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Play & Learn at Cheyenne Mountain Library

What's New - General - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 2:10pm

Bring your child to play each Friday morning with developmentally appropriate toys, games, music, puzzles and books that will help with future reading success! This is for children under 5 with a caring adult. No registration required.

What: Play & Learn
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
When: Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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Friday Fun at Ruth Holley Library

What's New - General - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 2:04pm

Come join us at Ruth Holley Library for an after school adventure! We’ll provide the supplies, you bring your imagination. Light snacks will be served. Ages 12 & under.

When: Fridays, 4 - 5 p.m.
Where: Ruth Holley Library

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American Made Movie

What's New - General - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:32am

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2014, join us at Venue @ 21c for a screening of American Made Movie. The documentary looks back on the glory days of U.S. manufacturing when there was a more balanced relationship between the goods produced and consumed, and illustrates how technology and globalization have changed the competitive landscape for companies doing business in America, as well as overseas. By illustrating the successes of companies and entrepreneurs that, of their own accord, have prospered without adopting the practices of their competitors, American Made Movie shows the positive impact these jobs can have on national and local economies in the face of great challenges.

This screening is sponsored by Bal Seal Engineering, DMS Custom, Pikes Peak Library District Foundation, Qualtek Manufacturing, Spire Manufacturing Solutions, and Springs Fabrication.

Click here to register.

  • When: Wed., Oct. 1 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Cats in the Stacks

What's New - General - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:47pm

Mark Twain liked cats. So did Ernest Hemingway. Ditto for Margaret Mitchell. And each author penned a novel that was later challenged or banned. Coincidence? Not at all! Great authors and cats go together like catnip and scratching posts. Do you like cats and books? Here’s your chance to support both with Happy Cats Haven and Pikes Peak Library District’s Cats in the Stacks during Banned Books Week (Sept. 21 - 27).

Images of senior cats and “catolescents” from Happy Cats Haven (a local no kill shelter) will be “living” in the stacks of several PPLD libraries: Cheyenne Mountain Library, Library 21c, Manitou Springs Library, Old Colorado City Library, and Ute Pass Library. All are available for adoption. Just scan their QR code for information, or go to www.happycatshaven.org. So, do your part to save the world. Adopt a cat. And read a banned book.

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Linking in to LinkedIn

What's New - General - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:08pm

This class is a basic overview to LinkedIn, the popular social media for professionals. Topics include setting up an account, managing your feed, developing a robust profile, and using LinkedIn to help you land that next big opportunity.

For this class, it's necessary you have basic computer proficiency.

Registration required.

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APPR: A Week with Will

What's New - General - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:52am

Will Rogers' Story as America’s Story
Dr. Doug Watson, one of the country’s greatest educator-ambassadors for the humor and goodwill that was associated with Will Rogers, presents a historic characterization of entertainer and humorous critic, locally known from the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun built by benefactor Spencer Penrose from 1934 to 1937. “Will” will discuss some of his experiences and visions of America. The audience is encouraged to ask questions of both “Will” and Dr. Watson at the end of the presentation. Reservations required: cspm.org or (719) 385-5990

Conversations with Will Rogers on the Roaring 20s and Hardship Years of the Great Depression
The audience will participate in a lively discussion of the hard times when Will Rogers flourished as “America’s Entertainer.” Reservations are required for this PILLAR event: (719) 633-4991.

  • Fri., Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Village at Skyline, 2365 Patriot Heights

Living History: The Humor, Wisdom, and Spirit of Will Rogers
In this Living History portrayal, Dr. Watson will share the Will Rogers ‘common sense’ philosophy, wit, humor and goodwill through his life and times especially through the 1920s and ‘30s. As a public figure, Rogers was one of the most noted, loved and respected icons and voices for his generation. No registration is needed for this PILLAR event.

  • Fri., Sept. 26 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Cowboy Poetry Gathering with Commentary by Will Rogers
Will Rogers will set the scene with remarks and rope tricks for a collection of Colorado Cowboy Poets that will recite their verse dedicated to a lifestyle time is passing by. The evening is highlighted by the appearance of Al “Doc” Mehl, one of the state’s best cowboy poets. No registration required.

  • Sat., Sept. 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Will Rogers Film Fest with Commentary by Will Rogers
Between 1918 and 1935, Will Rogers made 71 films. Dr. Doug Watson, in character as Rogers, will make comments on two of these films: They Had to See Paris (1929) and Down to Earth (1932). Will looks at his treatments of the economy and family values in these films and also serves up the classic short Ropin’ Fool (1921), a spoof on the movies and a film record of his own rope tricks. No registration required.

  • Sun., Sept. 28 from 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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Friends Fall Book Sale

What's New - General - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:50am

It's that time again! The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are holding their annual Fall Book Sale at East Library on October 17-19.

  • Friday, October 17, 4 - 7 p.m. - Friends members only. Friends memberships are available at the door or at this link: http://ppld.org/friends/join-us
  • Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Open to the public.
  • Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Open to the public. $5 bag sale (bags supplied by the Friends)

See you there!

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Mobile Library 698 Moves on to Greener Pastures

What's New - General - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:51am

After 15 years and 272,236 miles of service to the residents of El Paso County, Mobile Library 698 will be leaving tomorrow to serve another library district in Southern Colorado. Happy trails, old friend!

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Ruth Holley Library's Intergenerational Celebration

What's New - General - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:03pm

Come join us for a fun time for the whole family! Events will include a cupcake contest (contact Ruth Holley Library at 719-597-5377 for details), kids crafts, a cupcake walk, music, a demonstration of Ancestry.com, balloon creations, and more!

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Call for Makers and Artists

What's New - General - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:01pm

The Library 21c makerspaces of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster these endeavors, PPLD is starting its Maker/Artist in Residence Program.

We are looking for makers and artists to teach and engage patrons for six-week contracts through spring 2015. The call closes Tuesday, September 30.

If you have any questions, email makeart@ppld.org.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for six weeks.
  • Five (5) hours of studio time per week onsite in Library 21c held at various days/times throughout the week to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations. All programs/classes will be made available to the general public, with PPLD responsible for participant signup. All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD. These programs/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.
  • Contract payment of $1,400, with up to another $300 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
  • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
  • Contractor will coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the Maker/Artist Application
  • Submit a one page write-up proposal explaining your knowledge or craft, what you would plan to do for your studio hours project, the programs/classes you would like to present, and how they would benefit our patrons. Attach it to your email with your application. Applications without a proposal will not be considered. Proposals need to be in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • If you have pictures you would like to submit with your application, please provide a link to a web address containing those photos in your email. If you must attach a photo, the size of all of the attachments cannot be greater than 10 MB.
  • Interviews will be held for makers and artists who are being considered.
  • If offered a residency, the maker/artist must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement and fill out an IRS W9 form.
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    Sweet Afternoon Bake-Off 2014 at Rockrimmon Library

    What's New - General - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:27pm

    Looking for something delicious to do on your weekend?

    Return the form below to enter, or just come and sample the many scrumptious cakes on Saturday, October 11 at the Rockrimmon Library. Public tasting is from 1 - 3 p.m.

    In addition to First, Second, and Third place winners, your votes will win one lucky entry the “People’s Choice” award.

    First Place Winner: Gift basket from Chef’s Catalog ( a $175 value)
    Second Place Winner: $50 Gift Card for Marigold's Restaurant
    Third Place Winner: $25 Gift Card for Great Harvest Bakery

    There will also be a Children's Storybook Cake Decorating Contest for ages 12 years and under.

    Bake-Off Entry Form and Information

    Children's Storybook Cake Decorating Contest Entry Form and Information

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    All Pikes Peak Reads 2014: Engage the Extraordinary

    What's New - General - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:20am

    Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 13th year in 2014!

    PPLD’s theme for 2014 is Engage the Extraordinary. PPLD and our community partners will be presenting many events around this year's theme and book titles.

    The 2014 titles are: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and Who Owns the Ice House? by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger. Younger readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2014 is Matched by Ally Condie. The Children’s selections are The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis and Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.

    The APPR titles also reflect our nation’s 50th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This overriding theme will be used as a starting point to kick off community-wide dialogue sessions during the APPR initiative.

    The “Engage the Extraordinary” theme will also be a touchstone to programs and activities at PPLD’s new state-of-the-art facility, Library 21c. This 21st century library will provide opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in research, learning, content creation, and entrepreneurship in new and exciting ways.

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    What if we were limited to only 100 books?

    What's New - General - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:59pm

    Ally Condie, author of the Matched series, is coming to Pikes Peak Library District!

    Friday, Nov. 14
    7 - 8 p.m.
    Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
    Book signing to follow!
    Library 21c

    But, wait! Do you want meet her? Let us know your top 25 books to be entered into a drawing for you and a friend to attend a reception before the presentation.

    To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 now and then vote for the top 100 starting on October 15.

    In Matched, Society has determined the best Hundred Songs, Hundred Paintings, Hundred Stories, and Hundred Poems. Everything else has been eliminated. That won't happen at PPLD, but we want to know what your top 25 stories are. Please fill out the survey below and let us know what you think. Come back on October 15 to vote for the top 100 books based on your suggestions!

    The drawing will take place on November 5 and winners will be notified soon after.

    The contest is open to students in grades 6 to 12 in the Pikes Peak Library District (your library card number must start with the number 4).

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    Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

    What's New - General - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:47pm

    Celebrate your Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week! This year BBW is September 21 - 27! Public libraries support access to information and your freedom to read.

    Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the third year, PPLD is participating and we hope you will help us.

    Virtual Read-Out
    Wed., Sept. 24
    3:30 to 5 p.m.
    East Teen Center at the East Library
    Readers of All Ages Welcome!

    During the Virtual Read-Out, readers of all ages (including you!) will be recorded for up to 3 minutes talking about the book that you choose! A form is provided below to help you write your piece.

    Below is a list of frequently banned or challenged books.

    Take a look at these quick, great videos of local teens and adults talking about some of their favorite banned or challenged books.

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    Birth & Beyond Wellness Fair

    What's New - General - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:39pm

    The Venue @ 21c (Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) is hosting Pikes Peak Regional Doula Association's Birth & Beyond Wellness Fair on Sat., Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    This unique fair will focus on connecting families to local resources, information, and organizations. There will be informational booths, a varied schedule of live speakers, and experts galore. Every booth will have a specific pregnancy, birth, or family wellness topic for you to learn about and interact with directly. For a complete list of speakers, click here.

    The first 200 families through the door will receive goodie bags packed with coupons and promotional material. For the kids, there will be an attended toddler play area, live children’s music, bubbles, and face painting fun!

    This event is sponsored by PPRDA, Pikes Peak Library District, R&R Coffee Cafe, Pikes Peak Music Together, Colorado Springs Kids, Columbine and Company, and Babies R Us.

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    Latina Voices - Sharing Latina Experiences

    What's New - General - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:51am

    Join us for the 4th Annual Latina Voices - Sharing Latina Experiences - The Past, Present, and Future.

    Speakers will include

    • Rosana Ramponi - President & CEO, PRONTOCOM
    • Herman and Patricia Martinez - Board of Directors, Hilos Culturales,
    • Christina M. Sigala - Curandera, and Professor Chicana/o Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver

    When: Saturday, September 20 - Registration at 9:30 a.m., Program at 10
    Where: Penrose Library - Carnegie Reading Room
    Cost: FREE!

    Click here for more information.

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    Bristol Brewing Karma Hour for 21st Century Library Capital Campaign

    What's New - General - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:26pm

    Join us at Bristol Brewing at Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave.) for a Tuesday Night Karma Hour to raise money for the PPLD Foundation’s 21st Century Library Capital Campaign! For every pint of beer sold during Karma Hour, a dollar will be donated to the Campaign. This fundraiser will be held Tuesday, September 2 from 5 - 9 p.m.

    There will be also a special musical performance by The Rogue Spirits, an alternative folk duo comprised of PPLD employees Jeremiah Walter (baritone ukulele) and Travis Duncan (concertina, banjo, guitar).

    Feel free to invite your Facebook friends here!

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    City for Champions Public Meeting at Library 21c

    What's New - General - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:09pm

    Come experience City for Champions in a whole new way, on Tuesday, August 19 from 5 - 6:30 p.m., at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

    We invite you to collaborate on the vision of what City for Champions and its catalytic effect will look like for Colorado Springs in 2, 5 and 10 years. Also, you’ll have a chance to see what “A Day in the Life” will look like in Colorado Springs when the City for Champions projects are completed.

    We’d like to have you share ideas and hear about the ways City for Champions will benefit you, your family, your neighborhood and your community.

    With our new format, you’ll be able to visit the City for Champions collaborative stations, including the United States Olympic Museum, Colorado Sports and Event Center, UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance Center, USAFA Gateway Visitor Center, our Sister City, Ancient Olympia, Greece, and learn ways to get more involved in this transformative vision. Attendees will also be able to ask questions one-on-one with members of the C4C team, and meet the new RTA Advisory Board.

    In addition, you may also submit questions online before the meeting at cityforchampions.com.

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    Tea & Cookies with Local Author Glenda Vollmecke

    What's New - General - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:48pm

    Glenda Lee Vollmecke, author of Intermission: A Place in Time, will talk about her autobiography, which is filled with British humor and the occasional suspense! Join us for a book talk and signing with tea and cookies.

    No registration is required for this free program.

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    Congratulations to the 2014 Teen Fiction Contest Winners!

    What's New - General - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:23pm
    High School Middle School
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