What's New!

Ravi Suryanarayanan calls himself “fresh off the boat”, in other words, he and his family have just moved to New Jersey from India. Ravi is starting 5th grade and is excited to show off his mastery of many skills, English and Math, to name two. EVERYTHING goes wrong for Ravi those first days in 5th grade. Meanwhile, Joe who sits behind Ravi, has his own set of problems that are just as mountain-sized as Ravi’s. The two boys move through their struggles as if moving up the opposite sides of the same circle. They meet at the top. Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan is a powerful portrayal of overcoming bullies and cultural misunderstandings. In the end, acceptance wins out.

On Wednesday, August 30, the Library Express facility at the First and Main Town Center will be permanently closed. The library material return drops will remain at that location indefinitely. Library Express items may be returned to any PPLD location, including the drops at First and Main.

The decision to close Library Express was made because the limited usage it receives no longer justifies the cost and time of maintaining the facility.

Library Express opened in in February 2011 to provide our patrons an access point on the busy Power Corridor. PPLD will continue to explore options for providing Library service to that area.

The 2017 Teen Fiction Writing Contest Anthology is here! Compiled are the Honorable Mentions and Winners from the 2017 Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Click on the link to download and view!

PPLD's Maker in Residence in August/September 2017 was Deb Bartos, who has always been fascinated with new discoveries in the natural world and has been hiking and exploring for as long as she can remember. Rediscovering creative expression in painting as an adult has enhanced her learning to see even more in nature. Her work is best categorized as realistic impressionism, as she captures light and color often on location in oil. To see some of her work, visit DebBartos.com.

She will be taught Painting in Water-soluble Oils classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when she discussed her work.

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

A big thank you to all our participants, and congratulations to our winners!

Middle School Division:
1st: "Unexpected" by Claire Deeds
2nd: "After Dusk" by Jessana Crouse
3rd: "Copperstar’s Nine Lives" by Shanleigh Glide
Honorable Mention: "Fox and Wolf" by Brinley Ruesch

High School Division:
1st: "Mayhem in Paradise" by Kristen Kater
2nd: "The Monster’s Come Out at Night" by Sariah Smith
3rd: "Fugitive" by Nicole Eiland
Honorable Mention: "Aiko’s Blue Moon" by Sapphire Esquibel

The winners were announced at the Award Ceremony on Thursday, July 27, after remarks from Evangeline Denmark. Winners were chosen by staff judges who read without knowing who wrote the pieces.

The stories by the winners listed above will be compiled into a digital anthology that will be posted on the blog by the end of the month. Please let rphilipsen@ppld.org know if you have any questions!

PPLD Kids built incredible towers, bridges, and mazes! We designed our own marble mazes with paper plates. Next, using only 20 binder clips, 20 paper clips and 30 tongue depressors, we tested our mettle building the tallest tower and the strongest bridge. Our tallest tower was 13 inches and our strongest bridge held 16 books! This is definitely something you’ll want to try at home. Do you think you can beat Palmer Lake Library’s record?

Build a Bird A Better World: Get crafty with stuff around the house to build a bird home or feeder for your back yard. Check out these cool creations made by High Prairie Library kids.

On the first Wednesday of every month, you can find "Messy Art" happening at the Manitou Springs Library. Messy Art is designed to provide children opportunities to experience open-ended, creative exploration of art away from home. We encourage children to get messy and focus on the process of creation rather than the final product. Please contact Manitou Springs Library for more information.

ImportantStarting the week of Oct. 3, Knights of Columbus Hall will be closed on Mondays and Sundays. Learn about more hour changes here.

Space to Thrive, by the Community, for the Community

- KCH Mission Statement


Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the official opening of the Knights of Columbus Hall (KCH).

KCH offers a large public space that can be utilized for anything from concerts and theater performances to business presentations and classes. KCH has three main spaces available for use.

  • MacLaren Hall is the centerpiece room of the building and can hold a maximum capacity of 195. There are ample tables and chairs available for use, as well as a PA system, stage, projector, laptop, and screen.
  • The Mezzanine overlooks MacLaren hall and has a capacity of 17 people. This space is perfect for business meetings, networking sessions, and creative collaboration.
  • The Lower Level Classroom has a capacity of 21 people. This space can serve as a classroom, presentation space, and meeting room for smaller groups.

Check out a full list of events here! KCH space is now available!


The entrance to KCH is located in the Northwest corner of the Penrose Library Campus Parking lot.


Artists of the Knight

Stay tuned for a new virtual program from KCH featuring artists from around the Pikes Peak region. Check them out on PPLD TV YouTube!

Click here to learn more.


If you have questions or would like further information on KCH, email dbooth@ppld.org.

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June/July 2017 was Deb Prewitt, a Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT) and a Mixed Media Artist. She has been making art and creating all of her life, finding most of her inspiration from Mother Nature (living in Colorado makes it easy to find that inspiration on a daily basis). She has developed numerous classes around the Zentangle practice and has also incorporated it into other aspects of her art. Deb believes in curiosity, creativity, and playfulness. She knows that bringing art and creativity into our everyday lives will make us happier and healthier. Deb also owns Blue Twig Studio, where she teaches classes, hosts art groups, and sells mixed media and Zentangle art supplies.

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

We are enjoying all the creative submissions from our Summer Adventurers. Check out Ember's Taco Stand.

"Here is a picture of the Taco Stand that I built with Legos. (My mom helped, too!)
My favorite thing about the Taco Stand is the jail cells for bad guys and a disco floor!"

Ember completed this as part of his Summer Adventure "Make" badge for ages 8-11.

 
 

Other "Make" activity options for 8-11 include:

1. Attend a PPLD 7UP Program at your library.

2. Make a pet rock. Tell us what you named it!

3. Make or bake something to eat. What did you make?

4. If you are 9 or older, visit a Makerspace with an adult. If you are under 9, attend any library program

where you get to make something! Find library

5. Paint or draw a picture.

6. Build something with cardboard, Legos, or straws. Optional: Send a picture to

summeradventure@ppld.org for us to post on Facebook.

7. Make a gift for a friend.

8. Make your own journal or book.

9. Make a musical instrument. Click here for some ideas.

10. Make something of your own choosing with whatever materials you wish! Tell us about it.

Login to https://ppld.beanstack.org to see more Make challenges for other age groups. Keep adventuring! And, don't forget we also offer weekly Lego Build programs at our libraries, another opportunity for kids to complete their "Make" badges. Check our program calendar.

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for May/June 2017 was Barbara Dimond. She considers herself a mixed media artist working in out of the box processes in collage, as well as paper mache. Originally from New York City, she has been living in Colorado Springs and New Mexico for her adult life. Trained as a handmade paper artist, she collects papers and fibers found, bought, and prepared. Barbara teaches art around the region and has been on the faculty of the Fine Arts Center Bemis School of Art for well over 20 years. She loves to share her artistic ideas and processes with her students. Barbara went to the City University of New York, getting a degree in art and art education. She then did her graduate work in Southwest Studies at the Colorado College.

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

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

The theme for our 2017 Teen Art Show & Contest was Transformation Teens were encouraged to show us how art impacts your life, or how it transforms the world around you.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 531-6333, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

Here are the winners!

Best in Show

"Mirror Reflection" by Aleyah B.

High School

1st Place: "My Fantasy" by Elizabeth W.
2nd Place: "Summer Sunsets" by Kaylee T.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Hands of Time" by Mary R.

Middle School

1st Place: "Transportation through Time" by Liberty H.
2nd Place: "Evolution" by Mikayla R.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Coy Fish Pond" by Kristine B.

You can view the winning works here:

2017 Teen Art Contest Winners

Reserve your free State Parks Pass and Backpack today by clicking here!

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.

Each backpack, which checks out for one week, includes:

Click here for more information about this program.

Please contact Meagan Huber at (719) 531-6333, x6062 with any questions.

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March /April 2017 was Linda Smith, an artist and art educator who started a non-profit while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana and Bronx NY. She has been commissioned by the UN to provide photographic classes to survivors and former perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She earned her BA from Syracuse University an MA in Communications at Goldsmith College at the University of London and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited in the United Nations, embassies, and universities.

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

PPLD now has Sorenson videophones and Video Relay Service-equipped laptops available for patron use. VRS allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using American Sign Language through video equipment. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.

Videophones are now available at the East Library and Library 21c.

VRS-equipped laptops are available at the following PPLD locations: Cheyenne Mountain, High Prairie, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Ruth Holley, and Sand Creek libraries.

Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, PPLD will no longer charge fines on overdue children and teen items. Removing overdue fines will provide greater opportunity for children and teens to use the full range of library services. Currently, 15% of children and teen cardholders are blocked from checking out items at the library due to overdue fines.

Also, overdue fines on DVDs and games will be reduced from 25 cents per day to 10 cents per day.

PPLD seeks to foster literacy and life-long learning for children and teens. The Library regularly evaluates policies to see what barriers for service exist and evaluates how to eliminate such barriers. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the new policy at their December meeting.

Items that will not accrue overdue fines must be designated as “juvenile” or “teen” in the Library catalog. The policy will take effect for any items checked out January 9 or after. Lost item and damage fees will still apply.

Overdue notices will still be sent as reminders to return Library items. Items not returned within 21 days of the due date will be considered lost, and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.

Click here for more information

In January 2017, the City of Manitou Springs invited the public to review proposed expansion and remodel plans for the Manitou Springs Library.

After receiving six proposals, a team led by Architect Roger Thorp of Thorp Associates was selected by the City in July 2016 to develop plans for expansion and remodel of the historic Carnegie Library.

The team held a series of public meetings to obtain feedback and information from the community. They then took the public input, and that of personnel from the Pikes Peak Library District, which operates the Manitou Springs Library, and developed over the last five months several versions of expansion plans. The final draft proposal was presented to the Manitou Springs Historic Preservation Commission on December 7, at which time the Commission unanimously approved the conceptual design.

Click here to view the draft expansion plans.

To view a larger version of the rendering seen at upper-right, click here.

PPLD's Makers in Residence for January and February 2017 were Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar.

Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs. He has dedicated his talents to playing blues, R&B, funk and jazz. His influences include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and a host of other artists.

Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. Sande Leadership, a model Dr. Wanda developed, is based on ancestral lineage to the Mende of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Tisby-Cousar has studied tap and interpretive dance since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dancea nd performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.

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

Penrose Library was the scene of a winter-themed poetry reading on December 11, 2016. Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Emeritus Price Strobridge emceed the event that featured some of our areas best and best-know poets, including Jim Ciletti, Teever Handal, Loring Wirbel, Julianza Shavin, Amie Sharp, and Evan Kendrick.

The Classical Academy 5th graders brought hand-knitted hats and scarves, socks and hand warmers, while PPLD provided hot cocoa and cookies to excited Penrose Library patrons.

This is the 2nd poetry and warming clothing give-away that the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project has held at Penrose Library.

Have you read a really great (or really bad) book lately? Tell us all about it! Just fill out this book review form and your review will be posted in the Book Reviews section of ppld.org.

Happy reviewing!

PPLD's Maker in Residence for November 2016 was Jo Hart.

Yearning for a change from her Midwest living Jo moved to Colorado less than 18 months ago. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications. She has worked in the art and design fields throughout her career in the corporate, private, ad agency and not-for-profit sectors. Jo primarily works in clay making sculptural objects with a focus on feminine concerns. Recently she has been making utilitarian pieces and mixing multiple surface decoration techniques to create a balance between discord and harmony. Jo likes to make everyday and if she can’t she is sad.

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

The 2016 Student Literary Award Anthology, publishes poems, letters, and artwork of state and national winners of the River of Words and Letters About Literature. These are two free competitions that are coordinated in Colorado. Check out the what you need to do to enter here:

Both competitions are free to join and each website includes the entry form, short videos, and additional information.

So what is River of Words? It is an international poetry and art contest on the them of "Watersheds" designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live and to express what they discover through poetry and visual art.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing competition in which readers in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author they admire or whose work has inspired them. Readers respond by exploring the relationship between their personal experiences and the book's characters or themes and describing how the author's work changed them personally or altered their view of the world. Student may write their letter to any author, living or dead, form any genre- fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

So please, check out these cool competitions coming up in Colorado and get involved!

PPLD's Artist in Residence for September and October 2016 was Deb Bartos, an oil painter who loves exploring the natural world and teaching students about color. She continues to develop her knowledge about how light and color work together, and is fascinated by the process.

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

Comedic icon Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, among many others, has died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Mr. Wilder is probably best remembered as the sweet but subversive title character in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where he won over countless young hearts, but it was his work with Mel Brooks in Young Frankenstein and The Producers that brought him critical acclaim, garnering two Oscar nominations. Wilder rarely worked after the death of his third wife, Gilda Radner, in 1989, but his legacy endures as the world remembers him as one of the comedic greats.

 
"Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship."
- Mel Brooks
 

Click here to search Gene Wilder in the Catalog