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Death and Taxes. Well Okay, Just Taxes.

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:41am

It's that time again. Taxes are due by Monday, April 18. 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!

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Monthly Musicale Concert Series: The Rogue Spirits

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 3:36pm

The Monthly Musicale Concert Series features monthly performances to celebrate local musicians. The performers for March will be The Rogue Spirits, an alternative-folk duo consisting of Travis Duncan (concertina, banjo, guitar, vocals) and Jeremiah Walter (baritone ukulele, vocals). They perform their original, harmony-laden songs at a wide variety of venues in the Pikes Peak region, and also regularly collaborate with local theatre companies to create music for their productions.

  • When: Sun., March 13 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Community Photography Contest

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 3:26pm

Call for art at the Cheyenne Mountain Library! The Community Photography Contest will recognize the incredible talent, unique vision, and artistic diversity that we have in our neighborhoods. The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels and ages who live in El Paso County. The categories are: Portrait, Landscape (including night-shots), Close-up, Black & White, Man-made/Abstract (barns, raindrops, etc), Animal (domestic or wild). The top 18 winners will be recognized in an opening ceremony, their work will be printed and framed for free, and exhibited at the Cheyenne Mountain Library for the month of May. 

To enter, please follow these directions:
1. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 28. You may enter up to 3 images.
2. The final prints will be printed on 8" x 12" paper and matted and placed in a 11" x 14" frame. You should crop your photo the way you want it to look. It will be printed to fit on the paper and custom matted.
3. Save the high-resolution image (300 dpi with NO watermarks) as a .jpg. Name each file with your last name, first initial and entry #. (For example: SmithJ1.jpg)  
4. Send to infocheyenne@ppld.org
5. In the email, include your full name, your phone number, and the category for each photo. Titles are not required, but can be submitted with the images. You may share your photos using Dropbox, Google Photos, or other cloud storage if needed.

If you are selected to be part of the exhibition, your image will be printed as it was submitted. Make sure it is print ready! Everyone will be notified by Monday, April 4.

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Call for Art

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:18am

Show off your art at the Library!

The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be reviewing art for future 1 - 2 month shows by individual artists. Please bring 5 representative pieces of your artwork in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art). Submissions must also include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Wed., March 30 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.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email charnish@ppld.org.

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March MAKE @ East Programs

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 5:31pm

MAKE @ East, the makerspace at East Library, hosts a wide variety of programs each month. Here are some of the featured events for March. You can view a complete list of events here.

Sewing Zoo: Sat., March 12 from 2 - 5:30 p.m.
We’ll supply fabric, a few basic animal patterns, and instructions to create your very own fuzzy friend. Hand and/or machine sewing skills are required to participate. Registration is required. To sign up, click here.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day during Open Hours: Thu., March 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join us in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish-American Heritage Month by making Irish-inspired projects. During this program, regular Open Hours are still available. No registration is required.

Sherlock-ed: Celebrate Sherlock Holmes: Sat., March 19 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Come celebrate Sherlock Holmes Weekend at MAKE @ East as we make Holmes-inspired bookmarks, jewelry, and more! This is a drop-in program, no registration is required. Crafts are available while supplies last.

Upcycling: Repurposed Jewelry: Wed., March 23 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Bring in your broken jewelry to revamp it into something new! During this program, regular Open Hours are still available. No registration is required.

Make Up Your Own Holiday: Sat., March 26 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
March 26 is nationally known as Make Up You Own Holiday Day! Design a one-of-a-kind holiday greeting card for your favorite holiday, or a holiday of your very own creation. This is a drop-in program. No registration is required.

Open Hours Schedule

March 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

April 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • NEW! Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed
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MAKE @ East

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 5:29pm
General Information

Located at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., MAKE @ East blends high and low tech resources for patrons exploring the range of their creativity. MAKE @ East is available for public use during Open Hours and is generally free, with the exception of some equipment and materials.

About the Space
  • MAKE @ East has a capacity of 14 people
  • MAKE @ East is intended for a broad variety of projects, including some that require hand tools, emit fumes, or use advanced machinery
  • MAKE @ East is open to the public during scheduled
  • Patrons must have a signed User Agreement Liability Waiver on file, have a PPLD library card in good standing, and be at least 9 years of age to use the space.
  • For their safety, minors age 9-11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Patrons must check in at the Computer Commons desk to get an access pass to MAKE @ East.

Read more…

Equipment

Machines

  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Silhouette Cameo 2
  • Husqvarna Viking Opal 670 Sewing Machine
  • Brother CS6000i Sewing Machines – 2
  • Brother SE-400 Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • Brother 1034D 3/4 Tread Serger
  • Afinia H480 3D Printer
  • Afinia H800 3D Printer
  • Epilog Zing 16 laser cutter

Conversion Machines

  • Toshiba DVR260KU – DVD Video Recorder/Video Cassette Recorder
    • VHS → DVD
  • VuPoint Solutions All-in-One Digital Converter FC-D680-VP
    • Slide, Photo Negative, Photo → .jpg (can save to SD card or personal computer)
  • TEAC LP-R550USB CD Recorder with Turntable/Cassette Player
    • Record or Cassette → .mp3 (can save to CD or personal computer with recording software like Audacity)
Open Hours Schedule

March 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

April 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • NEW! Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed
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Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project Seeks Applicants for the Position of Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 1:10pm

The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project is a community partnership between Pikes Peak Library District, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, Radio Station KCME, Pikes Peak Arts Council, Fountain Valley School, Pikes Peak Hospice, Hear Here, Pikes Peak Community College, Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District and Poetry West, whose mission is to celebrate and inspire poets and poetry in the Pikes Peak Region.

The Project is currently accepting applications for the April 2016 – April 2018 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate.

Please open the job description and application links for complete details.

Poet Laureate Job Description

Poet Laureate Application Form

Questions may be directed to Sue Hammond via email at shammond@ppld.org.

Applications must be received by March 15, 2016.

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Legendary Ladies

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 5:04pm

Kick off Women's History Month and watch history come to life as the Legendary Ladies perform! Learn about how their lives made an impact on Colorado and Western history. This event is free and open to all ages. More information can be found at legendaryladies.org.

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Mini Masterminds: Who Dunnit?

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:36pm

Get ready to unleash your sleuthing skills and pick up a few more ways to find and decipher clues! The police officer will teach us a thing or two about fingerprint clues. Practice lifting fingerprints and create fun fingerprint projects! Get up close to a police cruiser. Great photo op! Stretch your noggin and increase your processing power in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math!

This free program is for ages 6 - 12.

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 4:03pm

PPLD is partnering with ELI (Entrepreneurship Learning Initiative) to present a three series of programs to accommodate a variety of schedules: a weekend, an evening, and a day series. In the interest of saving space, program descriptions are not repeated for each series. Descriptions listed under the Weekend Series apply to the other two. The information sessions and book discussions are free. There is a fee for the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs. (See description for details.)

Weekend Series

Ice House Information Session

  • Sat., Feb. 27 from 10 - 11 a.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Western Window Bay

Join us for an information session to learn about the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, a program designed to inspire and engage participants in learning the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. Based on the book Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur, Pulitzer Nominee Clifton Taulbert chronicles his life journey in the 1950s Mississippi Delta at the height of legal segregation and the life-changing influence of his Uncle Cleve. Co-author and founder of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative Gary Schoeniger captures the entrepreneurial life lessons that can empower anyone to succeed.

Who Owns the Ice House? Book Discussion

  • Sat., March 5 and 12 from 9 - 11 a.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Western Window Bay

Join us for a guided book discussion on Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur.

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

  • 9 - 11 a.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Western Window Bay

Dates:
Sat., April 2 – Introduction & Course Overview
Sat., April 9 – Lessons 1 & 2
Sat., April 16 – Lesson 3 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Sat., April 23 – Lessons 4 & 5
Sat., April 30 - Lessons 6 & 7
Sat., May 7 - Lesson 8 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Sat., May 14 - Final Presentations
Sat., May 21 - Graduation & Celebration

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset as an essential life skill. The program draws upon eight fundamental concepts of entrepreneurial thought and process derived from the companion text, Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur. Each lesson contains video case studies featuring a variety of real-world “unlikely” entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges by embracing the core concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset. The program also provides for experiential learning through the process of identifying problems, finding solutions, and making connections beyond the classroom.

To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/weekend-series-ice-house-entrepreneurship-program-tickets-21113446888. A $250 material fee is required. Need-based scholarships are available upon request (email info@elimindset.com). To learn more about the overall effort, visit IceHouseCOS.com.

Evening Series

Ice House Information Session

Who Owns the Ice House? Book Discussion

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

Dates:
Tue., May 3 - Introduction & Course Overview
Tue., May 10 – Lessons 1 & 2
Tue., May 17 – Lessons 3 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Bye Week
Tue., May 31 – Lessons 4 & 5
Tue., June 7– Lessons 6 & 7
Tue., June 14 – Lesson 8 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Tue., June 21 – Final Presentations
Tue., June 28 - Graduation & Celebration

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program
You can register at the following link: eventbrite.com/e/evening-series-ice-house-entrepreneurship-program-tickets-21113949391. A $250 material fee is required. Need-based scholarships are available upon request (email info@elimindset.com). To learn more about the overall effort, visit IceHouseCOS.com.

Day Series

Ice House Information Session
Facilitators: Lynne Chandler-Garcia, Jennifer Johnson & Regina Lewis (Back up)

  • Tue., April 26 from 10 - 11 a.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Pine Room

Who Owns the Ice House? Book Discussion

  • Wed., May 4 and 11 from 9 - 11 a.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Pine Room

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

Dates:
Wed., June 1 - Introduction & Course Overview
Wed., June 8 – Lessons 1 & 2
Wed., June 15 – Lessons 3 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Wed., June 22 – Lessons 4 & 5
Wed., June 29 – Lessons 6 & 7
Wed., July 6 – Lesson 8 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Wed., July 13 – Final Presentations
Wed., July 20 - Graduation & Celebration

You can register at the following link: eventbrite.com/e/day-series-ice-house-entrepreneurship-program-tickets-21114153000. A $250 material fee is required. Need-based scholarships are available upon request (email info@elimindset.com). To learn more about the overall effort, visitIceHouseCOS.com.

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Penrose Library Mural Project

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 5:33pm

Please join Concrete Couch and PPLD in the creation of a mega mural for Penrose Library!

What: You are invited to join one of five "Hub Groups" to create an all-community mural at the library. Each group will meet once a week for 9 weeks, and all are free and open to the public. (Please note, participants under 13 years old need an adult helper).

Why: Participants will learn how to design and create a mosaic and ceramic tile mural. They will also have the chance to design and create a metal relief element (metal working sessions are scheduled for every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Manitou Art Center). Each Hub Group will create a panel to be included in the overall mural. You will have a chance to create something extra special for our town, meet your neighbors, and learn many skills.

Direct Installation: During the week of April 25 direct tile application will occur on the wall, facilitated by master community-built professionals from around the state and country.

Cost: Free!

More info and to RSVP: alex@concretecouch.org or 561-400-2275, or visit the Concrete Couch website: concretecouch.org.

SCHEDULE

Mondays:

  • Manitou Springs High School, 401 El Monte Pl.
    noon - 1:40 p.m. (starts Feb. 22)
  • PPCC-Downtown Studio, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
    6 - 7:30 p.m. (starts Feb. 15)

Tuesdays:

  • Community Prep Charter School, 332 E. Willamette Ave.
    10 - 11:30 a.m. (starts Feb. 16)
  • Will Rogers Elementary, 110 S. Circle Dr.
    2:45 - 4 p.m. (starts Feb. 23)
  • Colorado College, Morreale House, 1130 N. Cascade Ave.
    6 - 7:30 p.m. (starts Feb. 16)
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Book Madness 2016!

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:44pm

It’s March Madness with books! You can vote each week to help us decide the PPLD Teen Book Champion! It starts February 29 and runs through April 3. Voting is open to readers of all ages.

First Round voting is February 29 through March 7. Vote for your favorites in the survey below!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L7H898C

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Book Madness! Sweet 16!

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 1:00pm

It's Sweet 16 time! Did your books make it?! Help your books make it to the Elite Eight! Voting is open to all ages.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K2PJNBK

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Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 11:30am

PPLD's Friends of the Library are having a Spring Book Sale at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. on March 11-13, 2016.

  • Friday, March 11: 4 - 7 p.m., Friends only, memberships available at the door
  • Saturday, March 12: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., open to the public
  • Sunday, March 13: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., $5 bag sale Sunday only, bags provided by Friends
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Basic Beer Brewing and Tasting

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:29pm

Let a professional home brewing teacher introduce you to the basic steps of beer brewing. Taste all the components of beer in hops, grains, yeasts, etc. Afterwards, enjoy a sample of beer brewed using the same procedures just two months earlier. A fun atmosphere for those 21 years of age and older.

Click here to register.

  • When: Sat., Feb. 27 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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The Entrepreneurial SHE

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:17pm

The Entrepreneurial SHE mini-series is designed specifically to help women business owners create and implement the elements that make the difference in owning a job versus owning an actual company. Presented by Certify to Success. All events take place in Library 21c’s Ent Conference Center.

Presented by Certify to Success.

SHE Strategies
SHE Strategies will help direct participants on planning their business products/services, marketing, and finances, to give their companies a greater chance of success when expanding, collaborating, and/or writing proposals.

Secrets of Her Owned Business
Secrets of Her Owned Business provides information regarding key systems owners might want to implement in their operation for successful growth and to prepare the company for expansion, mergers, or sale. This workshop is extremely valuable for businesses desiring to contract with the government.

SuccessHER
SuccessHER outlines key elements on developing your company's plan of operation should something happen to key employees/owners. This is essential to the continuity of any operation as well as allowing the owners to develop their own exit strategy eventually. Your succession plan is something that must typically be described when attempting certain contracts with the government. An overview of the process will summarize things to consider including reasons for selling/buying a business, and suggestions on pricing and growing your business to eventually sell.

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Black History Celebration at Ruth Holley Library

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:10pm

Come join Ruth Holley Library (685 N. Murrary Blvd.) on Saturday, February 27 for an afternoon of local Black History, music, fun, face painting and children's crafts.

First, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., hear stories from some of the remaining members of The Brown Bombers as they recount their joys and struggles playing as an all-black team in the Colorado Springs City Baseball League in the 1940s. Next, listen to the Fresh Wind Community Church Gospel Singers 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 songs, drumming, and crafts for the entire family.

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Artist in Residence: Diane Crawford

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:04pm

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Diane Crawford, a contemporary artist with twenty years experience. Originally from the upper Midwest, she left careers in corrections, law enforcement and social work to pursue the arts. While primarily self-taught, she has attended watercolor workshops by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Diane has recently lived in Hawaii and Las Vegas, and her works reflect the influences of her life and experiences.

Her mediums of choice are watercolor and alcohol inks. Her painting style is unique. She paints free-hand without drawing her designs first and rarely uses paint brushes. She uses old credit cards and drinking straws on her alcohol inks, and a palette knife on her watercolors.

Diane will host classes throughout the Library District about alcohol inks, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c during which time you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

Beginning Alcohol Inks
Join us for this introductory class on painting with alcohol inks on Yupo paper. Alcohol inks are a fairly new medium in the world of arts and crafts. They are permanent, fast drying and result in vibrant, translucent colors.

No previous art background or prior experience is necessary. We will be using drinking straws instead of paint brushes while we paint landscapes, florals, trees, stars and more.

Come learn new skills as we learn about color, composition and design exploring this newly emerging art form. Registration is required and space is limited. Supplies will be provided. Patron must be at least 18 years of age to attend.

Open Studio Hours at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

  • Tue., Feb. 16 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Mon. Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Mon., Feb 29. from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Fri., March 11 from noon -3 p.m.
  • Fri, March 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Tue., March 22 from 9 a.m. - noon

PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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2016 Frank Waters Award Luncheon

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 3:48pm

Join us for the 2016 Frank Waters Award Luncheon. The Frank Waters award is presented for literacy excellence annually by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

The 2016 winner of the Frank Waters Award is local photographer and writer Barbara Sparks. In addition, mother and son team Helen and Gordon Anderson will receive the 2016 Golden Quill award, given to a Pikes Peak region author for a body of work. Helen Anderson is author of "Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity," for which Gordon Anderson shot the photos. Gordon Anderson will accept the award, which will be bestowed posthumously upon his mother.

When: Saturday, April 30, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Antlers Hotel - 4 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Cost: $35 per person or $250 for a table of 8

Purchase tickets here

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Harper Lee: April 28, 1926 - February 19, 2016

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 10:38am

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Nelle Harper Lee has died at the age of 89. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the great works of American literature.

Search the Catalog for titles by Harper Lee

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