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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
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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!

Teen Writing

The Challenge
Write an original fiction story of up to 2,500 words that begins with the sentence “The letter could not have come at a worse time.” This year’s first sentence was chosen by New York Times best-selling author, Sandhya Menon. What happens after that is up to you!

Guidelines

  • The entry must begin with the line “The letter could not have come at a worse time.”
  • Must be ages 12 to 18.
  • Must be an El Paso County resident
  • Word count must not exceed 2,500 words. Word count will be established by using Microsoft Word 2010. Points will be automatically deducted from the total score of the piece if the word count exceeds 2,500 words.
  • Pieces must include title page with title and author’s name. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the document.
  • Pieces must be double-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri font with the title and page number in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Failure to follow the guidelines will result in disqualification.
  • You must fill out the online entry form and submit your piece here by Mon., June 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm. The file format should be compatible with Microsoft Word 2010. If you need to convert a file, please visit a library location.

FAQs

  • When will I know if I have won? We will notify participants by mid-July if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the East Library, regardless of if they won an award.
  • Are you publishing the anthology again? Yes! We will be publishing the top five in both middle school and high school (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and two honorable mentions).
  • Will I get feedback for my work? Yes! You will receive a copy of your story with comments via email after the awards ceremony.
  • Do I have to turn in my story online? Yes. To better facilitate the process, we are requiring all stories be turned in digitally. You can stop by any PPLD location to use one of our computers for this purpose.
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MAKE @ East

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

Knit One & Crochet Too
Wed., May 2 and 16 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Bring a project to work on, and socialize with fellow knitters and crocheters! No registration is required.

Maker in Residence: Resin Casting with Silicon Molds
Thu., May 17 from 6 - 8 p.m.
So now you have a silicon mold, what can you do with it? We will show you how to use resin in a silicon mold. Provide techniques to decorate your casting, dye it, or just make a simple white casting. If you attended the mold making class you can bring your mold to this one and actually use it. We will be providing a variety of molds to use during the class, you are welcome to use the one you made in addition. Ages 12+. Ages 12 - 14 must be assisted by a parent or guardian. Registration is required.

Scrap Exchange
Sat., May 19 from 1 - 4 p.m.
In collaboration with Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center, we are hosting an arts, craft and hobby material exchange! Bring in your new, clean/gently used and unwanted craft materials and exchange them for "tickets" to "purchase/exchange" new-to-you craft supplies! (Please only bring in crafting supplies and not items that are considered trash, in bad condition or items that can be recycled.) We will also have a fun up-cycling craft going on, so you can take your time and check for new inventory! No registration is required.

MAKE @ East Open Hours
Mondays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Fridays: 1 - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to welcome Library Market as our new meeting room and calendar software provider. Library Market has a proven track record of providing quality products. Library Market will go live on Tuesday, May 15, replacing our current meeting room and calendar software. There will be a blackout time from May 11 - 14 where you won't be able to make reservations or register for programs and classes.

One helpful change is all of our study rooms will be in Library Market for you to reserve online. Study rooms can be reserved one week out, once per day for a maximum of two hours.

Library Market is mobile friendly. This means you can sign up for study rooms and programs, as well as reserve rooms, all from your smartphone.

Want to see what the product looks like? Sarasota Public Library is using it:

https://scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com

Feel free to take a look around but be aware that while Sarasota uses the same system, ours will have differences. Library Market is catering their product to our needs. Sarasota's page will give you a general idea of what we are moving to.

PPLD recognizes that sometimes change can be challenging, but we're confident you will be satisfied with our new system.

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Charles and Tauni Orndorff

PPLD's newest Makers in Residence are 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 will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

Resin Casting with Silicon Molds
So now you have a silicon mold, what can you do with it? We will show you how to use resin in a silicon mold. Provide techniques to decorate your casting, dye it, or just make a simple white casting. If you attended the mold making class you can bring your mold to this one and actually use it. We will be providing a variety of molds to use during the class, you are welcome to use the one you made in addition. For more advanced questions be sure to join us for our studio times at the Library 21c.

Studio Times at Library 21c
Thu., May 3 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sat., May 19 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wed., May 30 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sat., June 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Key Investment Concepts
Wed., April 18 from 6 - 8 p.m., at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
Registration is required.
Are you new to investing? Have you started saving money but don’t know what to do with it? Do you have some investments but want to better understand how they work? Come learn eleven simple financial concepts that will put you on the path to successful investing. Library staff members Melanie Wehrle and Jaylene Walls will walk you through these concepts in a way anyone can understand.

Retirement Savings
Wed., May 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
Registration is required.
Have you been told that you need to start saving for retirement? Are you getting older and worrying you won’t have enough money for retirement? Come explore various methods for saving for retirement in the distant or not too distant future. Library staff members Melanie Wehrle and Jaylene Walls will help you explore how to set retirement goal, how to plan to reach those goal (no matter what your age), and how to take charge of creating a comfortable and secure retirement.

Common Investment Types
Wed., June 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
Registration is required.
Do you want to better understand how to make the most of your money in the complex financial markets? Investing does not have to be complicated. Come gain a better understanding of some core financial investments from library staff members Melanie Wehrle and Jaylene Walls. You will learn how these investments work as well as their advantages and disadvantage so you can determine which ones are right for you.

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This free event is brought to you by the LIFE without Lupus Foundation, Penrose-St Francis Health Services | Centura Health, ProPractice (El Paso County Medical Society), and Pikes Peak Library District.

  • When: Fri., May 11 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (a complimentary lunch will be served at noon)
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

11 - 11:45 .a.m.: Lymphatic System
Discussion by Nancy Dorscht, Lymphatic Wellness Center
Ms. Dorscht reveals the intricacies of the Lymphatic System and discusses the importance of this circulatory system to the overall health of the body.

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.: Discussion by Dr. Megan MacDonald, MMD Service
Dr. MacDonald will share about her personal journey with Fibromyalgia and discuss how to manage this enigmatic malady affecting so many people today.

3 - 4 p.m.: Autoimmune System
Featured Speaker Dr. John Bergman DC, Bergman Family Chiropractic
Dr. Bergman will discuss the anatomy of autoimmune and chronic illness and gives insights for managing these health challenges.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Whole Health & Wellness Practitioners & Advisers will be available with solutions to optimize your personal well-being.

4:15 - 6 p.m.
A reception will be held and a silent auction to benefit the LIFE without Lupus Foundation.

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Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Kids and teens (ages 0 - 18) can win prizes through reading and activities, and we will be hosting many free, fun events. You can track your progress online or with game cards available at all PPLD locations.

The adventure runs June 1 - July 31.

Registration begins June 1, but you can set up your Beanstack account now at ppld.beanstack.org.

Questions? Email beanstackhelp@ppld.org.

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In April, PPLD is focusing on going green with sustainability, recycling, upcycling, and gardening programs!

Click here for a list of events.

You can also check out the PPLD Green Team Facebook page for more green programs!

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MAKE @ East

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

Drop-in Painting
Wed., April 4 and 18 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: Collage, Contemplation and Conversation
Sun., April 15 from 2:30 - 4 p.m.
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.) Ages 18 and up. Registration is required.

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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Money Smart Week® is a national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago designed to help community members better manage their personal finances.

Ordinary Investing: Parts 1 and 2
In this exciting, two-night course you will learn the inside game of investing. Everything Wall Street has excluded you from will be discussed. Ron, a licensed stockbroker and financial adviser, will peel back the layers of investing and expose all of the detail the "Big Guys" don't want you to know. Including the real cost of mutual funds, the truth behind broker and adviser fees, tools the pros use & more.
Click here to register.
Tue., April 3 and Thu., April 5 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Library 21c

Solving the Social Security Puzzle
After giving thousands of dollars to Social Security, get back what you deserve. There are many factors involved in deciding when and how to claim your benefits. Among the topics covered in this class: how benefits are calculated, what claiming strategies maximize income, factors that impact your benefit amount, and why integrating Social Security into a holistic retirement income plan is critical. Case studies will illustrate how different claiming strategies affect your benefit amounts. Included in the class is a personalized Social Security optimization report.
Click here to register.
Wed., April 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Library 21c

Planning for an Awesome Retirement: Part 1
To fully enjoy retirement, you must have financial peace of mind. To have peace of mind, you need to have a plan. Part 1 covers defining your ideal retirement,income planning, and investing for the future. Included in the class is a one-on-one personal planning consultation.
Click here to register.
Mon., April 9 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library

Shred Day
Protect your identity by shredding extra household documents! Come to the lower parking lot (Jamboree entrance) to drop off your documents to be shredded during this time. There is no charge for this service.
Sat., April 14 from 9 a.m. - noon at Library 21c

Planning for an Awesome Retirement: Part 2
To fully enjoy retirement, you must have financial peace of mind. To have peace of mind, you need to have a plan. Part 2 covers Tax planning, healthcare planning, legacy planning, and steps to a retirement plan. Included in the class is a one-on-one personal planning consultation.
Click here to register.
Mon., April 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library

Picking Stocks Like the Pros
Discover the secrets to buying good stock values in this advanced course. Learn the three "Billionaire-Investor Strategies", the three vital ratios for finding value, how to lower risk and avoid stock disasters and much more. After this accelerated class you will have the tools, resources and know-how to build a power portfolio of quality companies.
Wed., April 18 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Penrose Library

Understanding Budgeting
Understanding budgeting is the first step in successful financial planning. By taking a proactive approach to managing your money, you can make informed decisions to better meet your short and long term financial goals. Before you can plan on where you want to be financially in the future, you first need to define your budget to determine where you are now.
Click here to register.
Tue., April 24 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library

Financial Wellness
This class will cover Budgeting, Savings, Emergency Funds, Retirement Planning, and more.
Click here to register.
Thu., April 26 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Library 21c

Money Smart Week is a registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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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 2018 Teen Art Contest was "Hidden Beauty." Teens were encouraged to show us where they have found hidden beauty in the ordinary, everyday world.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April.

Here are the winners!

Best In Show
Clear by Isabella Huhn

High School - First Place
Letting Go by Celine Hanlon

High School - Second Place
Masked by Elizabeth Ward

Middle School - First Place
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder by Connor Murdock

Middle School - Second Place
Beauty of the Mountain by Adyline Poirson

Coordinator’s Choice - High School
Color through Clutter by Rebecca Gearhart

Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School
A Shoe by Adia Byron

You can view the winners here:
Teen Art Contest 2018 Winners

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Seeking Summer Adventure Volunteers

PPLD is seeking teens to help with this year's Summer Adventure program!

Limited positions are available. Please apply by May 1, 2018.

Applicants must be ages 12 - 18 as of June 1.

Click here to apply!

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Joanna Bolek

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March/April 2018 is 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.

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

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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 the 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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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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Repair Café Volunteers Needed

PPLD's Repair Café is in need of 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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Charlie Mussi

PPLD's 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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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 November/December 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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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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This opportunity provides two high schools juniors or seniors, or incoming college freshmen, from diverse populations with summer-long paid internships at Pikes Peak Library District. The interns will work at one of the 14 Pikes Peak Library District locations up to 20 hours a week developing a project with the help of a mentor. The interns will have the opportunity to engage with multiple facets of library life, from administrations to programming to user services. Interns will have opportunities to connect with one another, and learn from mentors across the country.

Minimum qualifications to apply:

  • Not have any disciplinary offenses incurred in the last year
  • Be an incoming high school junior or senior, or college freshman for the Fall 2018 term
  • Have parent/guardian approval to participate upon selection. (Required if under age 18.)
  • Please attach a letter of recommendation from a teacher or other adult (not family) who can speak to your leadership skills, ability to develop and pursue a goal, or your community involvement.
  • 2.5 GPA or higher, please provide transcript or report card.
  • Commitment to attend two funded trips: Kick-off in Washington D.C. (June) and Wrap-up in Chicago (Sept. or Oct.) NOTE: Student must have valid ID for travel.
  • Commitment to work paid local project hours for 10 weeks at up to 20 hours/week at assigned location (either Sand Creek or Penrose Library, respectively) at a rate of $10.20 per hour.

Important Dates:

  • Application materials due to Angela Ibrahim at aibrahim@ppld.org on or before 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018.
  • Intern will be selected prior to June 2 and will begin meeting with his/her mentor the week of June 5 to begin project development and to organize work schedule.
  • Kick-off Event in Washington, D.C.: June 2018
  • Wrap-up Event in Chicago: TBD (September/October)
  • This program is funded by the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation and offered in conjunction with the Public Library Association with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences grant.

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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.

    Click here for more information

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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.

    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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    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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    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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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