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Taking Steps to Save Lives: Because Heartburn Can Cause Cancer

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:51pm

Every day an estimated 25 million American adults suffer from heartburn. Yet despite its prevalence, few people understand that heartburn can cause cancer. In recognition of Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN), in partnership with PPLD, will offer an educational lecture led by Dr. Reginald Bell, founder of the SurgOne Forgut Institute and expert in minimally invasive procedures on the esophagus and stomach.

Find out how to know if you have reflux disease and how to prevent and detect esophageal cancer. Dr. Bell will explain about the link between reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. There are no medical guidelines regarding screening for this deadly disease, however Dr. Bell's presentation will provide the information you need to be an effective advocate for your own healthcare.

  • When: Wed., April 23 at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Reginald C.W. Bell M.D., F.A.C.S. is the founder of the SurgOne Foregut Institute. He has had extensive experience performing minimally invasive procedures on the esophagus and stomach with over 20 years in practice. He interned and received his General Surgical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, completing as Chief Resident in 1990. In 1990 he entered private practice in Englewood, CO.

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2014 Titles Announced

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:20am

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 13th year in 2014!

PPLD’s theme for 2014 is Engage the Extraordinary. This year’s APPR selections, which were announced on April 17 at an event at The Pinery at The Hill, all relate to extraordinary characters that strive for individual freedoms and the social and political rights of others.

The 2014 titles are: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and Who Owns the Ice House? by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger. Younger readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2014 is Matched by Ally Condie. The Children’s selections are The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis and Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.

The APPR titles also reflect our nation’s 50th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This overriding theme will be used as a starting point to kick off community-wide dialogue sessions during the APPR initiative.

The “Engage the Extraordinary” theme will also be a touchstone to programs and activities at PPLD’s new state-of-the-art facility, Library 21c. This 21st century library will provide opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in research, learning, content creation, and entrepreneurship in new and exciting ways.

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Meet Grumpy Bird author Jeremy Tankard!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:39am

Jeremy Tankard will be reading from his book, Grumpy Bird, this year’s One Book 4 Colorado selection, and other books that he has authored and/or illustrated. He will show how he does his drawings, and autograph books. We will also do some Grumpy Bird crafts.

  • When: Thursday, April 17 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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Young Kid Punches T-Rex in the Face

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:21pm

PPLD's Video Center hosted another fantastic green screen experience on Saturday, April 12, at the Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College. This time, budding scientists and engineers had an opportunity to visit Mars, hang out in Tesla's lab, or stand on a strand of DNA. Need proof? Take a look at the evidence in our flickr set.

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Innovate Colorado Springs

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:44pm

Innovate Colorado Springs is a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship in the Pikes Peak region. The objective is to inspire, inform and involve our region through connection, resources, and education resulting in a globally competitive ecosystem and exceptional quality of life.

The week of April 14 will be used to communicate our community's innovation and entrepreneurial strengths, celebrate new and existing innovation activities, and to set the stage for our future success. The week features a series of events, including two tours of Library 21c.


Back to Back Kickoff Events

April 14 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus (Atrium),

5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Thom Ruhe, Kauffman Foundation, Vice President for Entrepreneurship
• Joe Raso, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
• Bree Langemo, Pikes Peak Community College & Leadership Pikes Peak Project Team

Description: Thom Ruhe, Vice President for Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion, will share the Kauffman vision…

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator Program (Day 1)

April 15 @ 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus (Atrium),

5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Gary Schoeniger, Co-Author, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur”
• Pamela Morgan, Educational Consultant

Description: The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a powerful new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the limitless opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners by exposing them to entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills…

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Innovation in K-12

April 15 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Space Foundation,

4425 Arrowswest Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 United States

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Presenter(s):
• Andre Spencer, Superintendent, Harrison School District Two
• Nancy Brown, ‎Senior Director of Education & District Operations, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc.
• Jo McGuire, Director of Training and Compliance, Conspire
• Dianne Kingsland, Executive Director, STEMsCo
• James Kynor, Dean of Manufacturing and Workforce Development, PPCC
• Sandra Hana – Parent and Senior Manager, Bomgar University
• …and many more!

Description: David Kelley, founder of IDEO and Stanford d.School (School of Design) underlines that “innovation and creativity are widely accepted as most driving forces behind business and community success, and are among most highly prized qualities in today’s leaders.” But innovation builds as early as childhood. Join Colorado Springs diverse education community…

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[Full] State of Entrepreneurship Education

April 15 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM UCCS,

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 United States

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Presenter(s):

• University of Colorado Colorado Springs
• El Pomar Institute for Innovation & Commercialization

Description: Luncheon panel will discuss entrepreneurship education programs with speakers from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, and University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Thom Ruhe, Vice President for Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will facilitate the discussion…

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21st Century Library Open House (1 of 2)

April 15 @ 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Pikes Peak Library District,

1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Pikes Peak Library District

Description: The Pikes Peak Library District is building a future-oriented, high-tech library, featuring innovative and interactive spaces that facilitate creativity, collaboration, and connections. This 112,000 SF building includes two Maker Spaces, a Business and Entrepreneurship Center, a video and audio recording studio…

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21st Century Library Open House (2 of 2)

April 15 @ 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Pikes Peak Library District,

1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Pikes Peak Library District

Description: The Pikes Peak Library District is building a future-oriented, high-tech library, featuring innovative and interactive spaces that facilitate creativity, collaboration, and connections. This 112,000 SF building includes two Maker Spaces, a Business and Entrepreneurship Center, a video and audio recording studio…

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Epicentral Coworking Open House

April 15 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Epicentral Coworking,

409 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Epicentral Coworking

Description: Epicentral Coworking is a membership-based work space dedicated to supporting, celebrating, and connecting local entrepreneurs, free lancers and small businesses. The aim is to cultivate the entrepreneurial community in Colorado Springs by providing innovative risk-takers the space and tools to launch for-profit and non-profit ventures…

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Pitch Night

April 15 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Epicentral Coworking,

409 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Peak Venture Group

Description: Have an amazing idea for a startup? At Pitch Night you get 5 minutes to pitch your idea to some of Colorado Springs’ most innovative and experienced entrepreneurs who then give you 5 minutes of honest feedback. To RSVP to pitch, visit pitchnight.org. All are welcome and allowed to provide feedback!

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator Program (Day 2)

April 16 @ 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Ivywild School,

1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Gary Schoeniger, Co-Author, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur”
• Pamela Morgan, Educational Consultant

Description: The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a powerful new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the limitless opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners by exposing them to entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills…

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Community Dynamics

April 16 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Ivywild School,

1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Nate Olson, Kauffman Foundation, Founder of 1 Million Cups

Description: Nate Olson, Founder of 1 Million Cups, will share how community dynamics and a culture of collaboration, including a tolerance for failure and a celebration of success, can lead to a great startup community…

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Innovation Lab (The Harwood Institute)

April 16 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Pikes Peak United Way,

518 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Bill Booth (Pikes Peak United Way/Harwood Institute Certified Coach)

Description: We have innumerable meetings to discuss plans and to-dos, but few organizations have spaces devoted to learning and innovations. Facilitated by a Harwood Institute Certified Coach, the Innovation Lab is a meeting with ground rules and questions that promote learning and innovations and help align community efforts. To demonstrate the model, the focus will be on Homeless and Housing Issues…

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Mashup!

April 16 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Ivywild School,

1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Colorado Springs Technology Incubator

Description: Mashup is a high-impact networking event that brings together investors, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, startup pros, community leaders and job seekers to help entrepreneurs connect with the resources that they need to pursue their great ideas…

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Entrepreneurial Mindset

April 17 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM The Pinery at the HIll,

775 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Gary Schoeniger, Co-Author, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur”

Description: Co-Author Gary Schoeniger will redefine entrepreneurship and discuss how entrepreneurship is a mindset that can empower ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things…

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2014 Book and Author Announcement

April 17 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM The Pinery at the HIll,

775 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s): Pikes Peak Library District Description: This is the official announcement of the theme, books and authors chosen for this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) initiative. APPR, now in its 13th year, is a wildly successful “community reads” initiative that encourages the community to read specific books and then engage in community dialogues and various APPR-related activities. Price: Free Food: Beverages will be provided Capacity: 50+ Registration Link:

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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – Practical Tools

April 17 @ 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM The Pinery at the HIll,

775 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• John Cabeca, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Description: The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) promotes the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to investors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries. Through the issuance of patents, the USPTO encourages technological advancement and creates jobs by providing incentives to invent, invest in, and disclose new technology worldwide…

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What Say You? – A Conversation, Collection & Commitment To Our Future

April 17 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM The Pinery at the HIll,

775 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• The Gazette
• Colorado College

Description: The Pikes Peak region certainly isn’t void of many educational opportunities, connecting activities and resources to support innovation and entrepreneurship – This week of events has clearly shown that. And, we’ve brought in some nationally recognized innovation leaders to add to our toolbox. Now, we must harness all we are doing and learning to drive even more opportunities for our citizens and businesses to be successful…

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Death and Taxes. Well Okay, Just Taxes.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:57pm

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Tuesday, 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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You and Andrew Carnegie: National Library Week Kick Off

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:49pm

When: Saturday, April 12 - All Day!
Where: Old Colorado City Library

April 13 - 20 is National Library Week! Help us kick it off at the Old Colorado City Library. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day and a special appearance will be made by Andrew Carnegie (actually a life-sized cardboard cutout). Have your picture taken with him and the photos will be posted online. Then you can tell all your friends about your date with the great philanthropist and they can see the proof on Flickr. Mr. Carnegie will be on hand throughout the day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and if you don’t live on the Westside, look for him to make an appearance soon at a Library near you!

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Congratulations to the 7th Annual Teen Art Contest Winners!

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:02pm

The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art. Teens determine the winners.

Every story, adventure and journey starts from square one. The theme for our 2014 Teen Art Show & Contest was: Art2. Art Squared allowed the artist to choose the content and the medium. Our only request? The artwork must be square.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose and East Library during the month of April.




Best of Show - High School:
Kodi’s Midnight Trek - Becka Jackson


Best of Show - Middle School:
Spiral – Meera Bhatia


First Place - High School:
Adrift - Kendra Baucom


First Place - Middle School:
Goal - Raven Henriquez


Second Place - High School:
I Eat Numbers - Moriah Gilbert


Second Place - Middle School:
Rose - Alysia Jiminez


Coordinator's Choice - High School:
Silent Night - Eloro Lobosco


Coordinator's Choice - Middle School:
Day of the Dead - Raelynn Gross
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Waldo Canyon Fire Digital Collection

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:15pm

Special Collections at Pikes Peak Library District has just published online the Waldo Canyon Fire Digital Collection, consisting of reports, press releases, maps, photographs, videos and oral history interviews relating to the fire that devastated Colorado Springs in 2012. The collection contains materials created by local, state and federal agencies, interviews with affected residents and first responders conducted by Pikes Peak Library District, as well as powerful photographs, made by Colorado Springs residents and donated to PPLD, of the fire and its aftermath. It is intended to provide a comprehensive collection of documents for researchers today and long into the future.

With more than 400 items in the collection currently, it is expected to grow significantly in the coming months as more materials are added. Explore the Waldo Canyon Fire Digital Collection on Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Collections site at ppld.org/digital-collections.

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