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

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

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

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

Click here for PPLD's offical statement.

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

Only at East Library!

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

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Aja Black and Big Samir of The Reminders

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

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

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

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	 Force and Motion STEM Kit

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

For ages 5 and up.

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Dr. Beaker Game

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

For ages 8 and up.

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STEAM Fest

Strap in and get ready for a festival that will spark your child’s interest in the arts and sciences. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) is the future, and it’s also crazy fun.

This free event is powered by Pikes Peak Community College and PPLD.

Activities will include:

  • Ollie the Robot obstacle course
  • Cool Science demos
  • KEPC/PPCC-tv
  • Snap circuits
  • 3D pens
  • Magnetic art
  • Blackout poetry
  • MakerSpace activities and several other stations

Students can win backpacks and other school supplies by completing the STEAM Ticket to Launch.

In conjunction with this event, there will be a free screening of Hidden Figures at Sand Creek Library at 11:30 a.m. on Sat., July 28.

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Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children’s libraries nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.

Family Place Libraries feature:

  • Specially designed spaces
  • Programs for ages 0 - 5
  • Materials and resources for parents
  • Family support services

Our Family Place Libraries also offer extensive collections of toys that are developmentally appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Research shows that play fosters a variety of skills that children need: social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional. Through play, children express feelings, communicate, build imagination and vocabulary, and develop eye-and-hand coordination; all vital steps in their journey toward reading and writing.

Your Family Place Libraries

  • Fountain Library, (719) 382-5347, 230 S. Main St.
  • Library 21c, (719) 531-6333, x6310, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Sand Creek Library, (719) 597-7070, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
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    Supplies:

    • Paint
    • Plastic trays
    • Paper
    • Eye droppers
    • Water
    • Straws
    • Paper cups

    Steps:

    1. Put paint into paper cups and use the water to thin out the paint.
    2. Put your paper on a plastic tray.
    3. Dip an eye dropper into the watered down paint and drip it onto your paper.
    4. Gently blow the paint drips through a straw to spread the paint across your paper.
    5. What kind of designs can you make?

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    The Storys

    All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music on the lawn. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Community Congregational Church in Manitou Springs, across from the library.

    Tuesdays from 6 - 7:30 pm

    July 10: The Storys (Folk and Classic Rock)
    July 17: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
    July 24: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
    July 31: Michael Reese (Rock)
    August 7: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
    August 14: Unlok (Easy Listening)

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    Magna-Tiles

    Due to popular demand, the ERC now has a set of over 130 magnetic Magna-Tiles for even more building fun! Create flat, colorful mosaics or awesome 3D structures. This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

    For ages 3 and up.

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    Watch This Face

    Help your child develop emotional literacy with this fun puzzle activity! Match the situation to the correct character's expressive response. This puzzle is available at our Educational Resource Center.

    For ages 3 and up.

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    July is World Watercolor Month! Many illustrators use watercolors to paint pictures in children’s books. If the watercolors are transparent (see-through), they can be used by themselves or in soft layers. Some watercolors are opaque, (not see-through).

    Here is a list of a few illustrators who use watercolors, (in red). Find the book by looking under the author in the JEasy section of the library, or by asking your friendly librarian. Look closely at the pictures and see if they look transparent or opaque. Don’t forget to pull out your own watercolors, and give watercolor painting a try! Click on the pdf link below to see the list of books:

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    Painting with Household Items: Q-Tips

    Supplies:

    • Paint
    • Q-Tips
    • Paper plates or pie pans
    • Paper

    Steps:

    1. Put paint on plates or pans.
    2. Dip the Q-Tips into the paint and use like paintbrushes.
    3. Experiment! What kind of designs can you make?

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    Painting with Household Items: Rubber Bands

    Supplies:

    • Paint
    • Paintbrushes
    • Rubber bands
    • Small box/container
    • Paper cut to fit the bottom of the box

    Steps:

    1. Put a piece of paper in the bottom of the box.
    2. Stretch the rubber bands across the top of the box.
    3. Use a paintbrush to cover your rubber bands with paint.
    4. Pull on the bands to splatter the paint on to your paper.

    painting with rubber bandspainting with rubber bands

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    1. Cut out one large star and four small stars.
    2. Cut four strips of white paper.
    3. Fold paper strips accordion style.
    4. Glue or tape together.
    5. Draw a face.
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    All Pikes Peak Writes

    Congratulations to the winners of All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. PPLD received over 60 submissions this year. The five winning stories were announced at an award ceremony on Saturday, May 5.

    You can read the winning entries by clicking here.

    First Place
    “In the Shadow of the Mountain” by Leisel Hufford

    Second Place
    “A Rational List” by Sandra Hendricks

    Third Place
    “Hungry” by Davyne DeSye

    Honorable Mention
    “Checkmate” by Molly Bailey
    “Friends Aside” by Ann Amicucci

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    "Shedding Light" by Clarence Chivers

    The Shivers Concert Series presents an Evening of Inspirational Song featuring:

    • Hermione Martin, soprano
    • Daughters of Promise
    • Celebration Multicultural Choir
    • John Redmon
    • Mildred Hinton
    • When: Sunday, July 29 at 4 p.m.
    • Where: Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus (SW corner of Cache la Poudre and Cascade)
    • Tickets: $25; Call (719) 593-8400 or fill out payment form below.

    Proceeds benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.

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    “By the sea, by the sea….By the beautiful sea!
    You and me, you and me…Oh how happy we’ll be!”

    June is “The Great Outdoors” Month! Oceans and lakes, sea creatures and mermaids! Stop at the library for a great book…but make sure to keep it out of the water! Click on pdf below for reading list.

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    Qwirkle Game

    Mix, match, score and win in this fun game that teaches colors, shapes, math and the importance of strategizing! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

    For ages 6 and up.

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    Tumble Stars

    Set off a chain reaction of tumbling fun with our new Tumble Stars game! Enhance your child’s fine motor skills and strengthen their basic foundations of physics and spatial relationships while having fun in the process! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

    For ages 3 and up.

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    Monique Santos

    PPLD's Maker in Residence for July/August 2018 was paper crafting instructor Monique Santos, a Colorado native and enjoys all things “Colorado”! A perfect day would be a morning hike with a friend, cup of coffee, afternoon of playing with the girls and dinner with the family. When she is not busy as a wife and stay at home mom of two daughters 6 & 4 she enjoys being a part of the Colorado Springs community. Whether it be at her daughters school, community centers, crafting events or the library she is passionate about sharing her love for creating.

    She taught classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosted open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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    Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) 2018, which will run from September 10 - November 17.

    For a complete list of events, click here.

    Our selected adult title is The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe. The book explores themes of diversity, multiculturalism, compassion, immigration, endurance, resiliency, and hope. PPLD will use these themes while planning programs of community interest. Our selections for teens and children titles also explore similar themes. (For a list of book club discussion questions for The Newcomers, click here.)

    Our title for teens and young adults is Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh. Flying Lessons was published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

    Our children's title is Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Last Stop on Market Street was the 2016 Newbery Award winner.

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

    We are delighted that our selected authors will be able to join us in the fall. Helen Thorpe will be visiting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2 at Library 21c. Matt de la Peña (who also wrote a short story included in Flying Lessons and Other Stories) will visit at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 at Library 21c.

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    The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is an educational, non-profit living history farm and museum that depicts life in the Pikes Peak region in four time periods: American Indian area in 1775; 1860’s Galloway Homestead; 1880’s Chambers Home and Ranch; 1907 Edwardian Country Estate.

    Follow this link to the Special Events Calendar. https://rockledgeranch.com/2018-events-at-rock-ledge-ranch-historic-site/

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    Painting with cups

    Supplies:

    • Paint
    • Assorted cups and/or jars
    • Paper plates or pie pans
    • Paper

    Steps:

    1. Put paint on plates or pans.
    2. Dip the top of a cup into the paint.
    3. Press the top of the cup on to the paper to make a circle.
    4. Experiment! You can use different-sized cups to make a variety of circles, or dip the bottom of the cup into the paint to make a solid circle instead.

    painting with cupspainting with cups

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