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Pikes Peak Family History Fair

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society, Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections, and Colorado Springs North Family History Discovery Center are teaming up to put on the first ever Pikes Peak Family History Fair. This FREE event will be held at Library 21c on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dozens of vendors will be set up around the library with information on genealogical resources, and there will be speakers and activities throughout the day. For more information, follow thee links:

We are planning for a large variety of attendees including young and old, students to professionals, and spanning beginners to advanced family historians to celebrate family history and genealogy research and to share the stories of our ancestors.

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Dr. Edward Larson

Come to an informative live Skype Presentation from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Edward Larson, followed by a lively Q&A of YOUR questions about our founding fathers. This is a must for history buffs and current events junkies alike.

Dr. Edward John Larson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and legal scholar. He is university professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He is a Wisconsin Badger with additional ties to University of Michigan.

Registration is not required but recommended. Click here to register.

  • When: Thu., Oct. 27 from 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Jo Hart

PPLD's Maker in Residence for November 2016 is 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.

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.

Adorn the Tile
Have fun experimenting with multiple surface decoration techniques on clay tiles. This workshop is much more than a demonstration of styles, it’s getting a little dirty and exploring the endless ways of adorning clay tiles. No experience necessary. It’s all about enjoying the process and having some fun. Registration is required. Patron must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Studio Hours at Library 21c

  • Tue., Oct. 25 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 4 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 11 from 2- 5 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 18 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Tue., Nov. 22 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thu., Dec. 1 from 5 - 8 p.m.

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

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 Ivywild: We Want to Hear Your Story!

Now through December 3, Cheyenne Mountain Library and the Ivywild School are looking to record the voices and stories of our community. Following the lead of successful national efforts, a story station at the library will help preserve the history of the Ivywild neighborhood and surrounding communities.

Call (719) 633-6278 or stop by Cheyenne Mountain Library (1785 South 8th St., Suite 100) to set up your 30 minute session.

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Unhappy Hour

Join us for an evening of (mis)fortune at our first ever Unhappy Hour! Celebrate all of the spooookiness of the season at the Library! Have your Tarot Cards read, pick a fortune from our Library Fortune Tree, take a picture in our frightful photo booth, snack on a few "misfortune" cookies and play some fun games! Wear a costume, if you dare!

All readings, fortunes, scares, screams and the like are for entertainment only. Open to those 18 and up.

When: Fri., Oct. 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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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 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

Book signing to follow!

Teens! Want to meet her at a VIP reception? Participate in our contest!

PPLD is having a supply drive for Urban Peak. Join us in helping youth experiencing homelessness.

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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Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. PPLD encourages everyone to get out there and make your voice heard. East Library and Library 21c are both polling centers and drop-off locations.

Voting Resources

Want more information? Visit our voting resources page!

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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 31.
  • 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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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

Happy reviewing!

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Homeschool Science @ East

Our Homeschool Science @ East programs are scheduled from 1 - 3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. During this time our volunteers will have a special program for everyone to participate in. This is a family program so parents are expected to accompany their students. Lab equipment is available for you to use in the ERC (Educational Resource Center) during its normal open hours at East Library. Homeschool Science @ East is open to all ages, and no registration is required.

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Human Library

Do you have a story to share?
Become a living book in our Human Library!

The Human Library is a concept created by the Danish youth organization Stop The Violence in 2000. It is now operational on five continents. A library of human beings, the Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life. Individuals serve as human ‘books’ and participants can ‘read’ the book by engaging in a conversation with the book on loan. The Human Library aims to establish a safe conversational space where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and hopefully answered.

PPLD is seeking books to help us cultivate our Human Library. To apply to be a Human Library book, click here for the online application or print out the application below and bring it to any library location. Applications due December 10, 2016.

PPLD will host a Human Library event on Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"

Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" is being presented by First Company Theatre, a ministry of First United Methodist Church.

This is a must see play based on Agatha Christie's world best-selling mystery novel. A story of how 10 strangers are lured into coming to a remote island under different pretexts. Murder, guilt, death, survivors...and a nursery rhyme. They know that the killer must be among them; but who could it be?

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Get your tickets now by calling the box office at 1-866-967-8167 or visiting

The shows are: October 28 at 7:30 p.m., October 29 at 7:30 p.m., October 30 at 2:30 p.m., November 4 at 7:30 p.m., November 5 at 7:30 p.m., and November 6 at 2:30 p.m.

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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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Inspired Home Educators is pleased to announce the 1st annual Pikes Peak Homeschool Convention on May 5 - 6, 2017. Please fill out this survey to let them know what you'd like to see. You can also follow Inspired Home Educators on facebook.

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Philosophy at the Library

Join us for this free series of lectures presented by the UCCS Department of Philosophy.

All talks will take place on the first Monday of the month from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at the Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

  • Mon., Sept. 19
    Rex Welshon
    From Tool Use to Symbol Use: Evolution of Consciousness in the Paleolithic Period
  • Mon., Oct. 17
    Mary Ann Cutter
    Managing Uncertainty in Breast Cancer Medicine: What Philosopy Can Teach Us
  • Mon., Nov. 21
    Stefan Koller
    Architecture and Anthropology: From Taos to Amsterdam
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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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All Pikes Peak Reads 2016: STORIES

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 15th year in 2016! Each year, PPLD selects at least three books that we encourage community members to read and discuss. This year, we have three fabulous selections and will be hosting the authors for each book as well as offering a variety of programming based on both the books and the theme.

Click here for a complete schedule of APPR programming.

The APPR theme for 2016 is STORIES. The human condition has always relied on stories. From the fables and teachings of our modern history to the stories related to us each day as the latest news, stories have impacted us all in different ways. Storytellers are everywhere. Stories are part of us.

Here are the three books we have chosen to focus on this year:

Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Hidden AmericaThis is our adult selection, but may also be appropriate for teens. Hidden America offers the reader the chance to explore parts of American life that are rarely thought or talked about by society at large. This is a remarkable piece of non-fiction that is perfectly described on its cover: “From coal miners to cowboys, an extraordinary exploration of the unseen people who make this country work.”
Laskas will be speaking at Library 21c on Tue., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow. Books for purchase will be provided by Barnes & Noble.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksThe teen selection, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks follows a young boarding school student as she tries to break into the school’s all-male secret society. It was a Michael L. Printz honoree in 2009, and was a National Book Award finalist in 2008. E. Lockhart will be coming to Colorado Springs for a talk and a book signing that has been made possible by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation.
E. Lockhart’s author talk will be on Fri., Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Library 21c. A book signing will follow. Books for purchase will be provided by Barnes & Noble.

Waiting for Augusta by Jessica Lawson

Waiting for AugustaFinally, the children’s selection, called an “absorbing work of historical fiction” by School Library Journal, is Waiting for Augusta by Jessica Lawson. Set in the rural South in the early 1970s, the book tackles many important issues such as grief, racism, friendship, and of course, growing up.

We are very excited about this year’s selections, and we look forward to your participation in author visits and other APPR programming.

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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.


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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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:

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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

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Gene Wilder: June 11, 1933 - August 29, 2016

Comedic icon Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, among many others, has died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Mr. Wilder is probably best remembered as the sweet but subversive title character in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where he won over countless young hearts, but it was his work with Mel Brooks in Young Frankenstein and The Producers that brought him critical acclaim, garnering two Oscar nominations. Wilder rarely worked after the death of his third wife, Gilda Radner, in 1989, but his legacy endures as the world remembers him as one of the comedic greats.

"Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship."
- Mel Brooks

Click here to search Gene Wilder in the Catalog

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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 are for ages 12-18 only.

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It's Back to School Time!

PPLD would like to wish all our students and parents a great school year. Here are some resources we offer to help with your studies:

And of course, you can always chat with a librarian by clicking the "Chat Now!" button, or email us at Ask a Librarian.

Good luck out there!

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