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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 2:31pm

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: Thursdays, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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Maker in Residence: Daria Wilber

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.


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.


  • 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!

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?

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, or by calling (719) 597-3344, x4.


  • 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

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

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

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, 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, or (719) 231-0911.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Maker in Residence: Sarah Withee

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:19am

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July is 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!


Origami Cards
In this class, we will learn to fold several models that can serve as decorations for cards. This is a great introduction to origami, and will feature origami butterflies, stars, hearts, and other flat models suitable for cards. All models will be suitable for beginning paperfolders. Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be 16 years of age to attend.

Origami Ornament
In this class, we will learn to fold the traditional Japanese kusudama, or ornament, from six sheets of paper. This class provides a great introduction to some basic origami folding techniques and gives you a beautiful finished ornament to take home. Registration is required and space is limited.

Sarah will be hosting open studio hours at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), when you can talk to her about her origami and watch her work.

  • Tue., June 23 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri., June 26 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Mon., June 29 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu., July 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., July 8 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Sun., July 12 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Fri., July 17 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Sat., July 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., July 20 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Wed., July 22 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tue., July 28 from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wed., July 29 from 1 - 3 p.m.


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Coming Soon: PPLD's Local Music Project (LMP)

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 5:33pm

The Pikes Peak Region has a vibrant and diverse music scene which contributes and enhances the unique cultural identity of the area. Pikes Peak Library District’s Local Music Project (LMP) aims to connect our community’s talented musicians with listeners, by providing a platform from which artists may be discovered and their music heard.

PPLD's Local Music Project features music, reviews, and information about musicians and music ensembles whose original work has a definitive local connection, being composed, performed, and/or produced or recorded in the Pikes Peak Region. Visitors can gain access to performance calendars, venues, community music partners, as well as to artist’s websites and social media sites.

We look forward to introducing PPLD's Local Music Project to you in late 2015 or early 2016. Stayed tuned for more information and a Call for Submissions!

FAQs What is LMP?

The Local Music Project, aka LMP, features music, reviews, and information about musicians and music ensembles whose original work has a definitive local connection, being composed, performed, and/or produced or recorded in the Pikes Peak Region. Visitors to this online library can gain access to performance calendars, venues, community music partners, as well as to artist’s websites and music or social media sites.

Why are we doing this?

The Pikes Peak Region has a vibrant and diverse music scene which contributes and enhances the unique cultural identity of the area. PPLD has always been about our community, and we want to reinforce that. LMP is Pikes Peak Library District’s online local music library and aims to connect our community’s talented musicians with listeners, by providing a platform from which artists may be discovered and their music heard by either streaming or by download. We want to offer unique content that is not available in big box stores and support the local music scene.

Who supports this project?

The Pikes Peak Library District is committed to bringing a music database of local musicians and their original music to our patrons. The district has been working with community partners to be named soon.

How much music will be on the site?

Time and resources will determine the answer to this question. As much as we possibly can, of course!

How do you get your music included?

LMP will put out a Call for Submissions. Criteria is yet to be determined. Musicians will be required to sign our contract that allows for permissions for the Library to provide access to their works and archive those works. Musicians will retain their copyrights to their creations.


Inclusion in any PPLD database does not mean nor imply that the Library evaluates, endorses, or sanctions any group or individual service. The responsibility of choice rests with the users. Although Library staff strive to keep information current, it is possible that specific information within the listing may change at any time or may not represent a full spectrum of the community. Because the database is available to the general public as well as various government and nonprofit institutions, the Library cannot be responsible for any modification or use of the information.

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Manitou Springs Library Lawn Concert Series

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 1:07pm

Join us for this series of free concerts on the lawn of Manitou Springs Library (701 Manitou Ave.) on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, and lawn chairs! In case of bad weather, concerts will be held in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park on the west side of downtown Manitou Springs.

  • Aug 4: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
  • Aug 11: Charity Shatwell (Power Folk)
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Junk to Joy

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 12:04pm

Learn how to take common day recyclable items and make them into wonderful and useful art! All programs in this series will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Space is limited and registration is required. Patron must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Must have a Makerspace use agreement on file.

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Nature Storytime!

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:26pm

Enjoy this nature-themed Storytime and craft for ages 3 and up. This program is a collaboration between PPLD and the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.

  • When: Sundays at 1 p.m. beginning June 7
  • Where: Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N 30th St (2nd floor Red Rocks Room)
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Maker in Residence: Michelle Lim

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:30pm

PPLD's Maker in Residence for May and June is Michelle Lim, a self-taught designer, animator, and maker of various things at the intersection of art and technology. She lives in Denver and is originally from Queens, NY. Education and community are essential to her work, which includes teaching creative technology in Denver public schools and designing digital programs at the Denver Art Museum. Inspired by her favorite short story — The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges — she hopes to explore the many lives of infinitely complex patterns through video, sculpture, and interactive media during her residency and community workshops.


Folding Fractals
When it comes to making fractal origami, one shape can go an infinitely long way. Learn to fold a basic tetrahedron and be on your way to making a 3D version of Sierpinski's Triangle, a famous fractal known for its elegance and simplicity. Explore other stunning examples of fractals in art and nature, where infinite chaos and order coexist. Then take your model home with you or add it to the collective fractal sculpture growing in the Library 21c maker space. Registration is required.

Stop Motion Animation
What will the world be like in a hundred years? Design a futuristic backdrop and build your own characters (aliens welcome) out of clay and other materials. Learn how to set up a camera and tripod to capture your story frame-by-frame. Flashdrive recommended. Registration is required.


Lim will be hosting open studio hours at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), when you can talk to her about her craft and watch her work.

  • Sat., May 16 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sat., May 23 from 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Tue., May 26 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Sun., May 31 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Fri., June 5 from 3:30 - 6 p.m.
  • Sat., June 6 from 2 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., June 10 from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thu., June 11 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Tue., June 16 from 3:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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Honoring Judy Noyes: Help Us Build the Judy Noyes Children's Garden

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:01pm

Please help up create a lasting legacy honoring one our communities most beloved leaders: Judy Noyes.

When Dick and Judy Noyes opened the Chinook Bookstore in 1950 in downtown Colorado Springs, they began writing a story of passion for reading, community service, leadership and a deep commitment to First Amendment rights. Since Judy’s passing earlier this year, friends, family members and colleagues have established several funds in honor of her various community passions.

Because Judy served as a PPLD Foundation Director and supported the library in numerous other ways over the years, PPLD would like to celebrate her memory with the creation of a new children’s garden in front of Penrose Library. Because Judy believed absolutely in everyone’s right to read, and in the power of literacy---especially for our children, and because she also had a passion for maintaining the downtown area as a vibrant space within our community, we believe a children’s garden in the midst of downtown would provide an excellent way for the community to remember her. Dick Noyes joins us in thanking you so much for considering a donation to make the Judy Noyes Children’s Garden a reality.

If you have questions about a gift, please call the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation at (719) 884-9850.

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Sat, 05/16/2015 - 1:00pm
Free Workshops

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

  • 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.
  • Fee-based Workshops

    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 or visit

    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 To pay by check, click here.

    • JumpStartToSuccess
      JumpStartToSuccess bundles hands-on development of the important tools small businesses need to procure government contracts.
      Thu., May 28; Thu., Sept. 24
    • 8(a)InADay
      8(a) InADay offers hands-on instruction in preparing your application for 8(a) Business Development Program certification.
      Thu., April 23; Thu., June 30; Thu., Oct. 22
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Summer Reading Program Starts June 1!

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:21pm

PPLD's Summer Reading Program is coming to a library near you on June 1! Registration starts June 1 at 9 a.m.

The Kids Summer Reading Program theme is "Every Hero Has a Story"

The Teens Summer Reading Program theme is "Unmask!"

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:35pm

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:


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Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:34pm

PPLD is proud to announce our newest resource,! has thousands of online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.

Videos are on the following topics:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Audio + Music
  • Business
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

And best of all, it's FREE with your library card! Click here to start using this amazing resource now.

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Helping Paws: Finals Stress Relief!

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:29pm

Teens, are you stressed out due to finals? Stop by the Teen Center at Library 21c and hang out with a furry pal to relieve your pre-test jitters!

This program is free, and there is no registration required. For ages 12 - 18.

  • When: Sat., May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Teen Center, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Invention Incubator

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:40am

PPLD is entering into collaboration with The Invention Incubator to create a permanent environment wherein veterans, inventors, makers, video producers, marketing experts, and others can meet periodically to consider new inventions and team to make them happen.

As an introduction to this initiative, Invention Incubator organizer Ed Herlik is holding “pre-organization” conversations on Wednesday, May 13. These conversations will help shape the formal organization work, which will start in early June. This is a chance to influence the initiative from the start!

There are two informational opportunities on May 13:

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Her Story Café, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: window bay area near makerspaces at Library 21c

If you would like to attend, send Herlik an RSVP at He’ll only attend these events if he receives interest, so you must contact him. This step is also critical to keeping you informed.

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