Banned Books Week: September 25 - October 1

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read whatever we choose. It also serves as a reminder of how often that right has been infringed upon, both in the past and the present. By shining a light on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship, highlighting the value of free and open access to information.

Here are some reading lists. Our hope is that you find a book or books on these lists you'd like to read.

Visit the American Library Association for more information about Banned Books Week.

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The 2016 Student Literary Award Anthology, publishes poems, letters, and artwork of state and national winners of the River of Words and Letters About Literature. These are two free competitions that are coordinated in Colorado. Check out the what you need to do to enter here:

Both competitions are free to join and each website includes the entry form, short videos, and additional information.

So what is River of Words? It is an international poetry and art contest on the them of "Watersheds" designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live and to express what they discover through poetry and visual art.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing competition in which readers in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author they admire or whose work has inspired them. Readers respond by exploring the relationship between their personal experiences and the book's characters or themes and describing how the author's work changed them personally or altered their view of the world. Student may write their letter to any author, living or dead, form any genre- fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

So please, check out these cool competitions coming up in Colorado and get involved!

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Teens around the country are voting for the top ten books of the year! Teens can vote for up to three of their favorite titles now through October 15. The “top ten” titles will be announced the week after Teen Read Week, which takes place October 9 - 15. Check out the video below for the 26 nominated titles.

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As Franke Landau-Banks knows, there is something beautiful about the perfectly executed prank. We want to challenge all the teens (ages 12-18) in the El Paso County area to come up with their own amazing prank and tell us about it!

We want an in-depth description of how the prank would go down, Rube Goldberg style. And if you participate? You will be entered into a drawing to meet the author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart, at a special VIP Meet and Greet before listening to her speak at Library 21c on November 4th. The reception will begin at 6 p.m.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Don’t actually do the prank. We just want the plan of action - no need to carry it out.
  • Nothing malicious or dangerous - keep it clean, friendly, and nothing that would get you arrested or hurt.
  • Illustrate your prank in a way we can follow along - include important details and send us files (pdf, jpg, png). Check out the link above for examples of how Rube Goldberg illustrated and explained his inventions.
  • Be creative - Frankie used her powers as a prank mastermind for good, making them about more than just causing mayhem - they had a message behind them.
  • Submit your prank using this form by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 24.
  • Open to ages 12-18 in El Paso County.
  • Have fun!
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Urban Peak

All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) is an annual program in which we encourage readers from our area to read the same book. For teens, the 2016 selection is The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. In this book, Frankie pulls many pranks in an effort to move her conservative private school forward. This supply drive for Urban Peak is not a prank, but is meant to help teens experiencing homelessness in our area. Urban Peak supplies basic needs and "intensive case management, health services, and education & employment support, which are all designed to empower each individual youth build toward self-sufficiency based on their own identified goals and needs."

E. Lockhart will be speaking on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Book signing to follow the presentation.

Please help by donating any of these items at all PPLD locations between Sept. 16 - Nov. 6.

  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Slim Jim’s (individual sizes)
  • Beef Jerky (individual sizes)
  • Cliff bars
  • Trail Mix/ Nut Mixes (individual sizes)
  • **Twin/full blankets or comforters (not fancy, for clients sleeping outside)
  • Disposable razors
  • Trial size shaving creams
  • Trial size deodorant
  • **Men’s boxers (NEW) in sizes medium and large
  • Women’s underwear (NEW) in sizes small-xlg
  • Men’s new socks (white crew socks are best, and thicker winter weather socks)
  • Bath towels (new or very gently used) – we are fine on wash cloths and hand towels
  • Men’s size belts
  • Dress Shoes (also for interviews)
  • **Sturdy bookbag Backpacks
  • Black Non-Slip Shoes (for clients who work in the food service industry)
  • Solid work boots for those who work outside
  • Ear Buds

**indicates greatest need

Thank you in advance for supporting Urban Peak!

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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.

keepcalmandlovemath
Where: East Library
When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
First session is Sept. 8, 2016

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

Where: Library 21c
When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
First session is Sept. 14, 2016.

Where: Monument Library
When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
First session is Sept. 12, 2016.

Where: Sand Creek Library
When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Fall session starts Sept. 3, 2016.

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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E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks is coming to Pikes Peak Library District as part of our All Pikes Peak Reads program!

When: Fri., Nov. 4, 7 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

Book signing to follow!

E. Lockhart's visit is made possible by a generous grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Pikes Peak Library District's Foundation.

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Betty Field Memorial Youth Writing Contest - 2017

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District invites all 6th through 12th grade public, private and home schooled students to enter the annual Betty Field Memorial Youth Writing Contest!

Information about the contest and all contest forms are available on the contest's website: http://www.writingcontest612.info.

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The 2016 Teen Fiction Writing Contest Anthology is here! Compiled are the Honorable Mentions and Winners from the 2016 Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Click on the link to download and view!

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Are you dying to create your own TV reality show? Do your friends think you’re dramatic? Learn acting techniques in this interactive workshop! Discover your inner STAR! Practice some fun improv skills that can even help you in school. This workshop is led by Denise Gard. Denise has acted in numerous plays and melodramas. She is now a professional storyteller.

Workshops:

Workshops are for ages 12-18 only.

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Career Conversations

Professionals talk to teens about their careers and the ups and downs of getting where they are. Each presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. For ages 12 - 18.

Each session is held on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Registration is required.

For more information, call (719) 884-9800 x6353.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Teen Fiction Writing Contest! All the winners stories will be published in a digital anthology.

Results:
Middle School

1st place: "Mary Cinclare" by Rohit Paradkar
Tie for 2nd place: "The Battle of Feather and Claw" by Liberty
Harms and "Life Guarded" by Sophia Mayhugh
3rd place: "Loss and Change" by Madelyn Prichard
Honorable mention: "Anomaly" by Christen Mayberry

High School

1st place: “Purple Problems” by Kristen Kater
Tie for 2nd place: "Fall from (Lack of) Grace" by Nicole Eiland and
"Pictures of Love" by Ellie Ford.
3rd place: "The Truth of Memories" by Maggie Tibbitt
Honorable mention: "An Account of One Of My More Profitable
Jobs" by Victoria Hecker

Congratulations to all the winners! We will post the anthology when it is complete!

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The 2016 Summer Reading Photography Winners have been announced! The winning photographs will be on display at East Library during the month of August.

Robert Loughman

"All I Do is Ball"
all I do is ball

Clare Chaddon

"Lifelong Goals"
lifelong goals

Lena Ahrens

"On Point"
on point

Sean Brooks

"Pitch Perfect"
pitch perfect

Congratulations!

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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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