InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Mon., July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.
Old Colorado City Library will be closed Sat., July 2 - Wed., July 6 while their floors are refinished.

What's New!

Pikes Peak Library District is proud to introduce our new website, http://new.ppld.org/ !

New.ppld.org has the same basic layout of information as ppld.org, but with

  • Bonus content and features
  • Improved functionality
  • Updated look and feel
  • Mobile friendly design

Please take a few minutes to watch this short video about what new.ppld.org has to offer:

New.ppld.org is in beta testing and will run alongside our current website until mid-July, at which time the current site will be retired and the new site will become ppld.org.

The Catalog and My Account are not affected by this and will stay the same.

Please take some time to look around and contact us at webmaster@ppld.org with any questions or comments.

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Penrose Library is hosting an open mic night!

When
Thursday, June 16
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where
Carnegie Garden at Penrose Library

What
Participants can sign up the day of the event starting at 5 pm. Sign up is first come first serve.
20 minute set. Lyrics should be appropriate for all ages.
All styles and levels of experience are welcome.
Mic and Speakers provided, but performers may bring their own equipment.

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the following winners of the Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest:

  • Ella Batson, “The Form of a Mystery”
  • Sophia DeJoia, “Mountain Gem”
  • Dara S. Kurbegov, “Mysteries of Nature”
  • Brooke Steinberg, “Mystery Murder”
  • Sage Stoecklein, “Mystery?”
  • Anna Winslow, “The Mystery of Me”

You can watch the winners read their poems below:

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Amy Griswold

PPLD's Maker in Residence for May and June is Amy Griswold, a professional seamstress with over thirty years of experience in clothing construction and industrial sewing. She is self-taught and continued her education as an apprentice in her sister’s shop, Mary Pope Custom Sewing, where she learned techniques in alterations, custom clothing design, re-upholstery, canvas work, as well as large scale production industrial sewing. Her body of work includes everything from wedding gowns and costuming to boat covers and custom reupholstery. Her motto is “show me a picture and I can make it for you.”

Amy will host classes throughout the Library District, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c where you can watch her work and talk to her about her craft.

Rescue Sewing Basics: How to Keep Your Clothes Looking Good
This class will cover hand sewing techniques for quick and relatively simple repairs you can make to your clothing to save you a trip to the seamstress. Save money, save time, learn how to do it yourself with a few simple tools and some very basic stitches. All the methods used for making repairs will be taught by making a simple fabric key fob/chapstick holder or a small button closed bag to take with you at the end of the class. NO Previous sewing skills needed, no machines needed. Registration required. Attendees must be at least 16 years of old.

Sewing Machine Basics: How to Properly Use Your Sewing Machine
Learn the ins and outs of your sewing machine and take the fear out of sewing. We will cover basic machine set up, use, and troubleshooting of common machine problems. Lean what needle to use, stitch lengths, and thread types, along with how to fix your tension and what to do when the bobbin case ends up a tangled mess of thread loops. Make and take a book bag while learning to make peace with your sewing machine. Bring your machine to class or use one of the available machines. Registration required. Attendees must be at least 16 years old.

Open Studio Hours at Library 21c

  • Tue., May 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., May 18 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Fri., May 27 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu., June 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., June 8 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Sat., June 18 from 1 - 4 p.m.

PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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Art in Bookbinding was an eight-week course held by Pikes Peak Library District in the months of March and April for 10 patrons. This course was designed to teach the basic skills of bookbinding with the intent of inspiring students to demonstrate individuality and creative expression with each lesson and project. Students were given opportunities to experiment with materials and allowed to progress at their own skill and comfort level. They were encouraged to use these new skills beyond the classroom.

At the end of the eight-session course, each student had constructed a writing journal, complete with journal entries, four different constructed books (each helped develop a variety of creative skills), and a final project of their own design. You can view photos of their final projects below. They are also on display at Library 21c throughout the month of May.

Multi-week course programming will happen more at PPLD in the future so keep a look out for it!

Art in Bookbinding

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 All Pikes Peak Writes

Congratulations to the winners of our first All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. The victors were announced at Mountain of Authors on Saturday, April 23.

1st Place
“Sub-Zero” by Lizbeth Tarpy
1st place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine, copy of Writer’s Market 2016, and Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen

2nd Place
“Journey by Train” by Susan Eitemiller
2nd place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine and copy of Writer’s Market 2016

3rd Place
“Tea Party” by Heidi Balaraman
3rd place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine

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William Shakespeare - The Bard of Avon

"He was a man, take him for all in all.
I shall not look upon his like again."
                               Hamlet (1.2.186)

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, Shakespeare's body of work transcends time and place. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. We're sure it comes as no surprise that PPLD has a large selection of works by The Bard in our collection.

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What's your favorite? Mine's Hamlet. My husband likes Titus Andronicus because it's a bloodbath.

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taxes

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

  • Colorado Tax Information
  • Federal Tax Information
  • State Tax Forms
  • Tax Websites
  • Free Tax Help

Good luck and happy filing!

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Christine Yocum

As a California native and self-taught baker, PPLD Artist in Residence for April and May 2016 Christine Yocum was introduced to baking at a young age by her father and grandmother. Imagine a former left tackle in college teaching his nine-year-old daughter the finer points of cookie-making. Those sweet moments birthed in her a lifelong passion for baking—in particular cookies—and the eventual opening of Art & Style Baking, an online gourmet cookie company specializing in hand-painted cookies.

Even now, when her hands are steeped in cookie dough, she can sense his tender nod of encouragement and approval. While her dad passed away before he could enjoy "the fruits of his labor," her tender-hearted daughter assures her that he would be proud.

Christine will hosted classes throughout the Library District about cookie painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c where the public could watch her work and talk to her about her art.

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Book club sets are now available to place holds on in our Catalog! Click here to learn more.

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