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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  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.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 each 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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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Tuesday, April 17. 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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PPLD Kids

Write a poem about your favorite piece of art . It could be a painting, a photograph, a sculpture, or even a dance or a movie!

Keep your eye out around town for inspiration, including projects made by local Concrete Couch.

Your poem should include not only some description of the art itself, but your thoughts about what you feel the art might mean or why it matters to you. Title your poem with the same title as the art you choose.

Eligibility
Open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region. Meets Colorado Model Content Standards 1, 2, and 4 for Reading and Writing.

Prizes
Six winners of $50 each. Winners will also receive a book and a Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration poster

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, x2405.

Awards announced in mid-April as part of Young People’s Poetry Week.

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 Fri., March 9, 2018.

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Winter Adult Reading Program

PPLD's 2018 Winter Adult Reading Program runs January 13 - March 14!

How to Play

  • Register with your PPLD library card in person at any PPLD library or online at ppld.beanstack.org.
  • Reading logs will be available by clicking here and at all libraries, but feel free to keep track of the books you’ve read using any method you choose, including Beanstack.
  • Prizes will be awarded while supplies last.
  • PPLD reserves the right to substitute prizes.
  • PPLD employees, substitute employees, and household members are not eligible to win grand prizes, only reading prizes.
  • The program is open to anyone age 18 and older with a Pikes Peak Library District library card.
  • Read any eight books of your choice — eBooks, eAudios, books on CD, and audiobook players count, too.
  • After you read your first four books, visit your library to pick up a prize.
  • Read four more books and visit your library to pick up a second prize.
  • If you read eight books by March 14, you will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing.

Reading Prizes Include:

  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar and coupon
  • Cole’s Gourmet Popcorn mini bag of cheese popcorn
  • Reading Program mug
  • Random prize drawings for three gift baskets

BRANCH LIBRARY PRIZES

  • Panera Bread gift cards

GRAND PRIZE

  • Samsung Galaxy Tablet
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Repair Café Volunteers Needed

PPLD's Repair Café is in need of SEWING and 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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The world is filled with Hidden Beauty. Show us where you have found this year's theme "Hidden Beauty" in the ordinary, everyday world.

How to Enter

  • Fill out this entry form
  • Print and sign our Artwork Agreement Form
  • Bring the Artwork Agreement Form and your artwork to a drop-off location on Tue., Feb. 20 or Wed., Feb. 21 during open library hours. Drop-off locations are Cheyenne Mountain, East, Fountain, High Prairie, Library 21c, Monument, Mobile Libraries, Penrose, Rockrimmon, or Sand Creek.
  • Guidelines

    • Must be in grades 6 - 12 in March of 2018.
    • Must be an El Paso County resident.
    • Only one entry per person.
    • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries
    • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.
    • If you want to display at Library 21c, art must be able to be displayed in a way that is compatible with a wire hanging system.
    • Since we have to transport the artwork between locations, frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces. We are very careful, but frames and matting help protect your pieces even more!

    FAQ

    When will I know if I have won?
    We will notify participants by mid-March if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at Library 21c in the Venue regardless of if they won an award.

    Will my artwork be displayed?
    Yes! You can choose from one of three locations to have your artwork displayed during the month of April. Locations are Penrose, East, or Library 21c.

    When can I pick up my artwork?
    The first week of May at the library you choose to have it displayed at. An email will be sent in April with specific details.

    What are the prizes?
    We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, 1st place, and 2nd place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both Middle and High School. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply store.

    What can I do to improve my chances at winning?

    • Work with the theme—It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, but we do look for pieces that have been inspired by the theme in some way. Your paragraph describing your piece can have a big impact on this.
    • Stand out! Whether through subject matter or unusual take on the theme, we notice unique entries more. For example, we tend to get a lot of close-ups on eyes, so they tend to not stand out as much.
    • Have fun! Don’t view it as an assignment or chore. We can tell when teens submit pieces they are passionate about—so do something that you love!

    Do I have to have a frame?
    No, but we highly encourage it. Pieces are not judged on if a frame is present or not, but frames help protect your artwork during storage and transportation.

    My question wasn’t answered here.
    Email Amberlyn at arussell@ppld.org or comment on this blog post!

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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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Playaway Lock

Playaway Lock, a pre-loaded eReader solution currently being used by the United States Navy, Air Force, and Marines to circulate eBooks, is now in circulation Pikes Peak Library District! Patrons can borrow Playaway Lock devices featuring a collection of pre-selected ebooks.

Curated content lists on the Playaway Lock eReader include New York Times bestsellers, award-winning authors, and both fiction and non-fiction selections.

Drop by a PPLD circulation desk to borrow twelve best-selling books in one small eReader!

Your Playaway Lock will be loaded with these titles:

  • 11/22/1963 by Stephen King
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
  • Code of Conduct by Brad Thor
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover
  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
  • A Full Life by Jimmy Carter
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
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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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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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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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After 15 years and 272,236 miles of service to the residents of El Paso County, Mobile Library 698 will be leaving tomorrow to serve another library district in Southern Colorado. Happy trails, old friend!
Mobile Library 698

Mobile Library 698

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