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Join us for a basic overview of the popular social media for professionals, LinkedIn. Topics to include setting up an account, managing your feed, developing a robust profile, and how to use LinkedIn to help you land that next big opportunity.

These classes, all held at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), it's necessary you have basic computer proficiency. Register today to ensure your spot!

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GalaxyFest IV: A New Hope

The annual Colorado Springs Pop Culture Multimedia Convention will take place on on February 27 and 28 and March 1 at the Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Highlights for this year include personal appearances by three of the internationally known Power Rangers characters. This year's activities:

  • Makers Room, with hands-on demonstrations and activities
  • Full writer's track with over 30 participating authors
  • Three separate gaming rooms
  • Second annual Film Fest presented by BlissFest
  • Zombie infestation on Friday evening
  • Masquerade Costume Contest for children and adults on Saturday
  • Family Day on Sunday featuring a Time Travelers Tea
  • GalaxyFest AfterDark activities on Friday and Saturday nigh

For more information and schedules, visit galaxyfest.org.

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Sarah and Peter Dorhn

Sarah and Peter Dorhn will present a program on the increasingly-popular Tiny Houses. Their talk centers around how they decided to build their tiny (200 sq. ft.) house, the permits needed, and how to do it yourself. There will be a question/answer period as well. The program will include a walk-through of the house. Refreshments will be served.

  • When: Sat., Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave.

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Have your own art show at one of the 12 PPLD art galleries.

The PPLD Art Evaluation Committee will be jurying art for future 1 - 2 month individual shows. Interested artists should bring five representative pieces of their body of work in show-ready format (matted, framed, wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art). Submissions must also include an Art Exhibit Application (see below).

Submissions will be accepted on Wednesday, March 18 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. Note: artists will be notified of Committee’s decision within two weeks.

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

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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.

  • Procurement Certification Alphabet Soup
    Learn the how to and benefits of 8(a), SDB, DBE, WBE, MBE, SBE, ESB, WOSB, EDWOSB, SDVOSB … and who accepts each.
    Thu., March 19 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Strategies to Overcome “Contract Bundling”
    Learn methods to utilize tools (i.e. socio-economic certifications, strategic alliances, etc.) to level the procurement playing field.
    Thu., April 16 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Does Your Business Plan You?
    Learn to plan products/services, marketing and financing for growth, collaboration, and/or writing proposals.
    Thu., May 14 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Systemize Your Small Business
    Learn the difference between owning a business and owning a job. Understand how systems will affect your expansion, mergers, sale, and government contracting.
    Thu., June 18 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • 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.
      Wed., Jan. 28; Thu., March 26; 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.
      Wed., Feb. 25; Thu., April 23; Thu., June 25; Thu., Oct. 22

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Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

PPLD's Friends of the Library are having a Spring Book Sale at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. on March 20, 21, and 22, 2015.

  • Friday, March 20: 4 - 7 p.m., Friends only, memberships available at the door
  • Saturday, March 21: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., open to the public
  • Sunday, March 22: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., $5 bag sale Sunday only, bags provided by Friends

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Black History Month

Come join Ruth Holley Library for music, fun, face painting, and children's crafts in celebration of Black History Month. Listen to the Mitchell High School Madrigal choral group from 2 - 2:30 p.m. and make some noise with Bob Hall and the Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble from 3 - 4 p.m. Celebrate African American traditions with song, drumming, and crafts for the entire family.

Members from the Colorado Springs Buffalo Soldier Memorial Committee will be showing photos, video, and an 1880s food and equipment demonstration on Sat., Feb. 7 from noon - 1:30 p.m. at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd. The Sand Creek Library is also hosting a series of films at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday nights in February:

  • February 11: Gifted Hands
  • February 18: Ray
  • February 25: Cool Runnings

Also, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., will be hosting We R Onebody's 2nd annual Multicultural Black History Program on Sat., Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/weronebody.

If you want to learn more about black history, PPLD has plenty of resources including all of these informative books.

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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: Library 21c
When: Wednesdays, 10 and 11 a.m.

Where: Manitou Springs Library
When: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

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Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is publishing her second book in July 2015. Called Go Set a Watchman, it is a story about Scout as an adult and her relationship with her father in a small Alabama town brewing with racial tension. It was written before To Kill a Mockingbird, but was abandoned and thought lost.

“After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years,” Ms. Lee said in a statement.

Go Set a Watchman us on order in the Catalog (it's not available yet), so place your hold now. And since a re-read is in order, you can get To Kill a Mockingbird as well.

Read more here.


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Philosophy at the Library is a series of talks given by UCCS Philosophy instructors at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. The partnership series is celebrating UCCS' 50th Anniversary and will be held the first Tuesday of the month from February through November from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

  • March 3 - "Liberation through Love of Fate in the Bhagavad Gita" Geoff Ashton
  • April 7 - "Neuroscience and the Flame of Consciousness" Rex Welshon
  • Sept. 1 - "Love and Hate" Dorothea Olkowski
  • Oct. 6 - "The Theology of American Political Discourse" Jeff Scholes
  • Nov. 3 - "Do We Have Moral Obligations to the Poor?" Jennifer Jensen

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