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"Shedding Light" by Clarence Chivers

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

  • Karen Walwyn, Pianist/Composer
  • Brian Major, Baritone
  • Michelle Johnson, Soprano
  • When: Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.
  • Tickets: $55; Call (719) 593-8400 or fill out payment form below.

Proceeds benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.

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It’s time again for the Mountain Vista Home School Academy Book Sale! This will be our sixth year holding this event; we had incredibly successful previous years of sales, with families earning over $1500!

The Sale is hosted by MVHSA, and is open to the community – specifically home-schooling families! This event is free to all attendees. Participants are welcome to sell home schooling curriculum, manipulatives, and items that can assist in the education of students in the home environment.

The sale will take place on Monday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the MVHSA gym (2400 Slater Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80905). If you are interested in selling items at this event, please email Rachel Lamb at mvhsa@hsd2.org no later than Friday, May 3.

This is a cash only event.

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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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A library of human beings, the Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life. Individuals serve as human “books” and participants can “read” the book by engaging in a conversation.

PPLD's Human Library will feature 15 books available for "checkout." Readers will have the opportunity to have a 20 minute conversation with their book selections. Reservations are suggested. From March 18 - 22, readers may place ONE book on hold by calling (719) 389-8968. Readers are welcome to read more books the day of the event. At the event, books are available on a first come, first serve basis.

You can view our catalog of books at research.ppld.org/humanlibrary.

  • When: Sat., March 23 from noon - 4 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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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.

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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Homeschool Art Show

It's time to get creative! Homeschooled students can submit one artwork (drawing, painting, sculpture, etc) from March 21 - 28. All artwork will be displayed throughout April and we will celebrate with a reception for friends and families.

Questions? Call Joy at (719) 531-6333, x6048

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Join us for this workshop designed for homeschooling parents!

With some basic planning, adjustments in priorities, and good old-fashioned work, financial legacies can change. Presenter Doug Owens shares his experiences, revealing how in just 10 years he went from financial struggles to financial independence. This workshop will focus on helping homeschool parents have information to use as they invest in their children.

Register here.

Tuesday, April 2, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
East Library Community Room
5550 N. Union Blvd.

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Shirley Dale, PPLD's current Maker in Residence, has been creating in one way or another since childhood, applying this creativity in many different endeavors and careers. The joy of creating and the belief that everyone has the ability to create art have been constants throughout her life. Shirley has worked with many different mediums as a teacher and artist, always finding exciting, creative possibilities with whatever art materials are at hand. She is currently working with acrylics for monotype prints as finished pieces, and also for use in mixed media collage pieces.

She will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District and hosting Meet the Maker in Residence sessions in the CreateSpace at Library 21c.

Monotype Printing without a Press
Monotype prints are one-of-a-kind prints. Learn how to create these unique prints using different types of plates and paints! Experiment with stencils, masking, colors, and pressure. Attendees will gain an understanding of basic printmaking using simple, easy-to-find materials. More importantly, attendees will have lots of fun creating at this class and will leave with beautiful, unique pieces of art.

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

Meet the Maker in Residence
Visit with Shirley Dale and see her work on a special Colorado-themed printmaking project in CreateSpace at Library 21c.
Wed., March 13 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thu., March 21 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tue., April 2 from noon - 3 p.m.
Sat., April 13 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mon., April 15 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Love ooey, gooey slime? This is a great recipe to do at home. Click on the link below to see the directions to this cool project.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with inspiring picture book biographies that introduce women who have worked hard, dreamed big, and accomplished amazing achievements. Click on the link to see the list.

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Mixed Media Spring Art

Missing Spring? We have some weeks to go but in the meantime, try making this mixed media spring art. Mixed media only means using different art supplies to make a picture.

Supplies needed:

  • Markers (I used a black sharpie)
  • Color paper scraps
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White printer or construction paper
  1. Make a fun, crazy garden by cutting out your colored scrap paper pieces.
  2. Imagine your garden by placing pieces, then glue down.
  3. Add fun drawings to complete your garden.

Happy Spring!....soon.

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Click on this pdf link to see the directions on how to make this cool, easy, catapult.

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What does the Fox say? I love you!

Supplies:

  • 1 Large heart - orange
  • 1 Medium heart – white – cut in half
  • 2 small hearts – orange
  • 3 small black circles or a black marker
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut the white heart in half.
  2. Glue to the large orange heart.
  3. Turn 2 small hearts upside down and glue on the back for ears.
  4. Glue on black circles for eyes and nose or make eyes and nose with a black marker.
  5. Write a love note on the back.

What does the fox say?
I love you!

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Todd Parr, children's author, shows how he makes a book on his website, www.toddparr.com. He's given permission to share his material too. He's not only famous for great children's books, but valentines too.

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Have you heard about auto-renewals? Beginning Mon., Feb. 11, PPLD will save you the step of renewing your checkouts.

The day before items are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them if there are no holds and they haven’t already been renewed twice.

There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, including:

  • Rapid Read, Rapid View
  • eBooks, eAudios
  • Equipment
  • Interlibrary Loans

Patrons will receive an email notice letting them know what, if anything, was renewed as well as the new due date.

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Supplies:

  • White or light colored paper
  • Markers or crayons

Directions:

  1. Fold any size piece of paper in half. Fold one side up to meet the first fold.
  2. Create a picture of an animal or person on the folded paper. Make sure to put the mouth of the creature at the fold.
  3. Then open up the picture and make your creature look scary!
  4. Fold it back up and show the folded picture your friends and family. Say, “Isn’t it cute?” Then open up your picture quickly for a fun joke.

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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

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

Good luck and happy filing!

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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers FREE tax preparation and e-filing at Library 21c (out of the Ent Conference Center) on Tuesdays and Thursdays between January 31 and April 11, 2019.

Appointments are recommended and can be made in advance by calling (719) 235-6757, but walk-ups are accepted.

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February is “Random Acts of Kindness” month. Click the link below to see great reading suggestions.

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Overdue books? Fear not. Pikes Peak Library District will no longer charge you for being a little bit late on your returns.

The library will officially eliminate overdue fines Fri., Feb. 1, just in time for a county-wide celebration of Library Lover’s Month. Patrons will no longer be financially penalized for books that are late in returning to the library.

“Our mission as an organization is to eliminate barriers to information and resources, not create them,” said Director of Library Services Tim Blevins. “We had a trial run of eliminating overdue fines and didn’t see longer hold times for patrons, but did see a positive impact on borrowing. It makes perfect sense for us to permanently eliminate these fines.”

Fines, Blevins says, are particularly prohibitive for the community’s most vulnerable families. Plus, overdue fines accounted for less than one percent of the library’s overall revenue in 2017.

There will still be fees assessed for lost or damaged materials. Materials are considered lost if they are 21 days overdue.

Additionally, Pikes Peak Library District will roll out automatic renewals later on in Library Lover’s Month. The day before books are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them up to two times, so long as no other patron placed a hold on the material.

There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, like rapid reads, e-materials, and equipment checkouts.

“What we’ve seen here, and in library facilities across the country, is that by taking these steps to increase ease of access to materials, use of library resources and checkouts is positively impacted,” Blevins said. “We’re here to help people access the resources they need to achieve their goals. This is just one more way for us to do a better job of achieving that mission.”

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We want to celebrate your successes! Pikes Peak Library District is looking for stories about how our resources and staff have helped enrich minds, fuel learning and growth, spark imagination and ideas, build community and connections, and/or achieve goals.

To tell your story, click here and take our short survey.

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One of the great benefits of reading is that it allows us to learn about the lives of people who are different from us. Enjoy some of the delightfully unique books in this list with your children to expose them to the diverse people, cultures and customs that make up our country and our wonderful world. Click on the pdf link below to see great books for kids:

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Supplies:

  • Bowls or containers to use to make the ice
  • Large tray with sides or cookie sheet
  • Salt
  • Liquid watercolors or food coloring – please note that food coloring can stain
  • Droppers and/or a spoon

Instructions:

  1. Fill a variety of bowls or containers with water and freeze them at least overnight. Different sizes and depths are preferred.
  2. Remove the ice shapes from their containers and place them on the plastic tray or cookie sheet.
  3. Give your child a bowl of table salt – the cheaper the better. Have them sprinkle it on the top of their ice. They can also use a dropper to drop warm water on.
  4. Watch as ravines form down the side of the ice as the salt melts it!
  5. Squeeze a little bit of a food coloring onto the ice and watch what happens! The food coloring or liquid watercolors will highlight the ravines, crevasses, and tunnels that are forming.
  6. Discuss how salt melts the ice.
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Struggling with your laptop, tablet, or smartphone?

Bring your device and a staff member can assist you in troubleshooting the device on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 2:30 - 4 p.m. at Library 21c.

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