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East Library (EA)

East Library

Address:
5550 N. Union Blvd. - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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Phone: (719) 531-6333
Contact Us

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Route: 25

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Friends of East Library

East Library operates a staffed bookstore in the lobby during Library hours and is also the main headquarters of Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.


 

What's New!

Rankin Scott Kelly

Former El Paso County Sheriff John Anderson will be giving two presentations about the first sheriff of El Paso County, Rankin Scott Kelly. These presentations coincide with the recent release of his biography about the sheriff. Each presentation will last between 60-90 minutes. No registration is necessary.

Sat., March 3 at 2:30 p.m. at East Library
Presentation will include a viewing of the Rocky Mountain PBS documentary of Sheriff Kelly (30 min.), which is based on Sheriff Anderson's research and book. This session will also include a brief presentation followed by a Q&A. At the conclusion, John will have copies of his book available for purchase and for signing.

Mon., March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Old Colorado City Library
Presentation will include a PowerPoint on Sheriff Kelly (50 min.), followed by Q&A. At the conclusion, John will have copies of his book available for purchase and for signing.

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Joanna Bolek

PPLD's current Maker/Artist in Residence, Joanna Bolek, has taught art processes in the context of mindfulness/awareness for over 20 years to diverse populations. She has a masters degree in art education. She is also a qualified meditation and Dharma Art instructor.

Sarah will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

Collage, Contemplation, and Conversation

Art requires engagement in our senses…i.e., “Stop and smell the roses.” When introducing collage techniques, Joanna encourages class participants to attune themselves to the visual images, colors, and shapes that “speak” to them from the materials at hand. (We “hear” best when our minds are relaxed and free of our usual concerns.)

These classes do not require previous art-making experience. All materials will be provided, although, if you have images (from magazines, calendars, copies of photos, etc.) of your own that you want to include, please bring them. This is an opportunity to explore/contemplate a personal sense of being in the context of a group. There will be time to verbally share your experience of the process if you choose to.

The main point is to relax, enjoy, and discover while producing a collage that will surprise and delight you.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Fri., March 9 from noon - 5 p.m.
Fri., March 30 from noon - 5 p.m.
Sat., April 21 from noon - 5 p.m.

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All Pikes Peak Writes

Creativity and imagination abound in the Pikes Peak region. Show off your talents by entering All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's 3rd annual fiction writing contest for adults. Submit your entry to All Pikes Peak Writes from February 15 - April 16.

Below, you will find contest rules, submission deadlines, and other useful information as you begin your writing.

You can read last year's winning entries here.

Eligibility
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to those who are ages 18 and over and who currently live in El Paso County. Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • Only one work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • Stories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of each story must be included with an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location, OR submitted online to allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org along with a submission form.
  • Acceptable file formats include: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Entries will be accepted beginning February 15 at all PPLD locations and online.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Monday, April 16 at 9 p.m.
  • Entrant’s name should only appear on the submission form (not any of the story pages.)
  • The title of the story should appear on the upper right corner of each page followed by the page number.

Judging
Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, and overall impression of the work. The judging panel may include library staff, local authors, and previous winners. The decision of the judges is final.

Awards
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, May 5 during the Mountain of Authors program at Library 21c.

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Repair Café

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is teaming up with the Manitou Art Center (MAC) to present Repair Café, a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out.

At a Repair Café, attendees will find the tools and materials needed to repair their broken items, as well as knowledgeable volunteers to assist fixing their items. Repair Trainers will offer a diagnosis and suggested remedy for broken items, repairing items when possible, and otherwise explaining what parts you may need to obtain to complete the repair.

“The MAC is extremely happy to partner with PPLD in bringing the Repair Café to Manitou Springs and the Westside of Colorado Springs,” said Dustin Booth, MAC Studio Artist Manager. “The Repair Cafe concept is a strong, community-oriented model which reinforces skill sharing and fosters a supportive learning environment for anyone of any age. It is a progressive concept with very traditional roots. There is no end to the value of being able to reuse, repair and understand how to fix items that we use in our day to day lives.”

To learn more about Repair Café, including how to volunteer, visit ppld.org/repair-cafe.

Repair Café will be held each month from February to November 2018. All community members are welcome to join in these free events to reduce waste and learn some new skills!

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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Tuesday, April 17. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

Good luck and happy filing!

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Friends Spring Book Sale

It's that time again! The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are holding their annual Spring Book Sale at East Library on March 16-18.

  • Friday, March 16, 4 - 7 p.m.: Friends members only. Friends memberships are available at the door or here
  • Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Open to the public
  • Sunday, March 18, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Open to the public. $5 bag sale (bags supplied by the Friends)
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A new exhibit of images from Pikes Peak Library District’s Special Collections photograph archive captures the response of many residents of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region to the inauguration of President Donald Trump and his first 100 days in office. The exhibit will be on display at East Library in February, followed by visits to other PPLD locations (see full schedule below).

The response began with the Women’s March held on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The day began with speakers and performance artists in Acacia Park, followed by a march along the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs. Observers estimated the crowd to be in the range of 7,000 participants, which places it among the largest public demonstrations in the history of Colorado Springs.

The collection also includes images from a pro-Trump rally held in Acacia Park, marches and rallies against the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines, an anti-Muslim immigration ban protest, a Climate Justice Vigil, and the March for Science.

Numerous groups served as organizers, sponsors, and supporters of these events. Included were SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), the El Paso County Republican Party, UCOS (Unite Colorado Springs), NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Conference, NAACP Colorado Springs Branch 4001, the Colorado Springs Council for Justice, the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission.

The First 100 Days! Exhibition Schedule
February: East Library
March: Fountain Library
April: Rockrimmon Library
May: Old Colorado City Library
August: Monument Library
September: Library 21c
October: Penrose Library
November: Ruth Holley Library
December: Sand Creek Library

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Career Online High School

When she was in 9th grade, Crystal Reavis dropped out of high school. “I got in with a group of friends that thought partying was more fun than being responsible,” she says. “I was a cheerleader. I wasn’t in the out crowd. But my parents left me with some friends to make my own decisions when I was 13, which led to partying and not doing my schoolwork.”

Now a married mother of two, Reavis is part of the first group of graduates from Pikes Peak Library District’s Career Online High School (COHS) program. A graduation ceremony will be held from 6 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14 at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

“This is something I have wanted to do, but I don’t drive because of epilepsy, so getting a GED was hard. Dragging kids onto the bus is almost impossible. And most people don’t want your kids in the class with you,” says Reavis, who also homeschools her children: Gauge, age 9; and Kahlan, age 1.

While on PPLD’s website, self-described “library junkie” Reavis found information about COHS, and said, “‘This is something I can do!’ And my husband (David) said, 'You absolutely should!’ It was a perfect fit for me.”

Reavis was able to finish the program in four months, getting career certification in office management. The flexibility of a self-paced, online program benefited the busy Reavis. “I could go on there anytime I wanted, which was really great. Having two kids is hard enough, and when you homeschool you have to fit it in when you can,” she says.

Reavis’ accomplishment has unsurprisingly moved her family. “My son said, ‘I want to make sure I finish school now because I see how happy you are.’ When the diploma came in, my husband actually cried and told me how proud he was of me. He knew how important it was for me,” recalls Reavis.

“Thank you to Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, to all of the librarians, and especially (PPLD Adult Education’s) Teona (Shainidze-Krebs) and Julie (Beck). They have both been with me every step of the way. If anyone were to ask me why they should enroll, I would say that it really will change your life. Once you have a diploma, you can do anything, whether it’s a better-paying job, going to college, or getting a sense of accomplishment.”

Ah yes, college. Reavis, once a teenage dropout, is about to start studying Anthropology through Ashford University. And she’s been trying to get a family member to enroll in COHS, as well. “My dad lives in Florida, and they have the same program there. He never finished school because his parents died. I told him, ‘You have to do this!’ And now he’s looking into it.”

For more information about Career Online High School, visit ppld.org/cohs.

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MAKE @ East

Here is just some of the many programs being held in MAKE @ East in February. For a complete list of programs, click here.

Knit One & Crochet Too
Wed., Feb. 7 and 21 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Bring a project to work on, and socialize with fellow knitters and crocheters! No registration is required.

Drop-in Painting
Wed., Feb. 7 and 21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Amateur artists are invited to MAKE @ East to experiment with watercolors (watercolor paints, watercolor crayons, and watercolor pencils!) at this fun and informal drop-in program. We’ll supply the brushes, paint, and paper; just bring yourself! Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Maker in Residence: Digital Photography as Art & Play
Sun., Feb. 11 from 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Do you love photography? Join Maker in Residence Charlie Mussi for a fun, free class perfect for anyone seeking to find or share tips and techniques, and engage in digital photography discussions. We’ll also learn more about the photography resources at PPLD. All adults welcome, including beginners. Bring any camera or phone camera that you choose. We will take time after the formal class to talk about your photography hurdles. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required.

Kids Create: Valentine Edition
Tue., Feb. 13 at from 10 - 10:30 a.m., 10:45 - 11:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. - noon
Join us in MAKE @ East for a Valentine activity sampler! Attendees will create special Valentine’s and see the laser cutter in action. Also be sure to visit the Educational Resource Center (ERC) any time between 10 a.m. and noon for additional Valentine activities! Ages 5+. Registration required. Please register EACH child attending by clicking on preferred time above.

MAKE @ East Open Hours

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: closed
  • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed
  • During Open Hours, MAKE @ East is available to work on your own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

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PPLD Kids

Write a poem about your favorite piece of art . It could be a painting, a photograph, a sculpture, or even a dance or a movie!

Keep your eye out around town for inspiration, including projects made by local Concrete Couch.

Your poem should include not only some description of the art itself, but your thoughts about what you feel the art might mean or why it matters to you. Title your poem with the same title as the art you choose.

Eligibility
Open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region. Meets Colorado Model Content Standards 1, 2, and 4 for Reading and Writing.

Prizes
Six winners of $50 each. Winners will also receive a book and a Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration poster

Entries may be mailed to:
The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest
c/o Nancy Maday
Pikes Peak Library District
PO Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

Or, email entries to Nancy Maday at nmaday@ppld.org

Questions? Call (719) 531-6333, x2405.

Awards announced in mid-April as part of Young People’s Poetry Week.

Rules
1. One entry per student. Teachers are urged to review poems and submit no more than five per class.
2. Each poems must be the original work of the student.
3. Poems will be judged on originality, including poem title and adherence to the theme.
4. Submit two typed, double-spaced copies of each poem on 8.5” x 11” paper. No handwritten copies or illustrations accepted. Please include on a separate piece of paper: name, phone number, home address, school name and address, and teacher and principal’s name. Poems will not be returned. Please keep a copy.
5. Entries must be postmarked by Fri., March 9, 2018.

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Winter Adult Reading Program

PPLD's 2018 Winter Adult Reading Program runs January 13 - March 14!

How to Play

  • Register with your PPLD library card in person at any PPLD library or online at ppld.beanstack.org.
  • Reading logs will be available by clicking here and at all libraries, but feel free to keep track of the books you’ve read using any method you choose, including Beanstack.
  • Prizes will be awarded while supplies last.
  • PPLD reserves the right to substitute prizes.
  • PPLD employees, substitute employees, and household members are not eligible to win grand prizes, only reading prizes.
  • The program is open to anyone age 18 and older with a Pikes Peak Library District library card.
  • Read any eight books of your choice — eBooks, eAudios, books on CD, and audiobook players count, too.
  • After you read your first four books, visit your library to pick up a prize.
  • Read four more books and visit your library to pick up a second prize.
  • If you read eight books by March 14, you will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing.

Reading Prizes Include:

  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar and coupon
  • Cole’s Gourmet Popcorn mini bag of cheese popcorn
  • Reading Program mug
  • Random prize drawings for three gift baskets

BRANCH LIBRARY PRIZES

  • Panera Bread gift cards

GRAND PRIZE

  • Samsung Galaxy Tablet
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Study Buddies returns this Tuesday, January 9, 2018! Our teen volunteers are ready to help your little ones practice their reading skills or just get their homework done. Come on down to East Library Tuesdays, 6:30- 8 p.m., through March 27, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Repair Café Volunteers Needed

PPLD's Repair Café is in need of SEWING and BIKE fixers! Fill out a volunteer application at ppld.org/repair-cafe or stop by your local library!

Repair Café is a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. At a Repair Café you’ll find the tools and materials needed to repair your broken items, as well as knowledgeable volunteers who will show you how to do it. Repair Trainers will offer a diagnosis and suggested remedy for broken items, repairing items when possible and otherwise explaining what parts you may need to obtain to complete the repair.

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Speak Russian is a conversation program for non-native speakers and learners of the Russian language. All levels are welcome! Short videos, games, and discussion of Russian culture are on the agenda. Learn Russian idioms, improve pronunciation, and take one step further to become fluent! Participants are also welcome to bring their questions and clarify puzzling aspects of Russian grammar. No registration necessary.

  • When: Mondays from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Jan., 8, 22; Feb. 5, 12; March 5, 12; April 2, 16
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Charlie Mussi

PPLD's current Maker in Residence for January/February 2018 was Charlie Mussi, an award-winning retired photojournalist whose work has appeared in national newspapers, international magazines, and table-top books. In 2001, he was recognized as one of the world's 125 finest photographers and set out on a unique global photographic essay to record "A Day in the Life of the U.S. Armed Forces." Since retiring, Charlie has rediscovered the fun of photography and enjoys teaching, coaching, and conducting photography workshops. In 2015, Charlie started the PPLD Community Photography Contest to recognize the amazing photography talent in the region.

Charlie taught Digital Photography as Art & Play classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosted studio hours at Library 21c, where patrons could talk to him about his work.

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

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The world is filled with Hidden Beauty. Show us where you have found this year's theme "Hidden Beauty" in the ordinary, everyday world.

How to Enter

  • Fill out this entry form
  • Print and sign our Artwork Agreement Form
  • Bring the Artwork Agreement Form and your artwork to a drop-off location on Tue., Feb. 20 or Wed., Feb. 21 during open library hours. Drop-off locations are Cheyenne Mountain, East, Fountain, High Prairie, Library 21c, Monument, Mobile Libraries, Penrose, Rockrimmon, or Sand Creek.
  • Guidelines

    • Must be in grades 6 - 12 in March of 2018.
    • 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, March 25 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?
    The first week of May at the library you choose to have it displayed at. An email will be sent in April with specific details.

    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.

    My question wasn’t answered here.
    Email Amberlyn at arussell@ppld.org or comment on this blog post!

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Best Workplaces 2017

At an awards ceremony on Mon., Nov. 27, 2017 at the Antlers hotel, Pikes Peak Library District was named Best Workplace by The Gazette in the Extra Large Company (300+ employees) category.

According to The Gazette, PPLD "ranked high among its employees in social responsibility, providing meaningful work, confidence in leadership, being a place workers would recommend to others for employment and operating with strong values and ethics."

Here is a video The Gazette created, which was shown at the ceremony.

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Charles and Tauni Orndorff

PPLD's Makers in Residence for Nov./Dec. 2017 were Charles and Tauni Orndorff. The Colorado Springs natives have been making costumes and props for over 15 years. Their skills include sewing, fabrication, 3D design, and much more. They are currently instructors at the Pikes Peak Makerspace where they teach resin casting, silicon molding, and vac-forming.

They taught classes about creating silicon molds throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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Congratulations to the winners of our first All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. You can read the winning entries by clicking here.

1st Place
"I Don't Blame Him for Dying" bu Andrew Beasley

2nd Place
"Puddle" by Andrea Malcom

3rd Place
"The Photograph" by Jacqueline Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Apostrophe" by Ariane Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Dr. Luckwood" by Jill Long

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Playaway Lock

Playaway Lock, a pre-loaded eReader solution currently being used by the United States Navy, Air Force, and Marines to circulate eBooks, is now in circulation Pikes Peak Library District! Patrons can borrow Playaway Lock devices featuring a collection of pre-selected ebooks.

Curated content lists on the Playaway Lock eReader include New York Times bestsellers, award-winning authors, and both fiction and non-fiction selections.

Drop by a PPLD circulation desk to borrow twelve best-selling books in one small eReader!

Your Playaway Lock will be loaded with these titles:

  • 11/22/1963 by Stephen King
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
  • Code of Conduct by Brad Thor
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover
  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
  • A Full Life by Jimmy Carter
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
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American Flag

Path to Citizenship classes are designed to assist individuals preparing for the U.S. citizenship exam. Classes are facilitated by volunteers and follow USCIS provided curriculum focused on American Government, History, and Integrated Civics. Path to Citizenship classes also provide individuals with an opportunity to improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills as they relate to the citizenship test.

  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. - noon starting Sept. 16 at Crossing Church, 2323 E. Boulder St.
  • Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13 at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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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.

keep calm and love math

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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Deb Bartos

PPLD's Maker in Residence in August/September 2017 was Deb Bartos, who has always been fascinated with new discoveries in the natural world and has been hiking and exploring for as long as she can remember. Rediscovering creative expression in painting as an adult has enhanced her learning to see even more in nature. Her work is best categorized as realistic impressionism, as she captures light and color often on location in oil. To see some of her work, visit DebBartos.com.

She will be taught Painting in Water-soluble Oils classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when she discussed her work.

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

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Deb Prewitt

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June/July 2017 was Deb Prewitt, a Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT) and a Mixed Media Artist. She has been making art and creating all of her life, finding most of her inspiration from Mother Nature (living in Colorado makes it easy to find that inspiration on a daily basis). She has developed numerous classes around the Zentangle practice and has also incorporated it into other aspects of her art. Deb believes in curiosity, creativity, and playfulness. She knows that bringing art and creativity into our everyday lives will make us happier and healthier. Deb also owns Blue Twig Studio, where she teaches classes, hosts art groups, and sells mixed media and Zentangle art supplies.

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

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Happy Anniversary to Harry Potter Book 1!

June 26, 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter franchise is enormous and boasts a fan base of millions. The Harry Potter series is still being read worldwide by children and adults alike. From the closet under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry's story begins here.

Click here for books about Harry Potter.

Do you know your house? Leave it in the comments. I'll start, Hufflepuff!

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Barbara Dimond

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for May/June 2017 was Barbara Dimond. She considers herself a mixed media artist working in out of the box processes in collage, as well as paper mache. Originally from New York City, she has been living in Colorado Springs and New Mexico for her adult life. Trained as a handmade paper artist, she collects papers and fibers found, bought, and prepared. Barbara teaches art around the region and has been on the faculty of the Fine Arts Center Bemis School of Art for well over 20 years. She loves to share her artistic ideas and processes with her students. Barbara went to the City University of New York, getting a degree in art and art education. She then did her graduate work in Southwest Studies at the Colorado College.

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

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

The theme for our 2017 Teen Art Show & Contest was Transformation Teens were encouraged to show us how art impacts your life, or how it transforms the world around you.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

Here are the winners!

Best in Show

"Mirror Reflection" by Aleyah B.

High School

1st Place: "My Fantasy" by Elizabeth W.
2nd Place: "Summer Sunsets" by Kaylee T.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Hands of Time" by Mary R.

Middle School

1st Place: "Transportation through Time" by Liberty H.
2nd Place: "Evolution" by Mikayla R.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Coy Fish Pond" by Kristine B.

You can view the winning works here:

2017 Teen Art Contest Winners

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Check Out Colorado Backpack

Reserve your free State Parks Pass and Backpack today by clicking here!

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.

Each backpack, which checks out for one week, includes:

  • State park pass hang tag for the rear-view mirror
  • Guide to Your 42 State Parks
  • Binoculars
  • Leave No Trace™ card
  • Colorado Wildlife Guide
  • Activity ideas list
  • Colorado Trees and Wildflower Guide
  • Fishing Basics tip sheet
  • Program evaluation card

Click here for more information about this program.

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East Coding Club

Have you ever wondered what makes computer programs run? Ever wanted to make a fun program or learn how to make a game?

Learn the basics of how to code!

In this club, teens and tweens (ages 9-18 only) can learn to code at their own pace as we explore different programs and concepts. We'll begin with a lesson series that teaches the basics of javascript. This club is self-guided, so everyone can learn at their own pace.

Space is limited to the first 12 teens/tweens to show up, but registration is not required!

Join us for the East Coding Club (teens and tweens) in the East Library Computer Lab 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month from 4-5 p.m.

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Linda Smith

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March /April 2017 was Linda Smith, an artist and art educator who started a non-profit while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana and Bronx NY. She has been commissioned by the UN to provide photographic classes to survivors and former perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She earned her BA from Syracuse University an MA in Communications at Goldsmith College at the University of London and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited in the United Nations, embassies, and universities.

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

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Join our informal Spanish conversation group, including intermediate-advanced students and native speakers. It is not an instructional time and no English is spoken during the meetings. It is an opportunity to enjoy and practice speaking and learn casually from more experienced speakers. The group welcomes new participants as well as ideas for activities or topics of discussion.

Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
When: Thursdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

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PPLD now has Sorenson videophones and Video Relay Service-equipped laptops available for patron use. VRS allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using American Sign Language through video equipment. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.

Videophones are now available at the East Library and Library 21c.

VRS-equipped laptops are available at the following PPLD locations: Cheyenne Mountain, High Prairie, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Ruth Holley, and Sand Creek libraries.

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Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, PPLD will no longer charge fines on overdue children and teen items. Removing overdue fines will provide greater opportunity for children and teens to use the full range of library services. Currently, 15% of children and teen cardholders are blocked from checking out items at the library due to overdue fines.

Also, overdue fines on DVDs and games will be reduced from 25 cents per day to 10 cents per day.

PPLD seeks to foster literacy and life-long learning for children and teens. The Library regularly evaluates policies to see what barriers for service exist and evaluates how to eliminate such barriers. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the new policy at their December meeting.

Items that will not accrue overdue fines must be designated as “juvenile” or “teen” in the Library catalog. The policy will take effect for any items checked out January 9 or after. Lost item and damage fees will still apply.

Overdue notices will still be sent as reminders to return Library items. Items not returned within 21 days of the due date will be considered lost, and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.

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Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar

PPLD's Makers in Residence for January and February 2017 were Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar.

Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs. He has dedicated his talents to playing blues, R&B, funk and jazz. His influences include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and a host of other artists.

Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. Sande Leadership, a model Dr. Wanda developed, is based on ancestral lineage to the Mende of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Tisby-Cousar has studied tap and interpretive dance since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dancea nd performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.

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

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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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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 was 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.

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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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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.

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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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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

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clay snake

PPLD's Maker/Artist in residence for June and July of 2016 was Patricia Moore. Patricia has been making all kinds of crafts forever. She believes in the magic of arts/crafts bringing wholeness and joy into life. She has been teaching arts/crafts to children and adults since around 1985. Patricia believes in Expressive Art and has used that to help children in different programs such as CASA.. Polymer clay is the main medium that she works with finding its possibilities near endless. Patricia lives in beautiful Black Forest on five acres with her teenage sons and many delightful animals.

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The 2016 Summer Reading Photography Winners have been announced! The winning photographs will be on display at East Library during the month of August.

Robert Loughman

"All I Do is Ball"
all I do is ball

Clare Chaddon

"Lifelong Goals"
lifelong goals

Lena Ahrens

"On Point"
on point

Sean Brooks

"Pitch Perfect"
pitch perfect

Congratulations!

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Christine Yocum

As a California native and self-taught baker, current PPLD Artist in Residence Christine Yocum was introduced to baking at a young age by her father and grandmother. Imagine a former left tackle in college teaching his nine-year-old daughter the finer points of cookie-making. Those sweet moments birthed in her a lifelong passion for baking—in particular cookies—and the eventual opening of Art & Style Baking, an online gourmet cookie company specializing in hand-painted cookies.

Even now, when her hands are steeped in cookie dough, she can sense his tender nod of encouragement and approval. While her dad passed away before he could enjoy "the fruits of his labor," her tender-hearted daughter assures her that he would be proud.

Christine will host classes throughout the Library District about cookie painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c where you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

The theme for our 2016 Teen Art Show & Contest was Magnify It! Teens were encouraged to take a closer look at the world around them and create a piece of artwork.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

Here are the winners!

High School

“My Converse Crush” by Ashley D. - Best in Show
“Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E. - 1st Place
“A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P - 2nd Place
“Lou” by Arely A. - Coordinator’s Choice

Middle School

“The Story in an Eye” by Stephanie L. - 1st Place
“Hidden in the Flowers” by Tiya G. - 2nd Place
“Butterfly Glory” by Asia X. - Coordinator’s Choice

You can view the winning works here:

Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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Artist in Residence: Diane Crawford: Feb/March 2016

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Diane Crawford, a contemporary artist with twenty years experience. Originally from the upper Midwest, she left careers in corrections, law enforcement and social work to pursue the arts. While primarily self-taught, she has attended watercolor workshops by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Diane has recently lived in Hawaii and Las Vegas, and her works reflect the influences of her life and experiences.

Her mediums of choice are watercolor and alcohol inks. Her painting style is unique. She paints free-hand without drawing her designs first and rarely uses paint brushes. She uses old credit cards and drinking straws on her alcohol inks, and a palette knife on her watercolors.

Diane will host classes throughout the Library District about alcohol inks, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c during which time you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

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

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for East Library, Fountain Library, and Library 21c

Purchasing a courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri-Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Commemorative pavers are now available at Fountain Library!

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Speak French

PPLD is pleased to offer Speak French, a conversation group for non-native speakers who wish to practice French. Some French language skills are recommended.

Where: East Library
When: 2nd Thursdays, 2 - 3 p.m.

Where: Library 21c
When: 2nd and 4th Sundays, 3 - 4 p.m.

Where: Penrose Library
When: Fridays, 12 - 1 p.m.

J'espère vous retrouver là!

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Book a Librarian

Can’t find the information you need? Have a research project? Pikes Peak Library District has a brand new program to help you.

Professional librarians at East, Library 21c, and Penrose Libraries are available to assist you with your information needs, whether you are looking for a great book to read, starting a business, or researching local history.

Research topics include, but are not limited to, finding materials for children or teens, locating health and wellness information, beginning legal research, and finding grant information for nonprofits. If you would like to learn how to search the library’s catalog or subscription databases more efficiently, we can help you with that too.

Begin by completing the online form on our website. From our home page (ppld.org), click on Research and select Book a Librarian. You can also locate the service by clicking on the dropdown arrow under "How do I?" on the left side of the home page and selecting Book a Librarian.

Fill out the form with your information, including your library card number. If your research request differs from the options provided, describe your question or research need in as much detail as possible.
We’ll look at your request and determine the best person on our staff to meet with you based on expertise and availability. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to schedule your appointment. Appointments may be scheduled for up to one hour at either the East or Penrose Library.

The Book a Librarian service is open to any PPLD cardholder. We cannot offer advice (e.g., medical, legal, investment) except to advise users of reputable sources of evaluative information. Also, we cannot offer troubleshooting or maintenance help with personal computers or devices. However, computer classes are available at several PPLD locations.

For questions, you can contact PPLD by email, chat, phone, or in person at any of our locations.

By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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