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Tea & Cookies with Local Author Glenda Vollmecke

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:48pm

Glenda Lee Vollmecke, author of Intermission: A Place in Time, will talk about her autobiography, which is filled with British humor and the occasional suspense! Join us for a book talk and signing with tea and cookies.

No registration is required for this free program.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Teen Fiction Contest Winners!

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:23pm
High School Middle School
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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 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: 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

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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OverDrive Has New Features!

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:25am

Below is a summary of updates for the CyberShelf OverDrive digital library website that are now live:

Suspend a Hold
This feature allows users to temporarily suspend a hold in the waiting list. The user’s position will continue to advance in the queue while their hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled. After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available. If a user advances to the first position in the waiting list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next available hold.

Hold Auto-Checkout
Users can now set their preference to ‘auto-checkout’ a hold when the title when it becomes available. Users who select this option will receive a notification when their title is available confirming that it has been checked out and can be found on their Account bookshelf. Users who do not choose this option will follow the current hold notification process.
If a user is unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because they have already reached their maximum checkout limit, for example) they will be sent the current hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make their checkout.

Maturity Settings
Two options that allow users to customize their browsing and discovery experience based on content maturity level now appear on the Account > Settings page:

  • The ability to exclude certain content from browsing based on the maturity level (Juvenile, Young Adult, General Adult, and Mature Adult). This allows adult users to exclude titles for younger readers and young readers to exclude adult-only titles from their experience.
  • The option to “mask” all Mature Adult cover images with a basic cover image.

“Recommended for you” Collection
After a user signs in, a collection of recommended titles will appear on the homepage. Recommended titles will be available for checkout and suggested based on titles the user currently has checked out or on hold. If a user does not have any checkouts or holds, this collection will not appear.

“And” Boolean Searching
Based on partner feedback to improve search results, default search behavior has changed from “OR” to “AND.” Now that this has changed, the number of results returned for a search will likely be lower than with the current behavior, but this change will meaningfully improve the relevancy of the results.

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PPLD's IM Service Hours Expanded

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:54pm

Starting Tuesday, September 2, our IM service, Ask PPLD, will expand its hours to the following:

  • 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday
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Genealogy Program: Virtual Cemeteries

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 4:01pm

Cemeteries are an invaluable source of information for the family historian. But when travel is not a viable option how do you research these final resting places? Online! Join us as we discover the treasures found walking through Virtual Cemeteries (like Find a Grave).

No registration is required for this free program.

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Birding 101

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:14pm

This series of programs about birding in Colorado will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Backyard Birding
Join the Aiken Audubon Society in a presentation about birding in your backyard. Learn tips about how to create a friendly environment for birds. No registration necessary.

  • Fri., Aug. 8 at 3 p.m.

Teacup Bird Feeders
Learn to make a recycled bird feeder out of teacups. Must have a Makerspace Use Agreement on file. Registration required: click here or call (719) 389-8968.

  • Fri., Aug. 22 at 3 p.m.
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Food by the Book

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:17pm

Join us for this free series of food-related events held at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The programs are open to ages 12 and up. Registration is required; to sign up, call (719) 531-6333, x2665.

For those with food allergies, please be aware that samples may contain allergens.

Tea Around the World presented by Judy Williams
Join us as we journey through a brief history of tea, beginning with its origins in the Far East, through its proliferation through Europe and America. We will discuss various tea-growing regions and some interesting tea customs and ceremonies, all the while sipping on a variety of teas.
Saturday, August 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Eating Locally with Chef Heather
We cannot find food that is fresher, better-tasting, or more nutritious than what our local farmers are growing. We will discuss the mutually beneficial relationship between grower and consumer, discover the ever-increasing outlets for finding local food in our community, and figure out what to do with these ingredients once we get home.
Saturday, August 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Make Mozzarella and Ricotta at Home with Rich McGaughey
Join us for a fun and easy cheese-making demo! Rich has been making homemade cheese for years, and teaches classes at Colorado Free University. Watch Rich make mozzarella cheese in this demonstration, and enjoy eating the finished product!
Saturday, August 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Do You See What I See? with Christine Yocum - Cookie Artist
Become a "Cookie Artiste" (oooolala!) and paint (yes, paint) a delicious cookie for you or a loved one. It's okay to play with your food in this class! You will learn to paint your very own cookie and earn a "Cookie Artiste" diploma.
Saturday, August 30 at 1:30 p.m.

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Sewing Machine Demo

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:39pm

Get introduced to the sewing machines available at Library 21c! Learn what you can make with the machines and how to get time using the machines.

Must have a Makerspace Use Agreement on file. Completion of Makerspace Safety 101 class recommended, but not required.

Registration is required. All classes are held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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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.

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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