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Think staying home means you can’t volunteer for the library? Well it doesn’t! You can volunteer from wherever life takes you as a member of Pikes Peak Library District’s Review Crew.

All you need to do to start earning volunteer hours is apply at ppld.org/teens/volunteer (be sure to select Review Crew at the top of the application), and start reading! Once we’ve confirmed that we received your application and you’re ready to submit a review, just go to the form we provide and tell us your thoughts!

Here’s a list of things to considering when leaving a book review:

  • Be sure your review is at least 5 sentences long. Anything shorter won’t qualify for volunteer hours.
  • Go in depth about what you did or didn’t like about the book. Consider questions like “why did you choose this book?” “did the book surprise you, or was it predictable?” “could you relate to any of the characters in the book?”
  • Include your grade in school at the end of your book review.

Each qualifying book review you submit will earn you one volunteer hour for a maximum of five hours per month. Have fun, and happy reading!

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During the spring, we released a new digital escape room every week, which are still available below! Even though they are designed for teenagers, anyone can participate, and these can be completed alone, or with friends and family. All of the links will remain live so you can access all of them at any time, beginning with the Hogwarts escape room we launched on Mon., Mar. 30.

For our last escape room of the spring, test your bookish knowledge on a literary trip with So Many Books, So Little Time!

The prequel to the Hunger Games series, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, comes out this week, May 19th! See how well you remember the first movie with this escape room from Round Rock Public Library in Texas.

Explore ancient Mesopotamia and break out your logic puzzle skills with the More Food, More People escape room.

May the fourth be with you! This escape room created by the folks at Richmond Hill Public Library will try your Star Wars, astronomy, and math skills!

Use your logic skills and learn some Greek mythology as you help Prometheus deliver fire to man in this escape room courtesy of Hastings Public Library.

Starting on April 20, flex your knowledge of language - and you'll need to know your way around a game controller!

Time to pretend (unless it really is!) it's your birthday, but your family's acting pretty weird... You'll need your riddling, math, and cipher solving skills to solve this room courtesy of Pekin Public Library in Illinois.

Try your knowledge on copyright and ciphers with the Comics Crusader escape room from Breakout EDU.

Visit the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room, created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian, at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Story Box

Supplies:

  • Empty tissue box
  • White scrap paper
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Old catalogues or magazines
  • Colorful paper (wrapping, scrap booking, or construction paper work well)

Directions:

  1. Decorate your tissue box with markers or colorful paper. Stickers can also be fun!
  2. Cut your white scrap paper into 2 or 3 inch squares to make little cards.
  3. Draw one person, place, or thing on one side of each card. Leave the other side blank. You can also choose to cut out images from old catalogs and magazines and glue them to the cards.
  4. Place all finished cards (once they are dry) inside your decorated box.
  5. To play, draw three cards from the box and use them to tell a story. Play with others by taking turns drawing a card from the box and adding to a group story.

Watch the project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwflHOAeCSo

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Measuring with Daisy

Supplies:

  • Ruler (12" or 18" or 36") or measuring tape
  • Yarn or string
  • Scissor
  • A stuffed animal or your pet

Directions:

  1. Measure, as best you can, your pet or stuffed animal and determine its length in inches.
  2. After you know how many inches, cut a piece of string or yarn the same length.
  3. Take this piece of string and measure items around your house. How many cats (or hamsters or dogs, etc.) long is your kitchen? Your table? Your bed?

Please leave a comment below, tell us what you used to measure items around your house.

You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCU1Ks8mBf0

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Virtual Library Services & Programs

Updated January 21, 2021

Enjoy our entertaining and educational programs from home!

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Pikes Peak Library District is not offering in-person programs at any of its locations right now, but we are offering a variety of virtual services and programs for people of ages and interests. Plus, you can use the Library remotely in other ways, anywhere and anytime, and connect with a librarian by phone, live chat, or email!

Visit our virtual calendar of events for all scheduled programs and activities. Can’t participate live? No worries! Many of the videos are featured on our YouTube channel and playlists, so you can watch whenever it’s convenient for you.

Here’s a handy overview of some virtual opportunities that our team created for you to experience:

FOR EVERYONE:

  • Live Virtual Programs
    From homeschool programs to tours of local institutions, PPLD has you covered.
  • Take and Make Library Crafts
    Missing your Library's programs? Exhausted your home crafting ideas? PPLD has you covered! Presenting.. Take and Make programs! Your Library will now have crafts available to TAKE home and either follow a virtual class or included instructions to MAKE! Kits are available for all ages.
  • Dial-a-Story
    PPLD is now offering storytimes, book recommendations, resources, and more - all on the phone!



FOR ADULTS:


  • Virtual Yoga
    Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 - 10 a.m.
    Local instructor Svetlana Nudelman guides practitioners through beginner and intermediate-level yoga poses.

  • Virtual Book Club
    Missing your Library's book club? Some have gone virtual!

  • Genealogy with PPLD
    Are you interested in learning more about how PPLD can support your genealogical research? Learn research strategies including getting started, organizing research, selecting and searching for records, and more!

FOR TEENS:

Click here to see all teen virtual programming.

Teens programs premiere at 11 a.m. and are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube Channel.

Teens Make


Teen Tech


Teen Games


Teens Eat


Teen Fandom


Teen Self-Care


Review Crew
Anyone from 13 - 18 years old can write an original book review and get an hour of volunteer credit! Check out some past book reviews for examples. Those who are interested can apply here.


Family & Children's Services Virtual Programs

Videos are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube channel.

Baby Time
Children’s Staff from around the district invite babies from 0 - 12 months, with a favorite adult, to enjoy music, rhymes, and a book together!

Children's Performers
Missing the live programs at your Library? Many of our performers can now be viewed anytime on PPLDTV!

Homeschool Programs
Whether you've been homeschooling for years or are just getting started with eLearning, our homeschool programs are here to help!

KidsMake
Children’s staff from around the district lead an art or make project for kids ages 5 - 12.

STEM
Children’s staff from around the district lead a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based project for kids ages 5 - 12.

Storytime
Children’s Staff from around the district invite you to join in a sing-along and then read a children’s book.

Toddler Time
Children’s Staff from around the district invite 1 and 2-year-old children, with a favorite adult, to enjoy rhymes, music and movement, and a few short books!

Tween Twist
Watch a virtual program and then visit your favorite library that Friday to get materials for the program for ages 9 - 12.


  • Drive-in Storytime
    Storytellers will be on a stage, and you will stay in your car and tune your FM radio to our channel to be able to hear the stories and songs. Registration is required. Only one registration per vehicle.
  • LENA Start
    A 10-week program where parents learn how to increase conversational turns with their babies and toddlers.
  • Prenatal Series
    Are you expecting and have so many questions? Join Pikes Peak Library District and Nurse Family Partnership for a series of prenatal classes.
  • Storytime @ Home
    Missing Storytime at your favorite Library? Our Family and Children's Services librarians are creating Storytime at Home materials for you and you family to enjoy. Every themed Storytime includes top literary picks with easy links to our online Catalog, music, crafting, and literacy tips.
  • Stroll-a-Story
    Walk together and enjoy the benefits of a wonderful children’s book and some physical activity.
  • Reassuring Reads for Kids
    This always-available list presents reading options (available in electronic formats) that can provide comfort during tough times for kids and parents. The recommended books cover themes of encouragement, hope, and love while offering tools for emotional awareness and ways to deal with anxiety.
  • Kid-Friendly Music Playlist
    Our staff selected and compiled more than four hours of children's music on Freegal, PPLD’s streaming service for songs, albums, and more. (Pro tip: Browse other playlists, or create your own!)

Don’t see anything that interests you right now? Bookmark this page for frequent updates, or visit our calendar of virtual events for new additions each week.

Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD! Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you, wherever you may be. Right now, we’re creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Play Foam

Supplies:

  • 2/3 c. warm water
  • 2 T. dish soap
  • Food coloring - 4 drops of any color you want
  • Bowl and whisk or a mixer
  • Paper towel or paper

Directions:
Place ingredients in a bowl and whip for 2 minutes. Make another batch of a different color. (Blue + Red = Purple, or Red + Yellow= Orange, or Blue + Yellow= Green) Take your paper towel or paper and lay over the colorful play foam in the bowl. Make some art! You can also make a couple batches to take into the bathtub.

You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7mHotWXvpg

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Looking for a chapter book to listen to or read aloud with the family? Check out this selection of engaging chapter books in a variety of genres all available in electronic formats. Need help accessing these materials? Go to PPLD’s eLibrary to get started. Click on the pdf below to see the booklist.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments Part 2: Flip It Challenge

Supplies:

  • One piece of paper
  • 2 additional smaller pieces of paper to keep score
  • Marker pen
  • 2 pencils
  • 36 water bottle caps, marked with two different colors, one color on top, the other color on the bottom (Coins work well because they have two different sides already, heads and tails).

Directions:

  1. Draw a grid on the paper with the marker pen. Draw 6 spaces by 6 spaces for a total of 36 spaces on your paper.
  2. Put your names at the top of each of the smaller pieces of paper.
  3. To play:
    1. Put two of each players' markers onto the middle four squares of the grid. (We'll call the markers pink and green.)
    2. The first player adds a green marker to the board, placing it beside a pink marker that it has now "trapped" between two green markers. Flip the "trapped" pink marker to the green side. Score one point for each of your opponent's pieces that you are able to trap and flip each turn. The next player adds a pink marker to the board in the same way, "trapping" a green piece and flipping it to the pink side and scoring one for flipping one piece.
    3. Take turns and be sure to notice possible ways to trap your opponent's pieces either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. As you get better at the game, you'll be able to trap multiple pieces in different directions. If you cannot find an opponent's piece to trap, you have to skip your turn.
  4. To score, either count up each player's points or count how many of each players' markers show when the grid is full.

You can watch this project at: You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz38AUe91iQ

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments Part 1: Tic-Tac-Toe

Supplies:

  • 10 water bottle caps (or any caps)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Yarn cut into 4 strands about 5" long
  • Square of cardboard cut from a cereal box
  • Stickers, optional

Directions:

  1. Cut a square size piece of cardboard.
  2. With glue, make two thin lines of glue vertically, and again, horizontally, keep the lines evenly spaced (see photo).
  3. Place one yarn strand on each glue line. Let dry. Trim yarn hanging off the edge of the cardboard.
  4. Mark five water bottle caps one way, and five caps another way. (Color the caps or attach the same sticker to five caps and a different sticker to the other five caps.)
  5. You are ready to play Tic-Tac-Toe!
  6. You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz38AUe91iQ

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Citrus Volcanoes

Supplies:

  • Any citrus fruit like a lemon, lime, or orange
  • knife with a parent or caregiver nearby
  • large tray or cookie sheet
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • dish soap
  • spoon or coffee stirrer
  • food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut the tip off the fruit and then cut in half. Place on tray, sitting upright.
  2. Poke fruit with spoon or coffee stirrer to get juices flowing.
  3. Pour a little dish soap onto the fruit.
  4. Sprinkle baking soda onto the fruit.
  5. Squeeze drops of food coloring onto the fruit.
  6. Speed up the base/acid chemical reaction by adding drops of vinegar also!

You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCL7lOrY5-s

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Cabinet Crafts & Experiments: Penny Spinners

Supplies:

  • cardboard
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • markers
  • scotch tape
  • white paper
  • a parent or caregiver nearby

Directions:

  1. Trace any size circle onto a piece of cardboard. Have your parent or caregiver cut out the circle if needed.
  2. Trace the round piece of cardboard onto the white paper. Cut out the paper circle.
  3. Draw a design onto the round piece of paper. A fun experiment is to use the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow so you can see green, orange, and purple appear when you spin.
  4. Have your parent or caregiver cut a slit into the center of the cardboard circle and also the round paper. Tape your design onto the round piece of cardboard by making tape loops. You may also glue your paper onto the cardboard.
  5. Push a penny into the slit and spin!

You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL4ZKcEDHkQ

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Using the Library Remotely

Last updated January 12, 2021

En español

We remain committed to providing Library resources and services to you during these unprecedented times. Thanks to the public’s investment and taxpayer support, we can continue to deliver access to information and opportunities that impact lives and build community across El Paso County. Learn more about our response to COVID-19 and how patrons can use our locations right now.

You can use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7!

  • Check out our new virtual services! Our librarians are bringing their services to you, anywhere and anytime. Watch a virtual storytime with your kids, participate in a virtual book club, try a digital escape room, join us for a community movie discussion, do an at-home craft or experiment, and more. (Looking for something else to do? Bookmark the web page and check back often for new updates!)
  • Ask a librarian! You can also ask one of our reference librarian questions by phone, live chat, and email.
  • Download our mobile app to view your account, browse and download from our collection, and more. (Pro tip: There are also apps for Libby, OverDrive, Freegal, Kanopy, RBdigital, and more.)
  • Stream and/or download from our digital collection! There are so many options – digital books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, music, and videos – that you can access from almost anywhere.
  • Use our databases to conduct research for businesses, nonprofits, legal matters, and more. You also can learn a new language, plan your next adventure, and do genealogy research.
  • Have kids or teens in your home? We have ample resources for children and teenagers, including homework help, reading, games, creating, planning for the future, and more. (Also, see above for new virtual services!)
  • Dig into some regional history and genealogy. For example, our digital collection features historic photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, oral histories, films and more that highlight the rich history of the Pikes Peak area.
  • Find a good book! Check out recommendations, reading lists, and more.
  • Don’t have a library card? Get started and gain online access today.

That’s not all! Our Library staff also assembled and vetted a growing list of free online resources for all ages; no library card needed. Resources include live streaming, virtual tours, activities, and much more. Topics cover arts and culture, kids and teens, learning and reading for adults, professional support and development, and science and nature.

Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you. Right now, we’re adding to our digital collection, as budget allows, and creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks.

Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD. We’re here to serve you now and into the future.

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Social Work at PPLD

We’ve all found ourselves in a difficult situation and we aren’t always sure where to turn. Pikes Peak Library District offers social work services across the District. Our social workers are here to help you navigate and connect with resources in the community by providing referrals and information to get the help you need for your specific situation. Reach out and meet with a social worker at the Library most convenient to you, or contact them by phone or email. We are happy to support you in finding the best resources for you and your needs.

Contact PPLD's Social Worker

Social Worker Hours and Locations

Common questions from our patrons include

  • How to find affordable housing
  • Where to get assistance with finding employment
  • How to go about applying for disability
  • Where to receive specific services like mental health, medical, or substance use treatment

Crisis Help:

Emergency Shelter:

  • The Salvation Army RJMC (serving adults and families with children) (719) 578-9190
  • Springs Rescue Mission (serving adults 18 and over) (719) 632-1822
  • The Place (serving youth ages 15-20) (719) 630-3223
  • New Promise (serving families with children under age 18) (719) 358-6220
  • TESSA (serving survivors of domestic violence) (719) 633-3819
  • Crawford House (serving veterans receiving mental health care through the VA) (719) 477-1639

Other Resources:

Note: PPLD’s Social Worker is not a case manager or case worker.

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Did you notice that we had a lot of snow on March 1st? An old saying says that if “March comes in like a lion”, it goes “out like a lamb”. The weather may be blustery now, but it should be nice at the end of the month. So, snuggle up on your favorite chair, under a warm blanket, and share stories about the snow and upcoming spring! Choose both picture books and nonfiction about Weather. (J 551.5784) Click on the pdf link below to see the booklist.

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One Book Colorado

One Book Colorado gives away copies of the same book title to each four year old in the state via public libraries.


The program, in its ninth year, stems from the idea that providing young children with access to books promotes early literacy skills and helps families serve as their children’s first teachers.


From Tue., Oct. 13 to Sun., Oct. 25, any four-year-old can pick up a free book from any PPLD Library. There will be English and Spanish versions available (while supplies last).


This is a state-wide initiative to emphasize the importance of early literacy and reading to children. The 2020 winning book will be announced October 13! The contenders are:

  • The Greatest Adventure [La aventura más grande] by Tony Piedra
  • The Little Red Fort [El fuertecito rojo] by Brenda Maier
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar [La oruga muy impaciente] by Ross Burach

And the winner is... The Little Red Fort [El fuertecito rojo] by Brenda Maier!

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Check Out PPLD's New Catalog!

Where Is It?
For the last several months, Pikes Peak Library District worked diligently to update and remodel PPLD’s online Catalog, designed with you, our patrons, in mind. We incorporated new features and re-arranged things to provide a cleaner, easier-to-use interface, which gives the catalog a modern, up-to-date look. Some features and links have moved around, so we’ve created this guide to help you navigate it.

The new Catalog went live March 8!


New Features
  • The number of holds, total copies, and available copies are readily visible.
  • The item status is clearer: checked in, checked out, on hold shelf, or being transferred between Libraries.
  • “Add Author Alert” allows patrons to sign up to receive notifications when items by their favorite authors are added to our Catalog. They only need an email address to create an account and can select their preferred format(s).
  • When searching the Catalog within one of our Libraries, that location’s items will show up on top. (When patrons search from home, locations will be listed alphabetically.)
  • Series info, as well as related titles and authors, are now more easily accessible through the Details tab.
  • Options to limit search results are now in drop down menus instead of patrons having to scroll through the myriad options.
  • Links have been pared down or moved to the bottom of the page for less visual clutter.

Additional Information
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Indoor Snowball Fight

You will need:

  • Masking tape, string or yarn for a dividing line
  • Newspaper or recycled paper for snowballs
  • A phone timer, or use the timer on a microwave
  • Recycle bin or garbage can

Instructions:

  1. Crumple newspaper or recycled copy paper into balls.
  2. Divide a room in half with masking tape, string or yarn.
  3. Put the same number of balls on each side of the room.
  4. Divide into teams.
  5. Turn on the timer for 3 minutes.
  6. Throw snowballs across the dividing line and when the timer rings the side with the least snowballs wins! Try it again!

Afterward try to make baskets in the recycle bin. Give everyone 5 tries. Whoever has the most baskets gets to make up the next game to do with the snowballs.

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It’s a good idea to start very early with tooth cleaning. To make the job more fun, here are some picture books about your teeth: dental visits, tooth fairies and taking care of your “pearly whites”! Click on the pdf link below:

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Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month at Pikes Peak Library District!


Special Event

Colorado Women In World War II: A Presentation By Author Gail Beaton
Thu., March 18, 6 p.m.
Four months before the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Mildred McClellan Melville, a member of the Denver Woman's Press Club, predicted that war would come for the United States and that its long arm would reach into the lives of all Americans. And reach it did. Colorado women from every corner of the state enlisted in the military, joined the workforce, and volunteered on the home front. As military women, they served as nurses and in hundreds of noncombat positions. In defense plants they riveted steel, made bullets, inspected bombs, operated cranes, and stored projectiles. They hosted USO canteens, nursed in civilian hospitals, donated blood, drove Red Cross vehicles, and led scrap drives; and they processed hundreds of thousands of forms and reports. Whether or not they worked outside the home, they wholeheartedly participated in a kaleidoscope of activities to support the war effort.

Join author Gail Beaton as she presents Colorado Women in World War II. Gail Beaton is a historian, author, retired teacher, Chautauqua presenter, and volunteer member of the Advisory Council, Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House Museum. Her first book, Colorado Women: A History, was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Awards and for the 2013WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. Registration is required. The program will be presented in a virtual environment using the Zoom format; registrants will be emailed an access link prior to the start of the program.


Resources

  • Gale Biography in Context
    Search this database for biographical information on current and historical figures!
  • OverDrive Booklist
  • Girl Power Children's Reading List
  • Kanopy
  • Hoopla
  • Hoopla Kids
  • League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region
    Records of the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region, a non-partisan organization established, as part of the National League of Women Voters, to ‘promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.’ Materials in this collection document the activities of the Colorado Springs area League from its inception in 1938 through the 1990s and include correspondence, annual reports, meeting minutes, subject (research) files, newsletters, publications, scrapbooks, ephemera and audio and video tapes.
  • The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
    The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area was established in 1949 with the purpose of advancing the status of women and serving the community. Business and financial documents, events, printed material, awards, scrapbooks, and photographs comprise the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area Records, 1949 - 2012.
  • The Junior League of Colorado Springs
    The Junior League of Colorado Springs Records documents the programs created and/or maintained by the women's organization from 1924 to 2007 through 16 cubic feet of case files, annual reports, minutes, yearbooks, publications, financial documentation, legal documentation, scrapbooks, ephemera, clippings, electronic media, and artifacts. Programs of the Junior League of Colorado Springs started with the Nutrition Camp in 1924 and continued throughout the 21st century to focus on children, women, teens, adults, elderly and those with disabilities, appealing to a wide segment of the Colorado Springs community.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Kinnikinnik Chapter (Colorado Springs)
    The records of the Kinnikinnik Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a national patriotic women's organization whose members trace their ancestors to Patriots in the American Revolution, include Artifacts and Printed Material, Scrapbooks, Yearbooks, and Business and Financial Documents. The Kinnikinnik Chapter was established in Colorado Springs in 1914.
  • Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West by Tim Blevins et al.
    Contains papers presented at the fourth annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium held June 9, 2007 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Profiles a number of prominent and exceptional women throughout the history of the Rocky Mountain West and highlights the political, cultural, economic and social conditions which these women helped to shape.

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With a determined posture and a set look on her face, Kim Seaborn takes a deep breath to begin another take.

After singing a few lines, she stops, looking satisfied.

“I think we got it,” says Keagan Kellogg, sound engineer for Studio916.

Seaborn relaxes her shoulders and smiles before stepping away from the microphone to celebrate with the rest of the team. Her full-length album: officially a wrap.

Seaborn worked for weeks alongside Kellogg and Studio916 producer TerryJosiah Sharpe to record her second full-length album without incurring any expenses, inside a facility of Pikes Peak Library District.

“Here, I got to work with professionals,” Seaborn says. “I found the team here was so easy to work with and just really let me be myself, and they helped me flourish creatively.”

Seaborn started performing in front of her church’s congregation when she was just a sixth grader, and remembers the intensely overwhelming feeling of impacting the crowd.

“I saw people crying,” Seaborn remembers. “Seeing that emotion from the crowd… that was something I liked. If I can get a person to be transformed with my singing, that’s what makes it worthwhile to me.”

But standing up in front of large groups wasn’t something that came naturally to her.

“I’m a very shy person,” Seaborn says. “When I was growing up, I tried to do things that would take me out of that shyness. I felt singing was one of the things I could do to get me out of my shell.”

Her first album, His Glory, was completed in 2014. She was ready to record another one soon after but wanted to break away from the traditional feel of her first full-length album.

Plus, the sheer cost of recording an album was another hurdle.

“These hours in the recording studio can cost thousands of dollars,” Seaborn remembers.

But then she learned of a studio she could use at no cost at Sand Creek Library: Studio916. She attended a studio orientation to learn more about using the space. Then, she checked every day for open studio sessions because they were so frequently booked.

As she got into the studio more and more, Seaborn found that she had a team of experts at her disposal in Kellogg and Sharpe. “It helped me break out of my shell,” she remembers. “When you have people who know what they’re doing, it just gels.”

Now, Seaborn has a vision for her future as a musician, hoping to record more music as well as further market herself as a singer/songwriter and get her music out into the world.

She hopes other aspiring artists in the Pikes Peak region will take advantage of Studio916.

“To these young people with a dream, I say go for it,” Seaborn says. “If music is something that is a part of your purpose and you’re willing to put in some work, do it. It is thousands of dollars to do elsewhere what you can do at the Library for free.”

Click here for more news from around your Library district!

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Make and indoor or outdoor obstacle course with stuff you have around the house.
Time yourself to see how long it takes to get through.
The winner gets to create a new obstacle course!
Safety first when creating your challenges for each other!

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The top 10 of 2019 are here! Learn more about what the Pikes Peak Region read in 2019 and add any you missed to your 2020 reading list!


Adult Books
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. The Reckoning by John Grisham
  4. Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover
  5. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
  6. TransAtlantic: a Novel by Colum McCann
  7. Redemption by David Baldacci
  8. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  9. Unsolved by James Patterson
  10. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Teen Books
  1. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  8. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  10. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Children's Books
  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  2. Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  3. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  4. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
  6. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  7. A Long Walk to Water: a Novel by Linda Sue Park
  8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  9. Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne
  10. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

eBooks
  1. A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson
  2. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 by David Baldacci
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  4. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
  5. After the Flood: A Novel by Kassandra Montag
  6. An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks
  7. Run Away by Harlan Coben
  8. Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
  9. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
  10. Neon Prey by John Sandford

eAudio
  1. The Silent Patient (unabridged) by Alex Michaelide
  2. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (unabridged) by Rachel Hollis
  3. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 (unabridged) by David Baldacci
  4. The Giver of Stars: A Novel (unabridged) by Jojo Moyes
  5. City of Girls: A Novel (unabridged) by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. The Dutch House: A Novel (unabridged) by Ann Patchett
  7. The Institute: A Novel (unabridged) by Stephen King
  8. Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel (unabridged) by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  9. The Turn of the Key (unabridged) by Ruth Ware
  10. The Guardians: A Novel (unabridged) by John Grisham
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Winter Adult Reading Program: Tails & Tales

Join us for this year's Winter Adult Reading Program: Tails & Tales!

From Mon., Feb. 1 - Wed., March 31, 2021 log 30 days of activities to earn prizes! Activities include attending any of PPLD's virtual programs, anything listed under the activities section below, and reading for 30 minutes or more a day.

Winter Adult Reading Program Kick-Off Party!

Join us on Facebook Live to get an early look at all the programs and activities happening for the 2021 Winter Adult Reading Program! You will also be able to register early for the program and receive one extra entry into the grand prize drawing.

Prizes

Log 15 activities or 15 days of reading for 30 minutes or more a day to earn a reusable utensil set and a chocolate bar from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Log 15 additional activities or days of reading, for a total of 30 activities, and earn the annual reading program mug.

You can complete the program through a combination of activities and reading, but must have 15 days of reading 30 minutes or more a day to earn the mug and be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing.

Grand Prize Drawing: Three Grand Prize Winners will receive an HP Chromebook Laptop, with wireless mouse and carrying case.

You can earn extra entries into the Grand Prize Drawing! For every additional 5 days of reading you will receive one additional entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for a total of up to 5 additional entries. PPLD employees are not eligible for grand prize.


Reading Resources


Activities

Need some suggestions for activities? We’re here to help:


Presenters

  • The Crofter’s Hearth I
    On PPLDTV Youtube Mon., Feb 1 through Sun., Feb. 28
    Tales and music from the highlands of Scotland, the rolling hills of Ireland, and the popping fireside of Willson & McKee. Crofts are small plots (14-30 acres) where tenant farmers, ‘crofters’ and their families are able to live and be self-sufficient, but not necessarily landowners. Handed down within families, imagine the sharing of music, song, stories and dance, to pass the long winter nights! Come close to the hearth and let your imagination dance with the shadows…
  • The Crofter’s Hearth II
    On PPLDTV Youtube Mon., March 1 through Wed., March 31
    Gather round the fire for more stories and music. Old tales, even older tunes, and a conjuring of long ago with Willson & McKee. Crofts are small plots (14-30 acres) where tenant farmers, ‘crofters’ and their families are able to live and be self-sufficient, but not necessarily landowners. Handed down within families, imagine the sharing of music, song, stories and dance, to pass the long winter nights! Come close to the hearth and let your imagination dance with the shadows….
  • Geology of Red Rock Canyon Open Space
    Sun., Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
    Join Park Ranger and paleo-nerd Wesley Hermann for a virtual trek through the geology and ancient history of Red Rock Canyon! Participants will be led through a virtual hike, focusing on real-life sites which can be visited at Red Rock Canyon Open Space! Each “stop” along the way will highlight a different geologic time, which tell the story of the last 300 million years of the Pikes Peak Region. On our journey, we will learn about ancient landscapes, plant and animal life, and how they changed over time!
  • ZOOMobile
    Sat.., March 6 at 1 p.m.
    Join PPLD and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for a virtual ZOOMobile! Meet five different animal ambassador and have a live conversation with a keeper! This virtual program will feature appearances by a mammal, amphibian, bird, lizard, and a turtle or tortoise. This is offered as a part of the Winter Adult Reading Program Tails and Tales.
  • Black History Month with The Reminders
    On PPLDTV Youtube Mon., Feb 1 through Sun., Feb. 28
    Join local music group The Reminders for a musical performance for Black History Month.
  • Author Visit: Sunny Weber
  • Colorado Women in World War II
    Thu., March 18 at 6 p.m.
    Colorado author and women's history presenter Gail Beaton will host a program based on her new book, "Colorado Women in World War II."
  • Boats Against The Current: The Honeymoon of Scott and Zelda and The Origins of The Great Gatsby
    Tue., March 30 at 5 p.m.
    An Author Talk with author Richard “Deej” Webb who will discuss his book Boats Against the Current. Deej will chat about his book and do a multimedia presentation then take questions from viewers. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned for five months in the summer of 1920 in a modest gray house in Westport, Connecticut. It was an experience that had a more profound impact on both of their collective works than any other place they lived. It was, for Scott and Zelda, their honeymoon. Having just gotten married and after being kicked out of some of New York city's finest hotels, they were, for the first time, in their very own place, albeit for only five months. It was a time that Scott Fitzgerald called "the happiest year since I was eighteen." He had, after all, just achieved success with his first novel, This Side of Paradise, and was suddenly awash with money. The Fitzgeralds lived a wild life of drinking, driving and endless partying while living in suburban Connecticut. As it happens, living near the beach, they were neighbors to a larger-than-life reclusive multi-millionaire, F.E. Lewis.

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January is National Hobbies Month! image

Is there a favorite thing you enjoy doing…either by yourself or with your friends? January is a time to celebrate your hobbies. Whether it is sports or crafting or music or magic, the Library is the perfect place to learn more about your hobby. Enjoy these picture books, click on the pdf link below:

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Kinderspark 2021

It’s never too early to help your child prepare for success in Kindergarten!

Kinderspark 2021 is going virtual. Videos featuring fun ideas to enhance your child’s early literacy will air Sundays from Jan. 31 through Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. on PPLDTV YouTube.

Kinderspark activity booklets are available here! Free books will be available at all Library locations for children ages 0 - 5 while supplies last.


Two videos featuring the highlighted early literacy practice will air at 10:30 a.m. One video is intended for babies and toddlers and the other for preschoolers.

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