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Jeanne Marie Laskas

Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of All Pikes Peak Reads 2016 selection Hidden America, will be speaking at Library 21c on Tue., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow. Books for purchase will be provided by Barnes & Noble.

Hidden America offers the reader the chance to explore parts of American life that are rarely thought or talked about by society at large. This is a remarkable piece of non-fiction that is perfectly described on its cover: “From coal miners to cowboys, an extraordinary exploration of the unseen people who make this country work.”

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E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks is coming to Pikes Peak Library District as part of our All Pikes Peak Reads program!

When: Fri., Nov. 4, 7 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

Book signing to follow!

Teens! Want to meet her at a VIP reception? Participate in our contest!

PPLD is having a supply drive for Urban Peak. Join us in helping youth experiencing homelessness.

E. Lockhart's visit is made possible by a generous grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Pikes Peak Library District's Foundation.

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. PPLD encourages everyone to get out there and make your voice heard. East Library and Library 21c are both polling centers and drop-off locations.

Voting Resources

Want more information? Visit our voting resources page!

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As Franke Landau-Banks knows, there is something beautiful about the perfectly executed prank. We want to challenge all the teens (ages 12-18) in the El Paso County area to come up with their own amazing prank and tell us about it!

We want an in-depth description of how the prank would go down, Rube Goldberg style. And if you participate? You will be entered into a drawing to meet the author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart, at a special VIP Meet and Greet before listening to her speak at Library 21c on November 4th. The reception will begin at 6 p.m.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Don’t actually do the prank. We just want the plan of action - no need to carry it out.
  • Nothing malicious or dangerous - keep it clean, friendly, and nothing that would get you arrested or hurt.
  • Illustrate your prank in a way we can follow along - include important details and send us files (pdf, jpg, png). Check out the link above for examples of how Rube Goldberg illustrated and explained his inventions.
  • Be creative - Frankie used her powers as a prank mastermind for good, making them about more than just causing mayhem - they had a message behind them.
  • Submit your prank using this form by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 24.
  • Open to ages 12-18 in El Paso County.
  • Have fun!
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Urban Peak

All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) is an annual program in which we encourage readers from our area to read the same book. For teens, the 2016 selection is The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. In this book, Frankie pulls many pranks in an effort to move her conservative private school forward. This supply drive for Urban Peak is not a prank, but is meant to help teens experiencing homelessness in our area. Urban Peak supplies basic needs and "intensive case management, health services, and education & employment support, which are all designed to empower each individual youth build toward self-sufficiency based on their own identified goals and needs."

E. Lockhart will be speaking on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Book signing to follow the presentation.

Please help by donating any of these items at all PPLD locations between Sept. 16 - Nov. 6.

  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Slim Jim’s (individual sizes)
  • Beef Jerky (individual sizes)
  • Cliff bars
  • Trail Mix/ Nut Mixes (individual sizes)
  • **Twin/full blankets or comforters (not fancy, for clients sleeping outside)
  • Disposable razors
  • Trial size shaving creams
  • Trial size deodorant
  • **Men’s boxers (NEW) in sizes medium and large
  • Women’s underwear (NEW) in sizes small-xlg
  • Men’s new socks (white crew socks are best, and thicker winter weather socks)
  • Bath towels (new or very gently used) – we are fine on wash cloths and hand towels
  • Men’s size belts
  • Dress Shoes (also for interviews)
  • **Sturdy bookbag Backpacks
  • Black Non-Slip Shoes (for clients who work in the food service industry)
  • Solid work boots for those who work outside
  • Ear Buds

**indicates greatest need

Thank you in advance for supporting Urban Peak!

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Add Your Book Review to

Have you read a really great (or really bad) book lately? Tell us all about it! Just fill out this book review form and your review will be posted in the Book Reviews section of

Happy reviewing!

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Homeschool Science @ East

Our Homeschool Science @ East programs are scheduled from 1 - 3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. During this time our volunteers will have a special program for everyone to participate in. This is a family program so parents are expected to accompany their students. Lab equipment is available for you to use in the ERC (Educational Resource Center) during its normal open hours at East Library. Homeschool Science @ East is open to all ages, and no registration is required.

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Call for Makers and Artists

The makerspaces contained in Library 21c are great places for generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster such endeavors, PPLD has a Maker/Artist in Residence program.

What are we looking for?

  • People with creativity and skills to teach and share
  • People who can introduce others to what being a maker or an artist is in the vast expanse of making
  • Techy people
  • Artsy people
  • People with well-developed ideas for their studio project and classes that are detailed in their proposals and can be accommodated at multiple PPLD locations
  • A wide variety of different proposals from across the making spectrum

We are currently searching for makers and artists who are able to participate any time during 2017.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for eight (8) weeks.
  • Fifteen (15) hours of studio time onsite at Library 21c held on various days/times throughout the contracted period to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. This time will be split into at least four (4) different sessions. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, two (2) programs/classes at East Library, one (1) program/class at Sand Creek Library, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations for a grand total of seven (7) classes.
  • All programs/classes will be made available to the general public, with PPLD responsible for participant signup.
    • All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD.
    • These programs/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.
    • These programs will be mainly geared toward ages 16 and up.
    • These are not usually seven (7) different class topics, instead usually one (1) or two (2) different classes offered multiple times.
    • Contract payment of $1000, with up to another $400 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
    • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
  • Contractor may be asked to coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the application linked to below. (Save to your computer or open in Internet Explorer.)
  • Submit a one page write-up proposal explaining your knowledge or craft, what you would plan to do for your studio hours project, the programs/classes you would like to present, and how they would benefit our patrons. Attach it to your email with your application. Applications without a proposal will not be considered. Proposals need to be in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • If you have pictures you would like to submit with your application, please provide a link to a web address containing those photos in your email. If you must attach a photo, the size of all of the attachments cannot be greater than 10 MB.
  • The call will close on Monday, October 24 at midnight.
  • Interviews will be held for makers and artists who are being considered.
  • If offered a residency, the maker/artist must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement, fill out an IRS W9 form, and complete a PPLD paid background check.
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Human Library

Do you have a story to share?
Become a living book in our Human Library!

The Human Library is a concept created by the Danish youth organization Stop The Violence in 2000. It is now operational on five continents. A library of human beings, the Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life. Individuals serve as human ‘books’ and participants can ‘read’ the book by engaging in a conversation with the book on loan. The Human Library aims to establish a safe conversational space where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and hopefully answered.

PPLD is seeking books to help us cultivate our Human Library. To apply to be a Human Library book, click here for the online application or print out the application below and bring it to any library location. Applications due December 10, 2016.

PPLD will host a Human Library event on Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"

Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" is being presented by First Company Theatre, a ministry of First United Methodist Church.

This is a must see play based on Agatha Christie's world best-selling mystery novel. A story of how 10 strangers are lured into coming to a remote island under different pretexts. Murder, guilt, death, survivors...and a nursery rhyme. They know that the killer must be among them; but who could it be?

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Get your tickets now by calling the box office at 1-866-967-8167 or visiting

The shows are: October 28 at 7:30 p.m., October 29 at 7:30 p.m., October 30 at 2:30 p.m., November 4 at 7:30 p.m., November 5 at 7:30 p.m., and November 6 at 2:30 p.m.

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The 2016 Student Literary Award Anthology, publishes poems, letters, and artwork of state and national winners of the River of Words and Letters About Literature. These are two free competitions that are coordinated in Colorado. Check out the what you need to do to enter here:

Both competitions are free to join and each website includes the entry form, short videos, and additional information.

So what is River of Words? It is an international poetry and art contest on the them of "Watersheds" designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live and to express what they discover through poetry and visual art.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing competition in which readers in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author they admire or whose work has inspired them. Readers respond by exploring the relationship between their personal experiences and the book's characters or themes and describing how the author's work changed them personally or altered their view of the world. Student may write their letter to any author, living or dead, form any genre- fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

So please, check out these cool competitions coming up in Colorado and get involved!

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Inspired Home Educators is pleased to announce the 1st annual Pikes Peak Homeschool Convention on May 5 - 6, 2017. Please fill out this survey to let them know what you'd like to see. You can also follow Inspired Home Educators on facebook.

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Philosophy at the Library

Join us for this free series of lectures presented by the UCCS Department of Philosophy.

All talks will take place on the first Monday of the month from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at the Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

  • Mon., Sept. 19
    Rex Welshon
    From Tool Use to Symbol Use: Evolution of Consciousness in the Paleolithic Period
  • Mon., Oct. 17
    Mary Ann Cutter
    Managing Uncertainty in Breast Cancer Medicine: What Philosopy Can Teach Us
  • Mon., Nov. 21
    Stefan Koller
    Architecture and Anthropology: From Taos to Amsterdam
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Deb Bartos

PPLD's Artist in Residence for September and October 2016 is Deb Bartos, an oil painter who loves exploring the natural world and teaching students about color. She continues to develop her knowledge about how light and color work together, and is fascinated by the process.

She will be teaching classes throughout the District and hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

How to Create the Illusion of Depth in Your Paintings
We will use a limited palette in acrylic paints to learn the skill of color mixing and how to create both depth and luminosity in your work. Warning-it may lead to wanting to paint even more! Registration required. Patron must be ages 16+.

Studio Hours at Library 21c

  • Wed., Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Fri., Sept. 23 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thu., Sept. 29 from 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 5 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Mon., Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Fri.. Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2016: STORIES

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 15th year in 2016! Each year, PPLD selects at least three books that we encourage community members to read and discuss. This year, we have three fabulous selections and will be hosting the authors for each book as well as offering a variety of programming based on both the books and the theme.

Click here for a complete schedule of APPR programming.

The APPR theme for 2016 is STORIES. The human condition has always relied on stories. From the fables and teachings of our modern history to the stories related to us each day as the latest news, stories have impacted us all in different ways. Storytellers are everywhere. Stories are part of us.

Here are the three books we have chosen to focus on this year:

Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Hidden AmericaThis is our adult selection, but may also be appropriate for teens. Hidden America offers the reader the chance to explore parts of American life that are rarely thought or talked about by society at large. This is a remarkable piece of non-fiction that is perfectly described on its cover: “From coal miners to cowboys, an extraordinary exploration of the unseen people who make this country work.”
Laskas will be speaking at Library 21c on Tue., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow. Books for purchase will be provided by Barnes & Noble.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksThe teen selection, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks follows a young boarding school student as she tries to break into the school’s all-male secret society. It was a Michael L. Printz honoree in 2009, and was a National Book Award finalist in 2008. E. Lockhart will be coming to Colorado Springs for a talk and a book signing that has been made possible by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation.
E. Lockhart’s author talk will be on Fri., Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Library 21c. A book signing will follow. Books for purchase will be provided by Barnes & Noble.

Waiting for Augusta by Jessica Lawson

Waiting for AugustaFinally, the children’s selection, called an “absorbing work of historical fiction” by School Library Journal, is Waiting for Augusta by Jessica Lawson. Set in the rural South in the early 1970s, the book tackles many important issues such as grief, racism, friendship, and of course, growing up.

We are very excited about this year’s selections, and we look forward to your participation in author visits and other APPR programming.

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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.


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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Betty Field Memorial Youth Writing Contest - 2017

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District invites all 6th through 12th grade public, private and home schooled students to enter the annual Betty Field Memorial Youth Writing Contest!

Information about the contest and all contest forms are available on the contest's website:

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Introducing SELF-e!  eBooks and ePublishing

Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to partner with Library Journal to offer SELF-e, a new service that brings self-published authors and eBook readers together.

SELF-e for Authors

SELF-e allows self-published authors to submit their original work for circulation in Biblioboard, making your eBook visible at PPLD and other Colorado libraries, as well as at libraries nationwide.

Want to submit your eBook? Click here to learn more about getting started.

SELF-e for Readers

For readers, SELF-e provides readers with access to new literary voices in a variety of genres.

Discover PPLD's collection of SELF-e eBooks here.

You can find SELF-e in the CyberShelf section of

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Gene Wilder: June 11, 1933 - August 29, 2016

Comedic icon Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, among many others, has died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Mr. Wilder is probably best remembered as the sweet but subversive title character in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where he won over countless young hearts, but it was his work with Mel Brooks in Young Frankenstein and The Producers that brought him critical acclaim, garnering two Oscar nominations. Wilder rarely worked after the death of his third wife, Gilda Radner, in 1989, but his legacy endures as the world remembers him as one of the comedic greats.

"Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship."
- Mel Brooks

Click here to search Gene Wilder in the Catalog

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The 2016 Teen Fiction Writing Contest Anthology is here! Compiled are the Honorable Mentions and Winners from the 2016 Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Click on the link to download and view!

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Are you dying to create your own TV reality show? Do your friends think you’re dramatic? Learn acting techniques in this interactive workshop! Discover your inner STAR! Practice some fun improv skills that can even help you in school. This workshop is led by Denise Gard. Denise has acted in numerous plays and melodramas. She is now a professional storyteller.


Workshops are for ages 12-18 only.

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It's Back to School Time!

PPLD would like to wish all our students and parents a great school year. Here are some resources we offer to help with your studies:

And of course, you can always chat with a librarian by clicking the "Chat Now!" button, or email us at Ask a Librarian.

Good luck out there!

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Career Conversations

Professionals talk to teens about their careers and the ups and downs of getting where they are. Each presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. For ages 12 - 18.

Each session is held on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Registration is required.

For more information, call (719) 884-9800 x6353.

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Brian Looney

PPLD's Artist in Residence for August/September 2016 was Brian Looney.

"I learned to draw while sitting alone at the kitchen table. Art is about self-discovery, and there truly is no rule book. The more you do a thing, the more that thing develops, and everything you do along the way is unique. Excuse the play on words... I was born in 1985, and that was a kooky year. Albuquerque, NM is my hometown, and I moved to Colorado for the nature and the art. I haven't been disappointed. Additionally, I am a published poet and a yoyo artist. That last might fall under the 'geek' category, but you may view it all at I look forward to meeting you!" ~Brian Looney

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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The Cheyenne’s Creative Community (CCC) Art Project will be on display for National Arts Month – October 1-29, 2016, at the Cheyenne Mountain Library. This call is open to all 2D and 3D forms of art created by residents (18 years and older) in the 80905 and 80906 zip codes. Please submit up to 3 images by Friday, September 2nd and remember that art that is exhibited in any PPLD library gallery must be suitable for all audiences.

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