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You will never know a warm winter blooming into stone—the thousand levitating stars shedding their loose light

into morning or the way the sun is born blind—moves like warm fingertips across a child’s face.

You will never know the sound of A minor turning into G—the silence between those two points caving like a human spine

into a question mark & you will never be able to name the current president or the dark horse of a team making

their way to the Super Bowl—the day your son got married, the way he stood at the edge of the ocean, the atmosphere

melting behind him, his lips tilting into a smile. Yesterday, a woman out on probation plowed her SUV into a man

& 3 children. The woman could have been you, but it wasn’t you & you will never remember the years I took the spark plugs

from your car to save that man & 3 children—how I hid my keys & wallet at the bottom of the piano bench—the piano

I never played or knew how to play—the sheet music that made no sense, a random series of meaningless dots & horizontal lines—

I will never tell you of the rorschach blotched stars of sunlight bouncing off the inlet outside—their way of hypnotizing a human being if you stare for too long—or the morning after Christmas when the snow baptized the dunes & you & your sister slid

head-first into the numb arms of the Atlantic. You won’t remember me—too busy trying to still the earthquake in my hands—the fog

twistingaround my head—busy inhaling—busy forgetting—busy in my dark 1 room apartment w my dirty hair—blinds drawn

my back slumped—scavenging the carpet for a rogue pill—a flesh of ash—a dust of magic.

Meanwhile—a broken heart continues to invent its own vocabulary from a sleepless night—

a stilted crane tiptoes through the marsh outside as if the whole world should shift under its weight—

& I will sit at that damn piano & begin to play—not knowing where my fingertips are going—where I might end up

when no one is listening—each note—a shape willing itself alive in my hands.

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It is so
for all
who are
born of the Spirit—
soul-stirred
& sound-starved
for an unremembered Name—

whispering tides
wrangle a swelling ocean
ropes chime
above a chamber of sailboats
wings whoosh-rustle
in a murmured flight of starlings.

The Wind blows
where it chooses—
whether it moves as air
or air moves it—
it pirouettes as emptiness
in darkness—
it waltzes against the crawl—
of now.

I imagine all the prayers
swept under the pews
where the sermon is
served on a blank piece
of bread &
my ghost—
bathing in the spectral lines
of a hydrogen atom
finds a noose seductive
like that single blush of rain
in a hanging sky—

I would scour
a sea
to surface
that lifeless body—
drag all
the Atlantic
to find that corpse—

—just to breathe
a sigh of relief
that it
is not
my own.

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Join us for these free classes at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Registration is required.

Home Buying Basics
This class covers everything you need to know, step by step, from speaking with a lender to closing on your new home. In this class Don will cover property searches, making an offer strategies, negotiation tactics, forms, contracts, and processes such as inspections and appraisal. He will also provide tips on things you should and should not do and things to be wary of during your home buying process.

Home Selling Basics
This class covers the basics of selling your home. It will provide you with information such as the listing contract, disclosure forms, preparing your home to sell, pricing your home (how the market talks to you about the price of your home), staging, and marketing. It also covers what to look for in the contract when receiving an offer from a buyer and negotiating that offer. Other subjects covered will be the home inspection, inspection objection and resolution, appraisals, and potential stumbling blocks on the way to closing the sale of your home.

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book madnessVote for your favorite books in Book Madness Final 4! Voting is open to all ages.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PPLD_Final4

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East Coding Club

Have you ever wondered what makes computer programs run? Ever wanted to make a fun program or learn how to make a game?

Learn the basics of how to code!

In this club, teens and tweens (ages 9-18 only) can learn to code at their own pace as we explore different programs and concepts. We'll begin with a lesson series that teaches the basics of javascript. This club is self-guided, so everyone can learn at their own pace.

Space is limited to the first 12 teens/tweens to show up, but registration is not required!

Join us for the East Coding Club (teens and tweens) in the East Library Computer Lab 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month from 4-5 p.m.

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Have you ever wondered what makes computer programs run? Ever wanted to make a fun program or learn how to make a game?

Learn the basics of how to code!

In this club, all ages can learn together to code at their own pace as we explore different programs and concepts. This club is self-guided, so everyone can learn at their own pace.

Join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 4-5 p.m. in MAKE at Library 21c.

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Homeschool students of all ages are invited to submit one work of art (unframed art, drawing, photograph, sculpture, etc.) between March 20 and 29! The art show will not be juried, and there are no guidelines or limitations on media.

The artwork will be on display in the East Library Children's Department the whole month of April!

Artists and guests are also invited to an art reception on Monday, May 1 from 6 - 7 p.m.

Questions? Email Joy at jfleishhacker@ppld.org.

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Come be a kitty companion and read to the cats and kittens at Happy Cats Haven! Books are provided by the Pikes Peak Library District. Purrs are provided by the kitties! Ages 7-12 welcome with parent or guardian. Join us from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 1412 S. 21st Street. Reserve your 30 minute session by calling 719-362-4600.

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Do you know what it is to be starved for yourself? How long has it been since you tasted the place where you've come from--the place where you are Known and not simply Seen? What does Home even smell like?

My home smells like tangerines and briney water, like patchouli and salt from the sea--it's humid like sticky days in sundresses--like coffee and scrapple in the morning--like red wine and a crab cakes at night--like oceans of remembered mountains ancient before me, my appreciation relevant, but arrogant adolescent insult nonetheless--

Have you ever needed to go back to the city or the farm or the grocery or the diner that you came from?

This is the After. After you've tasted the cuisines of a thousand cultures--after the blend and spice of a thousand places--after you know when Want becomes Need and it is time to become familiar with what is Wholly Comfortable and life-giving and nurturing again--when you know it is time to go Home--

And then again--there is no certain way of knowing.

There's only the option to decide--

--and once you decide to follow through.

Peace---
SMP

Transformation
is all the ugly that comes
before we learn to butterfly—
dark cocoons precede dappled wings—
Huddled and damp
I pushed my way out
of our relationship.
I navigated doubt and desire
until I decided
to love you
with all of my intelligence.
I had an idea of myself
that was no longer true &
I could no longer sacrifice joy
to prevent myself from becoming
the woman I must next be—
Sometimes
we put up a good fight and lose.
Sometimes
we can only choose to let go.
Acceptance
is a small dark room—
simplicity & ordinary places
undone dishes & mismatched socks—
bearing witness to the locks we’ve used
to gate hate each other
into isolation—
Acceptance
is starting at the essential &
ending up there too—
it is the gentlest voice commanding
we acknowledge what is true:
You could not convince me to love you
the way you wanted me to.
We don’t always do the right thing
on the way to righteousness.
Being honorable is inconvenient—
having to look you in the eyes &
take it straight to the chin—
I broke my own heart
to stop fucking with your head.
Forgiveness isn’t cotton candy carousels—
it is carnival coffins colliding
in not so fun house hearts.
It is hard to have a conflicting set of emotions—
but it’s not as hard as I pretended it was.
We are the cracked pot
in the garden
we are growing from.
You have sustained my chrysanthemum—
defrosted my marigold—
watered every tearful snowdrop in winter.
You have loved me best
with a generous, hard, true,
right kind of love—

We were once.
And that is (not) all.
Remember while letting go—

Wanting to leave was enough.

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PPLD will provide amnesty for all overdue Library items returned between March 6 and March 26. Late fees on overdue materials returned to a staff member during this time will be waived. PPLD is offering the amnesty to welcome community members back to the Library and materials back into the collection.

Earlier this year, PPLD eliminated overdue fines on children and teen materials and lowered overdue fines on DVDs and video games. These changes were implemented to remove barriers to Library service. The amnesty program is another way to help invite people back to the Library and ensure our resources are available to the community we serve.

Library patrons who have other outstanding fines are encouraged to come to the Library during the amnesty period to discuss ways to resolve account issues.

The amnesty program is only effective March 6 through March 26, 2017.

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Christian Home Educators is hosting the annual Colorado Homeschool Day at the Capitol on April 7th. Homeschool Day at the Capitol is both a fun field trip AND the #1 way to make an impact on your legislators’ support for homeschooling freedom.

They are honored to host Chief Justice Roy Moore as a guest speaker during the Liberty Celebration, the noon Rally, and again for an exclusive evening banquet.

The tentative schedule follows with locations in parenthesis:
8:45 am Opening of the Colorado Senate and House (Capitol - inside)
9:45 am Liberty Celebration (Pillar of Fire Church)
Constitution 101 (Capitol - Old Supreme Court chambers)
11:15 am Lunch (Pillar of Fire Church - outside)
Noon Family march with fife & drum (To the Capitol)
12:15 pm MAIN EVENT: Rally (Capitol - west steps)
1:30 pm Constitution 101 - repeat of same class (Capitol - Old Supreme Court chambers)
Free Time - Visit your Legislator, Tour the Capitol, visit the Downtown Aquarium
6:00 pm Evening banquet with Roy Moore (Denver Aquarium) - tickets required

To register or to buy tickets to the evening banquet, visit Christian Homeschool Educators of Colorado at chec.org.

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MAKE @ East

Below are just some of the many free programs during February at MAKE @ East, the makerspace at East Library. For a complete list of programs, click here.

MAKE a Scene
Sat., March 11 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. and 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Join us in MAKE @ East as we get creative in front of the green screen! Make a prop (or two), then we’ll use the green screen to take pictures in exotic and fantastic locations! Ages 12 and up. Registration is required. To sign up for the 2 p.m. program click here. To sign up for the 4 p.m. class, click here.

Sherlock-ed: Celebrate Sherlock Holmes!
Sat., March 18 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Did you know March 17-19 is Sherlock Holmes Weekend? Come celebrate the great detective at MAKE @ East as we make Holmes-inspired bookmarks, jewelry, and more! Crafts are available while supplies last. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Upcycling: Coffee Mug Candles
Wed., March 22 from 6 - 9 p.m.
This month we’ll reuse coffee mugs to make a candle! Feel free to bring your own mug or use one of ours. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9-11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

MAKE @ East Open Hours
Mondays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
Thursdays: 6 - 9 p.m.
Fridays: noon - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
During Open Hours, MAKE @ East is available to work on your own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

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The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District have chosen the 2017 winners of the Frank Waters and Golden Quill awards for excellence in writing. They will be honored at a luncheon on April 29 at the Antlers Hotel.

Frank Waters winner

Popular and award-winning Western mystery writer C.J. Box is the winner of the 2017 Frank Waters Award and will be the keynote speaker at the event. The award is given annually to a writer who exemplifies the spirit and literary excellence of the late local author. Frank Waters, nominated multiple times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote the “Pike’s Peak” trilogy and several groundbreaking books about native Americans.

Box is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 novels, including the Joe Pickett series. He has won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. He was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum. His novels have been translated into 27 languages. Open Season, Blue Heaven, Nowhere To Run, and The Highway have been optioned for film and television. More than 10 million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone. In March 2016, Off The Grid debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he owned an international tourism marketing firm with his wife, Laurie.

An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden and skied throughout Wyoming and the mountain West. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and currently serves on the Wyoming Office of Tourism Board.

Golden Quill winner

Manitou Springs artist Charles Rockey is the winner of the 2017 Golden Quill award, given to a local author for either a body of work or a single exceptional publication. His 2016 book, “Love Songs from Middle Times Echoed through Illuminations and Fables,” is packed with illustrations and original stories by him and other local writers. He and daughter Hannah Rockey compiled the work, which is already a collector’s item.

A familiar figure in Manitou, Rockey is best known for his art – paintings and whimsical sculptures that are reminiscent of the characters from J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is the culmination of 15 years of work, and includes 115 stories and more than 150 of Rockey’s illustrations – most of the originals lost in a flood several years ago.

Frank Waters and Golden Quill Awards Luncheon

The awards will be presented at a noon luncheon on Saturday, April 29, at the Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person or $250 for a table of eight and includes luncheon and a program. Complimentary parking will be provided and the authors will sign copies of their books afterward.

To register for the event online, visit http://ppld.thankyou4caring.org/frank-waters-friends. To register by mail, with a check (and names of your guests, if buying a table), send the appropriate amount to: PPLD Foundation, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. For more information, call (719) 231-7202.

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PPLD's Community Photography Contest will recognize the incredible talent, unique vision, and artistic diversity that we have in our PPLD neighborhoods. This contest corresponds with National Photography Month in May. The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels and ages who live in El Paso County.
The categories arephoto contest

  • Portrait
  • Animal
  • Landscape
  • Abstract
  • Close-up
  • Black & White

The top 18 winners (1st - 3rd place) will be recognized in an opening reception, their work will be printed and framed, and exhibited at Cheyenne Mountain Library during the month of May. In addition, the public will vote on a 'Best of Show' winner.

To enter, please follow these directions:

  1. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 28. You may enter up to 3 images.
  2. The final prints will be printed on 8x12 paper and matted and placed in a 11x14 frame. Crop your photo the way you want it to look since it will be printed to fit the paper and custom matted.
  3. Save the high-resolution image (300 dpi with NO watermarks) as a .jpg. Name each file with your last name, first initial and entry number. (For example: SmithJ1.jpg)
  4. Send to infocheyenne@ppld.org
  5. Include your full name, phone number, and category for each photo. Titles are not required, but can be submitted with the images. You may use Dropbox or other cloud storage if needed.

If you are selected to be part of the exhibition, the image will be printed as it was submitted. Everyone will be notified by April 3.

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Linda Smith

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March /April 2017 is for Linda Smith, an artist and art educator who started a non-profit while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana and Bronx NY. She has been commissioned by the UN to provide photographic classes to survivors and former perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She earned her BA from Syracuse University an MA in Communications at Goldsmith College at the University of London and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited in the United Nations, embassies, and universities.

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.

Image Transfer: Making Art out of Photographs
In this class, participants will learn how to create photo transfers using simple techniques such as hand sanitizer and gel medium. Each participant can use personal photographs to work with during the class. To save time, attendees can scan their images in advance and bring on a flash drive to the class, or email to Linda at Lcphoto77@yahoo.com. It is recommended to scan at a resolution of 300 dpi in a .jpg format. If you are unable to do this prior to the class, a scanner will be available during the session. Registration is required. Patrons must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Thu., March 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tue., March 14 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fri., March 24 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Thu., April 13 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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

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This has been the longest sort of a short month—and I hope you have had time to be alone, but not much time lonely. We celebrated this month with Joe Hutchinson—the Colorado state poet laureate. Several local poets, including past laureates Price Strobridge, Janice Gould, and Jim Ciletti read their own poems and “Oh! The purple of it all…”
It was a celebration of Valentine’s day in the shadows of Pikes Peak. Sometimes we prefer our own company to anyone else’s and sometimes we are able to revel in shared intimacy with others. Love is transitional and changing and a choice—let us all attempt to be more charitable, truthful, and merciful with ourselves and with all those we encounter along the way.

—SMP

[You will find Susan's poem "Dreaming DE" in her hand in the images attached below]

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Join our informal Spanish conversation group, including intermediate-advanced students and native speakers. It is not an instructional time and no English is spoken during the meetings. It is an opportunity to enjoy and practice speaking and learn casually from more experienced speakers. The group welcomes new participants as well as ideas for activities or topics of discussion.

Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
When: Thursdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

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It is the middle of winter and I am back east at my cottage on a northern most cove of the Chesapeake Bay on the eastern shore of Maryland. I would love to diagram that sentence. It is snowing and the stillness is tangible for the geese have gone quiet. This home is under the migratory pattern of so many birds—but the Snow Geese, the Canada Geese, and the Starlings are my favorite. It’s best to put seed out just before dawn and just at dusk to draw the most curious creatures. There is a squirrel I adore—he’s a wee thing I call Reepicheep as he is spry and has no tail. He’s been here the whole year and hasn’t grown much bigger…but he certainly is quick. It’s a different world at sea level. It’s been sunless and dreary and cold—but there is peace. There is quiet. There is the constant variation of tides swelling in and out. There are journals and there are pens and there is curriculum to be written. There is a fire, red wine, and my dog. Winter is a time of underground and rejuvenation and rest—and I wish you all the best hibernation.

Dreaming Delaware

I went to the top of a mountain—
collected shooting stars in an old cigar box— laid them at the foot of your bed last night fireflies at midnight a night light to keep you company—

I quiet wondered if silence
tells stories of questions
& kisses

I swung pendulum triplet counts
from tree-swing orchestrations—
skinny-dipped
swam striations
—a soul filled with sentiments—
sediment on insomnia’s spiral pathways
to the shores of Delaware
where ocean sneezes tickled
the bottoms of our pants
& sleep was something
adding brushstrokes
to our kisses—

You looked up at
a polka-dot explosion of sky—
saw a star with a slight shade of blue
& named it after my skin—
I wore short curly hair
& you held a holster for my lips on your jaw—

I picked up a seashell
the color of coming dawn
& held it at my ear
as silver dolphins poked heads up from waves & carried the wish I made to deeper waters—

Keep me.

We dove into the ocean
where freedom beat so strongly
baptizing us in salt water
and fishes clapping—

We tried to keep waking at bay
as long as we could
while the pesky neighbor of morning
crashed the party
& heaven played an encore
with the moon—

The sunlight wrapped around your smile
& I haven’t kissed anything as holy since— my lips still taste of salt & wonder & I will never let you go…

I woke
& saw us the next day
& the day after that
& thirty years from now
finishing each others’ sentences
in the middle of silence,
questions,
& kisses.

Believe me when I tell you—
you are here
when I am washing my hands
in the porcelain sink—
silver dolphins spilling from the faucet— back in Delaware for a brilliant fleeting moment—

Your name is just underneath my tongue
& with every line I can taste you.

You left a love letter on my body—
the note I’d withheld from myself—
the one you took
for safe keeping—

& if you’re ever dreaming—
walking that sacred place again
where seagulls become protectors
& sand a layer of skin—
if through your closed eyes
you think of my palm in your hand—
you will hear my wishing voice
in the last waves—
in the last seashells buried on the beach— whispering a promise—

Forever.

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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

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

Good luck and happy filing!

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The Pikes Peak Library District is currently seeking volunteers to staff a new program initiative: Repair Fairs! Volunteer “Fixers” are needed to help with a new community-wide fix-it program, where people can bring in broken items to the library and receive help learning how to troubleshoot and fix the item rather than throwing it away.

Can you…

  • Repair tires, chains, or brakes for bikes?
  • Mend, hem, or patch clothing or other fabric items?
  • Test, dismantle, or fix small appliances, vacuum cleaners, lamps, etc.?
  • Assess, disassemble, or possibly repair electronics and computers?
  • Repair broken jewelry?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, help your local community by becoming a Fixer!

To apply, print this application form as well as this skill specialty questionnaire and drop them off at East Library Att: Amber Cox, or email both to acox@ppld.org. Submissions are due by March 31.

Please contact Amber Cox at (719) 531-6333 x1305 or acox@ppld.org with questions.

Location(s): TBD
Hours: Will vary by location

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Poet JOY SAWYER will be the guest speaker for Poetry West’s workshop, Deep Play: a Poetry Romp, from 10 to Noon Saturday, February 4, at Hooked on Books bookstore, 12 East Bijou, downtown. HOB doors will open at 9:30. The workshop is open and free to all but reservations are suggested, call (719) 419-7660. Easy parking is $1 all day Saturday in the City Garage right around the corner from HOB.

Poet and naturalist Diane Ackerman wrote, “the spirit of deep play is spontaneity, discovery, and being open to new challenges.” Who knows this better than the poet? Sawyer plans a playful writing workshop to “exercise several ‘poetic muscles,’ and explore ways to nurture more joy and freedom in our creative work.”

Joy Sawyer’s poetry appears in Books & Culture, Christianity & Literature, LIGHT Quarterly, Lilliput Review, New York Quarterly, Ruminate, St. Petersburg Review, The Bacon Review, Volta, and others. Her book of poems is Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet Press, 2016).
Joy received her MA from New York University, where she won the Herbert Rubin Award for Outstanding Creative Writing. She teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.

PR Contact, Jim Ciletti, (719) 419-7660
Books@hob3918.net

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Books, Beer, & ____

PPLD and Bristol Brewing Company are collaborating with a different local community organization each month for our Books, Beer, & ____ book club. This month we are teaming up with Happy Cats Haven.

Check out a copy of The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker at Cheyenne Mountain Library. Then, on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m., meet us in the Barrel Room, Bristol Brewery, Ivywild School (1604 S Cascade Ave.). Grab a pint of beer at the pub and join us downstairs in the Barrel Room to discuss the book!

Registration is required for this free event. To sign up, call (719) 633-6278.

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Drawing and Painting

Bring your creativity to this monthly gathering. Bring whatever project you are working on and work in a group setting. Local artist and instructor Deb Ross will be on hand to help inspire.

Supplies will not be provided. Registration is not required.

  • When: Last Thursday of each month from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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It is the observation of Dr. Martin Luther King day in the United States. And unlike our several years prior—this year it has gone largely unrecognized. The celebration and remembrance have been dampened and the mission threatened—because it has never been more obvious than now that the work is not done. As the inauguration looms before us, we must focus on the revolutionary words of a civil-rights pioneer—to honor his message we are required to become heroes ourselves. Peace —Susan M. Peiffer, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

Villanelle for a Burning House

Black women kneel in churches with flames around their feet as
a caustic smoke sneaks to cover this confederate place—

Black children litter American streets where both bullets & protests
stoke the heat of badges, black hoodies, and race—

Black mothers watch from barred windows with flames at their feet—

Begging for breath and throat choking a black man weeps and
drops like a concrete corpse with a blood and blue stained face—

Black boys are littered on American streets and black girls wail as
their mother’s leap from killing heights to land in defeat as
death-crazed officers attack with tasers and
black fathers perch on ledges, flames burning their feet—

We carry quick-trigger rifles and people can’t sleep while
scorched-wing black angels fall to grace in gunshot embrace.

Our black children like litter on American streets.

They gaze at those imprisoned behind steel bars and at
the freight of unnamed bodies filling cemetery space—

Black people pray in this house with flames burning around their feet—

Our black people litter American streets.

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PPLD now has Sorenson videophones and Video Relay Service-equipped laptops available for patron use. VRS allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using American Sign Language through video equipment. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.

Videophones are now available at the East Library and Library 21c.

VRS-equipped laptops are available at the following PPLD locations: Cheyenne Mountain, High Prairie, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Ruth Holley, and Sand Creek libraries.

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