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Michelle Lim

PPLD's Maker in Residence for May and June is Michelle Lim, a self-taught designer, animator, and maker of various things at the intersection of art and technology. She lives in Denver and is originally from Queens, NY. Education and community are essential to her work, which includes teaching creative technology in Denver public schools and designing digital programs at the Denver Art Museum. Inspired by her favorite short story — The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges — she hopes to explore the many lives of infinitely complex patterns through video, sculpture, and interactive media during her residency and community workshops.


Folding Fractals
When it comes to making fractal origami, one shape can go an infinitely long way. Learn to fold a basic tetrahedron and be on your way to making a 3D version of Sierpinski's Triangle, a famous fractal known for its elegance and simplicity. Explore other stunning examples of fractals in art and nature, where infinite chaos and order coexist. Then take your model home with you or add it to the collective fractal sculpture growing in the Library 21c maker space. Registration is required.

Stop Motion Animation
What will the world be like in a hundred years? Design a futuristic backdrop and build your own characters (aliens welcome) out of clay and other materials. Learn how to set up a camera and tripod to capture your story frame-by-frame. Flashdrive recommended. Registration is required.


Lim will be hosting open studio hours at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), when you can talk to her about her craft and watch her work.

  • Sat., May 16 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sat., May 23 from 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Tue., May 26 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Sun., May 31 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Fri., June 5 from 3:30 - 6 p.m.
  • Sat., June 6 from 2 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., June 10 from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thu., June 11 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Tue., June 16 from 3:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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Teen and dog

Teens, are you stressed out due to finals? Stop by the Teen Center at Library 21c and hang out with a furry pal to relieve your pre-test jitters!

This program is free, and there is no registration required. For ages 12 - 18.

  • When: Sat., May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Teen Center, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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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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New capret in East Library children's area.

You're invited to an Open House at East Library!

Come preview the improvements at East Library in progress as part of Phase II of PPLD's Tri-Building Project:

  • New carpet
  • Refurbished children's area
  • Makerspace
  • More study and meeting rooms
  • Educational Resource Center
  • When: Sat., May 30 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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Survival Training - U.S. Air Force Academy

Reservations are open for the 12th annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium. This year’s theme is Military Matters: Defense, Development, and Dissent in the Pikes Peak Region.

It is free to attend and a complimentary light lunch is provided. For more information and to register, visit regionalhistoryseries.org or call (719) 531-6333, x2253.

If you cannot attend the symposium, you can still watch a live simulcast streaming online at ustream.tv/channel/ppld-history.

  • When: Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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Children’s Hospital Colorado will be offering parenting workshops at Pikes Peak Library District’s Library 21c on the second Thursday of each month in 2015.

Common Tummy Troubles
Dr. Christine Waasdorp will talk about constipation, reflux and common reasons for abdominal pain in children. This is actually one of the top reasons why parents going to the ED/Urgent Care! Thu., May 14 at 12:30 p.m.

Sports Injuries 101
A presentation by Dr. Travis Murray. Thu., June 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Promoting Children’s Social and Emotional Competence and Addressing Bullying
A presentation by Lisa Costello. Thu., July 9 at 12:30 p.m.

Heart Health: It’s Not Just for Adults Anymore
Please join Dr. Sonali Patel from Children’s Hospital Colorado for a discussion on childhood cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressures. The seminar will include information on the importance of heart health in childhood to protect against disease in adulthood. Learn 7 simple ways to live a better life for yourself, your family, and much more in this lunchtime event. Thu., Aug. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Sick Kids 101
Parents - What do you do when your kids are sick? In urgent care, we see a lot of parents who get so worried when their children have fevers or mild colds. Leslie Austin will talk about when to worry and when not to, and how to manage fever and colds at home. Thu., Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m.

Tonsils: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
A presentation by Dr. Stephen Newton. Thu., Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Healthy, Happy Holidays
Plain and simple, the holidays are tough! Weight management isn’t always easy but it’s especially difficult when you’re surrounded by sweets and comfort foods constantly. Come learn from Jennifer Kintner some easy ideas, recipes, and things you can do to help manage your weight this holiday season. Thu., Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m.


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COPPeR and PeakRadar.com

COPPeR (Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region) is a nonprofit that serves as the lead organization for the creative community in Colorado’s El Paso and Teller counties. COPPeR takes a strategic view of the Pikes Peak region to ensure that cultural services reach all people, and that the arts are used to positively address issues of economic development, education, tourism, regional branding, and quality of life.

COPPeR also runs PeakRadar.com, the Pikes Peak region's cultural calendar and the #1 source for arts, culture and fun in El Paso and Teller counties. Post your event listings, artist profiles and creative classifieds for free as part of its powerful collection of local events and useful information about organizations, venues, artists and public art. On PeakRadar.com, you can discover over 2,700 events, 400 artist profiles and 350 cultural groups with one click.

COPPeR and PPLD have formed a partnership to promote activities and opportunities for citizens of the Pikes Peak region to engage with arts and culture. Watch for our collaborative transformation at elevation!

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This is a six-session class that will be covering everything from basic crochet practices through completing larger intermediate projects. This is a progressive skills class and attendance at all six sessions is ideal. All sessions will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Registration is required. To register, click here. Patron must be at least 16 years old to attend. Makerspace use agreement required.

  • Mon., May 11 from 10 a.m. - noon: Washcloths
  • Mon., May 18 from 10 a.m. - noon: Cozy
  • Mon., June 8 from 10 a.m. - noon: Heart and Flower Appliques
  • Mon., June 22 from 10 a.m. - noon: Head Wrap/Band, Boot Cuffs, or Scarf
  • Mon., July 13 from 10 a.m. - noon: Baskets and/or Hats
  • Mon., July 27 from 10 a.m. - noon: Ball or Sphere

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The results are in!

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2015 was awarded to The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander.

"Twelve-year-old narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Swish! This book is nothing but net!"

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated by Dan Santat, is the 2015 Caldecott Medal winner.

"In four delightful “visual chapters,” Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emotional journey looking for his human. Santat uses fine details, kaleidoscopic saturated colors, and exquisite curved and angular lines to masterfully convey the emotional essence of this special childhood relationship."

PPLD's Award Booklists:

Caldecott Medal Winners
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Newbery Medal Winners
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Visit the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal websites for a full list of Honor books.

For what it's worth, my daughter and I LOVE Beekle!

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All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

"An imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology."

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