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Do we have enough water in town to support the size of our city? Find out what it takes to acquire, treat and deliver an average of 65 million gallons per day of high-quality drinking water to the City of Colorado Springs.

Presented by Birgit Landon, Colorado Springs Utilities Water Education Specialist


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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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Interested in learning about home brewing? Chris from Rocky Mountain Brewery will walk attendees through the many components involved in brewing, from grains and hops to tanks and tubes. After the presentation, participants will enjoy a small sampling of brews with light snacks.

This PPLD-sponsored program is near Powers Blvd. and Galley Rd. Free parking is available, in the lot or along the street. After the program, attendees are invited to participate in a guided tour of the brewery.

Please note: All participants MUST be 21 years of age or older. For admittance to the program, participants will be required to show a current photo ID to verify age. Registration is required.

Click here to register.

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Join us as we congratulate the winners of our 2019 All Pikes Peak Writes writing contest! Participants in the contest will also have the opportunity to collect judges’ comments on their entries. Light refreshments will be served.

  • When: Sat., Aug., 24, 11 a.m.
  • Where: East Library , 5550 N. Union Blvd.

For more information click here.

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Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

No appointment necessary, just drop in!

keep calm and love math

AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. Times and dates are subject to change. If the school district or library closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.

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This workshop will help answer your questions about key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle and how foods in the diet contribute to health.

Students will learn how to make fresh, home-made hummus. Presented by Michael Lucero of the El Paso County CSU Extension Office.

Registration Required. Ages 16+

Click here to register for Sept. 9.

  • When: Mon., Sept. 9 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, F1, 5550 N. Union Blvd.



Click here to register for Oct. 30.

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Join certified Bob Ross painting instructor Loretta Young to create your own Bob Ross style masterpiece!

In this class you will learn to paint happy little trees and create a beautiful landscape.

All skill levels welcome. All materials will be provided.

Ages 18+
Class size is limited to 12 participants. Registration Required

Click here to register for Sept. 12.

Click here to register for Sept. 28.

Click here to register for Oct. 12.

Click here to register for Oct. 14.

Click here to register for Nov. 9.

Click here to register for Nov. 23.

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Struggling with your laptop, tablet, or smartphone? Bring your device and a staff member can assist you in troubleshooting the device! Please remember to bring your device!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Tue. of each month from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Click here to find a Help Lab and to register.

You must register for one of the five slots available. Program may be cancelled if there are no registrations.

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YALSA's Teens' Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles. Readers ages 12 - 18 can vote online between August 15 - October 15, 2019. The winners will be announced October 16.

Click here to vote now!

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Hone your skills with the Switchback Soccer Team!

Join our local team for a soccer camp with the pros.

Registration is encouraged, open to ages 9 - 18. Click here to register.

Every attendee will receive one free ticket to the Switchbacks' game on September 7 at 6 p.m.

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Questions about using the Internet, email, social networks, a Smartphone, tablet, eBooks, or something else? Get help at Pikes Peak Library District and learn to use technology more effectively. Bring your laptop or device or use one of of ours. This is intended for patrons wanting help beyond PPLD computer classes.

Drop-in Help

1-on-1 Help

Contact location to register for 1-on-1 assistance!

  • East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    3rd Wed., 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Call: (719) 531-6333

For information on computer resources at your library, please visit https://ppld.org/computers

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Join us in celebrating Pike Peak Library District Fountain Library and it's presence in Fountain for the last 40 years. That's 40 years of bringing together community and celebrating service, history, and military in the Fountain Community! We will be holding multiple events during a week long celebration from September 2 - 7.

Fountain Community Exhibit

All throughout September, the Fountain Community Exhibit will be showcased in the Fountain Meeting Room. In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of PPLD opening the Fountain Library, they will be displaying a pop-up exhibit of historic Fountain Images. Photographs illustrate ranching, farming, historic centers of community, and ultimately the spirit of the people who worked and lived here. The pop-up exhibit asks community members to consider what makes Fountain distinctive and how we fit into this unique history. (The exhibit contains images from the collections of PPLD, Special Collections, and the Fountain Valley Historical Society and Museum.) The Library will display these images from September 2 - 30 in the Community Meeting Room.

City of Fountain Historical Scavenger Hunt (Downtown Fountain)

Learn more about your community as you explore downtown Fountain! Grab a card with historic images of Fountain! Write down the correct location for each photograph for the chance to win a prize and learn some valuable history! Drop off your card at the Fountain Library. All correct entries will be eligible for the final drawing to win a special prize!

Fountain Fall Festival Labor Day Parade

Organized by the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street. There will be entertainment at Metcalfe Park with food, kid's entertainment, businesses and craft booths until 4 p.m.

Fountain History

Join City Manager Scott Trainor and Mayor Gabriel Ortega for a Fountain history lesson with a Q & A session.
Click here for more information.

Yard games in the Parking Lot

Join us for yard games in the parking lot! We will have something for everyone! (A dance party for the littles with cookie decorating & some light snacks will be available!)
Click here for more information.

The Longest Table: You are invited to the table!

We provide the dinner; you provide the conversation. The Longest Table is an event to build new relationships and talk about the future of our community. Share a meal and conversation with someone you don’t know, exchange stories about life in Fountain, and discover both common ground and new ideas. The dialogue starts when you come to the table.

Registration is required.

Click here for more information.

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Blood Drives at the Library

Vitalant provides blood to 1,000 hospitals across 40 states where it is used in a variety of medical treatments. A single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients. Registration is not required. Just find the truck in the parking lot!

Click here to see if you are eligible.


A quick visit, with light refreshments, can save lives!

  • Where: East Library
  • When: Fri., Aug. 23, Oct. 25, and Dec. 27, from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Library 21c
  • When: Fri., Aug. 23, Oct. 25, and Dec. 27, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about Vitalant.

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Join us for our Virtual Read-Out!

Your words have power. Stand up to censorship and declare your literary freedoms by reading from a banned book or discussing censorship issues on camera!

Join Pikes Peak Library District in supporting freedom of speech with our Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out! There are several ways you can support our Read-Out. We would love to hear:

  • About your favorite banned/challenged book, and why it means so much to you! How would it make you feel if someone prevented you from reading the book?
  • You reading an excerpt from a banned/challenged book
  • Your personal story about a locally banned/challenged book
  • Your take on a promotional video for Banned Books Week!

All videos will be no more than 3 minutes long.

Bring your own book, or choose from our curated collection. Open to all ages. For a list of banned and challenged books through the years, please visit https://bannedbooksweek.org/

Registration is not required.

Click here for Sept. 24.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 24, from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library , 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Click here for Sept. 27.

  • When: Fri., Sept. 27, from 2:45 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c , 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Click here for Sept. 29.

There will be a variety of additional events for ages 12 to 18. Stay tuned and check out https://ppld.librarymarket.com to check out your libraries events!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Tin foil
  • Bowl
  • Scissors
  • Pennies
  • Water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut a piece of tin foil 5 x 6 inches.
  2. Fold up the sides of the boat so it will not sink and hold a cargo of pennies. Get creative and see if you can develop fancy boats.
  3. Place the boat in the bowl of water. Begin adding pennies for the boat's cargo.
  4. See how many pennies your boat can carry before it sinks.
  5. Have some friends over and try this experiment with them. See which one of you can create the boat that will carry the greatest amount of cargo.
  6. Be sure to dry the pennies before you begin adding them as cargo because remember water has weight!
  7. Have the person who created the boat begin adding pennies to their boat while another person counts the number of pennies as they are added to the boat.
  8. Try different ways to distribute the weight of the pennies on your barge so you can carry the maximum number.
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The Lewis-Palmer HomeSchool Enrichment Academy (HSEA) is a program designed to support families of homeschooled students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Children in grades K-5 receive a full array of Enrichment activities to include Music, Art, PE, and exploratory activities in science, literature, geography, and history. Students in grades 6 - 8 can choose from several elective offerings in those subjects and more.

The Lewis-Palmer HomeSchool Enrichment Academy is offered at no cost to enrolled families. This is made possible by educational funds received from the state of Colorado. Due to this fact, students enrolling in HSEA are required to attend for the full day (Thursdays from 8:20 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) and may not be dually enrolled in other programs or schools that also receive state education funds. While HSEA offers homeschooled students a connection to the public school setting, we are not staffed to offer a full array of education services (including special education services).

Location:
Grace Best Education Center
66 N. Jefferson Street
Monument, CO 80132
(719) 510-6294
(We use the east entrance on Adams Street.)

Day and Time:
Thursdays, 8:20 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Classes begin the first Thursday in September.)

Enrichment Areas:
Art, music, drama, physical education, exploratory and experiential activities in science, geography, history, and literature.

Plan to attend a D-38 Homeschool Open House at The D-38 Education Center (the old Grace Best Building) on one of these August dates:

  • August 15, 10 - noon
  • August 21, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • August 26, 6 - 8 p.m.
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Young Adult Services Specialist Philip Krogmeier has been with Pikes Peak Library District for almost 10 years. But he's not just a staff member, he's a library supporter is who is happy to share his time and treasure to help make PPLD an amazing place for our community. We put him on the hot chair to ask him questions about why PPLD is so important to him.

Tell us your name and what you do at PPLD.
My name is Philip Krogmeier, and I am a Young Adult Services Specialist at Library 21c. I assist in preparing and presenting programs for our teen patrons, and I help at all of the public service desks.

What is your favorite part of your job/the patrons you work with?
I love to help my teen patrons find books that speak to them.

What is your favorite thing about PPLD?
My favorite thing about PPLD is the sheer variety of services it provides. PPLD is so much more than a traditional library system.

Why do you choose to give back and support PPLD?
I choose to support PPLD because PPLD has supported me since the first day I walked through the doors of the East Library. I immediately felt welcomed, and that feeling hasn't faded in almost 10 years.

Why do you think it’s important for the community to support PPLD?
Without community support, PPLD wouldn't be able to provide the level of assistance that it does. PPLD serves as an anchor for the Colorado Springs community, allowing everyone to gain access to materials and services.

What is the most memorable question you’ve been asked by a patron?
A patron once asked me if she could take a photo of me so that she could use it as a reference for a painting of Jesus.

Where/when can people come by and say hi to you?
I can usually be found most weekdays at the 21c Teen Desk or upstairs in the Makerspace.

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Stitching Community Together

Join Textiles West to learn the traditional Korean Pojagi/Bojagi hand stitch technique. This simple technique is quick to learn and can be used to creatively express your personal story, culture, or favorite experiences of the Pikes Peak Region.

Click here to learn more.

Make your own Pojagi panel, or work with other attendees to create one together! All materials will be provided. Ages 18 and up.

Registration is required.

Click here to register for Sept. 4.
Registration opens Aug. 14, 10 a.m.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 4, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Monument Library , 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr.

Click here to register for Oct. 11.
Registration opens Sept. 23, 10 a.m.

  • When: Fri., Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library , 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Click here to register for Nov. 20.
Registration opens Nov. 4, 10 a.m.

  • When: Wed., Nov. 20, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Fountain Library , 230 South Main St.
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Call for Art Proposals: The Art of Colorado’s Natural Environment

Entry Deadline: Thu., Sep. 12
Click here to apply.

OVERVIEW

The natural environment is one of our treasures in Colorado. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is seeking proposals for an interactive, 3D, freestanding art piece that will draw attention to this resource and its conservation. The proposed piece should be eye-catching, conversation-evoking, appropriate for all ages, safe for public spaces, and moveable among Library locations. The selected piece will be featured in four PPLD Libraries with programs offered related to the theme while the piece is on display in the Library.

The selected artist will receive $5,000 to create their proposed piece. The payment will occur in installments with $2,500 to be paid on acceptance of the proposal, and $2,500 to be paid upon installation at and acceptance by the Library. The Library will own the artwork and determine how to proceed with the piece at the end of the program.

TIMELINE

Submission deadline: Thu., Sept. 12
Selection notification: Week of Sept. 23
Installation of work at Penrose Library: Week of Dec. 9
Exhibit Opening: To be determined
Program completion: Dec. 2020

While the art is on display, it will be shown at Penrose Library, Sand Creek Library, East Library, and Library 21c, spending approximately three months at each location.

SELECTION PROCESS

The selected artist will be chosen through a jury process.
Criteria for Selection:

  • Artistic merit: High quality, meaningful, innovative, engaging, thoughtful, unusual use of materials, aesthetically rich.
  • Reflection of the theme of the natural environment and conservation: The proposal states clearly why the proposed piece is a good fit for the theme and the Library.
  • Clarity of proposal and project: The proposal states clearly what will be built, what kinds of materials will be utilized, general construction techniques, and how people are intended to interact with the installation.
  • Achievability: The proposal demonstrates that the artist has a plan, knowledge of materials and methods, and resources for learning and finding appropriate support to complete the project as needed.
  • Installation needs, maintenance and safety concerns, and mobility: Describes size of project, installation requirements, how the piece will be freestanding, how the piece will be moved among Libraries, etc.
  • Incorporating technology somehow into the art is highly preferred.

The jury will be composed of a diverse group of creatives, community members, and PPLD staff. Jury members will read all applications and rank each according to how well they meet the criteria for selection.

SITE CONSIDERATIONS

PPLD is open to the public and has visitors of all demographics. Art will be on display inside the selected buildings (see below for details on size). As an interactive piece in a high-traffic area, the art should be suitable and safe for all ages. It should also be eye catching and draw patrons to interact with it.

Maximum size area available: 8’ x 8’ x 6.5’ (length x width x height)
A standard electrical outlet is available: 110 volts, 30 amps.

MOBILITY CONSIDERATIONS

As this artwork will move among four locations and need to be able to be moved through doorways, certain requirements must be met to ensure ease of disassembly and reassembly, as well as size and weight to ensure transportation and entry into the building can be facilitated.

  • The complete weight of the art may not exceed 500 pounds.

When disassembled for transportation:

  • Each piece cannot be taller than 75 inches.
  • Each piece cannot be wider than 34 inches.
  • Each piece can weigh a maximum of 75 pounds.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • You must disclose the contents of your installation known at the time of submission of application, including but not limited to: hardware, technology, construction materials and decorative elements. If selected, artist will need to disclose any additional or new contents to PPLD staff.
  • All exhibits/installations must meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility.
  • All exhibits when assembled shall be secure and safe from tipping or other dangers.
  • All artistic products within this program must be your own original work. Any copyright clearance which may be required for use of materials is the responsibility of the participant.
  • Any moving parts must be enclosed to prevent pinch points.
  • By submitting a proposal, you agree to these terms and conditions. Upon acceptance, a signed contract and W9 tax form will be required, the artist must adhere to these guidelines.
  • A minimum of two progress reports for the selected project, which could include photos or visits, will be required.
  • Artists from anywhere may submit a proposal for this call. However, funding for travel and lodging for art installation is not available.

ENTRY DETAILS

All submissions must include:

  • Full contact information: name, address, phone, and email
  • Current resume
  • Narrative description of the artwork, including title, medium/media, dimensions (in feet, height x width x depth), how it relates to the theme, how people will be able to interact with it
  • Images to help demonstrate the idea of the work, minimum of 1, maximum of 3
  • Two-paragraph maximum artist’s statement
  • Installation plan (see details below)
  • Submissions should be completed using the application form.

INSTALLATION

  • Artist responsibilities: Installation at the first site with PPLD Facilities staff; detailed plan for installation, submitted with application, and updated and brought on installation day, for moving the art and including all required equipment and supplies, any unique considerations, and other significant factors affecting exhibition for an extended period of time
  • PPLD responsibilities: Safety items, like cord covers for walkways; moving the piece to other locations throughout the rest of the program
  • Liability: PPLD’s insurance will cover any liability once the piece is installed.
  • Timing: Installation will occur on a date mutually agreed upon by the artist and library during the week of Dec. 9.

Any questions should be directed to Becca Cruz at rcruz@ppld.org.

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Upcoming Vacancy on PPLD Board of Trustees
Term-limited Keith Clayton, II to step down this December

Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees is losing a term-limited member and calling for applications.

Keith Clayton, II’s final term on the PPLD Board of Trustees will end on December 31, 2019. PPLD Board of Trustees members are limited to two five-year terms.

Board of Trustees members are appointed by a joint committee of the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Board of Commissioners. It is a governing board as opposed to an advisory board. Members serve without remuneration and must live in the PPLD service area.

Responsibilities include attending regular board and committee meetings, appointing and evaluating the performance of the Chief Librarian and CEO, setting policy, performing strategic planning duties, reviewing and approving the budget, and more.

Applications for the vacancy will be open starting Mon., Aug. 5 and close on Fri., Sept. 6. Applications must be filled out and submitted online. The application and description of duties will be available starting August 5 at ppld.org/jobs.

All applicants are asked to attend the Tue., Sept. 10 regular meeting of the Board of Trustees at Penrose Library, which will start at 4 p.m. A reception will follow that meeting where applicants can introduce themselves and learn more about the position.

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Accepting Author Applications for Indie Author Day 2019

Are you a local self-published or indie author?

Apply to host an author table at Indie Author Day at Library 21c located in Colorado Springs, CO on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019. Applications are accepted Aug. 1 through Aug. 31. Authors will be notified in early September about their application status.

The 4th annual Indie Author Day will be held on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019. On this one day, libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers, and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and so much more!

Click here to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Heather Johnson at hjohnson@ppld.org

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August is all about Friends!

August 4th is National Friendship Day and August 15 is Best Friend Day. Have you made a new friend lately? Click the link below for a list of great stories about friends.

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Reuse your old biodegradable packing peanuts and make a craft! You can tell they are biodegradable because the texture will be somewhat “cheeto” like and if you put water on 2 pieces they will stick together.

Make a fun pattern out of your packing peanuts and then dab a little water on the pieces you want to stick together. Hold for a few seconds while they dry.

You won’t be able to paint them because any liquid will cause them to melt.

Have fun finding out what you can make.

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PPLD.org has received a facelift! Don't be nervous – all the content you know and love is still the same. We’ve made some minor updates to the homepage and header, and refreshed the colors. Take a look and familiarize yourself with the changes. We’ll be going live with the new version soon!

Here is a list of what has changed:

  1. Colors used on the website now follow the PPLD brand.
  2. Our homepage message is now at the top of the page. It will only be active if there is a message to report.
  3. Catalog and My Account links are now on the right side of the header.
  4. The main menu is now below the header.
  5. The search bar is now in the center of the page.
  6. The quicklinks have been removed.
  7. Hours/Locations and Library Locator are now below the slideshow.
  8. The Give and Make buttons are now called Donate and Create.
  9. The Research link has been removed. You can still access Research from the main menu.
  10. Teens, Seniors and Homeschool Hub have all been updated to reflect the new site format.

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How to enter the contest, visit: https://www.education.com/contests/

When you love learning, there's no limit to what you can achieve! Apply to the Limitless Learners Contest to win money for college, plus a donation for your elementary school or local library.

Win $500 for college plus $1000 for a school or library!

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