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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What's New!

The Pikes Peak Library District At Evaluation Committee will be reviewing art for future 1 - 2 month shows by individual artists. Bring five pieces of art in show ready format (matted, framed, and wired). Please bring a completed Art Exhibit Application to submissions drop off.

Submissions
Tue., March 12 in Venue at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Drop off: 10 a.m. - noon
Pick up: 4 - 6 p.m.

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Have you heard about auto-renewals? Beginning Mon., Feb. 11, PPLD will save you the step of renewing your checkouts.

The day before items are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them if there are no holds and they haven’t already been renewed twice.

There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, including:

  • Rapid Read, Rapid View
  • eBooks, eAudios
  • Equipment
  • Interlibrary Loans

Patrons will receive an email notice letting them know what, if anything, was renewed as well as the new due date.

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February is Black History Month, and Pikes Peak Library District has a variety of programs and resources to help you celebrate!

Special Events

Ruth Holley Library Rededication
Sat., Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Ruth Holley Library
Ruth Holley was an impactful and involved member of the Colorado Springs community and worked at East Library for ten years. She was one of Pikes Peak Library District's first African American librarians. Her legacy is one of service and compassion for library staff and patrons alike. Join Pikes Peak Library District and Poetry719 for a celebration of her life and impact on our city during Black History Month!
11 a.m. - noon: Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting
1 - 1:45 p.m.: Celebrating Womxn Writing Workshop
1:45 - 3 p.m.: Listen to Black Womxn Open Mic

African Storytelling, Drumming, and Percussion
Wed., Feb. 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Penrose Library
Join Dr. Wanda Tisby Cousar and Ron Cousar for a Black History Month program that will include a West African Dance performed to drumming. The Cousars will also tell the true story of the Lion King using an African instrument called a Balafon. Throughout the performance the participants will be engaged! This is a part of the Winter Adult Reading Program. All ages welcome!

Movies

Movie Screening: A Raisin in the Sun
Sat., Feb. 23 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Rockrimmon Library
In celebration of Black History Month, come join us in our continuing classic film series for a screening of the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun (NR), starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. Snacks and drinks provided. No registration required for this free event.

Films Streaming through Kanopy

Reading Lists

Colorado History

Other Online Resources

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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Monday, April 15. 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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Mountain of Authors is looking for authors of the Pikes Peak region to be part of our Author Showcase. As a Showcase Author, you will have an opportunity to be part of the Mountain of Authors program, meet other area authors and writing groups, and visit with program attendees and market and sell your books.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Mountain of Authors website. The deadline for applications is February 19.

Space is limited to 35 authors and selected authors will be notified by March 1. There is no charge to participate; Friends of the Library handle all book sales and charge a 20% commission.

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Overdue books? Fear not. Pikes Peak Library District will no longer charge you for being a little bit late on your returns.

The library will officially eliminate overdue fines Fri., Feb. 1, just in time for a county-wide celebration of Library Lover’s Month. Patrons will no longer be financially penalized for books that are late in returning to the library.

“Our mission as an organization is to eliminate barriers to information and resources, not create them,” said Director of Library Services Tim Blevins. “We had a trial run of eliminating overdue fines and didn’t see longer hold times for patrons, but did see a positive impact on borrowing. It makes perfect sense for us to permanently eliminate these fines.”

Fines, Blevins says, are particularly prohibitive for the community’s most vulnerable families. Plus, overdue fines accounted for less than one percent of the library’s overall revenue in 2017.

There will still be fees assessed for lost or damaged materials. Materials are considered lost if they are 21 days overdue.

Additionally, Pikes Peak Library District will roll out automatic renewals later on in Library Lover’s Month. The day before books are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them up to two times, so long as no other patron placed a hold on the material.

There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, like rapid reads, e-materials, and equipment checkouts.

“What we’ve seen here, and in library facilities across the country, is that by taking these steps to increase ease of access to materials, use of library resources and checkouts is positively impacted,” Blevins said. “We’re here to help people access the resources they need to achieve their goals. This is just one more way for us to do a better job of achieving that mission.”

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We want to celebrate your successes! Pikes Peak Library District is looking for stories about how our resources and staff have helped enrich minds, fuel learning and growth, spark imagination and ideas, build community and connections, and/or achieve goals.

To tell your story, click here and take our short survey.

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Winter Adult Reading Program: A Universe of Stories

PPLD invites you to participate in 2019’s Winter Adult Reading Program A Universe of Stories! From Feb. 1 - March 31, read books and attend Library programs to win prizes. This year we are challenging you to try something new! While you still have the option of reading 8 books in 8 weeks to win reading prizes, you can now participate in 4 activities in place of reading 4 books.

Reading prizes include a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar, and a polar bear hot/cold pack, and a limited edition 2019 Winter Adult Reading Program mug.

  • Complete the first level by reading 4 books, or with a combination of reading 2 books and 2 activities, and win the chocolate bar and hot/cold pack.
  • Complete the second level by reading 4 more books, or with a combination of reading 2 more books and 2 activities, and win the mug.
  • Complete both levels to be entered into a drawing for a Samsung tablet.

Click here to register.

Click here for a complete list of Winter Adult Reading Program events.

Click here for a printable reading log.

Featured Programs

Winter Adult Reading Program Kickoff Parties
Join us for the kickoff of the Winter Adult Reading Program: A Universe of Stories. Come enjoy a hot chocolate bar, find some new reads, and participate in a book swap. Staff members will be on hand to help you register and the first 30 people who register in person at the party will receive a limited edition tote bag. All ages welcome to the party. The reading program is open to ages 18 and up.

Durthy Washington presents Reading in Reverse: Discovering "the Classics"
This class invites participants to discover classic literature by “reading in reverse.” Creating your reading list for the New Year? Then you won’t want to miss this class!

Dr. Wanda Tisby Cousar and Ron Cousar present African Storytelling, Drumming, and Percussion
Join Dr. Wanda Tisby Cousar and Ron Cousar for a Black History Month program that will include a West African Dance performed to drumming. They will also tell the true story of the Lion King using an African instrument called a Balafon.

Rose Red Elk presents Native American Tales
Oral, spoken word storytelling accompanied by music is Rose Red Elk's passion. She will engage the audience to participate in a song “Keepers of the Earth.”

Ann Doolan-Fox presents The Celtic Road Home
Join Ann Doolan-Fox as she discusses her book, The Celtic Road Home. The book tells the story of her childhood, international adventurous travels, and life journey until the present day.

Linda Batlin presents Folktales Around the World
Join Linda Batlin for a potpourri of multicultural folktales from around the world, some classic tales, some whimsical stories but all certain to educate and entertain.

More activities and way to participate

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Linda Riley

Current PPLD Maker in Residence Linda Riley learned to knit when she was a young girl, taught by her granny when growing up the Chicago suburbs. She continually grew her skills and eventually began creating her own unique patterns. Her original designs have been published in both print and online outlets. Her project portfolio ranges from simple items such as hats and scarfs all the way to full size afghans and cable knit sweaters. Mittens are her favorite item to knit!

She will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District and hosting Meet the Maker in Residence sessions in the Atrium at Library 21c.

Knit a Flat Striped Scarf

Have you always wanted to learn to knit, but never found the time or teacher? Here’s your opportunity! Maker in Resident Linda Riley will show participants how to get started with common knitting stitches and how to read a scarf pattern, so you can practice your new skill with yarn and needles to take home! Ages 16 and up. Registration is required. Please help ensure that other patrons have the opportunity to participate in this program by only registering for one session. Please note that registration opens at 10 a.m. on the Monday two weeks prior to each class.

Meet the Maker in Residence in the Atrium at Library 21c
Visit with Maker in Resident Linda Riley to chat about her craft and see her work on a large knitting project.

  • Sat., Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sat., Jan. 26 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Sat., Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sat., Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sat., March 2 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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

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PPLD Kids

Choose a country you will magically arrive in, real or imaginary. Then use your best sensory details to describe your first impressions in the form of a poem. Think about landscape, people, animals, foods, even emotions and ideas you have as you begin to orient yourself.

Think about all of your five senses. What do you sense around you in this new place?

You are allowed to research your country to learn a little about what you might encounter, or simply to use your imagination to describe a real or imaginary place. Include the name of your country in the title of your poem.

We will select six winners, who will receive $50 each, a book, and a Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration poster!

Eligibility
Open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.

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, x6074.

Winners will be announced in April. An award ceremony will be held April 13, 2019.

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 Sat., March 2, 2019.

Submission of a poem constitutes full permission to exhibit, use and publish the poem for any purpose – printed or electronic media – and to publish the name, school, and photographs of the student without compensation.

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The 26th Annual Betty Field Memorial Youth Writing Contest is open to all 6th through 12th grade students (public, private, and home schools) in El Paso County or areas served by Pikes Peak Library District. The deadline for receipt of entries is February 23, 2019.

This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

For entry forms and more information, visit writingcontest612.info.

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The 2018 Teen Fiction Anthology is here!

Click the link below to read the award winning stories from the 2018 Teen Fiction Writing Contest.

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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) 531-6333, 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 email us at Ask a Librarian for assistance.

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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