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Linking in to LinkedIn

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

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

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.

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Beginners Floral Design Classes

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

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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    Play & Learn at Cheyenne Mountain Library

    Fri, 09/26/2014 - 2:11pm

    Bring your child to play each Friday morning with developmentally appropriate toys, games, music, puzzles and books that will help with future reading success! This is for children under 5 with a caring adult. No registration required.

    What: Play & Learn
    Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
    When: Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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    Play & Learn at Cheyenne Mountain Library

    Fri, 09/26/2014 - 2:10pm

    Bring your child to play each Friday morning with developmentally appropriate toys, games, music, puzzles and books that will help with future reading success! This is for children under 5 with a caring adult. No registration required.

    What: Play & Learn
    Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
    When: Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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    Friday Fun at Ruth Holley Library

    Fri, 09/26/2014 - 2:05pm

    Come join us at Ruth Holley Library for an after school adventure! We’ll provide the supplies, you bring your imagination. Light snacks will be served. Ages 12 & under.

    When: Fridays, 4 - 5 p.m.
    Where: Ruth Holley Library

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    Friday Fun at Ruth Holley Library

    Fri, 09/26/2014 - 2:04pm

    Come join us at Ruth Holley Library for an after school adventure! We’ll provide the supplies, you bring your imagination. Light snacks will be served. Ages 12 & under.

    When: Fridays, 4 - 5 p.m.
    Where: Ruth Holley Library

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    Friends Fall Book Sale

    Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:50am

    It's that time again! The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are holding their annual Fall Book Sale at East Library on October 17-19.

    • Friday, October 17, 4 - 7 p.m. - Friends members only. Friends memberships are available at the door or at this link: http://ppld.org/friends/join-us
    • Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Open to the public.
    • Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Open to the public. $5 bag sale (bags supplied by the Friends)
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    Mobile Library 698 Moves on to Greener Pastures

    Fri, 09/19/2014 - 2:51pm

    After 15 years and 272,236 miles of service to the residents of El Paso County, Mobile Library 698 will be leaving tomorrow to serve another library district in Southern Colorado. Happy trails, old friend!

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    Mobile Library 698 Moves on to Greener Pastures

    Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:51am

    After 15 years and 272,236 miles of service to the residents of El Paso County, Mobile Library 698 will be leaving tomorrow to serve another library district in Southern Colorado. Happy trails, old friend!

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    Ruth Holley Library's Intergenerational Celebration

    Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:03pm

    Come join us for a fun time for the whole family! Events will include a cupcake contest (contact Ruth Holley Library at 719-597-5377 for details), kids crafts, a cupcake walk, music, a demonstration of Ancestry.com, balloon creations, and more!

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    Call for Makers and Artists

    Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:01pm

    The Library 21c makerspaces of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster these endeavors, PPLD is starting its Maker/Artist in Residence Program.

    We are looking for makers and artists to teach and engage patrons for six-week contracts through spring 2015. The call closes Tuesday, September 30.

    If you have any questions, email makeart@ppld.org.

    Program Outline

    • Contracted position for six weeks.
    • Five (5) hours of studio time per week onsite in Library 21c held at various days/times throughout the week to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.
    • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations. All programs/classes will be made available to the general public, with PPLD responsible for participant signup. All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD. These programs/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.
    • Contract payment of $1,400, with up to another $300 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
    • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
    • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
    • Contractor will coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
    • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.

    Application Process

  • Complete and submit the Maker/Artist Application
  • Submit a one page write-up proposal explaining your knowledge or craft, what you would plan to do for your studio hours project, the programs/classes you would like to present, and how they would benefit our patrons. Attach it to your email with your application. Applications without a proposal will not be considered. Proposals need to be in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • If you have pictures you would like to submit with your application, please provide a link to a web address containing those photos in your email. If you must attach a photo, the size of all of the attachments cannot be greater than 10 MB.
  • Interviews will be held for makers and artists who are being considered.
  • If offered a residency, the maker/artist must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement and fill out an IRS W9 form.
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    Sweet Afternoon Bake-Off 2014 at Rockrimmon Library

    Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:27pm

    Looking for something delicious to do on your weekend?

    Return the form below to enter, or just come and sample the many scrumptious cakes on Saturday, October 11 at the Rockrimmon Library. Public tasting is from 1 - 3 p.m.

    In addition to First, Second, and Third place winners, your votes will win one lucky entry the “People’s Choice” award.

    First Place Winner: Gift basket from Chef’s Catalog ( a $175 value)
    Second Place Winner: $50 Gift Card for Marigold's Restaurant
    Third Place Winner: $25 Gift Card for Great Harvest Bakery

    There will also be a Children's Storybook Cake Decorating Contest for ages 12 years and under.

    Bake-Off Entry Form and Information

    Children's Storybook Cake Decorating Contest Entry Form and Information

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    Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

    Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:47pm

    Celebrate your Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week! This year BBW is September 21 - 27! Public libraries support access to information and your freedom to read.

    Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the third year, PPLD is participating and we hope you will help us.

    Virtual Read-Out
    Wed., Sept. 24
    3:30 to 5 p.m.
    East Teen Center at the East Library
    Readers of All Ages Welcome!

    During the Virtual Read-Out, readers of all ages (including you!) will be recorded for up to 3 minutes talking about the book that you choose! A form is provided below to help you write your piece.

    Below is a list of frequently banned or challenged books.

    Take a look at these quick, great videos of local teens and adults talking about some of their favorite banned or challenged books.

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    Birth & Beyond Wellness Fair

    Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:39pm

    The Venue @ 21c (Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) is hosting Pikes Peak Regional Doula Association's Birth & Beyond Wellness Fair on Sat., Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    This unique fair will focus on connecting families to local resources, information, and organizations. There will be informational booths, a varied schedule of live speakers, and experts galore. Every booth will have a specific pregnancy, birth, or family wellness topic for you to learn about and interact with directly. For a complete list of speakers, click here.

    The first 200 families through the door will receive goodie bags packed with coupons and promotional material. For the kids, there will be an attended toddler play area, live children’s music, bubbles, and face painting fun!

    This event is sponsored by PPRDA, Pikes Peak Library District, R&R Coffee Cafe, Pikes Peak Music Together, Colorado Springs Kids, Columbine and Company, and Babies R Us.

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    Latina Voices - Sharing Latina Experiences

    Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:51am

    Join us for the 4th Annual Latina Voices - Sharing Latina Experiences - The Past, Present, and Future.

    Speakers will include

    • Rosana Ramponi - President & CEO, PRONTOCOM
    • Herman and Patricia Martinez - Board of Directors, Hilos Culturales,
    • Christina M. Sigala - Curandera, and Professor Chicana/o Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver

    When: Saturday, September 20 - Registration at 9:30 a.m., Program at 10
    Where: Penrose Library - Carnegie Reading Room
    Cost: FREE!

    Click here for more information.

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    Bristol Brewing Karma Hour for 21st Century Library Capital Campaign

    Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:26pm

    Join us at Bristol Brewing at Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave.) for a Tuesday Night Karma Hour to raise money for the PPLD Foundation’s 21st Century Library Capital Campaign! For every pint of beer sold during Karma Hour, a dollar will be donated to the Campaign. This fundraiser will be held Tuesday, September 2 from 5 - 9 p.m.

    There will be also a special musical performance by The Rogue Spirits, an alternative folk duo comprised of PPLD employees Jeremiah Walter (baritone ukulele) and Travis Duncan (concertina, banjo, guitar).

    Feel free to invite your Facebook friends here!

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    City for Champions Public Meeting at Library 21c

    Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:09pm

    Come experience City for Champions in a whole new way, on Tuesday, August 19 from 5 - 6:30 p.m., at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

    We invite you to collaborate on the vision of what City for Champions and its catalytic effect will look like for Colorado Springs in 2, 5 and 10 years. Also, you’ll have a chance to see what “A Day in the Life” will look like in Colorado Springs when the City for Champions projects are completed.

    We’d like to have you share ideas and hear about the ways City for Champions will benefit you, your family, your neighborhood and your community.

    With our new format, you’ll be able to visit the City for Champions collaborative stations, including the United States Olympic Museum, Colorado Sports and Event Center, UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance Center, USAFA Gateway Visitor Center, our Sister City, Ancient Olympia, Greece, and learn ways to get more involved in this transformative vision. Attendees will also be able to ask questions one-on-one with members of the C4C team, and meet the new RTA Advisory Board.

    In addition, you may also submit questions online before the meeting at cityforchampions.com.

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