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John Spears

The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the finalist for the position of Executive Director. After an extensive national and local search, the Board has named John Spears as the finalist.

About the Candidate
John Spears is the current Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library. He leads a staff of 325 employees in a seven facility city library with an operating budget of $17.9 million. Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City he was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. John obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Public Meet and Greet Session
A reception is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. for the public and community stakeholders to engage with the candidate. It will be held in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

About the Library
Pikes Peak Library District is comprised of 14 community libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of PPLD is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community.

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hand shake

Have you ever avoided an event because the thought of small talk with strangers stopped you cold? Perhaps you've wanted to meet that interesting person, but weren't sure how to introduce yourself. This engaging 45 minute workshop will teach you how to overcome those fears that come with meeting new people, learn practical tips to start and continue conversations, deepen your connections, all while being true to yourself.

Registration is required for this free program. To sign up, click here.

  • When: Mon., Dec. 7 from 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Knit mug cozy

Come join us as we knit a cozy for your mugs! Feel free to bring your own knitting supplies, but needles, yarn, and patterns will be provided. Please note: participants must already be comfortable with basic knitting skills including how to cast on, knit, and purl.

Registration is required for this free program. To sign up, click here.

  • When: Sat., Dec. 5 from 10:30 a.m. - noon
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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Seniors using computer

Join us for an overview of Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Learn the basics and terminology, along with current Internet Slang!

Spaces are limited, so register soon! Register by clicking here or or calling (719) 389-8968.

  • When: Sat., Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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LED holiday card

Use LED lights to turn recycled holiday cards into fun light-up decorations! Bring your own old cards or use one that we provide.

Registration is required for this free class. To sign up, click here.

  • When: Thu., Dec. 3 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Colorado Gives Day

From Summer Reading Programs that allow children and teens to continue learning through the summer to Adult Literacy programs that allow community members to reach their goals, Pikes Peak Library District changes lives in the community. This is story is a great example.

"Paige entered PPLD's Adult Literacy GED program at the beginning of the fall 2014 term. I immediately recognized her to be an excellent student: intelligent, hardworking, and ambitious. She was raising a 1 1/2 year old son and still managed to attend almost all classes and keep up with her homework and studying. Soon after the term ended she took and passed all four GED exams with high scores. She used two vouchers which were offered by the library program to help defray the cost of these exams.

"Today I went to the dentist and was surprised and happy to see her again. Paige had taken a 10-week class and was now working as a hygienist's assistant. She told me she is also enrolled at Pikes Peak Community College to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a radiology technician.

"Paige expressed how grateful she is to the Adult Literacy's GED program. This was confirmation that even when students' lives get derailed for whatever reason they can get back on track and achieve their goals. Paige embodies the real value of PPLD's commitment to education and to the community it serves. "

Your support of Pikes Peak Library District through Colorado Gives Day will go towards programs that will empower people like Paige to reach their goals. Colorado Gives day takes place on December 8, but you can schedule your donation today at tinyurl.com/COGives.

For more about how PPLD changes people's lives, check out this PPLD TV-produced video:

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Afinia H480 3D Printer

In this self-paced program, participants will get hands-on time to experiment with our Afinia H480 3D Printers. You will learn all the steps required to run the 3D Printer using sample 3D Models provided in the class. Four 3D printers will be available during this session, so be prepared to partner up!

Additional Notes:

  • Participants must have already attended Makerspace Safety 101. Children 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Because of the short printing time, we cannot accommodate custom 3D models during this session.
  • Participants may finish their prints before the end of the class, but print completion is not guaranteed.

Registration is required for these free programs, all held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) will be hosting several business classes in the month of December. Registration is required for these free classes.

Facebook Business Pages
Put Facebook to work for your business by learning the basics of Facebook Business Pages. Create your page, learn to navigate the interface, and get tips on the types of content that drives interest in your business. Prerequisite: Students must already have a personal Facebook page and know their login information

Minding Your Business
Learn what your industry outlook is, how to find competition, vendors and target markets as well as other tools to use to look for a job, start a business, or grow a business.

Linking in to LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a professional social network that allows you to search for jobs or network with others in your field. Learn the basics of LinkedIn: setting up a profile, finding contacts, navigating the main tabs, giving/receiving endorsements, and how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

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Gary Schoeniger

PPLD announces a partnership with the Community Leadership Fund and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) to provide a professional development opportunity focused on igniting an entrepreneurial mindset in the community.

The four-day event will kick off with a free community keynote at Library 21c from Gary Schoeniger, author and internationally recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education. Schoeniger is the founder of ELI and co-author of Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur. Schoeniger’s keynote will focus on cultivating an entrepreneurial culture within the community by redefining entrepreneurship as a mindset that can empower ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary.

Sponsored by Community Leadership Fund, Pikes Peak Library District, and The Gazette

Following the keynote, there will be a three day Ice House Facilitator Training to certify participants to teach Ice House Programs within their organizations or community. Drawing on the eight life lessons from the Who Owns the Ice House?, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is an experiential, problem-based learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset.

Click here for training details and registration.

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Tai Chi

Learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi in this free, hour long class. Students will learn the basics of posture, strength, relaxation, movement, and breathing. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

There is no registration required for this class.

  • When: Thursdays through December 31 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve) from 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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