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PowerPass

Knowledge is power. Unlock your potential!

Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado Springs School District 11 have partnered up to create PowerPass, giving students access to research and homework help, academic databases, college application and job search assistance, makerspaces, and more!



How did anyone ever get through school before the internet?

It’s a question students in District 11 will certainly not need to answer this year! As of the 2019-2020 school year, every student in D11 has a PowerPass, a digital PPLD card. The PowerPass gives students access to PPLD’s digital resources, like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads, all available at ppld.org. Each PowerPass holder can also check out five physical items at a time from any of the 14 PPLD locations or mobile library services!


High school and middle school students can use their PowerPass for online access to live tutors and online foreign language courses. They can also get help with projects and prepare for the future with practice driving and SAT tests.


Elementary students and their parents will benefit from kid-friendly eBook and audiobook access, digital education resources, and in-person classes at PPLD to learn how to write, draw, code, or use
makerspace equipment.


What you need to know about the student account :

  1. The student will have an e-card (i.e. not a physical card)
  2. The student card # will be the first five letters of their last name (fewer if the last name has less than five letters) followed by the initials of their first and middle names (if they have a middle name) and then the last four number of their student ID. Ex (John Jacob Jingleheimer student ID 12345678 – id would beJINGLJJ5678)
  3. Student PINs will be the two-digit month and day of their birthdate (ex, 0731)
  4. Student cards will have the profile of STUDENT
  5. Students are allowed to check out five items and have five holds at a time. However Interlibrary Loans are not permitted on the student accounts.
  6. Student accounts can access CyberShelf and Research resources as well as PCs in the libraries.
  7. Student accounts are blocked at $10 which prevents further checkouts of physical materials and use of OverDrive.
  8. Students can use the self-checkouts’ on-screen keyboard to enter their account IDs and PINs. The onscreen keyboard now displays letters and numbers.

If a parent does not wish for their child to use PowerPass, they may opt out at the child's school.

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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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Celebrate Arts Month with the Rockrimmon Library! Rockrimmon Library hosts a lot of art classes. We are hosting a month-long display of art created by our patrons. This gives our adult artists avenue to display their work, as well as an opportunity for community discussion. Last year, we had 50 pieces of art submitted and over 300 votes cast. Visit in October and vote for your favorite in the People's Choice award!

Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and importance of arts & culture in our community. The official call to action during Arts Month is to “have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends during the month of October!”

Want to submit a work of art?

Art will be accepted on Sept. 28 and 30 during library hours. Drop off your artwork during these dates to participate in the art show. All entries must include a completed Exhibit Display Agreement form and be ready to hang. See the 2019 Art Show Rules and Exhibit Display Agreement (in the event listing) for contest details.
Exhibit Rules:

  • Artists entering must be ages 18 or older.
  • Each artist may submit one entry which was not submitted to the Rockrimmon Library Community Art Show in 2018.
  • Each entry can be any size up to 3’x3’ (for two-dimensional art) or 3’x3’x2’ (for 3 dimensional art).
  • All entries must be prepared for hanging or display by the artist, including frames, hangers, etc.
  • Entries must not require access to electrical outlets.
  • Entries must not require library staff maintenance.
  • All entries must be family-friendly.
  • Rockrimmon Library staff reserve the right to refuse any entry.
  • Items exhibited will not be for sale at the library, and prices will not be posted. PPLD staff members will not be involved in any way in the sale of exhibited items.



Each link below includes the 2019 Art Show Rules and Exhibit Display Agreement

Click here for more information for Sat., Sept 28.

Click here for more information for Mon., Sept 30.


Staff will host an opening reception on Tues., Oct. 1.

The awards will be announced on Mon., Oct. 21.

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

Click here to learn more about Vitalant.

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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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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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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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Colorado Peak Help

Spend an hour with the El Paso County Department of Human Services learning the new Colorado PEAK online benefits application process. This is a classroom-style opportunity to learn about how to create an account, navigate the site, and finalize an application for benefits.

Sat., July 20, from 10 - 11 a.m. Sand Creek Library, 1821 South Academy Blvd.

Mon., July 22, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sand Creek Library, 1821 South Academy Blvd.

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Check out these COLORADO FREE DAYS for the remainder of 2019!

 

JULY
7/13 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
7/17 - Clyfford Still Museum
7/18 - Plains Conservation Center
7/19 - Joy Park (Children’s Museum)
7/19 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

 

AUGUST
8/2 - Museo de las Americas
8/3 - Denver Art Museum
8/3 - Clyfford Still Museum
8/6 - Children’s Museum of Denver
8/6 - Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
8/9 - Four Mile Historic Park
8/10 - City of Longmont Museum
8/10 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
8/15 - Plains Conservation Center
8/16 - Joy Park (Children’s Museum)
8/16 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
8/26 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science

 

SEPTEMBER
9/3 - Children’s Museum of Denver
9/3 (until 9 p.m.) - Denver Botanic Gardens
9/6 - Museo de las Americas
9/7 - Denver Art Museum
9/12 - Clyfford Still Museum
9/13 - Four Mile Historic Park
9/14 - City of Longmont Museum
9/14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
9/20 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
9/20 - Joy Park (Children’s Museum)
9/29 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science

 

OCTOBER
10/1 - Children’s Museum of Denver
10/4 - Museo de las Americas
10/5 - Denver Art Museum
10/11 - Four Mile Historic Park
10/12 - City of Longmont Museum
10/12 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
10/14 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
10/15 - Clyfford Still Museum
10/18 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

 

NOVEMBER
11/1 - Museo de las Americas
11/2 - Clyfford Still Museum
11/2 - Denver Art Museum
11/2 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
11/4 - Denver Zoo
11/5 - Children’s Museum of Denver
11/5 - Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
11/8 - Denver Zoo
11/8 - Four Mile Historic Park
11/9 - City of Longmont Museum
11/9 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
11/11 (until 5 p.m.) - Denver Botanic Gardens
11/11 - All United States National Parks
11/15 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
11/17 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
11/21 - Plains Conservation Center

 

DECEMBER
12/3 - Children’s Museum of Denver
12/6 - Museo de las Americas
12/7 - Denver Art Museum
12/8 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
12/13 - Four Mile Historic Park
12/14 - City of Longmont Museum
12/14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
12/18 - Clyfford Still Museum
12/19 - Plains Conservation Center
12/20 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

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Homeschool Aquatics Programs are a great way to work physical activity, health and wellness, and socialization into your homeschool curriculum. We offer both P.E. classes as well as Homeschool-Specific Swim Lessons. P.E. will alternate days using a sport/activity based curriculum and our YMCA Swim Lesson Curriculum to incorporate both land and aquatic activities. Swim Lessons are taught using the Y Swim Lesson Curriculum, and are in the water the entire duration of the program. Homeschool Programs are offered for children ages five and older at select YMCA locations.

See page 8 on the following link.

https://ppymca.org/docs/default-source/ppymca-files/program-guides/2019-...

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When Shauna Gerritsen was handed a breast cancer diagnosis, she took a look at her life and decided there were still some things she wanted to do.

Breast cancer was going to have to get out of her way.

“When I came in to meet with PPLD [Pikes Peak Library District] about a Career Online High School scholarship, I still had drain tubes and bandages from my surgery,” Gerritsen said. “When they asked me why I wanted the scholarship, I showed them my drain tubes and told them I was going to show my kids that, no matter what you’re going through in life, it’s about finishing the goals you set.”

Gerritsen is a driven individual with a laser focus on realizing her aspirations. After her diagnosis, she created a list of ambitions, and one of them was to receive her high school diploma.

The reason she couldn’t graduate the first time around? Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I was very much against having hospice come in for my mom, because I always felt like once hospice comes in, that’s the end,” Gerritsen said. “I switched from a traditional school to homeschooling and got so wrapped up in taking care of my mom. Before I knew it, my senior year was there, and I didn’t have enough credits to graduate.”

This time around was going to be different. Gerritsen was determined to make it so.

“I realized now I’m in my mom’s shoes in my journey, and I had to do this to show my daughter that it can be done.”
In February of 2018, Gerritsen underwent her first surgery. What should have taken just one procedure turned into five because of an infection. Regardless, she began her first prerequisites for COHS in April, just two months later, and was admitted to PPLD’s COHS program on May 8, 2018.

COHS is a program that allows participants to earn an accredited high school diploma, an alternative to taking the GED. PPLD provides the program, which costs about $2,000 per student, at no charge to participants like Gerritsen who qualify for scholarships from the PPLD Foundation. The stipulations to receive a scholarship include completing the program in eighteen months.

As Gerritsen underwent multiple surgeries at the beginning of her COHS journey, the coursework timeline became even more difficult: she found out her family was moving nearly 600 miles away.

“Through all of this, through all of my surgeries, school, everything, my husband came down on orders.”

Gerritsen’s husband was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., and got reassigned to Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. The family had to sell their home and move just a month after Gerritsen’s final surgery.

“His date got pushed back, because I ended up having surgery in June, and the doctor wouldn’t release me to travel with drain tubes.”

So, among all of the family’s challenges, they relocated in July of 2018. Nevertheless, Gerritsen pushed on.

“My husband watched me cry through nights of not feeling good, but knowing I had classes to do,” Gerritsen said. “But I had to finish it, because I set goals. I gave myself exactly one year to graduate.”

And, of course, Gerritsen beat her goal.

She finished her COHS courses on May 1, 2019. She finished her eighteen months of coursework in less than a year. And, she’s in remission. Her body is clear of cancer.

Her husband was so proud of her accomplishment that he insisted the family attend Shauna’s graduation at Library 21c. Though both of them had to work the next day, the Gerritsens—Shauna, her husband, and their two children ages 7 and 4—drove through the night for PPLD’s Celebrate Literacy graduation ceremony on May 30, 2019.

“He told me that I couldn’t miss this, that I worked so hard for it, and that if we had to drive all day and night, we would be here for it,” Gerritsen said.

Gerritsen’s family sat proudly in the audience, snapping photos and loudly cheering, as she walked across the stage to receive her high school diploma. Just a few hours later, they’d head back out on the road to their new life in Oklahoma.
Now that she’s received her diploma, Gerritsen is determined to pursue her master’s degree and become a physician’s assistant. Pity the fool that dares to get in her way.

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 9, 2019) – Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs announced a partnership with Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) to support the Summer Adventure reading program serving more than 37,000 kids each summer. Additionally, the new hospital will provide free health-related resources, educational opportunities and family programming as part of their partnership with PPLD.

“As parents, one of our primary focuses is on stimulating our kids’ imaginative, creative cognitive abilities,” said Margaret Sabin, president of Children’s Colorado’s Southern Region. “This program provides families and kids with fun summer activities that are healthier and more engaging alternatives to watching Netflix for the rest of the summer. Our partnership with PPLD allows us to support families in creating summer fun that encourages mental and physical wellness and connects kids to their local community.”

The Summer Adventure reading program invites kids ages 0-18 to complete a series of activities listed on age-specific game cards, such as reading a book, camping, crafting, making a new food dish, or visiting a local museum. Once completed, kids are eligible to win prizes through July 31.

Established in 1903, PPLD is a nationally recognized system of public libraries and it is the second largest library district in the state with a service area covering 2,070 square miles. More than 185,000 children live within the District, and 2.7 million items for children and teens are checked out of PPLD each year. The service area includes Calhan, Colorado Springs, Monument, Falcon, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Ute Pass, Palmer Lake, the United States Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and many other municipalities and military installations.

“Partnering with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs is a natural fit for our organization,” said Lance James, Chief Development Officer and Foundation Executive Director for the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation. “Our mission is to connect our patrons with the resources they need to achieve their goals. Providing additional access to state-of-the-art healthcare resources through this partnership, in addition to the health information resources already provided in our Family Place Libraries, is just one more way for us to achieve that goal.”

Find more information about the Summer Adventure program here: Summer Adventure

About Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the nation’s leading and most expansive pediatric healthcare systems with a mission to improve the health of children through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as a top children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in the discovery of innovative and groundbreaking treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare worldwide. Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and across the region. Scheduled to open in mid-2019, the new Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, will be the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit Children's Colorado, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Children’s Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-720-777-9800.

CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 1-720-777-9800.

http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557

About Pikes Peak Library District
Pikes Peak Library District seeks to engage and transform people’s lives by providing free and equitable access to information via 15 facilities, online resources, and mobile library services. It is a nationally recognized system of public libraries serving a population of more than 650,000 across 2,070 square miles in El Paso County, Colo.”

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Summer is a wonderful time to look at the stars in the sky! Check the link below for star book recommendations.

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Have a box? Why not create something for your child? A train station? Oven? Castle? The sky's the limit!

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Maker in Residence: Mixed Media Collage Art with Roxanne Lingle

Roxanne Lingle, The Maker in Residence for September/October 2019, is a mixed media artist and teacher. She has been teaching for many years and loves to inspire her students and see them “come alive” when they realize they can do something they never thought possible. She loves mixed media art and all its variety of color, texture, and amazing avenues for creativity. Roxanne has taught many types of mixed media classes in the Pikes Peak region as well as across the United States.

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

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Celebrate our 2019 Summer Adventure theme, A Universe of Stories, with these stellar offerings about outer space. Scroll down for picture books to share together, chapter books for independent readers, and nonfiction titles to satisfy curious minds. Click on the link below for booklist.

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2019

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads 2019!

All Pikes Peak Reads is Pikes Peak Library District's annual program geared towards improving literacy and fostering dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines. Each year, we select APPR titles that focus on a variety of timely topics and coincide with our planned community-wide programming. This year, our titles explore themes of crossings, peace, multiculturalism, identity, friendship, and memory.




Our selected adult title is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann.
TransAtlantic
Summary: A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.

About the author: Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in over 40 languages. He is the co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organisation, Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children.


Author presentation and book signing: Click Here!


We have also selected a book of poetry, Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez.
Citizen Illegal
Summary: Citizen Illegal is right on time, bringing both empathy and searing critique to the fore as a nation debates the very humanity of the people who built it." —Eve Ewing, author of Electric ArchesIn this stunning debut, poet José Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life in the spaces between Mexico and America. He paints vivid portraits of good kids, bad kids, families clinging to hope, life after the steel mills, gentrifying barrios, and everything in between. Drawing on the rich traditions of Latinx and Chicago writers like Sandra Cisneros and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olivarez creates a home out of life in the in-between. Combining wry humor with potent emotional force, Olivarez takes on complex issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration using an everyday language that invites the reader in.

About the author: José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers.


Author presentation and book signing!

  • When: Thu., Nov. 7, from 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.



Our young adult and children’s title is Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh.
Nowhere Boy
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Ahmed, a Syrian refugee, and thirteen-year-old Max, an American boy, are bound by a secret that sets them on the adventure of a lifetime

About the author: Katherine Marsh is an author of books for children and young adults including Nowhere Boy, which is being published in over a dozen languages; The Night Tourist, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery; Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, a New York Times Notable; and The Door By The Staircase, a Junior Library Guild selection. A former journalist and managing editor of The New Republic, Katherine spent three years in Brussels, Belgium with her family and flock of chickens. She now lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, two cats and three chickens.


Author presentation: Click Here!

  • When: Thu., Oct. 24, from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c Venue, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.



This fall we will again present a variety of programs to the community including author visits, film screenings, community discussions and panel presentations, theater productions, workshops, music programs, and more. We will be undertaking many of these with our community partners.

Click here for program information.

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