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

Our selected adult title is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. The book explores themes of crossings, peace, multiculturalism, identity, friendship, and memory. PPLD will use these themes while planning programs of community interest.

We have also selected a book of poetry, Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez. Our young adult and children’s title is Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh. Both the selected Young Adult and Children's title and book of poetry explore similar themes.

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.

We are delighted that our selected authors will be able to join us in the Fall. Colum McCann will be visiting in October, Katherine Marsh will visit on Oct. 24, and Jose Olivarez will visit in November.

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Flute Blast-Off!

Learn to play flute in a fun group environment specifically for homeschoolers ages 9 - 12!

  • Build a sense of community while learning a new skill
  • Space-themed classes build connections across subjects
  • Learn to play solo and in ensembles
  • Play fun music from a variety of genres: from Holsts's "The Planets" to Disney and jazz!
  • Set goals and work hard to achieve them
  • Fun and positive environment
  • Safe place to take risks and make mistakes
  • Perform in the Winter Flute Party & Spring Blast Off! Recital

I am so excited to offer this class and see what wonderful music we will make together. Registration is extremely limited and closes July 20 so sign up today by visiting: https://spencermusicstudio.com/registration

Classes will take place Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:15 near the Briargate YMCA, August 2019 - May 2020

$50 discount on tuition for you and a friend when they mention you at registration!

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John Holley

The 16th Annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium, entitled Poets, Professors, & Provocateurs of the Pikes Peak Region, will details the stories of the people and organizations that created, developed, and established the rich cultural heritage of the Pikes Peak region.

Click here to register for this event. Registration includes a light complimentary lunch.

You can read a schedule for the day, including presentations, here.

  • When: Sat., June 8 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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This year, Pikes Peak Library District has combined the All Pikes Peak Writes and Teen Fiction writing contests in order to highlight writers of all ages in our community in one place. The contest will have three categories for ages 12 - 18, 19 - 24, and 25+. Links to the guidelines, rules for entry, and submission form for each category can be found below.

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

Eligibility:
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 12+.

Judging:
Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

Awards:
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries in each category. An award ceremony will be held on Sat., Aug. 24 in the East Library Community Room.

Categories:
Click on age group for submission information.

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Supplies:

  • Round-ish rocks
  • Feathers or paper cut in the shape of wings and tail
  • Googly eyes or paper and markers
  • Glue
  • Yellow or orange paper (or use markers to color white paper.)
  • Scissors

How to:

  1. Wash your rocks if you’ve gathered them from the roadside like we did and allow to dry.
  2. Glue on feathers for wings and tail.
  3. Glue on googly eyes.
  4. Fold a scrap of orange or yellow paper in half, snip a triangle out from the fold, and glue on for a beak.

From: https://www.thecrafttrain.com/rock-chick-craft/

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The Summer Food Service Program, which provide nutritious lunch meals to all children, will be held Monday through Friday at select PPLD library locations. The meals will be provided by Colorado Springs School District 11 from May 29 through August 2. (No meals served on July 4.)

Any child between 1 - 18 years of age will receive a meal at no charge. Adults can purchase a lunch for $4. No registration required.

Click here to view a complete list of Summer Food Service Program locations.

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Summer Adventure

Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Kids and teens (ages 0 - 18) can win prizes through reading and activities, and we will be hosting many free, fun events. You can track your progress online or with game cards available at all PPLD locations.

The adventure runs June 1 - July 31.

Teens between the ages of 12 - 18 can volunteer for Summer Adventure here.

Be in the know! Sign up to receive weekly event emails for ages 0 - 18 in June and July. Unsubscribe at any time.

Click here to view the Children's Summer Adventure events calendar!

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PPLD aims to open its 15th library facility in Calhan by Fall of 2019, following the purchase of existing property at 600 Bank Street. The building provides 2,400 square feet of space that will be converted into a library facility. The Calhan Library will provide access to physical and electronic books, movies, shows, music, databases, and other resources, as well as WiFi, computers and laptops, hotspots, classes, programs, and much more.

We are seeking feedback for what you would like to see at our newest location. You can fill out our online input form here.

For more information, please contact Hillary Dodge, Director of the North Region for Pikes Peak Library District, at hdodge@ppld.org or (719) 531-6333, x6330.

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Ikebana

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! PPLD is offering programming throughout the District to celebrate.

Asian Tales: The Story of Ping
2 p.m. on Sat., May 11 at Ruth Holley Library
Join the Pikes Peak Library District and the Golden Lotus Foundation to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Come learn the Story of Ping and make a paper bag puppet to take home.

Hula Class
1 p.m. on Sat., May 18 at Fountain Library
Join Pacific Pride & Island Hearts and the Pikes Peak Library District as we celebrate Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month. Hula dancers from Pacific Pride & Island Hearts will perform a hula dance and then teach a few hula moves.

Haiku and Painting
2 p.m. on Sat., May 25 at Monument Library
Click here to register.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Join PPLD as we host the Golden Lotus Foundation for an afternoon of haiku and painting. In this class, learn how to write a haiku and then watch your creation come to life on a piece of canvas.

Ikebana Class
1 p.m. on Thu., May 30 at Library 21c
Click here to register.
Join the Pikes Peak Library District, the Golden Lotus Foundation and to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In this class you will learn the art of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, with Ikebana International Chapter 95 of Colorado Springs.

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Make an easy Mother's Day card!

Need a fast Mother’s Day card? Make one with what you have at home!

Supplies:

  • White paper (or paper bags)
  • Colored paper (or magazine pages)
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape

Fold a piece of colored paper in half. Draw a bubble shaped M. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. You can turn it over and hide the lines. Cut 2 Ms at once on the folded paper.

Trace your hand in the middle of your white paper to make a sun. Color it with markers or crayons and add eyes and mouth. Write your special message underneath. Glue or tape your Ms onto each side of the sun.

Mom will love it!

Make an easy Mother's Day card!Make an easy Mother's Day card!

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Enjoy these titles with photo illustrations! Compare them. This will help your child see the world in many different ways:close up and far away; in nature and in the home; of people, animals or things. For fun, have your child create a story from photos that you take together. Click on the link below to see booklist.

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Two free downloads. Text syncya to 25827

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens that gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week!

Check out what titles are coming up this summer and sign up for alerts at https://www.audiobooksync.com/! You can also text SYNCYA to 25827 to receive alerts about new titles!

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Register for Challenger Colorado’s exciting & educational 2019 summer programs! Choose from a variety of space & STEM themes that will challenge campers to learn & explore while having a blast!

  • June 10 - 13 at Bear Creek Elementary (1330 Creekside Dr, Monument)
  • June 17 - 20 at Legacy Peak Elementary (8701 Wolf Valley Drive, 80924)
  • June 24 - 27 at Broadmoor Elementary (440 Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, 80906)

Jr. Space Explorers Entering Grades 1 - 2 M-Th 8:30 - 3:30 $255/ $280
Investigate planets, moons, stars, constellations, and more as you become a Jr. Space Explorer! Campers will participate in hands-on activties while strengthening reading & writing skills in a fun environment. Students will be introduced to basic programming and explore the solar system using Dash robots.

Astronaut Academy Entering Grades 3 - 4 M-Th 8:30 - 3:30 $255/ $280
Watch out NASA, here they come! Future astronauts will use Sphero Robotics, Lego® WeDo 2.0, and iPads to develop programming skills as they explore our Moon, Mars, and beyond. Build and launch paper rockets, learn what it takes to live and work on the International Space Station, and design a future Mars base. Campers will focus on the engineering side of space through challenges, games, and creative designs using 3D printing pens. Graduate from Astronaut Academy and you may be the first human on Mars!

Destination Mars 3.0 Entering Grades 5 - 7 M-Th 8:30 - 3:30 $255/ $280
Design, build, and program future missions using Lego® Mindstorms EV3 robotic kits and the Lego® Space Challenge Set, which consists of seven missions: activate communications, assemble your crew, free the MSL Robot, launch the satellite into orbit, return rock samples, secure power supply, and initiate
launch. The last mission, Initiate Launch, brings all the Space Challenges to an end. Discover what it will take to plan and launch future space missions allowing humans to reach our next space destination…MARS!

Register early to save!
First price is the early bird discount
Second price is the full camp price, effective after May 6th, 2019

Check things out at: https://www.challengercolorado.org/summer-schedule.html

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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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Supplies:

  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or Twine
  • Different colors of copy paper, construction paper or use paper from old magazines
  1. Cut strips of paper 1 inch wide.
  2. Roll your paper into a circle to make the center of the flower. Tape shut.
  3. Make more circles or shapes and glue or tape onto center circle.
  4. String them up around the house to decorate for Spring.
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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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Business Resource Fair

PPLD invites you to attend in our 4th Annual Business Resource Fair on Mon., May 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Library 21c.

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!

Programs

CreateSpace
10 - 11 a.m.: Business 101 with Colorado Springs Business Journal
11 a.m. - noon: Colorado Springs – Open For Business with Colorado Springs Economic Development Office
1 - 2 p.m.: Understanding Small Business Financing with Becky Fuller, ANB Bank and Colorado Enterprise Fund
Make I
10 - 11 a.m.: Government Marketing: It’s a Treasure Hunt with Procurement and Technical Assistance Center
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: for Cybersecurity Simplified with Firma IT
1 - 2 p.m.: How to do Business with the State with Colorado State Purchasing and Contracts Office

Vendors

Academy Bank
Advantage Medical Testing
American Dental Group
ANB Bank
AutoShop Vocational – Gregg Sheldon
Becky Fuller
Best Version Media
Better Business Bureau
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration - State Purchasing and Contracts Office
Colorado Enterprise Fund
Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Springs Business Journal
Colorado Springs City Clerk
Colorado Springs Economic Development
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Community Banks of Colorado
Concilio Hispano de Empresas de Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Gazette
Connecting Communities
Discover Goodwill
DocuMart - Rebecca Clark
Eagle and Crane Coffee
Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce
El Paso County Economic Development
Emerald Lighthouse
GalaxyFest - Lynda Cink
Goodwill Staffing
HR Branches
Infinity F & B Staffing Solutions - Anthony Perez
KRDO
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo
LeaderQuest
LegalShield
Maui Mastermind
My Insurance Team - Chuck Bader
Onward Opportunity
Paychex
Peak Communication System
Peak Startup
Pikes Peak Community College - Enrollment Services
Pikes Peak Regional Development Corporation
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Pikes Peak Workforce Center
Precision Insurance Services - Heather McBroom
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Profile by Sanford –Bri Ament
Sand Creek Library Makerspace
SCORE - Colorado Springs
SecureSet
Senior Resource Council
Small Business Administration
Small Business Administration - Boots to Business
Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
Springs Choice Welcome Service
TAF Promotions
Terra Essentials
Transamerica
Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce
UCCS College of Business
US Census Bureau
Vectra Bank
Watchdog Warrior - Tamyra Wallace
World Financial Group

Interested in participating? Contact Terry Zarsky at tzarsky@ppld.org.

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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. Come get unbiased information from AAA Senior Insurance Team to help you successfully navigate your transition to Medicare and retirement.

Registration is required.

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April is the Month of the Military Child. Here are some picture books that relate to Bravery, Separation and Deployment for children. Click on the link below:

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Spring Snowflakes

March brings spring snow so make a colorful, spring-like snowflake!

Supplies:

  • Large coffee filter
  • Newspaper or cardboard to protect table
  • Dot markers or regular markers
  • Scissors
  • Glitter glue

On newspaper or cardboard, dot the entire coffee filter, let dry. Fold in half, in half again, and in half again so that it looks like a slice of pie. Cut point off, cut designs on all sides. Unfold and decorate with glitter glue or glitter and glue.

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"Shedding Light" by Clarence Chivers

The Shivers Concert Series presents an Evening of Inspirational Song featuring:

  • Alexis Rainbow, Soprano
  • Dianna White - Gould, Piano
  • Dr. Regina Lewis, Mistress of Ceremony
  • When: Sunday, July 28, 4 p.m.
  • Where: Packard Hall, Colorado College
  • Tickets: $25; Call (719) 593-8400 or fill out payment form below.

Proceeds benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.

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Limited positions available.

Locations still accepting applications are

Applicants must be ages 12 - 18 as of June 1.


VOLUNTEER APPLICATION


SUMMER ADVENTURE VOLUNTEER

Summer Adventure Volunteer Position Description

Apply Here

Duties:

  • Register participants for the Summer Adventure and explain details
  • Guide participants in earning Summer Adventure Badges
  • Award prizes and log information
  • Prepare materials for programs
  • Assist with programs
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills:

  • Able to follow directions, assist with crowds, and provide excellent customer service
  • Comfortable with technology

Time Commitment:

  • Training session
  • Volunteer hours as scheduled

READING BUDDIES VOLUNTEER

Reading Buddies Volunteer Position Description

Apply Here

Duties:

  • Help children retain and improve reading skills over the summer
  • Listen to a child read aloud
  • Read with a child
  • Assist children in selecting reading materials and share your enthusiasm for reading

Skills:

  • Ability to communicate with children and adults and follow directions
  • Excellent reading skills

Time Commitment:

  • Attend a training session
  • One shift per week

Additional Considerations

If you require an accommodation to complete your application, please contact Young Adult Services at (719) 531-6333, x6087.

PPLD is collecting the information on the volunteer application for the sole purpose of recruiting volunteers. Please contact Young Adult Services at (719) 531-6333, x6087 if you have any questions or concerns. Please see our confidentially policy for more information.

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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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Fork Art! Make a Lion

Supplies:

  • White or yellow paper
  • Googly eyes or white paper and Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Fork
  • Cup to use to trace circle
  • Orange paint or use catsup and/or mustard!
  • Paper plate for paint

Trace circle onto the piece of paper by drawing around an overturned cup with a marker.
Draw the lion face. Make paper eyes with your scissors and glue or glue googly eyes on the drawing. Dip the flat tines of a fork in paint that you squirted onto a paper plate (or use mustard and/or catsup). Place the fork on the paper around the circle to make a mane. Let dry!

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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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