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Sew Close to Christmas: Plushie Ornaments

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 3:16pm

By hand or with a sewing machine, learn how to make your own ornaments, just in time for Christmas.

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

  • When: Mon., Dec. 21 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: East Library Makerspace, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 3:04pm

Laser cut and 3D printed ornaments, homemade hot chocolate, and jewelry made from scratch – we’ll help you create the perfect gift to put in someone’s stocking, or to keep for yourself!

There is no registration required for this free program.

  • When: Sun., Dec. 20 from 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: East Library Makerspace, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Monthly Musicale Concert Series: Guard Rail

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 2:52pm

The Monthly Musicale Concert Series features monthly performances to celebrate local musicians. Each concert will be held on one Sunday of each month in the series through March 2016.

This month's concert features Guard Rail and opening act Jory and the Afterthoughts. This free show will take place on Sun., Dec. 13 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Guard Rail encompasses the smooth and pure sound of acoustic roots music with the high energy of the crystal clear Colorado peaks. These two musicians were raised in the shadows of the rocky mountains. Both have proof of their talents – Kelly Champlin’s debut album “Never Walk Away” was recorded in the infamous Nashville, TN; and Adam Gardino took 1st at the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championships in Winfield, KS. High Plains Public Radio has featured their music, while they continue to write and teach in the Colorado Springs area. They draw inspiration from country, classical, rock, blues, jazz, pop and folk to create a whirlwind of tunes reminiscent of Nickel Creek.

Jory and the Afterthoughts features the "up-and-coming," the "continuing-to-speed-by," and the "already-long-gone" of the rocky mountain music scene. They endeavor to have the highest energy level of any group known, downing upwards of 5 cups of coffee before each show. The large dose of caffeine seems to do the trick, channeling any jitters to deliver a smooth, high octane acoustic performance. Their lonesome bluegrass harmonies, coupled with their love for re-inventing folk, rock and radio favorites makes a concoction not unlike mixing Van Halen with Alison Krauss.

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Colorado Springs Portrait Day

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 2:44pm

Volunteer professional photographers will take portraits of individual and families.

No registration is required, and a free CD will be provided!

  • When: Sat., Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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9th Annual Teen Art Contest

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 3:33pm

Submit your artwork to our Teen Art Contest!

This year's theme is Magnify It! Take a closer look at the world around you and create a piece of artwork.

Submit your artwork Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23 from 9 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Drop-off at the following locations: East, Penrose, Sand Creek, Fountain, Ruth Holley, Cheyenne Mountain, Mobile Libraries, Monument, High Prairie, and Library 21c.

Guidelines

  • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2016.
  • Sorry, we are no longer taking submissions.
  • Entrants may submit only one piece of art.
  • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries.
  • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.
  • If you want to display at Library 21c, art must be able to be displayed with a wire hanging system.
  • Frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces.

For more information, email rphilipsen@ppld.org or call (719) 644-7242.

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PPLD Announces John Spears as New Executive Director

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 2:38pm

The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selection of John Spears as the next Executive Director of the district. “Over the past 5 years, Pikes Peak Library District has earned the reputation as a true pioneer of 21st century library services,” said PPLD Board of Trustees President Ken Beach. “Our vision of elevating these services to the next level requires a ‘unique’ individual to lead the Library forward from this point. Understanding the importance of the decision, the Board has spent 15 months in the search process and we are pleased and excited that John Spears has accepted our offer to lead PPLD to that next level. John is a groundbreaking visionary and exceptional leader.”

John Spears is the current Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library. He leads a staff of 325 employees in a seven facility city library with an operating budget of $17.9 million. While at Salt Lake City Public Library, Spears:

• Created a Library Service Model Team that examines and continually recommends improvements for library operations

• Partnered with the Salt Lake City School District to allow parents to obtain a library card for their children as a part of online school enrollment

• Oversaw the creation and implementation of the Library’s first digital media studios and makerspaces

• Worked with more than 30 social service and governmental organizations to create “Project Uplift,” a semiannual resource fair for those experiencing homelessness

“The Salt Lake City Library District is a bit smaller and more compact (area wise) than PPLD, but the reality is that John has been guiding the district on a path similar to that of PPLD with our vision around 21c. I am quite sure he will hit the ground running with no problem,” Beach said.

Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City, Spears was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. Spears obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Spears responded to his leadership role at the El Paso County-wide Pikes Peak Library District by saying, “My career has encompassed this role in a variety of libraries – rural, suburban, and urban, and I am well versed in the specific traits that make each of these unique.”

Added Beach, “John’s extensive experience across the spectrum of library land is a perfect fit for PPLD. He understands that the service needs for 21c are different than the needs for example of those at say Monument, High Prairie, and Sand Creek.”

Spears will now lead a library district comprised of 14 community libraries, three mobile libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of Pikes Peak Library District is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community. Spears will begin his new position in late January.

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Call for Makers and Artists

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 10:01am

The makerspaces contained in Library 21c and East Library of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster such endeavors, PPLD has a Maker/Artist in Residence program.

What are we looking for?

  • People with creativity and skills to teach and share
  • People who can introduce others to what being a maker or an artist is in the vast expanse of making
  • Techy people
  • Artsy people
  • People with well-developed ideas for their lab project and classes that are detailed in their proposals and can be accommodated at multiple PPLD locations
  • A wide variety of different proposals from across the making spectrum
  • We are currently searching for makers and artists who are able to participate during 2016. Applications are due Monday, December 28.

    Program Outline

    • Contracted position for six weeks.
    • Three (3) hours of lab time per week onsite at Library 21c held on various days/times throughout the contracted period to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. During this time, the Contractor will work on a project from his/her specialty and interact with patrons coming through the space.
    • A portion of the makerspace will be designated to have the project on display.
    • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, two (2) programs/classes at East Library, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations for a grand total of six (6) classes.
    • 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 in discussion with the Contractor.
    • 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.
    • These are not usually six (6) different class topics, instead usually one (1) or two (2) different classes offered multiple times.
    • Contract payment of $900, 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 may be asked to 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 a Maker-Artist in Residence application. Application is best viewed in Internet Explorer.
      • 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.

      PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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WiFi Hotspots Now Available!

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 5:25pm

Do you need access to the Internet at home, work, or on the road?

Try checking out one of the WiFi hotspots now available through PPLD! Click here to place a hold on a hotspot.

The tablets are available to patrons ages 12 and over who have had a PPLD library card for at least 90 days. They check out for three weeks. Overdue fines $1 per day with $20 maximum ($100 if item is lost).

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ComicsPlus on CyberShelf

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 12:48pm

Comics Plus: Library Edition is the new digital revolution bringing thousands of digital graphic novels and comics are only a click away!

PPLD has thousands digital graphic novels and comics available to read on any web-connected device. We have recently partnered with iVerse Media to provide you with an incredible collection of titles via their Comics Plus: Library Edition. This revolutionary digital collection includes every genre you could wish for: fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, indie comics, Sunday funnies, and manga!

How do you find these books? Click on CyberShelf at ppld.org and visit the eBooks link. The ComicsPlus database is free to use with your PPLD library card! From there you can fill your virtual bookshelf with any title you choose to read. When you do place titles onto your bookshelf, you will see an orange banner running diagonally across the upper right corner of the cover. This tells you how many days you have left to read the title. When the seven days are completed, the book is automatically returned-and you don’t have to do a thing!

Please feel free to browse the collection as we are sure you will discover an entire world of storytelling you never knew existed! Of course there are hundreds of titles and series that you will recognize: Doonesbury, Bleach, Archie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Naruto, Dilbert, Cathy, Garfield, Red Sonja, The Shadow... it is a virtual tidal wave of digital graphic novels and comics. Among the many publishers we have are Archie Comics, Papercutz, Andrews McMeel, VIZ Media, Ape Entertainment, Dynamite, Graphic Classics, and many, many more!

What’s even better is that you can read them from any place you have a web connection and on any device: tablet, PC, smart phone... You can even read them on gaming systems!

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Never Fear Networking Again

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:56pm

Have you ever avoided an event because the thought of small talk with strangers stopped you cold? Perhaps you've wanted to meet that interesting person, but weren't sure how to introduce yourself. This engaging 45 minute workshop will teach you how to overcome those fears that come with meeting new people, learn practical tips to start and continue conversations, deepen your connections, all while being true to yourself.

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

  • When: Mon., Dec. 7 from 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Knit a Mug Cozy

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:27pm

Come join us as we knit a cozy for your mugs! Feel free to bring your own knitting supplies, but needles, yarn, and patterns will be provided. Please note: participants must already be comfortable with basic knitting skills including how to cast on, knit, and purl.

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

  • When: Sat., Dec. 5 from 10:30 a.m. - noon
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Social Media Overview for Seniors

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:56am

Join us for an overview of Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Learn the basics and terminology, along with current Internet Slang!

Spaces are limited, so register soon! Register by clicking here or or calling (719) 389-8968.

  • When: Sat., Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Light-up Holiday Decorations

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:45am

Use LED lights to turn recycled holiday cards into fun light-up decorations! Bring your own old cards or use one that we provide.

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

  • When: Thu., Dec. 3 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Colorado Gives Day

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 2:13pm

From Summer Reading Programs that allow children and teens to continue learning through the summer to Adult Literacy programs that allow community members to reach their goals, Pikes Peak Library District changes lives in the community. This is story is a great example.

"Paige entered PPLD's Adult Literacy GED program at the beginning of the fall 2014 term. I immediately recognized her to be an excellent student: intelligent, hardworking, and ambitious. She was raising a 1 1/2 year old son and still managed to attend almost all classes and keep up with her homework and studying. Soon after the term ended she took and passed all four GED exams with high scores. She used two vouchers which were offered by the library program to help defray the cost of these exams.

"Today I went to the dentist and was surprised and happy to see her again. Paige had taken a 10-week class and was now working as a hygienist's assistant. She told me she is also enrolled at Pikes Peak Community College to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a radiology technician.

"Paige expressed how grateful she is to the Adult Literacy's GED program. This was confirmation that even when students' lives get derailed for whatever reason they can get back on track and achieve their goals. Paige embodies the real value of PPLD's commitment to education and to the community it serves. "

Your support of Pikes Peak Library District through Colorado Gives Day will go towards programs that will empower people like Paige to reach their goals. Colorado Gives day takes place on December 8, but you can schedule your donation today at tinyurl.com/COGives.

For more about how PPLD changes people's lives, check out this PPLD TV-produced video:

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Hands-on 3D Printing

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 1:59pm

In this self-paced program, participants will get hands-on time to experiment with our Afinia H480 3D Printers. You will learn all the steps required to run the 3D Printer using sample 3D Models provided in the class. Four 3D printers will be available during this session, so be prepared to partner up!

Additional Notes:

  • Participants must have already attended Makerspace Safety 101. Children 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Because of the short printing time, we cannot accommodate custom 3D models during this session.
  • Participants may finish their prints before the end of the class, but print completion is not guaranteed.

Registration is required for these free programs, all held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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December Business Classes at Library 21c

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 1:48pm

Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) will be hosting several business classes in the month of December. Registration is required for these free classes.

Facebook Business Pages
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. Prerequisite: Students must already have a personal Facebook page and know their login information

Minding Your Business
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.

Linking in to LinkedIn
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.

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