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What if we were limited to only 100 books?

What's New - General - 1 hour 18 min ago

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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    Linking in to LinkedIn

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

    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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    Discover Digital Services @ PPLD

    What's New - General - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:56pm

    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 - 1:02pm

    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 from 1 - 3:45 p.m.

    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.

    Categories: What's New

    Beginners Floral Design Classes

    What's New - General - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:04am

    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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    Time to Move: Buying and Selling a Home

    What's New - General - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:37am

    This class with class will cover the finer aspects of both buying and selling a house. It will be presented by local real estate agent Billie Allor.

    Registration is required for this free program. To register, click here.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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