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  • Paint
  • Plastic trays
  • Paper
  • Eye droppers
  • Water
  • Straws
  • Paper cups


  1. Put paint into paper cups and use the water to thin out the paint.
  2. Put your paper on a plastic tray.
  3. Dip an eye dropper into the watered down paint and drip it onto your paper.
  4. Gently blow the paint drips through a straw to spread the paint across your paper.
  5. What kind of designs can you make?
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The PPLD Homeschool Resource Fair will be held on Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Venue at Library 21c. Over 50 local exhibitors offering educational and extracurricular opportunities for homeschooling families will participate in this year's fair.

Come talk with reps about theater, dance, art, music, public speaking, sports, scouting, dual enrollment, support groups and more!

Want to know more? Email Joy at

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PPLD's Homeschool Game Day will be held on Fri., Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at George Fellows Park behind East Library.

All homeschool families are invited to this outdoor event! We'll feature four-square, hula hoops, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, kick ball, and more. Come prepared to play!

All ages are welcome. Teens are needed to direct game play.

In case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled.

Questions? Call Joy at (719) 531-6333 x1407

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Join Don Ostrander to find out the answers to these questions as well as learning how to create a resume that will put more emphasis on what you have to offer a potential employer and tips that will help your resume stand out from those of your competition.

Registration is required.

  • When: Tue., July 31 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Sold Home

This class covers everything you need to know, step by step, from speaking with a lender to closing on your new home. In this class Don will cover property searches, making an offer strategies, negotiation tactics, forms, contracts, and processes such as inspections and appraisal. He will also provide tips on things you should and should not do and things to be wary of during your home buying process.

Presented by Don Ostrander. Registration is required.

  • When: Wed., July 25 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Join Mike Essam, president of the Pikes Peak Mycological Society and mushroom lover, as he explores mushroom habitats, life cycles, how to identify edible types, and grow your own.

If you have mushrooms, bring them for Mike to identify. We will also enjoy a mushroom treat!

  • When: Fri., July 27 at 11 a.m.
  • Where: Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade
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Come explore the wonderful world of crystal for healing yourself and home. We’ll investigate various types of crystals, their historical and cultural uses, how to choose, clear and charge a crystal, as well as set up crystal grids. Presented by Valerie Brodar, Reiki Master Teacher.

Registration is required.

  • When: Tue., July 24 from 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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When: Saturday, July 28, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Where: East Library, Room F1

What is Post-Colonial Literature? Where does it “fit” within the context of global literatures? How do Post-Colonial writers address issues of race, class, and gender?
This workshop provides an introduction to Post-Colonial Literature through selected works by writers from three formerly colonized countries: India, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

About the Facilitator: Durthy A. Washington is a writer and former English professor. She is the founder/owner of Springs Seminarz, which offers seminars on reading “Literature Through the Lens of Culture.”

Registration Required – (719) 531-6333 x 1314 or

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Join us for a 3 class series which will cover:

  • July 18 – Starting a babysitting business and creating a babysitting bag (each participant will receive a canvas bag and will decorate it)
  • July 25 – Healthy snacks with Chef Heather Mitchell. Chef Heather will do a cooking demo.
  • August 1 – Safety and First Aid. Participants will watch a video and have a discussion on first aid and safety (Not a certification class). Each participant will receive a mini first aid kit.
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Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire

We are now accepting submissions for participation in the 5th Annual Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire held on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

In addition to being showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness for makers of all types, this year's Faire will also feature an art exhibition/contest and live music.

Interested makers, artists, and musicians should visit for more information and to apply to take part in the Faire.

In the first four years of its existence, the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire has drawn over 20,000 attendees who enjoyed hands-on experiences with over 100 makers and artists.

Highlights have included:

  • Rocket launches
  • Robots, including R2-D2
  • Skyping with a scientist in Antarctica
  • 3D printing
  • Food trucks
  • LEGOs
  • Jewelry makers
  • A tiny house and a school bus converted into a camper

We look forward to seeing what fun experiences will be part of this year's event!

The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire is a collaborative effort of Cool Science, the Manitou Art Center, Pikes Peak Community College, Pikes Peak Library District, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and Make . It is also the culminating event in the week of the Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival.

Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.

Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

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The Storys

All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music on the lawn. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Community Congregational Church in Manitou Springs, across from the library.

Tuesdays from 6 - 7:30 pm

July 10: The Storys (Folk and Classic Rock)
July 17: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
July 24: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
July 31: Michael Reese (Rock)
August 7: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
August 14: Unlok (Easy Listening)

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In this class, you will learn why so many talented people struggle to get their careers moving forward. You’ll see why the tactics that make you stand out from the crowd in school can actually prevent you from succeeding in your career. You’ll also learn practical steps you can take that will accelerate your path toward success while avoiding the traps that frustrate many others.

Registration is required.

    When: Tue., July 24 from 6 - 8 p.m.

  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Prayer Tree

John Anderson, author and historian, will give a slide presentation about the cultural and historical significance of the Ute Prayer Trees in the Pikes Peak region. These Culturally Modified Trees are believed to have been cultivated between 150 - 450 years ago, and they are found throughout Colorado. Mr. Anderson will also provide information on where you can see these trees in the Colorado Springs area.

Everyone is welcome at this Manitou Springs Library Program at The Manitou Springs Heritage Center! Refreshments will be served.

  • When: Sat., July 21 from 11 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave.
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Hear from Gregg Sheldon, founder of Autoshop Vocational, about his journey into becoming a business owner. He will share his story, discuss some of the challenges, and tips and tricks he learned along the way. Come network and share ideas and stories!

Registration is required.

  • When: Wed., July 18 from 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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In partnership with the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region, nonpartisan voter registration drives will be held at the locations listed during National Disability Voter Registration Week, July 16 - 20.

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Job Interview

A good resume is essential for getting an interview but doing well in the interview is what determines if you get hired or not. Sometimes it may be the little things you say or do, the first impression you make or the way you answer the questions that makes all the difference. This class covers interviewing tips including how to answer a variety of interview questions and is designed to give you an edge in the interview process.

  • When: Tue., July 17 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Due to popular demand, the ERC now has a set of over 130 magnetic Magna-Tiles for even more building fun! Create flat, colorful mosaics or awesome 3D structures. This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 3 and up.

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Watch This Face

Help your child develop emotional literacy with this fun puzzle activity! Match the situation to the correct character's expressive response. This puzzle is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 3 and up.

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July is World Watercolor Month! Many illustrators use watercolors to paint pictures in children’s books. If the watercolors are transparent (see-through), they can be used by themselves or in soft layers. Some watercolors are opaque, (not see-through).

Here is a list of a few illustrators who use watercolors, (in red). Find the book by looking under the author in the JEasy section of the library, or by asking your friendly librarian. Look closely at the pictures and see if they look transparent or opaque. Don’t forget to pull out your own watercolors, and give watercolor painting a try! Click on the pdf link below to see the list of books:

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Mah Jongg

Come and learn to play the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg! This class is tailored for beginners and will teach the American version of the game.

Click here to sign up for this four-class series.

  • When: Tue., July 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Painting with Household Items: Q-Tips


  • Paint
  • Q-Tips
  • Paper plates or pie pans
  • Paper


  1. Put paint on plates or pans.
  2. Dip the Q-Tips into the paint and use like paintbrushes.
  3. Experiment! What kind of designs can you make?

painting with Q-Tipspainting with Q-Tips

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Summer Adventure

We want to hear from you! From July 1 to Aug. 8, PPLD is running an online survey to understand how patrons benefit from summer reading and activities at the library. After completing the survey, you'll have a chance to win an iPad Mini! Your feedback will help us provide resources and services that are valuable to the community. The survey is anonymous and does not collect any personally identifiable information.

2018 Summer Adventure Caregivers

2018 Summer Adventure Caregivers – Spanish

2018 Summer Adventure Children and Teens

2018 Summer Adventure Children and Teens – Spanish

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Painting with Household Items: Rubber Bands


  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rubber bands
  • Small box/container
  • Paper cut to fit the bottom of the box


  1. Put a piece of paper in the bottom of the box.
  2. Stretch the rubber bands across the top of the box.
  3. Use a paintbrush to cover your rubber bands with paint.
  4. Pull on the bands to splatter the paint on to your paper.

painting with rubber bandspainting with rubber bands

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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 is required.

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MAKE @ East

Here is just some of the many programs being held in MAKE @ East in July. For a complete list of programs, click here.

Sew What?
Fri., July 6 from 10 a.m. - noon
The Seamstress is in! Drop-in for sewing advice, assistance, and inspiration. Bring in projects in progress to socialize and share ideas, or learn how to start something new. Ages 10 and up. Ages 10 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required, but space is limited.

Drop-in Watercolor Painting
Wed., July 18 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Amateur artists are invited to MAKE @ East to experiment with watercolors (watercolor paints, watercolor crayons, and watercolor pencils!) at this fun and informal drop-in program. We’ll supply the brushes, paint, and paper; just bring yourself and a friend! Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

PC Workshop
Mon., July 23 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of a computer? Felt daunted by the thought of doing your own hardware upgrades? All the magic and mystery will be revealed at this take apart class! Our trained PC expert will walk attendees through the process of dismantling and reassembling a desktop tower, identifying hardware components and demonstrating just how easy it is to make modifications to a PC. Ages 12 and up. Ages 12 - 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

MAKE @ East Open Hours
Mondays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Fridays: 1 - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
During Open Hours, MAKE @ East is available to work on your own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

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