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Purr Me a Story!

What could be more happy than curling up with a cat and a book? How about children curling up with a cat and a book?

Happy Cats Haven is excited to host the Purr Me a Story program, a collaboration with Cheyenne Mountain Library and Old Colorado City Library. Our cats and kittens will welcome children into their colony rooms with books provided by PPLD.

Reading out loud builds reading confidence while giving our happy cats family time with the children while they wait to be adopted. Smiles and purrs will abound!

What: Purr Me a Story
When: Sunday, December 11, 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: Happy Cats Haven, 1412 S. 21st St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Ages 7-12 are welcome (with a parent or guardian). Call Happy Cats Haven at (719) 362-4600 to pick your 30 minute time slot and sign up!

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Colorado Springs Portrait Day

Volunteer professional photographers will be available to take holiday photos free of charge. CD will be provided. You can drop in or call (719) 389-8968 to make an appointment.

  • When: Sat., Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
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10th Annual Teen Art Contest

Art is transformational. Paint, ink, and canvas turn into an image that touches lives through the years. We want to see your take on the theme Transformation this year. Show us how art impacts your life, or how it transforms the world around you.

How to Enter

Guidelines

  • Must be in grades 6 - 12 in March of 2017
  • Must be an El Paso County resident
  • Only one entry per person
  • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries
  • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.
  • If you want to display at Library 21c, art must be able to be displayed in a way that is compatible with a wire hanging system.
  • Since we have to transport the artwork between locations, frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces. We are very careful, but frames and matting help protect your pieces even more!

FAQ

When will I know if I have won?
We will notify participants by mid-March if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at Library 21c in the Venue regardless of if they won an award.

Will my artwork be displayed?
Yes! You can choose from one of three locations to have your artwork displayed during the month of April. Locations are Penrose, East, or Library 21c.

When can I pick up my artwork?What are the prizes?
We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, 1st place, and 2nd place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both Middle and High School. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply store.

What can I do to improve my chances at winning?

  • Work with the theme—It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, but we do look for pieces that have been inspired by the theme in some way. Your paragraph describing your piece can have a big impact on this.
  • Stand out! Whether through subject matter or unusual take on the theme, we notice unique entries more. For example, we tend to get a lot of close-ups on eyes, so they tend to not stand out as much.
  • Have fun! Don’t view it as an assignment or chore. We can tell when teens submit pieces they are passionate about—so do something that you love!

Do I have to have a frame?
No, but we highly encourage it. Pieces are not judged on if a frame is present or not, but frames help protect your artwork during storage and transportation.

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Email Becca at rphilipsen@ppld.org or comment on this blog post!

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2017 Colorado Teen Video Challenge

The 2017 Colorado Teen Video Challenge has launched! Sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), this contest invites teens, 13-18, to create short videos (30-90 seconds long) that promote reading and libraries to other teens and interpret the 2017 CSLP theme “Build a Better World.”

This is a great project for a library’s Teen Advisory Board; teen volunteers; a high school video production class; teens interested in acting, filming, creative writing, and video editing; and all creative teens in your community! The videos may be filmed anywhere, using any equipment.

Videos will be judged on creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact.

Find out much more about the contest at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/2017coteenvideochallenge.

This Entry Form for teens includes the contest guidelines: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/2017coteenvideochallengeentryform

To watch the 2016 winning video and finalists from Colorado, go to https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8riLQL7j5vzryfHHstyTFwl8yCDNnvvn.

The contest deadline is February 10, 2017.

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Add Your Book Review to PPLD.orgHave 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 ppld.org.

Happy reviewing!

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Second Sunday Concert Series

The Second Sunday Concert Series features monthly performances that celebrate local musicians. Each concert will be held in the Library 21c Venue at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month through February 2017. Each show is free and open to the public.

Sun., Dec. 11: The Veronika String Quartet
The award-winning Veronika String Quartet established itself as an outstanding ensemble since its formation in Moscow in 1989. The group is known for its versatility and “extraordinary musicianship”.

Sun., Jan. 8: The Taiko Society
Dynamic and intense, the Taiko Society, local to Colorado Springs, performs lively shows with traditional Japanese drums.

Sun., Feb. 12: The Pikes Peak Highlanders
The Pikes Peak Highlanders was founded in 1985 by Royal Canadian Air Force Major Bob Tracy. The band has enjoyed a long and successful journey as a competition and performance pipe band and has provided the sounds of Great Highland Bagpipes and Scottish drums to the front range for almost 30 years.

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Writing Your Business Plan

You Need a Plan

You might think that a business plan is only necessary if you are applying for loans or grants to fund your business. That is simply not true. No matter your type of business or how you plan on funding it, a good business plan is essential to your planning process. It will show others, such as potential partners or funders, that you have put the careful planning necessary into your business. But most importantly, it will help you to lay out your vision for your business. It will also help you monitor how your business has progressed toward that vision.

How to Get Started

Okay, you know you need a plan. Now what? There are numerous library databases, websites, and books that can help you get started! Here are just a few. Remember, you can always Book a Librarian and get some one-on-one help with your research.

Databases available through PPLD

  • Business Plans Handbook
    Examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans. Includes a collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America.
  • ReferenceUSA
    Reference USA contains information on 44 Million Businesses, 4.1 New Businesses, and 148 Million Residents and now includes lifestyle and consumer data on over 60 market segments to help identify new market opportunities. ReferenceUSA also includes 2.5 million job and internship postings.
  • U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles
    Identify viable prospects for new market opportunities based on 60 market segments for millions of consumers. Link goes to ReferenceUSA, then click on the U.S. Consumers / Lifestyles link.
  • BusinessDecision
    GIS data, reports, and maps providing consumer market, market segmentation, and demographic data.

Books in the PPLD Catalog

Websites

  • Business Plan Tutorial

    Step-by-step guide to uses of and writing a business plan.

  • Business Plan - Colorado Business Resource Book
    A guide to creating a business plan from the Colorado Small Business Development Center. Includes a sample outline and planning hints.
  • Bplans
    Free business plan samples and templates, business planning resources, how-to articles, financial calculators, and more.
  • Write Your Business Plan
    A guide on business plans from the Small Business Administration.
  • --S. Nagle, 11/2016

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Pizza for a Cause

Dear Library Patron,

We love being in your neighborhood – and like any good neighbor, we want to support our fellow families and friends. We are excited to provide all Pikes Peak Library District supporters with a CPK Philanthropizza Card.

Every time you use this card, 20%* of your net food and beverage purchases will be donated back to Pikes Peak Library District. It’s easy – the more you visit CPK, the more money we donate. It makes raising money to support your organization’s efforts a piece of cake…or pizza!

All you need to do is visit our CPK location in The Promenade Shops at Briargate November 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017 and present the Philanthropizza card to your server at the end of your meal. Cards are available at all PPLD locations. Dine in the restaurant with us, try take-out or catering; any way you order helps the library. Either way, we look forward to seeing you very soon.

If you haven’t been in to see us recently, be sure to check out our newly reimagined menu featuring fresh, seasonally inspired ingredients and inventive Main Plates like a new Fire-Grilled Ribeye, Hearth-Roasted Halibut, and our new Lunch Duos. Drink the unique as well with our hand-crafted cocktails and selection of regional beers and California premium wines. Of course, the classic hand-tossed artisan pizzas and unique pastas and salads you love are still here.

Sincerely,

Your California Pizza Kitchen Neighbors
1645 Briargate Parkway Suite 203
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Philanthropizza Cards are valid at The Promenade Shops at Briargate, November 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.

For questions, please contact Isabel Soto-Luna at msoto-luna@ppld.org or (719) 884-9812.

*Tax, gratuity, gift card and retail purchases excluded.

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East Coding Club

Teens and tweens can learn the basics of coding in this self-guided program. Using curriculum from Code.org, teens/tweens will learn the vocabulary and fundamentals of coding. Each class will start with a short group activity and then participants can move onto the curriculum at their own pace.

For ages 9 - 18. No registration is required. Just drop on in!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: East Library Learning Lab, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Jo Hart

PPLD's Maker in Residence for November 2016 is Jo Hart.

Yearning for a change from her Midwest living Jo moved to Colorado less than 18 months ago. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications. She has worked in the art and design fields throughout her career in the corporate, private, ad agency and not-for-profit sectors. Jo primarily works in clay making sculptural objects with a focus on feminine concerns. Recently she has been making utilitarian pieces and mixing multiple surface decoration techniques to create a balance between discord and harmony. Jo likes to make everyday and if she can’t she is sad.

She will be teaching classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when you can talk to her about her work.

Adorn the Tile
Have fun experimenting with multiple surface decoration techniques on clay tiles. This workshop is much more than a demonstration of styles, it’s getting a little dirty and exploring the endless ways of adorning clay tiles. No experience necessary. It’s all about enjoying the process and having some fun. Registration is required. Patron must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Studio Hours at Library 21c

  • Tue., Oct. 25 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 4 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 11 from 2- 5 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 18 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Tue., Nov. 22 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thu., Dec. 1 from 5 - 8 p.m.

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

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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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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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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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Deb Bartos

PPLD's Artist in Residence for September and October 2016 was 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.

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

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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.

keepcalmandlovemath

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: http://www.writingcontest612.info.

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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 ppld.org.

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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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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 brianlooney.com. 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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Penrose Library Mural Project

The Penrose Library Mural Project reached completion in May 2016 and involved the generous contribution of Concrete Couch and hundreds of community volunteers. The mural was 22 years in the planning and involved six hub groups, one steering committee, fundraising galore, huge donations of time and materials, and loads of fantastic volunteers. Concrete Couch and Pikes Peak Library District teamed up with Community Prep School, School District 14, Will Rogers Elementary School, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College, and the Manitou Art Center to complete this project.

Watch this PPLD TV video for a preview of the project:

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Shake those wiggles out and have some fun with music and movement activities and a story! Join us for a very special storytime involving music and movement, aimed at ages 2 and 3. Caregivers and children participate through movement to songs and rhymes. A fun one-on-one time with your child while fostering learning, coordination and a love of music.

Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
When: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m

Where: Library 21c
When: Wednesdays, 9:30, 10:15, and 11 a.m.

Where: Manitou Springs Library
When: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Penrose Library
When: Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Ruth Holley Library
When: 2nd and 3rd Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

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