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This is the first step to volunteering with Lutheran Family Services refugee programs. During this session you will learn about the current refugee situation, what it takes to get involved, the application process, and about advocacy.

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Laurie Frydendall and her family have turned trips to the library into a tradition. Her daughters have grown up at the library and are learning the many ways that libraries can help you in life.

“We started attending library programming when my girls were toddlers and we would come to Storytime each week. It was important to me to instill a love of learning at a very early age and the library was just the place to do that! It was a rite of passage at our house to receive your very own library card when you turned five. As the girls got older we participated in the summer reading program. We have also attended many other special programs offered to kids and families.”

It’s not just with her family that the library makes a difference for Laurie, it’s in her job as well.

“In addition to using the library for unlimited access to personal reading, my family finds that the library helps us in many other ways. I use it as a resource for my work, not only do my teens use the library for research but they also learn HOW to research…”

The opportunities Laurie has found at the library have inspired her to see the library as more than just a place for books.

“The library helps to create and support our community at large. It is an invaluable resource that offers knowledge, technology, and creativity to everyone regardless of age, income level, or background.”

How can you impact the lives of people like Laurie?

Give: Make a donation! Big or small - every contribution helps our community. There are various ways you can make your gift.

  • Donate Now – click here to make your contribution today!
  • #GivingTuesday – schedule your gift for November 27, #GivingTuesday, click on the link and hit save to put it on your calendar.
  • Colorado Gives Day – Click on the link to schedule your gift for Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 4.

Share: Share your library experiences with friends and family. Post your story on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, send an email, or share the links above any way you like!
Participate: You can be a part of Pikes Peak Library District and our community by participating in library programs and events!

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The Homeschool Science Fair will be at Library 21c on Friday, February 15, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. The 2019 Science Fair How-tos are attached. More information to follow.

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Power Tiles Circuits

Experiment with light, sound, motion, and more using our Power Tiles Circuit Kit! Interchangeable circuit tiles snap together in every direction for endless exploration. Design your own circuit or create a night-light, a beeping alarm, and more! This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center

For ages 6 and up.

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Mirror Discovery Cubes

Create countless mirror mazes with our new set of Mirror Discovery Cubes! Great for the scientific exploration of reflections and angles for kids ages 3 and up. This set is available at our Educational Resource Center

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PPLD's AppDownload the new Pikes Peak Library District app! Our brand new app is fast and easy to use. It offers streamlined management of your library card account, and access to all the online resources your library card has to offer! You can:

  • Place holds
  • Track checkouts
  • Manage your account
  • Access ebooks, music, and other online resources
  • Access PPLD research databases
  • and so much more!

Download now at:

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Call for Makers

The Call for Makers has been extended to Monday, November 12.

The makerspaces and studios in Pikes Peak Library District are great places for generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster such endeavors, PPLD has a Maker in Residence program.

What are we looking for?

  • People with creativity and skills to teach and share
  • People who are excited to introduce others to their expertise
  • Techy people
  • Artsy people
  • Musical people
  • People with well-developed ideas for their studio project and classes that are detailed in their proposals and can be accommodated at multiple PPLD locations
  • A wide variety of different proposals from across the making spectrum

We are currently searching for makers and artists who are able to participate any time during 2019.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for eight (8) weeks.
  • Fifteen (15) hours of studio time, usually at Library 21c held on various days/times throughout the contracted period to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. This time will be split into at least four (4) different sessions. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the maker on display.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, two (2) programs/classes at East Library, one (1) program/class at Sand Creek Library, one (1) program/class at the Manitou Arts Center, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations for a grand total of eight (8) classes.
  • All programs/classes will be made available to the general public, with PPLD responsible for participant signup.
    • All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD.
    • These programs/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.
    • These programs will be mainly geared toward ages 16 and up.
    • These are not usually eight (8) different class topics, instead usually one (1) or two (2) different classes offered multiple times.
    • Contract payment of $1,100, with up to another $450 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
    • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
  • Contractor may be asked to coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit this application.
  • The call will close on Monday, November 12.
  • Interviews will be held for makers who are being considered.
  • If offered a residency, the maker must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement, fill out an IRS W9 form, and complete a PPLD paid background check.
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The 2018 Teen Fiction Anthology is here!

Click the link below to read the award winning stories from the 2018 Teen Fiction Writing Contest.

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Gay Houghtaling

A decade ago, current PPLD Maker in Residence Gay Houghtaling saw an art exhibit made up entirely of suitcases filled with found objects. This exhibit introduced her to the art of assemblage, the art of displaying a collection of objects in a way that expresses a meaning or idea. Gay works with Who Gives a Scrap, a local creative reuse store, to provide craft swaps and classes through the Pikes Peak Library District. Gay has an eclectic teaching background that includes Kindergarten in an overseas classroom, language acquisition and cultural studies for children moving overseas, fourth grade art, and reentry programs for tweens and teens. She currently homeschools her 12 year old grandson.

She will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District and hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

Assemblage Boxes
Join local assemblage artist Gay Houghtaling and learn about the art of assemblage. Use a wide variety of art, craft, and found objects to create your own boxed assemblage inspired by fashion, memory, and your own story.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Wed., Oct. 24 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Thu., Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 11 at 2 - 5 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 17 at 1 - 4 p.m.

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The Dark Tower: The Last Gunslinger

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

The Dark Tower: The Last Gunslinger

Thu., Oct. 18
Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, and determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the world at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle, as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. (PG-13, 95 min.)

Crooked House

Thu., Nov. 15
In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. (PG-13, 115 min.)

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Thu., Dec. 20
An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (PG, 96 min.)

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2019 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Essay contest for High School students--First place wins $10,000 cash award!

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

The winner receives a $10,000 cash award. The winner and her/his family are invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston to accept her/his award and participate in Profile in Courage Award events from May 18 - 20, 2019. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston for the winning student and her/his parents.

The contest deadline is January 18, 2019.

For more information, visit https://jfklibrary.org/essaycontest

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To make your own LEGO prints, all you need is:

  • Paint
  • LEGO bricks
  • Paper

Dip your bricks into the paint and stamp them onto your paper. It’s best not to over saturate the bricks. Experiment with different designs. Try using all sides of the bricks.

LEGO PrintsLEGO Prints

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Grab a few of these delicious picture books and create a healthy snack or meal that you can all enjoy! (Find cookbooks in J 641.5). Click link below to see booklist.

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PPLD Board of Trustees

Get to know – and get help from – Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees

On the evenings of Wed., Oct. 10 and Tue., Oct. 16, members of the PPLD Board of Trustees will be shadowing our library employees at seven different branch locations. Board members will be working everything from circulation to security to helping our patrons! They’ll be available for library related assistance, and be there to answer any questions you may have about PPLD. Make sure to stop by and see our board members at your favorite library branch!

Wed., Oct. 10

Tue., Oct. 16

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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is coming to Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD)!

de la Peña is the author of one of the short stories in our All Pikes Peaks Reads (APPR) title, Flying Lessons and Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh.

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

He will be at Library 21c on Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m., with a free presentation that is open to the public.

Don't miss this award winning author!

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Just as every person is unique…every book has a unique story to tell. You may like it – or you may not… but in America, the author is free to tell his or her story for all to enjoy. Our public library proudly includes them in the collection. We invite you to read these picture books with your child, and encourage you to have a discussion. You may be surprised to discover some old favorites…and may actually make some new “book friends”.
Here is a list of Banned and Challenged Picture Books. Some are non-fiction, while others are on the picture book shelves. Ask your friendly librarian for help. Click link below for list:

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Light and Sound Touch Circuit

Teach your child electricity concepts with our new, hands-on Light and Sound Touch Circuit. By simply grabbing hold of the handles, the energy flows and sets off colorful LED lights and fun sounds! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.
For ages 3 and up.

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RUMIS game

Sharpen your spatial awareness and critical thinking skills with the strategy game RUMIS! Compete to outwit your opponent(s) by reconstructing historical Inca monuments of a pyramid, tower, stairs, and wall. This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 8 and up.

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In 2018, over 70 young authors submitted original stories to PPLD's Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Each story began with the sentence "The letter could not have come at a worse time", which was chosen by New York Times best-selling author Sandya Menon. The young authors in our community took this common beginning and crafted a huge variety of stories that tackled big topics, such as: grief and loss, growing up, building a better world, and the weight of responsibility.

Winners were chosen through anonymous scoring by a group of dedicated PPLD staff members. The three top stories in both the middle school and high school categories were announced at the awards ceremony on July 29, 2018, and will be published in a digital anthology in September.

Middle School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "A Girl, A Thousand Shirtwaists, and a Fire" by Molly Heinold
  • 2nd Place: "Dear Louella" by Emma Reeves
  • 3rd Place: "Elenora" Claire Deeds

High School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "The Apiary" by Alexandra Wollinka
  • 2nd Place: "An Impossible Choice" by Sophia Mayhugh
  • 3rd Place: "A Work-Ruled Vacation" by Shanleigh Glide

Congratulations to all the winners and entrants! Thank you to all the young authors who entered and to those who encouraged them to put their ideas on paper. If you were unable to attend the awards ceremony, your judge's feedback sheet and participation certificate have been mailed to the address listed on your submission form.

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IN RESPONSE TO KOAA ARTICLE DATED 8/27/2018:

While many libraries across the U.S. do offer “Drag Queen Storytime,” Pikes Peak Library District does not provide it as a library-sponsored program. If ever offered or sponsored, the program would be part of a larger exploration of diversity as well as contextualized for children and families in a broad frame of respect for individuality and difference.

The “Drag Queen Story Hour” by Sarah Bellum, which is taking place at Penrose Library on September 1, is sponsored by Club Q. This program is offered by a member of the community under the auspices of another organization and is not sponsored by the library.

We make our meeting rooms available to the public, and all community members are allowed to use them for any purpose as long as it does not violate our Meeting Room Policy. This use does not violate our policy in any way.

Click here for PPLD's offical statement.

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Study Buddies returns to East Library on September 11, 2018!
Each Tuesday through March, 6 - 7:30 p.m., teen volunteers will be available to assist grade school kids, Kindergarten through 5th grade, with homework and reading help.

Only at East Library!

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August is National Picnic Month… with Watermelon Day (August 3) and Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2) thrown in for fun! Though you may already be back in school, find a little time to enjoy the warm summer days with a picnic outside and some of these favorite stories. Click link below for our reading list:

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Aja Black and Big Samir of The Reminders

PPLD's Makers in Residence for September/October 2018 were The Reminders (Big Samir and Aja Black), a rare and remarkable musical duo, blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. Releasing their debut album Recollect in 2008 and their latest Born Champions in 2012, The Reminders have been recognized and applauded for their work both nationally internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, and television and radio appearances. The duo is constantly and actively engaged with community organizations, schools, universities, delivering workshops, talks, and specially catered performances.

They taught songwriting classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District and hosted open studio hours at Sand Creek Library and Library 21c.

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

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	 Force and Motion STEM Kit

Explore the science of "how things go" as you conduct investigations, solve problems, and explore early engineering! This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center

For ages 5 and up.

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Dr. Beaker Game

Race to rearrange molecules and match the challenge formulas in this fun brainteaser logic game! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 8 and up.

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