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Happy Holidays! When I first moved to Colorado Springs I was coming from a job as program director for a non-profit in Philadelphia whose services supported children with guardians who identified in the LGBTQIA spectrum. We ran a year-round speaker’s program and a two week long residential summer camp in the pine barrens of New Jersey. The creative arts were essential to our activities—poetry was a means of expression the young people eagerly responded to and embraced. I have found their enthusiasm to be universally present—especially among the queer youth of the Pikes Peak region.

In Colorado Springs, Inside/Out Youth Services launched as a program for LGBTQIA youth in 1990 as a program of the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment. Inside/Out is known for trusted, high quality and engaging youth development and recreation programs, as well as referrals for at-risk youth. They are often the only safe space in the city for a queer or questioning young person. An army of volunteers and small staff advocate and empower young people and their allies so that safety, acceptance and liberty breathe across the city, not just behind the doors of our youth center. The creative and outspoken work they do encourages compassion and story telling.

Inside they provide safety and acceptance for LGBTQIA youth and their allies.
Out in the community they provide understanding, respect, and equality.

I am proud to share this poem, written for Inside/Out, with you.

For you whose chest is rainbow fractured—
—you tired seahorses
& unexpected heroes with the birds-nests
worried into your hair—
whose struggle to silence the screaming
has blocked out dove psalms—
There are sparrow seeds sprouting
from the shine seeping through
the cracks of your opening heart.
Your flame flickers in darkness
& grows brighter with the wind.
We have come out of the closet
& have seen scars in the mirror
We have lit candles
& left the house—
Strengthened our spines
by growing wings—
Taken aim & flown
past the moon.
We see her reflection
& plaster her glow
like a smile on the mirrors
of our faces.
We use the light of each other
to fly our way home—
In the safety of our house
nestled in the embrace of branches
& the flutter of wings
we find friends who are ever-enduring shadows
& un-lying mirrors
Candles lose nothing when they share
the warmth of their flames—
There are millions waiting in the dirt of flower pots
for the warmth of owning their own names.
When a flower fails to bloom
you build them a new home—
you do not give up
on their blossoming at all—
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
We poets who trade in our lives for a living
were once, too, parchment waiting to be inscribed—
We burn our eyes by staring too long
at our bright burning star of a sun—
& we wonder
at the burn of our own reflections
—& at the mirrors we’ve become.
Look what you can do with this world
& a wind-pipe
& a poem
—a whistling bird call
always drawing you home.

-Susan M. Peiffer

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Price at Classic Academy

Penrose Library was the scene of a winter-themed poetry reading on December 11. 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.

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Add Your Book Review to PPLD.orgHave 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!

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Jo Hart

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.

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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!

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Deb Bartos

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.

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Introducing SELF-e!  eBooks and ePublishing

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to partner with Library Journal to offer SELF-e, a new service that brings self-published authors and eBook readers together.

SELF-e for Authors

SELF-e allows self-published authors to submit their original work for circulation in Biblioboard, making your eBook visible at PPLD and other Colorado libraries, as well as at libraries nationwide.

Want to submit your eBook? Click here to learn more about getting started.

You can find SELF-e in the CyberShelf section of ppld.org.

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Gene Wilder: June 11, 1933 - August 29, 2016

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

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The 2016 Teen Fiction Writing Contest Anthology is here! Compiled are the Honorable Mentions and Winners from the 2016 Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Click on the link to download and view!

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It's Back to School Time!

PPLD would like to wish all our students and parents a great school year. Here are some resources we offer to help with your studies:

And of course, you can always email us at Ask a Librarian for assistance.

Good luck out there!

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Brian Looney

PPLD's Artist in Residence for August/September 2016 was Brian Looney.

"I learned to draw while sitting alone at the kitchen table. Art is about self-discovery, and there truly is no rule book. The more you do a thing, the more that thing develops, and everything you do along the way is unique. Excuse the play on words... I was born in 1985, and that was a kooky year. Albuquerque, NM is my hometown, and I moved to Colorado for the nature and the art. I haven't been disappointed. Additionally, I am a published poet and a yoyo artist. That last might fall under the 'geek' category, but you may view it all at brianlooney.com. I look forward to meeting you!" ~Brian Looney

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

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The Cheyenne’s Creative Community (CCC) Art Project will be on display for National Arts Month – October 1-29, 2016, at the Cheyenne Mountain Library. This call is open to all 2D and 3D forms of art created by residents (18 years and older) in the 80905 and 80906 zip codes. Please submit up to 3 images by Friday, September 2nd and remember that art that is exhibited in any PPLD library gallery must be suitable for all audiences.

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Penrose Library Mural Project

The Penrose Library Mural Project reached completion in May 2016 and involved the generous contribution of Concrete Couch and hundreds of community volunteers. The mural was 22 years in the planning and involved six hub groups, one steering committee, fundraising galore, huge donations of time and materials, and loads of fantastic volunteers. Concrete Couch and Pikes Peak Library District teamed up with Community Prep School, School District 14, Will Rogers Elementary School, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College, and the Manitou Art Center to complete this project.

Watch this PPLD TV video for a preview of the project:

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Congratulations to the winners of the Teen Fiction Writing Contest! All the winners stories will be published in a digital anthology.

Results:
Middle School

1st place: "Mary Cinclare" by Rohit Paradkar
Tie for 2nd place: "The Battle of Feather and Claw" by Liberty
Harms and "Life Guarded" by Sophia Mayhugh
3rd place: "Loss and Change" by Madelyn Prichard
Honorable mention: "Anomaly" by Christen Mayberry

High School

1st place: “Purple Problems” by Kristen Kater
Tie for 2nd place: "Fall from (Lack of) Grace" by Nicole Eiland and
"Pictures of Love" by Ellie Ford.
3rd place: "The Truth of Memories" by Maggie Tibbitt
Honorable mention: "An Account of One Of My More Profitable
Jobs" by Victoria Hecker

Congratulations to all the winners! We will post the anthology when it is complete!

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clay snake

PPLD's Maker/Artist in residence for June and July of 2016 was Patricia Moore. Patricia has been making all kinds of crafts forever. She believes in the magic of arts/crafts bringing wholeness and joy into life. She has been teaching arts/crafts to children and adults since around 1985. Patricia believes in Expressive Art and has used that to help children in different programs such as CASA.. Polymer clay is the main medium that she works with finding its possibilities near endless. Patricia lives in beautiful Black Forest on five acres with her teenage sons and many delightful animals.

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

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PPLD's Maker in Residence for May and June of 2016 was Amy Griswold, a professional seamstress with over thirty years of experience in clothing construction and industrial sewing. She is self-taught and continued her education as an apprentice in her sister’s shop, Mary Pope Custom Sewing, where she learned techniques in alterations, custom clothing design, re-upholstery, canvas work, as well as large scale production industrial sewing. Her body of work includes everything from wedding gowns and costuming to boat covers and custom reupholstery. Her motto is “show me a picture and I can make it for you.”

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

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Homeschool Science Lab

Our Science Labs are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. During this time our volunteer will have a special lab for everyone to participate in. We will also have equipment available for you to use if you would prefer to bring your own experiment. A parent must accompany the student. The Homeschool Science Lab is open to all ages, and no registration is required.

Who: All Homeschool Families
When: 1-3 pm on the 3rd Friday of every month
Where: East Library Community Meeting Room

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The 2016 Summer Reading Photography Winners have been announced! The winning photographs will be on display at East Library during the month of August.

Robert Loughman

"All I Do is Ball"
all I do is ball

Clare Chaddon

"Lifelong Goals"
lifelong goals

Lena Ahrens

"On Point"
on point

Sean Brooks

"Pitch Perfect"
pitch perfect

Congratulations!

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Susan M. Peiffer

Susan M. Peiffer was inaugurated as the 5th Pikes Peak Poet Laureate on April 24, 2016. Susan will serve as Poet Laureate until April 2018.

Susan Peiffer is a published and nationally recognized poet who studied creative writing and theology at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. With graduate degrees from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Susan taught at a private high school in Delaware for six years. As program director of a non-profit in Philadelphia, she had the opportunity to organize a young leader’s program enabling participants to effectively speak their own stories. She coached the Delawhere? Youth Slam Team to the Brave New Voices championship in Oakland, CA. Since relocating to Colorado Springs in 2012, Susan has become deeply invested in the local poetry community. Currently the Program Director of Hear Here Poetry, she has facilitated several workshops and classes on different aspects of writing and performance, was named the RAW Colorado Springs Artist of the Year, and was the recipient of three Pikes Peak Arts Council awards for excellence in performance poetry and leadership. She is an animated and inclusive presenter who readily engages audiences and inspires the unique circumstances into which poems arrive. Susan is eager to continue connecting different facets of the community through the shared experience of crafting words.

The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project is a partnership of the Pikes Peak Library District, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Radio Station KCME, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, Pikes Peak Arts Council, Hear Here Poetry, the Fountain Valley School, the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, Pikes Peak Community College and Poetry West.

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the following winners of the Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest:

  • Ella Batson, “The Form of a Mystery”
  • Sophia DeJoia, “Mountain Gem”
  • Dara S. Kurbegov, “Mysteries of Nature”
  • Brooke Steinberg, “Mystery Murder”
  • Sage Stoecklein, “Mystery?”
  • Anna Winslow, “The Mystery of Me”

You can watch the winners read their poems below:

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William Shakespeare - The Bard of Avon

"He was a man, take him for all in all.
I shall not look upon his like again."
Hamlet (1.2.186)

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, Shakespeare's body of work transcends time and place. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. We're sure it comes as no surprise that PPLD has a large selection of works by The Bard in our collection.

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What's your favorite? Mine's Hamlet. My husband likes Titus Andronicus because it's a bloodbath.

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Christine Yocum

As a California native and self-taught baker, current PPLD Artist in Residence Christine Yocum was introduced to baking at a young age by her father and grandmother. Imagine a former left tackle in college teaching his nine-year-old daughter the finer points of cookie-making. Those sweet moments birthed in her a lifelong passion for baking—in particular cookies—and the eventual opening of Art & Style Baking, an online gourmet cookie company specializing in hand-painted cookies.

Even now, when her hands are steeped in cookie dough, she can sense his tender nod of encouragement and approval. While her dad passed away before he could enjoy "the fruits of his labor," her tender-hearted daughter assures her that he would be proud.

Christine will host classes throughout the Library District about cookie painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c where you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

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

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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 2016 Teen Art Show & Contest was Magnify It! Teens were encouraged to take a closer look at the world around them and create a piece of artwork.

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!

High School

“My Converse Crush” by Ashley D. - Best in Show
“Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E. - 1st Place
“A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P - 2nd Place
“Lou” by Arely A. - Coordinator’s Choice

Middle School

“The Story in an Eye” by Stephanie L. - 1st Place
“Hidden in the Flowers” by Tiya G. - 2nd Place
“Butterfly Glory” by Asia X. - Coordinator’s Choice

You can view the winning works here:

Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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Manitou Springs Library is hosting a monthly Anime Club on the 2nd Saturday of every month, from 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Come draw Manga, watch anime, make anime-inspired crafts, and eat snacks!

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I Am Malala

With over 400 votes, the winner of the 2016 Book Madness is....

I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

Thank you so much for voting and come back next year!

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