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Vote for your favorite character in Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Elite 8! Voting is open to all ages.

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Barbara Dimond

PPLD's current Maker/Artist in Residence, Barbara Dimond, considers herself a mixed media artist working in out of the box processes in collage, as well as paper mache. Originally from New York City, she has been living in Colorado Springs and New Mexico for her adult life. Trained as a handmade paper artist, she collects papers and fibers found, bought, and prepared. Barbara teaches art around the region and has been on the faculty of the Fine Arts Center Bemis School of Art for well over 20 years. She loves to share her artistic ideas and processes with her students. Barbara went to the City University of New York, getting a degree in art and art education. She then did her graduate work in Southwest Studies at the Colorado College.

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.

Fiber Fusion Collage
In this out of the box workshop, we will create heat fused fibrous collages from likely and unlikely materials. Collages can be attached to each other to make bigger pieces, as well. Learn what the secret adherent is. Colorants such a chalk and spray mists are also applied to finished pieces. All materials are supplied. Registration required. Ages 16+

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Tue., April 25 from 1 - 5 p.m.
Wed., May 3 from 2 - 6 p.m.
Wed., May 17 from 1 - 5 p.m.
Thu., June 15 from 2 - 5 p.m.

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

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You are cordially invited to PPLD’s Book Lover’s Mixer! Join us for a groovy trip back to the 1960s and 1970s with music by Joe Uvegas! Learn how to find your next great read and register to win a Book Lovers Gift Bag! Must be present to win gift bag. Ages 18+.

  • When: Sat., April 22 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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Below are just some of the many free programs during April at MAKE @ East, the makerspace at East Library. For a complete list of programs, click here.

Simply Sewn Wallets
Sat., April 15 from 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Test out your sewing skills as we make oilcloth wallets. Experienced and novice sewers alike are welcome! Ages 16 and up. Registration is required. To sign up, click here.

Egg Carton Seed Starters
Wed., April 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The last frost is almost here! Start some seeds for your garden for easy transplanting when the weather is right. Ages 12 and up. No registration is required, while supplies last.

Upcycled Pet Toys
Wed., April 26 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Stop by this month to make a new or upcycled toy for your favorite canine or feline friend, or bring in a well-loved toy in need of some TLC for new stuffing, squeakers, and repairs. Ages 12 and up. No registration is required, while supplies last.

Decoupage
April 29, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Bring in a small box, or make one with the laser cutter. Then we will decorate it with magazine clippings, wrapping paper, or photographs to make a special creation! Ages 12 and up. Registration is required. To sign up, click here.

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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One Book 4 Colorado

From April 17 - May 1, any four year old can pick up a free copy of Mouse Mess by by Linnea Riley from any PPLD library. There will be English and Spanish versions available (while supplies last). Check with your local library for fun events related to this giveaway.

The Lt. Governor's office developed this state-wide initiative to emphasize the importance of early literacy and reading to children. For more info, visit http://onebook4colorado.org.

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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 2017 Teen Art Show & Contest was Transformation Teens were encouraged to show us how art impacts your life, or how it transforms the world around you.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

Here are the winners!

Best in Show

"Mirror Reflection" by Aleyah B.

High School

1st Place: "My Fantasy" by Elizabeth W.
2nd Place: "Summer Sunsets" by Kaylee T.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Hands of Time" by Mary R.

Middle School

1st Place: "Transportation through Time" by Liberty H.
2nd Place: "Evolution" by Mikayla R.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Coy Fish Pond" by Kristine B.

You can view the winning works here:

2017 Teen Art Contest Winners

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Earth Day is April 22! Check out these green programs in April all around the Library District.

For fun tips, greening tricks, and upcoming green programs, "like" PPLD's Green Team Facebook page at facebook.com/PPLDGreenTeam.

SCRAP EXCHANGE
Sat., April 8 from noon - 4 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
In collaboration with Who Gives a SCRAP, we are holding a Scrap Exchange. Bring your unused and unwanted scrap craft material and exchange them for "tickets" to "purchase" new-to-you craft supplies! We will also have a fun craft going on, so you can take your time and check for new inventory! No registration required.

FOUND OBJECT ART!
Sat., April 8 and 15 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Penrose Library
Join us for an afternoon of making art out of everyday items! Create something to take home, or help us create a community art piece to display in the Library. All supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring supplies as well. Click here to register for April 8. / Click here to register for April 15.

WATER: RAIN BARRELS & YOUR WATERSHED
Sat., April 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
Join us for a virtual tour of our unique watershed! Gain valuable tips on how you can protect our water, including how to use a rain barrel! Water is our most valuable resource, it is up to each of us to care for our watershed – learn how at this fun, interactive class. Click here to register.

LEARN TO GROW: MICRO-GREENS & SPROUTS
Tue., April 18 at 6 p.m. at Library 21c
Learn what micro-greens and sprouts are and how to grow them! Everybody will leave with sprout seeds & jar. Click here to register.

TWEENS: SPRING GREENING!
Thu., April 20 and 27 at 4 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
Join us for this 2 part S.A.L.T program where we will DIG our hands into the SOIL and start a SEED library! Find out which plants are helpful to the environment! Click here to register for April 20. / Click here to register for April 27.

STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
Fri., April 21 from 11 a.m. - noon at Ute Pass Library and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Manitou Springs Congregational Church
Learn how to create bee habitats and simple structures in your backyard for native bee pollinators. Mason bees are stingless bees and the very best pollinators.

REPAIR CAFÉ
Sat., April 22 from noon - 4 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
Toss it? No way! Repairing is better than recycling, saves you money, and you might learn some repair skills! Bring your broken bike, small appliance, or clothing. We'll take a look at your item, and if possible, our "fixers" will work with you to repair or mend your item. Please bring one item per person. Volunteers making repairs offer no guarantee of repairs made by them or with their assistance and are not liable if objects repaired do not work properly at home. No registration required.

UPCYCLED PET TOYS
Wed., April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at East Library
Stop by this month to make a new or upcycled toy for your favorite canine or feline friend, or bring in a well-loved toy in need of some TLC for new stuffing, squeakers, and repairs. While supplies last. Ages 12 and up.

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Check Out Colorado Backpack

Reserve your free State Parks Pass and Backpack today by clicking here!

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.

Each backpack, which checks out for one week, includes:

  • State park pass hang tag for the rear-view mirror
  • Guide to Your 42 State Parks
  • Binoculars
  • Leave No Trace™ card
  • Colorado Wildlife Guide
  • Activity ideas list
  • Colorado Trees and Wildflower Guide
  • Fishing Basics tip sheet
  • Program evaluation card

Click here for more information about this program.

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Embroidery

This four-week course will delve into two needlework techniques, Crazy Quilting and Blackwork.

Crazy Quilting was popular during the Victorian era. Crazy quilts were made from all sorts of fabrics into unrestrained designs, incorporating memorabilia. The class will spend two weeks discovering various embroidery stitches to be used while completing a personal Crazy Quilt square. Each student will complete their own square with embroidery stitches, lace, beads, and other personal memorabilia.

Blackwork is a needlework technique that was popular during the Tudor era. Repetitive geometric patterns are used to create the design. The class will spend the final two weeks working on a blackwork sampler.

Registration is required for this four-week course. To sign up, click here. This class is for ages 18+. Supplies will be provided.

  • When: Wed., April 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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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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Linda Smith

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March /April 2017 was 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.

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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Books, Beer, & ____

PPLD and Bristol Brewing Company are collaborating with a different local community organization each month for our Books, Beer, & ____ book club.

More information coming soon on the next book, organization, and date

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

In January 2017, the City of Manitou Springs invited 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.

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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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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