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Clive Thompson

Join us for two events with Clive Thompson, author of All Pikes Peak Reads 2015 title Smarter than You Think.

A Mixer with Clive Thompson

PPLD and the Imagination Celebration Leadership Council present this informal talk about technology changing the way we think and live. Registration is required. To reserve your spot, call (719) 387-9015.

  • When: Fri., Oct. 9 from 5 - 6 p.m.
  • Where: Imagination Celebration iSpace, Citadel Mall (upper level near Burlington’s)

A Conversation with Clive Thompson

Thompson will give a multimedia presentation about Smarter than You Think as part of the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire. A book signing will follow his talk. Books will be available for purchase. No registration is required for this free program.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Put Facebook to work for your business by learning the basics of Facebook Business Pages. Create your page, learn to navigate the interface, and get tips on the types of content that drives interest in your business.

Pre-requisite: Students must already have a personal Facebook page and know their login information.

Registration is required. To sign up for this free class, click here.

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

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Philosophy at the Library is a series of talks given by UCCS Philosophy instructors at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. The partnership series is celebrating UCCS' 50th Anniversary and will be held the first Tuesday of the month from February through November from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

    Oct. 6 - "Do We Have Moral Obligations to the Poor?" by Jennifer Jensen
    Jennifer Jensen received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. Her primary areas of interest are metaphysics, free will, and philosophy of religion. She also has interests in applied ethics, especially the ethics of assistance. She began teaching at UCCS in the spring of 2011. She teaches Critical Thinking.

    Nov. 3 - "The Theology of American Political Discourse" by Jeff Scholes
    Jeffrey Scholes is Assistant Professor, Philosophy and the Director of the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has written books and articles on American political theology and on the relationship between religion and sports.


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A meaningful public service commitment for the community-oriented individual.

There are seven members serving on the PPLD Board. The term of office is five years; vacancies are filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. Board members may serve for no more than two terms. Board members are appointed jointly by the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Commissioners.

For a complete job description, click here.

To apply for this position, please complete the Board of Trustees Membership Application, which can be mailed, or submitted via email to If mailing, please address applications to: Pikes Peak Library District; Attention: Board Applications; PO Box 1579; Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, November 6, 2015 at 12 p.m. (noon).


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Gerry Murphy

Gerry Murphy invites you into the world of the mystic, the true stories of many unusual and, in some cases, supernatural events in Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Gerry is a life member of the International Ghost Hunters Society and is a Certified Ghost Researcher. He’ll take you through the Golden Age of the early 1900s when mediums were guests in the parlors of Manitou’s Victorian homes where psychic games were played and many a séance was performed.

No registration is required for these free programs.

  • Sat., Oct 3 at 1 p.m. – Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade
  • Sat., Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. – Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave.

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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 5 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). Submissions must include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Wed., Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day between 4:30 - 6 p.m.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email

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It's that time again! The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are holding their annual Fall Book Sale at the East Library Community Room on October 30, 31, and November 1.

  • Friday, October 30, 4 - 7 p.m. - Friends members only. Friends memberships are available at the door or at this link:
  • Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Open to the public.
  • Sunday, November 1, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Open to the public. $5 bag sale - Sunday only - (bags supplied by the Friends)

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Teen Boy

Most teens in dystopian novels don’t get to pick what they will be when they grow up ... but YOU do!

On the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Ent Conference Center at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), professionals will talk to teens about their careers and the ups and downs of getting where they are, followed by a Q&A session. Must be 12 - 18 to attend. To register, please click on the appropriate link below.

If you are interested in volunteering to talk about your profession during the designated month for your career field, contact Speakers should currently be in the career field they wish to talk about.

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Dia De Los Muertos

Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd., will be hosting a slate of programming in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Art Exhibit

Come view a display of art prints by the influential and revered Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada starting September 15.

Family Fun: Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with fun for the entire family!

Sat., Sept. 26 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Sounds of Mexico
    1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Enjoy this Mariachi music duo.
  • Printmaking Class
    2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    In this family-friendly class, we will discover the historical art of printmaking. Using engraved images influenced by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, we will create our very own colorful and exciting prints! No reservation needed. Materials: construction paper, brayers, paint, and vegetables. Instructor: Erin Gillespie from the Bemis School of Art.

Family Fun: Celebrating Hispanic Culture

In celebration of Hispanic culture, we will create our own Mexican “retablos” and enjoy storytelling for the entire family. Retablos are small paintings used to honor Catholic saints. In this family-friendly class, we will paint our own retablos to take home.

Sat., Oct. 24 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Storytelling
    1:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Retablo Class
    2 - 3:30 p.m.

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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.

Among the many programs for all ages related to this year's books will be several author visits. The next author visit will be with Clive Thompson, who will be making public appearances on October 9 and 10.

Click here for a complete calendar of APPR 2015 events.


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