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Teen Writers

The Challenge:
Write an original fiction story of up to 2,500 words that begins with the sentence “The picture on the website had lied.” What happens after that is up to you!

Guidelines:

  • Must fill out the form and submit your piece through this link by June 15, 2016. The file format should be compatible with Microsoft Word 2010. If you need to convert a file, please visit a library location.
  • Must be going into grades 6-12 in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Must be an El Paso County resident.
  • Word count must not exceed 2,500 words. Word count will be established by using Microsoft Word 2010. Points will be automatically deducted from the total score of the piece if the word count exceeds 2,500 words.
  • Pieces must be double-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri font with the title and page number in the upper-right-hand corner.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • The entry must begin with the line “The picture on the website had lied”

FAQs

  • When will I know if I have won?
    We will notify participants by mid-July if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, regardless of if they won an award.
  • Are you publishing the anthology again?
    Yes! We will be publishing the top five in both middle school and high school (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and two honorable mentions).
  • Will I get feedback for my work?
    Yes! If you attend the awards ceremony, you can pick up a copy of your work with judges’ comments on it.
  • Do I have to turn in my story online?
    Yes. To better facilitate the process, we are requiring all stories be turned in digitally. You can stop by any PPLD location to use one of our computers for this purpose.

Questions? Contact Corrie Van Bemden at CVanBemden@ppld.org.

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Birdhouse

There will be 3 categories with a bird-related prize for the winner of each category:

  • Adults (ages 19 and up): Build a FUNCTIONAL birdhouse/nesting box – judged by professionals
  • Teens (ages 12-18): Build a FUNCTIONAL birdhouse/nesting box – judged by professionals
  • Adults AND Teens: Build a PURELY DECORATIVE Birdhouse – judged by popular vote “People’s Choice Award”

Rules
1. One submission per person in your age group for the functional and one for the decorative.
2. Birdhouse/nesting box must be made by you – no kits please.
3. Functional birdhouse/nesting box must be species specific for local birds and may not be painted. (You may stain it with non-toxic water based stain.)
4. Entry must have your name, (age if teen), contact information, and tell which bird species the house is made for (if it is a functional birdhouse).
5. Decorative birdhouses may be painted and must NOT have a hole for the bird. It should have a flat bottom and not be larger than a copy paper box.
6. Birdhouses/nesting boxes will be on display at Library 21c during the month of June 2016. PPLD is not responsible for any damage that may occur.

Submission Guidelines
1. One entry per person in your age group for the functional and one for the decorative.
2. Drop off your birdhouse/nesting box at Library 21c (teen or adult desk) from Tuesday, May 31 - Tuesday, June 7.
3. Entry form must be included with birdhouse/nesting box. To print an entry form, click here.
4. Pick up your birdhouse/nesting box at Library 21c (teen or adult desk) from Tuesday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 6. (Any birdhouse/nesting box not picked up becomes property of PPLD.)

To view birdhouse specifications for specific species, click here.

You can vote for your favorite birdhouse at Library 21c from Wednesday, June 8 - Saturday, June 18.

Contact Robin at (719) 884-9800, x6359 or rmisciagna@ppld.org with any questions.

Sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited #023, Colorado Springs Wild Bird Center, and This Place Is for the Birds.

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 All Pikes Peak Writes

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.

https://pikp.ent.sirsi.net/client/PPLD/search/results?qu=william+shakesp...

What's your favorite? Mine's Hamlet. My husband likes Titus Andronicus because it's a bloodbath.

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taxes

It's that time again. Taxes are due by Monday, April 18. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

  • Colorado Tax Information
  • Federal Tax Information
  • State Tax Forms
  • Tax Websites
  • Free Tax Help

Good luck and happy filing!

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Healthy Living @ PPLD

PPLD, the El Paso County Department of Human Services, and the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region are teaming up to encourage healthy living!

Our libraries will be hosting a wide variety of programming and the opportunity to win prizes through a game that runs from April 1 through June 30.

For a complete list of Healthy Living programs, click here.

HOW TO PLAY:
1. Register online at ppld-healthyliving.readingrecord.net or your nearest library location
2. Attend the PPLD Healthy Living Programs AND complete 6 activities listed on the game card

3. Collect prizes at the end of each level
4. Complete all 3 levels for the grand prize drawing

RULES:
1. Open to all ages and all PPLD library patrons
2. Must have a library card in good standing to win grand prize
3. PPLD employees, substitutes, and household members are not eligible for grand prizes
4. PPLD reserves the right to substitute prizes
5. Prizes will be awarded while supplies last

PRIZES INCLUDE:
Granola Bar, Fitness Journal, Water Bottle, and Day Pass to the YMCA

GRAND PRIZES INCLUDE:
Fitbit, YMCA 90 Day Pass, Fitness Gift Basket

This program is funded by the El Paso County Department of Human Services.

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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.

Intro to Cookie Painting
Come by for a fun-filled time of exploring creativity as you hand-paint cookies and transform an ordinary shape into your own edible work of art! Registration required. Attendees must be at least 16 years old.

In Studio Hours

  • Mon., March 28 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Tue., April 5 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tue., April 12 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Mon., April 18 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Mon., April 25 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Wed., May 4 from 1 - 4 p.m.

PREVIOUS/CURRENT MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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Book club sets are now available to place holds on in our Catalog! Click here to learn more.

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

The theme for our 2016 Teen Art Show & Contest was Magnify It! Teens were encouraged to take a closer look at the world around them and create a piece of artwork.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

Here are the winners!

High School
“My Converse Crush” by Ashley D.—Best in Show
“A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P—2nd Place, High School
“Lou” by Arely A.—Coordinator’s Choice, High School
“Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E.—1st Place, High School

Middle School
“Hidden in the Flowers” by Tiya G.—2nd Place, Middle School
“Butterfly Glory” by Asia X.—Coordinator’s Choice, Middle School
“The Story in an Eye” by Stephanie L.—1st Place Middle School

You can view the winning works here:

Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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Manitou Springs Library is hosting a monthly Anime Club on the 2nd Saturday of every month, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Come draw Manga, watch anime, make anime-inspired crafts, and eat snacks!

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