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Reel History of the Pikes Peak Region

What's New - General - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:38am

Join us for a screening of historic films of the Pikes Peak Region from the vault of the Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections. See Colorado Springs as it appeared through the lenses of professional and amateur movie cameras of the early to mid 20th Century!

  • When: Tue., Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: 1905 Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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Minding Your Business

What's New - General - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:10am

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.

Registration is required for these free programs.

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Lit Unlocked: Exploring the LIST Paradigm

What's New - General - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:56am

Enhance your reading experience, discover strategies to "unlock" difficult texts, and explore the relationship between culture and literature. This program will be facilitated by local author Durthy A. Washington, who teaches English at the U.S. Air Force Academy and is the recipient of the Outstanding Academy Educator Award.

No registration is required for this free program.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 25 from 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Shivers Concert Series Fall 2014

What's New - General - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:46am

The Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District presents a reception, dinner, and concert featuring Marlissa Hudson, Daniel Washington, Jerilyn Jorgensen, and Susan Grace. Artwork by Belinda Gardner will be displayed, and there will be book signings by Kay Esmiol and Susan L. Harvey.

  • When: Wed., Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. (Concert begins at 8 p.m.)
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Tickets: $50 for dinner and concert, $30 for concert only. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 5 by calling (719) 884-9800, x6892. Proceeds benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.
American soprano Marlissa Hudson made her professional debut while a student, performing “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess with the Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch. She later performed the entire role of Bess with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Her other acclaimed role is Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, which she performed with The Summer Opera Theatre Company (DC).

As a concert soloist, Ms. Hudson has collaborated with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choralis, St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and the Prince George’s Philharmonic.
Ms. Hudson received her formal training at Duke University and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned awards for music at both schools, including a Peabody Career Development Grant.

Daniel Washington, a native of Summerville, S.C., enjoys a career that brings him to the world’s major opera houses and concert stages, pairing him with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, and Charles Dutoit.

Recent seasons have found Washington as the villain Crown in a new production of the opera Porgy and Bess at the Opéra Comique in Paris and at the Grand Theatre de Luxembourg. He also performed concert versions of this American classic with the Berlin Philharmonic (Rattle), Montreal Symphony (Dutoit), the Detroit, Houston, Oregon Symphonies, Naples Philharmonic, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Trondheim Symphony, and Cincinnati Pops.

Highlights of his operatic career include his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Bernard Haitink. He also created the role of Steven Biko in the world premiere of the opera Biko for the Royal Opera’s Garden Venture Project. Daniel Washington is a Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

Jerilyn Jorgensen is a member of the performance faculty of Colorado College and has been adjunct faculty in violin and chamber music at the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver. From 1980-2004 she was first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet, and as a member of that ensemble she has performed throughout the United States, been a prizewinner in the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition and finalist in the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, and appeared on PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Ms. Jorgensen is on the faculty of the Lamont Pre-College Academy summer program and is the Artistic Development Coordinator for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association. She holds bachelor of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, and a master of music degree from Juilliard.

Grammy nominated 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. She has also performed in the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s new-music series Engine 408, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Grand Teton Festival, the Cape Cod Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Music at Oxford, and the Helmsley Festival in England.

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 31th season.

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APPR 2014 Author Visits

What's New - General - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:04pm

Three authors will be making appearances in the region as part of All Pikes Peak Reads 2014.

Clifton Taulbert

Clifton Taulbert, author of APPR 2014 selection Who Owns the Ice House?, is a recognized thought leader on the power of community. He is renowned for his ability to glean timeless lessons from the place of his birth, the Mississippi Delta.

Uncle Cleve’s Rules of Life
Taulbert reflects on the life lessons from his Uncle Cleve that form the basis of this award-winning book. A question and answer session follows Mr. Taulbert’s lecture.

  • When: Mon., Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Storytelling with Clifton Taulbert
Taulbert remarks on how his Uncle Cleve’s stories helped to form the year’s APPR selection, Who Owns the Ice House?

  • When: Mon., Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Reception for Clifton Taulbert
Join us as fans of author Taulbert mingle to music made by PPCC music students. The evening’s program is presented by PPCC departments of Music, History, Communication, and Parley journal authors & the PPCC Art Gallery. The reception is followed by a book signing at 6:30 p.m.

  • When: Mon., Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Veteran’s Day Observance
Taulbert, himself a U.S. military veteran, speaks on the observance of this national holiday and relates remarks to PPCC’s community-wide “Year of Service” initiative.

  • When: Tue., Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Centennial Theater, PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Chat with Clifton
The public is invited to a casual question and answer session with one of this year’s outstanding APPR authors. Find out the impetus for Mr. Taulbert’s writing of Who Owns the Ice House? and how he learned of Uncle Cleve’s Rules of Life.

  • When: Tue., Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Library, PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.
Ally Condie

Ally Condie, author of APPR 2014 selection Matched series, is coming to Pikes Peak Library District. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. A book signing to follow!

  • When: Fr, Nov. 14 from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

But, wait! Do you want meet her? You let us know your top 25 books and now we have 100s of books for you to vote on! Vote in the survey below to help us determine the top 100 books!

To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 before October 15 and now vote for the top 100 until November 4, 2014.

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).

Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer, author of the best-selling Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God, will discuss his book at a free event held in partnership with Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies.

In the book, Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief sharing his innermost debate with the poignant lyricism only a great writer of literary nonfiction can achieve. Schaeffer writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose adoration of his family, love and art trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God.

  • When: Sun., Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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What if we were limited to only 100 books?

What's New - General - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:59pm

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? You let us know your top 25 books and now we have 100s of books for you to vote on! Vote in the survey below to help us determine the top 100 books!

To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 before October 15 and now vote for the top 100 until November 4, 2014.

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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Big Library Read

What's New - General - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:29pm

Pikes Peak Library District is taking part in the Big Library Read program. Library card holders will be able to borrow and read the young adult fiction eBook or eAudiobook format of Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes between Monday, October 13 and Tuesday, October 28 at cybershelf.ppld.org. This title was just released in September 2014, so participants will be among the first to read it.

Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program dates, creating a virtual, global eBook club. The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, a supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and HarperCollins, publisher of Andrea Portes’ latest title.

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Call for Art

What's New - General - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:54pm

Have your own art show at one of the 12 PPLD art galleries!

The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be jurying art for future month-long, individual shows. Interested artists should bring five representative pieces of their body of work in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired). Your submission should also include a completed Art Exhibit Application (linked to below).

Submissions will be accepted on Wed., Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at the
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 charnish@ppld.org.

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2014: Engage the Extraordinary

What's New - General - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 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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2nd Sunday Concert Series

What's New - General - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:07pm

This free indoor concert series highlights local musicians from a variety of musical genres.

All shows will be held in the Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

  • Sun., Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. - Moonhoney (Latin Gypsy)
  • Sun., Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. - Woodshed Red (Americana)
  • Sun., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. - Aivazovsky Trio (Classical)
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    2nd Sunday Concert Series

    What's New - General - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:14pm

    This free indoor concert series highlights local musicians from a variety of musical genres.

    All shows will be held in the Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

  • Sun., Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. - Moonhoney (Latin Gypsy)
  • Sun., Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. - Woodshed Red (Americana)
  • Sun., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. - Aivazovsky Trio (Classical)
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    Haunted Manitou: A Haunted Dimensions Paranormal Lecture

    What's New - General - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:40am

    Paranormal historians Erick and Tammila Wright will share their theories about paranormal occurrences that span the sciences of quantum physics and psychology. With 29 years of paranormal experience each, the Wrights have located dead legendary figures at actual locations that clarified historical facts. Also, their lecture will cover their documentary series, Walking History, which combines two genres: historical documentary and paranormal investigation of locations all over Colorado. You will get to examine the actual equipment used on investigations and learn about deceptive use of new devices that have appeared on the market.

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    Haunted Manitou: A Haunted Dimensions Paranormal Lecture

    What's New - General - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:47am

    Paranormal historians Erick and Tammila Wright will share their theories about paranormal occurrences that span the sciences of quantum physics and psychology. With 29 years of paranormal experience each, the Wrights have located dead legendary figures at actual locations that clarified historical facts. Also, their lecture will cover their documentary series, Walking History, which combines two genres: historical documentary and paranormal investigation of locations all over Colorado. You will get to examine the actual equipment used on investigations and learn about deceptive use of new devices that have appeared on the market.

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    PPLD Pumpkin Toss

    What's New - General - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:08pm

    Join us for the first ever PPLD Pumpkin Toss! Create a catapult or trebuchet to compete. The farthest launch wins! Teams must register in advance. There is no limit for team size, but all members must be at least 9 years old. Only one person from the team should register. Please review all of the rules through the PDF linked to below.

    To register, click here.

    This event will be canceled in case of inclement weather, and will take place in the west parking lot outside the lower level of the Library 21c.

    • When: Sat., Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. - noon
    • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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    PPLD Pumpkin Toss

    What's New - General - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:06pm

    Join us for the first ever PPLD Pumpkin Toss! Create a catapult or trebuchet to compete. The farthest launch wins! Teams must register in advance. There is no limit for team size, but all members must be at least 9 years old. Only one person from the team should register. Please review all of the rules through the PDF linked to below.

    To register, click here.

    This event will be canceled in case of inclement weather, and will take place in the west parking lot outside the lower level of the Library 21c.

    • When: Sat., Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. - noon
    • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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    Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    What's New - General - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:24pm

    TESSA and Pikes Peak Library District present a series of programs during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us for these FREE community speaking events. Information sessions and fundraisers to support TESSA, a safe house for survivors of domestic violence.

    Survivor art will be on display at each event location:

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    Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    What's New - General - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:23pm

    TESSA and Pikes Peak Library District present a series of programs during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us for these FREE community speaking events. Information sessions and fundraisers to support TESSA, a safe house for survivors of domestic violence.

    Survivor art will be on display at each event location:

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    Discover Digital Services @ PPLD

    What's New - General - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:13pm

    PPLD offers digital services for patrons including eBooks, eVideos, eMusic, and eMagazines. During this session, attendees can view a demonstration of PPLD’s CyberShelf materials and learn about available resources for additional step-by-step training for specific devices and platforms. Free session.

    Seating is limited and registration required. Click here to register.

    • When: Fri., Oct. 10 from 3:30 - 5 p.m.
    • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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    Publish Your Own eBook @ PPLD

    What's New - General - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:12pm

    Participants in the free Publish Your Own @ PPLD will learn to use the specialized Internet-based self-publishing vendor Smashwords to produce professional-quality eBooks. Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.) is hosting this event on Sat., Oct. 11.

    Registration is required. Click here to register.

    Workshop 1: Create Your Manuscript, 1 - 1:45 p.m.
    Explore strategies for transforming your idea into a draft and your draft into a polished manuscript.

    Workshop 2: Format and Promote Your eBook, 2 - 2:45 p.m.
    Learn about the Smashwords formatting process and explore ideas for eBook promotion.

    Self-Publishing Panel, 3 - 3:45 p.m.
    Local authors discuss the self-publishing process. The panel will consist of the following authors.

    Anne Flint currently lives in a 100-year-old Victorian house in Colorado Springs that she loves to restore and remodel. She writes part time and designs and maintains websites for artists and authors. Anne’s book, Fettigrew Hall - The Biography of a House, was self-published in 2010 as part of a series about a 600-year-old house in England. As part of this series, she writes books about each century — who lived in the house and what happened to them. Filled with mystery, artifacts and ghosts, these stories promise to keep readers fascinated. Her book about the 13th century is forthcoming and a second contemporary book about Fettigrew Hall’s Megan and Gray is also in the works.

    Sarah Kage is a dabbler who lives in the plains of Colorado. She spent the last 30 years honing her skills in writing, computer science and software, web design, self-publishing and marketing. She is a member of multiple writing groups and has published articles in magazines. The Halloween Pickle, co-published her son Casey, is her first published novel.

    Casey Balaz is an artist in many mediums. A single father with a love for all things artistic, he spent the last 10 years improving his skills as an air-brush artist. Though he was reluctant to embrace the computer for his creations, Casey taught himself Photoshop, which elevated his art to a new level. In addition to illustrating The Halloween Pickle, Casey wrote and illustrated Fear of The Potty for his son.  

    In addition to writing children’s fiction, Marty Mokler Banks freelances as a travel and marketing writer, and lives in Colorado Springs with her family and dogs. As a full-time writer, Marty’s books and articles show a bit of a split personality—the reality of making writing her life’s work. Her travel writing is often about exotic, freakishly amazing places all over the world (including Colorado Springs), while her inventive, thoughtful, and funny children's literature reflects her longstanding love of reading. Marty’s most recent children's book, G.G. Snowboards (Switch Monkey Press, 2013), is the first in a series that follows the spunky, sassy, eight-year-old G.G. as she explores a new extreme sport in each book. G.G. Rock Climbs is forthcoming soon.  

    Erin Rambeau traveled the world while her father was in the army, spending time in Germany, California, and Connecticut. She has a younger brother and an older sister, 4 beautiful nieces and a great-nephew. When she was young, Erin started wrote short stories such as "I, Ripper" and "Who’s in the Titanic?” Her first novel, The Werewolf, the Librarian and I, launched a series which has continued to engage adult fiction readers. The Werewolf, the Librarian and I evolved into "Animals of the Night," a YouTube music video with more than 230,000 views. Erin is creating a second music video, "Fire of the Night," for her book WLI: The War.

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    Beginners Floral Design Classes

    What's New - General - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:02pm

    Join us for a free series of classes by Bella Studio Florist. Each class will cover a different aspect for floral design, and will be held at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.). No previous floral design experience is required, and materials will be provided for you. Space is limited, so please register by clicking on each class’ corresponding link below or by calling (719) 389-8968.

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