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Death and Taxes. Well Okay, Just Taxes.

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:57am

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Wednesday, April 15. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

  • Colorado Tax Information
  • Federal Tax Information
  • State Tax Forms
  • Tax Websites
  • Free Tax Help

Good luck and happy filing!

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Adult Reading Program 2015

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:22pm

PPLD’s 2015 Adult Reading Program begins on January 10 and goes through March 11. Read 8 books in 8 weeks to win prizes. Prizes include chocolate, book bags, and the 11th annual Adult Reading Program mug. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire!

To register, click here.

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Rosetta Stone is here!

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:19pm

Rosetta Stone’s online language learning resources are now available at PPLD.org!

Rosetta Stone provides more than 50 hours of foundational instruction using an interactive immersion approach to build skills in 30 languages. Core lessons will build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Mobile apps are also available to reinforce language learning on the go.

Available Languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Dutch, English (American), English (British). Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese

Click here to get started!

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2nd Sunday Concert Series

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 3:07pm

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. - Altezza Trio, formerly the Aivazovsky Trio (Classical)
  • Sun., Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. - Veronika String Quartet (Classical)
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    NYT Crossword Puzzle Challenge

    Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:22am

    When: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to noon
    Where: The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

    Join local crossword puzzlemaker Jim Jenista for a morning of competitive crossword puzzles. Jenista, who has competed in the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT) since 2002, loves spending a weekend with fellow puzzlers. Moviegoers may remember Jenista from the 2006 documentary film Wordplay, highlighting New York Times (NYT) puzzlemaster Will Shortz and the ACPT; Jenista appears briefly in the movie.

    For the Pikes Peak Library Puzzle Contest you don’t have to be a tournament-level solver. This contest is open to wordplay people who enjoy the challenge of the daily crossword puzzle. There will be two rounds of 20 minutes each, solving a Monday-to-Wednesday level NYT puzzle. The two winners from these rounds will advance to a final playoff round, solving a Thursday level NYT puzzle. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served.

    The event is free but limited to 50 people. Register now online or contact any PPLD Library. Contestants cannot be a professional puzzle constructor, editor, or proofreader. Please note when registering if you are right- or left-handed, for seating purposes.

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    Lynda.com comes to PPLD!

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:34pm

    PPLD is proud to announce our newest resource, lynda.com! Lynda.com 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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    8th Annual Teen Art Contest

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:33pm

    Submit your artwork to our Teen Art Contest!

    The theme for our 2015 Teen Art Contest is Out of This World. Think beyond the scope of the everyday and explore something "out of this world" through art. Imagine a fantastical realm or the deepest depths of space and express yourself on canvas, cardboard, paper, wood, or even metal; the medium is your choice!

    Artwork will be accepted on March 2 and 3 at the following libraries: East, Fountain, High Prairie, Library 21c, Manitou Springs, Monument, Penrose, Sand Creek, and County Mobile Library stops.

    Guidelines

    • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2015.
    • All entrants must submit an online submission form and Artwork Agreement Form.
    • Entrants may submit only one piece of art.
    • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries.
    • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.

    For more information, email rphilipsen@ppld.org or call (719) 884-9800, x6336.

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    Digital Poetry Project with Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Dr. Janice Gould

    Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:49pm

    Registration is required for this three-part series at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.). To sign up, call (719) 531-6333, x2011 before January 3.

    • Poetry Writing Workshop
      Presented by Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Dr. Janice Gould
      Sat., Jan. 10 from 2 - 4 p.m.
    • Using Adobe Creative Cloud to Create a Poetry Film
      Presented by PPLD TV video producer Jamey Hastings
      Sat., Jan. 17 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Putting It All Together
      Combine your words and digitization skills to contribute to Dr. Gould’s digital poetry project, “Tapping Into Tava”.
      Sat., Feb. 21 from 2 - 4 p.m.
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    Top Teen Chef at Rockrimmon Library

    Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:26pm

    Three top teen chefs will battle it out for the title of Top Teen Chef in a competition to whip up a gourmet treat using surprise ingredients and their own skill and creativity.

    Bring your friends and family to watch the action!

    When: Saturday, February 28, 2015, 2 p.m.
    Where: Rockrimmon Library

    Fill out an application if you want to compete.
    The application deadline is Saturday, February 14.

    If you wish to attend as a spectator, register here.

    The audience will be served sample bites from Her Story Café.

    Including local “Celebrity Chef” judges Nathan Dirnberger - Executive Chef, Colorado School District 11 Food and Nutrition Services, Josh Davis, Executive Chef at Sonterra Grill, and Liz Rosenbaum - Her Story Café, Library 21c.

    Top Teen Chef Winner will receive a $100 gift card for a gourmet dinner for two at the Blue Star Restaurant, a $50 gift card to the Chefs Catalog store, and a $15 gift card for Her Story Cafe. Runners up will receive gift cards in the amount of $25 for the Chefs Catalog Store, dinner for two at Salsa Brava Restaurant, and a $15 gift card for Her Story Café.

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    PPLD Receives Award for Excellence in Community Infrastructure

    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:10pm

    The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance recognized Pikes Peak Library District for their Excellence in Community Infrastructure award.

    "The Pikes Peak Library District proudly opened Library 21c this summer. It is the "launch pad" for 21st century library service and the first facility of its kind in the country. If you haven’t seen it yet, it will challenge everything you know about the public library. It’s not just a space, it’s a paradigm shift. Features include Makerspaces, Center for Public Media, Business & Entrepreneurial Center, a 400-seat Performance and Meeting Venue, and many additional services."

    Click here to see all the 2014 Award Recipients for Pikes Peak Region.

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    Teen TableTop Gaming Club @ Library 21c

    Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:45pm

    Love playing board games? Want to try out new games each month and meet other teens interested in board games? Come to the Teen TableTop Gaming Club at Library 21c. We meet the first Friday of the month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the teen area. Each month we learn and play a different game (and sometimes get out old favorites as well!). Drop by and maybe you'll discover your new favorite game! For ages 12-18. Co-sponsored by Petrie's Family Games!

    When: 1st Fridays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    Where: Library 21c teen area

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    Cookie Art

    Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:29pm

    Practice different piping techniques on cookies just in time for the holidays. Learn how to create artwork using a cookie as your canvas! Cookies and "paint" (frosting) provided.

    Registration is necessary. Must have a Makerspace Use Agreement on file. Click here to register.

    • When: Fri., Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.
    • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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    Kent Haruf: 1943-2014

    Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:14pm

    Esteemed Colorado author Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong and other novels set in small-town Colorado, passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Haruf was 71 years old.

    Haruf was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1943. He was an undergraduate at Nebraska Wesleyan University and a graduate student in the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Turkey and taught high school English in Wisconsin and Colorado and fiction writing at Nebraska Wesleyan and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

    Haruf was awarded the prestigious Frank Waters Award by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District in 2012. Kent has received national recognition and awards for his books, The Tie That Binds, Where You Once Belonged, and Plainsong. Eventide won the Colorado Book Award and West of Last Chance, the prose/photo book co-authored with photographer Peter Brown, received the Dorothea Lange – Paul Taylor prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

    Check the Catalog for Titles by Kent Haruf

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    Reaching El Paso County @ Your Library

    Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:33pm

    Meet with a DHS professional and…

    • Get questions answered about Food Assistance, Medicaid, and other programs.
    • Find out how to apply for assistance.
    • Complete your application for Food Assistance and Medicaid.

    When: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 6 - 8 p.m.
    Where: Ruth Holley Library and Sand Creek Library

    Call (719) 444-8200 for more information!

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    Discussion and Book Signing with Gary Schoeniger

    Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:53pm

    Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons From An Unlikely Entrepreneur co-author Gary Schoeniger will present on the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the limitless opportunities it can provide. He will discuss the lessons from the book including the power of choice, recognizing opportunity, moving from ideas to action, and building community.

    His presentation will redefine entrepreneurship as more than an academic discipline, with implications reaching far beyond the concept of traditional enterprise creation and small business planning. Entrepreneurship is a mindset, a framework for thinking and acting that can empower anyone to succeed, regardless of their chosen path.

    Who Owns the Ice House? was selected as an All Pikes Peak Reads selection by Pikes Peak Library District. Gary Schoeniger will be available for a book signing following the presentation.

    • When: Mon., Dec. 1 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
    • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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    Good Health = Healthy Bottom Line: Secrets for Managing Healthcare Costs

    Mon, 11/24/2014 - 5:12pm

    This free program reviews the management and empowerment of healthcare and wellness options and costs for small businesses. The program goes over options and proactive steps business owners can take to manage their overall wellness and healthcare costs.

    Presented by Well3 Pikes Peak, consortium of local healthcare stakeholders who are committed to promoting overall wellness to both businesses and individuals.

    Registration is recommended but not required.

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    Minding Your Business

    Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:45pm

    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 classes.

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    Ugly Holiday Sweater Creation

    Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:37pm

    Make ugly holiday sweaters using a variety of materials. Be festive and get help making your ideas into reality using craft materials. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is required!

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    Speak French

    Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:30pm

    PPLD is pleased to offer Speak French, a conversation group for non-native speakers who wish to practice French. Some French language skills are recommended.

    Where: East Library
    When: 2nd Thursdays, 2 - 3 p.m.

    Where: Library 21c
    When: 2nd and 4th Sundays, 3 - 4 p.m.

    Where: Penrose Library
    When: Fridays, 12 - 1 p.m.

    J'espère vous retrouver là!

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    Businesses and Entrepreneurs: Take Note!

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:35pm

    From computer, meeting rooms, databases, and printing, to makerspaces, tutorials, and much more, all your business and entrepreneurial needs are met at Library 21c. And it's FREE! Watch this video for more information:

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