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In 2018, over 70 young authors submitted original stories to PPLD's Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Each story began with the sentence "The letter could not have come at a worse time", which was chosen by New York Times best-selling author Sandya Menon. The young authors in our community took this common beginning and crafted a huge variety of stories that tackled big topics, such as: grief and loss, growing up, building a better world, and the weight of responsibility.

Winners were chosen through anonymous scoring by a group of dedicated PPLD staff members. The three top stories in both the middle school and high school categories were announced at the awards ceremony on July 29, 2018, and will be published in a digital anthology in September.

Middle School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "A Girl, A Thousand Shirtwaists, and a Fire" by Molly Heinold
  • 2nd Place: "Dear Louella" by Emma Reeves
  • 3rd Place: "Elenora" Claire Deeds

High School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "The Apiary" by Alexandra Wollinka
  • 2nd Place: "An Impossible Choice" by Sophia Mayhugh
  • 3rd Place: "A Work-Ruled Vacation" by Shanleigh Glide

Congratulations to all the winners and entrants! Thank you to all the young authors who entered and to those who encouraged them to put their ideas on paper. If you were unable to attend the awards ceremony, your judge's feedback sheet and participation certificate have been mailed to the address listed on your submission form.

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.

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:

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.

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, x1527, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Sand Creek Library, (719) 597-7070, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
  • 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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    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:

    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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    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.

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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.

    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

    “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.

    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.

    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.

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    “Zipping on wheels…Off you go! Flying fast and spinning slow.
    Riding a bike on a sunny day…your worries and cares just fade away!”
    May is “National Bike Month”!!! After taking a spin around the neighborhood on your bike, choose one of these picture books to relax with! See link below for reading list.

    PPLD's Makers in Residence for May/June 2018 were Charles and Tauni Orndorff. The Colorado Springs natives have been making costumes and props for over 15 years. Their skills include sewing, fabrication, 3D design, and much more. They are currently instructors at the Pikes Peak Makerspace where they teach resin casting, silicon molding, and vac-forming.

    They taught Resin Casting with Silicon Molds 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.

    April is National Humor Month!
    “Knock, Knock! Who’s there? Boo. Boo who? Why are you crying?”
    It is said that “Laughter is the best Medicine”. Sometimes there is no better way to connect kids with books, than to find one that tickles the funny bone! Here is a list of humorous picture books. Click on link below!

    Supplies:

    • Kool-aid squeeze bottles
    • Straws with different diameters, one needs to fit inside the other.
    • Masking tape
    • Paper
    • Scissors
    • Duct Tape

    Rocket directions:

    1. Drink all the juice and then clean and dry the bottle.
    2. Tape the small straw to the opening of the bottle. Insert a bit into the bottle, make sure air is flowing through straw.
    3. Cut paper into a square, fold over itself and tape in the shape of the top of a rocket, it should be a point.
    4. Tape the large straw at one end so that no air can escape from one side.
    5. Put the large straw over the small straw, put the rocket nose on top, and SQUEEZE bottle to shoot rocket. MAKE SURE NO ONE LOSES AN EYE!
    6. With a square of duct tape fold a triangular shape, leaving a lip of sticky tape exposed to tape onto the straw. These are fins, kids can use them as decorations but also to experiment. See if your rocket flies better or worse with the fins added.

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    The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

    The theme for our 2018 Teen Art Contest was "Hidden Beauty." Teens were encouraged to show us where they have found hidden beauty in the ordinary, everyday world.

    All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April.

    Here are the winners!

    Best In Show
    Clear by Isabella Huhn

    High School - First Place
    Letting Go by Celine Hanlon

    High School - Second Place
    Masked by Elizabeth Ward

    Middle School - First Place
    Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder by Connor Murdock

    Middle School - Second Place
    Beauty of the Mountain by Adyline Poirson

    Coordinator’s Choice - High School
    Color through Clutter by Rebecca Gearhart

    Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School
    A Shoe by Adia Byron

    You can view the winners here:
    Teen Art Contest 2018 Winners

    Make a paper flowers out of coffee filters and droppers with liquid water colors!

    Supplies: jars or cups, droppers or pipettes, liquid water colors, coffee filters, scissors, wax paper (to protect the surface you’re working on)

    Directions: fill the jars with different water colors and add water to make a solution. Cut out flower shape in coffee filter paper. Use droppers to apply droplets to your coffee filter paper. Once you’ve colored the flower, let it dry before hanging in the window. (Project from High Prairie Library)

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    Kids at Monument Library enjoyed a Marshmallow Build STEM program by figuring out how to keep their structures from crashing. Kids used toothpicks, straws, and spaghetti!

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    Practice reading aloud and improve fluency by sharing a story with one of our loveable Paws-to-Read therapy dogs. Click on the link below for a great reading list. Here are times and library locations for PPLD Paws to Read programs:

    • Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. - East
    • Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. - East
    • 1st Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. – Ute Pass

    Check out this great current events site for kids. There's good news...more daylight is on the way!

    https://www.dogonews.com/2018/3/7/rejoice-its-time-to-spring-forward

    PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March/April 2018 was Joanna Bolek. She has taught art processes in the context of mindfulness/awareness for over 20 years to diverse populations. She has a masters degree in art education. She is also a qualified meditation and Dharma Art instructor.

    Sarah tought throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

    The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to Pikes Peak Library District patrons. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting ppld.kanopy.com. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku.

    Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

    Click here for a list of supported browsers