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The 2016 Teen Fiction Writing Contest Anthology is here! Compiled are the Honorable Mentions and Winners from the 2016 Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Click on the link to download and view!

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Are you dying to create your own TV reality show? Do your friends think you’re dramatic? Learn acting techniques in this interactive workshop! Discover your inner STAR! Practice some fun improv skills that can even help you in school. This workshop is led by Denise Gard. Denise has acted in numerous plays and melodramas. She is now a professional storyteller.

Workshops:

Workshops are for ages 12-18 only.

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It's Back to School Time!

PPLD would like to wish all our students and parents a great school year. Here are some resources we offer to help with your studies:

And of course, you can always chat with a librarian by clicking the "Chat Now!" button, or email us at Ask a Librarian.

Good luck out there!

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Career Conversations

Professionals talk to teens about their careers and the ups and downs of getting where they are. Each presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. For ages 12 - 18.

Each session is held on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Registration is required.

For more information, call (719) 884-9800 x6353.

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When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Space Foundation Discovery Center - 4425 Arrowswest Dr.

Have you ever wondered how space exploration impacts your daily life? Space exploration has created new products and technologies that have spurred our economy and changed our lives in many ways. Learn how space pervades our lives, invisible yet critical to so many aspects of our daily activities and well-being. Enjoy learning and hands-on activities about space in our everyday lives.

  • Interactive TV of NASA Technologies that Benefit Our Lives
  • Space Spinoff Worksheets
  • Space Certified Products
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Registration Required: http://www.spacefoundation.org/events/upcoming-events/homeschool-day-spa...

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Brian Looney

PPLD's Artist in Residence for August/September 2016 is Brian Looney.

"I learned to draw while sitting alone at the kitchen table. Art is about self-discovery, and there truly is no rule book. The more you do a thing, the more that thing develops, and everything you do along the way is unique. Excuse the play on words... I was born in 1985, and that was a kooky year. Albuquerque, NM is my hometown, and I moved to Colorado for the nature and the art. I haven't been disappointed. Additionally, I am a published poet and a yoyo artist. That last might fall under the 'geek' category, but you may view it all at brianlooney.com. I look forward to meeting you!" ~Brian Looney

Brian will be hosting free classes throughout PPLD and studio hours at Library 21c, where you can watch him work and talk to him about his art.

The Playful Pen
Subtract color and what do you have? Let's explore detail with fine-tipped pens. Let's venture into the realm of black and white. Open-themed, models provided, beginners welcome. Registration is required. Patron must be at least 16 years of age.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Wed., Aug. 3 from noon - 3 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 12 from noon - 3 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 20 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 24 from noon - 3 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 7 from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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

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You can now listen to two podcasts produced by Pikes Peak Library District through a variety of streaming services!


People of the Peak podcast strives to introduce your community to you. Join us as we interview some of the fascinating people that live in the Pikes Peak Region.


Pikes Peak Pastcast is an audio podcast of the presentations from the PPLD’s annual history symposium events and other related content. The symposia, and affiliated Regional History Series of books and DVDs, chronicle the unique and often undocumented history of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.

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The Cheyenne’s Creative Community (CCC) Art Project will be on display for National Arts Month – October 1-29, 2016, at the Cheyenne Mountain Library. This call is open to all 2D and 3D forms of art created by residents (18 years and older) in the 80905 and 80906 zip codes. Please submit up to 3 images by Friday, September 2nd and remember that art that is exhibited in any PPLD library gallery must be suitable for all audiences.

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E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks is coming to Pikes Peak Library District as part of our All Pikes Peak Reads program!

When: Fri., Nov. 4, 7 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

Book signing to follow!

E. Lockhart's visit is made possible by a generous grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Pikes Peak Library District's Foundation.

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Penrose Library Mural Project

The Penrose Library Mural Project reached completion in May 2016 and involved the generous contribution of Concrete Couch and hundreds of community volunteers. The mural was 22 years in the planning and involved six hub groups, one steering committee, fundraising galore, huge donations of time and materials, and loads of fantastic volunteers. Concrete Couch and Pikes Peak Library District teamed up with Community Prep School, School District 14, Will Rogers Elementary School, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College, and the Manitou Art Center to complete this project.

Watch this PPLD TV video for a preview of the project:

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Shake those wiggles out and have some fun with music and movement activities and a story! Join us for a very special storytime involving music and movement, aimed at ages 2 and 3. Caregivers and children participate through movement to songs and rhymes. A fun one-on-one time with your child while fostering learning, coordination and a love of music.

Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
When: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m

Where: Library 21c
When: Wednesdays, 9:30, 10:15, and 11 a.m.

Where: Manitou Springs Library
When: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Penrose Library
When: Fridays, 10:30 a.m. - starts Sept. 2, 2016

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Congratulations to the winners of the Teen Fiction Writing Contest! All the winners stories will be published in a digital anthology.

Results:
Middle School

1st place: "Mary Cinclare" by Rohit Paradkar
Tie for 2nd place: "The Battle of Feather and Claw" by Liberty
Harms and "Life Guarded" by Sophia Mayhugh
3rd place: "Loss and Change" by Madelyn Prichard
Honorable mention: "Anomaly" by Christen Mayberry

High School

1st place: “Purple Problems” by Kristen Kater
Tie for 2nd place: "Fall from (Lack of) Grace" by Nicole Eiland and
"Pictures of Love" by Ellie Ford.
3rd place: "The Truth of Memories" by Maggie Tibbitt
Honorable mention: "An Account of One Of My More Profitable
Jobs" by Victoria Hecker

Congratulations to all the winners! We will post the anthology when it is complete!

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For the 2016-2017 school year, The Garden of the Gods has designated a Homeschool Week. March 21-23 has been set aside specifically for homeschool students. Details of available programs can be found at http://www.gardenofgods.com/educational/edu-1/school-field-trips or contact (719) 219-0108. Registration opens August 1, 2016. Space is limited and registration is first come, first served.

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clay snake

PPLD's Maker/Artist in residence for June and July of 2016 was Patricia Moore. Patricia has been making all kinds of crafts forever. She believes in the magic of arts/crafts bringing wholeness and joy into life. She has been teaching arts/crafts to children and adults since around 1985. Patricia believes in Expressive Art and has used that to help children in different programs such as CASA.. Polymer clay is the main medium that she works with finding its possibilities near endless. Patricia lives in beautiful Black Forest on five acres with her teenage sons and many delightful animals.

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

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PPLD's Maker in Residence for May and June of 2016 was 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.”

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

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Our Science Labs are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. During this time our volunteer will have a special lab for everyone to participate in. We will also have equipment available for you to use if you would prefer to bring your own experiment. A parent must accompany the student. The Homeschool Science Lab is open to all ages, and no registration is required.

Who: All Homeschool Families
When: 1-3 pm on the 3rd Friday of every month
Where: East Library Community Meeting Room

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Paint

Try something new in this series of messy outside art classes! Learn a bit about science as you create art with paint and anything but paintbrushes! Supplies will be provided. Expect to get messy.

Patrons must be at least 18 years old to attend. Registration is required. All programs will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Pikes Peak Library District is proud to introduce our new website!

New ppld.org has the same basic layout of information as the old site, 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 our new website has to offer:

Please take some time to look around and contact us with any questions or comments.

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The 2016 Summer Reading Photography Winners have been announced! The winning photographs will be on display at East Library during the month of August.

Robert Loughman

"All I Do is Ball"
all I do is ball

Clare Chaddon

"Lifelong Goals"
lifelong goals

Lena Ahrens

"On Point"
on point

Sean Brooks

"Pitch Perfect"
pitch perfect

Congratulations!

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Susan M. Peiffer

Susan M. Peiffer was inaugurated as the 5th Pikes Peak Poet Laureate on April 24, 2016. Susan will serve as Poet Laureate until April 2018.

Susan Peiffer is a published and nationally recognized poet who studied creative writing and theology at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. With graduate degrees from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Susan taught at a private high school in Delaware for six years. As program director of a non-profit in Philadelphia, she had the opportunity to organize a young leader’s program enabling participants to effectively speak their own stories. She coached the Delawhere? Youth Slam Team to the Brave New Voices championship in Oakland, CA. Since relocating to Colorado Springs in 2012, Susan has become deeply invested in the local poetry community. Currently the Program Director of Hear Here Poetry, she has facilitated several workshops and classes on different aspects of writing and performance, was named the RAW Colorado Springs Artist of the Year, and was the recipient of three Pikes Peak Arts Council awards for excellence in performance poetry and leadership. She is an animated and inclusive presenter who readily engages audiences and inspires the unique circumstances into which poems arrive. Susan is eager to continue connecting different facets of the community through the shared experience of crafting words.

The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project is a partnership of the Pikes Peak Library District, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Radio Station KCME, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, Pikes Peak Arts Council, Hear Here Poetry, the Fountain Valley School, the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, Pikes Peak Community College and Poetry West.

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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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AudioFile Magazine is sponsoring Audiobook SYNC again this summer. This free program gives teens access to 30 different audiobooks throughout the summer. Two titles are available for download each week. To find out more, visit http://www.audiobooksync.com/.

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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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Christine Yocum

As a California native and self-taught baker, current PPLD Artist in Residence 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 host classes throughout the Library District about cookie painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c where you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

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

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