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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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Artist in Residence: Diane Crawford: Feb/March 2016

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Diane Crawford, a contemporary artist with twenty years experience. Originally from the upper Midwest, she left careers in corrections, law enforcement and social work to pursue the arts. While primarily self-taught, she has attended watercolor workshops by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Diane has recently lived in Hawaii and Las Vegas, and her works reflect the influences of her life and experiences.

Her mediums of choice are watercolor and alcohol inks. Her painting style is unique. She paints free-hand without drawing her designs first and rarely uses paint brushes. She uses old credit cards and drinking straws on her alcohol inks, and a palette knife on her watercolors.

Diane will host classes throughout the Library District about alcohol inks, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c during which time 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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Artist in Residence: Erin Gillespie: Nov/Dec 2015

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Erin Gillespie, a multimedia artist currently residing in Colorado Springs. Her paintings are primarily figurative or portraits, full of bold, bright colors and expressionistic qualities. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Painting from Colorado State University, Erin lived for many years in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona before returning to Colorado. She held positions at Pinon Fine Art Gallery and Terra Firma Fine Art in Denver, Colorado and was a member of the Arts Student League of Denver for many years. Erin is currently an art instructor teaching numerous classes at both Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and venues, in both group and solo shows.

Erin hosted classes throughout the Library District about acrylic painting.

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Daria Wilber
PPLD's Maker in Residence for August and September 2015 is Daria Wilber. She was born in Washington, D.C. and spent the first two decades of her life in and out of the amazing array of galleries and museums in the D.C. area on a weekly basis. She studied painting and printmaking at the Maryland School of Art and Design and worked in the scene shop for a regional theater company. In the mid-2000s, Daria began to study the paper arts in earnest. In 2012 she plunged into studio papermaking after a sculptural papermaking intensive at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with Jo Stealey. Daria currently works with papermaking and artist Helen Hiebert as a studio and teaching assistant.

During her time as Maker in Residence, Daria conducted flat paper making classes and a paper sculpture class.

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Sarah Withee
PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July 2015 was Sarah Withee. She began folding paper as a child, and was introduced to modular origami by Makoto Yamaguchi’s book Kusudama (Origami Ornaments). Thus began a lifelong interest in Japanese paper arts. Sarah has lived in Japan and taken classes in advanced paperfolding and doll making at Tokyo’s Origami Kaikan, and has an extensive library of origami books.

Sarah is an experienced origami instructor who has worked with students from children to senior citizens. She has taught origami at the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado’s Children’s Day for over 10 years, as well as classes for Pikes Peak Library District and private classes. If you have tried learning origami from a book and failed, Sarah knows just how to help you get unstuck!

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Maker in Residence: Kristina Winnett: Oct/Nov 2015

PPLD's Maker in Residence for October and November 2015 was Kristina Winnett, a self-taught mixed-media artist who has spent most of her life in Colorado Springs. Choosing to pursue studies in the Sciences in college, she longed to participate in artistic processes, yet felt that required a natural ability to draw. Having always been crafty, she found Art Journaling (the combination of Art and Words) in 2005. It was love at first site, because the first rule of Art Journaling is that there are no rules. This medium is such an easy and non-intimidating way to jump into the playfulness of creativity, that even a trained scientist could do it. She longs to share this passion with all who wish to create something personal and meaningful, yet have felt intimidated to begin.

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Maker in Residence: Michelle Lim

PPLD's Maker in Residence for May and June 2015 was Michelle Lim, a self-taught designer, animator, and maker of various things at the intersection of art and technology. She lives in Denver and is originally from Queens, NY. Education and community are essential to her work, which includes teaching creative technology in Denver public schools and designing digital programs at the Denver Art Museum. Inspired by her favorite short story — The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges — she explored the many lives of infinitely complex patterns through video, sculpture, and interactive media during her residency and community workshops.

You can view the finished project at forking-paths.tumblr.com.

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

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Deb Ross
Deb Ross was PPLD’s first Artist in Residence. She has enjoyed painting and drawing since she was a little girl. She still loves crayons! Deb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Her artistic career has included both teaching and commercial art. A resident of Colorado Springs for over 30 years, Deb has taught at The Colorado Springs Senior Center, The Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Colorado Technical University.

Deb likes introducing beginners to creating art and inspiring more experienced artists to try new ideas. Creating art is the most fun you can have with a pencil or a paint brush!

Deb conducted Drawing for the Total Beginner and Letters into Art workshops for the public during her residency. She also painted acrylics and watercolors during her studio hours.

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Kim Hetherington
Kim Hetherington was PPLD's Maker in Residence for January and February 2015 .

Her introduction to bookbinding was in the nonfiction section of the East Library. Kim was perusing the shelves and was more than thrilled to find a book on making books. Unfortunately, she was also a bit intimidated as the book explained historical bookbinding methods and listed costly pieces of equipment and tools. For a few years, she allowed this intimidation to keep me from trying my hand at it. Kim thought bookbinding required talent and equipment she did not possess. How wrong she was.

Books can be made simply with a few inexpensive materials, or they can be time-intensive pieces made with traditional bookbinding tools and equipment. A private class showed Kim how to create her first book with a handful of common tools and a few pieces of simple materials. She was hooked. Kim had the fortune of attending further bookbinding classes at Pikes Peak Community College, American Academy of Bookbinding, and with bookbinder Jim Croft. She also attend local classes and created books with and designed by Kylin Lee, Jill K. Berry, Carol Sloan, Marsh Sterling, and Pam Leutz.

While in residence, Kim taught classes about Japanese Bookbinding and Leather Journals.

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Patti Smithsonian
Patti Smithsonian was PPLD's Maker in Residence for February and March 2015. Her puppet shows portray ancient folktales using contemporary language and humor.

Her one-woman puppet theater has been featured at international festivals and venues including The Detroit Institute of Art, The Seattle Puppet Festival, New York International Busker Fest, Institut International de la Marionnette (France), The Santa Fe Sculpture Ranch, The
Telluride World Theater Festival, The San Francisco Puppetry Festival, and The Shilong Moon Festival (Taiwan).

Ms. Smithsonian has studied shadow puppetry in Turkey, Taiwan, and France. She uses laser cutters, acrylic plastics, alcohol inks, and high-powered projectors to create her shadow theater. She uses electronically projected light and shadow in creating light shows for theater, rock bands, and performance art — as well as narrative puppet plays.

While in residence, Ms. Smithsonian taught classes about Chinese Dragon Shadow Puppets and Modern Shadow Puppets: Animals.

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

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RoxAnne Krute
RoxAnne Krute began her creative journey at an early age. An affinity for playing with color, texture and composition has been an underlying influence in her continued exploration of various mediums throughout her life. In addition to collecting a variety of materials and tools needed for each creative venture, she has a fondness for aged and unusual objects, which she attributes to her grandmother’s influence.

This background, together with a formal education in fine art and graphic design, provides a “perfect storm” for art expressions using mixed media. She admits that even though this evolution in her art making is still in its infancy, the joy she experiences in the “play” of art-making is something she is passionate about sharing.

While in residence, RoxAnne taught Beginning Mixed Media Collage on Canvas classes.

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We are so excited to announce the Teen Fiction Writing 2015 Anthology is complete! The anthology features our winners and honorable mentions from the 2015 contest.

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Harper Lee: April 28, 1926 - February 19, 2016

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Nelle Harper Lee has died at the age of 89. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the great works of American literature.

Search the Catalog for titles by Harper Lee

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The results are in!
Last Stop on Market Street

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2016 was awarded to Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña.

"The celebratory warmth is irresistible, offering a picture of community that resonates with harmony and diversity." - Booklist.

Finding Winnie

Caldecott Medal

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner.

"A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing, this lovely story, penned by Colebourn's great-great granddaughter, is ideal for sharing aloud or poring over individually." - School Library Journal.

PPLD's Award Booklists:

Caldecott Medal Winners
- (printable)

Newbery Medal Winners
- (printable)

Visit the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal websites for a full list of Honor books.

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BusinessDecision database

BusinessDecision is a database that covers consumer markets, providing information on demographics, market segmentation, and business information. It is a very powerful way for business owners, non-profits, or entrepreneurs to research markets or other businesses in a particular area.

When you’re getting started with Busines Decision, you have the option to choose “Express Login” or to create your own private login. Express Login will list all of the searches that have been performed by PPLD library users who have used that login. If you create your own account, the database will save just your searches, and no one else can view them. Once you create a new project, you must specify a geographic area in which to perform the search. You can do this by clicking on the map, or by entering an address manually. You can then choose the radius of your search.

The next step is to choose which reports to run. There are 16 reports to choose from. You can choose one or all of them. Each report gives different information for the geographic area you have chosen. For instance, Landscape Report will give you the top 20 distinctive market segments for that particular area. These segments, defined by BusinessDecision, are groups of people that share certain traits such as income, age, or education level.

Once you’ve chosen your reports, BusinessDecision runs them within seconds. You can view or download the reports in PDF format.

Click here to give BusinessDecision a try.

BusinessDecision can be an invaluable tool if you’re researching consumer markets or businesses in a particular area. As always, we are here to help if you have questions! Attend the next Minding Your Business class at Penrose Library or Library 21c for a demonstration of this database.

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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 2015 Teen Art Show & Contest was Out of This World. Teens were encouraged to think beyond the scope of the everyday and explore a fantastical realm or the deepest depths of space through art.

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors Meininger Art Supply and Her Story Café for donating prizes for the teen artists!

Middle School


Isabella Wright
"Deep Sea Universe"
Middle School - 1st Place


Andrea Lira
"The World Is Too Big for Us to Hold
Middle School - 2nd Place

High School


Hector Medrano
"Moon Rise"
High School - 1st Place


Molly Meyer
"Melted Hearts"
High School - 2nd Place


Natalia Valentine
Infinite Sky
High School - Coordinators' Choice

Best of Show


Pamela Flores
"Space Encounter"
Middle School - Best of Show


Taylor Logar
"It Looks Cooler Upside Down"
High School - Best of Show

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David Bowie: 1947-2016

The great David Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016 after an 18 month battle with cancer. What can we say? His legacy cannot be understated. A multi-talented trailblazer who made some of the most powerful music of recent times. I try to think of my favorite, but it's impossible to pick just one, especially since his lexicon is so varied. Perhaps "Heroes", "Space Oddity", or "Changes"? When I hear "Space Oddity" I get goosebumps. "Kooks" is a love song to my six year old daughter. His "Blue Jean" music video opened the door. And that's just his music. Bowie was also an actor, producer, songwriter, and style icon.

Click here to learn more about David Bowie.

Want to hear some Bowie? Try PPLD's Hoopla and Freegal services. Hoopla lets you stream music and temporarily download songs. Freegal allows you to download up to 5 songs per week for free. You will need a valid library card to access these services.

What's your favorite David Bowie song?

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PPLD checked out a whopping 8 million titles in 2015! Here are lists of the top ten titles by number of checkouts for 2015. How many of these have you read?

Adult Fiction and Nonfiction

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Total Checkouts = 2492
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Total Checkouts = 1747
  3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Total Checkouts = 1218
  4. Memory Man by David Baldacci. Total Checkouts = 1149
  5. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides. Total Checkouts = 1005
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Total Checkouts = 847
  7. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Total Checkouts = 804
  8. Gray Mountain by John Grisham. Total Checkouts = 800
  9. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Total Checkouts = 775
  10. 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Total Checkouts = 662

Juvenile Fiction

  1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Total Checkouts = 1770
  2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 923
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney. Total Checkouts = 813
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney. Total Checkouts = 716
  5. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 678
  6. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 625
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Total Checkouts = 620
  8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Total Checkouts = 603
  9. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 585
  10. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Total Checkouts = 577

Teen Fiction

  1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Total Checkouts = 770
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 711
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry. Total Checkouts = 627
  4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 608
  5. Paper Towns by John Green. Total Checkouts = 582
  6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Total Checkouts = 493
  7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 481
  8. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 478
  9. Four : A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 446
  10. The Death Cure by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 425

Want to review a book? Fill out our Book Review Form!

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Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire

There is a $50 fee for makers selling merchandise at the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire. If you wish to sell any items, you must have a city sales tax license and collect tax yourself.

If you are not selling anything at the Faire, you do not have to pay.

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Downton Abbey fundraiserThe dedication of Pikes Peak Library District staff went above and beyond the call of duty during the Tri-Building Capital Campaign. Having challenged themselves to raise $50,000 for the campaign, the staff committee held various events for PPLD employees. The events included a Sushi and Sake tasting, a Downton Abbey Tea and Tour held at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and a Tuesday Night Karma Hour held at Bristol Brewing Co., along with other events.

Many staff members also choose to donate back to the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation through payroll deductions. This type of dedication and support from the staff at PPLD went a long way in making the Tri-Building Capital Campaign a success.
Sushi and Sake Tasting fundraiser
Karma Hour fundraiser

Staff Committee Members:

Greg Roes
Margaret Morris
Karin Huxman
Tina Marie Matiatos
Missy Hernandez
Amy Rodda
Sandy Hancock
Deborah Worthey
Cheryl Martin

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Gale Directory Library contains a wide variety of information that can help you start and grow your business. The database is a combination of several directories that cover the Encyclopedia of Associations, from the local to international level, as well as the Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment.

If you're looking for funding for your business, the Directory of Early Stage Investment could be a great place to start. It includes detailed information on venture capitalists, business incubators, angel investors, corporate investment divisions, crowd-funding and co-operative groups.

The Encyclopedia of Associations can help you identify associations that might apply to your topic or industry. Associations are valuable sources of information because they often will collect data on their industry of interest. Many associations have whole libraries of data and statistics that can help you with market research, competitors, industry reports, and much more. Becoming a member of a relevant association can be well worth the membership fee not just for the industry information that they can provide you with, but for making connections with others in your industry.

You can search the Gale Directory Library by entity name, keyword, or subject. Search the entire database, or use the "Advanced Search" function to search just a specific publication.

You can access this and other business databases through PPLD's Business/Finance subject guide. If you're accessing the database from your home or office, you will be prompted to login using your library card number and PIN. Once you login you have access to this resource totally free!

Take some time to explore this resource and, as always, we're here to help if you have questions!

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Buy books from PPLD Friends through Amazon.com!

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are now selling books online, through Amazon. The Friends growing online collection features an assortment of both non-fiction and fiction, including history, textbooks, best-sellers and more.

You can see the collection on our Amazon Storefront at Amazon.com/shops/FriendsofPPLD. Purchases benefit Pikes Peak Library District. Now you can purchase books for yourself and help us provide books for others. Contact us if you have questions.

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Every Wednesday we’ll post about a different database or website – all of which can be accessed through ppld.org!

Business Plans Handbook

Business Plans Handbook

This 32-volume set contains actual business plans from working businesses. Designed to be an example for entrepreneurs who are compiling their own business plans, this series covers several industries and popular business types going back to 1993.

Since Business Plans Handbook is part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, it has some really helpful features. One of the best features of Business Plans Handbook is that you can search the entire series by keyword. The search feature scans the full-text of all 640 business plans in the collection. This is helpful because you might not know the exact title of the business plan that would be most helpful in writing your own. By typing in a keyword, you get back any results that contain that keyword. You might be surprised by what you find.

Other features of the database:

  • You can view the full text of business plans online or download them in pdf format.
  • You can email or print directly from the database
  • You can listen online to an audio version of the business plan or download it as an mp3
  • There are built-in citation tools

Click here to access Business Plans Handbook. Take some time to explore this resource, and check back next week for information on another business database!

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for East Library, Fountain Library, and Library 21c

Purchasing a courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri-Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Commemorative pavers are now available at Fountain Library!

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Congratulations to the winners of the Teen Fiction Writing Contest! All the winners stories will be published in an anthology—details on the anthology to come!

Results:

Middle School

  • 1st place: "Usual" by Anika Nelsestuen
  • 2nd place: "My Home" by Emma Rose Bufkin
  • 3rd place: "Shaded Sprouts" by Selena Mendez
  • Honorable mention: "Journey to the Top" by Maggie Frohnhoefer
  • Honorable mention: "Up To You" by Ally Hall

High School

  • 1st place: “Wings” by Maggie Hart
  • 2nd place: "And the Heavens Split" by Sariah Smith
  • 3rd place: "Strength in the Shadows" by Emma DeHerrera
  • Honorable mention: "To Renuvial" by Jacqueline Dunn
  • Honorable mention: "The Unexpected" by Mariah Mayhugh
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