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What's New!

Kristina Winnett

PPLD's Maker in Residence for October and November 2015 was Kristina Winnett, a self-taught mixed-media artist who has spent most of her life in Colorado Springs. Choosing to pursue studies in the Sciences in college, she longed to participate in artistic processes, yet felt that required a natural ability to draw. Having always been crafty, she found Art Journaling (the combination of Art and Words) in 2005. It was love at first site, because the first rule of Art Journaling is that there are no rules. This medium is such an easy and non-intimidating way to jump into the playfulness of creativity, that even a trained scientist could do it. She longs to share this passion with all who wish to create something personal and meaningful, yet have felt intimidated to begin.

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2015

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 14th year in 2015!

PPLD’s theme for 2015 is Transformation @ Elevation. This year’s APPR selections all relate to characters that are transformed by extraordinary circumstances.

The 2015 titles are: In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides and Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson.

Young adult readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2015 is the graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.

The Children’s selections are Wonder by RJ Palacio and, for very young readers, the picture book I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer.

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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.
No tutoring on Mar. 21, 2016.

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library
No tutoring on Mar. 21, 2016.

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library
No tutoring on Mar. 21, 2016.

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c
No tutoring on Mar. 23, 2016.

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library
No tutoring on Mar. 17 or 24, 2016.

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. If the school district closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.

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Get involved in building a local writing community at Library 21c. This adult group meets to discuss creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We will offer the opportunity to read and workshop existing projects, writing exercises, writing support, and more. Contact the writing group facilitator at (719) 884-9800, x6345 if you are interested in getting your writing on the list for the month's feedback and discussion.

  • When: First Thursday of each month from 6 - 8 p.m. (beginning Sept. 3)
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Daria Wilber

PPLD's Maker in Residence for August and September 2015 is Daria Wilber. She born in Washington, D.C. and spent the first two decades of her life in and out of the amazing array of galleries and museums in the D.C. area on a weekly basis. She studied painting and printmaking at the Maryland School of Art and Design and worked in the scene shop for a regional theater company. In the mid-2000s, Daria began to study the paper arts in earnest. In 2012 she plunged into studio papermaking after a sculptural papermaking intensive at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with Jo Stealey. Daria currently works with papermaking and artist Helen Hiebert as a studio and teaching assistant.

During her time as Maker in Residence, Daria conducted flat paper making classes and a paper sculpture class

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Mango Languages

Mango Languages is back by popular demand! Learn a new language! Choose from 71 languages, including 19 English as a Second Language (ESL) options.

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Through The Golden Lotus Foundation's Asian Tales & Enrichment Program, participants will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Asian heritage and traditions. Each class will consist of an Asian theme tale or activity conducted by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU) members, followed by an activity of arts, crafts, or game. Each class is 1 1/2 hours.

Age 4 - 8
Session 1a: July 7, 8, 9, and 10
Session 2a: July 21, 22, 23, and 24
Session 3a: August 4, 5, 6, and 7
Age 9 - 13
Session 1b: July 14, 15, 16, and 17
Session 2b: July 28, 29, 30, and 31
Session 3b: August 11, 12, 13, and 14

1. Participants ages 4 - 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult 21 years and older; 9 - 13 years old need signed waiver.

2. Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

3. Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

4. Children can bring their favorite stuff animal to class. Quilted mats are provided for children to sit or lie down during story time. Parents can join their children on the mats or sit in chairs.

5. Registration Fees:

  • $70.00 per student, per session for (4) classes (to help offset the cost of supplies), prepaid; no refunds for unattended sessions. Full refund on cancellation requested before first session.
  • $20.00 per student drop-in.
  • Cash or check payable to Golden Lotus Foundation.

6. No charge for parents accompanying participants. An adult 21 years or older needs to sign Liability and Photo Release form for each student.

7. Limited number of scholarships available by submitting a paragraph explaining need. Please submit your request through email at info@GoldenLotusFoundation.org, or mail to Golden Lotus Foundation, 4645 Star Ranch Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Please allow 2 weeks for reply, state the Session(s) desired to attend.

Offering this enrichment program relies on a minimum number of (5) students participating.

Please contact Jennifer Huang, Director with any questions, jhuang@uccs.edu or (719) 231-0911.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Sarah Withee

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July was Sarah Withee. She began folding paper as a child, and was introduced to modular origami by Makoto Yamaguchi’s book Kusudama (Origami Ornaments). Thus began a lifelong interest in Japanese paper arts. Sarah has lived in Japan and taken classes in advanced paperfolding and doll making at Tokyo’s Origami Kaikan, and has an extensive library of origami books.

Sarah is an experienced origami instructor who has worked with students from children to senior citizens. She has taught origami at the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado’s Children’s Day for over 10 years, as well as classes for Pikes Peak Library District and private classes. If you have tried learning origami from a book and failed, Sarah knows just how to help you get unstuck!

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PPLD's Local Music Project

The Pikes Peak Region has a vibrant and diverse music scene which contributes and enhances the unique cultural identity of the area. Pikes Peak Library District’s Local Music Project (LMP) aims to connect our community’s talented musicians with listeners, by providing a platform from which artists may be discovered and their music heard.

PPLD's Local Music Project features music, reviews, and information about musicians and music ensembles whose original work has a definitive local connection, being composed, performed, and/or produced or recorded in the Pikes Peak Region. Visitors can gain access to performance calendars, venues, community music partners, as well as to artist’s websites and social media sites.

We look forward to introducing PPLD's Local Music Project to you in late 2015 or early 2016. Stayed tuned for more information and a Call for Submissions!

FAQs

What is LMP?

The Local Music Project, aka LMP, features music, reviews, and information about musicians and music ensembles whose original work has a definitive local connection, being composed, performed, and/or produced or recorded in the Pikes Peak Region. Visitors to this online library can gain access to performance calendars, venues, community music partners, as well as to artist’s websites and music or social media sites.

Why are we doing this?

The Pikes Peak Region has a vibrant and diverse music scene which contributes and enhances the unique cultural identity of the area. PPLD has always been about our community, and we want to reinforce that. LMP is Pikes Peak Library District’s online local music library and aims to connect our community’s talented musicians with listeners, by providing a platform from which artists may be discovered and their music heard by either streaming or by download. We want to offer unique content that is not available in big box stores and support the local music scene.

Who supports this project?

The Pikes Peak Library District is committed to bringing a music database of local musicians and their original music to our patrons. The district has been working with community partners to be named soon.

How much music will be on the site?

Time and resources will determine the answer to this question. As much as we possibly can, of course!

How do you get your music included?

LMP will put out a Call for Submissions. Criteria is yet to be determined. Musicians will be required to sign our contract that allows for permissions for the Library to provide access to their works and archive those works. Musicians will retain their copyrights to their creations.

Disclaimer

Inclusion in any PPLD database does not mean nor imply that the Library evaluates, endorses, or sanctions any group or individual service. The responsibility of choice rests with the users. Although Library staff strive to keep information current, it is possible that specific information within the listing may change at any time or may not represent a full spectrum of the community. Because the database is available to the general public as well as various government and nonprofit institutions, the Library cannot be responsible for any modification or use of the information.

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Enjoy this nature-themed Storytime and craft for ages 3 and up. This program is a collaboration between PPLD and the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.

  • When: Sundays at 1 p.m. beginning June 7
  • Where: Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N 30th St (2nd floor Red Rocks Room)

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