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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

TESSA and Pikes Peak Library District present a series of programs during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us for these FREE community speaking events. Information sessions and fundraisers to support TESSA, a safe house for survivors of domestic violence.

Survivor art will be on display at each event location:

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PPLD offers digital services for patrons including eBooks, eVideos, eMusic, and eMagazines. During this session, attendees can view a demonstration of PPLD’s CyberShelf materials and learn about available resources for additional step-by-step training for specific devices and platforms. Free session.

Seating is limited and registration required. Click here to register.

  • When: Fri., Oct. 10 from 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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Smashwords

Participants in the free Publish Your Own @ PPLD will learn to use the specialized Internet-based self-publishing vendor Smashwords to produce professional-quality eBooks. Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.) is hosting this event on Sat., Oct. 11 from 1 - 3:45 p.m.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Workshop 1: Create Your Manuscript, 1 - 1:45 p.m.
Explore strategies for transforming your idea into a draft and your draft into a polished manuscript.

Workshop 2: Format and Promote Your eBook, 2 - 2:45 p.m.
Learn about the Smashwords formatting process and explore ideas for eBook promotion.

Self-Publishing Panel, 3 - 3:45 p.m.
Local authors discuss the self-publishing process. The panel will consist of the following authors.

Anne Flint currently lives in a 100-year-old Victorian house in Colorado Springs that she loves to restore and remodel. She writes part time and designs and maintains websites for artists and authors. Anne’s book, Fettigrew Hall - The Biography of a House, was self-published in 2010 as part of a series about a 600-year-old house in England. As part of this series, she writes books about each century — who lived in the house and what happened to them. Filled with mystery, artifacts and ghosts, these stories promise to keep readers fascinated. Her book about the 13th century is forthcoming and a second contemporary book about Fettigrew Hall’s Megan and Gray is also in the works.

Sarah Kage is a dabbler who lives in the plains of Colorado. She spent the last 30 years honing her skills in writing, computer science and software, web design, self-publishing and marketing. She is a member of multiple writing groups and has published articles in magazines. The Halloween Pickle, co-published her son Casey, is her first published novel.

Casey Balaz is an artist in many mediums. A single father with a love for all things artistic, he spent the last 10 years improving his skills as an air-brush artist. Though he was reluctant to embrace the computer for his creations, Casey taught himself Photoshop, which elevated his art to a new level. In addition to illustrating The Halloween Pickle, Casey wrote and illustrated Fear of The Potty for his son.  

In addition to writing children’s fiction, Marty Mokler Banks freelances as a travel and marketing writer, and lives in Colorado Springs with her family and dogs. As a full-time writer, Marty’s books and articles show a bit of a split personality—the reality of making writing her life’s work. Her travel writing is often about exotic, freakishly amazing places all over the world (including Colorado Springs), while her inventive, thoughtful, and funny children's literature reflects her longstanding love of reading. Marty’s most recent children's book, G.G. Snowboards (Switch Monkey Press, 2013), is the first in a series that follows the spunky, sassy, eight-year-old G.G. as she explores a new extreme sport in each book. G.G. Rock Climbs is forthcoming soon.  

Erin Rambeau traveled the world while her father was in the army, spending time in Germany, California, and Connecticut. She has a younger brother and an older sister, 4 beautiful nieces and a great-nephew. When she was young, Erin started wrote short stories such as "I, Ripper" and "Who’s in the Titanic?” Her first novel, The Werewolf, the Librarian and I, launched a series which has continued to engage adult fiction readers. The Werewolf, the Librarian and I evolved into "Animals of the Night," a YouTube music video with more than 230,000 views. Erin is creating a second music video, "Fire of the Night," for her book WLI: The War.

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Floral Arrangement

Join us for a free series of classes by Bella Studio Florist. Each class will cover a different aspect for floral design, and will be held at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.). No previous floral design experience is required, and materials will be provided for you. Space is limited, so please register by clicking on each class’ corresponding link below or by calling (719) 389-8968.

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This class with class will cover the finer aspects of both buying and selling a house. It will be presented by local real estate agent Billie Allor.

Registration is required for this free program. To register, click here.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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    Bring your child to play each Friday morning with developmentally appropriate toys, games, music, puzzles and books that will help with future reading success! This is for children under 5 with a caring adult. No registration required.

    What: Play & Learn
    Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
    When: Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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    Come join us at Ruth Holley Library for an after school adventure! We’ll provide the supplies, you bring your imagination. Light snacks will be served. Ages 12 & under.

    When: Fridays, 4 - 5 p.m.
    Where: Ruth Holley Library

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    American Made Movie

    In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2014, join us at Venue @ 21c for a screening of American Made Movie. The documentary looks back on the glory days of U.S. manufacturing when there was a more balanced relationship between the goods produced and consumed, and illustrates how technology and globalization have changed the competitive landscape for companies doing business in America, as well as overseas. By illustrating the successes of companies and entrepreneurs that, of their own accord, have prospered without adopting the practices of their competitors, American Made Movie shows the positive impact these jobs can have on national and local economies in the face of great challenges.

    This screening is sponsored by Bal Seal Engineering, DMS Custom, Pikes Peak Library District Foundation, Qualtek Manufacturing, Spire Manufacturing Solutions, and Springs Fabrication.

    Click here to register.

    • When: Wed., Oct. 1 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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    LinkedIn

    This class is a basic overview to LinkedIn, the popular social media for professionals. Topics include setting up an account, managing your feed, developing a robust profile, and using LinkedIn to help you land that next big opportunity.

    For this class, it's necessary you have basic computer proficiency.

    Registration required.

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    Friends Fall Book Sale

    It's that time again! The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are holding their annual Fall Book Sale at East Library on October 17-19.

    • Friday, October 17, 4 - 7 p.m. - Friends members only. Friends memberships are available at the door or at this link: http://ppld.org/friends/join-us
    • Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Open to the public.
    • Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Open to the public. $5 bag sale (bags supplied by the Friends)

    See you there!

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