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Chickens

Thinking about keeping chickens in the city? Come learn about all the things you'll need to consider before adding a flock to your backyard with Allison Buckley of Buckley’s Homestead Supply. We'll discuss coop requirements, feed, basic hygiene, winter precautions, and more. Find out if backyard chickens are right for you!

  • Sat., March 25 from 11 a.m. - noon and Manitou Springs Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave.
    (Free parking behind church.)
  • Sat., March 25 from 1 - 2 p.m. at Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade
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Join us for these free classes at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Registration is required.

Home Buying Basics
This class covers everything you need to know, step by step, from speaking with a lender to closing on your new home. In this class Don will cover property searches, making an offer strategies, negotiation tactics, forms, contracts, and processes such as inspections and appraisal. He will also provide tips on things you should and should not do and things to be wary of during your home buying process.

Home Selling Basics
This class covers the basics of selling your home. It will provide you with information such as the listing contract, disclosure forms, preparing your home to sell, pricing your home (how the market talks to you about the price of your home), staging, and marketing. It also covers what to look for in the contract when receiving an offer from a buyer and negotiating that offer. Other subjects covered will be the home inspection, inspection objection and resolution, appraisals, and potential stumbling blocks on the way to closing the sale of your home.

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Women, Wealth, & Wisdom

Women of all ages, professions, and stages of life are invited to attend this women-only workshop! Regardless of marital status or net worth, women need to make decisions and arrangements to protect themselves and their loved ones in case of incapacity or death.

This workshop empowers women to plan for their futures by exploring financial options, estate planning and planned giving options. Attendees will hear from experts, be able to ask questions and find a path that meets their needs and supports their passions.

Presenters include: Jan Weiland, Executive Vice President, Investments, Cascade Investment Group; Peggy Gardner, Partner, Holland & Hart; Penny Sayre, CPA, Stockman Kast Ryan + Co.

  • When: Sat., March 25, 2017
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Schedule:
8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and networking
9:00 a.m. Presentations
11:10 a.m. Panel discussion and Q&A
11:50 a.m. Goody bags, door prizes, and conclusion

Topics include:

  • The Gender Investment Gap
  • Estate Planning
  • Women and Philanthropy
  • Panel Q&A session

Cost is $15 per person. Register online at tiny.cc/womenwealthwisdom or mail a check payable to Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation to Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

Proceeds go to the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation and the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation.

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All Pikes Peak Writes

All Pikes Peak Writes is Pikes Peak Library District’s 2nd Annual fiction writing contest for adults. Below, you will find contest rules, submission deadlines, and other useful information as you begin your writing.

You can read last year's winning entries here.

Eligibility
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 18+. Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • One work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • Stories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of each story must be included with the entry form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location OR one copy of the story submitted online to allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org along with a submission form. Acceptable file formats include: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Entries will be accepted beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at all PPLD locations and online.
  • All entries must be submitted/postmarked by Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. to any PPLD location or online at allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org.
  • Entrant’s name should only appear on the entry form (not any of the story pages).
  • The title of the story should appear on the upper right corner of each page followed by the page number.
  • Entries that are over 3,500 words, submitted without an entry form, submitted or postmarked after 6 p.m. on Fri., March 24, or were previously published will NOT be accepted

Judging

  • Entries will be judged by members of PPLD-sponsored writing groups, participants in the Mountain of Authors program and associated Library staff on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

Awards
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Winners will be notified by phone on or before Friday, April 14, 2017. Non-adherence to the entry rules will result in disqualification. Contact allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org for questions or more information.

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PPLD will provide amnesty for all overdue Library items returned between March 6 and March 26. Late fees on overdue materials returned to a staff member during this time will be waived. PPLD is offering the amnesty to welcome community members back to the Library and materials back into the collection.

Earlier this year, PPLD eliminated overdue fines on children and teen materials and lowered overdue fines on DVDs and video games. These changes were implemented to remove barriers to Library service. The amnesty program is another way to help invite people back to the Library and ensure our resources are available to the community we serve.

Library patrons who have other outstanding fines are encouraged to come to the Library during the amnesty period to discuss ways to resolve account issues.

The amnesty program is only effective March 6 through March 26, 2017.

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MAKE @ East

Below are just some of the many free programs during February at MAKE @ East, the makerspace at East Library. For a complete list of programs, click here.

MAKE a Scene
Sat., March 11 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. and 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Join us in MAKE @ East as we get creative in front of the green screen! Make a prop (or two), then we’ll use the green screen to take pictures in exotic and fantastic locations! Ages 12 and up. Registration is required. To sign up for the 2 p.m. program click here. To sign up for the 4 p.m. class, click here.

Sherlock-ed: Celebrate Sherlock Holmes!
Sat., March 18 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Did you know March 17-19 is Sherlock Holmes Weekend? Come celebrate the great detective at MAKE @ East as we make Holmes-inspired bookmarks, jewelry, and more! Crafts are available while supplies last. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Upcycling: Coffee Mug Candles
Wed., March 22 from 6 - 9 p.m.
This month we’ll reuse coffee mugs to make a candle! Feel free to bring your own mug or use one of ours. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9-11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

MAKE @ East Open Hours
Mondays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
Thursdays: 6 - 9 p.m.
Fridays: noon - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
During Open Hours, MAKE @ East is available to work on your own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

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PPLD's Community Photography Contest will recognize the incredible talent, unique vision, and artistic diversity that we have in our PPLD neighborhoods. This contest corresponds with National Photography Month in May. The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels and ages who live in El Paso County.
The categories arephoto contest

  • Portrait
  • Animal
  • Landscape
  • Abstract
  • Close-up
  • Black & White

The top 18 winners (1st - 3rd place) will be recognized in an opening reception, their work will be printed and framed, and exhibited at Cheyenne Mountain Library during the month of May. In addition, the public will vote on a 'Best of Show' winner.

To enter, please follow these directions:

  1. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 28. You may enter up to 3 images.
  2. The final prints will be printed on 8x12 paper and matted and placed in a 11x14 frame. Crop your photo the way you want it to look since it will be printed to fit the paper and custom matted.
  3. Save the high-resolution image (300 dpi with NO watermarks) as a .jpg. Name each file with your last name, first initial and entry number. (For example: SmithJ1.jpg)
  4. Send to infocheyenne@ppld.org
  5. Include your full name, phone number, and category for each photo. Titles are not required, but can be submitted with the images. You may use Dropbox or other cloud storage if needed.

If you are selected to be part of the exhibition, the image will be printed as it was submitted. Everyone will be notified by April 3.

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Linda Smith

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March /April 2017 is for Linda Smith, an artist and art educator who started a non-profit while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana and Bronx NY. She has been commissioned by the UN to provide photographic classes to survivors and former perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She earned her BA from Syracuse University an MA in Communications at Goldsmith College at the University of London and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited in the United Nations, embassies, and universities.

She will be teaching classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when you can talk to her about her work.

Image Transfer: Making Art out of Photographs
In this class, participants will learn how to create photo transfers using simple techniques such as hand sanitizer and gel medium. Each participant can use personal photographs to work with during the class. To save time, attendees can scan their images in advance and bring on a flash drive to the class, or email to Linda at Lcphoto77@yahoo.com. It is recommended to scan at a resolution of 300 dpi in a .jpg format. If you are unable to do this prior to the class, a scanner will be available during the session. Registration is required. Patrons must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Thu., March 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tue., March 14 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fri., March 24 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Thu., April 13 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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Join our informal Spanish conversation group, including intermediate-advanced students and native speakers. It is not an instructional time and no English is spoken during the meetings. It is an opportunity to enjoy and practice speaking and learn casually from more experienced speakers. The group welcomes new participants as well as ideas for activities or topics of discussion.

Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
When: Thursdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Tuesday, April 18. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

Good luck and happy filing!

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The Pikes Peak Library District is currently seeking volunteers to staff a new program initiative: Repair Fairs! Volunteer “Fixers” are needed to help with a new community-wide fix-it program, where people can bring in broken items to the library and receive help learning how to troubleshoot and fix the item rather than throwing it away.

Can you…

  • Repair tires, chains, or brakes for bikes?
  • Mend, hem, or patch clothing or other fabric items?
  • Test, dismantle, or fix small appliances, vacuum cleaners, lamps, etc.?
  • Assess, disassemble, or possibly repair electronics and computers?
  • Repair broken jewelry?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, help your local community by becoming a Fixer!

To apply, print this application form as well as this skill specialty questionnaire and drop them off at East Library Att: Amber Cox, or email both to acox@ppld.org. Submissions are due by March 31.

Please contact Amber Cox at (719) 531-6333 x1305 or acox@ppld.org with questions.

Location(s): TBD
Hours: Will vary by location

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Books, Beer, & ____

PPLD and Bristol Brewing Company are collaborating with a different local community organization each month for our Books, Beer, & ____ book club. This month we are teaming up with Happy Cats Haven.

Check out a copy of The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker at Cheyenne Mountain Library. Then, on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m., meet us in the Barrel Room, Bristol Brewery, Ivywild School (1604 S Cascade Ave.). Grab a pint of beer at the pub and join us downstairs in the Barrel Room to discuss the book!

Registration is required for this free event. To sign up, call (719) 633-6278.

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Drawing and Painting

Bring your creativity to this monthly gathering. Bring whatever project you are working on and work in a group setting. Local artist and instructor Deb Ross will be on hand to help inspire.

Supplies will not be provided. Registration is not required.

  • When: Last Thursday of each month from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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PPLD now has Sorenson videophones and Video Relay Service-equipped laptops available for patron use. VRS allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using American Sign Language through video equipment. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.

Videophones are now available at the East Library and Library 21c.

VRS-equipped laptops are available at the following PPLD locations: Cheyenne Mountain, High Prairie, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Ruth Holley, and Sand Creek libraries.

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Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, PPLD will no longer charge fines on overdue children and teen items. Removing overdue fines will provide greater opportunity for children and teens to use the full range of library services. Currently, 15% of children and teen cardholders are blocked from checking out items at the library due to overdue fines.

Also, overdue fines on DVDs and games will be reduced from 25 cents per day to 10 cents per day.

PPLD seeks to foster literacy and life-long learning for children and teens. The Library regularly evaluates policies to see what barriers for service exist and evaluates how to eliminate such barriers. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the new policy at their December meeting.

Items that will not accrue overdue fines must be designated as “juvenile” or “teen” in the Library catalog. The policy will take effect for any items checked out January 9 or after. Lost item and damage fees will still apply.

Overdue notices will still be sent as reminders to return Library items. Items not returned within 21 days of the due date will be considered lost, and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.

Click here for more information

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All-Ages Coding Club

Have you ever wondered what makes computer programs run? Ever wanted to make a fun program or learn how to make a game?

Learn the basics of how to code!

In this club, all ages can learn together to code as we explore different programs and concepts. This club is self-guided, so everyone can learn at their own pace.

  • When: 2nd Thursday of each month from 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Manitou Springs Library: Planning for the Next Century

The City of Manitou Springs invites the public to review proposed expansion and remodel plans for the Manitou Springs Library.

After receiving six proposals, a team led by Architect Roger Thorp of Thorp Associates was selected by the City in July 2016 to develop plans for expansion and remodel of the historic Carnegie Library.

The team held a series of public meetings to obtain feedback and information from the community. They then took the public input, and that of personnel from the Pikes Peak Library District, which operates the Manitou Springs Library, and developed over the last five months several versions of expansion plans. The final draft proposal was presented to the Manitou Springs Historic Preservation Commission on December 7, at which time the Commission unanimously approved the conceptual design.

Click here to view the draft expansion plans.

To view a larger version of the rendering seen at upper-right, click here.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

The public is welcome to attend any of these meetings to Review and comment on the conceptual drawings:

  • General Public Presentation
    Mon., Jan. 9 from 4 - 6 p.m.
    Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.
  • Park & Rec Advisory Board
    Mon., Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.
    Manitou Springs City Hall
  • City Council
    Tue., Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.
    Manitou Springs City Hall

For more information, email carnegie@comsgov.com.

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Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar

PPLD's Makers in Residence for January and February 2017 were Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar.

Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs. He has dedicated his talents to playing blues, R&B, funk and jazz. His influences include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and a host of other artists.

Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. Sande Leadership, a model Dr. Wanda developed, is based on ancestral lineage to the Mende of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Tisby-Cousar has studied tap and interpretive dance since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dancea nd performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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Add Your Book Review to PPLD.orgHave you read a really great (or really bad) book lately? Tell us all about it! Just fill out this book review form and your review will be posted in the Book Reviews section of ppld.org.

Happy reviewing!

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East Coding Club

Teens and tweens can learn the basics of coding in this self-guided program. Using curriculum from Code.org, teens/tweens will learn the vocabulary and fundamentals of coding. Each class will start with a short group activity and then participants can move onto the curriculum at their own pace.

For ages 9 - 18. No registration is required. Just drop on in!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: East Library Learning Lab, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Jo Hart

PPLD's Maker in Residence for November 2016 was Jo Hart.

Yearning for a change from her Midwest living Jo moved to Colorado less than 18 months ago. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications. She has worked in the art and design fields throughout her career in the corporate, private, ad agency and not-for-profit sectors. Jo primarily works in clay making sculptural objects with a focus on feminine concerns. Recently she has been making utilitarian pieces and mixing multiple surface decoration techniques to create a balance between discord and harmony. Jo likes to make everyday and if she can’t she is sad.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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VOTE!

Election Day is Tuesday, April 4. PPLD encourages everyone to get out there and make your voice heard. East Library and Library 21c are both drop-off locations.

Voting Resources

Want more information? Visit our voting resources page!

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Deb Bartos

PPLD's Artist in Residence for September and October 2016 was Deb Bartos, an oil painter who loves exploring the natural world and teaching students about color. She continues to develop her knowledge about how light and color work together, and is fascinated by the process.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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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

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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Introducing SELF-e!  eBooks and ePublishing

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to partner with Library Journal to offer SELF-e, a new service that brings self-published authors and eBook readers together.

SELF-e for Authors

SELF-e allows self-published authors to submit their original work for circulation in Biblioboard, making your eBook visible at PPLD and other Colorado libraries, as well as at libraries nationwide.

Want to submit your eBook? Click here to learn more about getting started.

SELF-e for Readers

For readers, SELF-e provides readers with access to new literary voices in a variety of genres.

Discover PPLD's collection of SELF-e eBooks here.

You can find SELF-e in the CyberShelf section of ppld.org.

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