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Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Computer science is a foundation for every student. Students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials, for kindergarten and up. Tutorials work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.

  • Mon., Dec. 7 - Fri., Dec. 11 - Monument Library, Find a computer and Code!
  • Mon., Dec. 7 - Fri., Dec. 11 - East Library, Find a computer and Code!
  • Mon., Dec. 7, 4-5 p.m. - Library 21c in MAKE; Tween Make Mondays and Hour of Code; Ages 9-12
  • Mon., Dec. 7, 4-5:30 p.m. - East Teen Center; Hour of Code; Ages 9-18
  • Tues., Dec. 8; 4-5 p.m. - Library 21c in MAKE; Hour of Code; Ages 12-18
  • Thu., Dec. 10, 3-5 p.m. - Penrose Library Teen Space; Hour (or two) of Code; Teens (Ages 12-18 only)

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American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang, author of All Pikes Peak Reads 2015 selection American Born Chinese, will be making two free, public appearances in Colorado Springs.

Lecture and Book Signing
Wed., Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Books will be available for purchase.

Origins of the Graphic Novel American Born Chinese
Thu., Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. - noon
PPCC Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received a Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Recently, he has been working on the comics series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Teen Boy

Most teens in dystopian novels don’t get to pick what they will be when they grow up ... but YOU do!

On the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Ent Conference Center at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), professionals will talk to teens about their careers and the ups and downs of getting where they are, followed by a Q&A session. Must be 12 - 18 to attend. To register, please click on the appropriate link below.

If you are interested in volunteering to talk about your profession during the designated month for your career field, contact rphilipsen(at)ppld(dot)org. Speakers should currently be in the career field they wish to talk about.

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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. If the school district closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.


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Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award Logo

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and vote on the winner - adults do not vote.

Click here to VOTE through Dec. 31, 2015!

The 2016 titles are:
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
The Infinite Sea (5th Wave Book 2) by Rick Yancey
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski


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German style board game pieces, commonly called Meeples

Love playing board games? Want to try out new games each month and meet other teens interested in board games? Come to the Teen TableTop Gaming Club at Library 21c. We meet the first Friday of the month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the teen area. Each month we learn and play a different game (and sometimes get out old favorites as well!). Drop by and maybe you'll discover your new favorite game! For ages 12-18. Co-sponsored by Petrie's Family Games!

When: 1st Fridays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Library 21c teen area

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