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13th Annual Teen Art Contest

Due to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has made the decision to close all Library facilities until further notice. As a result, the 2020 Teen Art Contest ceremony is cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, as well as the disappointment for our participants. We are also saddened to have to cancel what is one of our favorite events of the year.

More information is forthcoming about how we will announce the winners and celebrate the participants; however this will probably come after a timeline is decided about how long the PPLD closure will be for. Please continue to check your email as this is the fastest way to communicate with everyone during this rapidly changing situation.

If you are a teacher that has submitted artwork on behalf of your students, please communicate this change to them.

You can also check our social media pages and http://www.ppld.org/COVID-19 to learn more about PPLD’s response to this situation.

Thank you again for your understanding as we work out how to move forward in this extenuating circumstance!

If you have more questions, please email Mikaela Fortune at mfortune@ppld.org

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Check out our new virtual services!

Updated April 2, 2020

While our physical locations remain temporarily closed until further notice, you can still use the Library remotely, anywhere and anytime. Our librarians are bringing their services to you!

To view what’s scheduled, visit our “virtual library” calendar of events. For videos, head over to Facebook for our live events and past recordings. (Soon, we’ll post recorded videos on our YouTube channel!)

Here are some of the current virtual opportunities and experiences available to the community:

For adults:

  • Get recommendations during our interactive reader’s advisory!
    Mondays & Thursdays, 1 - 2 p.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Adult Education)
    Looking for new books, authors, movies, and TV shows? Our librarians have plenty of recommendations and will give real-time suggestions!

  • Participate in a live virtual book club!
    Tuesdays, 3 - 4 p.m. (Zoom; see our Facebook events for log-in access.)
    Share what you have been reading and get recommendations from other readers. Also, learn about PPLD resources that can help you find your next great read! It will take place on Zoom each week.

  • Watch a poetry reading!
    Wednesdays, 3 p.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Adult Education)
    Tune in for a weekly poetry reading. Can’t make it live? You can always view the videos whenever it’s convenient for you.

  • Watch a selected movie, and then join us for a live community discussion!
    Fridays, 4 p.m. (Zoom; see our Facebook events for selected movies and more details.)
    We supply the movie list, you supply your own popcorn! Each week our team will feature several movies from PPLD’s streaming movie service, Kanopy, then host curated discussions about the selected movies. View the movie anytime leading up to the discussion, which will take place using Zoom. (Please note that some movies may be rated R and contain adult themes.)

  • Check out staff picks from Regional History & Genealogy!
    Daily (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Special Collections)
    The team will share a post each day, highlighting individual staff member’s interests.

For kids & families:

  • Participate in a virtual Storytime!
    Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Kids)
    A children’s librarian will invite you to join in a sing-along and then read a children’s book. Can’t make it live? You can always view the videos whenever it’s convenient for you.

  • Try a new craft or experiment at home!
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Kids)
    A children’s librarian will lead an art, craft, or experiment project with items that can be found in a cupboard. Can’t make it live? You can always view the videos whenever it’s convenient for you.

  • Join us for a virtual song & rhyme time!
    Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. (hosted on Facebook by PPLD Kids)
    A children’s librarian will lead a “Baby/Toddler Time” program that focuses on songs and rhymes. Can’t make it live? You can always view the videos whenever it’s convenient for you.

For teens:

  • Test your skills in a digital escape room!
    Mondays
    Looking to put your puzzling skills to the test? Check back here each week, and we'll provide a new digital escape room to try with your family at home or virtually with friends. First up, visit the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room, created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian, at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.

  • Be a part of the review crew!
    Anytime
    Anyone from 13 - 18 years old can write an original book review and get an hour of volunteer credit! Check out some past book reviews for examples. Those who are interested can contact our Young Adult Services team to find out more and get started.

Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you, wherever you may be. Right now, we’re creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks. Bookmark this page to stay tuned for new additions and updates!

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Play Foam

Supplies:

  • 2/3 c. warm water
  • 2 T. dish soap
  • Food coloring - 4 drops of any color you want
  • Bowl and whisk or a mixer
  • Paper towel or paper

Directions:
Place ingredients in a bowl and whip for 2 minutes. Make another batch of a different color. (Blue + Red = Purple, or Red + Yellow= Orange, or Blue + Yellow= Green) Take your paper towel or paper and lay over the colorful play foam in the bowl. Make some art! You can also make a couple batches to take into the bathtub.

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Looking for a chapter book to listen to or read aloud with the family? Check out this selection of engaging chapter books in a variety of genres all available in electronic formats. Need help accessing these materials? Go to PPLD’s CyberShelf to get started. Click on the pdf below to see the booklist.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments Part 2: Flip It Challenge

Supplies:

  • One piece of paper
  • 2 additional smaller pieces of paper to keep score
  • Marker pen
  • 2 pencils
  • 36 water bottle caps, marked with two different colors, one color on top, the other color on the bottom (Coins work well because they have two different sides already, heads and tails).

Directions:

  1. Draw a grid on the paper with the marker pen. Draw 6 spaces by 6 spaces for a total of 36 spaces on your paper.
  2. Put your names at the top of each of the smaller pieces of paper.
  3. To play:
    1. Put two of each players' markers onto the middle four squares of the grid. (We'll call the markers pink and green.)
    2. The first player adds a green marker to the board, placing it beside a pink marker that it has now "trapped" between two green markers. Flip the "trapped" pink marker to the green side. Score one point for each of your opponent's pieces that you are able to trap and flip each turn. The next player adds a pink marker to the board in the same way, "trapping" a green piece and flipping it to the pink side and scoring one for flipping one piece.
    3. Take turns and be sure to notice possible ways to trap your opponent's pieces either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. As you get better at the game, you'll be able to trap multiple pieces in different directions. If you cannot find an opponent's piece to trap, you have to skip your turn.
  4. To score, either count up each player's points or count how many of each players' markers show when the grid is full.
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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments Part 1: Tic-Tac-Toe

Supplies:

  • 10 water bottle caps (or any caps)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Yarn cut into 4 strands about 5" long
  • Square of cardboard cut from a cereal box
  • Stickers, optional

Directions:

  1. Cut a square size piece of cardboard.
  2. With glue, make two thin lines of glue vertically, and again, horizontally, keep the lines evenly spaced (see photo).
  3. Place one yarn strand on each glue line. Let dry. Trim yarn hanging off the edge of the cardboard.
  4. Mark five water bottle caps one way, and five caps another way. (Color the caps or attach the same sticker to five caps and a different sticker to the other five caps.)
  5. You are ready to play Tic-Tac-Toe!
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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Citrus Volcanoes

Supplies:

  • Any citrus fruit like a lemon, lime, or orange
  • knife with a parent or caregiver nearby
  • large tray or cookie sheet
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • dish soap
  • spoon or coffee stirrer
  • food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut the tip off the fruit and then cut in half. Place on tray, sitting upright.
  2. Poke fruit with spoon or coffee stirrer to get juices flowing.
  3. Pour a little dish soap onto the fruit.
  4. Sprinkle baking soda onto the fruit.
  5. Squeeze drops of food coloring onto the fruit.
  6. Speed up the base/acid chemical reaction by adding drops of vinegar also!
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Cabinet Crafts & Experiments: Penny Spinners

Supplies:

  • cardboard
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • markers
  • scotch tape
  • white paper
  • a parent or caregiver nearby

Directions:

  1. Trace any size circle onto a piece of cardboard. Have your parent or caregiver cut out the circle if needed.
  2. Trace the round piece of cardboard onto the white paper. Cut out the paper circle.
  3. Draw a design onto the round piece of paper. A fun experiment is to use the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow so you can see green, orange, and purple appear when you spin.
  4. Have your parent or caregiver cut a slit into the center of the cardboard circle and also the round paper. Tape your design onto the round piece of cardboard by making tape loops. You may also glue your paper onto the cardboard.
  5. Push a penny into the slit and spin!
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Last updated April 2, 2020

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Pikes Peak Library District is committed to providing Library resources and services to you during these unprecedented times. Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, we can continue to deliver access to information and opportunities that impact lives and build community across El Paso County.

While our physical locations remain temporarily closed until further notice, you can still use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7.

Here are some ways to get the most out of your virtual Library experience:

  • Download our mobile app to view your account, browse and download from our collection, and more. (Pro tip: There are also apps for Libby, OverDrive, Freegal, Kanopy, RBdigital, and more.)
  • Stream and/or download from our digital collection! There are so many options – digital books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos – that you can access from almost anywhere.
  • Check out our new virtual services! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime. Watch a virtual storytime with your kids, participate in a virtual book club, try a digital escape room, join us for a community movie discussion, do an at-home craft or experiment, and more. (Looking for something else to do? Bookmark the web page and check back often for new updates!)
  • Ask a librarian! We’re here to answer your questions virtually! Use our online “contact us” form – and select “general information / ask a librarian” – to submit your inquiry and receive email follow-up soon.
  • Participate in the Winter Adult Reading Program! It has been extended until further notice. Read books and complete virtual activities to earn prizes, which will be available for pickup after PPLD locations reopen.
  • Use our databases to conduct research for businesses, nonprofits, legal matters, and more. You also can learn a new language, plan your next adventure, and do genealogy research.
  • Have kids or teens in your home? We have ample resources for children and teenagers, including homework help, reading, games, creating, planning for the future, and more. (Also, see above for new virtual services!)
  • Dig into some regional history and genealogy. For example, our digital collection features historic photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, oral histories, films and more that highlight the rich history of the Pikes Peak area.
  • Find a good book! Check out recommendations, reading lists, and more.
  • Don’t have a library card? Get started and gain online access today.

That’s not all! Our Library staff also assembled and vetted a growing list of free online resources for all ages; no library card needed. Resources include live streaming, virtual tours, activities, and much more. Topics cover arts and culture, kids and teens, learning and reading for adults, professional support and development, and science and nature.

Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you. Right now, we’re adding to our digital collection, as budget allows, and creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks.

Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD. We’re here to serve you now and into the future.

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Last updated April 2, 2020

All PPLD facilities will remain temporarily closed until further notice, following state orders and national guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we remain in regular communication with El Paso County Public Health and other local agencies to coordinate and respond together as a community. PPLD’s team continues to evaluate the situation, and we will provide Library updates as circumstances change.

Here’s what you can expect during the temporary closure of all PPLD locations across El Paso County:

  • Use the Library remotely! Stream and download books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos. Use our databases to conduct research, access ample resources for kids and teens, and more from your couch.

  • Check out our new virtual services! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime.

  • Returning items: Please keep all Library materials at this time. We are not accepting any returns in our book drops; they will be locked for the time being.

  • Checked out items: Due dates have been extended until May for all physical Library materials that are currently checked out. Please check your PPLD accounts either through our Catalog or on the PPLD mobile app for the new return dates, which will be listed by item.

  • Holds & wait lists: Available holds will not expire, and patrons will be able to pick them up when PPLD reopens. Places in hold queues will not change. You can still suspend holds via your account.

  • Fines & fees: We officially went fine-free for most Library materials in early 2019, as long as they are not lost or damaged. (See above regarding checked out items.)

  • OverDrive: Since more patrons are using PPLD digital resources online, cardholders can have 10 checkouts for a total of 14 days each; the holds limit remains at a total of 30. PPLD will continue to add copies of digital materials to our collection as our budget allows. Some digital checkouts can be returned early so others have opportunity for access. Instructions for checking out and returning are available here.

  • Library programs, mobile services, & reservations: All Library programs and events, in addition to public meeting and study room reservations, have been cancelled through at least Sun., April 19; do note that this may be extended depending upon public health guidelines. All scheduled stops and visits by our mobile library services have been suspended as well.

  • Library card signup: Register online and start using your card immediately! If you sign up online during this time, your temporary account will be available for 90 days (instead of the usual 12-day limit), giving you immediate access to OverDrive and other digital resources from home.

  • Account expirations & renewals: Library card/account expirations will be extended, including accounts that expired in the past 24 months.

  • Interlibrary loans: All are temporarily suspended, and requests will be put in a queue. Current due dates have been extended until PPLD reopens. While this change won’t be reflected in accounts, you will not be penalized for keeping these materials.

  • Winter Adult Reading Program: It will be extended until further notice, and all prizes will be held until PPLD locations can reopen.

  • WiFi access: All library facilities continue to provide open WiFi access, which should be available outside of PPLD buildings.

  • Book donations: Please keep books that you intend to donate. Direct such questions and concerns directly to the Friends of PPLD (online form).

  • Have other questions? Use our online “contact us” form to ask about your account, PIN access, or anything else. Select “general information / ask a librarian” to receive prompt email follow-up.

Have questions about COVID-19?
We understand that people may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. Please check out the following public resources for more information:

What should I do?
To help stop the spread of germs and any contagious illness, local health experts recommend that everyone should take everyday preventive actions and practice good hygiene like:

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if you cannot wash your hands.

  • Only use a face mask if you’re ill or have been exposed to a sick individual. Stay home if you’re sick.

  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid touching with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then properly wash your hands.

  • Clean surfaces and personal items, such as cell phones, using household disinfecting products.

  • Consider how your daily activities could be impacted if COVID-19 does spread within our community; create a personal preparedness plan.

What is COVID-19?
There is a global pandemic situation involving a respiratory illness named COVID-19, which is caused by a new coronavirus that spreads through coughing or sneezing, much like influenza (also known as the flu). Since much is still unknown about the novel virus, no vaccine is currently available to prevent COVID-19 infection. There are a growing number of confirmed and presumptive cases in Colorado, including in El Paso County.

For current information and updates on the pandemic:

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Pikes Peak Library District added a social worker to the organization’s staff in 2018 to better serve patrons who need assistance learning about and using community resources, or need support in other ways. PPLD's Social Worker, Alicia Kwande, is here to help you connect with resources in our community. She can help you identify programs and opportunities that may be a good fit for you, and help you pursue them. We can help find housing, employment, legal aid, clothing, food, and household items. Note: PPLD’s Social Worker is not a case manager or case worker.

She can assist you in filling out a VI-SPDAT Assessment. This process allows you to be identified as a candidate for housing through the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care. It is not a wait list—selections are made based on vulnerability and housing placements are located throughout the community.

PPLD’s Social Worker is available during specific times at locations throughout the Library District, where anyone can sit down and chat, no appointment needed.

Walk-In Hours:

If you’d like to schedule a time to meet with PPLD’s Social Worker outside of walk-in hours:

  • Alicia Kwande
  • Phone: (719) 531-6333, x2506
  • Email: akwande@ppld.org

Additional Services

Connect Group:
This group is for peers to come together and connect with one another, share resources, and have discussion. Note: this is not a therapy group.



Career, Language-Learning, and Business Services Opportunities
PPLD offers a variety of classes and programs that can help you get your GED, learn to speak and write English, pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam, or grow your business or nonprofit idea.

These resources include:

For more information about these programs, visit the Adult Education website.

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Did you notice that we had a lot of snow on March 1st? An old saying says that if “March comes in like a lion”, it goes “out like a lamb”. The weather may be blustery now, but it should be nice at the end of the month. So, snuggle up on your favorite chair, under a warm blanket, and share stories about the snow and upcoming spring! Choose both picture books and nonfiction about Weather. (J 551.5784) Click on the pdf link below to see the booklist.

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LEAP (Literacy Empowerment Achievement & Perseverance) Adolescent Summer Program For Students Entering Grades 6-8 provides support for middle school struggling readers to enhance their reading, writing, and self-advocacy skills using research-based methods.
The daily schedule includes fun team-building activities and skills development in phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, organization, and time management. Partial scholarships are available for students receiving free or reduced lunch.

For more information, contact www.coloradocollege.edu/education, Children's Summer Programs
(719) 389-6146
ung@coloradocollege.edu
The program runs June 1 – 26, Mon. – Fri. 8:45 – 11:45 a.m. The cost is $800.

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Is your child struggling to learn letter names and sounds, or showing very little interest in books and reading? Are you concerned he or she may not be ready to start school? Come LEAP into school readiness with us!

LEAP (Literacy Essentials and Preparedness) Early Childhood Summer Program runs June 1 – 26, Mon. – Fri. mornings at Colorado College. The cost is $800 for 1-hour classes for children entering Kindergarten and First Grade in the fall. Partial scholarships are available for students receiving free or reduced lunch.

www.coloradocollege.edu/education, Children's Summer Programs
(719) 389-6146
ung@coloradocollege.edu

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bin with horse figurines and bin with Greek mythological figures

We have added new figurines to our Educational Resource Center collection. We have beautiful horse figurines from around the world and creatures from Greek mythology. Soon we will have a booklet with a little information about each kind of horse. Come to the Educational Resource Center at East Library to check them out!

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Converge Lecture Series: Jesmyn Ward

Converge Lecture Series aims to build bridges of connection in Colorado Springs, with lectures designed to inspire conversation about the questions you are already asking; questions about beauty, ethics, truth, and how we should live by providing lectures with national authors.


Pikes Peak Library District will be giving away tickets as a part of this years Winter Adult Reading Program!
Jesmyn Ward
About the Author
MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her “fearless and toughly lyrical” voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. Betsy Burton of the American Booksellers Association has called her “the new Toni Morrison.” In 2017, she became the first woman and the first person of color to win two National Book Awards for Fiction—joining the ranks of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, and John Updike.

Ward’s stories are largely set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she grew up and still lives. When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, Ward was forced to evacuate her rapidly flooding home. Her writing is deeply informed by the trauma of Katrina, not to mention its unimaginable social and economic repercussions. Her novel Salvage the Bones, winner of the 2011 National Book Award, is a troubling but ultimately empowering tale of familial bonds set amid the chaos of the hurricane. Likewise, Ward’s debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, depicts what Publishers Weekly calls “a world full of despair but not devoid of hope” in the aftermath of natural disaster.

Ward’s memoir, Men We Reaped, delves into the five years of Ward’s life in which she lost five young men—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that follows poor people and people of color. Lauded by Kirkus Reviews as a “modern rejoinder to Black Like Me [and] Beloved,” Men We Reaped is a beautiful and painful homage to Ward’s ghosts and the haunted yet hopeful place she calls home. Men We Reaped won the Heartland Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Ward is the also the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, which NPR named one of the Best Books of 2016. Taking James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping-off point, this groundbreaking collection features essays and poems about race from the most important voices of our time—including Edwidge Danticat, Natasha Trethewey, Isabel Wilkerson, Mitchell S. Jackson, Kiese Laymon, and Claudia Rankine.


Upcoming Authors
  • CE Morgan: Fri., Oct. 2
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    Homeschool students are invited to submit one work of art (unframed art, drawing, photograph, sculpture, etc.) between March 23 and 30.

    Artwork will be on display in East Library Children’s Department the whole month of April!

    Artists and guests are also invited to an art reception on Monday, May 4 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    For more information, contact Joy Fleishhacker at jfleishhacker@ppld.org.

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    Are you looking for a career in the culinary industry? Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to offer Food Industry Training, a four-week training program that gives you the skills you need to enter or advance in employment as a qualified prep cook or line cook. The program will help you learn basic culinary fundamentals, explore career opportunities in the culinary industry, prepare a resume and practice interview skills, and earn your ServSafe Food Handler certification. No previous experience is required and there is no cost to participants.

    The program will run Monday through Friday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Friday, April 10 through Friday, May 8. The program takes place at Care and Share Food Bank, 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80915.


    Students must be:

    • Able to attend program April 10 - May 8, from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. (M - F) at Care and Share Food Bank (2605 Preamble Point)
    • Legally able to work in the U.S.
    • Pursuing a career in the culinary industry
    • 17 and older
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Basic math skills
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability
    • Memorization
    • Time management
    • Communication
    • Physical demands: Manual dexterity, ability to stand for long periods of time.
    What you’ll learn:
    • Knife skills
    • Cooking methods
    • Understanding recipes
    • Food safety and sanitation
    • Culinary math

    Interested students must complete this application HERE.

    • Applicants will be contacted for a phone interview.
    • Application does not guarantee enrollment.
    • Applications close April 2 and applicants will be notified of enrollment status on April 3.

    Any questions, please contact the Adult Education Department at (719) 531-6333, x1225.

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    Where Is It?
    For the last several months, Pikes Peak Library District worked diligently to update and remodel PPLD’s online Catalog, designed with you, our patrons, in mind. We incorporated new features and re-arranged things to provide a cleaner, easier-to-use interface, which gives the catalog a modern, up-to-date look. Some features and links have moved around, so we’ve created this guide to help you navigate it.

    The new Catalog went live March 8!


    New Features
    • The number of holds, total copies, and available copies are readily visible.
    • The item status is clearer: checked in, checked out, on hold shelf, or being transferred between Libraries.
    • “Add Author Alert” allows patrons to sign up to receive notifications when items by their favorite authors are added to our Catalog. They only need an email address to create an account and can select their preferred format(s).
    • When searching the Catalog within one of our Libraries, that location’s items will show up on top. (When patrons search from home, locations will be listed alphabetically.)
    • Series info, as well as related titles and authors, are now more easily accessible through the Details tab.
    • Options to limit search results are now in drop down menus instead of patrons having to scroll through the myriad options.
    • Links have been pared down or moved to the bottom of the page for less visual clutter.

    Additional Information
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    Census 2020

    The 2020 Census is closer than you think! It is important to fill it out so that local agencies (PPLD included!) have accurate information to use when designing community services. It's safe, easy, and required for all citizens to fill out.


    Households will receive a letter with instructions for responding to the census online or over the phone.

    Between April 8–16, the Census Bureau will send a paper questionnaire to households that have not yet responded to complete the census by mail.

    Beginning in May 2020 households may receive an in-person visit from a Census Bureau employee.


    Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted.
    • Everyone counts: The census counts every person living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.
    • It’s about fair representation: Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
    • It’s in the Constitution: The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.
    • It’s about $675 billion: The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs (like libraries!).
    • It’s about redistricting: After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
    • Taking part is your civic duty: Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”

    Census data are being used all around you:

    • Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
    • Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which create jobs.
    • Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.
    • Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.

    Your privacy is protected.
    It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.

    The Census Bureau uses a different method to count people in group living situations, called “group quarters,” such as college student housing, prisons, military barracks, and nursing homes. People experiencing homelessness (and who are not staying in a household) will be counted at the places where they receive services, such as shelters and soup kitchens.

    2020 will be easier than ever.
    In 2020, you will be able to respond to the census online. The online questionnaire will be available in 13 languages.


    Click here to learn more!

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    The K-12 education team is organizing a day at the museum just for homeschoolers and their families on April 6th from 9 AM to 11 PM at the National Museum of WWII Aviation. The program covers topics for students of all ages in one of the most impressive historical and educational settings in Colorado. Entry is FREE with RSVP.

    Contact: wwiieducationschedule@gmail.com

    See the attached flyer.

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    Call for Art: Children's Art Exhibit at Rockrimmon Library

    Calling for art from the surrounding community for children ages 5 - 12 to display artwork at Rockrimmon Library during March and April!

    There will be an Artist Reception at the culmination of the art exhibit for the artists and their guests. Each artist will receive a certificate.

    Drop off artwork and complete a submission form at Rockrimmon Library March 2 - 14.

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    Maker in Residence: Textile Art with Textiles West

    When you think of your community, what comes to mind? Learn how to create a fabric collage that celebrates the beauty of our Pikes Peak region. Attendees will create two collages – one for the community art installation, and one to take home! Come learn some fun and simple embellishment techniques using fabric markers and hand embroidery stitches to add detail to your collage.

    For ages 12+. Registration is required. 

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


    Class Dates



    Create Together

    Interested in helping assemble the community art installation? Join Liz and Ruth from Textiles West as they piece together textile illustrations of the Pikes Peak region, made by community members all across El Paso County. These fabric collages will be assembled into an art installation piece that will be displayed at Monument Library in June 2020 for everyone to enjoy.
    Create together
    No registration is required, just drop in at Monument Library!


    Public Reception

    See the culmination piece of the Spring 2020 Maker in Residence, Textiles West. Makers Liz Kettle and Ruth Chandler will be available to chat with attendees about the creation of the final textile installation piece, in collaboration with local community members. Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Tri-Lakes Friends of the Library at Monument Library.

    Sun., June 7 from 2 – 4 p.m.

    The art piece will be on display at Monument Library, available for viewing from June 1 – 30, 2020.


    The Makers


    Textiles West's teachers are all experts who know the power of creating and understand that for many, textiles are a much more accessible art form than traditional art forms.

    Liz Kettle

    Liz KettleThrough her work, Liz Kettle tells tales that are personal as well as those that speak of relationship, humanity, and the earth. She chooses a nontraditional palette of fabric and stitch because she believes they connect us and draw us closer in a way that cannot be achieved with traditional art materials alone. Liz uses a variety of techniques drawing from the deep wells of quilting, mixed media collage, and paint to tell and support each unique story.

    Liz is the co-founder and Director of Textiles West, a Textile Art Center that aims to inspire widespread awareness, participation, and appreciation of textile and fiber arts.

    Liz is passionate about teaching and is a co-author of two books; Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. She is also the solo author of First Time Beading on Fabric, Layered and Stitched and Know Your Needles. Liz has articles published in Quilters Home, Quilting Arts, Quilting Arts In Stitches and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, and has appeared in the PBS show Quilting Arts TV.

    Ruth Chandler

    Ruth ChandlerRuth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity.

    She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan. Shibori, Boro, Sashiko, and indigo dying are her love, however she also teaches garment sewing and other classes to children and adults.

    Ruth teaches locally at Textiles West in Colorado Springs, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine, blog posts for Havels’ Sewing, and has work published in several books. Additionally, Ruth is one of the co-authors of the best-selling book, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond, and is the solo author of Modern Hand Stitching.

    Ruth may be contacted for nationwide classes at ruthachandler@comcast.net

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    Business Resource Fair

    Save the Date for our 5th Annual Business Resource Fair! Meet over 60 vendors to help grow your own business. There will be guest speakers, a passport to collect stamps from vendors, and prize drawings!

    • When: Mon., May 18 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Where: Library 21c

    We are now accepting applications for business to business vendors.

    You may also contact Terry Zarsky at (719) 531-6333, x6119 or tzarsky@ppld.org by April 30.

    The goal of the Business Resource Fair is to make entrepreneurs and businesses in the Colorado Springs area aware of the many resources available to help grow their businesses.

    Attendance is FREE!

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    Indoor Snowball Fight

    You will need:

    • Masking tape, string or yarn for a dividing line
    • Newspaper or recycled paper for snowballs
    • A phone timer, or use the timer on a microwave
    • Recycle bin or garbage can

    Instructions:

    1. Crumple newspaper or recycled copy paper into balls.
    2. Divide a room in half with masking tape, string or yarn.
    3. Put the same number of balls on each side of the room.
    4. Divide into teams.
    5. Turn on the timer for 3 minutes.
    6. Throw snowballs across the dividing line and when the timer rings the side with the least snowballs wins! Try it again!

    Afterward try to make baskets in the recycle bin. Give everyone 5 tries. Whoever has the most baskets gets to make up the next game to do with the snowballs.

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