The 2020 Census is here and it’s not too late to complete it! It is important to fill it out so that local agencies (PPLD included!) have accurate information to use when designing community services. It's safe, easy, and required for all citizens to fill out.
In March, homes across the country received invitations to complete the 2020 Census with instructions for responding to the census online, in the mail, or over the phone.
Remember that April 1 is a reference date, not a deadline to respond. When you respond online, by phone, or by mail, count everyone living in your home as of April 1, 2020.
Beginning in August 2020, households that haven't responded yet may receive an in-person visit or call from a Census Bureau employee to help make sure everyone is counted.
As of June 11, El Paso County’s self-response rate, is now at 68.6%, which is higher than Colorado’s self-response rate of 63.4%! We are ranked number 18 in response rates by state, and higher than the national self-response rate of 60.8%!
Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted.
- Everyone counts: The census counts every person living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.
- It’s about fair representation: Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
- It’s in the Constitution: The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.
- It’s about $675 billion: The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs (like libraries!).
- It’s about redistricting: After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
- Taking part is your civic duty: Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”
Census data are being used all around you:
- Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
- Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which create jobs.
- Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.
- Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.
Your privacy is protected.
It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.
The Census Bureau uses a different method to count people in group living situations, called “group quarters,” such as college student housing, prisons, military barracks, and nursing homes. People experiencing homelessness (and who are not staying in a household) will be counted at the places where they receive services, such as shelters and soup kitchens.
2020 will be easier than ever.
In 2020, you will be able to respond to the census online. The online questionnaire will be available in 13 languages.
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
- Crumple newspaper or recycled copy paper into balls.
- Divide a room in half with masking tape, string or yarn.
- Put the same number of balls on each side of the room.
- Divide into teams.
- Turn on the timer for 3 minutes.
- 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.
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:
Celebrate Women's History Month at Pikes Peak Library District!
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.
- Gale Biography in Context
Search this database for biographical information on current and historical figures!
- OverDrive Booklist
- Girl Power Children's Reading List
- 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.
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.”
In collaboration with Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center, we are hosting an arts, craft, and hobby material exchange! Bring in your new, clean/gently used and unwanted craft materials and exchange them for tickets to exchange new-to-you craft supplies!
Please only bring in crafting supplies and not items that are considered trash, in bad condition, or items that can be recycled.
We will also have a fun up-cycling craft so you can take your time and check for new inventory! No registration required.
- Sat., Feb. 8 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Old Colorado City Library
- Sat., April 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Manitou Congregational Church
- Sat., May 2 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Rockrimmon Library
- Sat., June 6 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Fountain Library
- Sat., July 18 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Penrose Library
- Sat., Aug. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at High Prairie Library
- Sat., Sept. 12 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
- Sat., Oct. 3 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Monument Library
- Sat., Nov. 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. at East Library
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!
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!
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- The Reckoning by John Grisham
- Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover
- Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
- TransAtlantic: a Novel by Colum McCann
- Redemption by David Baldacci
- Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
- Unsolved by James Patterson
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
- Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
- Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
- Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
- A Long Walk to Water: a Novel by Linda Sue Park
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne
- The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
- A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson
- Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 by David Baldacci
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
- Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
- After the Flood: A Novel by Kassandra Montag
- An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks
- Run Away by Harlan Coben
- Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
- The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
- Neon Prey by John Sandford
- The Silent Patient (unabridged) by Alex Michaelide
- Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (unabridged) by Rachel Hollis
- Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 (unabridged) by David Baldacci
- The Giver of Stars: A Novel (unabridged) by Jojo Moyes
- City of Girls: A Novel (unabridged) by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Dutch House: A Novel (unabridged) by Ann Patchett
- The Institute: A Novel (unabridged) by Stephen King
- Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel (unabridged) by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Turn of the Key (unabridged) by Ruth Ware
- The Guardians: A Novel (unabridged) by John Grisham
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.
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.
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.
Need some suggestions for activities? We’re here to help:
- Take and Makes
- Write a book review.
Have you read a really great, or really bad, book lately? Let everyone know about it by writing a book review and posting it to our website!
- Read a new genre
- Read a new author
- Read a book about a place you want to visit
- Read a book about someone different than you
- Watch the movie version of a book you read
- Whale of a Tail Bookmarks (details TBD)
- Birding 101
Pick up some tips about birding and try your hand at it on your next walk or hike at one of Colorado's numerous parks!
- Join the Peak Readers Group
- 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!
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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Vitalant provides blood to 1,000 hospitals across 40 states where it is used in a variety of medical treatments. A single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients. Registration is not required. Just find the truck in the parking lot!
Click here to see if you are eligible.
A quick visit, with light refreshments, can save lives!
- Where: Monument Library
- When: From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- May 30
- July 25
- Sept. 26
- Nov. 28
- Where: East Library
- When: From 10 a.m. - noon
- February 22
- April 25
- June 27
- Aug. 22
- Oct. 24
- Dec. 26
- Where: Library 21c
- When: From 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
- February 22
- April 25
- June 27
- Aug. 22
- Oct. 24
- Dec. 26
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:
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.
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.
- Sun., Jan. 31: READ!
- Sun., Feb. 7: SING!
- Sun., Feb. 14: TALK!
- Sun., Feb. 21: PLAY!
- For Babies and Toddlers
- Kinderspark: JUGAR!
- For Preschoolers:
- Sun., Feb. 28: WRITE!
For ages 5 and under with a caregiver.
Check out our Kinderspark Activity Booklet and download it HERE!
For more information about early literacy, check out our Early Literacy Guide!
Hope is Where the Heart Is: Poems of Inspiration for the Future is the theme for 2021!
What gives you hope? What are you excited about for the future?
There is a saying that "Every cloud has a silver lining," meaning that no matter how bad things may seem we can always find something good to look forward to. What is your "silver lining?"
Questions to ask yourself as you write your poem:
- Can we see, smell, hear, and taste the imagery in your poem?
- Have you used rich vocabulary that tells us a story or paints a picture?
- Does your poem reflect the theme?
- Aubrey Rittenhouse, 4th grade, Soaring Eagles Elementary
- Lily Nosker, 4th grade, Soaring Eagles Elementary
- Knyla Spellman, 5th grade, Pioneer Elementary
- William Bowman, Homeschool
- Maggie Bowman, Homeschool
- Addison Leigh, 4th grade, Ranch Creek Elementary
The natural environment is one of our treasures in Colorado. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) sought proposals for an interactive, 3D, freestanding art piece to draw attention to this resource and its conservation. The call was answered by several artists and, after a jury process, Virage was selected. It is eye catching, conversation evoking, appropriate for all ages, safe for public spaces, and movable among Library locations. Throughout the year this sculpture will travel to four PPLD locations: Penrose Library, Sand Creek Library, East Library, and Library 21c.
With a focus on the beauty of our natural environment and conservation, PPLD hopes to evoke conversation and interaction among patrons. A variety of programming will be offered throughout the District that relates to this topic.
Click Here to learn about related programs.
Post your photos of and with #PPLDSustainaball on social media!
The current political atmosphere has created an unsettling time with the lifting of protections to the environment, denial of scientific knowledge and climate change, and inclusiveness and access to education. Virage subtly, yet critically speaks to the impacts of humans on the environment and the consequences ahead. The beauty of the barks’ texture together with the perfect form of the sphere is meant to give a sense of hope and promise that humankind will take responsibility, humankind will find a respectful and healthy balance with the natural world and ecosystems. Human beings have the incredible ability to be innovative and creative, when presented the opportunity solve insolvable puzzles. The artwork invites the viewer to consider and reconsider the current choices and actions as a consumer. There is an intended charge to the viewer to make our natural world the highest priority - to practice conservation.
Nikki Pike grew up in Black Forest, Colorado, where she learned to ride bikes and climb trees in between flashlight tag, midnight soccer, and competitive sledding. The adopted daughter of a nurse and an engineer, and sister to four brothers and a sister, Nikki learned to work in groups and negotiate at an early age. Fighting over the measuring cups in the bathtub and wooden spoons in the garden, the Pike family children grew wild imaginations.
The earliest sign that Nikki may later become a sculptor was in her sixteenth year in being grounded for a month. Rather than moping around and feeling sorry for her new life in confinement, Nikki raided her father’s toolbox and undertook the accidental but artistic resurfacing of her very first vehicle, an AMC gremlin. Otherwise, realizing her interest and making a commitment to art came much later after her surrender to finally join the quest to attend college and explore communications design. Her exposure to materials and objects fed her need to make and build and fulfilled the physical gap that once was spent playing soccer.
Now, Nikki Pike is an artist and activist committed to serving the community through her art practice and role as an educator. Through the use of universally positive human experiences such as curiosity, music, surprise, and gifting, along with the influence of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, she spreads values of empowerment, vulnerability and connection in the form of experience as opposed to product. Nikki sees herself as a cultural agent working together with local communities promoting activity and creativity. With her an expansive practice, Nikki straddles public arts, social sculpture, service srt and is exploring ideas of relief art intended to aide communities responding to disaster. Her methods start from the ideals of democracy and her work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Art Basel Miami to name a few. Currently Nikki resides in Denver, Colorado, and holds a professorship at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
When you are looking for the perfect gift…look no further than your library for great inspiration. You’ll find books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, magazines and so much more within the walls of your local library branch. Find a gift your child will treasure for years to come. Opening a book from the library is like unwrapping a gift every day! Click on the pdf link below to see some of our favorite picture books:
Make ornaments or book marks for gifts this season.
Be creative! You can make animals, people or fantasy creatures!
- Colored paper or magazines
- Craft Sticks or pieces of heavy paper
- Yarn, string or ribbon for hanging
Read these stories together. Then spend time with Mom, Dad or a grandparent and share your own family stories. Tell stories about what you or your ancestors have done. Imagine what you may do in the future. Click on the pdf link below to see the reading list.
- white printer paper
- black construction paper
- crayons or markers
- glue stick
- hole punch (optional)
- Holding your white paper vertically (tall), fold the paper in half.
- Draw half of a skull (see first photo below).
- Keeping the paper folded, cut out your skull. Eyes can be difficult to cut out but you can help make it easier by poking holes first. (A hole punch makes easy holes).
- After your skull is cut out, keep it folded and cut more decoratively by cutting slits, triangles, etc.(see photo below.)
- Unfold your skull.
- Glue the skull onto black paper.
- Color your skull.
- White Paper
- White Crayons
- Water color paints and paintbrushes
Make your own secret message by writing with white crayon on a white piece of paper. Write a secret message to your friend. Place your message in an envelope and give it to your friend or family member. Instruct them to use water color paints to reveal the message.
You can create clues for a scavenger hunt this way or just leave fun messages around during a special birthday or holiday week.
Publishers are Putting Libraries and Patrons in a Bind
New lending and purchasing models place financial burdens and time limitations on libraries.
Recent moves by book publishers to limit library access to eBooks and eAudiobooks will create increased financial burdens for libraries and wait times for patrons.
The eBook collection at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is so popular that the system’s digital circulation now ranks within the top twenty in the nation. PPLD cardholders have already surpassed one million checkouts on OverDrive, one of several eBook services offered by the Library District.
Hachette, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Blackstone Publishing, and Macmillian Publishers, among others, are changing their lending models for eBooks and eAudiobooks. While these changed lending models vary slightly from publisher to publisher, each change limits library access to digital books and will increase wait times for new releases and other titles.
“Unfortunately, these drastic steps by book publishers are putting Pikes Peak Library District in an extraordinarily difficult position,” said John Spears, Chief Librarian and CEO of PPLD. “Our digital circulation is incredibly high, and we know these new measures are going to increase wait times for our patrons.”
Most of the changes include new purchasing models, so that instead of libraries having perpetual access to each book they purchase, they have to re-purchase the books after two years.
As of Nov. 1, Macmillan Publishers imposed an eight-week embargo on public libraries for the purchase of new eBook titles. Libraries may only purchase a single copy of new eBook titles during the first eight weeks of its release, during which time the titles will be available through marketplace vendors.
“This is an equal access issue for our patrons,” Spears says. “We know that not everyone with a library card will be able to bypass these increased wait times by simply purchasing the digital book somewhere else, and they shouldn’t have to. We urge publishers to reverse or modify these changes, and encourage our patrons to speak out if they agree.”
To learn more about eBook restrictions and how to take action, go to ebooksforall.org.
Green Pipe Cleaners
Popcicle sticks (plain or dyed ones)
Green marker or highlighter
Googly eyes or white construction paper circles with marker eyes
White paper to make teeth
Color your popcicle stick with a green marker or crayon.
Wrap 2 pipe cleaners tightly around the stick to make a body and legs. (You can add a drop or two of glue on the bottom of the stick to make it stay on better.)
Glue on eyes and teeth. Don’t forget the nostrils!
October is the perfect time, as leaves fall off the trees, to cuddle up and snuggle up with a book of poetry. Click on the pdf below to see a great reading list of autumn books.
Go on a scavenger hunt in your house and find hats, shirts, vests, furry things, silky things and anything else you can use for a costume. Old Halloween costumes are also fun to mix and match!
Create mustaches, crowns, crazy eyes or lips out of paper and tape straws on one side of them.
Use a sheet or curtain for a backdrop.
Put on costumes and pose together using a parent’s phone to take pictures. If kids are old enough, have everyone take a turn being the photographer.
See how many different costumes you can make from stuff at home.
Tarikh Brown, PPLD's Maker in Residence for November/December 2019, specializes in comics and sequential art. Tarikh Brown is a local artist with a BA in Graphic Design. He is currently seeking an MA in Computer Science: Digital Media Technology, which will be used for developing video games and virtual reality. Tarikh is especially passionate about sequential art, such as comics and story boarding, and loves to share his craft with others!
Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.