InformationAll Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, July 4. Happy Independence Day!

What's New!

Institute of Museum and Library Services and Lifetime Arts, Inc.

Learn the art and science of photography in this series of eight weekly classes taught by Charlie Mussi. Participants will learn the technical fundamentals of using their own cameras or phones, share tips and techniques, and explore their artist vision through discussions, projects and homework assignments.

This class series, presented by Creative Aging in America’s Libraries, is free and all supplies will be furnished. Registration is required. Participants must be 55 or older. To register, call (719) 389-8968 or drop by any PPLD library.

Creative Aging in America’s Libraries is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services in collaboration with Lifetime Arts, Inc., AARP Foundation, American Library Association and Westchester Library System.

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

The Pikes Peak Library District 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, and wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art). All submissions must include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Wed., July 22 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla Street. Pick up your submissions the same day from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

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

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Sarah Withee

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July is 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!

WORKSHOPS

Origami Cards
In this class, we will learn to fold several models that can serve as decorations for cards. This is a great introduction to origami, and will feature origami butterflies, stars, hearts, and other flat models suitable for cards. All models will be suitable for beginning paperfolders. Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be 16 years of age to attend.

Origami Ornament
In this class, we will learn to fold the traditional Japanese kusudama, or ornament, from six sheets of paper. This class provides a great introduction to some basic origami folding techniques and gives you a beautiful finished ornament to take home. Registration is required and space is limited.

IN STUDIO HOURS
Sarah will be hosting open studio hours at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), when you can talk to her about her origami and watch her work.

  • Tue., June 23 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri., June 26 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Mon., June 29 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu., July 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., July 8 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Sun., July 12 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Fri., July 17 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Sat., July 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., July 20 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Wed., July 22 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tue., July 28 from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wed., July 29 from 1 - 3 p.m.

PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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John Anderson

Retired El Paso County Sheriff John Anderson will give a one-hour presentation on the cultural and historical significance of the Ute Indian Prayer Trees in the Pikes Peak region. These Culturally Modified Trees are believed to have been cultivated between 150 - 450 years ago, and they are found throughout Colorado. Learn about the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak Region, their culture and world view, history, and how these trees connect us to the richness of their culture. Learn to identify Ute Prayer Trees.

Anderson will have copies of his recently published book, Ute Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region, available for purchase and to sign them.

  • Sat., June 27 at 2 p.m., Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
  • Fri., July 10 at 2 p.m., Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade
  • Sat., July 25 at 2 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Anderson has lived in the Pikes Peak region since 1956 and grew up in the shadow of Pikes Peak on a ranch in eastern El Paso County where he loved riding horses and collecting arrowheads. He enjoyed a thirty year law enforcement career, including twenty-two years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and two four year terms as Sheriff for El Paso County.

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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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The Mitguards

Join us for this series of free concerts on the lawn of Manitou Springs Library (701 Manitou Ave.) on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, and lawn chairs! In case of bad weather, concerts will be held in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park on the west side of downtown Manitou Springs.

  • June 30: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
  • July 7: Tenderfoot Bluegrass (Bluegrass)
  • July 14: The Storys (Folk Rock, Classic Rock, Originals)
  • July 21: Mo’ Mungus (Reggae)
  • July 28: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
  • Aug 4: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
  • Aug 11: Charity Shatwell (Power Folk)

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Children’s Hospital Colorado - Colorado Springs

Children’s Hospital Colorado - Colorado Springs will be offering parenting workshops at Pikes Peak Library District’s Library 21c on the second Thursday of each month in 2015.

Heart Health: It’s Not Just for Adults Anymore
Please join Dr. Sonali Patel from Children’s Hospital Colorado for a discussion on childhood cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressures. The seminar will include information on the importance of heart health in childhood to protect against disease in adulthood. Learn 7 simple ways to live a better life for yourself, your family, and much more in this lunchtime event. Thu., Aug. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Sick Kids 101
Parents - What do you do when your kids are sick? In urgent care, we see a lot of parents who get so worried when their children have fevers or mild colds. Leslie Austin will talk about when to worry and when not to, and how to manage fever and colds at home. Thu., Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m.

Tonsils: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
A presentation by Dr. Stephen Newton. Thu., Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Healthy, Happy Holidays
Plain and simple, the holidays are tough! Weight management isn’t always easy but it’s especially difficult when you’re surrounded by sweets and comfort foods constantly. Come learn from Jennifer Kintner some easy ideas, recipes, and things you can do to help manage your weight this holiday season. Thu., Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m.

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Junk to Joy

Learn how to take common day recyclable items and make them into wonderful and useful art! All programs in this series will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Space is limited and registration is required. Patron must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Must have a Makerspace use agreement on file.

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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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