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High Prairie Library (HI)

High Prairie Library

Address:
7035 Old Meridian Rd. - map it!
Peyton, CO 80831

Phone: (719) 260-3650
Contact Us

Hours:
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Route: None

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Friends of High Prairie Library

The High Prairie Friends Book Store is open during regular Library hours.

Contact glolesher@gmail.com for more information.

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


 

What's New!

Loida Garcia-Febo
  • When: Sat., Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Rd., Falcon

This fun event for all ages will feature a visit from American Library Association President Loida Garcia-Febo! She'll address the crowd around 10:30 a.m. and participate as a guest judge of the annual costume contest at noon.

The Harvest Festival will also feature dozens of fun events like the community-renowned cookie contest, marshmallow catapult, and pumpkin growing contest—featuring pumpkins grown with the High Prairie Library’s Seed Bank!

Pikes Peak Library District is Garcia-Febo's first stop on a national tour of five library systems, which also includes Cambridge, Los Angeles, Miami, and Seattle. The tour is part of ALA's Libraries = Strong Communities national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries.

Suggested Additional Parking:
Vacant lot next to Farmers State Bank
Side streets next to McDonald's
Wal-Mart Garden Center
Rock Island Trailhead
Farmers State Bank (after noon)

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Loida Garcia-Febo

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce that Loida Garcia-Febo, the president of the American Library Association, will visit Colorado Springs from Oct. 5 - 6, 2018! She was recently elected ALA President and is the first Puerto Rican American to hold the post. Pikes Peak Library District is her first stop on a national tour of five library systems, which also includes Cambridge, Los Angeles, Miami, and Seattle. The tour is part of ALA's Libraries = Strong Communities national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries.

While here, Garcia-Febo will attend the annual Harvest Festival at High Prairie Library, on Sat., Oct. 6. She'll address the crowd around 10:30 a.m. and participate as a guest judge of the annual costume contest at noon. The Harvest Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features dozens of fun events like the community-renowned cookie contest, marshmallow catapult, and pumpkin growing contest—featuring pumpkins grown with the High Prairie Library’s Seed Bank!

Garcia-Febo will also participate in other library-sponsored events while visiting Pikes Peak Library District. She’ll address the crowd in Spanish at Sand Creek Library’s Culture Mash, as well as be the guest speaker for the Pikes Peak Women’s “Powerful Women’s Series” at Library 21c, sharing why "Libraries = Strong Communities" at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively on Fri., Oct. 5. Both events are a part of Pikes Peak Library District’s annual All Pikes Peak Reads community reading program, with this year’s focus on diversity, multiculturalism, immigration and resiliency.

Don't miss these great events, featuring the top executive of the oldest and largest library association in the world! All are invited to attend these events and meet Loida Garcia-Febo during her tour stop in Colorado.

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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is coming to Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD)!

de la Peña is the author of one of the short stories in our All Pikes Peaks Reads (APPR) title, Flying Lessons and Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh.

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

He will be at Library 21c on Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m., with a free presentation that is open to the public.

Don't miss this award winning author!

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In connection with the All Pikes Peak Reads 2018 focus on diversity, multiculturalism, immigration, and resiliency, PPLD is hosting a variety of events celebrating culture.

Bilingual Spanish Storytime (La Hora del Cuentos)
Join us for a special 45-minute storytime in honor of All Pikes Peak Reads 2018! Experience books through reading, singing, rhyming, and practice speaking Spanish! For ages 3 and up.
Sat., Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Old Colorado City Library

Culture Fest
Celebrate different cultures of the Pikes Peak region. You will experience the richness of different cuisines, music, and more!
Thu., Sept. 20 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
Fri., Oct. 12 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library

AUTHOR VISIT: Helen Thorpe
Helen Thorpe is the author of APPR’s adult title, The Newcomers. Thorpe is an award-winning writer and journalist, and she’s from Colorado! Don’t miss your chance to meet this great writer and hear more about her work.
Tue., Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Library 21c

Culture Mash
Featuring a visit from American Library Association President Loida Garcia-Febo, this outdoor event will include fun for all ages including dancing, food, and music. Garcia-Febo will address the crowd in Spanish!
Fri., Oct. 5 at 4:30 - 8 p.m. at Sand Creek Library

Harvest Festival
This event will feature activities and fun for the whole family! ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will make a special appearance to address the crowd, as well.
Sat., Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.n. at High Prairie Library

Together at the Table
A community discussion with food centered on the themes and topics of APPR. Registration required. Ages 16+.
Sun., Oct. 7 from 2 - 4 p.m. at East Library

USCIS Naturalization Ceremony
Pikes Peak Library District’s Adult Education Division and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome new citizens at this event.
Mon., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. - noon at Library 21c

AUTHOR VISIT: Matt de la Peña
Matt de la Peña is the author of APPR’s children’s title, Last Stop on Market Street and contributed a story to the APPR teen title Flying Lessons and Other Stories. He’s a New York Times bestselling author and a winner of the Newbery Medal! Stop by and hear more about his life and his work.
Thu., Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Library 21c

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The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be reviewing art for future 1 - 2 month shows by individual artists. Bring 5 pieces of art in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired for drawings, paintings, photographs or prints; wired for other 2D or 3D art). Submissions must include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

  • When: Tue., Sept. 25
    10 a.m. - noon: drop off art
    4 - 6 p.m.: pick up art
  • Where: The Venue at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) 2018, which will run from September 10 - November 17.

For a complete list of events, click here.

Our selected adult title is The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe. The book explores themes of diversity, multiculturalism, compassion, immigration, endurance, resiliency, and hope. PPLD will use these themes while planning programs of community interest. Our selections for teens and children titles also explore similar themes. (For a list of book club discussion questions for The Newcomers, click here.)

Our title for teens and young adults is Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh. Flying Lessons was published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

Our children's title is Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Last Stop on Market Street was the 2016 Newbery Award winner.

This fall we will present a variety of programs to the community including author visits, film screenings, community discussions and panel presentations, theater productions, art installations and gallery exhibitions, and more. We will be undertaking many of these with our community partners.

We are delighted that our selected authors will be able to join us in the fall. Helen Thorpe will be visiting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2 at Library 21c. Matt de la Peña (who also wrote a short story included in Flying Lessons and Other Stories) will visit at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 at Library 21c.

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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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Joanna Bolek

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March/April 2018 was Joanna Bolek. She 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 tought throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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High Prairie Library Launches Seed Library

The High Prairie Seed Library officially launched on Saturday, April 25, 2015!

PPLD is very proud of the hard work that Rhonda Curtis, High Prairie staff member extraordinaire, has put into this 2 year project.

High Prairie Library kicked off the grand opening with a speech from Rhonda (and tutorial), ribbon cutting, cake (carrot), refreshments, and lots of community engagement! In the process of creating the Seed Library we have made some strong connections to our communities in the area, garden clubs, and independent farmers, including generations of growers in the county extending to Calhan.

High Prairie Library will conduct a contest for the biggest pumpkin patrons can grow using the giant pumpkin seeds from the Seed Library! The pumpkins will be judged at the 4th Annual Harvest Festival on October 3, 2015.

A special thanks goes to the High Prairie Friends and staff, who have all contributed both time and resources to help get the Seed Library open.

The High Prairie Seed Library joins the Manitou Springs Seed Library as PPLD's two seed repositories.

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