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cool science festivalPPLD's Video Center hosted another fantastic green screen experience on Saturday, April 12, at the Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College. This time, budding scientists and engineers had an opportunity to visit Mars, hang out in Tesla's lab, or stand on a strand of DNA. Need proof? Take a look at the evidence in our flickr set.

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Innovate Colorado Springs

Innovate Colorado Springs is a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship in the Pikes Peak region. The objective is to inspire, inform and involve our region through connection, resources, and education resulting in a globally competitive ecosystem and exceptional quality of life.

The week of April 14 will be used to communicate our community's innovation and entrepreneurial strengths, celebrate new and existing innovation activities, and to set the stage for our future success. The week features a series of events, including two tours of Library 21c.


Back to Back Kickoff Events

April 14 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus (Atrium),

5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Thom Ruhe, Kauffman Foundation, Vice President for Entrepreneurship
• Joe Raso, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
• Bree Langemo, Pikes Peak Community College & Leadership Pikes Peak Project Team

Description: Thom Ruhe, Vice President for Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion, will share the Kauffman vision…

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator Program (Day 1)

April 15 @ 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus (Atrium),

5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Gary Schoeniger, Co-Author, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur”
• Pamela Morgan, Educational Consultant

Description: The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a powerful new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the limitless opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners by exposing them to entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills…

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Innovation in K-12

April 15 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Space Foundation,

4425 Arrowswest Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 United States

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Presenter(s):
• Andre Spencer, Superintendent, Harrison School District Two
• Nancy Brown, ‎Senior Director of Education & District Operations, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc.
• Jo McGuire, Director of Training and Compliance, Conspire
• Dianne Kingsland, Executive Director, STEMsCo
• James Kynor, Dean of Manufacturing and Workforce Development, PPCC
• Sandra Hana – Parent and Senior Manager, Bomgar University
• …and many more!

Description: David Kelley, founder of IDEO and Stanford d.School (School of Design) underlines that “innovation and creativity are widely accepted as most driving forces behind business and community success, and are among most highly prized qualities in today’s leaders.” But innovation builds as early as childhood. Join Colorado Springs diverse education community…

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[Full] State of Entrepreneurship Education

April 15 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
UCCS,

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 United States

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Presenter(s):

• University of Colorado Colorado Springs
• El Pomar Institute for Innovation & Commercialization

Description: Luncheon panel will discuss entrepreneurship education programs with speakers from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, and University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Thom Ruhe, Vice President for Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will facilitate the discussion…

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21st Century Library Open House (1 of 2)

April 15 @ 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Pikes Peak Library District,

1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Pikes Peak Library District

Description: The Pikes Peak Library District is building a future-oriented, high-tech library, featuring innovative and interactive spaces that facilitate creativity, collaboration, and connections. This 112,000 SF building includes two Maker Spaces, a Business and Entrepreneurship Center, a video and audio recording studio…

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21st Century Library Open House (2 of 2)

April 15 @ 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Pikes Peak Library District,

1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Pikes Peak Library District

Description: The Pikes Peak Library District is building a future-oriented, high-tech library, featuring innovative and interactive spaces that facilitate creativity, collaboration, and connections. This 112,000 SF building includes two Maker Spaces, a Business and Entrepreneurship Center, a video and audio recording studio…

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Epicentral Coworking Open House

April 15 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Epicentral Coworking,

409 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Epicentral Coworking

Description: Epicentral Coworking is a membership-based work space dedicated to supporting, celebrating, and connecting local entrepreneurs, free lancers and small businesses. The aim is to cultivate the entrepreneurial community in Colorado Springs by providing innovative risk-takers the space and tools to launch for-profit and non-profit ventures…

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Pitch Night

April 15 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Epicentral Coworking,

409 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Peak Venture Group

Description: Have an amazing idea for a startup? At Pitch Night you get 5 minutes to pitch your idea to some of Colorado Springs’ most innovative and experienced entrepreneurs who then give you 5 minutes of honest feedback. To RSVP to pitch, visit pitchnight.org. All are welcome and allowed to provide feedback!

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator Program (Day 2)

April 16 @ 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Ivywild School,

1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Gary Schoeniger, Co-Author, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur”
• Pamela Morgan, Educational Consultant

Description: The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a powerful new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the limitless opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners by exposing them to entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills…

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Community Dynamics

April 16 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Ivywild School,

1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Nate Olson, Kauffman Foundation, Founder of 1 Million Cups

Description: Nate Olson, Founder of 1 Million Cups, will share how community dynamics and a culture of collaboration, including a tolerance for failure and a celebration of success, can lead to a great startup community…

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Innovation Lab (The Harwood Institute)

April 16 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Pikes Peak United Way,

518 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Bill Booth (Pikes Peak United Way/Harwood Institute Certified Coach)

Description: We have innumerable meetings to discuss plans and to-dos, but few organizations have spaces devoted to learning and innovations. Facilitated by a Harwood Institute Certified Coach, the Innovation Lab is a meeting with ground rules and questions that promote learning and innovations and help align community efforts. To demonstrate the model, the focus will be on Homeless and Housing Issues…

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Mashup!

April 16 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Ivywild School,

1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Colorado Springs Technology Incubator

Description: Mashup is a high-impact networking event that brings together investors, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, startup pros, community leaders and job seekers to help entrepreneurs connect with the resources that they need to pursue their great ideas…

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Entrepreneurial Mindset

April 17 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
The Pinery at the HIll,

775 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• Gary Schoeniger, Co-Author, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur”

Description: Co-Author Gary Schoeniger will redefine entrepreneurship and discuss how entrepreneurship is a mindset that can empower ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things…

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2014 Book and Author Announcement

April 17 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Pinery at the HIll,

775 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s): Pikes Peak Library District Description: This is the official announcement of the theme, books and authors chosen for this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) initiative. APPR, now in its 13th year, is a wildly successful “community reads” initiative that encourages the community to read specific books and then engage in community dialogues and various APPR-related activities. Price: Free Food: Beverages will be provided Capacity: 50+ Registration Link:

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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – Practical Tools

April 17 @ 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
The Pinery at the HIll,

775 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• John Cabeca, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Description: The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) promotes the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to investors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries. Through the issuance of patents, the USPTO encourages technological advancement and creates jobs by providing incentives to invent, invest in, and disclose new technology worldwide…

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What Say You? – A Conversation, Collection & Commitment To Our Future

April 17 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Pinery at the HIll,

775 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 United States

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Presenter(s):

• The Gazette
• Colorado College

Description: The Pikes Peak region certainly isn’t void of many educational opportunities, connecting activities and resources to support innovation and entrepreneurship – This week of events has clearly shown that. And, we’ve brought in some nationally recognized innovation leaders to add to our toolbox. Now, we must harness all we are doing and learning to drive even more opportunities for our citizens and businesses to be successful…

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art. Teens determine the winners.

Every story, adventure and journey starts from square one. The theme for our 2014 Teen Art Show & Contest was: Art2. Art Squared allowed the artist to choose the content and the medium. Our only request? The artwork must be square.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose and East Library during the month of April.


Best of Show - High School

Best of Show - High School:
Kodi’s Midnight Trek - Becka Jackson

Best of Show - Middle School

Best of Show - Middle School:
Spiral – Meera Bhatia

First Place - High School

First Place - High School:
Adrift - Kendra Baucom

First Place - Middle School

First Place - Middle School:
Goal - Raven Henriquez

Second Place - High School

Second Place - High School:
I Eat Numbers - Moriah Gilbert

Second Place - Middle School

Second Place - Middle School:
Rose - Alysia Jiminez

Coordinator's Choice - High School

Coordinator's Choice - High School:
Silent Night - Eloro Lobosco

Coordinator's Choice - Middle School

Coordinator's Choice - Middle School:
Day of the Dead - Raelynn Gross

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Special Collections at Pikes Peak Library District has just published online the Waldo Canyon Fire Digital Collection, consisting of reports, press releases, maps, photographs, videos and oral history interviews relating to the fire that devastated Colorado Springs in 2012. The collection contains materials created by local, state and federal agencies, interviews with affected residents and first responders conducted by Pikes Peak Library District, as well as powerful photographs, made by Colorado Springs residents and donated to PPLD, of the fire and its aftermath. It is intended to provide a comprehensive collection of documents for researchers today and long into the future.

With more than 400 items in the collection currently, it is expected to grow significantly in the coming months as more materials are added. Explore the Waldo Canyon Fire Digital Collection on Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Collections site at ppld.org/digital-collections.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

With over 300 votes cast, the winner of the PPLD 2014 Book Madness is
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green! Thank you for participating!

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This year, over 75,000 copies of the same book will be given away to 4-year-olds across Colorado! Which book will it be? Governor Hickenlooper and Lt. Governor Garcia recently announce the winning title chosen from three finalists: Grump Bird by Jeremy Tankard.

Then, from April 7 - 21, 4-year-olds can come into any PPLD library to pick up a FREE copy of the book!

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Downton Abbey Tea and Tour Raises Funds for 21st Century Library Campaign

Guests arrived at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in period dress and with their favorite tea cup for the Downton Abbey Tea and Tour, benefitting PPLD’s 21st Century Library Campaign. As harpist played, guests participated in Downton Abbey trivia, enjoyed British treats from local bakeries and sipped tea served from beautiful silver tea sets provided by Montague’s Parlour. Docents gave tours of the Church, explaining the fascinating history behind the Gothic Revival structure and the ornate stained glass and décor. Mr. Carson, Don Moon of Red Herring Productions, made an appearance for the evening and had his picture with guests in their lovely period outfits. To view pictures from the evening please click here.

Many thanks to all that participated in the Downton Abbey Tea and Tour!

Thank you to Downton Abbey Tea and Tour sponsors:

Bernideen’s
Boonzaaijer Bakery
Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church
Montague's Parlour
Oliver's Delicatessen
Renee Harp Studios
Toni and Guy Hair Dressing Academy
Willy's Emporium
Wisdom Tea House

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Click Here to Learn More and Donate!

Pikes Peak Library District’s 21st Century Library is designed to address the changing needs of our community, bringing the latest technologies to a new regional library, Library 21c.

MakerBot Replicator Z-18
With the MakerBot 3D printer, ideas and concepts become a reality! Adding the Z18 to the line of the library's existing smaller 3D printers, will allow the library's patrons to create quality, extra-large, industrial prototypes for various types of businesses and professional uses. Located in one of Library 21c's makerspaces, PPLD staff at Library 21c will engage patrons of all ages, introducing them to the technology of 3D printing and building real world skills.

The Impact
With your donation, PPLD will provide quality 3D printer services to our patrons who are developing concepts to further convey their ideas for products, businesses and other creative visions. Offering this innovative service will connect everyone in our community to cutting edge technology and more importantly, opportunity.

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This five-week Family Place Library series at Briargate Library is specifically designed for parents and their children ages 1 - 3. Play with toys and speak with library staff and community resource professionals on a different topic each week.

Registration is required. To register, click here or call (719) 260-6882.

  • Early Literacy Specialists
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions on early literacy.
    Wednesday, April 2 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Speech Pathologist
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions on speech. This is an informal event so, the CRS will not be able to give any specific diagnosis or details on your child/ren.
    Wednesday, April 9 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Nutrition
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions on Nutrition.
    Wednesday, April 16 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Child Development
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions on Child Development. This is an informal event so, the CRS will not be able to give any specific diagnosis or details on your child/ren.
    Wednesday, April 23 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Song and Movement
    Come together to play, interact with other families, and ask the Community Resource Specialist any questions.
    Wednesday, April 30 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

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Christine Faith

This Manitou Springs Library Lecture Series at the Manitou Art Center (515 Manitou Ave.) is presented by Christine Faith, a well-known expert in urban farming and a Colorado Springs resident. She and her husband farm out of their backyard in the Ivywild neighborhood.

There is no registration for these free programs.

  • Backyard Farming
    Explore backyard farming, urban livestock, and local food production to help determine what place food production and food producing animals have or do not have in our cities.
    Sat., March 29 at 11 a.m.
  • Bees
    Learn about the history, advantages, and basic elements of urban honey bee keeping. Honey bees are required for the natural ecosystem, and are a component of agriculture and food production.
    Sat., April 26 at 11 a.m.
  • Miniature Vineyards & Miniature Orchards
    Growing anything along the Front Range can be a challenge. Growing fruit can be especially challenging with our poor soils, dry climate, and cold winters. Learn what to plant, how to plant it, and tricks to keep those plants thriving on your landscape.
    Sat., May 31 at 11 a.m.
  • Aquaponics
    An introductory overview class of aquaponic gardening. This class will include basic system types, initial set-up, fish selection, ideal plants, and expectations for an in-home aquaponics growing system.
    Sat., June 28 at 11 a.m.
  • Backyard Poultry
    Backyard chickens have come to symbolize the backyard farming movement, and for good reason. Chickens are productive, quiet, and beneficial members of a backyard farm.
    Sat., July 26 at 11 a.m.

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