What's New!

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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PPLD Maker/Artist in Residence Program

The makerspaces of Pikes Peak Library District are great places for generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster such endeavors, PPLD has a Maker/Artist in Residence program.

Each maker/artist has a 6 week contract. During that time, he/she works on studio projects and teaches classes at Library 21c and other PPLD locations.

The Library conducts periodic calls for makers and artists, searching for people with creativity and skills to teach and share with our patrons in the fields of technology and the arts. Interested in becoming a maker/artist for PPLD in the future? Keep an eye on our website for our next Call.


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American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang, author of All Pikes Peak Reads 2015 selection American Born Chinese, will be making two free, public appearances in Colorado Springs.

Lecture and Book Signing
Wed., Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
The Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Books will be available for purchase.

Origins of the Graphic Novel American Born Chinese
Thu., Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. - noon
PPCC Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received a Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Recently, he has been working on the comics series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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PPLD Friends amazon.com storefront

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are now selling books online, through Amazon. The Friends growing online collection features an assortment of both non-fiction and fiction, including history, textbooks, best-sellers and more.

You can see the collection on our Amazon Storefront at Amazon.com/shops/FriendsofPPLD. Purchases benefit Pikes Peak Library District. Now you can purchase books for yourself and help us provide books for others. If you have questions, contact Charleen Bader at (719) 232-4384.


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Pikes Peak Pastel Society

All are invited to the upcoming Pikes Peak Pastel Society Statewide Pastel Exhibition at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. This juried exhibition will run from November 5 - December 28 and will feature original pastel paintings. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 5, from 5 - 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Original artwork will be available for purchase.

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I am grateful

Gratitude N Motion is a safe, nonjudgmental forum for participants to freely share their gratitude stories as well as share ideas of how to incorporate gratitude into life daily. Each class will consist of multiple activities to help you express and acknowledge gratitude. All sessions will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Teen Boy

Most teens in dystopian novels don’t get to pick what they will be when they grow up ... but YOU do!

On the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Ent Conference Center at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), professionals will talk to teens about their careers and the ups and downs of getting where they are, followed by a Q&A session. Must be 12 - 18 to attend. To register, please click on the appropriate link below.

If you are interested in volunteering to talk about your profession during the designated month for your career field, contact rphilipsen(at)ppld(dot)org. Speakers should currently be in the career field they wish to talk about.

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Kristina Winnett

PPLD's Maker in Residence for October and November 2015 was Kristina Winnett, a self-taught mixed-media artist who has spent most of her life in Colorado Springs. Choosing to pursue studies in the Sciences in college, she longed to participate in artistic processes, yet felt that required a natural ability to draw. Having always been crafty, she found Art Journaling (the combination of Art and Words) in 2005. It was love at first site, because the first rule of Art Journaling is that there are no rules. This medium is such an easy and non-intimidating way to jump into the playfulness of creativity, that even a trained scientist could do it. She longs to share this passion with all who wish to create something personal and meaningful, yet have felt intimidated to begin.


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All Pikes Peak Reads 2015

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 14th year in 2015!

PPLD’s theme for 2015 is Transformation @ Elevation. This year’s APPR selections all relate to characters that are transformed by extraordinary circumstances.

The 2015 titles are: In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides and Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson.

Young adult readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2015 is the graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.

The Children’s selections are Wonder by RJ Palacio and, for very young readers, the picture book I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer.


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