Stop in and try your hand at different electronic activities. Try out circuits using Inventor's Kits, build a robot using Mindstorm robotics kits, or write a circuit with a write-able circuits kit. See a 3D printer in action and build a spin-bot.
No registration required. You must be between 12 - 18 years old to participate.
- When: Fri., March 13 from noon - 5 p.m.
- Where: MAKE at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
View a demonstration of the Library's laser cutter/engraver with a business perspective. Find out what is needed to get started using the laser and also see some ideas and example projects that you could use the laser for to help your business.
Must have a current Makerspace use agreement signed and it is recommended you attend Makerspace Safety 101.
- When: Wed., March 11 from 10 a.m. - noon
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Join us for this free program of The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance with Fuller Seminary, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado College, The Picnic Basket, and Platinum PR Group.
- When: Tue., March 10 at 5:30 p.m.
- Where: Celeste Theatre at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
- 5:30 p.m. - Doors open; information fair
- 6 p.m. - Welcome and introduction by Laurie Bolthouse, producer of Trade of Innocents
- 6:05 p.m. - Screening of Trade of Innocents, starring Mira Sorvino and Dermot Mulroney (Rated PG-13). The film is about a couple that rescues young girls from sex traffickers in Southeast Asia.
- 7:35 p.m. - Panel discussion; Q&A. Panel includes: Laurie Bolthouse, producer; Natasha Hurt, Love Made Claim; Detective Ellie Read, CSPD Human Trafficking Task Force.
- 8:35 p.m. - Dessert reception
It's that time again. Taxes are due on Wednesday, April 15. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for
- Colorado Tax Information
- Federal Tax Information
- State Tax Forms
- Tax Websites
- Free Tax Help
Good luck and happy filing!
Preparing for a job interview can be the biggest and most important step towards securing a career. The interviewing process can be grueling, not to mention nerve racking, but a little but of prep will go a long way in securing your next job. Learn how to interview better than your competition in this free class presented by Career Confidence.
Topics will include:
- How to answer the number one most asked interview question
- 10 most common interview questions and how to answer them
- Body language, including power poses
- Interview dos and don'ts
- Dress for success
- How to answer situation/behavioral interview questions
- Thank you notes and follow-up
- When: Tue., March 10 from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
This program is an anatomy experience for tweens and teens. Join an instructor and some clay to form muscles, organs, and arteries on MANIKEN® models.
Registration is required for this no cost program held at The Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave.
ANATOMY IN CLAY® and MANIKEN® are registered trademarks of Zahourek Systems, Inc.
Join us for a basic overview of the popular social media for professionals, LinkedIn. Topics to include setting up an account, managing your feed, developing a robust profile, and how to use LinkedIn to help you land that next big opportunity.
These classes, all held at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), it's necessary you have basic computer proficiency. Register today to ensure your spot!
The annual Colorado Springs Pop Culture Multimedia Convention will take place on on February 27 and 28 and March 1 at the Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Highlights for this year include personal appearances by three of the internationally known Power Rangers characters. This year's activities:
- Makers Room, with hands-on demonstrations and activities
- Full writer's track with over 30 participating authors
- Three separate gaming rooms
- Second annual Film Fest presented by BlissFest
- Zombie infestation on Friday evening
- Masquerade Costume Contest for children and adults on Saturday
- Family Day on Sunday featuring a Time Travelers Tea
- GalaxyFest AfterDark activities on Friday and Saturday nigh
For more information and schedules, visit galaxyfest.org.
Sarah and Peter Dorhn will present a program on the increasingly-popular Tiny Houses. Their talk centers around how they decided to build their tiny (200 sq. ft.) house, the permits needed, and how to do it yourself. There will be a question/answer period as well. The program will include a walk-through of the house. Refreshments will be served.
- When: Sat., Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
- Where: Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave.
Have your own art show at one of the 12 PPLD art galleries.
The PPLD Art Evaluation Committee will be jurying art for future 1 - 2 month individual shows. Interested artists should bring five representative pieces of their body of work in show-ready format (matted, framed, wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art). Submissions must also include an Art Exhibit Application (see below).
Submissions will be accepted on Wednesday, March 18 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Note: artists will be notified of Committee’s decision within two weeks.
For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever wondered about doing business with the government? Join us for this series of free workshops at Library 21c, presented by Certify to Success. Registration is required. For more information, email email@example.com.
- Procurement Certification Alphabet Soup
Learn the how to and benefits of 8(a), SDB, DBE, WBE, MBE, SBE, ESB, WOSB, EDWOSB, SDVOSB … and who accepts each.
Thu., March 19 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
- Strategies to Overcome “Contract Bundling”
Learn methods to utilize tools (i.e. socio-economic certifications, strategic alliances, etc.) to level the procurement playing field.
Thu., April 16 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
- Does Your Business Plan You?
Learn to plan products/services, marketing and financing for growth, collaboration, and/or writing proposals.
Thu., May 14 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
- Systemize Your Small Business
Learn the difference between owning a business and owning a job. Understand how systems will affect your expansion, mergers, sale, and government contracting.
Thu., June 18 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
- Staying on Top of Your Market
Stay ahead of market changes in your industry. Designed for companies who want to contract with the government or take their businesses to the next level.
Thu., Sept. 17 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
- Succession Planning for Your Business
Critical elements of developing your company’s plan of operation, and plans for loss of key employees/owners including owner’s exit.
Thu., Oct. 15 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
- The Power of She
Women, veterans, and minority owners will learn to level the playing field to increase the bottom line. Learn the importance of strategic alliances and ways to leverage public policy.
Thu., Nov. 12 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
JumpStartToSuccess bundles hands-on development of the important tools small businesses need to procure government contracts.
Wed., Jan. 28; Thu., March 26; Thu., May 28; Thu., Sept. 24
8(a) InADay offers hands-on instruction in preparing your application for 8(a) Business Development Program certification.
Wed., Feb. 25; Thu., April 23; Thu., June 25; Thu., Oct. 22
TalkGovBiz,TheExperience is made up of two hands-on, intensive, fee-based workshops providing support for small businesses in obtaining resources and certifications to procure government contracts. For more information about TalkGovBiz,TheExperience, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ppld.thankyou4caring.org/TalkGovBiz.
These workshops focus on key areas of business development essential to procuring government contracts such as socioeconomic certifications, developing strategic plans, and the development of marketing materials. Each of these workshops take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Library 21c. Registration is required. To register online, visit ppld.thankyou4caring.org/TalkGovBiz. To pay by check, click here.
PPLD's Friends of the Library are having a Spring Book Sale at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. on March 20, 21, and 22, 2015.
- Friday, March 20: 4 - 7 p.m., Friends only, memberships available at the door
- Saturday, March 21: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., open to the public
- Sunday, March 22: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., $5 bag sale Sunday only, bags provided by Friends
Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job . This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to help find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, and more.
- When: Wed., Feb. 18 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) knows how important early literacy is to families and the community. That’s why PPLD’s Children’s Department has created the Countdown to Kindergarten Carnival, an early literacy program designed to get families interacting with one another in ways that are both fun and effective in improving early literacy skills.
These Carnivals at multiple library locations will teach parents and caregivers five simple but powerful practices they can use to help young children get ready to read. These five practices are incorporated into Every Child Ready to Read workshops and can easily be integrated into everyday activities to help children learn early literacy skills. The five early literacy practices are:
Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.
Singing, which also includes rhyming, increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).
Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.
Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read.
Countdown to Kindergarten Carnival is free and open to parents, grandparents, childcare providers, preschool teachers, and other caregivers. There are no reservations required for these drop-in programs.
Cisco Tech Day is a premier education and training event that provides you the opportunity to learn from and network with Cisco strategy and technology leaders as well as and engage with your peers.
Gain insight into the latest Cisco enterprise networks, security, data center virtualization, and collaboration solutions including product innovations. Hear product roadmaps, see hands-on demonstrations, and learn best practices that can lead to the critical business outcomes your enterprise demands.
- When: Tue., Feb. 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
- 8:30 - 9 a.m. Coffee and Registration
- 9 - 10 a.m. Next-Generation Data Center: Addressing the Cloud with Joe Arthur, Cisco Data Center Product Specialist and Todd Philippi, Cisco Consulting Systems Engineer
- 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Network Security: Cyber Security for the Real World with Akshay Kashyapa, Cisco Systems Engineer
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch provided by Cisco: Cisco Meraki Overview with Steve Cramer, Cisco Systems Engineer
- 1 - 2:15 p.m. Enterprise Networking Updates with Dave Highland, Systems Engineer and Akshay Kashyapa, Cisco Systems Engineer
- 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Collaboration with Holger Forrest, Cisco Collaboration Product Specialist
- 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up
Pikes Peak Library District will present Love Letters by A.R. Gurney at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
"This play is a beautiful love story and is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day,” said Donna Guthrie, the show’s producer. The show stars David Rasmussen and Crystal Carter and will be directed by Eve Tilley.
Love Letters is about Andrew Makepeace and Melissa Gardner, both of whom are born to wealth and position, are childhood friends, and whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp post cards. The two continue to exchange letters through boarding school, college and beyond.
“The theme is that love takes many forms,” Guthrie said. “The characters start out with girl and boy crushes like we all have. They start with letters that are sweet and childish. Then, they always seem to miss each other. When one is ready for a relationship, the other one isn’t. It is about missed opportunities, of two people who share a rare bond.”
This one-time performance will be in a reader’s theater style and is free and open to the public. This show is recommended for 18 and over.
Come join Ruth Holley Library for music, fun, face painting, and children's crafts in celebration of Black History Month. Listen to the Mitchell High School Madrigal choral group from 2 - 2:30 p.m. and make some noise with Bob Hall and the Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble from 3 - 4 p.m. Celebrate African American traditions with song, drumming, and crafts for the entire family.
- When: Sat., Feb. 28 from 2 - 4 p.m.
- Where: Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd.
Members from the Colorado Springs Buffalo Soldier Memorial Committee will be showing photos, video, and an 1880s food and equipment demonstration on Sat., Feb. 7 from noon - 1:30 p.m. at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd. The Sand Creek Library is also hosting a series of films at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday nights in February:
- February 11: Gifted Hands
- February 18: Ray
- February 25: Cool Runnings
Also, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., will be hosting We R Onebody's 2nd annual Multicultural Black History Program on Sat., Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/weronebody.
If you want to learn more about black history, PPLD has plenty of resources including all of these informative books.
The Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District presents a dinner and concert featuring Michael Paul Smith, baritone; Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington, flute; and Drew Alexander Forde, viola.
- When: Friday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. (Concert begins at 8 p.m.)
- Where: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd.
- Tickets: Include a no-host cocktail hour, dinner, and concert. $55 for dinner and concert, $30 concert only. Please RSVP by Monday, February 16. For more information, call 719-593-8400 or visit shiversfund.com.
- When: Saturday, February 21 at 2 p.m.
- Where: Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
- All ages welcome!
Michael Paul Smith
Smith is increasingly in demand as a soloist having performed with a variety of theater companies and symphony orchestras. His operatic roles are numerous, including Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, Tonio in Leoncavallos’ Pagliacci, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, and Porgy and Crown in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, to name a few. A native Californian, Smith comes from a musical family with nine children. He began singing at an early age with his older brother and sister in church choirs and musical productions.
Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington is pursuing her doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. In 2010, Jacqueline received the William D. Ford Fulbright grant where she studied with Andreas Blau, principal flutist in the Berlin Philharmonic. She graduated in 2010 from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where she studied with Dr. Bradley Garner. Her former teachers include Amy Porter and David Cramer. In 2014, Jacqueline was awarded a fellowship with the resident ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Weill Institute of Music, and Juilliard School of Music in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Jacqueline has had the opportunity to study and perform abroad in Italy, Eastern Europe, Greece, and China.
Drew Alexander Forde
Violist Drew Alexander Forde has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He graduated cum laude from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University and is pursuing his Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School where he studies with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. He has performed the Mendelssohn Octet alongside the world-renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet and was asked to perform in the Rome Chamber Music Festival for two summers, culminating with an electric performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Drew has performed at the Montecito International Music Festival, Brevard International Music Festival, Franklin Pond Chamber Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, and Sejong International Music Festival.
Pianist Susan Grace has performed solo and chamber recitals, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Korea, India and China. Ms. Grace is Associate Chair, Artist-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer in Music at Colorado College and Music Director of the internationally renowned Colorado College Summer Music Festival which is in its 31st season. She has been awarded the Christine Johnson Professor of Music beginning in the fall of 2014. In June, Mayor Steve Bach presented Ms. Grace the 2014 Spirit of the Springs award for her work with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival.
Join other handicrafters for this free, fun, and informative class presented by Weldon of Green Valley Weavers. You will learn the Four Basic Stitches: Chain, Single, Double and Treble, and begin work on a dishcloth.
This class provided by the generosity of the Rockrimmon Friends of the Library.
Where: Rockrimmon Library
When: Friday, February 20, 1 - 3 p.m.
Bring: G or H crochet hook, one skein of solid, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn. (If you do not have your own supplies, a limited number of hooks and yarn will be available for purchase the day of class: $15 cash-only.)
Light refreshments served.
Join us for a very special storytime involving music and movement, aimed at ages 2 and 3. Caregivers and children participate through movement to songs and rhymes. A fun one-on-one time with your child while fostering learning, coordination and a love of music.
Where: Library 21c
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When: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
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