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Charles and Tauni Orndorff

PPLD's Makers in Residence for November/December 2017 were Charles and Tauni Orndorff. The Colorado Springs natives have been making costumes and props for over 15 years. Their skills include sewing, fabrication, 3D design, and much more. They are currently instructors at the Pikes Peak Makerspace where they teach resin casting, silicone molding, and vac-forming.

They taught classes about creating silicone molds throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15, here are some great J-Fiction and Nonfiction for you to read. All six of these books can be found in our collection!


Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan


Esperanza travels with her mother to the United States in the middle of the Great Depression, seeking opportunity after the death of her father. Not used to the hard labor of farming, Esperanza has to discover what it means to her herself in this new environment.


The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, by Pablo Cartaya


Summer in Miami has never been so different for Arturo Zamora. A new girl in the apartment complex has captured his heart and he’s putting in some hard work at his family’s Cuban-American restaurant. When a land developer comes to town and threaten Abuela’s restaurant, Arturo Zamora is ready to fight for his family and community.


Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones


When Sophie Brown and her family leave Los Angeles for her Uncle Jim’s Farm, she’s tasked with taking care of some unusual chickens. As a means to adjust, Sophie begins to write letters to her Uncle Jim and dear Abuelita about what it means to be a poultry farmer, and to be one of the few hispanic people in town.


The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez, by Robin Yardi


When two raccoons steal his sister’s tricycle, fourth grader Mateo is left to blame. In a quest to retrieve the trike from the thieving raccoon’s, Mateo discovers that they can talk! Can Mateo get the tricycle back and clear his good name, or with the talking raccoons have the last laugh?


Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, Illustrated by Rafael Lopez


Featuring Latino people from different countries and backgrounds, this collection of poems celebrates the likes of Ceaser Chavez, Roberto Clemente, and librarian, Pura Belpré.


Funny Bones, by Duncan Tonatiuh


José Guadalupe Posada was the brilliant mind behind the festive skeletons that would become known as Calaveras. This book covers his history and how he came to create the dancing skeletons that have become synonymous with Dia De Los Muertos.

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Congratulations to the winners of our first All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. You can read the winning entries by clicking here.

1st Place
"I Don't Blame Him for Dying" bu Andrew Beasley

2nd Place
"Puddle" by Andrea Malcom

3rd Place
"The Photograph" by Jacqueline Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Apostrophe" by Ariane Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Dr. Luckwood" by Jill Long

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Read a Banned Book!

September 24 - 30 is Banned Book Week! Pick up a children's book that someone has tried to ban. In other words, the complaint was meant to rid the library of that particular title...forever! Go to http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/childrensbooks for a list of banned books and get reading!

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CNC machine

Learn how to take your business from hand tasks to a CNC machine. Program it once, duplicate it over and over again. Transition your small business into a machine involved workflow. What is the best option for production and what do you do with a proof of concept? Come learn the next step after the design process.

Registration is required.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Study Buddies has begun for the school year! Teens have been specially trained to help elementary kids with their homework. This program is held at the East Library every Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. It's a drop-in program, so you'll be asked to sign your child in at our children's information desk. A volunteer will spend 20-30 minutes helping your child. Come check it out!

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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.

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Library Express

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.

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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!

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Deb Bartos

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.

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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!

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PPLD Kids Create: Towers, Bridges, & Mazes, Oh My

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?

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High Prairie Library Birdhouses

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.

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Messy Art

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.

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Knights of Columbus Hall (KCH)

Pikes Peak Library District is proud to announce a partnership with local community collectives of DIT (do-it-together) arts professionals, offering building space for their free and low-cost community programs in the Library District’s Knights of Columbus Hall (KCH). Located on the Penrose Library Campus at 25 W. Kiowa St., the historic building is experiencing a renaissance as home to a wide variety of arts events such as music and art shows, zine and printing workshops, dance instruction, and artist conferences.

The principal partner in the opening phase of these experimental programs is Flux Capacitor, a supportive, engaging, all-volunteer community of teens through adults who actively plan and attend arts-centered events. Flux staff have been hosting concerts and arts events in Colorado Springs for more than a decade, and in the last two years, have hosted over 500 music and art shows. Also using the facility during this experimental stage are Peach Press and the Non-Book Club Book Club.

Events are currently limited to 49 attendees until a reevaluation of the building’s CSFD Occupancy Rating is completed and renovations to the building can be completed. Entrance to all KCH events are from the lower Penrose Library parking lot, where parking is plentiful and free after 6 p.m.

For more information, check out the recent press coverage of this new partnership:

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Deb Prewitt

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.

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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 Makerspaces here."

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.

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Board Game

Want to play tabletop gaming with other adults? Bring a game or play one of ours! Each month, we will play a different game, classic or new.

Ages 18+. No registration required.

  • When: Second Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. - noon
    (June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10,
    Nov. 14, Dec. 12)
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Barbara Dimond

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.

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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 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

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Check Out Colorado Backpack

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:

  • State park pass hang tag for the rear-view mirror
  • Guide to Your 42 State Parks
  • Binoculars
  • Leave No Trace™ card
  • Colorado Wildlife Guide
  • Activity ideas list
  • Colorado Trees and Wildflower Guide
  • Fishing Basics tip sheet
  • Program evaluation card

Click here for more information about this program.

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You will never know a warm winter blooming into stone—the thousand levitating stars shedding their loose light

into morning or the way the sun is born blind—moves like warm fingertips across a child’s face.

You will never know the sound of A minor turning into G—the silence between those two points caving like a human spine

into a question mark & you will never be able to name the current president or the dark horse of a team making

their way to the Super Bowl—the day your son got married, the way he stood at the edge of the ocean, the atmosphere

melting behind him, his lips tilting into a smile. Yesterday, a woman out on probation plowed her SUV into a man

& 3 children. The woman could have been you, but it wasn’t you & you will never remember the years I took the spark plugs

from your car to save that man & 3 children—how I hid my keys & wallet at the bottom of the piano bench—the piano

I never played or knew how to play—the sheet music that made no sense, a random series of meaningless dots & horizontal lines—

I will never tell you of the rorschach blotched stars of sunlight bouncing off the inlet outside—their way of hypnotizing a human being if you stare for too long—or the morning after Christmas when the snow baptized the dunes & you & your sister slid

head-first into the numb arms of the Atlantic. You won’t remember me—too busy trying to still the earthquake in my hands—the fog

twistingaround my head—busy inhaling—busy forgetting—busy in my dark 1 room apartment w my dirty hair—blinds drawn

my back slumped—scavenging the carpet for a rogue pill—a flesh of ash—a dust of magic.

Meanwhile—a broken heart continues to invent its own vocabulary from a sleepless night—

a stilted crane tiptoes through the marsh outside as if the whole world should shift under its weight—

& I will sit at that damn piano & begin to play—not knowing where my fingertips are going—where I might end up

when no one is listening—each note—a shape willing itself alive in my hands.

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It is so
for all
who are
born of the Spirit—
soul-stirred
& sound-starved
for an unremembered Name—

whispering tides
wrangle a swelling ocean
ropes chime
above a chamber of sailboats
wings whoosh-rustle
in a murmured flight of starlings.

The Wind blows
where it chooses—
whether it moves as air
or air moves it—
it pirouettes as emptiness
in darkness—
it waltzes against the crawl—
of now.

I imagine all the prayers
swept under the pews
where the sermon is
served on a blank piece
of bread &
my ghost—
bathing in the spectral lines
of a hydrogen atom
finds a noose seductive
like that single blush of rain
in a hanging sky—

I would scour
a sea
to surface
that lifeless body—
drag all
the Atlantic
to find that corpse—

—just to breathe
a sigh of relief
that it
is not
my own.

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Do you know what it is to be starved for yourself? How long has it been since you tasted the place where you've come from--the place where you are Known and not simply Seen? What does Home even smell like?

My home smells like tangerines and briney water, like patchouli and salt from the sea--it's humid like sticky days in sundresses--like coffee and scrapple in the morning--like red wine and a crab cakes at night--like oceans of remembered mountains ancient before me, my appreciation relevant, but arrogant adolescent insult nonetheless--

Have you ever needed to go back to the city or the farm or the grocery or the diner that you came from?

This is the After. After you've tasted the cuisines of a thousand cultures--after the blend and spice of a thousand places--after you know when Want becomes Need and it is time to become familiar with what is Wholly Comfortable and life-giving and nurturing again--when you know it is time to go Home--

And then again--there is no certain way of knowing.

There's only the option to decide--

--and once you decide to follow through.

Peace---
SMP

Transformation
is all the ugly that comes
before we learn to butterfly—
dark cocoons precede dappled wings—
Huddled and damp
I pushed my way out
of our relationship.
I navigated doubt and desire
until I decided
to love you
with all of my intelligence.
I had an idea of myself
that was no longer true &
I could no longer sacrifice joy
to prevent myself from becoming
the woman I must next be—
Sometimes
we put up a good fight and lose.
Sometimes
we can only choose to let go.
Acceptance
is a small dark room—
simplicity & ordinary places
undone dishes & mismatched socks—
bearing witness to the locks we’ve used
to gate hate each other
into isolation—
Acceptance
is starting at the essential &
ending up there too—
it is the gentlest voice commanding
we acknowledge what is true:
You could not convince me to love you
the way you wanted me to.
We don’t always do the right thing
on the way to righteousness.
Being honorable is inconvenient—
having to look you in the eyes &
take it straight to the chin—
I broke my own heart
to stop fucking with your head.
Forgiveness isn’t cotton candy carousels—
it is carnival coffins colliding
in not so fun house hearts.
It is hard to have a conflicting set of emotions—
but it’s not as hard as I pretended it was.
We are the cracked pot
in the garden
we are growing from.
You have sustained my chrysanthemum—
defrosted my marigold—
watered every tearful snowdrop in winter.
You have loved me best
with a generous, hard, true,
right kind of love—

We were once.
And that is (not) all.
Remember while letting go—

Wanting to leave was enough.

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Linda Smith

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.

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