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A library of human beings, the Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life. Individuals serve as human “books” and participants can “read” the book by engaging in a conversation. The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. It is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected appreciated and answered.

Pikes Peak Library District is currently accepting applications for volunteers to serve as human books" for our 2020 Human Library program. Registration is open now through December 31, 2019.

Apply to be a "human book" here!

You can turn in a paper application at any library location. (download below)

Click here for more information.

PPLD's Human Library will feature our "books" available for "checkout." Readers will have the opportunity to have a 20 minute conversation with their book selections.

  • When: Sat., March 7, 2020 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: East Library
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Pikes Peak Library District is honored to be a part of the class of 2019 Give!

Give! makes it simple for everyone, young and old, to get involved in philanthropy. It’s your chance to give back to local nonprofits across a wide range of categories. Find your favorites, discover some new ones, and earn rewards for your generosity. Give to the Library and any of the other 101 local non-profits at the same time!

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PPLD enables every individual in the Pikes Peak region to achieve their goals, whatever those goals may be. State-of-the-art equipment and software, elite educational opportunities, and community support and assistance are available through the doors of every PPLD facility. The only limit to what you can achieve at the Library is your imagination.

Check out some of what PPLD has to offer your community:

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“We Have a Story: Homeless in Colorado Springs,” is a documentary project completed in 2019 by people experiencing homelessness. This project seeks to capture the unique experiences of these individuals through photos and stories. The six individuals who participated in the project present their distinctive perspectives of this complex and diverse community, which is not easy to define. As one participant said in his oral history, “We all have our story, which is the point of this [project].”

The photographers created this exhibit using Photovoice, a participatory research methodology. They each took pictures over a three-week period in September 2019, meeting at Penrose Library to discuss them as a group with a professional photographer. Each participant also sat with a historian to conduct an oral history. At the end of the project, they selected two of their images and wrote an accompanying artist story.

Join us in celebration of the exhibit where people experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs share photos and stories about their daily lives. In observance of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week (11/16 - 11/24), come learn more about homelessness in Colorado Springs. Event also includes a panel discussion and conversation on homelessness.

The photos and narratives will be shown at both Penrose Library and Library 21c in November 2019, and East Library and Sand Creek Library in December 2019. They are also available online.

The photos, narratives, and oral histories are accessible in Special Collections at Penrose Library, which preserves the stories and records of the Pikes Peak region. “We Have a Story: Homeless in Colorado Springs” contributes to the region’s history by documenting the stories of contemporary residents who are typically not represented in a community’s historical record.

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Calling all Harry Potter fanatics: put on your wizarding best and join us for a magical evening! 

The 4th annual Yule Ball will feature dancing with a live DJ, a House Trivia Contest, multiple make-and-take crafts, and live animals associated with the Harry Potter universe!

We will also be serving food:

  • Polyjuice Potion
  • Butterbeer
  • Muggle Munch (popcorn)
  • Hufflepuff Cheese Balls
  • Gryffindor Red Vines
  • Ravenclaw Smarties
  • Slytherin Gummy Worms
  • Pretzel Wands

Activities:

  • Green Screen
  • Trivia master
  • Make & Take Table/Swag bag decoration
  • Welcome Table (Sorting hat)
  • Dragon eggs
  • Magic potions
  • Wands
  • Shrinking Charms

Don't worry grown ups - The Prefect Room is just for you (16+)!

  • Alcohol Ink Ornaments (named after potions)
  • Prefect Badges
  • Butterbeer
  • Tote Bags (sew on your house!)
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Join us for an evening with Hampton Sides, former APPR author.

Hampton Sides is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. On Desperate Ground tells the story of one of the most harrowing clashes in American history, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, during which Mao’s numerically superior armies surrounded and tried to destroy the First Marine Division in the frozen mountain wilds of North Korea.

Click here to learn more about the author.

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Read these stories together. Then spend time with Mom, Dad or a grandparent and share your own family stories. Tell stories about what you or your ancestors have done. Imagine what you may do in the future. Click on the pdf link below to see the reading list.

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Mountain of Authors Presents: Johnny D. Boggs

Pikes Peak Library District's Mountain of Authors presents eight time Spur Award-winning author and journalist Johnny D. Boggs.

The author will talk about the western genre, his experiences as an author of westerns, and more!

There will be a small inventory of books for sale (cash only). Patrons are welcome to bring their own books for signing.


Author Bio:

Winner of a record eight Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, novelist Johnny D. Boggs has been praised by Booklist magazine as “among the best western writers at work today.”

Boggs has also won a Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. His Spurs came for Best Western Novel in 2006 for Camp Ford and 2012 for Legacy of a Lawman; Best Western Juvenile Novel in 2008 for Doubtful Cañon and 2010 for Hard Winter; Best Mass Market Western Novel in 2012 for West Texas Kill and 2017 for Return to Red River; and for Best Short Fiction in 2002 for A Piano at Dead Man’s Crossing. Only the late Elmer Kelton has won that many Spurs. Boggs won his Wrangler for Outstanding Western Novel of 2003 for Spark on the Prairie: The Trial of the Kiowa Chiefs.

His novels Poison Spring, Greasy Grass, Summer of the Star, And There I’ll Be a Soldier, South by Southwest, Killstraight, Northfield, The Hart Brand and Ten and Me and his short stories The Cody War, Comanche Camp at Dawn, Umpire Colt and The San Angela Stump Match of 1876 were Spur finalists.

Other honors include: 2011 Distinguished Alumnus from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication; 2013 New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Rounders Award for living, articulating and promoting the Western way of life; and 2015 Arkansiana Juvenile Award from the Arkansas Library Association for Poison Spring. True West magazine named him the Best Living Fiction Writer in its 2008 Best of the West Awards, and the magazine’s readers voted him Best Living Fiction Writer in 2012.

A native of South Carolina, Boggs worked almost 15 years in Texas as a sports journalist at the Dallas Times Herald and Fort Worth Star-Telegram before moving to New Mexico in 1998 to concentrate full time on his novels and books.

Boggs is also a prolific writer of short nonfiction with works appearing in more than 50 magazines and newspapers; has also written nonfiction books (including Jesse James and the Movies; and Billy the Kid on Film, 1911-2012); is a professional photojournalist; and has acted on stage in local theater.

He lives with his wife and son in Santa Fe, and is represented by Golden West Literary Agency.

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Seven Falls Indian Dancers are a family dance troupe representing four generations of dancers. They can present educational and entertaining Native American dances including the Eagle and the Hoop Dances.

Join us for this colorful celebration of National Native American Heritage Month.

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Papel picado skulls

Supplies:

  • white printer paper
  • black construction paper
  • crayons or markers
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • hole punch (optional)

Directions

  1. Holding your white paper vertically (tall), fold the paper in half.
  2. Draw half of a skull (see first photo below).
  3. Keeping the paper folded, cut out your skull. Eyes can be difficult to cut out but you can help make it easier by poking holes first. (A hole punch makes easy holes).
  4. After your skull is cut out, keep it folded and cut more decoratively by cutting slits, triangles, etc.(see photo below.)
  5. Unfold your skull.
  6. Glue the skull onto black paper.
  7. Color your skull.

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make it personal
In Pikes Peak Library District’s Makerspaces, we offer access to tools, materials, and machines to help bring your creative vision to life. Before you visit our spaces, make sure to familiarize yourself with our Makerspace Policy, and review information about accessing the spaces. Using the Makerspaces requires a little bit of background, so review the section below for the craft you are interested in. Use #MakeItPersonal to share your creations on social media with us!


Need some project inspiration? You can:

DIE-CUTTING

  • Learn: Use the die-cutters at PPLD’s makerspaces to safely and accurately cut or draw designs on paper, vinyl, iron-on transfer materials, cardstock, sticker paper, select fabrics, and other materials. All three makerspace locations offer the Silhouette Cameo 3, and Library 21c also has a US Cutter LaserPoint Vinyl Cutter 25” available for use.

    Come in to use these machines during regular Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek Library, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

  • Design: Browse free designs on the Silhouette Design Store or create your own design using the Silhouette software. It’s easy to bring a clipart file from the internet into the software and add your own touches to it. Use the step-by-step instructions available with every die-cutter machine in the makerspaces.
  • Create: Vinyl sheets and cardstock are available for a small fee at all PPLD makerspaces – call the location of your choice for more information about colors and availability, or feel free to bring your own materials. Each space also has tools for weeding and cutting materials used with the die-cutters.

SEWING

  • Learn: PPLD makerspaces provide a variety of sewing machines to support your textile needs! Our three spaces provide standard sewing machines, embroidery machines (4”x4” workspace), and 3/4 thread overlock sergers, while East Library also provides an industrial machine that can tackle heavy-duty projects.

    These machines are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

  • Design: Find a sewing pattern at a local store, online (we love Pinterest!), or in a book. PPLD’s collection features many types of sewing books, with patterns for quilts, stuffed animals, dolls and outfits, tailored clothing, and much, much more. New to sewing? We’ve got a book for that!
  • Create: Assorted thread and needles are provided, in addition to basic sewing notions such as pins, clips, scissors, fabric measuring tape, rotary cutters and cutting mats. Speak with staff today about how to get started on a sewing project!

3D PRINTING

  • Learn: Make your own tools and trinkets with PPLD’s 3D printers!

    These machines require a badging certification to ensure you understand basic machine operation and safety practices. To become badged, simply watch a video online and take a short quiz. You must get all answers correct to pass the quiz, but can retake it if necessary.

  • Design: You can create your own project using free, open-source software like Tinkercad (great for beginners) or Fusion 360 (good for more advanced models). Not sure you want to dive in to making your own design right away? Search for what you want on Thingiverse, a community for making and sharing 3D printable designs. You can search Thingiverse for keychains, bookmarks, planters, ornaments, and all sorts of other fun and useful items.
  • Create: After you’ve completed the badging quiz and designed or chosen your file, come in to a PPLD makerspace to print it! 3D printers are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours, and all makerspace locations have a variety of printer filament to use (call the location of your choice to ask about availability if you have a specific color in mind). Outside filament is not allowed, and prints are weighed after completion; each print costs $0.05 per gram for normal filament or $0.10 per gram for specialized filament. If it’s your first time using a 3D printer or you have any questions, staff will be available to help walk you through the steps.

LASER ENGRAVING/CUTTING


PPLD Make It Personal :30 from PPLD TV on Vimeo.


Makerspaces
  • Make at East
    • 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    • Open Hours:
      • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Tuesday: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Thursday: Closed
      • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Sunday: Closed
  • Make at Library 21c
    • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    • Open Hours: Make is open during regular library hours, as long as the room is not in use for programs or other reservations.
  • Make II at Library 21c
    • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    • Open Hours:
      • Mondays: Closed
      • Tuesdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
      • Wednesdays: 2 - 6 p.m.
      • Thursdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
      • Fridays: Closed
      • Saturdays: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Sundays: Closed
  • Make at Sand Creek
    • 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
    • Open Hours:
      • Monday: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      • Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Secret Messages

Supplies:

  • White Paper
  • White Crayons
  • Water color paints and paintbrushes
  • Water

Make your own secret message by writing with white crayon on a white piece of paper. Write a secret message to your friend. Place your message in an envelope and give it to your friend or family member. Instruct them to use water color paints to reveal the message.
You can create clues for a scavenger hunt this way or just leave fun messages around during a special birthday or holiday week.

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eBooks for All!

Publishers are Putting Libraries and Patrons in a Bind
New lending and purchasing models place financial burdens and time limitations on libraries.

Recent moves by book publishers to limit library access to eBooks and eAudiobooks will create increased financial burdens for libraries and wait times for patrons.

The eBook collection at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is so popular that the system’s digital circulation now ranks within the top twenty in the nation. PPLD cardholders have already surpassed one million checkouts on OverDrive, one of several eBook services offered by the Library District.

Hachette, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Blackstone Publishing, and Macmillian Publishers, among others, are changing their lending models for eBooks and eAudiobooks. While these changed lending models vary slightly from publisher to publisher, each change limits library access to digital books and will increase wait times for new releases and other titles.

“Unfortunately, these drastic steps by book publishers are putting Pikes Peak Library District in an extraordinarily difficult position,” said John Spears, Chief Librarian and CEO of PPLD. “Our digital circulation is incredibly high, and we know these new measures are going to increase wait times for our patrons.”

Most of the changes include new purchasing models, so that instead of libraries having perpetual access to each book they purchase, they have to re-purchase the books after two years.

Macmillan Publishers is going as far as to impose an eight-week embargo on public libraries for the purchase of new eBook titles, beginning Nov. 1. Libraries may only purchase a single copy of new eBook titles during the first eight weeks of its release, during which time the titles will be available through marketplace vendors.

“This is an equal access issue for our patrons,” Spears says. “We know that not everyone with a library card will be able to bypass these increased wait times by simply purchasing the digital book somewhere else, and they shouldn’t have to. We urge publishers to reverse or modify these changes, and encourage our patrons to speak out if they agree.”

Those who want to voice opposition to these lending model changes can take action at ebooksforall.org, a national initiative of the American Library Association urging publishers to reverse their new lending models.

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Supplies:

Green Pipe Cleaners
Popcicle sticks (plain or dyed ones)
Green marker or highlighter
Googly eyes or white construction paper circles with marker eyes
White paper to make teeth
White glue

Color your popcicle stick with a green marker or crayon.
Wrap 2 pipe cleaners tightly around the stick to make a body and legs. (You can add a drop or two of glue on the bottom of the stick to make it stay on better.)
Glue on eyes and teeth. Don’t forget the nostrils!

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October is the perfect time, as leaves fall off the trees, to cuddle up and snuggle up with a book of poetry. Click on the pdf below to see a great reading list of autumn books.

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Learn the basic 8-strand Japanese braiding technique known as kumihimo at this jewelry workshop.

We'll be using leather strands for the project to create a durable, wearable, stylish necklace, or bracelet! Attendees will also have the option of adding beads to their projects to provide even more visual interest. Make a bracelet for yourself, or as a gift!

Registration Required, Ages 13+.

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Enjoy a condensed, 20-minute version of The Nutcracker, a perfect introduction to the story for children of all ages, performed by the talented students of Colorado Ballet Society.

Ticket purchases will benefit Hope and Home, a nondenominational Christian charity that trains and actively supports foster families all across the Front Range. Abused and neglected children who've been removed from their birth homes get a stable and nurturing family to live with until it's safe to go home again, or - when that safety isn't possible - a family to give them a "forever home" through adoption.

These performances are a delightful sneak peek at Colorado Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker which will be performed at the Ent Center on December 20 - 23.

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So You Want to Start a Podcast

Join us for a 5-day series on creating your very own podcast. Participants will learn:

  • Why podcasting?
  • Basics – home and studio
  • Brainstorming your podcast
  • Record your podcast
  • The art and importance of editing

From concept to launch, you will learn everything you need to know to start your very own podcast.

When you register, you are registering for all the dates listed. Commitment to all five classes is required.

Open to ages 12-18. Registration opens Oct. 21.

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Go on a scavenger hunt in your house and find hats, shirts, vests, furry things, silky things and anything else you can use for a costume. Old Halloween costumes are also fun to mix and match!
Create mustaches, crowns, crazy eyes or lips out of paper and tape straws on one side of them.
Use a sheet or curtain for a backdrop.
Put on costumes and pose together using a parent’s phone to take pictures. If kids are old enough, have everyone take a turn being the photographer.
See how many different costumes you can make from stuff at home.

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Upcoming Maker in Residence: Comics and Sequential Art with Tarikh Brown

Welcome our Maker in Residence for winter 2019, Tarikh Brown!
Maker in Residence: Comics and Sequential Art

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to sequential art. Participants will learn how to create a comic page and will be able to tell a story through images. This course will cover critical lessons for comic creators, and is useful for all skill levels.

Please help ensure that other patrons have the opportunity to participate in this program by only registering for one session. Ages 16+

Artist Biography: Tarikh Brown is a local artist with a BA in Graphic Design. He is currently seeking an MA in Computer Science: Digital Media Technology, which will be used for developing video games and virtual reality. Tarikh is especially passionate about sequential art, such as comics and story boarding, and loves to share his craft with others!

Please also visit with Tarikh and see him work on a digital comic project! Tarikh will be available at Library 21c in the Atrium for Meet the Maker in Residence:

  • Mon., Nov. 11, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov. 13, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 16, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 17, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 1, 1;30 - 4:30 p.m.
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Teen Gaming

Gaming programs are designed to provide teens and tweens with a fun, safe program where they can socialize with their peers!

Live Action Clue!
Imagine the board game clue – but live! The rules will likely be a little bit different, but we’ll play a version of the board game but with real people. The murder, however, will still be fake.

Find your Live Action Clue game here.

Escape Room
Time Warp escape Room: You're lost in time and the secret to getting back to 2019 is locked in a box! Can you break in, or will you be stuck in ancient Egypt, the Wild West or the Incan Empire forever? Ages 12-18.

Retro Games
Join other gamers to explore the world of classic video games on the Nintendo and Super Nintendo Classic Consoles.

Click here for Retro Game events!

bingo
BINGO

Please join us right after school for a quick hour of B-I-N-G-O! There will be snacks AND prizes. No registration necessary, just drop-in and bring your friends!

Click here for Bingo!

Tabletop Gaming
tabletop gaming
Love playing board games? Want to try out new games each month and meet other teens interested in board games? Come to the Teen TableTop Gaming! We will learn and play a different game (and sometimes get out old favorites as well!). Drop by and maybe you'll discover your new favorite game! (See specific event for details.)

Click here for tabletop games!

Dungeons & Dragons Club

dungeons & dragons
Join teens who are passionate about Dungeons and Dragons!

Click here to find the club nearest you!

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The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance (GCLT) will host a lecture and a discussion with the Rev. Gavin Rogers on Border Crossings: Lessons from the Migrant Caravan.

In 2012 Rev. Rogers spent several weeks living on the streets surrounding Travis Park as part of his church’s vision to include some of San Antonio’s most vulnerable populations in the congregation’s weekly life. To help him gain a better understanding of this complex humanitarian crisis, he joined the migrant caravan in Mexico City for five days on their journey to the U.S. border in November 2018. Since the end of March, Travis Park Church has been a staging location in San Antonio for more than 15,000 migrants who have legally entered the U.S. At our event, Rev. Rogers will be exploring the lessons he has taken from these experiences.

The GCLT is honored to partner with the Pikes Peak Library District on this community program in conjunction with this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads selection of TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. Numerous local organizations will host informational tables at the event for attendees who are interested in supporting the immigrant community here in Colorado Springs.

This program is free and open to the public. Advanced tickets can be reserved online here.

Click here to learn more about All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) at PPLD.

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The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District is hiring for the position Volunteer Coordinator. The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for the day to day operation of the Regional Library Book Stores. The Volunteer Coordinator, an ex officio member of the Friends Board of Directors, manages the operations for the Regional Library Bookstores and special book sales, including volunteers. This person serves as the Friends liaison with PPLD personnel and outside vendors.

Please see the attached files for more information.

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Bring something you're working on and hang out and have snacks while working on your art! Trade ideas and see what other teens are working on.

We'll also have some art supplies out if you'd like to try something new!

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"What has TED Done?" - A TED Talk

TEDx COS 2019 speaker and former El Paso County Sheriff John Wesley Anderson presents "What has TED Done?"

This one hour talk is designed for an audience of teens to adults to seniors who are interested in learning what TED is, how TED has radically changed the communication process, and how they can use this enhanced communication process to improve their future public speaking or writing.

Click here for more information.

John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller and TEDx speaker. He was selected from over 300 applicants to be one of only 13 speakers for the TEDx Colorado Springs event held at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Ent Center for the Arts on Mother's Day, May 12, 2019. (Bio attached)

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The Penrose Playgroup welcomes newborns- 24 month olds and their parents or caregivers.
This time together includes books, songs, music, play time, and more!

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