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Paracord Projects: Knot Tying

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:29am

Join us for an hour of crafting with paracord! We will be learning some basic knots and then using them to create fun projects such as dragonflies, bracelets, and key-chains. This program is for ages 9 and up.

Registration is required for this free event. Click here to sign up.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 17 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: East Library Makerspace (second floor), 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Artist in Residence: Kristina Winnett

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:20am

PPLD's Artist in Residence for October and November is Kristina Winnett, a self-taught mixed-media artist who has spent most of her life in Colorado Springs. Choosing to pursue studies in the Sciences in college, she longed to participate in artistic processes, yet felt that required a natural ability to draw. Having always been crafty, she found Art Journaling (the combination of Art and Words) in 2005. It was love at first site, because the first rule of Art Journaling is that there are no rules. This medium is such an easy and non-intimidating way to jump into the playfulness of creativity, that even a trained scientist could do it. She longs to share this passion with all who wish to create something personal and meaningful, yet have felt intimidated to begin.

Click here for a complete list of PPLD's art journaling resources.

Art Journaling Fun
In this class, Art Journaling Fun, we will be learning some basic techniques on ways to combine Art and Words – also known as Art Journaling. We will construct a simple, bound art journal from watercolor paper, for you to take home. From there, we will learn a few techniques for layering your pages with paint, collage and your words. This class is a jump-start to continue your journey with Art Journaling far beyond what you learn here. Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be over 16 years old to attend.

In Studio Hours
Watch Kristina Winnett work and talk to her about her craft during these times at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

  • Thu., Oct. 15 from 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Sun., Oct. 18 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Tue., Oct. 20 from noon - 3 p.m.
  • Thu., Oct. 21 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 28 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Sat., Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov, 5 from noon - 3 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 8 from 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Tue., Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 13 from 3 - 5 p.m.
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East Library: New and Great at 28!

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:09am

Join us as we celebrate our renovations and the 28th anniversary of East Library with live music, food, prizes and more!

  • When: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
  • Where: Sat., Oct. 24 from 1 - 5 p.m.


  • 1 p.m. - Live music from Mango fan Django (Community Meeting Room)
  • 2 p.m. - Live music from Wayne Hammerstadt (Lobby)
  • 3 p.m. - Family Fun (Community Meeting Room) Puppeteer Alanna Jones tells the story of Mr. Venetucci and his annual pumpkin giveaway.
  • 3 p.m. - Shrinky Dinks for teens in East Teen Center
  • Scavenger hunts for adults, teens, and children, with grand prizes of a Kindle Fire!
  • Tour the exciting new renovations and services, including the Computer Commons, Makerspace, Educational Resource Center, and the new Manga section of the East Teen Center!
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APPR Author Visit: Clive Thompson

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 2:25pm

Join us for two events with Clive Thompson, author of All Pikes Peak Reads 2015 title Smarter than You Think.

A Mixer with Clive Thompson

PPLD and the Imagination Celebration Leadership Council present this informal talk about technology changing the way we think and live. Registration is required. To reserve your spot, call (719) 387-9015.

  • When: Fri., Oct. 9 from 5 - 6 p.m.
  • Where: Imagination Celebration iSpace, Citadel Mall (upper level near Burlington’s)
A Conversation with Clive Thompson

Thompson will give a multimedia presentation about Smarter than You Think as part of the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire. A book signing will follow his talk. Books will be available for purchase. No registration is required for this free program.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Maker in Residence: Kristina Winnett

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:00pm

PPLD's Maker in Residence for October and November 2015 was Kristina Winnett, a self-taught mixed-media artist who has spent most of her life in Colorado Springs. Choosing to pursue studies in the Sciences in college, she longed to participate in artistic processes, yet felt that required a natural ability to draw. Having always been crafty, she found Art Journaling (the combination of Art and Words) in 2005. It was love at first site, because the first rule of Art Journaling is that there are no rules. This medium is such an easy and non-intimidating way to jump into the playfulness of creativity, that even a trained scientist could do it. She longs to share this passion with all who wish to create something personal and meaningful, yet have felt intimidated to begin.


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Facebook Business Pages

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:06pm

Put Facebook to work for your business by learning the basics of Facebook Business Pages. Create your page, learn to navigate the interface, and get tips on the types of content that drives interest in your business.

Pre-requisite: Students must already have a personal Facebook page and know their login information.

Registration is required. To sign up for this free class, click here.

  • When: Wed., Oct. 7 from noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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High Prairie Library Harvest Festival

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 9:34am

High Prairie Community Library's annual Harvest Festival is celebrating our fifth anniversary. This year's Harvest Festival will be the biggest one yet! This annual event is brought to you by the High Prairie Friends of the Library, and made possible by your donations/purchases at our bookstore throughout the year. Thank you!

  • When: Sat., Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Rd., Falcon


  • Abigail Mott, Poetry While You Wait ( (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Cookie Baking Contest (Adult and Children’s categories) (judging at 11:30 a.m.)
  • MC Scarecrow
  • Door Prize (Kindle Fire!)
  • Falcon High School Marching Band (10 a.m.)
  • Kathy's Kritters (noon - 1 p.m.)
  • Storytime (10:30 a.m.)
  • Nature Storytime (2:30 p.m.)
  • Costume Contest (judging at 11 a.m.)
  • High Prairie Friends of the Library Sale
  • Library 21c / Creative Computer Commons - 3D Printer and Circuit Kits (10 a.m. - noon)
  • Miniature Horses!
  • Gadget Garage / CyberShelf 1 on 1 Help
  • Harvest Photo Booth
  • Giant Pumpkin Contest (judging at 2 p.m.)
  • The Rogue Spirits (Alternative Folk Band) (11 a.m. - noon)
  • Miniature Pumpkin Decorating
  • Games (Ring Toss, Bean Bag Toss, Frisbee Toss)
  • Garden Art Contest (win prizes for your creations!)
  • Bubble Station
  • Face Painting, both conventional & Zombie!!
  • Water Bottle Rockets (Tweens/Teens)
  • Tai-Chi / Qi Gong (1:30 p.m.)
  • Reiki Sessions (walk-in appointment) (3 p.m.)
  • Flower Bomb Activity
  • Mobile Library Services
  • Food: Hot Dogs, Nachos and Desert, (Falcon High School Band Boosters) (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • Refreshments (Popcorn and lemonade)
  • Kilroy’s Workshop – Woodworking with Ron
  • Make and Takes / Crafts (all ages)
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Philosophy at the Library

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 1:07pm

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.

    Nov. 3 - "Religion and Moral Authority in Sports" by Jeff Scholes
    Jeffrey Scholes is Assistant Professor, Philosophy and the Director of the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has written books and articles on American political theology and on the relationship between religion and sports.

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Applications Being Accepted for PPLD Board of Trustees Membership

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 10:30am

A meaningful public service commitment for the community-oriented individual.

There are seven members serving on the PPLD Board. The term of office is five years; vacancies are filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. Board members may serve for no more than two terms. Board members are appointed jointly by the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Commissioners.

Board of Trustees Job Description

To apply for this position, please complete the Board of Trustees Membership Application and mail to:

Pikes Peak Library District
Attention: Board Applications
PO Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, November 6, 2015 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Email questions to Sue Hammond at

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The Real Spirits of Manitou Springs

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:14pm

Gerry Murphy invites you into the world of the mystic, the true stories of many unusual and, in some cases, supernatural events in Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Gerry is a life member of the International Ghost Hunters Society and is a Certified Ghost Researcher. He’ll take you through the Golden Age of the early 1900s when mediums were guests in the parlors of Manitou’s Victorian homes where psychic games were played and many a séance was performed.

No registration is required for these free programs.

  • Sat., Oct 3 at 1 p.m. – Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade
  • Sat., Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. – Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave.
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Call for Art

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 2:58pm

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 1 - 2 month individual shows. Interested artists should bring 5 representative pieces of their body of work in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art). Submissions must include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Wed., Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day between 4:30 - 6 p.m.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email

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PPLD Friends Fall Book Sale

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:50am

It's that time again! The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are holding their annual Fall Book Sale at the East Library Community Room on October 30, 31, and November 1.

  • Friday, October 30, 4 - 7 p.m. - Friends members only. Friends memberships are available at the door or at this link:
  • Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Open to the public.
  • Sunday, November 1, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Open to the public. $5 bag sale - Sunday only - (bags supplied by the Friends)
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The History of the Manitou Incline: Past to Present

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 2:22pm

Ryan Johnson, President of the Friends of the Manitou Incline will present a program on the history of the Incline with slides of the Incline from its early days to today's renovations. The program will be held at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center which will have a display of photos and memorabilia from the Incline. The center's new book on the history Incline will also be available.

Everyone is welcome at this one-hour program. Refreshments will be served.

  • When: Sat., Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.
  • Where: Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave.
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Poetry in Music

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:59am

Celebrate the fall season with Poetry in Music! This chamber jazz duo combines a variety of poets and writers with extraordinary compositions for a truly remarkable fusion of words and music.

  • When: Sat., Sept. 26 from 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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APPR Author Visit: Hampton Sides

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 2:54pm

Join us for a presentation by Hampton Sides, author of All Pikes Peak Reads 2015 title In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. Sides will discuss and show photos of the research that went into writing the book, including his travels to Siberia.

This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. A book signing will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Sides' appearance is made possible by the Colorado College Journalist in Residence Program.

Reception with Hampton Sides

Prior to his presentation, Sides will be attending a reception from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Venue @ 21c. Tickets for the reception are $35 per person, and include the beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and reserved seating for his presentation. To purchase tickets, click here.

Qdoba Mexican Grill (Promenade Shops at Briargate), Chipotle Mexican Grill (Plaza at Chapel Hills), Pei Wei (Colorado Springs North), and Bird Dog BBQ are generous sponsors for this reception.

About In the Kingdom of Ice

On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of thirty-two men set sail from San Francisco on the USS Jeanette.

Heading deep into uncharted Arctic waters, they carried the aspirations of a young country burning to be the first nation to reach the North Pole. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the Jeannette’s hull was breached by an impassable stretch of pack ice, forcing the crew to abandon ship amid torrents of rushing of water. Hours later, the ship had sunk below the surface, marooning the men a thousand miles north of Siberia, where they faced a terrifying march with minimal supplies across the endless ice pack.

Enduring everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and labyrinths of ice, the crew battled madness and starvation as they struggled desperately to survive. With thrilling twists and turns, In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most brutal place on Earth.

About Hampton Sides

Hampton Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and is also author of the bestselling histories Hellhound on His Trial, Blood and Thunder, and Ghost Soldiers. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons.

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Linking in to LinkedIn

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 2:03pm

LinkedIn is a professional social network that allows you to search for jobs or network with others in your field. Learn the basics of LinkedIn: setting up a profile, finding contacts, navigating the main tabs, giving/receiving endorsements, and how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

Registration is required for this free program. To sign up, click here.

  • When: Thu., Sept. 17 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Hispanic Heritage Celebrations

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:23am

Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd., will be hosting a slate of programming in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Art Exhibit

Come view a display of art prints by the influential and revered Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada starting September 15.

Family Fun: Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with fun for the entire family!

Sat., Sept. 26 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Sounds of Mexico
    1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Enjoy this Mariachi music duo.
  • Printmaking Class
    2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    In this family-friendly class, we will discover the historical art of printmaking. Using engraved images influenced by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, we will create our very own colorful and exciting prints! No reservation needed. Materials: construction paper, brayers, paint, and vegetables. Instructor: Erin Gillespie from the Bemis School of Art.
Family Fun: Celebrating Hispanic Culture

In celebration of Hispanic culture, we will create our own Mexican “retablos” and enjoy storytelling for the entire family. Retablos are small paintings used to honor Catholic saints. In this family-friendly class, we will paint our own retablos to take home.

Sat., Oct. 24 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Storytelling
    1:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Retablo Class
    2 - 3:30 p.m.
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All Pikes Peak Reads 2015: Transformation @ Elevation

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:20am

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 14th year in 2015!

PPLD’s theme for 2015 is Transformation @ Elevation. This year’s APPR selections all relate to characters that are transformed by extraordinary circumstances.

The 2015 titles are: In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides and Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson.

Young adult readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2015 is the graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.

The Children’s selections are Wonder by RJ Palacio and, for very young readers, the picture book I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer.

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Medicine Cabinet Make-Over: Essential Oils Class

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 1:46pm

Kristine Taylor Einbrod will present an educational introduction to essential oils: what they are, the properties they possess, how they are used, how they are sourced, how they benefited ancient cultures, and how they can benefit our family’s health and wellness today. They are an essential part of having a natural medicine cabinet!

Kristine will answer questions after her presentation. Everybody is welcome and no registration is required.

  • When: Sat., Sept. 12 at 1 p.m.
  • When: Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade
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3D Printed Holiday Ornament Contest

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 2:18pm

Design your own holiday ornament for a chance to win a great prize! The Creative Computer Commons at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) is hosting this contest.

Noodles & Company: North Academy is a generous sponsor of this contest.

Contest Guidelines
  • Three age categories:
    • Tween: 9-11
    • Teen: 12-18
    • Adult: 19+
  • Ornaments cannot exceed the size of 3 in3.
  • Ornaments can be made up of no more than 3 different pieces glued together. The final ornament must be turned in at Library 21c in one piece and of the appropriate size.
  • If they are printed through Library 21c, they will be printed in white ABS filament. The only exception will be if the PLA printers must be used to help with completion. All prints will be done at .15mm resolution, medium speed, 25% infill, and 5 shells.
  • Only STL files will be accepted.
  • Up to 3 separate STL files will be accepted per submission.
    • Each person may submit one ornament to the contest.
  • One copy of the ornament will be printed free of charge at Library 21c.
  • After the STL file is printed, participants will need to come by Library 21c to pick up their ornaments, remove any support materials, and enter the physical print in the contest by filling out an entry slip.
  • Any subsequent copies must be paid for by the patron. Completion of printing cannot be guaranteed by the time of judging.
  • Individuals will be responsible for removing any support materials on their ornament themselves.
    • All pieces of the ornament must be 3D printed.
    • All ornaments must be printed in white filament only.
  • All ornaments must be able to be hung for display, i.e., a part to thread string or an ornament hanger through must be present in the design.
  • PPLD’s makerspace use policies must be followed.
  • All designs must be original, not a (un)modified 3D scan, downloaded file, or potential copyright violation.
  • Ornaments will be disqualified if the guidelines are not followed.
  • Judging will be based on design, not necessarily the print quality of the ornament due to the printer.
Important Dates
  • October 12: If printing through Library 21c, STL files must be dropped off by this date.
  • November 6: All 3D printed objects printed by the Library will be available to pick up for removal of support material and/or assembly.
  • November 12: All completed ornaments must be turned in for judging at Library 21c.
  • November 15 - 21: Judging will take place.
  • November 23 - 27: Winners will be contacted with information for an awards reception.
  • December 17: Displayed ornaments will be taken down and available for pick up.
  • January 6: Any remaining ornaments will be discarded.
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