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PPLD Teens

Music, dance, zombies, some snacks, more zombies . . .you get the picture. It is PPLD's 2015 Teen Zombie Ball!

Zombie Dress is encouraged . . .prize for best Costume.

Fri., Oct. 9 from 7-9 p.m.
Venue@21c
Library 21c
Ages 12-18 only

Register here!

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When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.
Begins Monday, September 28

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library
Begins Monday, September 14

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library
Begins Monday, August 17

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c
Begins Wednesday, September 16

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library
Begins Thursday, September 17

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library
Begins Saturday, September 12

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

Celebrate your Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week! This year BBW is Sept. 27 - Oct. 3. Public libraries support access to information and your freedom to read.

Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the third year, PPLD is participating and we hope you will help us.

Virtual Read-Out
Wed., Sept. 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
East Teen Center at the East Library
Readers of All Ages Welcome!

During the Virtual Read-Out, readers of all ages (including you!) will be recorded for up to 3 minutes talking about the book that you choose! A form is provided below to help you write your piece.

Below is a list of frequently banned or challenged books.

Take a look at these quick, great videos of local teens and adults talking about some of their favorite banned or challenged books.

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The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery opens a "call for entries" for the third annual Teen Portrait Competition. Artists between the ages of 13 and 17 may electronically submit portraits to the juried competition in the medium of painting and drawing, photography, and video through Wednesday, September 30 2015. The grand-prize portrait will be printed and displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016.

To apply, please visit our website
(http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/teen/index.html).

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Hand holding pencil writing on open journal

Congratulations to the winners of the Teen Fiction Writing Contest! All the winners stories will be published in an anthology—details on the anthology to come!

Middle School results

• 1st place: "Usual" by Anika Nelsestuen
• 2nd place: "My Home" by Emma Rose Bufkin
• 3rd place: "Shaded Sprouts" by Selena Mendez
• Honorable mention: "Journey to the Top" by Maggie Frohnhoefer
• Honorable mention: "Up To You" by Ally Hall

High School results

• 1st place: “Wings” by Maggie Hart
• 2nd place: "And the Heavens Split" by Sariah Smith
• 3rd place: "Strength in the Shadows" by Emma DeHerrera
• Honorable mention: "To Renuvial" by Jacqueline Dunn
• Honorable mention: "The Unexpected" by Mariah Mayhugh

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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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With over 1,400 votes, the winner of the 2015 Book Madness is....

Fellowship of the Ring
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Thank you so much for voting and come back next year!

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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 rphillipsen@ppld.org.

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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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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Teens Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Vote online between August 15 and October 24, 2015.

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