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Dragon Theatre partners with PPLD at Venue @ 21c

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:35am

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the first local theater company that will be performing in the Library’s new white box theater, The Venue @ 21c, is Dragon Theatre Productions! The 400-seat theater is located at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive.

For over seven years, Dragon Theatre Productions, a program of Imagination Celebration, has brought hundreds of members from our community together to create an annual summer theater 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.

“We are thrilled with this partnership with the Library that will enable new audiences to experience and enjoy our diverse and inclusive family show,” said Dragon Theatre Program Director Cyndi Parr.

This year, Dragon Theatre Productions is pleased to announce two summer programs: Aladdin adapted by Angie Kinnett and Tales from 1,001 Nights adapted by Cyndi Parr. The two shows feature 40 actors as well as the creative talents of an additional 50 or so who contribute offstage.

These two family fun and original performances run 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. Travel back to the Islamic Golden Age and hear the fair Scheherazade tell her stories over 1,001 Nights to try to preserve her freedom and help the Sultan heal his broken heart. And join Aladdin on his adventures in seeking the hand of the fair Princess Badroulbadour, with this help of his family, friends, some good luck, and his wonderful lamp.


  • Sat., Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. – Aladdin
  • Sat., Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. – 1,001 Nights
  • Sun., Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. – 1,001 Nights
  • Sun., Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. – Aladdin
  • Sat., Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. – 1,001 Nights
  • Sat., Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. – Aladdin
  • Sun., Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. – Aladdin
  • Sun., Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. – 1,001 Nights

The Venue @ 21c
Library 21c at Chapel Hills and Jamboree
1175 Chapel Hills Drive

Cost and Ticket Info:
$5 for each show, at the door or in advance online at dragontheatreproductions.org

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PPLD's Got Talent!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:24pm

PPLD's staff sure are a talented bunch. Take a look at the 2014 Artistic Expression Contest winners. Staff members submitted their creative endeavors and their peers voted on the top three:

Russ Stamp: "Sunrise Cranes"

Lisa Steck-Gillen: "Untitled"

Sara Sharples: "Keyhole"

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Career Enhancement Workshop Series

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:25pm

Let PPLD help develop your career with this series of free workshops, all held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. This series is presented by DeVry University's Keller Center for Corporate Learning. Registration is required for each workshop.

Every Minute Counts: How to Master Time Management
Learn a strategic approach to overcoming the challenges of successful time management, and walk away ready to put your education and career plan into action.

Generations at Work: Coming Together to Optimize Performance
How can generations collide less and connect more? We’ll explore the differences in generations and how their diversity can foster a connection and drive optimal performance.

Move in the Right Direction: Putting Your Career Goals into Action
Acquire the skills needed to create your career vision and execute your specific goals, in both your personal and professional life.

Are You a Catalyst for Change? Lead With Confidence and Your Team Will Follow
Leading a team through transitions can be extremely difficult for almost all organizations. That’s why the best companies look for leaders who can motivate, support and move teams from point A to B, while successfully navigating the challenges of change.

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Wine with Friends - A Fundraiser

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:48pm

Enjoy Colorado wines and help bring back Adult Programming to the Ute Pass Library by attending a wine tasting and hors d'oeuvre fundraiser.

Hosted by the Friends of the Ute Pass Library.

When: Monday, August 25, 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: The Winery at Pikes Peak
4455 Fountain Ave.
Cascade, CO 80809
(Just 10 Miles West of Colorado Springs off of Hwy. 24)
Across the street and catered by Wines of Colorado.

Tickets are $25 each (includes a drawing for a Wine Gift Basket).

Call for info and tickets: (719) 684-9096 or email: condobeth@msn.com

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AfterMath Tutors Needed

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:49pm

PPLD is looking for volunteer tutors for our AfterMath program.

Volunteers are needed at the following locations:

Manitou Springs and Library 21c are also looking for AfterMath volunteer co-coordinators.

Under the general supervision of a site coordinator, AfterMath volunteer tutors will:

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Commit to and sign up to assist at least two hours per month
  • Assist students of all ages with K through college-level math topics, depending on current skills and comfort level of each tutor such as: fractions, decimals, percents, pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus.

Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

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Shivers Fund Presents an Evening of Inspirational Song

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:12am

Join us for an evening of music, featuring special guest artist Kimberley Davis, an internationally-renowned soprano.

Other guests include:

  • Celebration Multicultural Ensemble
  • Edna Robinson, singer of gospel songs from Denver
  • Tim Gramling, MC
  • New Jerusalem Baptist Church Choir
  • The David Generation Dancers
  • and more…

No tickets are required for this event. A freewill offering will be collected. All funds will be used to support the Shivers Fund’s efforts to enhance PPLD’s African-American Collection and encourage young people in the arts.

  • When: Sunday, August 10 at 4 p.m.
  • Where: Packard Hall, Colorado College (southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre)
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"Weird Al" Yankovic's New Album Available Through Freegal

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:59am

"Weird Al" Yankovic's much anticipated new album, Mandatory Fun, is now available through Freegal!

Download up to three songs a week for free. The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. You will need a PPLD library card that starts with a '4' and a PIN to access this service.

We recommend "Tacky", a take on Pharrell William's "Happy". Hilarious!

OR take a look at this video and remember to visit your local library for all your grammar needs:

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Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire at Library 21c

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:47pm

The world's largest DIY Festival is coming to Library 21c on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and it's FREE!

The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire takes after the enormously successful Maker Faire in San Francisco, which is in its 9th year and hosts nearly 120,000 visitors in two days. Like the San Francisco event, Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire celebrates do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

A Call for Makers, Performers, and Crafters is open now through September 30. Groups or individuals interested in participating in this inaugural event should complete an application here.

Featuring both established and emerging local "makers," the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

This one-day event is a collaborative effort between Pikes Peak Library District and the Colorado Springs Science Center and is a cornerstone of the 2014 Colorado Springs Science Festival.

Visit the official website for more information.

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Call for Art

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:33pm

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). Submissions should also include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Tue., July 29 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. Note: artists will be notified of Committee’s decision within two weeks.

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

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:40pm

Purchasing a Library 21c courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri - Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Click here to purchase your paver today!

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Library 21c is Open!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 1:50pm

Library 21c has officially opened to the public. Come visit us!

1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Mon. - Thu., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun., 1 - 5 p.m.

Visit our Library 21c web page for more information.

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How to Use the Makerspaces at Library 21c

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 2:54pm

Want to use some of the nifty machines featured in Library 21c's makerspaces? Here's some general information:

Library 21c has two makerspaces, Make and Make II.

In order to use any machine in either space, you must first contact us to make an appointment.


  • Make is intended for creative projects that do not require hand or power tools
  • Make is open to the public, but you must first check in with staff
  • Users must have a library card
  • Users must sign a liability waiver

Make II

  • Make II is intended for fabrication projects that require hand or power tools, emit fumes, or use advanced machinery
  • Make II is used by appointment only
  • Users must have a library card
  • Users must sign a liability waiver AND take the Makerspace Safety Class

Click here for more information about our makerspaces
Click here to visit our Creative Computer Commons (C3) website

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Historic Gems from the Photo Archives

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 2:40pm

You are invited to attend Historic Gems from the Photo Archives, a presentation by PPLD photo archivist William G. Thomas. This celebration honors photographers and philanthropists Helen and James McCaffery and their generous financial and in-kind support of PPLD’s Special Collections. The presentation will be followed by refreshments and music by Mango fan Django.

The 1905 Carnegie at Penrose Library will also host an exhibit of cameras entitled A Lifetime of Exposures: Cameras that Captured Colorado throughout the summer.

  • When: Thu., June 26, 2014, 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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Wireless Printing at Library 21c

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:41pm

PPLD is proud to announce that, starting Saturday, June 21, you can print from wireless devices at
Library 21c.

This service enables you to print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected PC or device to our printer. There is no additional software required. Print jobs stay in the queue for up to 24 hours.

Just click here and follow the directions.

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Happy Hour Was a Blast!

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:10pm

Friday night's Sneak Peek Happy Hour of Library 21c was a blast! Over 400 people attended and were plied with food and drinks. PPLD thanks everyone who came and everyone who helped make this event a rousing success.

Library 21c's grand opening will be Saturday, June 21. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

Check out our Green Screen Experience photos for a look at the fun!

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Library 21c Grand Opening is Saturday, June 21!

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:31pm

Join us for the grand opening of Library 21c, located at 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. (Chapel Hills and Jamboree), on June 21 from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Dedication ceremonies, featuring Lt. Governor Joe Garcia and John Wilson of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, begin at 9:30 a.m.


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lord Tubbington (aka Aragon the Cat), the cat from Emmy-award winning series “Glee”– outside Children’s Area

10:15 a.m. Home Buyers Seminar with Richard Dillman, Caliber Home Loans – Room B6 (Business and Entrepreneurial Center)

10:30 a.m. Cougars Gone Wired, Coronado HS Robotics Team Demonstration – Atrium
Effective Ways to Leverage LinkedIn with Kevin Knebl – Ent Conference Center

11 a.m. Performance by Mayuri of Natyasangam Dance Academy – Venue @ 21c

11:30 a.m. Effective Ways to Leverage Linked in Kevin Knebl – Ent Conference Center

Noon Dance Performance by Kaleidoscope Arts Project-Imagination Celebration – Alcove
High Performance Leadership with Paul Adair and Paul Martinez, Rockies Consulting – Room B6 (Business Area)

12:30 p.m. Suitcase Fairytales by Birgitta DePree – Venue @ 21c
Cougars Gone Wired, Coronado HS Robotics Team Demonstration – Atrium
Effective Ways to Leverage LinkedIn, Kevin Knebl – Ent Conference Center

1:30 p.m. World Changing Innovation with Dr. Jim Stevens – Ent Conference Center
Dance Performance by Kaleidoscope Arts Project-Imagination Celebration – Alcove

2 p.m. Poetry Reading with Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Janice Gould, MC-ed by Luke Cissel – Venue @ 21c

2:30 p.m. Cougars Gone Wired Coronado HS Robotics Team Demonstration – Atrium
3 p.m. Dance Performance by Kaleidoscope Arts Project - Imagination Celebration – Alcove

4 p.m. Karaoke with nationally known DJ Gary Halverson – Venue @ 21c

4:30 p.m. Dance Performance by Kaleidoscope Arts Project-Imagination Celebration – Alcove

ACTIVITIES (10 a.m. - 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted)

  • Refreshments available at Her Story Café
  • Demonstrations / interactive stations in multiple locations/departments throughout Library 21c
  • Guess the Shredded Book Title and Candy Guessing games – Adult Stacks
  • Active Green Screen video demonstrations – Video Studio (10 a.m. - 1p.m. and 2 - 5 p.m.)
  • Recorded Books/Zinio/Universal Class/One Click Digital demo with Mark Haley
  • 3D Printer demonstrations – Make II
  • Gaming Space demonstrations
  • Robot Building with YoungBotBuilders
  • Dragon Theater actors roving and greeting patrons
  • GalaxyFest 21st Century Marketplace information
  • Cyber Clinic
  • Teen-oriented, building-wide Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Teen craft
  • Bubble Wrap Room – Teen Study Room T2 totally filled with bubble wrap, ready to pop!
  • Children’s Stay & Play (many children’s activities will begin at 21 minutes after the hour)
  • Face Painting – Children’s Area (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

See you there!

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