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Homeschool Take and Make: Hurricane Building Challenge

Take and Makes for this challenge (for ages 7-12) will be available at area PPLD libraries, beginning Feb. 26, 2021.

Watch this homeschool project at: https://youtu.be/Hes9P7sXTD4?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFcQoPQnZvsy70uOGw-GdBLE

Supplies Included in Take and Make:

  • 2 half sheets of cardstock; 4 craft sticks
  • 1 gable roof template
  • 1 hip roof template sheet of aluminum foil
  • 1 “plate of fortune cookies” (photo on cardstock)

Supplies from Home:

  • Glue
  • Scotch tape
  • Packing tape
  • Shallow jar lid
  • Sheet for foundation (cardboard, foamboard, or cardstock)
  • Flat bake sheet (optional)
  • Leaf blower, electric fan, or hair dryer
  • squirt bottle or watering can with sprinkle spout
  • Baking rack (or similar object)
  • Plastic dishpan tub (optional)

Directions:

See detailed directions and templates in the pdf links below!

Photo by Jo Kassis from Pexels

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Early Literacy Take and Make: Paper Strip Collage

Have fun tearing or cutting strips of paper and creating a collage. A collage is a work of art made by gluing pieces of different materials or different size materials to a flat surface.

Take and Makes for this project (ages 2-5) will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning this Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

For this project, your child will glue strips of construction paper to the white paper to create a unique work of art. Paper needed will be supplied in the Take and Makes or supply your own at home. You'll need a piece of white paper and a few colors of construction paper plus glue.

Directions:

  1. To begin, have your child use child-safe scissors to cut the construction paper into strips or different size pieces. Your child can tear the paper if you do not have child-safe scissors.
  2. Let your child glue or tape the construction paper onto the white paper however they want to create their collage.

Early Literacy Tip:

This month’s Take & Make helps young children develop the fine motor skills they need to hold pencils and crayons. Having strong motor skills will help children as they begin the process of learning how to write. How can cutting or tearing paper develop this skill? As children tear or cut the paper, they are building the small muscles in their palm and hand. They are also enhancing their eye-hand coordination. They must be able to see what they are tearing or cutting while moving their hand. Learning how to use scissors plays an important role in developing fine motor skills. Here are some tips for teaching your child how to use child-safe scissors:

  • To help your child remember how to hold a pair of scissors, draw a smiley face on the thumbnail of your child’s cutting hand. The smiley face reminds them to keep their thumb up when cutting.
  • Cutting paper can be tricky; practice cutting playdough first.
  • Cardstock is easier to cut than paper. Let your child cut old greeting cards or old playing cards.
  • Provide activities that use tools such as tongs, hole punches, tweezers, eyedroppers, and clothespins to strengthen fine motor skills necessary for cutting.
  • It might sound easy, but teaching young children how to cut with scissors is a very complex task. Try using this rhyme to help your child remember how to hold and use scissors properly:
  • Two fingers on the bottom
    and the thumb on top.
    Open the mouth and go
    chop, chop, chop.

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Manitou Springs Library is Relocating

New co-location offers dozens of new Library services thanks to MAC’s facilities

Manitou Springs Library will move from the historic Carnegie building and begin offering curbside services at the MAC on Tue., Feb. 23. When your hold is ready for pick up, visit the new address below. Upon arrival, text or call the number provided – and have your library card number and PIN ready.

Save the date for the grand opening on Fri., March 5! The celebration will kick off with a ribbon cutting around 11 a.m., with the library open until 5 p.m. on the First Friday Art Walk. You’ll be able to browse the collection, speak with a librarian, book a computer session, or use the fax, scan, and copier machine. Plus, you can take home a limited-edition library card, special take and make kit, and giveaways while supplies last. No RSVP needed.

Want a sneak peek of the new space? Join us on Facebook beginning at 6 p.m. on Wed., March 3.


Address:
515 Manitou Ave. - map it!
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Curbside Pickup Phone Number: (719) 685-5206
Contact Us

Curbside Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Get your limited-edition library card soon!

Congratulations to artist Susan Odiam of Manitou Springs! Her original creation will be featured on our limited-edition card to celebrate the relocation of Manitou Springs Library to the Manitou Art Center.


Manitou Springs Library and Manitou Art Center (MAC) will officially collocate their services beginning in December of 2020. Now, a PPLD library card will help Library users find music, theatre, visual art and the vast resources and services of the public library all in one place.

“We are thrilled to pair our physical collection and other library services with an organization so focused on helping users create, learn, exhibit, perform, and connect with others in Manitou Springs,” said PPLD Chief Librarian and CEO John Spears. “MAC’s facility will immeasurably enhance what we can provide in the Manitou Springs community.”

The Manitou Springs Library will be housed inside of the MAC while still providing access and use for MAC supporters, local artists, and tenant community partners. PPLD will provide staff support, a physical collection of books and other Library materials, and access to meeting rooms and creative spaces for Library patrons. MAC members and artists will still maintain benefits while gaining more opportunities and exposure.

“We have already experienced great success partnering with PPLD on a number of initiatives, and the MAC is excited about this opportunity, which will allow us to do even more for the community,” said MAC Executive Director Natalie Johnson.

“We’re excited to see what other long-term benefits arise from this venture, like increasing access to the MAC and expanding PPLD opportunities in Manitou Springs. We will leverage each other’s strengths of service.”

PPLD and MAC officially entered into a co-location agreement last month. This co-location partnership and move is taking place as the City of Manitou Springs determines what to do with the historic Carnegie building, owned by the City and currently leased by PPLD for the Manitou Springs Library through the end of 2020.

“PPLD’s departure provides the City with necessary time to plan for the building’s future, while allowing the Library to adequately serve the public,” said Spears. “The move will be beneficial for PPLD cardholders, MAC members, local artists, community partners, taxpayers and the local economy.

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Call for Authors: Virtual Book Buzz Showcase

Due to continued restrictions and concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Pikes Peak Library District's Mountain of Authors will be a hybrid event.

Our showcase authors and keynote speaker, Lt. Joe Kenda (Ret.), will be virtual; we are currently planning for an in-person panel held at the end of April with a limited audience (more details forthcoming).

We still wish to acknowledge and celebrate the work of the wonderful local authors of southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Region!

The 2021 Mountain of Authors event will be held on Sat., May 1, and will feature a mix of virtual, live, and pre-recorded presentations. The Virtual Book Buzz Showcase will take the place of the traditional Author Showcase.

What is a Book Buzz? A Book Buzz for our purposes is a short (3 minutes or so) video clip featuring authors talking about their most recent book.

If selected to participate, you will send us a video clip that will air on PPLD's YouTube channel beginning on Sat., May 1. Also if selected, we will reach out with more information about the logistics and detailed information about the content of the Book Buzz.

PPLD will need to receive your finished Book Buzz recording by Thu., April 1.

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We would like to recognize Peggy and Clarence Shivers for their work with Pikes Peak Library District and service to the community of Colorado Springs.

Clarence and Peggy Shivers created the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District, in concert with PPLD, in 1993. They introduced the Shivers African American Historical and Cultural Collection at PPLD, which continues to expand annually thanks to the Shivers Fund and its many supporters. In addition to the collection, the Shivers Fund at PPLD also provides opportunities for our community to celebrate history, culture, and the arts. The Fund hosts concerts and other events, as well as helps expands educational and cultural opportunities for young people to encourage tolerance and diversity.

Our Library District and Foundation applaud the Shivers Fund for its continued investment to create more tolerance, diversity, and community in the Pikes Peak region.

Learn more about the history and work of the Shivers Fund.

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Tax Time!

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


Tax-Aide at PPLD
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation services with the help of a team of IRS-certified volunteers.

Appointments will be by reservation only. Please request an appointment by contacting Larry Barnes, Tax-Aide Local Coordinator, at (719) 235-6757. Library 21c is NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPOINTMENTS but Calhan Library is on a limited basis.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, clients will be asked to bring their documents to the Library where AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will scan them and then process the returns virtually.


Resources


Good luck and happy filing!

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KidsMake: Winter Wands

Take and Makes for this project will be available at area libraries, starting this Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Recommended for kids, ages 5-12.

Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/C1oVgbWPcIQ?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu

Supplies in the Take and Make kit:

  • Die-cut blue star
  • Large craft stick
  • White paper to cut out a snowflake
  • Silver sequins

You supply from home:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Other decorative bling

Directions:

  1. Glue your craft stick to the back of your star so it looks like a wand. Add a piece of tape to keep it extra secure.
  2. Using the white paper, cut out your own snowflake to glue onto your star (you might need to cut your paper into a square first and you might need a grown up’s help with this).
  3. Decorate the craft stick with markers and add sequins and any other decorations to your wand that you would like.
  4. Make some wintery magic.
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PPLD Challenge: Library Lovers Month

Enter your creations in our PPLD Challenges! Randomly selected entries will be featured on PPLD’s websites and social media accounts and one randomly drawn entry will receive a gift certificate and prize pack of curated craft books from the Friends of the Library.

Love Letters to the Library

February is Library Lover's Month! Show us your love by writing us a love letter or note.

Post a photo of your note on Facebook or Instagram any time from Mon., Feb. 15 - 28 and make sure to include the hashtag #ppldchallenge and tag @ppld to be eligible to win. Alternatively, you can send your photo to ppldchallenge@ppld.org and we will post it to social media for you!

Want to post anonymously? Use the webform here.

Rules for participation:

  1. Please participate in good faith.
  2. Keep competitions civil and fun!
  3. PPLD reserves the right to remove inappropriate content, including but not limited to obscene or offensive statements or personal attacks. Learn more about our policies here.
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Community Conversation: Covid-19 Vaccine

Community Conversations at Pikes Peak Library District is a new series of monthly events that invites the public to discuss current events and issues impacting the Pikes Peak region. We want to promote civil dialogue and greater understanding of different perspectives.

Covid-19 Vaccine

Panelists include:

COVID-19 panelists

  • Dr. Cynthia Hazel, researcher, OMNI Institute
  • Dr. Kweku Hazel, general surgeon, UC Health
  • Dr. Margaret Liu, Principal, ProTherImmune
  • Lisa Powell, MPS, El Paso County Public Health Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response

Keep an eye on our calendar to join us for future conversations on timely and relevant topics to the Pikes Peak region. More information to come on locations and times!

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When the Pikes Peak Library District facilities closed in March 2020 due to COVID, the Friends bookstores also closed, and we have been unable to host events including our big book sales. The closures and the gradual re-opening of the libraries have negatively impacted the Friends' budget and ability to support the Library and the library programs.

The Friends of PPLD is offering you the opportunity to help “read” a book. Each donation equates to reading a page. For every donation made, the donor’s name will be written on a page in the book that will be on display at the East Library Friends Bookstore.

The money raised will be used to continue to support the programs and staff of PPLD. To show your support for the Friends, and ultimately PPLD, we hope to have a name on every page to complete the "reading" of the book!

Thank you for your support of the Friends of PPLD. We appreciate your generous donation to our "Read A Book with the Friends" fundraiser.

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District is a 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible.

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Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning this Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 and is geared for kids, ages 5-12

Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/1spsamOSMtg?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu

Supplies:

Materials provided in kit:
Plastic cups in 2 sizes
Pipe cleaners
Pompoms and other doodads or baubles
Battery operated candle
Materials you provide:
Tape
Water
Freezer
Paper towel
Additional baubles or doodads
Weights, like rocks

Directions:

This is an engineering challenge! For more step-by-step pictures of project, open pdf link below.
1. Twist your pipe cleaners up the inside of the larger cup.
2. Slide the smaller cup inside with the pipe cleaners in between the large and small cups.
3. Carefully push pompoms and/or other baubles or doodads between the 2 cups also.
4. With the tops of the cups even, crisscross two pieces of tape across the top of the cups.
5. Placing cups on a paper towel, gently fill the larger cup with water until it’s about 1 inch from the top. You do not want water to go into the smaller cup. You may need to add something to weigh down the smaller cup.
6. Place in the freezer (or outside if it’s cold enough) until it’s frozen solid. This could take about 5 hours.
7. Observe your creation! You may notice that the smaller cup is higher as is the water/ice level. This is a great illustration of how water expands as it changes states from a liquid to a solid.
8. Remove from freezer and let sit about 10 mins., carefully remove the smaller cup (and tape). Then remove the larger cup. You may need to cut the cups off.
9. Turn on the battery operated candle and place it in the center of your lantern. Put your lantern
outside to admire!
Based on https://www.steampoweredfamily.com/activities/engineering-ice-lantern-st...

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LENA Start

LENA Start is a 10-week program where parents learn how to increase conversational turns with their babies and toddlers.

Available sessions:

Tuesdays, March 30 through June 1 from noon - 1 p.m.: Register here!

Thursdays, April 1 through June 3 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Register here!


LENA device in vestHave you ever wondered how much you talk to your baby/toddler? Would you like to learn ways to increase talk and get your child ready for school?

This 10-week program will help parents, with children 0-32 months, increase conversational turns. Each week a child will wear a "talk pedometer" to track the number of adult words, conversational turns, and minutes of electronics they are exposed to. We will increase conversational turns by the end of the 10 weeks. We will meet weekly to give you tips on how to increase conversational turns and each parent will receive a free book each week! The child will receive a gift at graduation and three gift cards throughout the program!

For more information contact Milissa Fellers, mfellers@ppld.org.

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Tween Twist: Light Up LED Cards

Starting Friday, Feb., 5, 2021, visit your favorite Library location to pick up a Take & Make (materials for the program), while supplies last. For ages 9-12.

Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/YVNFFC8UttI.

Supplies:

  • Card printed on cardstock
  • Button cell battery
  • LED light
  • Copper tape
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Tape
  • Thumbtack
  • Pencil, or pen (to poke a hole in the cardstock)

Directions:

  1. Color in the template first
  2. Use a thumb tack, pencil, or pen to poke a hole through the middle of the robot’s heart (for the LED light to go through).
  3. Fold the card in half.
  4. Lay the copper tape along the two paths (polarities) of the circuit, following the diagram. Leave space at the corner where there’s a drawing of the LED light. Reserve some copper tape for step 6.
  5. Add the LED light by inserting the wire legs through the hole on the front of the card and bending the wire legs to reach the circuit path. Match the shorter wire leg with the negative path (the copper tape leading to the circle) and the longer wire leg with the positive path (the copper tape going through the dotted “fold” line. Don’t worry if your LED light placement doesn’t exactly match the drawing on the diagram – as long as the leg wires of your LED light connect with the copper tape, it should work.
  6. Secure the legs of the LED light using small pieces of copper tape.
  7. Add the battery negative side down inside the circle on the template and secure it by taping only the half closest to the LED light down to the card. If your battery is smaller than the circle on the template, center it in the middle of the circle.
  8. Fold the corner of the card over to create a switch to turn the card on and off.
  9. If you want, write a greeting in your card, and give it to someone special.
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Birding 101

Birding is a great way to engage with nature safely, relieve anxiety, and otherwise slow down. Download your Birding 101 guide here!

  • Do not disturb the birds’ habitats - you are an observer.
  • Use appropriate gear! Binoculars, a field guide, and a notebook should suffice for beginners.
  • For those with mobile devices, try the Audubon Bird Guide App for iPhones and Androids!
  • Find a quiet spot to sit and observe. Your backyard can offer quite a selection!
  • Try different times of day.
  • Find other birders in the community!

CHECKOUT THESE LIBRARY MATERIALS FOR YOUR BIRDING ADVENTURES:

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Library Lovers Month

The entire month of February is dedicated to the people who love whole buildings devoted to the reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying and otherwise loving books. It's National Library Lover's Month!

Below is simple way to send your favorite library, even the virtual library, a note, poem, testimonial - anything you'd like to express!

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Gardening in the high prairie can be difficult, so the staff at High Prairie Library have created this handy year-long guide to making the most out of your gardening efforts!

Click here to download yours today!

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KidsMAKE: Rainbow Scratch Art Bookmarks

Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning this Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

Supplies and Directions

Provided in your bag: a bookmark, a stylus, and a ribbon
From home: you will need a book, so you can use your new bookmark!

  1. Think about what you want to draw on your bookmark: your name, a space sky, a flowery garden, stripes, polka dots, anything you like!
  2. Using the stylus, scratch your scene into the bookmark. Keep in mind the hole goes at the top for your ribbon, so make sure you scratch your scene the right way up.
  3. After you're done with the rainbow scratching, tie your ribbon through the hole at the top of the bookmark to give it even more color!
  4. Pick a book and use your colorful bookmark!

Need help choosing a book? Check out our booklists with recommendations for everything from mysteries to humor!

Check out our many KidsMAKE videos at: tinyurl.com/PPLDVirtualKidsMake

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Check out these stats and our top title of 2020 below.


  • Physical material checkouts: 1,845,866
  • Additions to physical collection:18,000 titles and 58,000 items, plus 15,570 magazines
  • OverDrive:
    • Checkouts: 2,430,575
    • Patrons: 61,278 patrons; an increase of 22%
  • Freegal:
    • Song Downloads: 76,007
    • Songs Streamed: 248,986
  • Kanopy: 58,201 videos streamed
  • Hoopla: 40,813 checkouts, movies and television mostly
  • New cardholders during 2020: 26,215

Top 10 Adult Titles


Top 10 Young Adult Titles


Top 10 Children's Titles

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Early Literacy Take and Make: Stickers in a Frame

Supplies for this TAKE AND MAKE, for ages 2-5, will be available for pick-up at area PPLD libraries beginning Jan. 22, 2021

Create your own work of art using the stickers and frame.

Before your child can learn to write, they must develop the small/fine motor skills which are used to grip a crayon/pencil. Peeling the back off the stickers and placing them in the frame provides your child with the opportunity to develop these skills.
To prepare young children for writing, provide them with opportunities to use their hands and fingers. This will help them later when they hold crayons and pencils.

  • Open and close containers with lids
  • Cut with child-safe scissors
  • Finger paint with paint, shaving cream, yogurt, or pudding
  • Use a paintbrush
  • Play with play dough and clay—roll, smoosh, pat, pound, and use tools like popsicle sticks or stamps
  • Lace Cheerios onto pipe cleaners
  • Lace pipe cleaners into the holds on a colander
  • Draw, scribble, or write with crayons, pencils, and markers
  • Put together puzzles
  • Build with small blocks
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Virtual STEM Favorite: Measuring with Daisy

Supplies:

  • Ruler (12" or 18" or 36") or measuring tape
  • Yarn or string
  • Scissor
  • A stuffed animal or your pet

Directions:

  1. Measure, as best you can, your pet or stuffed animal and determine its length in inches.
  2. After you know how many inches, cut a piece of string or yarn the same length.
  3. Take this piece of string and measure items around your house. How many cats (or hamsters or dogs, etc.) long is your kitchen? Your table? Your bed?

Please leave a comment below, tell us what you used to measure items around your house.

You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCU1Ks8mBf0

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Virtual STEM FAVORITE: Dry Ice Bubble Art

Supplies:

  • One small block of dry ice (about 1 lb.) broken into large pieces. (Do not touch dry ice with bare skin, it will burn!)
  • Large bowl on a tray
  • Table covering
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • Food Coloring
  • Paper (any kind)

Directions:

  1. Pour warm water into the bowl.
  2. Add 2-3 squirts of dish soap (it may help to stir the solution gently at this point although I didn't).
  3. Add a chunk of dry ice using tongs or garden gloves.
  4. As bubbles rise up, add food coloring (2-4 colors).
  5. Lay paper over the colorful bubbles and press gently into bubbles. Add a different color and repeat with another piece of paper.
  6. Keep adding warm water and chunks of dry ice. Or start over with a fresh batch.
  7. Enjoy your wonderful bubble art!

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=852TC3_bSbU&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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The annual PPLD Homeschool Science Fair is going virtual! The deadline has been extended to March 5.

This noncompetitive event is open to all students in grades K-12 who are homeschooled, learning remotely, or doing a hybrid plan. There are no specific rules or required format. Simply choose and complete your science project, record it or take photos of your process and conclusions, and prepare a brief summary of your findings to be viewed online. Projects can be uploaded between Fri., Feb. 5 and Fri., March 5, 2021.

Upload your submissions to HERE!

Need help getting started? Download our Science Fair Basics document.

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PowerPass

Knowledge is power. Unlock your potential!

Starting Mon., January 11, every student in HSD2 will have a PowerPass, a digital PPLD card just for students. HSD2 is joining Colorado Springs School District 11 as the second school district in El Paso County to provide this access to each of their students.

The PowerPass is a just-for-students library card from PPLD, granting access to the Library’s digital resources like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads. Each PowerPass holder can also check out five physical items at a time from any of the 15 PPLD locations or mobile library services.

  • PowerPass for Elementary Students
  • Elementary students and their parents will benefit from kid-friendly eBook and audiobook access, digital education resources, and in-person classes at PPLD to learn how to write, draw, code, or use makerspace equipment.

  • PowerPass for Middle School Students
  • PowerPass for High School Students
  • High school and middle school students can use their PowerPass for online access to live tutors and online foreign language courses. They can also get help with projects and prepare for the future with practice driving and SAT tests.

Get Started with PowerPass:

If a parent does not wish for their child to use PowerPass, they may opt out at the child's school.

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STEM TAKE AND MAKE: Homemade Kaleidoscope

Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD Libraries beginning this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

Supplies:

  • TP tube (provided in kit)
  • Mylar sheet (provided in kit)
  • Straw (provided in kit)
  • Cardstock circle (provided in kit)

Additional materials needed at home:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Markers or other things to decorate

Directions:

  1. If you'd like, decorate your tp tube.
  2. Cut the mylar sheet into 3 equal pieces that fit to make a triangle inside the tube without falling out. Cut them a little bigger to start first. We cut ours 10 cm x 3.6 cm (3.94 inches x 1.42 inches).
  3. Line up the mylar strips with a tiny strip between them. Tape them together. Then tape them together into a triangle. The shiny side is toward the center. Slide the triangle into the tube.
  4. Cut the straw so the bendy end is about 6 inches long. Tape it to the tp tube so the bendy part hangs over the end.
  5. Cut out your cardstock circle. Poke a hole in the center. Decorate the circle using markers, stickers or anything else you have at home.
  6. Place the straw through the hole in the circle. Slide it until the circle is over the bendy part of the straw so it turns easily.

Look into your kaleidoscope and manually turn the circle. You should see lots of changing designs!

kaleidoscope 1kaleidoscope 2kaleidoscope 3kaleidoscope 4

kaleidoscope 5kaleidoscope 6kaleidoscope 7

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Drive-in Storytime!

More Drive-in Storytimes are scheduled at High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Rd.
Peyton, CO 80831:

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