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Toddler Time

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: Library21c at Children's Room

One and two-year-old children, with a favorite adult, participate in nursery rhymes, music and movement, and listen to a few short books. Toddler Time builds on familiar experiences to introduce new vocabulary and word sounds in a lively atmosphere. Open to the first twenty families who arrive. (20-25 minutes)

ERC STEAM: : We Will Rock You!

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: East Library at Educational Resource Center

Rocks, minerals, geode crystals … the collection in your pocket is full of fascinating science! Join us in some hands-on exploration of the rock cycle as you identify and classify rocks, conduct experiments to discover how rocks change, and engage in a little “cupcake geology” to extend what you’ve learned.

Toddler Time followed by Tots and Blocks

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
Where: Sand Creek Library at Sand Creek Meeting Room

One and two-year-old children, with a favorite adult, participate in nursery rhymes, music and movement, and listen to a few short books. Toddler Time builds on familiar experiences to introduce new vocabulary and word sounds in a lively atmosphere. And did you know that block play also increases a child's language development? Stay and play with us after Toddler Time or drop in to build, balance, stack and crash with a variety of different blocks and other educational toys!

Storytime

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Where: Old Colorado City Library at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Children ages 3 and up, with a favorite adult, experience stories through books, flannelboards, puppets, songs and activities. This program encourages emerging reading skills by engaging children with shapes, sounds, rhythm and rhyme in a playful environment.

Play & Learn

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library at Cheyenne Meeting Room

This open play time is a great way for your child to play with early literacy based toys and games such as puzzles, blocks, puppets, etc. For ages 0-5, with a caring adult. No registration required.

Toddler Time

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Library21c at Children's Room

One and two-year-old children, with a favorite adult, participate in nursery rhymes, music and movement, and listen to a few short books. Toddler Time builds on familiar experiences to introduce new vocabulary and word sounds in a lively atmosphere. Open to the first twenty families who arrive. (20-25 minutes)

Toddler Time

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Palmer Lake Library

One and two-year-old children, with a favorite adult, participate in nursery rhymes, music and movement, and listen to a few short books. Toddler Time builds on familiar experiences to introduce new vocabulary and word sounds in a lively atmosphere. (20-25 minutes)

Book Break

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Where: Monument Library

A short read-aloud session for preschoolers.

Music & Movement

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose Childrens Room

Shake those wiggles out and have some fun! This program consists of music and movement activities and a story. For 2 and 3-year-olds, with a favorite adult.

Storytime

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Rockrimmon Library at Rockrimmon Meeting Room

Storytimes at the library introduce children ages 3 through 7 to picture books,flannel board stories, finger plays, music, art, poetry, film and puppetry.

Stay and Play Storytime

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Fountain Library at Fountain Meeting Room

Come read, rhyme and rock! A very interactive storytime that engages children ages two to five and their favorite adults in stories and songs in which everyone participates. After storytime, we invite you to stay and play with us! We’ll have fun toys, games and activities to enhance your child’s early literacy learning!

Music & Movement

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Where: Ruth Holley Library at Ruth Holley Meeting Room

Music and movement for twos and threes and a caring adult; families welcome.

Toddler Time

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Library21c at Children's Room

One and two-year-old children, with a favorite adult, participate in nursery rhymes, music and movement, and listen to a few short books. Toddler Time builds on familiar experiences to introduce new vocabulary and word sounds in a lively atmosphere. Open to the first twenty families who arrive. (20-25 minutes)

Storytime

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Where: Old Colorado City Library at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

This second session is a trial for the month of January ONLY. Children ages 3 and up, with a favorite adult, experience stories through books, flannelboards, puppets, songs and activities. This program encourages emerging reading skills by engaging children with shapes, sounds, rhythm and rhyme in a playful environment.

ERC Open Hours noon - 5 p.m.

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: East Library at Educational Resource Center

Come stop by the ERC! Located on the upper floor of East Library. Call 531.6333 x1403 if you have any questions. Learn more at ppld.org/erc.

Book Break

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Where: Library21c

A short read-aloud session in the Children’s department that is particularly suitable for preschoolers.

The Big Marshmallow Build

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Monument Library at Monument Meeting Room

Build towers, geometric designs, castles, or whatever you'd like using only marshmallows and toothpicks. Simple awards for the most creative, biggest, and funniest designs. There will be tasty treats to consume while you build.

Friday Fun! Crafts

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Manitou Springs Library at Lower Level

Friday Fun: Crafts! is a program for kids grades k-8 which meets right after school. Snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Chess and Checkers

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Library21c at Western Window Bay

Join us for casual play, the boards will be out, ready for you and your friends to enjoy these two fabulous games. All are welcome.

Finally Friday

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Ruth Holley Library at Ruth Holley Meeting Room

Join us for an after school adventure! You provide the imagination, we provide the supplies. Ages 7-12.

Paws to Read

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Sand Creek Library

Children may practice reading skills by reading to a Canine Good Citizen certified dog.

Kid Creators: Racing Dominos

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Sand Creek Library at Sand Creek Meeting Room

Are you an expert builder? An inventor extraordinaire? An engineer in the making? Come build with Legos, create robots from Cubelets, design tracks for racing dominoes, and more!

Lego Build

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Old Colorado City Library at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Show off your creativity with this family event. Please do not bring your own LEGOs and all masterpieces remain at the library. (However, donations are gladly accepted!) Join us on the fourth Friday of the month.

East Coding Club: Google CS First Social Media

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: East Library at East Learning Lab

We'll be using Google's evaluated CS-First curriculum to teach the principles behind coding social media applications in Scratch. This curriculum is aimed at students ages 9-15, but ages 9-18 are welcome to participate. 16-18 year olds may find the curriculum to be too easy, but if they are completely new to coding, it is a great place to start. If you have never tried coding before, please attend coding club in January, or come to one of our Tech Thursday coding classes prior to starting the club in February.

Contact bbloom@ppld.org for more information.

Open Art Studio: Hidden Beauty

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: High Prairie Library at High Prairie Meeting Room

Get ready for the teen art contest by trying out a couple of art techniques. This year's theme is Hidden Beauty

Comments

Hi there. Thanks for the suggestion. We have so much on the home page already, but maybe we can make a slide that links to the Calendar. Good idea!

I agree that it would be helpful to link the calendar from the home page. The old website had it there but now it takes several clicks to get there. Also, the rollover pop-up menus get in the way when trying to click on account login link.

Hi there. There is a calendar link on the home page. It's on the right hand side of the home page, right below "how do i". We're working on refining the menu so it doesn't fly out so fast. Thanks for the input.

I think it would be cool if you guys created a kindergarten readiness class for kids ages 4-5 for 1 hour a week that introduces kids going to kindergarten to ABC's, counting and writing (example: a new letter and number each week with fun stories, games and songs that helps kids get ready for school in a fun way so they are more prepared and can meet other kids their age.) Going to kindergarten can be pretty scary for kids especially if they aren't enrolled in a preschool program.

Thank you for writing! Our preschool storytimes, offered at each of our libraries, feature these skills in a more subtle way. Also, since preparing for Kindergarten really begins at birth, PPLD is part of a Public Library Association initiative that has been going on for about 15 years, called “Every Child Ready to Read.” The program stresses 5 practices that parents can do to help their children get ready for reading and school. They are “Read,” “Write,” “Talk,” “Sing” and “Play.” Every year (usually January and February) we do a series of Countdown to Kindergarten Carnivals featuring these practices, with handouts describing other activities that parents can do at home. Also, if you click here there are literacy activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers featured in the slideshow. Thank you for your idea - we will keep it in mind, and please let me know if you have any further questions.

I'd love more options for Music and Movement at the Penrose, Manitou, or OCC libraries!

This fun program for 2 and 3 year olds is really growing in popularity throughout the library district.
Starting Sept. 20, the Old Colorado City Library will again be offering Music and Movement the first and third Tuesdays at 2:00.
In addition, starting Sept. 2, Penrose Library will have Music and Movement every Friday at 10:30.
Another option is an all ages music program at Manitou Springs Library the third Thursday of the month at 10:30.
We hope to see you at one of these programs!

This would also be a great program to include older children also, up to 5 at least if not older.

I would like to see more activities starting around 5 pm or later. I work and my kids are in school until 4-4:30. Thank you.
I enjoy the Science/STEM classes for each of my two children's different age groups.

I second this request. If activities start at 5 or 5:15 we would be able to participate with our school aged children as well.

Thank you for your comment. We are continually examining our programs to evaluate whether we meet the needs of our patrons, and we have added tween and STEM programs at most of our libraries. If you let me know which libraries you are interested in, I can give you more information. Thank you!

Hello. We are down in Security so probably the closest libraries are Sand Creek or Fountain. We do drive to various libraries throughout the city if something interests us. I have a 4 year old and a 9 year old. Out at High Plains they used to do a STEM class for each. We enjoyed those very much. Thank you.

Thank you for writing. We will definitely keep your request in mind as we plan our future programs.

I third this request. Not only for children's programs but for adult art classes after 5 and on weekends for working adults. Thanks

Hello,
Thank you for your request. Our school age programs are usually scheduled for either after school or weekends, although not as late in the afternoon as you suggest. Unfortunately, we have not had a good turnout for evening programs for school age children. We have been adding more Science/STEM programs and Make programs. Can you tell me which library you are interested in, and I could give you more information?

Hi there,
Just wondering if any of the libraries will offer more options for babies (6months-1year) or if it is appropriate to bring children under one to some of the story time sessions?

Thank you,

Thank you for your input. We currently offer Babytime for ages 12 months and under at the East Library, Library 21c and Fountain Library. We also offer a Baby and Me Yoga class at Library 21c on the second Saturday of each month. We would certainly offer at any other library that has a demand.

Hi I'm currently looking for stuff to do with my 3-month-old around town. Do you still do Babytime at East library? I do not see it on their calendar. I also would be interested in the Mommy and Me yoga, and will drive to 12c, but I don't see that on the calendar either.

Hello - We have Babytime at the East Library and Library 21c on Mondays at 10:00 and 11:00 am. The Mommy and Me Yoga is the second Saturday of every month at 10:30 at Library 21c. We hope to see you there!

Your website makes NO distinction between Toddler (age 2-3) and Kids (age 4-8). How can I find classes specifically for the age 4-8 group? On the Calendar page, there's no option to UNcheck Baby and Toddler, so I can find Kid classes / events.

Hi there. You can get to this page from our upper nav menu under 'Programs.' Just click on 'For Kids.' You can get to the current Kids Web Events page through 'PPLD Kids' on the green right toolbar on our home page. Then click on the 'Events' street sign.

Hi. I work for CASA of the Pikes Peak Region and we are putting together a packet for caregivers that will contain information about developmental milestones and reading readiness for kids ages 0-6.. I would like to include an easy-to-read calendar of library events. I have a very old flyer and am wondering if you have a newer one that I could have.

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