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Coffee Filter Flowers

Make a paper flowers out of coffee filters and droppers with liquid water colors!

Supplies: jars or cups, droppers or pipettes, liquid water colors, coffee filters, scissors, wax paper (to protect the surface you’re working on)

Directions: fill the jars with different water colors and add water to make a solution. Cut out flower shape in coffee filter paper. Use droppers to apply droplets to your coffee filter paper. Once you’ve colored the flower, let it dry before hanging in the window. (Project from High Prairie Library)

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The Glass Castle

Join us on at noon the third Thursday of each month in the Venue at Library 21c for a free movie screening. Feel free to bring a lunch! Snacks will be provided.

The Glass Castle

Thu., April 19
A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. (PG-13, 127 min.)

Victoria & Abdul

Thu., May 17
Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. (PG-13, 111 min.)


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If you are thinking about homeschooling to start your child’s education, the Cottage School Program (CSP) at The Classical Academy is now accepting 2018-2019 Kindergarten (2 half-days a week) applications!

We are a part-time, homeschool Language Arts-Emphasis Program designed to uphold family instruction, core values and educational direction developed at home. CSP is also a tuition-free public school in D20 that exists to partner with parents in their role as the primary educators for their child’s instruction. We offer a Core Knowledge curriculum (not Common Core), Character Education and Specials (Classical Elements, PE, Art and Music).

Please call Ruth Kozyra, Curriculum Coordinator at (719) 487-2000, visit our website at, or email us at to find out more.

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Kids at Monument Library enjoyed a Marshmallow Build STEM program by figuring out how to keep their structures from crashing. Kids used toothpicks, straws, and spaghetti!

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Dance Around the World-Movin' & Groovin' at East Library

Join us Friday, March 30, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. for Dance Around the World-Movin' & Groovin' at East Library! This fun and very active program is for little ones 5 and under, with a parent or caregiver. Come enjoy music and movement from around the globe! No registration required.

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Practice reading aloud and improve fluency by sharing a story with one of our loveable Paws-to-Read therapy dogs. Click on the link below for a great reading list. Here are times and library locations for PPLD Paws to Read programs:

Mondays at 4 p.m. - Monument
2nd and 4th Mondays at 3 p.m. - Fountain

Tuesdays at 3 p.m. - Manitou
Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. - East
Tuesdays at 4 p.m. - Holley, Old Colorado

Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. - East, Library 21c, Penrose, Rockrimmon
Wednesdays at 4 p.m. – Monument, Cheyenne

Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. - East

Fridays at 4 p.m. – Sand Creek

Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. - East
1st Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. – Ute Pass

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Time to Spring Forward!

Check out this great current events site for kids. There's good news...more daylight is on the way!

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Global Village Academy, a leader in language immersion education, is excited to offer our pilot homeschool program in the Fall of 2018-2019.

Classes are open to students in Kindergarten-8th Grade.

Student must attend one full day session, once a week.

Based on student enrollment, the plan is to offer the following languages: Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, and American Sign Language.

To learn more, please contact Alicia Welch at 719-238-9538 or

Global Village Academy is located at 303 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Enroll now!

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2018 Whiz Bang Children's Summer Program

The Colorado College Education Department is now accepting applications for the 2018 Whiz Bang Children’s Summer Program for students entering grades 1 through 9 in the fall.

2018 Whiz Bang Dates: July 9 – 20, 2018
8:45 – 11:45 a.m., Monday – Friday

  • New this year: Cybersecurity for incoming 7th through 9th graders, coding for 2nd and 3rd graders, the science of magic for 2nd graders, and much more!
  • Financial assistance is available for children receiving free or reduced lunch at school.

For more information, see the attached flyer or visit

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Wine Cork Coaster

Create drink coasters using wine corks. All supplies will be provided. This free program is for ages 9 and up.

Registration is required.

  • When: Thu., March 21 from 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Sold Home

This class covers the basics of selling your home. It will provide you with information such as the listing contract, disclosure forms, preparing your home to sell, pricing your home (how the market talks to you about the price of your home), staging, and marketing. It also covers what to look for in the contract when receiving an offer from a buyer and negotiating that offer. Other subjects covered will be the home inspection, inspection objection and resolution, appraisals, and potential stumbling blocks on the way to closing the sale of your home.

Registration is required.

  • When: Wed., March 21 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Website technology has changed drastically over the last three decades, yet the principles of good design for business websites remains the same. Come learn about the principles of good website design as well as the tactics your website needs employ to get you the attention, traffic, and business you want.

Registration is required.

  • When: Wed., March 21 from noon - 1 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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To fully enjoy retirement, you must have financial peace of mind. To have peace of mind, you need to have a plan. PPLD is offering two classes to help you! Both classes will be held at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Week 1
Mon., March 19 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Covers defining your ideal retirement,income planning, and investing for the future.
Click here to register.

Week 2
Mon., March 26 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Covers Tax planning, healthcare planning, legacy planning, and steps to a retirement plan. Included in the class is a one-on-one personal planning consultation.
Click here to register.

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Black History Game

Find the matching pairs while you learn about 25 prominent figures in Black History, along with some of their important accomplishments. This fun and educational game includes 50 biographical facts!

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Black History Cards

Teach your child all about monumental events, laws, historical figures, and more with these educational Black History flash cards! 40 interesting fact cards included.

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Homeschool students are invited to submit one work of art (unframed art, drawing, photograph, sculpture, etc.) between March 20 - 29.

Artwork will be on display in East Library Children's Department the whole month of April!

Artists and guests are also invited to an art reception on Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m.

Questions? Call Joy at (719) 531-6333 x 1407 or email her at

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PPLD is offering a wide array of kids programming for Spring Break! There is no registration required for these free events.

Mining Lab
This hands-on program will allow kiddos to learn about different types of mining and what life was like living in a mining camp. Come and touch a real miner’s helmet and gold!
Wed., March 21 at 10 a.m. at High Prairie Library
Mon., March 26 at 2 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
Wed., March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Palmer Lake Library

The Science & Circus Arts Show
Movement artist Peter Davison presents juggling, unicycling, balancing, acrobatics, and more while teaching the science behind the artistry. An entertaining and learning experience extraordinaire!
Mon., March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at High Prairie Library
Mon., March 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Monument Library
Tue., March 27 at 10 and 11 a.m. at Library 21c
Thu., March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
Thu., March 29 at 3 p.m. at Fountain Library
Sat., March 31 at 1 p.m. at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.

Mark, the Amazing Ventriloquist!
Kids love Little Willy Worm, the Bookworm, as he narrates “Jack and the Beanstalk” with the help of a full-stage marionette puppet production. Kids will participate in the stories, meet Pansy, a lovable baby chimpanzee, and see a drawing that comes to life right before their eyes and talks!
Tue., March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Monument Library
Thu., March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Manitou Springs Library
Fri., March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Penrose Library

Join Mark the Magic Man for a roller-coaster ride magic show with the many books and characters of the immortal Dr. Seuss!
Tue., March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Fountain Library
Wed., March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Sand Creek Library
Thu., March 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Monument Library
Fri., March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Rockrimmon Library

Sugar Biochemistry
Just what are carbs? That Science Fairy will help kids understand how sugars from our food act on the body. Building sugar chains, shape matching, and nutrition label math with manipulatives bring this sweet presentation to all ages.
Tue., March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Ruth Holley Library

Amazing Feats of Science
Science is amazing! Learn amazing science tricks that you can do again and again at home. This 45-minute assembly includes demonstrations like egg inertia, spinning water, the classic tablecloth trick, a bed of nails, and more!
Wed., March 28 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at East Library
Thu., March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at High Prairie Library
Thu., March 29 at 2 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
Fri., March 30 at 10 and 11 a.m. at Library 21c
Fri., March 30 at 4 p.m. at Ruth Holley Library

Colorado History through Song
Come and join Swallow Hill Music in celebrating songs about Colorado’s musical heritage. Listen, learn, and enjoy
songs about mountain men, explorers, farmers, ranchers, and miners!
Wed., March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Penrose Library
Thu., March 29 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at East Library
Fri., March 30 at 1 p.m. at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
Sat., March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Ute Pass Library

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MAKE @ East

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

Drop-in Painting
Wed., March 7 and 21 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! Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Maker in Residence: Collage, Contemplation and Conversation
Sat., March 10 from 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Art requires engagement in our senses…i.e., “Stop and smell the roses.” When introducing collage techniques Joanna encourages class participants to attune themselves to the visual images, colors and shapes that “speak” to them from the materials at hand. No art-making experience needed. All materials will be provided, although, if you have images (from magazines, calendars, copies of photos, etc.) of your own that you want to include, please bring them. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required.

Spa Series: Face
Sat., March 17 from 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Treat yo’self! In the third of our Spa Series, we’ll focus on the face. We’ll make rosewater toner, vanilla coffee lip scrub, and a warming honey face wash. Ages 9 - 15. Registration is required.

MAKE @ East 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
  • 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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Joanna Bolek

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March/April 2018 is Joanna Bolek, has taught art processes in the context of mindfulness/awareness for over 20 years to diverse populations. She has a masters degree in art education. She is also a qualified meditation and Dharma Art instructor.

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

Collage, Contemplation, and Conversation

Art requires engagement in our senses…i.e., “Stop and smell the roses.” When introducing collage techniques, Joanna encourages class participants to attune themselves to the visual images, colors, and shapes that “speak” to them from the materials at hand. (We “hear” best when our minds are relaxed and free of our usual concerns.)

These classes do not require previous art-making experience. All materials will be provided, although, if you have images (from magazines, calendars, copies of photos, etc.) of your own that you want to include, please bring them. This is an opportunity to explore/contemplate a personal sense of being in the context of a group. There will be time to verbally share your experience of the process if you choose to.

The main point is to relax, enjoy, and discover while producing a collage that will surprise and delight you.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Fri., March 9 from noon - 5 p.m.
Fri., March 30 from noon - 5 p.m.
Sat., April 21 from noon - 5 p.m.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee

The Sunday Concert Series features monthly performances to celebrate local musicians. Each concert will be held on at 2 p.m. at Library 21c. Each show is free and open to the public.

March 18: Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee
Drawing on their large repertoire of Scandinavian/Celtic, ballads and songs, Scott and Johanna perform on both modern and traditional instruments, and they tell the stories behind each song. Their performances have been described as magical, inspiring, haunting, and mesmerizing.

April 15: Taiko Society
Dynamic and intense, the Taiko Society, local to Colorado Springs, performs lively shows with traditional Japanese drums.

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All Pikes Peak Writes

Creativity and imagination abound in the Pikes Peak region. Show off your talents by entering All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's 3rd annual fiction writing contest for adults. Submit your entry to All Pikes Peak Writes from February 15 - April 16.

Below, you will find contest rules, submission deadlines, and other useful information as you begin your writing.

You can read last year's winning entries here.

All Pikes Peak Writes is open to those who are ages 18 and over and who currently live in El Paso County. Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • Only one work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • Stories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of the story must be included with an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location, OR submitted online to along with a submission form.
  • Acceptable file formats include: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Entries will be accepted beginning February 15 at all PPLD locations and online.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Monday, April 16 at 9 p.m.
  • Entrant’s name should only appear on the submission form (not any of the story pages.)
  • The title of the story should appear on the upper right corner of each page followed by the page number.

Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, and overall impression of the work. The judging panel may include library staff, local authors, and previous winners. The decision of the judges is final.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, May 5 during the Mountain of Authors program at Library 21c.

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The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District will honor two Colorado women authors at its annual Literary Awards Luncheon at noon on Saturday, April 21 at the Antlers Hotel.

The 2018 Frank Waters Award will be given to Mary Taylor Young. Her formidable knowledge of Colorado and the West is revealed in more than 15 books, her last one marking the centennial of a state treasure, "Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years." Since 1987, her vivid portrayals - at times touching or humorous but always compelling - have explored the wildlife, landscapes, and people that define the West.

Young is also a creative writing teacher and artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park. She has worked extensively with children.

The 2018 Golden Quill award, given to a local author, will honor Kathleen "Kay" Esmiol, who co-authored a biography about local legend Fannie Mae Duncan. The book, "Everybody Welcome," was written by Esmiol, but dictated by Duncan, reflecting her voice and vernacular. Duncan was an African-American entrepreneur who owned and operated the famous "Cotton Club" in Colorado Springs, patterned after a New York nightclub of the same name. Many famous black entertainers performed there and Duncan was a local icon for civil rights.

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the authors will be signing copies of their books before and after lunch.

The cost for the luncheon is $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. Meal choices include chicken or vegetarian/gluten-free. Reservation deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 13. Parking in the garage will be validated.

Payment is due at the time of registration; no refunds. Proceeds benefit Friends, which supports library programs.

To reserve by mail send a check in the appropriate amount and your meal choice to:
5550 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

To register online via debit, credit, or PayPal:

Number of Tickets
Meal Choice:Ex. 2 Veg, 6 Chick

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Repair Café

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is teaming up with the Manitou Art Center (MAC) to present Repair Café, a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out.

At a Repair Café, attendees will find the tools and materials needed to repair their broken items, as well as knowledgeable volunteers to assist fixing their items. 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 MAC is extremely happy to partner with PPLD in bringing the Repair Café to Manitou Springs and the Westside of Colorado Springs,” said Dustin Booth, MAC Studio Artist Manager. “The Repair Cafe concept is a strong, community-oriented model which reinforces skill sharing and fosters a supportive learning environment for anyone of any age. It is a progressive concept with very traditional roots. There is no end to the value of being able to reuse, repair and understand how to fix items that we use in our day to day lives.”

To learn more about Repair Café, including how to volunteer, visit

Repair Café will be held each month from February to November 2018. All community members are welcome to join in these free events to reduce waste and learn some new skills!

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Want to publish your own book? Learn more about self-publishing opportunities with the Library, such as SELF-e, Indie Author Day, and Mountain of Authors. This class is an overview about the self-publishing process, including creating an eBook, distribution channels, and marketing.

Registration is required for this free class.

  • When: Thu., March 1 from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Tuesday, April 17. 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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