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Ever wonder what your dog is trying to tell you? Join Megan from Train with Trust for an informational presentation on dog and human communication. After the presentation, stick around to make a toy for your furry pal.

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Show off your art at the Library!

The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be reviewing art for future 1 - 2 month shows by individual artists. Please bring five representative pieces of your artwork in show-ready format (matted, framed,
and wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art.) Submissions must included a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Wed., Aug 24 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email charnish@ppld.org.

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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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Food by the Book

Elegant Meals at Home

Join Chef Michael Cotton of Your Personal Chef to learn how to create elegant meals at home. Chef Michael will prepare a chicken salad and share hints and tips on making an elegant meal at home. Chef Michael feels anyone can have a fine dining experience without the cost of one!

Open to ages 12 and up. Space is limited; registration required. Call (719) 531-6333, x2665 to make a reservation, or visit tinyurl.com/jfozjme.

  • When: Sat., Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Coffee Tasting with Inertia Coffee

Join Brian Derheimer of Inertia Coffee to learn all about coffee! Brian will discuss different types of beans and the roasting process as well as the French press and cold-brew processes. Inertia Coffee is based in Colorado Springs and Veteran owned!

Open to ages 12 and up. Space is limited; registration required. Call (719) 531-6333, x2665 to make a reservation, or visit tinyurl.com/zqow8h6.

  • When: Sat., Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Click here to go to BrainFuse!

Keep your brain sharp this summer with BrainFuse's Summer Skills Camp. This is a free resource with your library card! Patrons in grades 3-12 can participate all summer long to prevent the dreaded summer slide. The programs aren't going to overwhelm; they are fun and entertaining!
To access, click here and enter in your library card number and PIN.

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We want to hear from you! From July 1 to Aug. 19 the library is running an online survey to understand how patrons benefit from summer reading at the library.

After completing the survey, you'll have a chance to win an iPad Mini!

Your feedback will help us provide resources and services that are valuable to the community. The survey is anonymous and does not collect any personally identifiable information.

Children and Teens click here.

Parents and Caregivers click here. If you have more than one child participating in summer reading, please fill out one per child.

Please support the library and help us improve our services.

Thank you!

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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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Another manic Monday ahead? Start your day and week off right with Mellow Mondays, our weekly mind and body exercises to help you make it through the week.

No registration is required for these free programs, which happen from 10 - 11 a.m. at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.).

Please call (719) 389-8968 for more information.

  • July 18: Journaling
  • July 25: Yoga
  • August 1: Adult Coloring
  • August 8: Zen Gardens
  • August 15: Green Tea Bar
  • August 22: Yoga
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What: Teen Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2016
Who: Grades 6-12 welcome to participate!

Click here for more information, registration, and game card!

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On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!

What: Kid's Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2016
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 at ppld.org from June 1 - July 31, 2016
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete nine spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every two 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 our Gold Medal Readers game!

Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a medal for every five hours you read.
  2. After each completed five hours, visit your library and add your name to our bonus readers diplay.
  3. When you complete 25 hours, you earn a free Child’s Pass to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (with a 75¢ donation)!

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 wearable rattle, and a board book.

But Wait! There's More!
Hundreds of fun programs this summer are all free, and include 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 bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Reading Buddies

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Check out this promo made by PPLD's Center for Public Media!

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clay snake

PPLD's Maker/Artist in residence for June and July of 2016 is 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.

Patricia will be hosting free classes throughout PPLD and studio hours at Library 21c, where you can watch her work and talk to her about her craft.

"Reto Cane" Polymer Cane
This class will explore the wonders of polymer clay. We will go over basics and create a "retro cane" figurine using a variety of tools and techniques. Registration is required. Patron must be at least 16 years of age.

Studio Hours at Library 21c

  • Wed., June 22 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Mon., June 27 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., July from 6 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tue., July 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., July 18 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Fri., July 29 from noon - 3 p.m.

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

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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.”

Amy will hosted classes throughout the Library District, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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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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Join us Tuesdays this summer from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on the lawn of Manitou Springs Library (701 Manitou Ave.) for a series of free shows! All concerts are open to the public. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, lawn chairs, and enjoy an evening of music on the lawn.

In case of bad weather, concerts will be held in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park on the west side of downtown Manitou Springs.

  • June 7: Jazz Express (Big Band Jazz)
  • June 14: Balanced Rock (Original Rock)
  • June 21: J. Miller Band (Americana)
  • June 28: Tenderfoot Bluegrass (Bluegrass)
  • July 5: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
  • July 12: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
  • July 19: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
  • July 26: Michael Reese (Rock)
  • Aug. 2: Crystal Hill Billys (Bluegrass and Acoustic)
  • Aug. 9: The Scones (Rock & Rollin’ Americana)
  • Aug. 16: Kip & Friends (Easy Listening)
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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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Teen Fiction Writing Contest

The Summer Reading Fiction Writing Contest is now over and we will be announcing winners soon!

Questions? Contact Corrie Van Bemden at cvanbemden@ppld.org!

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Summer Reading Photography Contest!

Do you express yourself through photography? New to the art of taking pictures? "Get in the Game" and submit a photo for the Summer Reading Photography Contest!

Theme: Get in the Game! "Get in the Game" refers to so many aspects of life. It applies to athletes, gamers, and being involved!

Entry Deadline: Sunday, June 26, 2016

General Information:

  • The photographs will be juried by a panel of teen volunteers.
  • There will be a reception for participants and families at the East Library on July 30 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Photographs will be on display at East Library during the month of August.

Guidelines:

  • Contest is open to grades 6 - 12
  • Submit one photo (sized to 8x10 and between 150 - 300 dpi) per person
  • Include a paragraph explaining why the photo fits the theme
  • Use the online entry form to submit your photograph
  • In order to win a prize, participants must live within the Pikes Peak Library District (most of El Paso County, except for Security/Widefield).

For more information, email Joanna at jrendon@ppld.org.

Need a camera? Borrow one for FREE!

  • Set up an appointment to checkout a camera by emailing the Center for Public Media and mentioning the Summer Reading Photography Contest.
  • An orientation will be required before or during checkout.
  • For teens under 18, a parent or guardian will need to check out the camera on his/her library card.

The Summer Reading Photography Contest is made possible in part through the generosity of Charlie Mussi.

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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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The first and third Saturday afternoon of every month this summer, join us at MAKE @ East to build an interactive outdoor game. Bring yourself, or come with friends and family, and learn to make the following fun games:

June 4 Ladder Golf
June 18 Build a Kite
July 2 Sidewalk Chalk
July 16 Ring Toss
August 6 Bean Bag Toss
August 20 Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe

Registration is required for many of these programs. Please see the online calendar or a reference desk for details. Programs are available while supplies last.

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When: Mon., Aug. 15, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Mountain Vista Home School Academy - 2400 Slater Ave. 80905

It’s time again for the Mountain Vista Home School Academy Book Swap and Sale! This will be our fourth time holding this event; we had incredibly successful previous years of sales, with families earning over $1500! The Swap and Sale is hosted by MVHSA, and is open to community – specifically home-schooling families! This event is free to all attendees. Participants are welcome to sell home schooling curriculum, manipulatives, and items that can assist in the education of students in the home environment.

If you are interested in selling or trading items at this event, please email the MVHSA office (ramartinez@hsd2.org) no later than August 5th.

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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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