119 or tzarsky@ppld.org by April 30.

The goal of the Business Resource Fair is to make entrepreneurs and businesses in the Colorado Springs area aware of the many resources available to help grow their businesses.

Attendance is FREE!

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Tax Time!

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



Additonally, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation services with the help of a team of IRS-certified volunteers at Library 21c in the Ent Conference Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Feb. 4 and April 14, 2020.

Call (719) 235-6757 for questions and to book an appointment.

Good luck and happy filing!

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Friends Spring Book Sale

It's that time again! The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are holding their annual Spring Book Sale at East Library on March 13 - 15.

  • Friday, March 13, 4 - 7 p.m.: Friends members only. Friends memberships are available at the door or here
  • Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Open to the public
  • Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Open to the public. $5 bag sale (bags supplied by the Friends)
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A library of human beings, the Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life featuring “human books” available for "checkout." Individuals serve as human “books” and participants can “read” the book by engaging in a conversation with the book on loan. Readers have the opportunity to have a 20-minute conversation with their book selections.

Click here for additional information about the program and to preview the 2020 titles!

You may reserve your favorite title by calling (719) 389-8968 between March 2nd and March 6th. Walk-Ins will also be available on the day of the event.

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Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month at Pikes Peak Library District!

For additional resources about the Women's Suffrage Movement, check out the attachments below.


Gail Beaton presents Sarah Platt Decker

Author and Colorado women's history historian Gail Beaton will give an hour long Chautauqua presentation, Sarah Platt Decker and Colorado's Women's Clubs. Gail will also have copies of her book(s) available for purchase.
Gail M. Beaton is a retired public school teacher and former community college instructor, historian, and author. Like many in Colorado Women: A History, Gail was born elsewhere (western Massachusetts in her case), moved with her family to the Midwest (Illinois) for her father's job, and then to Colorado where she has happily resided ever since. Native American women hauled their family's possessions on a travois. New Mexican women used carts and wagons to settle in Mexico's northern province. Anglo women moved their goods in Conestoga wagons and stage coaches. Gail is proud to say that her family's belongings traveled westward on the Mayflower – the green and gold trucks of the Mayflower Moving Company, that is.


Equali-Tea Teacup Candles
Click here for times and locations
2020 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Celebrate by making some punny candles! While you wait for your candles to dry, make a women's suffrage brooch with ribbon, jewelry, and other miscellaneous pieces. Leave program with a lovely candle and brooch as well as some contextual information about the Suffrage Movement.
Gail Murphy, Colorado's Rosie the Riveter

Welcome Gail Murphy, Colorado's Rosie the Riveter, as portrayed by author and historian Gail Beaton. Gail developed the character of Gail Murphy to help to portray women's war work and the home front during World War II. Learn about Gail, Rosie, women's contributions to the second world war effort, and make your very own We Can Do It button!

This 35-45 minute presentation is followed by a question and answer session. Gail will also have copies of her book(s) available for purchase. For ages 12+.


Legendary Ladies

Hear from six historical reenactors who portray real, courageous women who helped shape the West.

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With a determined posture and a set look on her face, Kim Seaborn takes a deep breath to begin another take.

After singing a few lines, she stops, looking satisfied.

“I think we got it,” says Keagan Kellogg, sound engineer for Studio916.

Seaborn relaxes her shoulders and smiles before stepping away from the microphone to celebrate with the rest of the team. Her full-length album: officially a wrap.

Seaborn worked for weeks alongside Kellogg and Studio916 producer TerryJosiah Sharpe to record her second full-length album without incurring any expenses, inside a facility of Pikes Peak Library District.

“Here, I got to work with professionals,” Seaborn says. “I found the team here was so easy to work with and just really let me be myself, and they helped me flourish creatively.”

Seaborn started performing in front of her church’s congregation when she was just a sixth grader, and remembers the intensely overwhelming feeling of impacting the crowd.

“I saw people crying,” Seaborn remembers. “Seeing that emotion from the crowd… that was something I liked. If I can get a person to be transformed with my singing, that’s what makes it worthwhile to me.”

But standing up in front of large groups wasn’t something that came naturally to her.

“I’m a very shy person,” Seaborn says. “When I was growing up, I tried to do things that would take me out of that shyness. I felt singing was one of the things I could do to get me out of my shell.”

Her first album, His Glory, was completed in 2014. She was ready to record another one soon after but wanted to break away from the traditional feel of her first full-length album.

Plus, the sheer cost of recording an album was another hurdle.

“These hours in the recording studio can cost thousands of dollars,” Seaborn remembers.

But then she learned of a studio she could use at no cost at Sand Creek Library: Studio916. She attended a studio orientation to learn more about using the space. Then, she checked every day for open studio sessions because they were so frequently booked.

As she got into the studio more and more, Seaborn found that she had a team of experts at her disposal in Kellogg and Sharpe. “It helped me break out of my shell,” she remembers. “When you have people who know what they’re doing, it just gels.”

Now, Seaborn has a vision for her future as a musician, hoping to record more music as well as further market herself as a singer/songwriter and get her music out into the world.

She hopes other aspiring artists in the Pikes Peak region will take advantage of Studio916.

“To these young people with a dream, I say go for it,” Seaborn says. “If music is something that is a part of your purpose and you’re willing to put in some work, do it. It is thousands of dollars to do elsewhere what you can do at the Library for free.”

Click here for more news from around your Library district!

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Scrap Exchange with Who Gives a Scrap image

In collaboration with Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center, we are hosting an arts, craft, and hobby material exchange! Bring in your new, clean/gently used and unwanted craft materials and exchange them for tickets to exchange new-to-you craft supplies!

Please only bring in crafting supplies and not items that are considered trash, in bad condition, or items that can be recycled.

We will also have a fun up-cycling craft so you can take your time and check for new inventory! No registration required.

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Black History Month

Join Pikes Peak Library District in celebrating Black History Month!


A History of Soul Food
Adrian Miller, author and Soul Food Scholar, will trace the journey of soul food from West Africa to the American West. He will also discuss the current and future trends in soul food. For ages 16+.

Black Chef in the White House
Adrian Miller, author and Soul Food Scholar, will give an entertaining and informative look at African Americans who have fed our First Families since the days of George Washington.

African American Classics: An Introduction
This workshop introduces participants to some major texts by African American authors that have come to be recognized as classics and explores some defining elements of African-American literature. To illustrate the power and range of this literature, participants will read and discuss excerpts from three classic texts: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. For ages 16+. Registration is required.

Drumming with Bob Hall
Enjoy a hands on drumming adventure with Bob Hall from The Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble. This is an energizing, interactive experience for all ages.

We know there are all kinds of kids with all kinds of needs, so if your child might benefit from some sensory accommodations like fidget items or noise-reducing headphones while in the library or at a program, ask at the Children's Desk for our Sensory Accommodations Kit.

History of Mardi Gras
Join Dr. Wanda Cousar for the history of Mardi Gras. Learn about the Mardi Gras Indians as well as how other celebrations have been modeled after Mardi Gras throughout the world. Dr. Wanda will show examples of masks, music, and a dancing lesson! For ages 16+.

Buffalo Soldier Historical Snapshot
Dennis Moore will give an informative presentation on the Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo soldiers were African-American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier following the American Civil War. In 1866, six all-black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after Congress passed the Army Organization Act. Their main tasks were to help control the Native Americans of the plains, capture cattle rustlers and thieves and protect settlers, stagecoaches, wagon trains, and railroad crews along the Western front.


Reading Lists
African American Fiction
African American Nonfiction
African American History in PPLD’s Catalog List
Black History Month - A PPLD Reading List

Websites
African American History Month
African American History in Colorado

Special Collections Resources
African Americans in Colorado Springs

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The top 10 of 2019 are here! Learn more about what the Pikes Peak Region read in 2019 and add any you missed to your 2020 reading list!


Adult Books
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. The Reckoning by John Grisham
  4. Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover
  5. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
  6. TransAtlantic: a Novel by Colum McCann
  7. Redemption by David Baldacci
  8. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  9. Unsolved by James Patterson
  10. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Teen Books
  1. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  8. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  10. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Children's Books
  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  2. Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  3. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  4. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
  6. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  7. A Long Walk to Water: a Novel by Linda Sue Park
  8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  9. Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne
  10. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

eBooks
  1. A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson
  2. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 by David Baldacci
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  4. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
  5. After the Flood: A Novel by Kassandra Montag
  6. An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks
  7. Run Away by Harlan Coben
  8. Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
  9. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
  10. Neon Prey by John Sandford

eAudio
  1. The Silent Patient (unabridged) by Alex Michaelide
  2. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (unabridged) by Rachel Hollis
  3. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 (unabridged) by David Baldacci
  4. The Giver of Stars: A Novel (unabridged) by Jojo Moyes
  5. City of Girls: A Novel (unabridged) by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. The Dutch House: A Novel (unabridged) by Ann Patchett
  7. The Institute: A Novel (unabridged) by Stephen King
  8. Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel (unabridged) by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  9. The Turn of the Key (unabridged) by Ruth Ware
  10. The Guardians: A Novel (unabridged) by John Grisham
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Winter Adult Reading Program: Imagine Your Story

PPLD invites you to participate in 2020’s Winter Adult Reading Program: Imagine Your Story! From Feb. 1 - March 31, read books and attend Library programs to win prizes. This year we are challenging patrons ages 18+ to read eight books in eight weeks or read four books and complete four related library programs or activities in eight weeks!


Prizes
  • Complete the first level by reading four books, or with a combination of reading two books and two activities, and win an enamel pin and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar.
  • Complete the second level by reading four more books, or with a combination of reading two more books and two activities, and win the annual mug.
  • Get entered to win a Samsung Tablet!

Click here to register.

Click here for a complete list of Winter Adult Reading Program events.

Click here for a printable reading log.


Special Programs

Winter Adult Reading Program Kick-Off Parties
Join us for a mythological kick-off party! Bring your favorite mythological object or wear your best mythological costume. We'll have light refreshments, lots of mingling with fellow readers, and a Stranger Things themed craft! Not signed up yet? No problem! You can sign up at the party.


Colorado College Classics Department
Enjoy an informational lecture presented by the Colorado College Classics Department.

  • Tue., Feb 4 - Mythology Across Cultures
  • Sat., Feb 22 - Ancient Magic
  • Fri., March 6 - Egyptian Myths
  • Sat., March 28 - Mythology and the Unconscious



African American Classics: An Introduction
This workshop introduces participants to some major texts by African American authors that have come to be recognized as "classics" and explores some defining elements of African American literature. To illustrate the power and range of this literature, participants will read and discuss excerpts from three classic texts: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. For ages 16+. Registration is required.


Book Folding Series
Beginning Class:
Learn how to up-cycle a book and turn it into a piece of heart. The beginning class will present the basic principles of the art of book folding. The participant will leave with a completed heart design.

Intermediate Class:
Learn how to advance your skills in book folding and create a more advanced design. The two hour intermediate class will build on the skills presented in the basic class. The participant will leave with a partially completed design and the knowledge and confidence to complete the project at home.
Registration required.


Everything You Need to Know to Write a Novel: A Beginning Writer’s Workshop
Have you always wanted to write a novel but you’re not sure where to start? Are you already writing but unsure of the basic building blocks for a good novel? Are you nearing the end of your first draft and aren’t sure what to do next? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop can prepare you to move up to the next level of novel writing. Presented by Chris Mandeville. For ages 16 and up.


Winter Sky Watching with the Space Science Institute
Anne Holland from the SSI will do a short lecture and then guide patrons through the night sky using a giant telescope.


Legendary Ladies
Commemorate Women's History Month with the Pikes Peak Library District and the Legendary Ladies!
Hear from six historical reenactors who portray real, courageous women who helped shape the West.


Library Programs

Laurel Crowns
Make a crown of golden leaves and flowers.


Stranger Things Craft Night
Create a variety of crafts to showcase your love of the show on buttons, magnets, and more, while connecting with other Stranger Things fans! For ages 12+.


One Night Werewolf Party
Villagers are dying and a werewolf is the culprit, but who IS the werewolf? Guess correctly, and guess quickly, because time is running out. Join us for a round or two of this fun party game! Get cast as a character or lie in wait as a helpless (but eagerly accusatory) villager. Refreshments will be provided. For ages 16+.


Fantasy Mini-Book Keychains
Make keychains from all your favorite fantasy reads, mythological story books to have with you wherever you go. For ages 12+.


Constellation Cross Stitch
Create your favorite constellation using embroidery floss and some basic stitches. You will leave with new skills and a piece of art. For ages 16+.


PPLD's Silent Book Club
Silent Book Clubs are cropping up all over! These are clubs where you come read a book of your choice and then discuss your book with other club attendees. Join us with a book of your choice! We'll provide tea, coffee, and/or cocoa. Before the hour is up, we'll spend a few minutes chatting about what we're reading. For ages 16+.


Myths and Pizza
Take turns reading a classic myth together around the table, while enjoying a pizza meal! For ages 9+.


Constellation Keychains
Create a wooden keychain with your favorite constellation using piercing tools and jewelry pliers. Shine a flashlight through the keychain to project the constellation on the wall or ground! For ages 16+.


Under the Sea Lantern
Make a magical gradient lantern with an under the sea silhouette. For ages 12+.


Once Upon a Murder Mystery
Join in the mystery at this thematic party. Food and drink will be provided and characters are first come first serve. For ages 16+.


Activities

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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: Monument Library
  • When: From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • March 28
    • May 30
    • July 25
    • Sept. 26
    • Nov. 28
  • Where: East Library
  • When: From 10 a.m. - noon
    • February 22
    • April 25
    • June 27
    • Aug. 22
    • Oct. 24
    • Dec. 26
  • Where: Library 21c
  • When: From 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • February 22
    • April 25
    • June 27
    • Aug. 22
    • Oct. 24
    • Dec. 26

Click here to learn more about Vitalant.

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Poetry Stew: Poems About Food
Children may write about any food, real or imagined.
The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest is open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.

How to get started:
The food you write about can be a favorite food, a food that you want to try, or even something you never want to eat again! It can even be from your imagination! Try to avoid writing a list of foods, and instead use all of your senses to describe it. How does it taste, feel, smell, look, and maybe even sound?
  • Describe a food you remember eating when you were little. Did you love it or hate it?
  • What are your favorite foods? Remember the first time you tried your favorite food. Do you eat special foods for special occasions, such as holidays or birthdays?
  • If you had to eat the same food every day, for every meal, for the rest of your life what would it be, and why?
  • Have you ever cooked or baked something before? Was it a success or a disaster?

Prizes
Six winners will receive a book and $50 each!
Eligability:
The contest is open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.

Contest Rules:  

  1. One entry per student. Teachers are urged to review poems and submit no more than five per class.
  2. Each poem must be the original work of the contestant.
  3. Poems will be judged on originality, including poem title and adherence to the theme.
  4. Submit two typed, double-spaced copies of each poem on 8 ½” x 11” paper (no handwritten submissions or illustrations will be accepted.) Include on a separate piece of paper: name, telephone number, home address, school name and address, and teacher and principal’s names. Poems will not be returned. Please keep a copy.
  5. Entries must be postmarked by March 3, 2020.

Submission of a poem constitutes full permission to exhibit, use and publish the poem for any purpose – printed or electronic media – and to publish the name, school, and photographs of the student without compensation.

Entries may be mailed to:

The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest
c/o Carol Scheer
Pikes Peak Library District
P.O. Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579

Or email entries, following guidelines above to: cscheer@ppld.org

Questions?
Call Evan Childress at 531-6333, ext. 6069


The awards will be announced in April, and the award ceremony will be April 11, 2020.
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Are you thinking about retiring in the next few years? Are you unsure about how health insurance and Medicare will affect you once you turn 65? Are you helping your parents navigate their Medicare coverage? Join us to learn about Medicare and your health insurance options, to be a better informed consumer and to be secure in your health insurance choices.

Presented by PPACG Area Agency on Aging staff, this two-hour presentation covers the basics of Medicare A, B, D and all other insurance options, such as Medicare Supplements/Medigaps, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D. Come get unbiased information from the AAA Senior Insurance Team to help you successfully navigate your transition to Medicare and retirement.

Registration required. You can choose a link below or call (719) 389-8968.

For information on additional classes visit PPACG Area Agency on Aging, or call (719) 471-2096.

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Name of the Sculpture: Virage

The natural environment is one of our treasures in Colorado. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) sought proposals for an interactive, 3D, freestanding art piece to draw attention to this resource and its conservation. The call was answered by several artists and, after a jury process, Virage was selected. It is eye catching, conversation evoking, appropriate for all ages, safe for public spaces, and movable among Library locations. Throughout the year this sculpture will travel to four PPLD locations: Penrose Library, Sand Creek Library, East Library, and Library 21c.

With a focus on the beauty of our natural environment and conservation, PPLD hopes to evoke conversation and interaction among patrons. A variety of programming will be offered throughout the District that relates to this topic.

Click Here to learn about related programs.


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Artist Narrative:
The current political atmosphere has created an unsettling time with the lifting of protections to the environment, denial of scientific knowledge and climate change, and inclusiveness and access to education. Virage subtly, yet critically speaks to the impacts of humans on the environment and the consequences ahead. The beauty of the barks’ texture together with the perfect form of the sphere is meant to give a sense of hope and promise that humankind will take responsibility, humankind will find a respectful and healthy balance with the natural world and ecosystems. Human beings have the incredible ability to be innovative and creative, when presented the opportunity solve insolvable puzzles. The artwork invites the viewer to consider and reconsider the current choices and actions as a consumer. There is an intended charge to the viewer to make our natural world the highest priority - to practice conservation.
Artist Biography:
Nikki Pike grew up in Black Forest, Colorado, where she learned to ride bikes and climb trees in between flashlight tag, midnight soccer, and competitive sledding. The adopted daughter of a nurse and an engineer, and sister to four brothers and a sister, Nikki learned to work in groups and negotiate at an early age. Fighting over the measuring cups in the bathtub and wooden spoons in the garden, the Pike family children grew wild imaginations.

The earliest sign that Nikki may later become a sculptor was in her sixteenth year in being grounded for a month. Rather than moping around and feeling sorry for her new life in confinement, Nikki raided her father’s toolbox and undertook the accidental but artistic resurfacing of her very first vehicle, an AMC gremlin. Otherwise, realizing her interest and making a commitment to art came much later after her surrender to finally join the quest to attend college and explore communications design. Her exposure to materials and objects fed her need to make and build and fulfilled the physical gap that once was spent playing soccer. 

Now, Nikki Pike is an artist and activist committed to serving the community through her art practice and role as an educator. Through the use of universally positive human experiences such as curiosity, music, surprise, and gifting, along with the influence of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, she spreads values of empowerment, vulnerability and connection in the form of experience as opposed to product. Nikki sees herself as a cultural agent working together with local communities promoting activity and creativity. With her an expansive practice, Nikki straddles public arts, social sculpture, service srt and is exploring ideas of relief art intended to aide communities responding to disaster. Her methods start from the ideals of democracy and her work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Art Basel Miami to name a few. Currently Nikki resides in Denver, Colorado, and holds a professorship at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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New Year, New Ways to Use Your Library - New Years Resolutions

Every year, we create resolutions to ring in the new year with a spark of positive change. This year, let your Library help! This list has been compiled to help you accomplish each of your goals, not just for resolutions but for long-lasting success in all areas of life. Whether your goals include organization, health and wellness, family, career paths, or something else, we have a large variety of resources that can be utilized at little to no cost.

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has classes, books and eBooks, movies, games, programs, and more to help you achieve all of your goals. All you need is your Library Card.

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Library Locations
Did you know that PPLD has 15 Libraries in El Paso County and mobile library services? Find the Library closest to your home and office.

Library Programs
Learn more about what classes and programs your Library offers with the full calendar of events.

Contact Your Library
Looking for more information? Stop by your Library today, give us a call, or visit our website for additional information.

Databases
Access information and trainings on just about every subject under the sun from the comfort of your home.

LibGuides
Your source for research assistance, subject guides, and library resources!
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It's February and you know what that means... No, not Valentines Day, LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH!

Library Lovers Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the nation's libraries will continue to serve. Teens have a variety of programs to help celebrate! (All programs for ages 12 to 18).

Bookswap
Bring a book, take a book! Bring a book of your own to swap, and leave with a new (to you) book of your choice. Don’t have a book to swap? No problem! Every person is guaranteed to leave with a book.

Click here to find the bookswap nearest you!

DIY Book Glass Magnets
Create your own personalized book magnets! These glass bead magnets are endlessly useful, plus they are completely customizable to you!

Book Page Origami
Come create elegant origami out of books! For ages 12-18, and snacks provided.

Click here to find your origami workshop.

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13th Annual PPLD Teen Art Contest

This year's theme is Vision 20/20!

Show us your take on this year’s theme by entering Pikes Peak Library District’s 13th Annual Art Contest!

What is your vision? Or maybe you have a neat perspective on how hindsight is 20/20. Be creative and let us see how Vision 20/20 inspires you! Prizes are awarded to top finishers in Middle School and High School categories.


Submissions are closed. Check back in December 2020 for information on how to enter the 2021 contest.
We will notify participants by mid-March if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sun., March 29 at 2 p.m. at Library 21c in the Venue regardless of if they won an award.
FAQ
  1. Will my artwork be displayed?

    Yes! You can choose from one of three locations to have your artwork displayed during the month of April. Locations are East Library, Library 21c, or Penrose Library

  2. When can I pick up my artwork?

    The first week of May at the library you choose to have it displayed. An email will be sent in April with specific details.

  3. What are the prizes?

    We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, 1st place, and 2nd place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both middle and high school. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply Store.

  4. What can I do to improve my chances at winning?
    • Work with the theme—It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, but we do look for pieces that have been inspired by the theme in some way. Your paragraph describing your piece can have a big impact on this.
    • Stand out! Whether through subject matter or unusual take on the theme, we notice unique entries more. For example, we tend to get a lot of close-ups on eyes, so they tend to not stand out as much.
    • Have fun! Don’t view it as an assignment or chore. We can tell when teens submit pieces they are passionate about—so do something that you love!
  5. Do I have to have a frame?

    No, but we highly encourage it. Pieces are not judged on if a frame is present or not, but frames help protect your artwork during storage and transportation, and make it easier to hang your piece.

My question wasn’t answered here! Email Becca at rphilipsen@ppld.org

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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.

As of Nov. 1, Macmillan Publishers imposed an eight-week embargo on public libraries for the purchase of new eBook titles. 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.”

To learn more about eBook restrictions and how to take action, go to ebooksforall.org.

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