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Teen Art Contest 2015 Winners

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 2:15pm

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

The theme for our 2015 Teen Art Show & Contest was Out of This World. Teens were encouraged to think beyond the scope of the everyday and explore a fantastical realm or the deepest depths of space through art.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose, East, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors Meininger Art Supply and Her Story Café for donating prizes for the teen artists!

Isabella Wright
"Deep Sea Universe"
Middle School - 1st Place
Andrea Lira
"The World Is Too Big for Us to Hold
Middle School - 2nd Place
MeiLan Haberl
"The Night Boat"
Middle School - Coordinators' Choice
Hector Medrano
"Moon Rise"
High School - 1st Place
Molly Meyer
"Melted Hearts"
High School - 2nd Place
Natalia Valentine
Infinite Sky
High School - Coordinators' Choice
Pamela Flores
"Space Encounter"
Middle School - Best of Show
Taylor Logar
"It Looks Cooler Upside Down"
High School - Best of Show
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Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:44pm

Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison was featured on KCME's Culture Zone program which aired on March 29 and 30. Keith Simon of KCME 88.7 conducted the interview.

Many thanks to KCME for sharing the audio with us!

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9th Annual Mountain of Authors

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:53am

Join us for the 9th Annual Mountain of Authors on Saturday, April 4 from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Please note the event is being held at a new location this year.

Keynote speaker Carrie Vaughn is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, the most recent installment of which is Low Midnight. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 70 short stories.

This event is free, and no registration is required.


  • Noon - 12:30 p.m. - Doors open to the public
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Panel 1: KOPs, Goblins, and a Time Traveling President
  • 1:30 - 2 p.m. - Showcase Spotlight
  • 2 - 2:30 p.m. - Break
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Panel 2: Marketing Your Book
  • 3:30 - 4 p.m. - Break
  • 4 - 5 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Carrie Vaughn
  • 5 - 6 p.m. - Reception & Book Signing

For more information, visit the Mountain of Authors website at

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Philosophy at the Library

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:07pm

Philosophy at the Library is a series of talks given by UCCS Philosophy instructors at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. The partnership series is celebrating UCCS' 50th Anniversary and will be held the first Tuesday of the month from February through November from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

  • April 7 - "Neuroscience and the Flame of Consciousness" Rex Welshon
  • Sept. 1 - "Love and Hate" Dorothea Olkowski
  • Oct. 6 - "The Theology of American Political Discourse" Jeff Scholes
  • Nov. 3 - "Do We Have Moral Obligations to the Poor?" Jennifer Jensen
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Spring Break Programming @ Your Library

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:59pm

Patti Smithsonian – Puppeteer
Shadow puppets animate worldwide legends from Ancient Greece to Native America.

Bruce Black – Magician presents “The Magic of Reading”
A magical ride through the world of literature with a special salute to Dr. Seuss.

  • Mon., March 23 at 10:30 a.m. at High Prairie Library
  • Thu., March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs

Up in the Air with Peter Davison
Juggling, dance, and theater transform the stage into a world of motion!

Katherine Dines and Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta Music
A performance packed with movement, sign language, sing-alongs, zany props, and story songs.

Alanna Jones – Coyote and the Yodeling Cowboy Puppet Show
Watch how Coyote tricks the yodeling Colorado Cowboy with the help of his friend, Tumbleweed.

Connie Elstun with Bunnies and Birdies
Smiles abound in this family-friendly program with magician Connie Elstun and her hilarious costumed rabbits.

Cluck! Cluck! Chickens …
Join Laura Foye and her chickens as you learn how to care for them, pet a sweet chicken, and make your own chicken creations!

Neil McIntyre Celebrates Dr. Seuss
Experience Dr. Seuss in a way that will get everybody groovin’.

Creepy Crawlies with Rowen Monks
Creepy Crawly wrangler Rowen Monks is back with amazing arachnids, hissing cockroaches, scorpions, and who knows what!

Preschool Dance Party
Children ages five and younger (and their grownups) are invited to come dance, hop, and boogie to the beat!

Familiar children’s sing-alongs, movement, and live music with Barb and Ryan. A hopping good time for children ages 1 - 8 and their young-at-heart adults.

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Comics Contest!!

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:06am

Are you a child or teen who is a comic book aficionado or graphic novel guru? One who spends her free time sketching caped crusaders, alien landscapes, giant robots, otherworldly creatures, and other kinds of super-powered art? You are exactly the type of kid and teen who should submit to the first-ever Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) Kids Comics Contest, which offers young artists the chance to show off their talents during Denver Comic Con 2015 and beyond!

Along with a pair of 3-day passes to Denver Comic Con (DCC) 2015, contest winners will have their artwork prominently featured in the official DCC 2015 souvenir program and admired by thousands of Con attendees. Additional prizes include exhibition of artist’s work on the PCC website and a special meet-and-greet session with a professional kids comics artist.

The PCC Kids Comics contest is open from March 24th to April 13th to all ages and students. Five contest winners will be chosen from all contestants and announced by April 30, 2015. PCC will also be selecting non-winning entries for inclusion in our PCC yearbook, which will be published at a later date.

Artwork & Submission Requirements
-Artwork must be in the form of a comic or graphic text.
-Submissions can be any length. If the winner’s artwork is more than one page, we will print the first page of the comic in the DCC souvenir program, with the rest located on our PCC website.
-Email artwork to (highly preferred). If possible, please scan artwork in color, at 300dpi, and send as a PDF or JPG or send via “snail mail” to PCC’s offices at 1391 N Speer Blvd, Suite 360, Denver, Colorado 80204.
-Deadline for contest entry is April 13st @ 12 noon (MT).

Go to Pop Culture Classroom for more info. For questions regarding the contest, please email PCC at They look forward to reading and enjoying the submissions from our fabulous young library patrons!

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Call for Makers and Artists

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:01am

The makerspaces contained in Library 21c of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster these endeavors, PPLD has crated a Maker/Artist in Residence Program. If you enjoy teaching people new skills, we would love to hear from you!

We are currently looking for makers and artists who are able to participate any time between the end of June through the end of 2015.

The call closes Thursday, April 2.

If you have any questions, email

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. It is preferred that these hours be split up at least two (2) different days per week.
  • 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. These programs will be mainly geared toward ages 16 and up.
  • 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. Some web browsers are not compatible with PDF forms. If you using a PC, open the form in Internet Explorer or save it to your desktop and open it in Adobe Reader. If you are using a Mac, save the link to your desktop and open in Adobe Reader (not Preview, Mac's default PDF reader).
  • 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, fill out an IRS W9 form, and complete a PPLD paid background check.
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Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:30am

PPLD's Friends of the Library are having a Spring Book Sale at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. on March 20, 21, and 22, 2015.

  • Friday, March 20: 4 - 7 p.m., Friends only, memberships available at the door
  • Saturday, March 21: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., open to the public
  • Sunday, March 22: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., $5 bag sale Sunday only, bags provided by Friends
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Poetry Reading with State Poet Laureate Joe Hutchison

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:02pm

State Poet Laureate Joe Hutchison will be joined by well-known local and regional poets to kick off National Poetry month with a poetry reading at Library 21c. Light refreshments will be served. This program is in collaboration with the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project.

  • When: Mon., April 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive

About Joseph Hutchison
Joseph Hutchison, appointed in September 2014 to a four-year term as Poet Laureate of Colorado, is the author of 15 collections of poems, including Marked Men, Thread of the Real, The Earth-Boat, and Bed of Coals (winner of the Colorado Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in over 100 journals and more than 25 anthologies. He has co-edited two anthologies, Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai and A Song for Occupations: Poems about the American Way of Work (with Gary Schroeder), and he continues to produce a literary blog, The Perpetual Bird, which he founded in 2006. The Satire Lounge, a collection of his satirical poems, and Ephemeral, his translations from the Spanish of Mexican fabulist Miguel Lupián, are both forthcoming in 2015. He currently teaches graduate courses in writing and literature at the University of Denver’s University College, where he also serves as Interim Academic Director of Arts & Culture and Global Affairs. Born in Denver, he lives in the southwest of Denver with his wife, Melody Madonna.

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Beginning Mixed Media Collage on Canvas

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 4:31pm

In this three-hour class, Artist in Residence RoxAnne Krute will teach you about a variety of tools and techniques for creating a collage of mixed media on canvas. You will explore how to use conventional and non-conventional objects to apply pigment and create texture together with added bits and pieces to create a unique finished piece of art. Follow an example or make your own choices of what to include in your piece – there are no mistakes! You are encouraged to bring your own personal bits and pieces to use if you wish!

Registration is required. (Please note some registrations might not yet be open.) Must be over 16 years old.

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Bright from the Start Parent-Child Workshop

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 1:45pm

Join us for our Bright from the Start Parent-Child Workshop! This workshop is part of PPLD's new Family Place initiative and is designed for children ages birth-3 years with a favorite adult. Spend time together, play, experience art activities and meet new friends! Community Resource Specialists will be on hand to discuss early literacy, child development, speech and hearing, nutrition, and play and movement in an relaxed environment.

Please plan to attend all five sessions, either morning OR evening, held at Fountain Library, 230 S. Main St. Registration is required. Older siblings are welcome.

Wednesdays, April 1 - 29

Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 400 sites in 27 states and continues to grow.

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Terry Pratchett: April 28, 1948 - March 12, 2015

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:46pm

Terry Pratchett, the immensely popular British fantasy novelist whose more than 70 books include the series known as Discworld, died on Thursday at his home near Salisbury, England. He was 66. Beloved by many readers, he will most certainly be missed.


Click here for a list of titles by Terry Pratchett
available at Pikes Peak Library District.


"It is hard for me to believe that there will never, ever be another book from the Disc. For years, I have waited with excitement for the newest installment from Sir Terry's universe. Each new book was better than the last: funny, insightful, and built in an immensely rich world populated with people and places that were real and widely loved. I wanted to visit Ankh Morpork. I wanted to enroll in Unseen University. I wanted to drink scumble with Nanny Ogg. I would have killed to serve in Sam Vimes' Guard. Everyone has some time in their lives when they have a brush with the famous. My proudest such moment is the time I actually had dinner with Sir Terry. He was a lover of libraries, and donated his time to the Boston Public Library for the cost of a Thai Dinner, which I was privileged to share with him. I will never forget it, and I will never forget the happy hours his work brought me. I will miss his voice immensely.

(BTW: I asked Sir Terry during dinner about his favorite character. He was writing Wintersmith at the time, and said that he was currently fascinated by Tiffany Aching. He did say, however, that he most aspired to be Sam Vimes. I told him I knew it. Because I do, too)."

-Carolyn Coulter - PPLD IT Officer

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Literary Classics Online Book Club

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 2:46pm

The Literary Classics Online Book Club is specially tailored for people who enjoy reading and talking about classic literature. Every two months, a classic book is read and discussed. Throughout each book’s first month, participants can read the book and we will also post fun and interesting facts about that literary classic on the club’s social-media outlets. The second month, discussion questions will be posted for participants to read and comment on.

The book for March and April is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

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Tue, 03/10/2015 - 1:00pm
Free Workshops

Have you ever wondered about doing business with the government? Join us for this series of free workshops at Library 21c, presented by Certify to Success. Registration is required. For more information, email

  • Does Your Business Plan You?
    Learn to plan products/services, marketing and financing for growth, collaboration, and/or writing proposals.
    Thu., May 14 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Systemize Your Small Business
    Learn the difference between owning a business and owning a job. Understand how systems will affect your expansion, mergers, sale, and government contracting.
    Thu., June 18 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Staying on Top of Your Market
    Stay ahead of market changes in your industry. Designed for companies who want to contract with the government or take their businesses to the next level.
    Thu., Sept. 17 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Succession Planning for Your Business
    Critical elements of developing your company’s plan of operation, and plans for loss of key employees/owners including owner’s exit.
    Thu., Oct. 15 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • The Power of She
    Women, veterans, and minority owners will learn to level the playing field to increase the bottom line. Learn the importance of strategic alliances and ways to leverage public policy.
    Thu., Nov. 12 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Fee-based Workshops

    TalkGovBiz,TheExperience is made up of two hands-on, intensive, fee-based workshops providing support for small businesses in obtaining resources and certifications to procure government contracts. For more information about TalkGovBiz,TheExperience, email or visit

    These workshops focus on key areas of business development essential to procuring government contracts such as socioeconomic certifications, developing strategic plans, and the development of marketing materials. Each of these workshops take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Library 21c. Registration is required. To register online, visit To pay by check, click here.

    • JumpStartToSuccess
      JumpStartToSuccess bundles hands-on development of the important tools small businesses need to procure government contracts.
      Thu., May 28; Thu., Sept. 24
    • 8(a)InADay
      8(a) InADay offers hands-on instruction in preparing your application for 8(a) Business Development Program certification.
      Thu., April 23; Thu., June 30; Thu., Oct. 22
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Arts and Letters: Artists During the New Deal

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:59am

A New Deal for the New Deal of Southern Colorado will be presenting a reading/performance, "Arts and Letters: Artists During the New Deal" on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Join us as we go back to the Depression era through the letters and pictures of local WPA artist Archie Musick and his correspondence to artists, models, Governor Ralph Carr, and FDR himself. Hear and see what it was like to be an artist, here as well as in other parts of the country, and how they worked, lived, and survived on making art for the country.

You will also enjoy the music of the era , with local professional musicians Cindy and Charles Katz. This production was created by Pat Musick and brought to you by the local chapter of the National New Deal Preservation Association.

A New Deal for the New Deal of Southern Colorado is part of the Pikes Peak Arts Council.

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Adult Reading Program 2015

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:22am

The Adult Reading Program ends Wednesday, March 11. Hurry up and turn in your game card for prizes!

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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Minding Your Business

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 2:21pm

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 this free class held in the Petritz Learning Lab at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Bright Beginnings Baby Shower

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:25am

Expectant parents and new parents with a baby up to six months old are invited to attend a free baby shower at the library. Each family will receive a bag of literacy materials from Colorado-based Bright by Three. Learn fun and easy things to do with your baby that will encourage brain development, cognition, and more.

Registration is required. Limited to 35 families. Older siblings are welcome.

Click here to register.

  • When: Sat., March 14 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Teen Tech Exploration

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:02pm

Stop in and try your hand at different electronic activities. Try out circuits using Inventor's Kits, build a robot using Mindstorm robotics kits, or write a circuit with a write-able circuits kit. See a 3D printer in action and build a spin-bot.

No registration required. You must be between 12 - 18 years old to participate.

  • When: Fri., March 13 from noon - 5 p.m.
  • Where: MAKE at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Laser Cutter/Engraver Demo for Businesses

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:40pm

View a demonstration of the Library's laser cutter/engraver with a business perspective. Find out what is needed to get started using the laser and also see some ideas and example projects that you could use the laser for to help your business.

Must have a current Makerspace use agreement signed and it is recommended you attend Makerspace Safety 101.

To register, click here.

  • When: Wed., March 11 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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