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What's New!

Junk to Joy

Learn how to take common day recyclable items and make them into wonderful and useful art! All programs in this series will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Space is limited and registration is required. Patron must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Must have a Makerspace use agreement on file.

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Enjoy this nature-themed Storytime and craft for ages 3 and up. This program is a collaboration between PPLD and the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.

  • When: Sundays at 1 p.m. beginning June 7
  • Where: Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N 30th St (2nd floor Red Rocks Room)

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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.

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.

OPEN STUDIO HOURS

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.

PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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Judy Noyes

Please help up create a lasting legacy honoring one our communities most beloved leaders: Judy Noyes.

When Dick and Judy Noyes opened the Chinook Bookstore in 1950 in downtown Colorado Springs, they began writing a story of passion for reading, community service, leadership and a deep commitment to First Amendment rights. Since Judy’s passing earlier this year, friends, family members and colleagues have established several funds in honor of her various community passions.

Because Judy served as a PPLD Foundation Director and supported the library in numerous other ways over the years, PPLD would like to celebrate her memory with the creation of a new children’s garden in front of Penrose Library. Because Judy believed absolutely in everyone’s right to read, and in the power of literacy---especially for our children, and because she also had a passion for maintaining the downtown area as a vibrant space within our community, we believe a children’s garden in the midst of downtown would provide an excellent way for the community to remember her. Dick Noyes joins us in thanking you so much for considering a donation to make the Judy Noyes Children’s Garden a reality.

If you have questions about a gift, please call the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation at (719) 884-9850.

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What: Pikes Peak Library District Kids Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2015
Who: Birth - Grade 6 welcome to participate!
Why: Read books and earn prizes!

Register for Summer Reading!

How to Play:

  1. Register at any PPLD Library or online (registration link available June 1 at 9 a.m.)
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete 9 spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every 2 picture books read to you.
  3. Collect your prize at your nearest PPLD Library.
  4. When you reach prize 3, you have completed the game! Congratulations!

Please play this game only once, but keep reading in the Super Hero Readers bonus round!
Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a star for every 5 hours you read.
  2. After each completed 5 hours visit your library and a your name to our super Hero readers display.
  3. When you complete 25 hours you earn cool shoe bling, and enter a drawing for a Hero party!

Baby/Toddler:
You don't have to be reading on your own yet to play. In the baby/toddler game (ages 0-2), you mark a space each time you share a book or do an activity with your baby. Win some fun bubbles, a finger puppet, and a board book.

But wait! There's more!
Over 800 programs this summer are all free, and include art, science, magicians, legos, puppets, music, animals, crafts, and dinosaurs. You can even come in and practice reading to a real live dog! At the end of July, we have four parties with inflatables, bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Reading Buddies

Thank you to our sponsors!

Coupon Information

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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Free Workshops

Have you ever wondered about doing business with the government? Join us for this series of free workshops at Library 21c, presented by Certify to Success. Registration is required. For more information, email maryjane@certifytosuccess.com.

  • Staying on Top of Your Market
    Stay ahead of market changes in your industry. Designed for companies who want to contract with the government or take their businesses to the next level.
    Thu., Sept. 17 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Succession Planning for Your Business
    Critical elements of developing your company’s plan of operation, and plans for loss of key employees/owners including owner’s exit.
    Thu., Oct. 15 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • The Power of She
    Women, veterans, and minority owners will learn to level the playing field to increase the bottom line. Learn the importance of strategic alliances and ways to leverage public policy.
    Thu., Nov. 12 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Fee-based Workshops

    TalkGovBiz,TheExperience is made up of two hands-on, intensive, fee-based workshops providing support for small businesses in obtaining resources and certifications to procure government contracts. For more information about TalkGovBiz,TheExperience, email maryjane@certifytosuccess.com or visit ppld.thankyou4caring.org/TalkGovBiz.

    These workshops focus on key areas of business development essential to procuring government contracts such as socioeconomic certifications, developing strategic plans, and the development of marketing materials. Each of these workshops take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Library 21c. Registration is required. To register online, visit ppld.thankyou4caring.org/TalkGovBiz. To pay by check, click here.

    • JumpStartToSuccess
      JumpStartToSuccess bundles hands-on development of the important tools small businesses need to procure government contracts.
      Thu., May 28; Thu., Sept. 24
    • 8(a)InADay
      8(a) InADay offers hands-on instruction in preparing your application for 8(a) Business Development Program certification.
      Thu., April 23; Thu., June 30; Thu., Oct. 22

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2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:

Congratulations!

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PPLD is proud to announce our newest resource, lynda.com! Lynda.com has thousands of online video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills.

Lynda.comVideos are on the following topics:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Audio + Music
  • Business
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

And best of all, it's FREE with your library card! Click here to start using this amazing resource now.

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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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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."

An Interview with Dan Santat

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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