InformationThe Interlibrary Loan System will be down Wednesday, September 2 for maintenance and an upgrade. You will not be able to login to your account or place new requests.

East Library’s main entrance is closed for renovations. Please use the temporary entrance located to the south (left) of the main entrance.

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3D Printed Holiday Ornament Contest

What's New - General - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:18pm

Design your own holiday ornament for a chance to win a great prize! The Creative Computer Commons at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) is hosting this contest.

Contest Guidelines
  • Three age categories:
    • Tween: 9-11
    • Teen: 12-18
    • Adult: 19+
  • Ornaments cannot exceed the size of 3 in3.
  • Ornaments can be made up of no more than 3 different pieces glued together. The final ornament must be turned in at Library 21c in one piece and of the appropriate size.
  • If they are printed through Library 21c, they will be printed in white ABS filament. The only exception will be if the PLA printers must be used to help with completion. All prints will be done at .15mm resolution, medium speed, 25% infill, and 5 shells.
  • Only STL files will be accepted.
  • Up to 3 separate STL files will be accepted per submission.
    • Each person may submit one ornament to the contest.
  • One copy of the ornament will be printed free of charge at Library 21c.
  • After the STL file is printed, participants will need to come by Library 21c to pick up their ornaments, remove any support materials, and enter the physical print in the contest by filling out an entry slip.
  • Any subsequent copies must be paid for by the patron. Completion of printing cannot be guaranteed by the time of judging.
  • Individuals will be responsible for removing any support materials on their ornament themselves.
    • All pieces of the ornament must be 3D printed.
    • All ornaments must be printed in white filament only.
  • All ornaments must be able to be hung for display, i.e., a part to thread string or an ornament hanger through must be present in the design.
  • PPLD’s makerspace use policies must be followed.
  • All designs must be original, not a (un)modified 3D scan, downloaded file, or potential copyright violation.
  • Ornaments will be disqualified if the guidelines are not followed.
  • Judging will be based on design, not necessarily the print quality of the ornament due to the printer.
Important Dates
  • October 12: If printing through Library 21c, STL files must be dropped off by this date.
  • November 6: All 3D printed objects printed by the Library will be available to pick up for removal of support material and/or assembly.
  • November 12: All completed ornaments must be turned in for judging at Library 21c.
  • November 15 - 21: Judging will take place.
  • November 23 - 27: Winners will be contacted with information for an awards reception.
  • December 17: Displayed ornaments will be taken down and available for pick up.
  • January 6: Any remaining ornaments will be discarded.
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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

What's New - General - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:20am

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.
Begins Monday, September 28

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library
Begins Monday, September 14

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library
Begins Monday, August 17

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c
Begins Wednesday, September 16

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library
Begins Thursday, September 17

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library
Begins Saturday, September 12

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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21st Century Writers

What's New - General - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:18am

Get involved in building a local writing community at Library 21c. This adult group meets to discuss creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We will offer the opportunity to read and workshop existing projects, writing exercises, writing support, and more. Contact the writing group facilitator at (719) 884-9800, x6345 if you are interested in getting your writing on the list for the month's feedback and discussion.

  • When: First Thursday of each month from 6 - 8 p.m. (beginning Sept. 3)
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Fantasy Football at Your Library

What's New - General - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:18pm

Join us for PPLD's fantasy football extravaganza where we will have a draft party (snacks included)! Winner will receive a prize, and of course, bragging rights! Attendance is not necessary to participate in the PPLD Fantasy Football League. Please contact Will O'Hearn at wohearn@ppld.org if you'd like to participate from another location.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 2 from 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Old Colorado City Library History Scavenger Hunt

What's New - General - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:45pm

Take the challenge! Stop by Old Colorado City Library and pick up the 2015 History Scavenger Hunt form or print one out through the link below. Collect all the answers and return the completed form to Old Colorado City Library by Saturday, September 12, and win two tickets to the Vintage Antique & Makers event in Bancroft Park on Sunday September 20. The first five people to turn in a completed form will win a canvas, library book bag!

Questions? Call (719) 634-1698.

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Minding Your Business

What's New - General - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:34pm

Learn what your industry outlook is, how to find competition, vendors and target markets as well as other tools to use to look for a job, start a business or grow a business.

These free classes take place in the Petritz Learning Lab at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Registration is required.

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Bridge Day

What's New - General - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:09pm

Adults: bring your electronic devices to this informational workshop. One-on-one assistance will be provided by AT&T employees. Participants do not have to be AT&T customers.

Registration is required for this free program. Click here to register.

  • When: Tue., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Ent Conference Center, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

AT&T oxyGEN is pleased to host their 2015 National Community Outreach Program, Bridge. The goal of Bridge is to help adults improve their lives through technology. Bridge workshops are presented by AT&T employees to educate adults through powerful interactions with smartphones, tablets, and other AT&T products and services. These workshops will include direct dialogue around features and applications of interest to those new to connected devices.

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Philosophy at the Library

What's New - General - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 2:07pm

Philosophy at the Library is a series of talks given by UCCS Philosophy instructors at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. The partnership series is celebrating UCCS' 50th Anniversary and will be held the first Tuesday of the month from February through November from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

    Sept. 1 - "Love and Hate, The Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Emotion" by Dorothea Olkowski
    Dorothea Olkowski has just relinquished her position as Chair of the Department of Philosophy at UCCS. Although grateful for the support of the members of her department, she is pleased to be able to once again engage primarily in teaching and research. As Director of the Cognitive Studies program, she plans to teach Philosophy of Psychology and she has just finished teaching a new course with her colleague, Joseph Kuzma, on Cyborgs and Philosophy. Her research on cognition and emotion as well as theories of perception and sensation continue to occupy her research and publications. She looks forward to finishing a new book on these topics and continuing to teach courses in these areas of philosophy.

    Oct. 6 - "The Theology of American Political Discourse" by Jeff ScholesJeffrey Scholes is Assistant Professor, Philosophy and the Director of the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has written books and articles on American political theology and on the relationship between religion and sports.

    Nov. 3 - "Do We Have Moral Obligations to the Poor?" by Jennifer Jensen

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Document Your Life Project

What's New - General - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:32pm

One part planner plus one part art journal and one part weekly art journal challenge equals an amazing year of organization, inspiration and community. No experience is required for this program, which is part of an amazing online project put together by a group of mixed media artist who call themselves Art to the 5th.

You will be introduced to the wonderful world of art journaling as we work on this project together. Art Journaling is about playing with colors, words and images to work through our daily stress and struggles of daily life, while having fun and being creative. It is like a diary only done with art. It’s fun, it’s messy and it has no rules. Join us for a free monthly workshop where you will learn new techniques and play with a variety of art materials while creating a mini piece of art that can be placed in your Documented Life Project Journal if you so choose.

All materials for the mini art project will be provided. Class size is limited and you must register to attend. This workshop is for those age 18 and up. Click here to register.

  • When: Monday, August 24 from 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Tech of the Ages: An Interactive Exhibit

What's New - General - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:07am

Teens: Come investigate and discover "ancient" technology. See what it's used for and try some of them out yourself! Bring friends and have fun guessing.

No registration is required for this free event. All ages welcome!

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Seed Saving

What's New - General - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 11:24am

David Woolley of the Manitou Springs Seed Library will present an introductory class that covers the basics of saving seeds for most popular garden vegetables. Topics include how to plan your garden for seed saving, isolation distances, understanding cross pollination, the best ways to store seeds, and how a seed library works. There will be time for questions and a selection of seeds and resources from the library will be available for participants to take home.

There is no registration required for this free program.

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Bright By Three Community Baby Showers

What's New - General - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:58pm

Expectant parents and new parents with a baby up to eleven months old are invited to attend a baby shower at the library. Each family will receive a bag of literacy materials from Colorado-based Bright by Three. Learn fun and easy things to do with your baby that will encourage brain development, cognition, and more. Make a scrapbook page for baby, get to know other families with babies, enter to win some additional prizes and enjoy refreshments!

Registration is required. We'll also have some fun activities for the older siblings who attend.

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Teller County Historic Driving App

What's New - General - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:44pm

Representatives from the Teller County Historical Society will help you download the free Pikes Peak Area Historic Tour app to your phone. The mobile app brings Teller County's history alive! The tour consists of seven routes that recreate the sights and sounds of Colorado's history, from the voices of the Utes and homesteaders to the sounds of steam trains and the Gold Rush.

To download the iPhone app, go to the Apple App store and search for “Pikes Peak Area Historic Tour.” To download the Android app, go to the Google Play store and search for the same. Once the app is downloaded, users can follow any of seven distinct routes even where cell service is not available.

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Maker in Residence: Daria Wilber

What's New - General - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:30pm

PPLD's newest Maker in Residence is Daria Wilber. She 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.

WORKSHOPS

Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Flat Paper Making Class: Paper, The Old Fashioned Way
Do you know where the term Rag Picker originated? Rag pickers were the backbone of western papermaking! Papermaking arrived in Europe in 1290 ce, almost 1500 years after its invention in China. Europeans did not use raw plant fibers to make paper, they used cotton and linen from cast off clothes. Rag pickers bought cast-off clothing, and then resold it to the papermill. At the paper mill, rag pickers would sort and grade the clothing by color and quality, remove buttons and hooks, wash the rags, then cut them into strips and roll them into a ball to ferment for several weeks before being beaten with a wooden mallet to tear apart the fibers. Rag pickers were, in fact, master recyclers!

We won’t go through the rag pickers’ processes but we will make paper using cotton, 100% post-consumer cotton, the leftovers from T-shirt manufacturing. The paper we make will not be much different than the paper made in 1290! You’ll be able to use your handmade cotton paper for writing, drawing, bookmaking, mixed media work and more!

Paper Sculpture Class: All Wrapped Up
Paper is a perfect sculptural medium; it’s easy to work with, resilient and fairly forgiving. We’ll spend a few minutes going over papermaking basics and then we’ll make paper from abaca pulp, a high shrink pulp. While the paper is in the press we’ll create armatures using common, everyday objects and wire. Then we’ll sculpt! We’ll cover our armatures using our freshly pressed abaca sheets.

IN STUDIO HOURS

  • Wed., Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Thu., Aug. 6 from noon - 2 p.m.
  • Wed., Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri., Aug. 14 from noon - 2 p.m.
  • Mon., Aug. 17 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thu., Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Thu., Aug. 27 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 29 from 2 -5 p.m.
  • Tue., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 2 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Tue., Sept. 8 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. - noon

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Mango Languages is Back!

What's New - General - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:19pm

Mango Languages is back by popular demand! Learn a new language! Choose from 71 languages, including 19 English as a Second Language (ESL) options.

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Dragon Theatre: Peter Pan and What Color Is That Dress?

What's New - General - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:09pm

For over eight years, Dragon Theatre Productions, a program of Imagination Celebration, has brought hundreds of members from our community together to create an annual summer theatre show for the Pikes Peak region. Anyone who can make the rehearsal commitment gets a part, and roles are customized to best showcase each actor’s ability. This unique community-inclusive theatre model provides opportunities for many actors who would typically be excluded from other performance opportunities.

Dragon Theatre Productions will be performing two family-friendly plays this summer at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.:

  • Peter Pan, a new adaptation by Angie Kinnett based on the book by J.M. Barrie
  • What Color Is That Dress?, an original play by Cyndi Parr based on the 2015 dress meme

The two shows feature 50 actors who auditioned this year, as well as the creative talents of an additional 60 volunteers who contribute offstage. Each performance runs just over an hour, so audiences can come to see one or both in the same day, and participate in fun activities between the shows.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, online at dragontheatreproductions.org, or by calling (719) 597-3344, x4.

Schedule:

  • Sat., Aug. 8: Peter Pan at 11 a.m.; What Color Is That Dress? at 2 p.m.
  • Sun., Aug. 9: What Color Is That Dress? at 1 p.m.; Peter Pan at 4 p.m.
  • Fri., Aug. 14: What Color Is That Dress? at 7 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 15: Peter Pan at 7 p.m.
  • Sun., Aug. 16: Peter Pan at 1 p.m.; What Color Is That Dress? at 4 p.m.
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Free Bone Density Scan

What's New - General - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 2:01pm

Dr. Wayne Buessing of Dominion Chiropractic will give a free finger x-ray bone density scan to people over 40 years of age. The finger x-ray is considered more accurate than the boot bone scan. Results will be given immediately and you may ask the doctor questions. Your business will not be solicited. This is a walk-in clinic, reservations are not necessary.

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Food by the Book

What's New - General - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:47am

Open to ages 12 and up. Only 30 spots available, so register soon! Call (719) 531-6333, x2665 to make a reservation. For those with food allergies, please be aware that samples may contain allergens.

The Health Benefits of Chocolate presented by Julie Pech
Julie Pech, owner of The Chocolate Therapist chocolate and tea shop in Littleton, CO, presents a delicious program about the health benefits of chocolate! Julie will provide tips on incorporating chocolate into your daily diet, along with delicious samples from her store.

  • Sat., Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

High Altitude Baking presented by Randi Levin, The Muffin Lady
Join Randi Levin, aka The Muffin Lady, for tips and tricks that are sure to help Coloradans with high altitude baking! An expert in High Altitude baking and cooking, Randi will share her secrets and advice, along with samples of her recipes.

  • Sat., Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Southwestern Cooking Demo with Sonterra Grill
Love Southwest cuisine? Join us for a fun and informative cooking demo presented by Sonterra Grill’s Chef Josh! Delicious samples will be provided.

  • Sat., Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Vegan Basics: A Plant Based Diet presented by Katherine Keck
Natural Food Chef Katherine Keck, owner of the Loonie Veggie Cooking Company, LLC, presents a fun and inspiring cooking demo that will get you excited about cooking with vegetables! Learn the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and enjoy samples.

  • Sat., Aug. 29 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Asian Tales & Enrichment Program

What's New - General - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:06pm

Through The Golden Lotus Foundation's Asian Tales & Enrichment Program, participants will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Asian heritage and traditions. Each class will consist of an Asian theme tale or activity conducted by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU) members, followed by an activity of arts, crafts, or game. Each class is 1 1/2 hours.

Age 4 - 8
Session 1a: July 7, 8, 9, and 10
Session 2a: July 21, 22, 23, and 24
Session 3a: August 4, 5, 6, and 7 Age 9 - 13
Session 1b: July 14, 15, 16, and 17
Session 2b: July 28, 29, 30, and 31
Session 3b: August 11, 12, 13, and 14

1. Participants ages 4 - 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult 21 years and older; 9 - 13 years old need signed waiver.

2. Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

3. Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

4. Children can bring their favorite stuff animal to class. Quilted mats are provided for children to sit or lie down during story time. Parents can join their children on the mats or sit in chairs.

5. Registration Fees:

  • $70.00 per student, per session for (4) classes (to help offset the cost of supplies), prepaid; no refunds for unattended sessions. Full refund on cancellation requested before first session.
  • $20.00 per student drop-in.
  • Cash or check payable to Golden Lotus Foundation.

6. No charge for parents accompanying participants. An adult 21 years or older needs to sign Liability and Photo Release form for each student.

7. Limited number of scholarships available by submitting a paragraph explaining need. Please submit your request through email at info@GoldenLotusFoundation.org, or mail to Golden Lotus Foundation, 4645 Star Ranch Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Please allow 2 weeks for reply, state the Session(s) desired to attend.

Offering this enrichment program relies on a minimum number of (5) students participating.

Please contact Jennifer Huang, Director with any questions, jhuang@uccs.edu or (719) 231-0911.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Maker in Residence: Sarah Withee

What's New - General - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:19am

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July 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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