What's New!

J.K. Rowling's newest book, The Ickabog, will be published for free starting on May 26 until July 10 on https://www.theickabog.com/home/. The book will be released chapter by chapter (or more) every weekday. The book will be officially published in November 2020 with the royalties being donated to help people affected by the coronavirus. This is not a Harry Potter book but a brand new story.

There is also an illustration competition for children! Visit the website https://www.theickabog.com/home/ for more information.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: CD Case Robots

Supplies:

  • 1 CD Case (empty) with clear cover or small shallow square gift box without lid.
  • 1 piece of cardboard cut from cereal box
  • 1 piece of colored construction or printer paper
  • Small pieces of colorful scrap paper
  • 1 barcode cut from any cardboard or paper product
  • Liquid glue and/or glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Miscellaneous small items--Examples: Stickers (especially Foamies), bottle caps or other small plastic lids.
  • Craft bling: small Beads, pipe cleaner pieces, buttons, paper clips or tiny binder clips, circle stickers (file folder labels), bendable straws (pieces), tiny flat or connector LEGO pieces, very small keys, old puzzle pieces, metal nuts and washers

Directions:

  1. Glue construction paper to a piece of cardboard, or just use the brown cardboard.
  2. Decorate CD case. Open case and place fun small items inside the case, glue items if needed. Close the case, set aside.
  3. Take construction paper or cardboard. Leaving space in the middle for the CD case. Glue on paper legs, arms, and head of robot.
  4. Glue on CD case to make the body of the robot.
  5. Decorate the robot's face with fun items.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6vaRll6nJE

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:


Bricks of Wheat
By Cooper Alvin

As I come home from school, filled with resent,
I see cold cream of wheat, hard as cement!
I thought what could be built with such hard a material,
Build skyscrapers out of this rock-hard cold cereal.
A new way of building! Who would of thought evolution
Could lead to such a disgusting solution.

Cream of wheat bricks! Now that’s something new!
Guess the trick to construction is edible goo!
Someone says: “The tallest building is inside Dubai.”
“That’s nothing! Build it with soup!” I reply.
We’d build it high and we’d build it wide.
Why would we do it? ‘Cause nobody’s tried.

A cream of wheat pool? No, that’d be just gross.
A cream of wheat coaster? (sigh) That’d be shunned on by most.
A cream of wheat car? Something no one would borrow.
Well, I’m out of ideas! Come back tomorrow!


Chocolate Peppermint Delight
By Emily Lunsford

One day during lunch,
My friend and I chatted.
She asked,
“If you could invent a dessert,
ANY dessert,
What would it be?”
We started sharing,
And worked together to imagine…
The Chocolate Peppermint Delight!

A chocolate lava cake,
But with peppermint bits in the lava!
Sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream,
With chocolate chip cookie crumbled in
On top of the cake.
A peppermint shell,
For the luscious ice cream.

Topping it off,
Caramel sauce,
And don’t forget
The flavorful peppermint sauce!
Whipped cream generously deposited
Around the plate,
And up the cake.

Coming out from our dream
Of heavenly desserts,
We smiled, thinking about
The luxurious treat.
Our mouths watering,
We looked down at our trays of cafeteria food.
And our otherwise fine tacos,
They didn’t seem nearly as good anymore.
Nor did our fruit cups,
Or our milk.
With the Chocolate Peppermint Delight on our minds,
Everything else faded in comparison,
To a dull gray.

It’s funny how a daydream,
A vision of succulent delicacies,
Can bleach perfectly fine food,
Leaving only the fantasy,
Bright and colorful.
That day I learned
That pure imagination
Can achromatize
Reality.


Bitter and Sour
By Azul Padilla

I’m grabbing a mango
Dancing like a weirdo
Cutting the mango
Nice and yellow
I ask my mother
Can you pass me the chili powder
I sprinkled it all over
Bitter and sour


How to Make a Pot of Rhino Stew
By Avery Pilkington

How to make a pot of rhino stew:
Add these five things to your Crockpot
Slice up some carrots
Chop up some potatoes
Dice up some worms
Add one huge RHINO
Add a dash of ground herbs
Put the lid on
Cook for SEVEN HOURS


The Life of a Cupcake
By Maya Rebugio

They put me in the oven to bake.
Me, a depressed and miserable cupcake.
Feeling the heat, I started to bubble.
Watching the others, I knew I was in trouble.

They opened the door and started my life.
Frosting me with a silver knife,
Decorating me with candy jewels.
The rest of my batch looked like fools.

Lifting me up, she took off my wrapper.
Feeling the breeze, I wanted to slap her.
Opening her mouth with shiny teeth inside,
This was the day this cupcake died.


I Love Pasta That’s No Doubt
By Madison Smith

Hear it boil from the pot
Crunch munchy from the box
I love pasta a whole whole lot

Short, fat, long, tall, just ask me I’ve got them all
Slippery, slimy, spaghetti
Whirly, twirly, colored noodles
Cheesy, wheezy, macaroni

Spiraled, curved, rigid, smooth, pasta makes me really groove
Pesto perfecto green and grand, even beefaroni from the can.

Rigatoni in my tummy
Amazing alfredo hot and yummy
With veggies or without
I love pasta that’s no doubt.

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Join Academic Advocates Summer Writing Camps and become a published author! Weekly sessions are available from only $149 and include your published book.

Contact us at: (754) 368-3305 or www.academicadvocacy.org

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Liquid Fireworks!

Supplies:

  • Shallow containers or plates
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dish soap
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Milk (whole milk is best but any percentage will work)

Directions:

  1. Pour the milk in a shallow container, just enough to cover the bottom. (Experiment with cold or room temperature milk.)
  2. Add drops of liquid food coloring to the milk, drop them close to one another in the center for a more dramatic effect.
  3. Dip a cotton swab in a small amount of dish soap and then very lightly touch it to the side of the color. Watch the liquid fireworks!

What is happening? Milk is mostly water but it also has proteins, minerals, and fat. The milk fat molecules are more dense than the liquid food coloring therefore the food coloring floats on top. The dish soap weakens the chemical bonds separating the water loving molecules and the water fearing parts of the molecules, flinging them apart and creating beautiful bursts of color. Keep experimenting, if the action slows down pour out the milk mixture into a spare container and start over with fresh milk.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh7iAMH59ZU&t=7s

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Looking for games to play while apart from friends or family? Check out these free digital games, multi-player video games, and role-playing game resources!

Digital board games

  • Board Game Arena - Website with 175 board games that can be played in real time or as slowly as one move every other day if you can’t be online with other players at the same time. Some games must be started by a player with a paid account.
  • Dominion Online - Play the original deckbuilding game in your browser, on your own or with up to 5 other players.
  • Online Pictionary-style game - Play with up to 11 other friends! Choose how many rounds to play (each player draws once in each round), how long players have to draw, and even make your own list of words people will be drawing.
  • Scattergories Online - Scattergories in your browser - allows you to choose categories, number and length of rounds, and send the link to friends
  • Tabletopia - Website with over 800 board games in sandbox setups (the game will not tell you if you do something incorrectly). Some games may only be played with a paid account.
  • Print and play games

  • Distance gaming guide from Board Game Geek - This guide includes information on games you can play remotely if one person owns a copy of the board game and print and plays, including some from game publishers, including Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition and demo versions of a number of games from Asmodee.
  • PNPArcade - This catalog of print and play games includes nearly 100 for free.
  • Role-playing game resources

  • D&D Beyond - Create a Dungeons and Dragons character in your browser and connect them to a campaign with your party. This can replace a paper character sheet - track spell slots and hit points, level, take a short or long rest, etc.
  • DriveThruRPG - This RPG store offers thousands of items, including core rulebooks and adventures in a variety of rule systems, for free or pay what you want.
  • Dungeons and Dragons material from Wizards of the Coast - New content is added daily, Monday through Friday, for Adventurer’s League players, new players, and families alike.
  • Roll20 - Online virtual tabletop for role-playing games, including maps, assets, and chat. A number of adventure modules are available for free.
  • Multiplayer video games

  • Mobile only
    • Mario Kart Tour - Race against your friends.
    • QuizUp - Test your knowledge against a friend in more than a thousand categories.
    • Song Pop 2 - Be the first to identify the song or artist from a short clip.
    • Words with Friends 2 - Test your vocab against a friend in this Scrabble-like app.
  • PC only
    • Card Hunter - Lead a party on a fantasy adventure, using cards based on the items you equip. Multiplayer is available after the introductory adventure. Available in browser or through Steam.
    • League of Legends - Choose your champion and work with your four teammates to destroy the opposing team's Nexus.
    • Runescape - Explore and go questing in the fantasy world of Gielinor - this is the world's largest free MMORPG.
  • Multiple platforms
    • Brawhalla - This Super Smash Bros.-like game is available on Nintendo Switch, PC through Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with crossplay between platforms. There are a number of modes available, and games run up to 8 players.
    • Dauntless - Become a Slayer, hunting more and more powerful Behemoths, either solo or with up to four players. Available on Nintendo Switch, PC through Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with crossplay between platforms.
    • Fortnite - The uber popular battle royale is available on mobile, Nintendo Switch, PC through Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
    • Realm Royale - This fantasy battle royale has you pick a class, lets you craft items at forges around the map, and when you die... you become a chicken. If you can survive as a chicken for 30 seconds, you're back in! Available on Nintendo Switch, PC through Discord or Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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    Looking for a book you just can’t put down? These action-packed chapter books are great picks for kids ages 9 to 12.
    Click on the link below to check out the booklist!

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    Collecting Community Stories: Covid-19 Pandemic

    Pikes Peak Library District is collecting stories about the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents of the Pikes Peak Region are invited to share their stories and experiences. People can submit written stories, photographs, or videos depicting their response to the pandemic and its impact on their lives.

    Any observations are welcome. Submissions can include dealing with illness, quarantine, sheltering in-home, social distancing, employment, working from home, working in health care, schooling, travel, and other general observations.

    Click here to submit your story.


    Learn more about using the Library remotely.

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    Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Underwater Volcano

    Supplies:

    • 2 clear containers, either plastic or glass, one large and one small. The small container should fit in the large container.
    • Water
    • One small weight or rock to place in the smaller container if it is too light
    • Food coloring
    • Long spoon or stick

    Directions:

    1. Fill large container with cold water halfway.
    2. Fill the small container with hot water. (Need adult to help with hot water.)
    3. Add any color food coloring to hot water and stir.
    4. Place the small container, upright, into the large container of cold water.
    5. Observe what happens to the hot water. Hot water will float to the top because it's lighter than the denser cold water.
    6. Just like a volcano, hot lava rises up because it's lighter.

    Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujpr_NvUEkw

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    Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Conversation Hearts

    Supplies:

    • Papers of any kind; they can be construction papers, copy paper, or scrapbooking papers, and smaller scraps are fine.
    • Scissors
    • Pens or pencils for tracing and writing
    • A large, clean, clear glass jar like a Mason jar, pickle jar, or spaghetti sauce jar. Prepare your jar ahead of time by soaking off the label.

    Optional supplies:
    Buttons, pom-poms, ribbon, sequins, beads, stickers, or anything you happen to have on hand to decorate your jar, and some glue.

    Directions:

    1. Cut out some hearts – at least a dozen. You can make a template for tracing or just cut them freehand. They should be able to fit inside the opening of your jar.
    2. On each heart, write a question that you would like to ask your family. They can be serious questions or silly questions. Here are some examples to get you started:
      • IF YOU COULD TRADE PLACES WITH ANYONE FOR ONE DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE?
      • WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK KIDS UNDERSTAND BUT ADULTS DO NOT?
      • WHAT IS THE STINKIEST THING YOU’VE EVER SMELLED?
      • WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING THE AGE YOU ARE NOW?
      • WHAT HAS BEEN THE HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR?
      • IF YOU COULD BE A CHARACTER IN A BOOK, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
      • DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT COOKIE
      • WHAT IS SOMETHING EVERYONE LOOKS STUPID DOING?
      • WHAT KIND OF SECRET CLUB WOULD YOU LIKE TO START?
    3. Fill your jar with your “Conversation Hearts” and pick one at dinnertime every day. It’ a great way to get to know your family, to laugh, and to always have something interesting to talk about!
    4. If you want, decorate your jar with anything you happen to have on hand.

    Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCOBSA6lVuY

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    Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital of Colorado

    Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Our Summer Adventure presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado game helps kids and teens stay engaged and active over the summer months, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We know you’re looking for at-home activity ideas, and we are here to help!

    Anyone ages 0 – 18 can participate and win prizes through reading, moving, and imagining. Either participate in one of our virtual programs or use one of our activity ideas!


    Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 0 - 12.

    Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 12 - 18.


    The adventure runs from June 1 – July 31. You can set up your account now at ppld.beanstack.org. Or, print a game card below.

    Also check out our FAQ.

    Registration for the program begins June 1. If you would like to sign up for a reminder, please click here!

    Beanstack FAQs: ppld.beanstack.org/faq

    Click here for group registration information.

    Have more questions about Beanstack? Email beanstackhelp@ppld.org.

    Be in the know!

    Sign up to receive emails for summer virtual programs, activities, and more for ages 0 - 18 in June and July. You can unsubscribe at any time.


    Calendars


    Game Cards

    You can track on the Beanstack app, pick up a game card at any curbside location or participating distributors, or click here to download and print a physical game card from home! (en español)

    Need a version that uses less ink? Click here!

    Participating Distributors:


    How to Play the Game

    1. Complete an activity (either Read, Imagine, or Move) any day in June and July to earn points.
    2. Record the dates you complete an activity on a printed game card or in Beanstack. You can log your progress at ppld.beanstack.org or by using the Beanstack App, available in Google Play or the App Store.
    3. You earn 50 points for each day that you complete an activity. You will receive a prize for participating in the game, plus you’ll be entered in the grand prize drawing when you reach 1500 points (30 days of activities).
    4. Prize pickup will begin in July. Check back here to find the most up-to-date information on how to pick up your prizes.

    If you need assistance, call (719) 531-6333 or visit ppld.org/ask to find different ways to get in touch with our staff.


    As our programs will be virtual this year, you can download themed video conferencing backgrounds below!


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    Submit your Mystery Story to the 2020 Betty Field Memorial Writing Contest!

    Submissions are open for the 2020 Betty Field Memorial Writing Contest. This contest is named after Betty Field, who served as President of the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, for her love of mystery stories and her dedication to the Library. This contest is open to 6th through 12th graders.

    Enter your story using the link this link: https://www.cognitoforms.com/PikesPeakLibraryDistrict3/_2020BettyFieldMe....
    Submissions will be accepted until July 15 at 11:59 p.m. MST.

    Submission Requirements:

    1. This story must be a mystery story.
    2. The FIRST paragraph of the mystery story must contain a sentence using this exact phrase and is in bold and underlined:
      ___ hadn’t prepared for this
    3. The mystery story must contain these SIX words (or a version thereof) anywhere in the story. Each required word must be in bold and underlined:
      audacity daunting mediocre odious tenacious vehement
    4. Your story must be no fewer than 1000 words and no more than 1200 words (excluding story title).
    5. You must follow these formatting instructions:
      • Do NOT put your name, school, or any identification on any page of the story.
      • Your story is typed in 12-point Arial and double-spaced.
      • Start the story with the title halfway down the first page. Do NOT include a title page or artwork.
      • Number each page in the upper right-hand corner (1 of 4, 2 of 4, et cetera) and add the first three words of your title below the page numbers.

    Stories will be judged in five categories: 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th-10th grade, 11th-12th grade

    Prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st place - $100, 2nd place - $50, 3rd place -$25.

    The stories will be judged anonymously by Library staff and the Friends of Pikes Peak Library District

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    Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Sock Bunny

    Supplies:

    • Crew sock (any size and color)
    • Stuffing, Fiberfill, or cotton balls
    • Markers
    • Scissors
    • Rubber bands or string
    • Ribbon (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Fill your sock with stuffing from the toe up to the heel.
    2. Tie off your sock at the cuff, just above the stuffing.
    3. Tie off your sock again, somewhere above the middle of the sock, to make a bunny head.
    4. Cut the cuff of your sock into two flaps. You can do this by flattening out the cuff and cutting down the middle, making sure to get through both layers of sock. You should be left with two rectangle flaps.
    5. Round the flaps by cutting a half circle on each end, to make them look more like ears.
    6. Draw a face on your bunny with markers.
    7. Tie a ribbon around the bunny’s neck.
    8. You can add more decoration to your bunny with anything else you have at home.

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

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    Teens Make

    Library buildings may be closed right now, but there’s still plenty for teens to do on PPLD.org!

    You can join us every Tuesday and Friday in May for a new teen virtual program. In these video programs, library staff will walk you through different activities using common items you might already have at home. So far, we’ve learned how to make a DIY lip scrub, baked 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies, and discovered some ways to class up our instant ramen.

    You can watch all of those virtual programs on PPLD TV: https://tinyurl.com/PPLDTeenPrograms. Learn to cook, become a master of self-care, and make some quirky crafts while you’re cooped up inside!

    If you want to look at what else is coming up for teens in the next few weeks, check out our online calendar at https://tinyurl.com/y9hdog3e.

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    Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Salt Lava Lamp

    Supplies:

    • Large jar (24 oz. spaghetti sauce jar or a large mason jar)
    • Water - 2 1/2 cups water (or until it reaches 3/4 of the way up the jar)
    • Oil - 1/2 cup
    • Sprinkle in as much salt as necessary but you'd need about 1/4 cup total
    • Food coloring (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Pour water 3/4 to the top of a mason jar. Stir in optional food coloring.
    2. Pour oil into jar. Allow water and oil to separate.
    3. Sprinkle salt into jar. Watch the reaction occur and make observations.

    Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3qhs9SW-RA

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    Curbside Services

    While you can still use the Library remotely, our team is ready to serve you, again, outside of Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) locations across El Paso County!

    All 15 libraries and three mobile libraries offer curbside service,, making it easy for you to return materials and safely pick up items without having any direct contact with Library staff or other patrons.


    Returns

    Book drops or return bins will be available 24/7 outside of all libraries, so you’re welcome to return books, movies, and other physical items anytime that’s convenient starting that day.


    Holds

    Ready to pick-up items that are currently on hold? Hours and procedures will vary by location, so please check your Library’s curbside schedule below or by phone.

    Click on your Library location below to see their curbside service hours, phone numbers, and pickup instructions:


    Upon arrival:
    Follow the procedures set out on your Library location’s page (linked above). Then you’ll be on your way to enjoy a new book, movie, or other find!

    For new items, place your hold in the online Catalog or mobile app and select the location for pickup. Once you receive your email or text notification (if opted in), check your Library’s curbside service schedule and call them to schedule pickup.

    For curbside pickup, Library patrons are encouraged to follow public health guidance, including the use of cloth face masks/coverings and staying 6 feet apart from others.

    Homebound patrons can designate another person to pick up their holds. Please call your Library for more information and to schedule such a pickup.


    Wireless Printing

    We now offer wireless printing at all locations, except for Palmer Lake and Ute Pass Libraries. Submit your print job to tinyurl.com/PPLDPrint, then call your local library to schedule a pickup time, if requested, and follow their curbside service instructions.


    Winter Adult Reading Program Prizes and Summer Reading Program Game Cards

    You can now pick up your Winter Adult Reading Program prizes! Call your local library to schedule a pickup time, if requested, and then follow their curbside service instructions.

    While you're curbside, ask about Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital Colorado game cards for ages 0 - 18! The adventure begins June 1 and goes through July 31.


    Curbside Curation

    Let us help find your next great adventure in the Library’s large collection! We’re piloting this walk-up service at Penrose Library before offering it at other libraries. During curbside hours, patrons can safely browse a curated collection of materials from outside. Librarians also can assist with locating, placing holds for, or checking out your next read, movie, or other physical item. Plus, they can provide recommendations based upon your favorite books or films, preferred genres, and topics of interest, right then and there.


    What’s happening behind the scenes?

    PPLD is taking a phased reopening approach for our 16 facilities that prioritizes the health and safety of our patrons and staff. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being processed and circulated. This time limit exceeds public health recommendations. (Items currently in our facilities haven’t been touched in several weeks.) Your items will not be taken off your account until after their 72-hour quarantine period (this will not create penalties for your account in any way).

    Per the safer-at-home order, the PPLD team can only work at half capacity inside our facilities. On-site staff are required to follow public health guidance like wearing face coverings, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and maintaining proper distance during any in-person interactions. They are shelving books, pulling holds, quarantining returned materials, and helping circulate thousands of books, movies, and other items from PPLD’s large collection between our libraries.

    Our librarians continue to take your questions by phone, live chat, and email! They’re also providing and expanding virtual services and programs, along with our digital collection. Plus, we’re working with community organizations, school districts, and other partners to support El Paso County residents with many different needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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    Virtual Resources from Pikes Peak Water Festival

    While the Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival has been cancelled for 2020, over a dozen partner organizations have provided educational water-related worksheets, activities, and interactive videos to promote the importance of this precious resource for 3rd -5th graders. Find these materials on the Pikes Peak Children’s Water Festival website: https://coloradosprings.gov/waterfestival

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    Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Recycled Balance Art

    Supplies:

    • Paper towel cardboard tube
    • Stapler
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Pieces of cardboard
    • 2-3 bamboo skewers
    • Recycled materials and craft materials - can tabs, bottle caps, pipe cleaners, paper clips, etc.
    • Stickers- optional
    • Paint and paintbrush - optional
    • Markers - optional

    Directions:

    1. Press down on one end of the paper towel tube and staple two times, closing up that end.
    2. Cut a small v-shaped notch in the middle of the closed end of the tube, between the staples.
    3. Decorate tube with paint, stickers, or markers.
    4. Cut out pieces of corrugated cardboard. One rectangle about 6" x 4" and smaller rectangles and triangles. Paint or decorate.
    5. Glue the open end of the cardboard tube onto the middle of the 6" x 4" rectangle piece of cardboard. Let dry 1-2 hours.
    6. After you've decorated the cardboard pieces, take a bamboo skewer and carefully thread the pointed end of the skewer through the wavy corrugated spaces inside the cardboard until the skewer comes out the other side.
    7. Do the same with another shape of cardboard on the other end of the skewer. Try balancing these two pieces by placing the skewer into the notch you created on the closed end of your cardboard tube.

    8. Add various other pieces of recycled materials to each side of your balance art. See if you can still make it balance. Find the center of gravity, which is the point where where all the weight of your art piece is centered so balance can occur.
    9. Decorate the base with caps or other recycled pieces.

    Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_spLdHMzeg

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    Supplies:

    • Plain white paper - 1 sheet
    • Construction paper - 1 sheet any color
    • Scissors
    • Glue (or tape)
    • Markers
    • Paper clips - 2
    • Stickers (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Fold construction paper in half and place a paper clip on the top and the bottom of the folded paper to hold paper in place.
    2. Lay your hand down onto the paper, and trace around your fingers with a marker or pencil.
    3. Cut out your traced hand out, and try to cut just inside the tracing line as you cut. You may want to move the paper clips to secure the hand shape as you cut. You'll be cutting through two pieces of paper since your paper is folded in half.
    4. Take one hand for the front of the card and write something like, "Mom, I love you".
    5. With the white piece of paper, cut a strip off the long side about 2" wide. Fold the strip accordion style. (Fold a bit at one end and flip over and fold again, do this about 10 times.)
    6. On the accordion folded paper, write "THIS MUCH!".
    7. Glue each end of the accordion folded paper onto the back side of each hand piece.
    8. Decorate the front of your card with stickers or designs. Write your name on the back of your card.

    Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF6TujsXzzc&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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    Every Vote Counts – Voter Registration Information

    Every election is an opportunity to express your vision for the future of your city, state, and country through voting. On Tue., Nov. 3, 2020, U.S. Citizens will cast their ballot to determine not only the next President of the United States, but also state officials, local ballot measures, and more. The best democracy is one where everyone exercises their constitutional right to vote. Read on to learn more about how to make your voice heard this fall and in future elections.


    How do you Register to Vote?

    • Register Online: You will need to enter your Colorado driver’s license or ID card number and Social Security Number to complete this form.
    • Register By Mail: Complete this form and follow the instructions on the second page to submit it.
    • Register In Person: Locations for in-person registration are currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but you can check this page for updates on their status.
    • If you are unsure of your registration status or would like to update your voter information, visit https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/home.xhtml


    When is the deadline for voter registration?
    In Colorado, you can register through Election Day. But how you vote and/or receive your ballot will depend on how you registered and when. Please visit this page for more information..


    Click here for more information on voter registration and elections from the El Paso County Elections Department.


    First Time Voters:
    See the document attached below for information for first time voters in Colorado. You can print it and share it with your friends!

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    Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Packing Tape Postcards

    Supplies:

    • Packing tape (or clear contact paper)
    • Scissors
    • Masking or painter's tape
    • Markers or something to write with
    • Paper
    • A postage stamp
    • Decoration options: old greeting cards, confetti, easter grass, buttons, glitter, hole punches, pictures cute out of old magazines, newspaper or book pages, beads, stickers, yarn, any small, mostly flat craft materials you happen to have

    Directions:

    1. Lay out three strips of packing tape face up. Carefully overlap the pieces to create a sticky sheet.
    2. Use masking tape to attach your packing tape sheet to the table so you have a good work area.
    3. Cut a piece of paper and on one side write the name and address of the recipient, on the other write a note or draw a picture.
    4. Decorate!
    5. Add your stamp to the upper left hand corner.
    6. Use three more pieces of packing tape to cover your entire work area.
    7. Peel your postcard off the table and trim off the masking tape, cutting your postcard into the shape you want.
    8. Drop it in the mailbox and send it to your loved one!

    Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHJFlwzeHkU&t=13s

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    Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Rainbow Rubber Eggs

    Supplies:

    • Uncooked eggs
    • Clear drinking glass or plastic cup
    • Distilled white vinegar
    • Food Coloring
    • Spoon
    • Bowl of water
    • Tray to hold your experiment (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Carefully place an uncooked egg in a clear glass or plastic cup.
    2. Pour enough vinegar into the cup to completely cover the egg.
    3. Add some generous drops of food coloring and stir gently. If you want a rainbow of colors, prepare a few more cups.
    4. Now it’s time to WAIT! Observe your eggs each day. The vinegar will slowly dissolve the eggshell over 2-3 days. You’ll see the liquid bubbling as this happens.
    5. After 3-5 days, remove the eggs from the vinegar, and place them in a bowl of water. Gently rub away any remaining bubbly shell residue to reveal the membrane that lies just below it.
    6. You can gently bounce your eggs! The eggs will be rubbery and bouncy but they are still raw on the inside. Bounce and press it to test just how rubbery it is … and beware, it may break! If it does, you can see what it looks like inside.

    Watch this project at : https://youtu.be/CO9ay4euXVg

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    PPLD staff sorts books to be distributed at free meal sites.

    Pikes Peak Library District staff has shown dedication to the Library’s mission and tireless efforts to serve the community in many ways. We will continue to explore how PPLD can help people and organizations across the Pikes Peak region—well beyond our Library resources and services. Here are some ways that the Library has responded to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • We donated 400 surgical masks and 6,000 gloves to the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management.


    • A makerspace at Library 21c was used for training on 3D printers to make face shields

    • Our team loaned out 3D printers to support Colorado’s Make4Covid initiative, which connects “makers” with equipment to produce protective gear for local healthcare workers.

    • We’re partnering with school districts and local businesses to provide individuals with reading material while they pickup food and beverages. (Thank you to the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District for making this possible!)

    • Sand Creek Library serves a donation site for the Southeast Supply Drive, helping collect common household items needed by individuals and families in the area.

    • Community partners are borrowing PPLD laptops and hotspots, so more residents can apply for unemployment and other benefits, as well as search for jobs.


    • PPLD Facilities staff installs water stations at Penrose Library

    • Penrose Library has made drinking water available outside of their building, so anyone can fill containers whenever needed. (Thanks to Olson Plumbing & Heating, Rampart Supply, and Colorado Sheet Metal for donating the supplies!)

    • We provided books, DVDs, and laptops to the City Auditorium’s isolation shelter, setup for those experiencing homelessness who have symptoms of COVID-19.

    No matter the circumstances, we remain steadfast in providing Library resources and services that impact lives and build community across El Paso County. Thank you for entrusting us to be responsive to community needs and serve residents in new ways and virtual spaces, now and into the future.

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    Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Kandinsky Circle Flowers

    Supplies:

    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Pencil (optional)
    • Button or foil (used gum wrapper works well)
    • Six different colors of construction paper or different color paper ads

    Directions:

    1. Pick a color of paper and cut a small circle (about 2" diameter). You may also draw a circle first with your pencil and then cut it out.
    2. Take the first circle and place it on another color. Holding the first circle, or glue it down with a small dab of glue, cut around the first circle, just a bit bigger (1/2" bigger for example). Repeat this process using four more different colors.
    3. Before you fully glue your circles together, decide whether you want to cut fringe around the circle by cutting small slits around the circle's edge.
    4. Arrange your circles on top of each other, small to large. Finish your flower by gluing a button to the middle of the flower or even a recycled foil (gum wrapper) circle.
    5. For the stem, cut a thin strip of green construction paper or recycled greenish paper. Cut a leaf or two and glue to the stem.

    Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aNRHsAWI0U&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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