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Join Pikes Peak Library District in celebrating Black History Month! Black History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. This month-long observance is an opportunity to recognize the impact that Black Americans have made on our society.

 


Programming 

The Importance of Supporting Historical Fiction Authors

“In a time where books are being banned, individual rights are being terminated, and historical events are being questioned, historical fiction writers’ creative works need the support of its readers more than ever,” expressed local author Consuelo Hamilton, author of Lullaby Book 1. It is the foundation upon which her presentation, The Importance of Supporting Historical Fiction Authors, was built. This presentation will explore the contributions made by authors whose works specifically incorporate the Civil War era but not limited to. We will examine such authors as Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead, Octavia Butler, and Alice Walker and how their work impacted our culture, igniting box office hit films.

Mosaic Painting

Join us to create a painting inspired by Black American Artist Alma Thomas!

How We Move Through Life - Kevin Johnson Galley Showing Grand Opening

Join PPLD and local artist Kevin Johnson on Feb. 1, 2023 at the gallery space in Penrose library as we honor Colorado Springs classical and jazz music legend and philanthropist Peggy Shivers with a special portraited to be displayed during the month of February in a galley showing of other art created by Kevin Johnson. 

Drop in anytime from 10 a.m. to noon to meet the artist and continue to visit and enjoy the exhibit any time you wish during the month of February during regular open hours.

 


Black History Month Bookmark

Use these recommendations to explore PPLD's collection of Black voices, from iconic moments in Black history, to Black authors, artists, and more. Pick up a copy at your library location.


Resources


Education Resources


Regional History & Genealogy Resources


Websites

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Winter Adult Reading Program

Join us for the 2023 Winter Adult Reading Program!  

Log 30 days of activities from Wed., Feb. 1 - Fri., March 31 to earn prizes! Activities include attending any PPLD activities listed below and reading for 30 minutes or more a day. 
To register, sign up for Beanstack or stop by the Library to register in-person (curbside services available). When you register in-person or at curbside, you will receive a Winter Adult Reading Program tote bag (while supplies last). 

 

Winter Adult Reading Program Registration Kick-Off!

Join us as we kick off the 2023 Winter Adult Reading Program! Register in person or at curbside and receive a tote bag that has everything you need to help you participate in the reading program. Bags will be available on a first come, first served basis, and available only while supplies last. 

Prizes

Log 30 days of activities from February 1 – March 31 to earn the annual Winter Adult Reading Program mug, chocolate bar from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and an entry into the grand prize drawing. Activities include reading for 30 minutes or more a day, attending a PPLD program, or any of the activities listed below. You can complete the program through a combination of activities and reading. 

Handwashing is recommended for the mug to preserve the logo. 

Grand Prize Drawing.

You can earn extra entries into the Grand Prize Drawing! For every additional 5 days of reading or activities you log, you will receive one additional entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for a total of up to 5 additional entries.  

PPLD employees are not eligible for the grand prize. 


In-Person Programs

Card Making Class 

Join Shannon from Stampin' Up to create winter themed greeting cards! Part of the Winter Adult Reading Program. 

Willson and McKee: Echo in Winter's Heart 

Join Wilson and McKee for stories and songs of winter! The scent of peat smoke, the sound of popping fire, the sight of dancing shadows. These are the gifts of winter. Come closer to the fire and settle in for an evening of traditional songs and stories from Ireland and Scotland. "The hardening of stream and breath, the stiffening of the bones… The silence of the farmer's field, the empty finch’s home...All echo in a winter's heart... The hollow frozen sound... And only in the flickering hearth... Warm dreams and hopes are found." 

String Art

Get into the Winter Adult Reading Program spirit with this thematic art project. Use embroidery floss and pins to make a string art version of classic winter symbols.  

Conversation Heart Handwarmers 

Give the gift of warmth to a loved one this winter. Tell that special someone "U r cute" and make sure they don't have cold hands. Part of the Winter Adult Reading Program. 

Bleach Textile Art 

Get into the Winter Adult Reading Program spirit with this thematic art project. Using bleach on either fabric you bring or on one of our small handkerchiefs, we will learn how to make a unique work of art. 


Activities

Need some suggestions for activities? We’re here to help! 


Reading Resources 


Video Resources

Pick up your copy of District Discovery: Winter Adult Reading Edition to track your progress, read stories, and more! 


 

We are excited to announce the relaunch of our Discovery Kits this month! These interactive kits allow you to explore new hobbies and interests from home. We have kits for all ages. Explore robotics and wiring, weaving on a loom, Lego Mindstorm builds, blanket forts, and more.   

Children will have a fun introduction to coding basics using the Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, which comes with a programmable robot mouse. Using plastic track pieces, they can build a maze the mouse must travel through for a piece of cheese at the end. They can also lay out directional cards to help visualize what they need to program into the mouse so it can reach the goal.  

Get hands-on science learning with the Survive the Quake Engineering Kit. Use interlocking blocks resembling buildings to experiment with different architectural designs on a plate that simulates seismic activity. Turn it on to see how your facility would fair in an earthquake.  

Tinker with the Electronic Playground and have fun experimenting with circuitry and electronics. Find out what happens when you connect wires to transformers, resistors, switches, and other parts of the switchboard. 

Discovery Kits can be reserved for checkout for a maximum of seven days. Learn more about the kits we have available here.  

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Top20 of 2022

Our community made excellent use of their library cards in 2022. You spent the year getting creative in the makerspaces and studios, using computers, enjoying eLibrary resources, researching, crafting, and opening worlds of possibility. You also spent the year reading thousands of books from the Library’s physical collection. To celebrate your year of reading, we made lists of the top 20 juvenile, teen, and adult books borrowed from our physical collection across Pikes Peak Library District. (These numbers do not account for digital checkouts from our eLibrary resources.) 

Top 20 Juvenile Checkouts 

  1. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (part of All Pikes Peak Reads in 2022, checked out 1,076 times) 

  1. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (checked out 965 times) 

  1. The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (checked out 739 times) 

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney (checked out 683 times) 

  1. A Long Walk to Water: A Novel by Linda Sue Park (checked out 650 times) 

  1. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (checked out 597 times) 

  1. Sunlight on the Snow Leopard by Mary Pope Osborne (checked out 595 times) 

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney (checked out 593 times) 

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney (checked out 583 times) 

  1. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (checked out 569 times) 

  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (checked out 553 times) 

  1. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (checked out 542 times) 

  1. Camp Time in California by Mary Pope Osborne (checked out 533 times) 

  1. Narwhal on a Sunny Night by Mary Pope Osborne (checked out 503 times) 

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney (checked out 488 times) 

  1. Rowley Jefferson's awesome friendly adventure by Jeff Kinney (checked out 478 times) 

  1. Front Desk by Kelly Yang (checked out 469 times) 

  1. Late lunch with llamas by Mary Pope Osborne (checked out 458 times) 

  1. Rowley Jefferson's awesome friendly spooky stories by Jeff Kinney (checked out 429 times) 

  1. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (checked out 413 times) 

Top 20 Teen Checkouts 

  1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (part of All Pikes Peak Reads in 2022, checked out 982 times) 

  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (checked out 490 times) 

  1. Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan (checked out 318 times) 

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (checked out 305 times) 

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (checked out 234 times) 

  1. Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer (checked out 233 times) 

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (checked out 197 times) 

  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (checked out 183 times) 

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (checked out 177 times) 

  1. All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey (checked out 171 times) 

  1. The Giver by Lois Lowry (checked out 170 times) 

  1. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (checked out 166 times) 

  1. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (checked out 156 times) 

  1. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh (checked out 152 times) 

  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (checked out 148 times) 

  1. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (checked out 145 times) 

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas (checked out 145 times) 

  1. Eldest by Christopher Paolini (checked out 143 times) 

  1. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (checked out 130 times) 

  1. North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (checked out 128 times) 

Top 20 Adult Checkouts 

  1. The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave (checked out 1,206 times) 

  1. Shadows Reel by C. J. Box (checked out 1,070 times) 

  1. Sparring Partners by John Grisham (checked out 1,007 times) 

  1. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (checked out 979 times) 

  1. Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton (checked out 964 times) 

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (checked out 900 times) 

  1. The Judge’s List by John Grisham (checked out 888 times) 

  1. The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci (checked out 838 times) 

  1. The Library Book by Susan Orlean (part of All Pikes Peak Reads in 2022, checked out 824 times) 

  1. Steal by James Patterson (checked out 780 times) 

  1. Wish You Were Here: A Novel by Jodi Picoult (checked out 775 times) 

  1. Better Off Dead by Lee Child (checked out 731 times) 

  1. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (checked out 717 times) 

  1. The Match by Harlan Coben (checked out 656 times) 

  1. Dream Town by David Baldacci (checked out 656 times) 

  1. Game On: Tempting Twenty-eight by Janet Evanovich (checked out 642 times) 

  1. The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly (checked out 624 times) 

  1. Escape by James Patterson (checked out 622 times) 

  1. The Paris Apartment: A Novel by Lucy Foley (checked out 604 times) 

  1. The It Girl by Ruth Ware (checked out 603 times) 

January 19, 2023

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is aware of the recent incidents at three other public libraries in Colorado involving methamphetamine contamination inside one of their public restrooms. Though there is no known exposure at any PPLD facility, Library leadership is taking proactive action to ensure the safety and well-being of patrons and staff. All Library locations remain open to the public and are safe to visit.

As a precautionary measure, PPLD will contract a local vendor that’s certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) to conduct screening tests inside all public restrooms at 15 locations across the Library District. This testing will determine if there are any hazardous levels that need to be addressed. It could take up to 3 - 4 weeks to collect the samples at Library locations across El Paso County, complete the testing, and receive results. 

PPLD will share information and updates as they become available.  

 

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Love Letters to the Library

How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways!

Celebrate Library Lovers Month and send PPLD a Valentine!  Tell us what you love about your Library and be entered to win prizes – tickets to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, dinner for two at The Summit at The Broadmoor, and more!

Submit your love letter here

 

Feb. 1 - Feb. 28
All locations

 

No purchase necessary.  One entry per person. All entries must be received on or before February 28, 2023. By entering this contest, you agree to abide by the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) rules and decisions. PPLD reserves the right to refuse, withdraw, or disqualify an entry at our sole discretion. Winners will be selected by random draw. PPLD employees and their immediate families are not eligible to win. You grant PPLD permission to publish the content of your entry for promotional purposes. Fulfillment of prizes offered by third-parties are the sole responsibility of that entity. 

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calderart

Take and Makes for this project, for ages 5-12, will be available at PPLD locations beginning Friday, January 13, 2023.


Supplies and Directions:


Materials we provide:

Colored Cardstock

Stickers

Materials you provide:

Scissors

Markers, crayons, or colored pencils

Alexander Calder was an American sculpture known for his colorful giant sculptures . See some examples of Calder's work in the pdf link below.
Directions:
1. Take a cardstock rectangle. Decorate it with markers, crayons, or colored pencils if desired.

2. Fold it in half.

3. Make cuts similar to those in the picture that almost reach the fold.

4. Unfold.

5. If desired, use colored stickers to decorate.

6. Fold, alternating folding one toward the back and the next toward the front. Alternate this way to allow your sculpture to stand. (For example, the right side would be back, front, back, front, etc. and the left side would be front, back, front, back, etc.)

Get creative with your cutting to create additional amazing sculptures!

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EDI A Mighty Long Way

Join Pikes Peak Library District in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and welcome Carlotta Walls LaNier as she takes us through her journey as one of the Little Rock Nine. In 1957, at age 14, Mrs. LaNier and eight other students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This act of courage became the catalyst for change in the American educational system. The Little Rock Nine, as they would eventually be called, became ‘foot soldiers’ for freedom. In 1999, members of Congress and former President Bill Clinton bestowed upon Mrs. LaNier and the other members of the Little Rock Nine the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, for their sacrifice and contribution to the cause of equality. 

Mrs. LaNier will share her story with us at the upcoming presentation, A Mighty Long Way, and introduce her new book A Mighty Long Way, My Journey to Justice, at Little Rock Central High. Please join us in-person or on the livestream. Registration is encouraged.  

When: 

Library 21c: Tue., Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. - noon 

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Winter Adult Reading Program

Chilly winter days are perfect for curling up with a good book or entertaining yourself with new experiences. Join Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) for this year’s Winter Adult Reading Program! Participants log 30 days of activities from Wed., Feb. 1 - Fri., March 31 to earn prizes. To participate, you can log 30 minutes or more of reading time each day or do activities like join a PPLD Book Group, stop by a Little Free Library in your area, read a new author or genre, explore the NOAA website, and more. You can also choose to attend selected PPLD events, which include fun activities like handmade hand warmers, bleach textile art, and card making.

Participants who log 30 days of activities during the challenge will earn the annual Winter Adult Reading Program mug, a chocolate bar from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and an entry into the grand prize drawing.

Registration opens on Wed., Feb. 1. Register in person or at curbside and receive a tote bag with everything you need to help you participate in the reading program. Bags will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

To learn more and to find out how to register, click here

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Food Industry Training

Food industry careers are rewarding and challenging but can be difficult to break into without prior experience or training. Pikes Peak Library District offers Food Industry Training that is perfect for anyone wanting to enter the food industry or advance their career. We offer this training multiple times per year. Registration is currently open for the next session that runs from Mon., Feb. 13 - Fri., March 17.  

The Food Industry Training is a five-week training program at the Library that teaches participants the entry-level skills they need to find or advance in employment as a qualified prep cook or line cook. The program helps them learn basic culinary fundamentals, practice professionalism, explore career opportunities in the culinary industry, and earn their ServSafe Food Handler certification.  

Participants learn proper food handling, recipe reading, product identification, team building in a food industry setting, cooking methods and techniques, and other essential skills.  

No prior experience is necessary, and there is no cost to participate. Participants must be eligible to work in the U.S., be able to attend the scheduled classes, be pursuing a career in the culinary industry, and be age 17 or older. Applications for this session close on Sun., Jan. 29.  

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Teona Chief Librarian

Reflecting on 2022 and looking ahead

As we welcome 2023 and what’s to come, I want to take a moment and reflect on the past year for Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD).  

The Library has been a staple in our community for more than 130 years, evolving to become a public institution that offers physical and digital spaces for belonging, personal growth, and strong communities. Thanks to the investment from El Paso County taxpayers, we can provide residents like you with access to 16 facilities, three mobile library services, and a large online hub of resources and services that are inclusive and welcoming to all.

Because of you, we were able to do so much for the community this past year. PPLD connected hundreds of thousands of people with services, resources, and spaces to help them achieve their goals. Many patrons visited one of our libraries, whether to browse our collection and check out an item, attend a program, use a meeting or study room, create something in a makerspace or recording studio, or use a computer, copier, scanner, or something else they needed. Library cardholders checked out more than 4 million physical items, and we surpassed more than 2 million digital checkouts via OverDrive and Libby by the end of September 2022.

We hosted another year of successful programs that strive to improve literacy like the Winter Adult Reading Program, Summer Adventure for kids and teens, and All Pikes Peak Reads this past fall. PPLD expanded the PowerPass partnership program to include Calhan School District and Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, providing more students with access to Library resources and services to help further their success in and out of the classroom. And we also added a few new museums and attractions to the Pikes Peak Culture Pass, meaning individuals and families can check out even more cultural experiences right here in our community and beyond.

In the spring of 2022, PPLD also announced its new vision, mission, and values. This became the starting point to develop a three-year strategic plan, which was publicly released in December and officially kicks off this month.

The plan for 2023 - 2025 was informed by staff and public input. Last summer, our team hosted multiple opportunities for Library patrons and other community members to engage with us as part of the planning process, and nearly 1,200 participated, whether online or in-person at one of our libraries. With rich qualitative data from the public and 400-plus staff, we uncovered several common themes – and those helped guide a strategic planning committee of staff, Board, and community representatives in identifying PPLD’s six areas of focus. If you want to find out more and see where, why, and how the Library District will reinvest taxpayer dollars back into the community through 2025, please visit ppld.org/strategicplan.  

It's because of the community’s continued support for PPLD that we have been able to do all of this in 2022 and what we’re planning for 2023. Your investment, trust, and patronage truly are an investment into improving the Pikes Peak region for everyone.  

We look forward to serving you throughout this new year – and using our new strategic plan to fulfill our mission, uphold our values, and aim to achieve our vision for this great community!

 

Teona Shainidze Krebs 
Interim Chief Librarian & CEO 
Pikes Peak Library District 

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Get ready for a weekend of epic sports history! PPLD and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum have teamed up to offer a discount weekend at the museum for library cardholders. Share your library card (or card number) to enjoy interactive exhibits and an immersive and accessible look into the journey of Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.   

When:  

  • Sat., Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  
  • Sun., Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m

Present your library card at the museum for $10 admission. The PPLD Bookmobile will be on-site for library card registration and will also put on a special Storytime Saturday morning at 9 a.m. 

Bookmobile on-site: 

  • Sat., Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. – noon  
  • Sun., Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. – noon 
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A photo of Colorado Springs with text over it that reads "2023 - 2025 Strategic Plan."

From a small reading room established 136 years ago, PPLD continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our sprawling community. Our service area covers 2,070 square miles of El Paso County with a population of nearly 700,000 – people of all ages and backgrounds with varying views and interests.

Thanks to taxpayer funding, we can continue to provide residents with access to 16 facilities, three mobile library services, and a large online hub of resources and services, all of which are inclusive and welcoming to everyone. The Library team strives to make its physical and digital spaces safe and respectful for diverse voices, perspectives, and pursuits; to foster community dialogue and connections; and to help people achieve their goals and dreams in life.

Overview and Process

In the winter and spring of 2022, our Board of Trustees and staff revisited PPLD’s mission statement and developed a vision statement and organizational values that best reflect our public library system and growing community in El Paso County.

This became our starting point to develop our new strategic plan for 2023 - 2025. After months of input from the public through surveys and in-person meetings, PPLD staff, Library patrons, and other community members and government officials, PPLD used the rich qualitative data it received from more than 1,600 responses to develop a new strategic plan for 2023 - 2025. Below are the six areas of focus the team identified that became the foundation of the plan.

Strategic Plan: Areas of Focus

    Access

    PPLD is an access point for everyone to engage with resources, services, and spaces as they choose.

    Accountability

    PPLD is accountable to all stakeholders through fiscal responsibility, continuous evaluation, and by sharing findings with the public.

    Communications

    PPLD invests in and elevates community awareness of its resources, services, and spaces.

    Community Connections

    PPLD builds community through relationships and partnerships to connect people to relevant resources, services, and spaces.

    Physical and Virtual Spaces

    PPLD provides equitable access to physical and virtual spaces in safe and inclusive environments.

    Staff

    PPLD values, trusts, and invests in staff.

 

PPLD publicly released this plan in detail on Dec. 6, 2022, so everyone could see where, why, and how PPLD will reinvest taxpayer dollars back into the community through 2025. We look forward to using our new strategic plan to fulfill our mission, uphold our values, and aim to achieve our vision for this great community.

 

View the complete plan here:

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A microphone graphic with text that reads "Virtual Author Visits."

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to bring you Virtual Author Visits in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium. Join us and hear from bestselling authors and thought leaders on a range of topics, from puzzling science to epic fantasy to decluttering your home. Whether you are an avid or occasional reader, there is nothing quite like listening to insightful talks by authors you have read or plan to read soon. You never know what will catch your interest. Attend these events at no cost from the comfort of home.

In January join us for an action-packed online conversation with Namina Forna, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones Series in a discussion about her second installment in the series, The Merciless Ones.

Next, you are invited to start your new year calm and collected by learning how to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White, creator of the popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life.

At the end of January, please join us for what is sure to be the most fun-filled hour of your day as we chat online with Randall Munroe about his new book What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

Learn more and see upcoming authors at libraryc.org/ppld


Upcoming author visits

  • Sat., Jan. 7 at noon: The Gilded Ones Series: Author Talk with Namina Forna
  • Tue., Jan 17 at noon: Decluttering to Start Your New Year: Author Talk with Dana K. White
  • Tue., Jan. 31 at noon: xkcd Webcomic and What if? Series Creator: Author Talk with Randall Munroe
  • Thu., Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.: Back in a Spell: Author Talk with Lana Harper
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    Free materials for this Take and Make will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Dec. 9, 2023.

    Materials provided:
    Spool
    Washer
    Rubber Band
    Toothpicks
    Materials you provide:
    Scissors
    Tape
    Markers, if desired
    Directions: (see additional pictures in the pdf link below)
    1. Use markers to decorate the spool, if desired.
    2. Push the rubber band through the center of the spool. Use a toothpick to help poke it through if needed.
    3. Break a toothpick, slide it through one rubber band loop, and secure it to the spool with tape.
    4. Slide the washer onto the rubber band loop at the other end of the spool.
    5. Insert a toothpick through the loop.
    6. Wind the toothpick.
    7. Set it down on a smooth surface and let go. Watch it race or spin!
    8. Experiment with how you can adjust it to make it go straighter or farther. You can also race your friends.

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    depth perception

    How does your brain understand how far away something is? This experiment shows how your eyes work together to perceive distance.

    Our eyes both face the same direction. Because they do, they produce slightly different views of the same object. Our brains are able to use this overlapping information (retinal disparity) to figure out how far away an object is. (If our eyes were on the sides of our heads like some animals, we would have poor depth perception.)

    Try this: Close one eye and focus on a nearby object. Switch which eye is open and focus on the object again. You should see the object shift. Try it again with a faraway object. When you use just one eye, your brain can’t use feedback from both eyes to discern depth perception.

    Materials needed:
    Pipe cleaners – use half for each
    Clay
    Scissors
    Pencils

    Instructions:
    1. Cut your full pipe cleaner in half. Use ½ pipe cleaner for each.
    2. Bend the end of a pipe cleaner so you have a circle that’s slightly bigger than a pencil. Twist it to secure.
    3. Use a bit of clay to make a stand for the pipe cleaner.
    4. Make 2 more pipe cleaner stands with slightly bigger circles. You should have 3 pipe cleaners on stands.
    5. Test your depth perception – Place the pipe cleaner with the largest opening on a table in front of you so you cannot see the opening. Close one eye and try to put the pencil through the hole. Try it again with both eyes open. Which is easier? Try it with each sized hole and see the difference.
    6. If this is too easy, try getting a needle and thread and threading the needle with one eye closed!

    Based on: https://www.kiwico.com/diy/stem/anatomy-biology/seeing-depth-perception

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    Beakers and test tubes filled with colorful liquid have text on them that reads "Homeschool Science Fair."

    Interested in seeing some amazing experiments from up-and-coming scientists? Visit our annual Homeschool Science Fair to browse and chat with project creators. Kids can fill out a "What I learned" and receive a prize! Come and discover something new, or be inspired for next year!

    Our annual Homeschool Science Fair is open to grades K-12! Homeschool students are invited to demonstrate a science project for other families. There are no rules or guidelines for this non-competitive event, and planning is left up to individual families.

    Registration required. Students will arrive by 9:15 a.m., and the event will be open to the public from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

    Need help planning your project? Download our Science Fair How-Tos Document!

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    A book with arms and legs and wearing a superhero cape poses like a superhero in front of mountains and houses. Text reads "Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest"

    Be the Hero: Empowered and Impactful

    Submissions open from Dec. 1, 2022 - Wed., March 1, 2023.

     

    The Awards Ceremony

    April 29, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.

    Knights of Columbus Hall

    20 W. Pikes Peak Ave.


    What superpower, real or imagined, would you use to change the world?

    Questions to ask yourself as you write your poem:

    • Can we see, smell, hear, and taste the imagery in your poem?
    • Have you used rich vocabulary that tells us a story or paints a picture?
    • Does your poem reflect the theme?

    Six winners will receive a book and $50 each! The contest is open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.


    Eligibility

    Open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.

    Contest Rules

    The awards will be announced in April 2023.

      1. One entry per student. Teachers are urged to review poems and submit no more than five per class.
      2. Each poem must be the original work of the contestant.
      3. Poems will be judged on originality, including poem title and adherence to the theme.
      4. Submit two typed, double-spaced copies of each poem on 8 ½” x 11” paper (no handwritten submissions or illustrations will be accepted). Include ON A SEPARATE PIECE OF PAPER: name, telephone number, home address, school name and address, and teacher and principal’s names. Poems will not be returned. Please keep a copy.
      5. Entries must be postmarked by Wed., March 1, 2023. Submission of a poem constitutes full permission to exhibit, use, and publish the poem for any purpose – printed or electronic media – and to publish the name, school, and photograph of the student without compensation.

      Entries may be mailed to:

      The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest

      c/o Christa Funke

      Pikes Peak Library District

      P.O. Box 1579

      Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579

       

      Or email entries, following guidelines above to: cfunke@ppld.org


      Questions? Please call Christa Funke at (719)531-6333 x 6331 or email cfunke@ppld.org


      Congratulations to our 2022 winners!

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      A teen paints on a canvas. Illustrations of paint brushes and other paint supplies decorate the image. Text reads "Pikes Peak Library District's 16th Annual Teen Art Contest"

      Our theme for this year's Teen Art Contest is Memory. Please submit a piece inspired by this theme.

      Memories can fool us, cause us grief, or bring us great comfort. Memory of the past can keep us from what we want in the future or inspire us to great heights. Create a piece inspired by the theme that shares your thoughts on Memory or expresses what Memory means to you and enter it to win a prize!

      Entries are judged by other teens, along with one award that is judged by Library staff. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tue., March 21 at 6 p.m. at East Library. All entries accepted into the show will be on display in April at East Library, Penrose Library, or Library 21c.

      Artwork can be any type of two-dimensional art form, as long as we can hang it on the wall. Frames or mattes are recommended to help safeguard your artwork. Your submission should be able to support the attachment of wire with either a sawtooth hook or D-rings.

      **PPLD will supply hanging wire and attach frame hooks upon receiving submissions unless the frame is already properly wired and able to be hung.

      Award Categories

      Award categories include: 1st place, second place, and Coordinator's Choice for Middle School; 1st place, second place, and Coordinator's Choice for High School; One overall Best in Show.

      Important Dates

      • Sign up online from Thu., Dec. 1 - Tue., Feb. 21
      • Drop off your artwork from Fri., Feb. 17 – Tue., Feb. 21
      • Awards Ceremony on Tue., March 21 at 6 p.m. at East Library Community Room
      • Art on display throughout April
      • Art pickup the first week of May

      Guidelines

      Entry form

      Complete the online entry form here


      FAQs

      • When will I know if I have won?

      We will notify award winners by mid-March. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Tue., March 21 at 6 p.m. in the East Library Community Room regardless of winning an award.

        • Will my artwork be displayed?

        Yes! You can choose from one of three locations to have your artwork displayed during the month of April. Locations are Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c.

          • When and where can I pick up my artwork?

          The first week of May at the library you selected to have it displayed. An email will be sent in April with specific details.

            • What are the prizes?

            We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, First place, and Second place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both the middle and high school categories. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply store.

              • What can I do to improve my chances of winning?
              • Work with the theme—It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, but we do look for pieces that have been inspired by the theme in some way. Your paragraph describing your piece can have a big impact on this.
              • Stand out! Whether through subject matter or having an unusual take on the theme, we notice unique entries more. For example, we tend to get a lot of close-ups on eyes, so they tend to not stand out as much.
              • Have fun! Don’t view it as an assignment or chore. We can tell when someone submits a piece they are passionate about – so do something that you love!
              • Do I have to have a frame?

              No, but we highly encourage it. Pieces are not judged on having a frame or not, but frames or mattes help protect your artwork during storage and transportation and make it easier to hang your piece.

                • I'm a teacher with an amazing class, can I enter them?

                Yes! If you are a teacher that would like to enter a class of students, you can fill out the Excel Spreadsheet linked below to complete one entry form for all of your students. You will be responsible for communicating with participants about the award ceremony and art pick-up.

                  • My question wasn’t answered here.

                  Email Becca at rphilipsen@ppld.org

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                    Two people greet each other behind text reading "all you need is your Library. But your Library needs you too. Support Pikes Peak Library District today by making a gift to the PPLD foundation."

                    Few institutions are charged with serving people of all ages and walks of life with relevant and entertaining programs, community spaces, and materials as is your public library. We are a lifeline to technology, online resources for employment, and continuing education for everyone in the Pikes Peak region. Throughout December, make a difference in our community by donating to the PPLD Foundation through the Give! Campaign. Your contributions will help us continue to serve the unique needs of our growing community in 2023.

                    The PPLD Foundation has supported Pikes Peak Library District since 2004, helping to fund programs, projects, equipment, and materials for our community through charitable donations. As they participate in the year-end Give! campaign, they invite you to show your continued support of the Library and thank you for your kind donation. 

                    Donate

                    To make a charitable contribution, please visit the Foundation’s Donate page.

                     

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                    A snowy, hilly landscape with people sledding and making snow angels. Text reads "Winter Holidays."

                    December is packed with festive celebrations, including Hannukah, winter solstice, Christmas, Kwanza, and others. It’s a busy time for many, with decorating, meal prep, purchasing gifts, visiting family, and attending community celebrations. Pikes Peak Library District has all the programs, tools, and resources you need to make the best of the holiday season, including cookbooks and classes, DIY gifts, holiday book lists, and more!  

                    Resources


                    Websites


                    Friends of PPLD Bookstore

                    Get gifts for your family while supporting your Library! The Friends sponsors and supports numerous programs and events to further the enjoyment of reading and love for books for all individuals. The Friends of PPLD are best known for their volunteerism, their bookstores in each Library (you never know what you will find in the ever-changing inventory of previously-read books and magazines) and, of course, the bi-annual Friends Book Sales.

                    Stop by the Friends store at the Library and find books, CDs, Movies, Magazines, and more from $.25 to $3. Or shop for specialty items online!

                    Do you love books, reading, and libraries? Have you considered becoming involved in your community? One easy step covers it all! Join the Friends Now!


                    Programs


                    Take and Makes

                    Enjoy a delicious no-bake mug cake - perfect for a snack or dessert. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

                    Fill out a card to send to a loved one. Deposit your card with Library staff so they can put a stamp on it and drop it in the mail for you.

                    The holidays can be stressful! Take one of our self-care kits and have some Me Time. Each kit will contain a mini-journal, acupressure ring, stress relief tea bag, tissues, breathing exercises, coloring sheet, and mental health resources. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last. Kit may contain supplies not suitable for children.


                    We can't make all of these events and programs happen without you. Support your Library with a charitable gift today! Click here to make your donation. Thank you.


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                    A photo of Colorado Springs with the Club Q memorial ribbon and text that reads "we are here for everyone"

                    The shooting at Club Q on Sat., Nov. 19 was a senseless act of violence against the LGBTQ+ community that claimed the lives of 5 individuals, physically injured 18 others, and impacted many more. Our hearts go out to those lost and injured in the shooting, as well as those of our community who have lost friends and family. Our community, like others across the nation, is hurting following this tragedy.

                    Our mission is to cultivate spaces for belonging, personal growth, and strong communities, and our values include bringing people together. We understand that diversity, inclusivity, and equity are pillars of a strong and thriving community and we strive to support our entire community. PPLD joins the efforts of all whose interests are focused on building a strong community free of hatred and intolerance.


                    Below are resources you can access for more information and support.

                    Resources

                  • Crisis and LGBTQ+ Resources LibGuide: A list of resources curated by PPLD librarians.

                    Websites

                    • Colorado Crisis Services hotline: Call (844)493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 to speak with a trained counselor or professional. Counselors are also available at walk-in locations or online to chat between 4 p.m. and 12 a.m. Colorado Crisis Services is the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering residents mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. Its mission is to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system by providing Coloradans with greater access to crisis services wherever they are at 24/7/365 regardless of ability to pay. They offer walk-in, text, and call-in services for people in crisis.
                    • Colorado State Government Behavioral Health resources: Mental health resources from the Behavioral Health Administration of Colorado.
                    • Colorado Springs resource page: Community resources posted by Colorado Springs in support of the community following the shooting at Club Q.
                    • Colorado Public Radio: Resources and information on finding help and helping following the Club Q shooting.
                    • Colorado 211: A confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources in your local community.
                    • Diversus Health: Offers a 24/7 walk-in crisis center for crisis services and counseling for all ages, regardless of ability to pay. You can request an appointment online or visit 115 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910.
                    • Inside Out Youth Services: Provides support and resources for LGBTQ youth and are coordinating vigils for people to gather.
                    • Medicaid support services: Medicaid-insured members have access to behavioral health services or other supports, and we want them to get the care they need during this time. Call (719)598-1540 to contact them directly, or refer to care coordination via the online referral form.
                    • Mental health provider resources: A list of mental health providers offering therapy for those impacted. Many are providing sessions free or at a reduced charge.
                    • One Colorado: One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. They effectively advocate for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families by lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, transgender equality, relationship recognition, and LGBTQ health and human services.
                    • The Trevor Project: A resource and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ+ young people. The Trevor Project offers crisis services, peer support, and other services.
                    • Peak View Behavioral Health Assessment team: Individualized help for mental health treatment and other services. Visit them online or call (719)444-8484.
                  • Looking for something fun to do in Colorado Springs and the greater Pikes Peak region?

                    Or maybe you want to learn a new skill?

                    There are all kinds of teen events happening this winter! Teen Activities typically happen after school or on the weekend, but check the links to see our calendar for all the dates and times.

                    Check out our Winter Programs for teens at Pikes Peak Library District!

                    How to Podcast with Studio809Podcasts

                    Ever feel like everybody's got a podcast but you? Have something on your mind you want to share with the world? Come join Dave Gardner with Studio809Podcasts to learn the magic behind the making of a podcast.

                    ASL Basics with CSDB

                    Learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture with instructors from the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB)! Interested participants will be entered into a drawing for a scholarship to attend a semester of ASL class at CSDB.

                    Mosaic Painting

                    Join us to create a painting inspired by Black American Artist Alma Thomas!

                    Homeschool Science: Solar Bug

                    Create a vibrating cockroach powered by solar energy!

                    Anime Mafia

                    Play a version of Mafia inspired by our favorite Anime! Try to figure out who is the villain that is causing havoc without letting too many townspeople die. Think Among Us meets Anime!

                    Life Size Game: Clue

                    Can you catch the murderer? In this live version of the classic board game “Clue”, participants will do their best to solve the mystery before their peers and win the game!

                    Light-Up Cosplay Bracelet Cuffs

                    Make an item to add to your cosplay or fan costume collection in this program where we make headwear or bracelet cuffs with wearable LED circuits using conductive thread!

                    Manga/Comics Gift Bags

                    Have a gift for the comic lover in your life? Have a desire to cut up old library materials to repurpose them? Make a personalized gift bag out of discarded library comic book and manga pages!

                    A Totally Awesome Murder Mystery

                    Join us for an 80s inspired murder mystery! Dress up in your best 80s style attire (or not) but come ready to play a part and solve the mystery of a murder most foul.

                    Coding Series: Sports

                    Beginners can learn to code with Google in Scratch! Using an evaluated curriculum from the computer scientists at Google, youth will learn basic computational thinking concepts through block coding. In this sports-themed series, youth will use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own commercials, and create commentary for a sporting event.

                    Tie Dye Cookie Decorating

                    Boost your cookie decorating skills by using royal icing to create rainbow tie dye cookie creations!

                    Decorate Your Own Reusable Bag

                    Use stencils, stickers, and paint to customize a reusable bag!

                    Escape Room: Caesar's Ciphers

                    Julius Caesar has been murdered! The fallen dictator and Emperor of Rome has left clues and ciphers behind to help protect his legacy. Can you solve the clues to let the world know about the nefarious secrets of the Roman empire?

                    Colorado is fortunate to have many talented published authors that are willing to share their stories and provide insight into their lives. Every quarter, the Friends are pleased to bring one of those authors to East Library.

                    December 17th

                    12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

                    Join us to hear from celebrated Children's Author

                    Dian Curtis Regan

                    This family friendly event is sure to dazzle all who attend - from the young to the young-at-heart! Light snacks will be provided.

                    Free for all Friends of the Library Members and only $5 for non-members. Children 17 and under are free. Ms. Regan will have a selection of her books for purchase and to autograph; she is kindly donating 100% of the proceeds to the Friends.

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                    Two children look excited on either side of a stack of books. An illustrated rocket lifts off between them. Text reads "Homeschool Book Blast."

                    Tell the world about your favorite book! Prepare a creative book report at home and present it informally to other families. You can make a diorama, design a game based on the plot and characters, or make a poster for the movie version. You can create a book in a bag, make a clothes hanger mobile, or retell the story in comic book format. The possibilities are endless! Projects will be presented in a science fair-type format. For grades K-8*

                    *Registration required

                    Please register each student who will participate. Or drop by to browse the projects and discover your next favorite book!

                    Need ideas to help you get started? Take a look at our idea file