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Loida Garcia-Febo
  • When: Sat., Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Rd., Falcon

This fun event for all ages will feature a visit from American Library Association President Loida Garcia-Febo! She'll address the crowd around 10:30 a.m. and participate as a guest judge of the annual costume contest at noon.

The Harvest Festival will also feature dozens of fun events like the community-renowned cookie contest, marshmallow catapult, and pumpkin growing contest—featuring pumpkins grown with the High Prairie Library’s Seed Bank!

Pikes Peak Library District is Garcia-Febo's first stop on a national tour of five library systems, which also includes Cambridge, Los Angeles, Miami, and Seattle. The tour is part of ALA's Libraries = Strong Communities national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries.

Suggested Additional Parking:
Vacant lot next to Farmers State Bank
Side streets next to McDonald's
Wal-Mart Garden Center
Rock Island Trailhead
Farmers State Bank (after noon)

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Loida Garcia-Febo

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce that Loida Garcia-Febo, the president of the American Library Association, will visit Colorado Springs from Oct. 5 - 6, 2018! She was recently elected ALA President and is the first Puerto Rican American to hold the post. Pikes Peak Library District is her first stop on a national tour of five library systems, which also includes Cambridge, Los Angeles, Miami, and Seattle. The tour is part of ALA's Libraries = Strong Communities national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries.

While here, Garcia-Febo will attend the annual Harvest Festival at High Prairie Library, on Sat., Oct. 6. She'll address the crowd around 10:30 a.m. and participate as a guest judge of the annual costume contest at noon. The Harvest Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features dozens of fun events like the community-renowned cookie contest, marshmallow catapult, and pumpkin growing contest—featuring pumpkins grown with the High Prairie Library’s Seed Bank!

Garcia-Febo will also participate in other library-sponsored events while visiting Pikes Peak Library District. She’ll address the crowd in Spanish at Sand Creek Library’s Culture Mash, as well as be the guest speaker for the Pikes Peak Women’s “Powerful Women’s Series” at Library 21c, sharing why "Libraries = Strong Communities" at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively on Fri., Oct. 5. Both events are a part of Pikes Peak Library District’s annual All Pikes Peak Reads community reading program, with this year’s focus on diversity, multiculturalism, immigration and resiliency.

Don't miss these great events, featuring the top executive of the oldest and largest library association in the world! All are invited to attend these events and meet Loida Garcia-Febo during her tour stop in Colorado.

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Help us get the Carnegie Garden ready for fall! We will have harvested plants from the Garden available to exchange for a canned food donation. All food donations will go to the Marian House.

  • When: Sat., Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Penrose Library Carnegie Garden (Penrose Library will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, so please plan to enter the Carnegie Garden via the entrance off Kiowa St.)

Plants available include: Mountain Alyssum, Lamb’s Ear, Moon Carrot (Plant Select), Giant Succaton Grass (plant select), Silver Sage (Plant Select), Little Bluestem Grass, Blue Dune Grass, Chocolate Flower, Vermillion Bluffs Salvia, Artemesia ‘limelight’, Russian Sage, Coreopsis, Mexican Feather Grass, Bearded Iris, Rabbit Brush, Partridge Feather, Daylily (the native orange kind), and Pampass Grass.

Large plants: 3 item donation
Medium plants: 2 item donation
Small plants: 1 item donation

Requested items from the Marian House include canned fruits, canned vegetables, and one-pound cans of coffee.

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Join PPLD and the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region for National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan event. Stop by to register to vote or update your voter information.

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Colorado and the Pikes Peak region are home to many talented and successful Latinas. A handful of them will be featured in an annual showcase, Latina Voices, to be presented from 10 a.m. - noon on Sat., Sept. 22, at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Presenters at this year’s event will include:

Yolanda Avila is a member of the Colorado Springs City Council who represents southeastern portion of the city. A Colorado Springs native and graduate of Colorado College, Avila is the past president of the Colorado Springs Adult Blind Association and an activist for better public transportation.

Ana Rosa Ornelas Hernandez is a native of Mexico who grew up in Magdalena, Jalisco, before attending high school and then studying business administration at the university in Guadalajara. She worked in the banking industry for 17 years before coming to the United States in 2002. She helps run the family business, Carniceria Leonelas, which has supplied “Latina Voices” with complimentary treats since its inception eight years ago.

Most recently featured in the Denver production of Real Woman Have Curves, Magally Luna has long been a performer with Denver’s bilingual theater, SuTeatro, and also has performed at the Arvada Center. She is the Spanish teacher at the Denver Waldorf School. Besides acting, she is a salsa musician, having performed with Kizumba and Barrio Funk. She recently released an original bilingual CD, “Pearl Moon.”

Luna will be accompanied by Debra Gallegos, another actor, singer, musician from SuTeatro and other Denver theatrical outlets. No stranger to Colorado Springs audiences, Gallegos has performed previously at “Latina Voices.”

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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is coming to Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD)!

de la Peña is the author of one of the short stories in our All Pikes Peaks Reads (APPR) title, Flying Lessons and Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh.

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

He will be at Library 21c on Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m., with a free presentation that is open to the public.

Don't miss this award winning author!

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Just as every person is unique…every book has a unique story to tell. You may like it – or you may not… but in America, the author is free to tell his or her story for all to enjoy. Our public library proudly includes them in the collection. We invite you to read these picture books with your child, and encourage you to have a discussion. You may be surprised to discover some old favorites…and may actually make some new “book friends”.
Here is a list of Banned and Challenged Picture Books. Some are non-fiction, while others are on the picture book shelves. Ask your friendly librarian for help. Click link below for list:

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In connection with the All Pikes Peak Reads 2018 focus on diversity, multiculturalism, immigration, and resiliency, PPLD is hosting a variety of events celebrating culture.

Bilingual Spanish Storytime (La Hora del Cuentos)
Join us for a special 45-minute storytime in honor of All Pikes Peak Reads 2018! Experience books through reading, singing, rhyming, and practice speaking Spanish! For ages 3 and up.
Sat., Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Old Colorado City Library

Culture Fest
Celebrate different cultures of the Pikes Peak region. You will experience the richness of different cuisines, music, and more!
Thu., Sept. 20 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
Fri., Oct. 12 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library

AUTHOR VISIT: Helen Thorpe
Helen Thorpe is the author of APPR’s adult title, The Newcomers. Thorpe is an award-winning writer and journalist, and she’s from Colorado! Don’t miss your chance to meet this great writer and hear more about her work.
Tue., Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Library 21c

Culture Mash
Featuring a visit from American Library Association President Loida Garcia-Febo, this outdoor event will include fun for all ages including dancing, food, and music. Garcia-Febo will address the crowd in Spanish!
Fri., Oct. 5 at 4:30 - 8 p.m. at Sand Creek Library

Harvest Festival
This event will feature activities and fun for the whole family! ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will make a special appearance to address the crowd, as well.
Sat., Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.n. at High Prairie Library

Together at the Table
A community discussion with food centered on the themes and topics of APPR. Registration required. Ages 16+.
Sun., Oct. 7 from 2 - 4 p.m. at East Library

USCIS Naturalization Ceremony
Pikes Peak Library District’s Adult Education Division and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome new citizens at this event.
Mon., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. - noon at Library 21c

AUTHOR VISIT: Matt de la Peña
Matt de la Peña is the author of APPR’s children’s title, Last Stop on Market Street and contributed a story to the APPR teen title Flying Lessons and Other Stories. He’s a New York Times bestselling author and a winner of the Newbery Medal! Stop by and hear more about his life and his work.
Thu., Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Library 21c

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Join us for a special 45-minute storytime in honor of All Pikes Peak Reads 2018! Experience books through reading, singing, rhyming, and practice speaking Spanish! For ages 3 and up.

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Line Dancing

Learn basic line dance steps with Patti. Each week builds on previous classes.

  • When: Wednesdays from 2 -3 p.m.; Sept. 19 - Oct. 17
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Arts Month

Celebrate Arts Month with the Rockrimmon Library! The library is hosting a month-long display of art created by adult library patrons.

Drop off your artwork during these dates to participate in the art show. All entries must include a completed Exhibit Display Agreement Form and be ready to hang. See Art Show Rules and Forms for contest details.

Entries must be placed at the Rockrimmon Library on either Friday, September 28, 2018 or Saturday, September 29 during regular business hours. Easels and art hangers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Light and Sound Touch Circuit

Teach your child electricity concepts with our new, hands-on Light and Sound Touch Circuit. By simply grabbing hold of the handles, the energy flows and sets off colorful LED lights and fun sounds! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.
For ages 3 and up.

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RUMIS game

Sharpen your spatial awareness and critical thinking skills with the strategy game RUMIS! Compete to outwit your opponent(s) by reconstructing historical Inca monuments of a pyramid, tower, stairs, and wall. This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 8 and up.

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In 2018, over 70 young authors submitted original stories to PPLD's Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Each story began with the sentence "The letter could not have come at a worse time", which was chosen by New York Times best-selling author Sandya Menon. The young authors in our community took this common beginning and crafted a huge variety of stories that tackled big topics, such as: grief and loss, growing up, building a better world, and the weight of responsibility.

Winners were chosen through anonymous scoring by a group of dedicated PPLD staff members. The three top stories in both the middle school and high school categories were announced at the awards ceremony on July 29, 2018, and will be published in a digital anthology in September.

Middle School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "A Girl, A Thousand Shirtwaists, and a Fire" by Molly Heinold
  • 2nd Place: "Dear Louella" by Emma Reeves
  • 3rd Place: "Elenora" Claire Deeds

High School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "The Apiary" by Alexandra Wollinka
  • 2nd Place: "An Impossible Choice" by Sophia Mayhugh
  • 3rd Place: "A Work-Ruled Vacation" by Shanleigh Glide

Congratulations to all the winners and entrants! Thank you to all the young authors who entered and to those who encouraged them to put their ideas on paper. If you were unable to attend the awards ceremony, your judge's feedback sheet and participation certificate have been mailed to the address listed on your submission form.

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IN RESPONSE TO KOAA ARTICLE DATED 8/27/2018:

While many libraries across the U.S. do offer “Drag Queen Storytime,” Pikes Peak Library District does not provide it as a library-sponsored program. If ever offered or sponsored, the program would be part of a larger exploration of diversity as well as contextualized for children and families in a broad frame of respect for individuality and difference.

The “Drag Queen Story Hour” by Sarah Bellum, which is taking place at Penrose Library on September 1, is sponsored by Club Q. This program is offered by a member of the community under the auspices of another organization and is not sponsored by the library.

We make our meeting rooms available to the public, and all community members are allowed to use them for any purpose as long as it does not violate our Meeting Room Policy. This use does not violate our policy in any way.

Click here for PPLD's offical statement.

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The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be reviewing art for future 1 - 2 month shows by individual artists. Bring 5 pieces of art in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired for drawings, paintings, photographs or prints; wired for other 2D or 3D art). Submissions must include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

  • When: Tue., Sept. 25
    10 a.m. - noon: drop off art
    4 - 6 p.m.: pick up art
  • Where: The Venue at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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MAKE @ East

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

Knit One & Crochet Too
Wed., Sept. 5 and 19 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Bring a project to work on, and socialize with fellow knitters and crocheters! This is not a class.No registration is required.

Library Explorers @ East Makerspace
Tue., Sept. 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. - noon
Monthly program for adults with developmental disabilities. Registration is required. Call (719) 531-5333, x1371 to register and for more information.

Maker in Residence: Write with Feeling
Thu., Sept. 20 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Join us for a songwriting class with our Makers in Residence, Aja and Samir, also known as the musical group The Reminders. Learn to cultivate your own original artistic ideas through the creative use of imagery, emotion, metaphor, and personal experience. Ages 16 and up. Registration is required. To sign up, click here.

Ikebana: Japanese Floral Design
Sat., Sept. 29 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of Japanese floral design, known as Ikebana. Flowers will be provided and each participant will get to take home his or her floral creation! Ages 16 and up. Registration is required. To sign up, click here.

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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Study Buddies returns to East Library on September 11, 2018!
Each Tuesday through March, 6 - 7:30 p.m., teen volunteers will be available to assist grade school kids, Kindergarten through 5th grade, with homework and reading help.

Only at East Library!

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August is National Picnic Month… with Watermelon Day (August 3) and Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2) thrown in for fun! Though you may already be back in school, find a little time to enjoy the warm summer days with a picnic outside and some of these favorite stories. Click link below for our reading list:

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Aja Black and Big Samir of The Reminders

PPLD's Makers in Residence for September and October 2018 are The Reminders (Big Samir and Aja Black), a rare and remarkable musical duo, blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. Releasing their debut album Recollect in 2008 and their latest Born Champions in 2012, The Reminders have been recognized and applauded for their work both nationally internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, and television and radio appearances. The duo is constantly and actively engaged with community organizations, schools, universities, delivering workshops, talks, and specially catered performances.

They will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Sand Creek Library and Library 21c.

Write with Feeling
In this songwriting class, you will learn to cultivate your own original artistic ideas through the creative use of imagery, emotion, metaphor, and personal experience.

Studio Hours

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	 Force and Motion STEM Kit

Explore the science of "how things go" as you conduct investigations, solve problems, and explore early engineering! This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center

For ages 5 and up.

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Dr. Beaker Game

Race to rearrange molecules and match the challenge formulas in this fun brainteaser logic game! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 8 and up.

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STEAM Fest

Strap in and get ready for a festival that will spark your child’s interest in the arts and sciences. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) is the future, and it’s also crazy fun.

This free event is powered by Pikes Peak Community College and PPLD.

Activities will include:

  • Ollie the Robot obstacle course
  • Cool Science demos
  • KEPC/PPCC-tv
  • Snap circuits
  • 3D pens
  • Magnetic art
  • Blackout poetry
  • MakerSpace activities and several other stations

Students can win backpacks and other school supplies by completing the STEAM Ticket to Launch.

In conjunction with this event, there will be a free screening of Hidden Figures at Sand Creek Library at 11:30 a.m. on Sat., July 28.

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Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children’s libraries nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.

Family Place Libraries feature:

  • Specially designed spaces
  • Programs for ages 0 - 5
  • Materials and resources for parents
  • Family support services

Our Family Place Libraries also offer extensive collections of toys that are developmentally appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Research shows that play fosters a variety of skills that children need: social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional. Through play, children express feelings, communicate, build imagination and vocabulary, and develop eye-and-hand coordination; all vital steps in their journey toward reading and writing.

Your Family Place Libraries

  • Fountain Library, (719) 382-5347, 230 S. Main St.
  • Library 21c, (719) 884-9800, x6310, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Sand Creek Library, (719) 597-7070, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
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    Supplies:

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

    Steps:

    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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