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For ages 5 and under with a caregiver.
- Sat., Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. - noon at Library 21c
- Sat., Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. noon at High Prairie Library
- Sat., Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. - noon at Rockrimmon Library
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!
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 email@example.com
Questions? Call (719) 531-6333, x2405.
Winners will be announced in April. An award ceremony will be held April 13, 2019.
- One entry per student. Teachers are urged to review poems and submit no more than five per class.
- Each poems must be the original work of the student.
- Poems will be judged on originality, including poem title and adherence to the theme.
- 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.
- 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.
Study Buddies returns to East Library on September 11, 2018!
Each Tuesday through March, 6 - 7:30 p.m., teen volunteers will be available to assist grade school kids, Kindergarten through 5th grade, with homework and reading help.
Only at East Library!
The Annual Homeschool Art Show at the East Library Children's Department will be on display for the month of April! Come check it out!
Check out this great current events site for kids. There's good news...more daylight is on the way!
Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi
Release: March 2018
Percy Jackson fans rejoice! There’s a new hero in town and a new mythology to explore in Aru Shah and the End of Time. Aru Shah’s tendency to stretch the truth has landed her in some hot water after she lights a cursed lamp and sets things in motion that will be difficult to undo. Chokshi’s new series is part of a new imprint of titles handpicked by Rick Riordan himself.
See Also: The Serpent’s Secret, by Sayantani DasGupta (Release February 2018)
Legends of the Lost Causes, by Brad McLelland
Release: February 2018
After Bad Whiskey burns down his home, Keech finds himself on the path of finding the Char Stone, a legendary stone of massive power. Can he and a band of orphans outlast against undead outlaws, and find the stone?
The Last Grand Adventure, by Rebecca Behrens
Release: February 2018
A journey to find her grandmother’s sister, might just make Bea’s summer a lot more bearable. But any epic road trip is bound to have some bumps along the way.
The Ambrose Deception, by Emily Ecton
Release: February 2018
Three students are chosen to participate in the scavenger hunt of a lifetime. Winning could mean a scholarship that would make a lot of things better. When the three start the hunt they find themselves running around Chicago, chasing down leads, but the scavenger hunt may have more in store for the three than a simple scholarship.
See Also: Spin the Golden Lightbulb, by Jackie Yeager (Release: January 2018)
Winterhouse, by Ben Guterson
Release: January 2018
When orphan Elizabeth Somers is sent to the Winterhouse Hotel, she finds a lot of things charming, like the library. But as she continues to live at Winterhouse she stumbles upon secrets and she starts to think that maybe she’s connected to the house and it’s family in a way she can’t really explain.
East Children's has a new giant magnet wall for kids! Come see if you can put the skeleton together and add accessories too.
National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15, here are some great J-Fiction and Nonfiction for you to read. All six of these books can be found in our collection!
Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza travels with her mother to the United States in the middle of the Great Depression, seeking opportunity after the death of her father. Not used to the hard labor of farming, Esperanza has to discover what it means to her herself in this new environment.
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, by Pablo Cartaya
Summer in Miami has never been so different for Arturo Zamora. A new girl in the apartment complex has captured his heart and he’s putting in some hard work at his family’s Cuban-American restaurant. When a land developer comes to town and threaten Abuela’s restaurant, Arturo Zamora is ready to fight for his family and community.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones
When Sophie Brown and her family leave Los Angeles for her Uncle Jim’s Farm, she’s tasked with taking care of some unusual chickens. As a means to adjust, Sophie begins to write letters to her Uncle Jim and dear Abuelita about what it means to be a poultry farmer, and to be one of the few hispanic people in town.
The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez, by Robin Yardi
When two raccoons steal his sister’s tricycle, fourth grader Mateo is left to blame. In a quest to retrieve the trike from the thieving raccoon’s, Mateo discovers that they can talk! Can Mateo get the tricycle back and clear his good name, or with the talking raccoons have the last laugh?
Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Featuring Latino people from different countries and backgrounds, this collection of poems celebrates the likes of Ceaser Chavez, Roberto Clemente, and librarian, Pura Belpré.
Funny Bones, by Duncan Tonatiuh
José Guadalupe Posada was the brilliant mind behind the festive skeletons that would become known as Calaveras. This book covers his history and how he came to create the dancing skeletons that have become synonymous with Dia De Los Muertos.
September 24 - 30 is Banned Book Week! Pick up a children's book that someone has tried to ban. In other words, the complaint was meant to rid the library of that particular title...forever! Go to http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/childrensbooks for a list of banned books and get reading!
Study Buddies has begun for the school year! Teens have been specially trained to help elementary kids with their homework. This program is held at the East Library every Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. It's a drop-in program, so you'll be asked to sign your child in at our children's information desk. A volunteer will spend 20-30 minutes helping your child. Come check it out!
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.
No appointment necessary, just drop in!
- East Library
- Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
- Library 21c
- Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
- Monument Library
- Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
- Sand Creek Library
- Fridays, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. Times and dates are subject to change. If the school district or library closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.
Ravi Suryanarayanan calls himself “fresh off the boat”, in other words, he and his family have just moved to New Jersey from India. Ravi is starting 5th grade and is excited to show off his mastery of many skills, English and Math, to name two. EVERYTHING goes wrong for Ravi those first days in 5th grade. Meanwhile, Joe who sits behind Ravi, has his own set of problems that are just as mountain-sized as Ravi’s. The two boys move through their struggles as if moving up the opposite sides of the same circle. They meet at the top. Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan is a powerful portrayal of overcoming bullies and cultural misunderstandings. In the end, acceptance wins out.
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.
Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the following winners of the Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest:
- Ella Batson, “The Form of a Mystery”
- Sophia DeJoia, “Mountain Gem”
- Dara S. Kurbegov, “Mysteries of Nature”
- Brooke Steinberg, “Mystery Murder”
- Sage Stoecklein, “Mystery?”
- Anna Winslow, “The Mystery of Me”
You can watch the winners read their poems below:
The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2016 was awarded to Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña.
"The celebratory warmth is irresistible, offering a picture of community that resonates with harmony and diversity." - Booklist.
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner.
"A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing, this lovely story, penned by Colebourn's great-great granddaughter, is ideal for sharing aloud or poring over individually." - School Library Journal.
PPLD's Award Booklists:
The results are in!
"Twelve-year-old narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Swish! This book is nothing but net!"
"In four delightful “visual chapters,” Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emotional journey looking for his human. Santat uses fine details, kaleidoscopic saturated colors, and exquisite curved and angular lines to masterfully convey the emotional essence of this special childhood relationship."
PPLD's Award Booklists:
For what it's worth, my daughter and I LOVE Beekle!
Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:
- Olivia Heath - "The Net Bringer"
- Delia Rose Philips - "The Homework Helping Heroine"
- Kate Vasquez - "Hope"
- Ansley Irrgang - "The Hero Inside of Me"
- Ryan Blumenhein - "Drill Hand Man"
- Landon Janc - "Super Noodle Doo"
Beloved children's author Maurice Sendak died May 8 at the age of 83. Best known for his award winning book, Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak transformed the face of children's literature.