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Old Colorado City Library History Scavenger Hunt

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:45pm

Take the challenge! Stop by Old Colorado City Library and pick up the 2015 History Scavenger Hunt form or print one out through the link below. Collect all the answers and return the completed form to Old Colorado City Library by Saturday, September 12, and win two tickets to the Vintage Antique & Makers event in Bancroft Park on Sunday September 20. The first five people to turn in a completed form will win a canvas, library book bag!

Questions? Call (719) 634-1698.

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Minding Your Business

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:34pm

Learn what your industry outlook is, how to find competition, vendors and target markets as well as other tools to use to look for a job, start a business or grow a business.

These free classes take place in the Petritz Learning Lab at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Registration is required.

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Bridge Day

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:09pm

Adults: bring your electronic devices to this informational workshop. One-on-one assistance will be provided by AT&T employees. Participants do not have to be AT&T customers.

Registration is required for this free program. Click here to register.

  • When: Tue., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Ent Conference Center, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

AT&T oxyGEN is pleased to host their 2015 National Community Outreach Program, Bridge. The goal of Bridge is to help adults improve their lives through technology. Bridge workshops are presented by AT&T employees to educate adults through powerful interactions with smartphones, tablets, and other AT&T products and services. These workshops will include direct dialogue around features and applications of interest to those new to connected devices.

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Document Your Life Project

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:32pm

One part planner plus one part art journal and one part weekly art journal challenge equals an amazing year of organization, inspiration and community. No experience is required for this program, which is part of an amazing online project put together by a group of mixed media artist who call themselves Art to the 5th.

You will be introduced to the wonderful world of art journaling as we work on this project together. Art Journaling is about playing with colors, words and images to work through our daily stress and struggles of daily life, while having fun and being creative. It is like a diary only done with art. It’s fun, it’s messy and it has no rules. Join us for a free monthly workshop where you will learn new techniques and play with a variety of art materials while creating a mini piece of art that can be placed in your Documented Life Project Journal if you so choose.

All materials for the mini art project will be provided. Class size is limited and you must register to attend. This workshop is for those age 18 and up. Click here to register.

  • When: Monday, August 24 from 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Tech of the Ages: An Interactive Exhibit

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:07am

Teens: Come investigate and discover "ancient" technology. See what it's used for and try some of them out yourself! Bring friends and have fun guessing.

No registration is required for this free event. All ages welcome!

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Seed Saving

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 11:24am

David Woolley of the Manitou Springs Seed Library will present an introductory class that covers the basics of saving seeds for most popular garden vegetables. Topics include how to plan your garden for seed saving, isolation distances, understanding cross pollination, the best ways to store seeds, and how a seed library works. There will be time for questions and a selection of seeds and resources from the library will be available for participants to take home.

There is no registration required for this free program.

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Bright By Three Community Baby Showers

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:58pm

Expectant parents and new parents with a baby up to eleven months old are invited to attend a 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. Make a scrapbook page for baby, get to know other families with babies, enter to win some additional prizes and enjoy refreshments!

Registration is required. We'll also have some fun activities for the older siblings who attend.

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Teller County Historic Driving App

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:44pm

Representatives from the Teller County Historical Society will help you download the free Pikes Peak Area Historic Tour app to your phone. The mobile app brings Teller County's history alive! The tour consists of seven routes that recreate the sights and sounds of Colorado's history, from the voices of the Utes and homesteaders to the sounds of steam trains and the Gold Rush.

To download the iPhone app, go to the Apple App store and search for “Pikes Peak Area Historic Tour.” To download the Android app, go to the Google Play store and search for the same. Once the app is downloaded, users can follow any of seven distinct routes even where cell service is not available.

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Maker in Residence: Daria Wilber

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:30pm

PPLD's newest Maker in Residence is Daria Wilber. She born in Washington, D.C. and spent the first two decades of her life in and out of the amazing array of galleries and museums in the D.C. area on a weekly basis. She studied painting and printmaking at the Maryland School of Art and Design and worked in the scene shop for a regional theater company. In the mid-2000s, Daria began to study the paper arts in earnest. In 2012 she plunged into studio papermaking after a sculptural papermaking intensive at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with Jo Stealey. Daria currently works with papermaking and artist Helen Hiebert as a studio and teaching assistant.


Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Flat Paper Making Class: Paper, The Old Fashioned Way
Do you know where the term Rag Picker originated? Rag pickers were the backbone of western papermaking! Papermaking arrived in Europe in 1290 ce, almost 1500 years after its invention in China. Europeans did not use raw plant fibers to make paper, they used cotton and linen from cast off clothes. Rag pickers bought cast-off clothing, and then resold it to the papermill. At the paper mill, rag pickers would sort and grade the clothing by color and quality, remove buttons and hooks, wash the rags, then cut them into strips and roll them into a ball to ferment for several weeks before being beaten with a wooden mallet to tear apart the fibers. Rag pickers were, in fact, master recyclers!

We won’t go through the rag pickers’ processes but we will make paper using cotton, 100% post-consumer cotton, the leftovers from T-shirt manufacturing. The paper we make will not be much different than the paper made in 1290! You’ll be able to use your handmade cotton paper for writing, drawing, bookmaking, mixed media work and more!

Paper Sculpture Class: All Wrapped Up
Paper is a perfect sculptural medium; it’s easy to work with, resilient and fairly forgiving. We’ll spend a few minutes going over papermaking basics and then we’ll make paper from abaca pulp, a high shrink pulp. While the paper is in the press we’ll create armatures using common, everyday objects and wire. Then we’ll sculpt! We’ll cover our armatures using our freshly pressed abaca sheets.


  • Wed., Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Thu., Aug. 6 from noon - 2 p.m.
  • Wed., Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri., Aug. 14 from noon - 2 p.m.
  • Mon., Aug. 17 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thu., Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Thu., Aug. 27 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 29 from 2 -5 p.m.
  • Tue., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 2 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Tue., Sept. 8 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. - noon


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Mango Languages is Back!

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:19pm

Mango Languages is back by popular demand! Learn a new language! Choose from 71 languages, including 19 English as a Second Language (ESL) options.

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Dragon Theatre: Peter Pan and What Color Is That Dress?

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:09pm

For over eight years, Dragon Theatre Productions, a program of Imagination Celebration, has brought hundreds of members from our community together to create an annual summer theatre 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.

Dragon Theatre Productions will be performing two family-friendly plays this summer at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.:

  • Peter Pan, a new adaptation by Angie Kinnett based on the book by J.M. Barrie
  • What Color Is That Dress?, an original play by Cyndi Parr based on the 2015 dress meme

The two shows feature 50 actors who auditioned this year, as well as the creative talents of an additional 60 volunteers who contribute offstage. Each performance runs 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.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, online at, or by calling (719) 597-3344, x4.


  • Sat., Aug. 8: Peter Pan at 11 a.m.; What Color Is That Dress? at 2 p.m.
  • Sun., Aug. 9: What Color Is That Dress? at 1 p.m.; Peter Pan at 4 p.m.
  • Fri., Aug. 14: What Color Is That Dress? at 7 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 15: Peter Pan at 7 p.m.
  • Sun., Aug. 16: Peter Pan at 1 p.m.; What Color Is That Dress? at 4 p.m.
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Free Bone Density Scan

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 2:01pm

Dr. Wayne Buessing of Dominion Chiropractic will give a free finger x-ray bone density scan to people over 40 years of age. The finger x-ray is considered more accurate than the boot bone scan. Results will be given immediately and you may ask the doctor questions. Your business will not be solicited. This is a walk-in clinic, reservations are not necessary.

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Food by the Book

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:47am

Open to ages 12 and up. Only 30 spots available, so register soon! Call (719) 531-6333, x2665 to make a reservation. For those with food allergies, please be aware that samples may contain allergens.

The Health Benefits of Chocolate presented by Julie Pech
Julie Pech, owner of The Chocolate Therapist chocolate and tea shop in Littleton, CO, presents a delicious program about the health benefits of chocolate! Julie will provide tips on incorporating chocolate into your daily diet, along with delicious samples from her store.

  • Sat., Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

High Altitude Baking presented by Randi Levin, The Muffin Lady
Join Randi Levin, aka The Muffin Lady, for tips and tricks that are sure to help Coloradans with high altitude baking! An expert in High Altitude baking and cooking, Randi will share her secrets and advice, along with samples of her recipes.

  • Sat., Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Southwestern Cooking Demo with Sonterra Grill
Love Southwest cuisine? Join us for a fun and informative cooking demo presented by Sonterra Grill’s Chef Josh! Delicious samples will be provided.

  • Sat., Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Vegan Basics: A Plant Based Diet presented by Katherine Keck
Natural Food Chef Katherine Keck, owner of the Loonie Veggie Cooking Company, LLC, presents a fun and inspiring cooking demo that will get you excited about cooking with vegetables! Learn the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and enjoy samples.

  • Sat., Aug. 29 at 1:30 p.m. – East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Asian Tales & Enrichment Program

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:06pm

Through The Golden Lotus Foundation's Asian Tales & Enrichment Program, participants will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Asian heritage and traditions. Each class will consist of an Asian theme tale or activity conducted by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU) members, followed by an activity of arts, crafts, or game. Each class is 1 1/2 hours.

Age 4 - 8
Session 1a: July 7, 8, 9, and 10
Session 2a: July 21, 22, 23, and 24
Session 3a: August 4, 5, 6, and 7 Age 9 - 13
Session 1b: July 14, 15, 16, and 17
Session 2b: July 28, 29, 30, and 31
Session 3b: August 11, 12, 13, and 14

1. Participants ages 4 - 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult 21 years and older; 9 - 13 years old need signed waiver.

2. Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

3. Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

4. Children can bring their favorite stuff animal to class. Quilted mats are provided for children to sit or lie down during story time. Parents can join their children on the mats or sit in chairs.

5. Registration Fees:

  • $70.00 per student, per session for (4) classes (to help offset the cost of supplies), prepaid; no refunds for unattended sessions. Full refund on cancellation requested before first session.
  • $20.00 per student drop-in.
  • Cash or check payable to Golden Lotus Foundation.

6. No charge for parents accompanying participants. An adult 21 years or older needs to sign Liability and Photo Release form for each student.

7. Limited number of scholarships available by submitting a paragraph explaining need. Please submit your request through email at, or mail to Golden Lotus Foundation, 4645 Star Ranch Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Please allow 2 weeks for reply, state the Session(s) desired to attend.

Offering this enrichment program relies on a minimum number of (5) students participating.

Please contact Jennifer Huang, Director with any questions, or (719) 231-0911.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Maker in Residence: Sarah Withee

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:19am

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July was Sarah Withee. She began folding paper as a child, and was introduced to modular origami by Makoto Yamaguchi’s book Kusudama (Origami Ornaments). Thus began a lifelong interest in Japanese paper arts. Sarah has lived in Japan and taken classes in advanced paperfolding and doll making at Tokyo’s Origami Kaikan, and has an extensive library of origami books.

Sarah is an experienced origami instructor who has worked with students from children to senior citizens. She has taught origami at the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado’s Children’s Day for over 10 years, as well as classes for Pikes Peak Library District and private classes. If you have tried learning origami from a book and failed, Sarah knows just how to help you get unstuck!

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