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Do we have enough water in town to support the size of our city? Find out what it takes to acquire, treat and deliver an average of 65 million gallons per day of high-quality drinking water to the City of Colorado Springs.

Presented by Birgit Landon, Colorado Springs Utilities Water Education Specialist


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"What has TED Done?" - A TED Talk

TEDx COS 2019 speaker and former El Paso County Sheriff John Wesley Anderson presents "What has TED Done?"

This one hour talk is designed for an audience of teens to adults to seniors who are interested in learning what TED is, how TED has radically changed the communication process, and how they can use this enhanced communication process to improve their future public speaking or writing.

Click here for more information.

John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller and TEDx speaker. He was selected from over 300 applicants to be one of only 13 speakers for the TEDx Colorado Springs event held at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Ent Center for the Arts on Mother's Day, May 12, 2019. (Bio attached)

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Interested in learning about home brewing? Chris from Rocky Mountain Brewery will walk attendees through the many components involved in brewing, from grains and hops to tanks and tubes. After the presentation, participants will enjoy a small sampling of brews with light snacks.

This PPLD-sponsored program is near Powers Blvd. and Galley Rd. Free parking is available, in the lot or along the street. After the program, attendees are invited to participate in a guided tour of the brewery.

Please note: All participants MUST be 21 years of age or older. For admittance to the program, participants will be required to show a current photo ID to verify age. Registration is required.

Click here to register.

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Join us as we congratulate the winners of our 2019 All Pikes Peak Writes writing contest! Participants in the contest will also have the opportunity to collect judges’ comments on their entries. Light refreshments will be served.

  • When: Sat., Aug., 24, 11 a.m.
  • Where: East Library , 5550 N. Union Blvd.

For more information click here.

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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!

keep calm and love math

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.

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This workshop will help answer your questions about key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle and how foods in the diet contribute to health.

Students will learn how to make fresh, home-made hummus. Presented by Michael Lucero of the El Paso County CSU Extension Office.

Registration Required. Ages 16+

Click here to register for Sept. 9.

  • When: Mon., Sept. 9 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, F1, 5550 N. Union Blvd.



Click here to register for Oct. 30.

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Join certified Bob Ross painting instructor Loretta Young to create your own Bob Ross style masterpiece!

In this class you will learn to paint happy little trees and create a beautiful landscape.

All skill levels welcome. All materials will be provided.

Ages 18+
Class size is limited to 12 participants. Registration Required

Click here to register for Sept. 12.

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Click here to register for Nov. 9.

Click here to register for Nov. 23.

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Struggling with your laptop, tablet, or smartphone? Bring your device and a staff member can assist you in troubleshooting the device! Please remember to bring your device!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Tue. of each month from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Click here to find a Help Lab and to register.

You must register for one of the five slots available. Program may be cancelled if there are no registrations.

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Hone your skills with the Switchback Soccer Team!

Join our local team for a soccer camp with the pros.

Registration is encouraged, open to ages 9 - 18. Click here to register.

Every attendee will receive one free ticket to the Switchbacks' game on September 7 at 6 p.m.

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Questions about using the Internet, email, social networks, a Smartphone, tablet, eBooks, or something else? Get help at Pikes Peak Library District and learn to use technology more effectively. Bring your laptop or device or use one of of ours. This is intended for patrons wanting help beyond PPLD computer classes.

Drop-in Help

1-on-1 Help

Contact location to register for 1-on-1 assistance!

  • East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    3rd Wed., 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Call: (719) 531-6333

For information on computer resources at your library, please visit https://ppld.org/computers

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Join us in celebrating Pike Peak Library District Fountain Library and it's presence in Fountain for the last 40 years. That's 40 years of bringing together community and celebrating service, history, and military in the Fountain Community! We will be holding multiple events during a week long celebration from September 2 - 7.

Fountain Community Exhibit

All throughout September, the Fountain Community Exhibit will be showcased in the Fountain Meeting Room. In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of PPLD opening the Fountain Library, they will be displaying a pop-up exhibit of historic Fountain Images. Photographs illustrate ranching, farming, historic centers of community, and ultimately the spirit of the people who worked and lived here. The pop-up exhibit asks community members to consider what makes Fountain distinctive and how we fit into this unique history. (The exhibit contains images from the collections of PPLD, Special Collections, and the Fountain Valley Historical Society and Museum.) The Library will display these images from September 2 - 30 in the Community Meeting Room.

City of Fountain Historical Scavenger Hunt (Downtown Fountain)

Learn more about your community as you explore downtown Fountain! Grab a card with historic images of Fountain! Write down the correct location for each photograph for the chance to win a prize and learn some valuable history! Drop off your card at the Fountain Library. All correct entries will be eligible for the final drawing to win a special prize!

Fountain Fall Festival Labor Day Parade

Organized by the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street. There will be entertainment at Metcalfe Park with food, kid's entertainment, businesses and craft booths until 4 p.m.

Fountain History

Join City Manager Scott Trainor and Mayor Gabriel Ortega for a Fountain history lesson with a Q & A session.
Click here for more information.

Yard games in the Parking Lot

Join us for yard games in the parking lot! We will have something for everyone! (A dance party for the littles with cookie decorating & some light snacks will be available!)
Click here for more information.

The Longest Table: You are invited to the table!

We provide the dinner; you provide the conversation. The Longest Table is an event to build new relationships and talk about the future of our community. Share a meal and conversation with someone you don’t know, exchange stories about life in Fountain, and discover both common ground and new ideas. The dialogue starts when you come to the table.

Registration is required.

Click here for more information.

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Blood Drives at the Library

Vitalant provides blood to 1,000 hospitals across 40 states where it is used in a variety of medical treatments. A single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients. Registration is not required. Just find the truck in the parking lot!

Click here to see if you are eligible.


A quick visit, with light refreshments, can save lives!

  • Where: East Library
  • When: Fri., Aug. 23, Oct. 25, and Dec. 27, from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Library 21c
  • When: Fri., Aug. 23, Oct. 25, and Dec. 27, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about Vitalant.

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Join us for our Virtual Read-Out!

Your words have power. Stand up to censorship and declare your literary freedoms by reading from a banned book or discussing censorship issues on camera!

Join Pikes Peak Library District in supporting freedom of speech with our Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out! There are several ways you can support our Read-Out. We would love to hear:

  • About your favorite banned/challenged book, and why it means so much to you! How would it make you feel if someone prevented you from reading the book?
  • You reading an excerpt from a banned/challenged book
  • Your personal story about a locally banned/challenged book
  • Your take on a promotional video for Banned Books Week!

All videos will be no more than 3 minutes long.

Bring your own book, or choose from our curated collection. Open to all ages. For a list of banned and challenged books through the years, please visit https://bannedbooksweek.org/

Registration is not required.

Click here for Sept. 24.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 24, from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library , 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Click here for Sept. 27.

  • When: Fri., Sept. 27, from 2:45 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c , 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Click here for Sept. 29.

There will be a variety of additional events for ages 12 to 18. Stay tuned and check out https://ppld.librarymarket.com to check out your libraries events!

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Stitching Community Together

Join Textiles West to learn the traditional Korean Pojagi/Bojagi hand stitch technique. This simple technique is quick to learn and can be used to creatively express your personal story, culture, or favorite experiences of the Pikes Peak Region.

Click here to learn more.

Make your own Pojagi panel, or work with other attendees to create one together! All materials will be provided. Ages 18 and up.

Registration is required.

Click here to register for Sept. 4.
Registration opens Aug. 14, 10 a.m.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 4, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Monument Library , 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr.

Click here to register for Oct. 11.
Registration opens Sept. 23, 10 a.m.

  • When: Fri., Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library , 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Click here to register for Nov. 20.
Registration opens Nov. 4, 10 a.m.

  • When: Wed., Nov. 20, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Fountain Library , 230 South Main St.
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Call for Art Proposals: The Art of Colorado’s Natural Environment

Entry Deadline: Thu., Sep. 12
Click here to apply.

OVERVIEW

The natural environment is one of our treasures in Colorado. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is seeking proposals for an interactive, 3D, freestanding art piece that will draw attention to this resource and its conservation. The proposed piece should be eye-catching, conversation-evoking, appropriate for all ages, safe for public spaces, and moveable among Library locations. The selected piece will be featured in four PPLD Libraries with programs offered related to the theme while the piece is on display in the Library.

The selected artist will receive $5,000 to create their proposed piece. The payment will occur in installments with $2,500 to be paid on acceptance of the proposal, and $2,500 to be paid upon installation at and acceptance by the Library. The Library will own the artwork and determine how to proceed with the piece at the end of the program.

TIMELINE

Submission deadline: Thu., Sept. 12
Selection notification: Week of Sept. 23
Installation of work at Penrose Library: Week of Dec. 9
Exhibit Opening: To be determined
Program completion: Dec. 2020

While the art is on display, it will be shown at Penrose Library, Sand Creek Library, East Library, and Library 21c, spending approximately three months at each location.

SELECTION PROCESS

The selected artist will be chosen through a jury process.
Criteria for Selection:

  • Artistic merit: High quality, meaningful, innovative, engaging, thoughtful, unusual use of materials, aesthetically rich.
  • Reflection of the theme of the natural environment and conservation: The proposal states clearly why the proposed piece is a good fit for the theme and the Library.
  • Clarity of proposal and project: The proposal states clearly what will be built, what kinds of materials will be utilized, general construction techniques, and how people are intended to interact with the installation.
  • Achievability: The proposal demonstrates that the artist has a plan, knowledge of materials and methods, and resources for learning and finding appropriate support to complete the project as needed.
  • Installation needs, maintenance and safety concerns, and mobility: Describes size of project, installation requirements, how the piece will be freestanding, how the piece will be moved among Libraries, etc.
  • Incorporating technology somehow into the art is highly preferred.

The jury will be composed of a diverse group of creatives, community members, and PPLD staff. Jury members will read all applications and rank each according to how well they meet the criteria for selection.

SITE CONSIDERATIONS

PPLD is open to the public and has visitors of all demographics. Art will be on display inside the selected buildings (see below for details on size). As an interactive piece in a high-traffic area, the art should be suitable and safe for all ages. It should also be eye catching and draw patrons to interact with it.

Maximum size area available: 8’ x 8’ x 6.5’ (length x width x height)
A standard electrical outlet is available: 110 volts, 30 amps.

MOBILITY CONSIDERATIONS

As this artwork will move among four locations and need to be able to be moved through doorways, certain requirements must be met to ensure ease of disassembly and reassembly, as well as size and weight to ensure transportation and entry into the building can be facilitated.

  • The complete weight of the art may not exceed 500 pounds.

When disassembled for transportation:

  • Each piece cannot be taller than 75 inches.
  • Each piece cannot be wider than 34 inches.
  • Each piece can weigh a maximum of 75 pounds.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • You must disclose the contents of your installation known at the time of submission of application, including but not limited to: hardware, technology, construction materials and decorative elements. If selected, artist will need to disclose any additional or new contents to PPLD staff.
  • All exhibits/installations must meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility.
  • All exhibits when assembled shall be secure and safe from tipping or other dangers.
  • All artistic products within this program must be your own original work. Any copyright clearance which may be required for use of materials is the responsibility of the participant.
  • Any moving parts must be enclosed to prevent pinch points.
  • By submitting a proposal, you agree to these terms and conditions. Upon acceptance, a signed contract and W9 tax form will be required, the artist must adhere to these guidelines.
  • A minimum of two progress reports for the selected project, which could include photos or visits, will be required.
  • Artists from anywhere may submit a proposal for this call. However, funding for travel and lodging for art installation is not available.

ENTRY DETAILS

All submissions must include:

  • Full contact information: name, address, phone, and email
  • Current resume
  • Narrative description of the artwork, including title, medium/media, dimensions (in feet, height x width x depth), how it relates to the theme, how people will be able to interact with it
  • Images to help demonstrate the idea of the work, minimum of 1, maximum of 3
  • Two-paragraph maximum artist’s statement
  • Installation plan (see details below)
  • Submissions should be completed using the application form.

INSTALLATION

  • Artist responsibilities: Installation at the first site with PPLD Facilities staff; detailed plan for installation, submitted with application, and updated and brought on installation day, for moving the art and including all required equipment and supplies, any unique considerations, and other significant factors affecting exhibition for an extended period of time
  • PPLD responsibilities: Safety items, like cord covers for walkways; moving the piece to other locations throughout the rest of the program
  • Liability: PPLD’s insurance will cover any liability once the piece is installed.
  • Timing: Installation will occur on a date mutually agreed upon by the artist and library during the week of Dec. 9.

Any questions should be directed to Becca Cruz at rcruz@ppld.org.

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Upcoming Vacancy on PPLD Board of Trustees
Term-limited Keith Clayton, II to step down this December

Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees is losing a term-limited member and calling for applications.

Keith Clayton, II’s final term on the PPLD Board of Trustees will end on December 31, 2019. PPLD Board of Trustees members are limited to two five-year terms.

Board of Trustees members are appointed by a joint committee of the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Board of Commissioners. It is a governing board as opposed to an advisory board. Members serve without remuneration and must live in the PPLD service area.

Responsibilities include attending regular board and committee meetings, appointing and evaluating the performance of the Chief Librarian and CEO, setting policy, performing strategic planning duties, reviewing and approving the budget, and more.

Applications for the vacancy will be open starting Mon., Aug. 5 and close on Fri., Sept. 6. Applications must be filled out and submitted online. The application and description of duties will be available starting August 5 at ppld.org/jobs.

All applicants are asked to attend the Tue., Sept. 10 regular meeting of the Board of Trustees at Penrose Library, which will start at 4 p.m. A reception will follow that meeting where applicants can introduce themselves and learn more about the position.

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Accepting Author Applications for Indie Author Day 2019

Are you a local self-published or indie author?

Apply to host an author table at Indie Author Day at Library 21c located in Colorado Springs, CO on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019. Applications are accepted Aug. 1 through Aug. 31. Authors will be notified in early September about their application status.

The 4th annual Indie Author Day will be held on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019. On this one day, libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers, and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and so much more!

Click here to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Heather Johnson at hjohnson@ppld.org

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PPLD.org has received a facelift! Don't be nervous – all the content you know and love is still the same. We’ve made some minor updates to the homepage and header, and refreshed the colors. Take a look and familiarize yourself with the changes. We’ll be going live with the new version soon!

Here is a list of what has changed:

  1. Colors used on the website now follow the PPLD brand.
  2. Our homepage message is now at the top of the page. It will only be active if there is a message to report.
  3. Catalog and My Account links are now on the right side of the header.
  4. The main menu is now below the header.
  5. The search bar is now in the center of the page.
  6. The quicklinks have been removed.
  7. Hours/Locations and Library Locator are now below the slideshow.
  8. The Give and Make buttons are now called Donate and Create.
  9. The Research link has been removed. You can still access Research from the main menu.
  10. Teens, Seniors and Homeschool Hub have all been updated to reflect the new site format.

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Colorado Peak Help

Spend an hour with the El Paso County Department of Human Services learning the new Colorado PEAK online benefits application process. This is a classroom-style opportunity to learn about how to create an account, navigate the site, and finalize an application for benefits.

Sat., July 20, from 10 - 11 a.m. Sand Creek Library, 1821 South Academy Blvd.

Mon., July 22, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sand Creek Library, 1821 South Academy Blvd.

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Bumps, Books, 'n Babies

PPLD invites you to participate in our 1st Annual Bumps, Books, ‘n Babies Resource Fair!
Click here for event information.

  • When: Sat., Sept. 28 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

 

Click here for vendor application form.

 

Parents of babies and those who are expecting or trying to conceive:

Connect with local resources and services that make the parenting journey easier and give babies a bright beginning! This free family event will feature a variety of local exhibitors representing baby- and pregnancy-focused community groups and businesses from a variety of sectors, including wellness, safety, early literacy, parenting groups, and play dates. Talk to resource professionals and get giveaways!

There will be lots more fun to be had, including a maternity/family photo shoot with the Library 21C Studio green screen, mini massages, Q&A Panels and presentations on a variety of topics, and mini programs too!

• Baby Time
• Babywearing Dance Party
• Baby & Me Yoga
• DIY Baby Toy Crafts
• Baby Sign Language

Click here for photo shoot information.

  • When: Sat., Sept. 28 from 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Studio 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Welcome our latest Maker in Residence, Roxanne Lingle!
Maker in Residence: Mixed Media Collage Art

This class will come alive with “Colors of Hope” through colorful papers, paints, stenciling, plaster, and words of hope. Learn how to layer paper, decorative napkins, and paint washes, then add texture using modeling paste and plaster for a unique assemblage look. Create a three-dimensional effect by incorporating objects such as jewels, paper flowers, tiles, and ephemera. Each participant will learn a variety of mixed media techniques and will leave the class with a unique piece of art.

Please help ensure that other patrons have the opportunity to participate in this program by only registering for one session.

Please also visit with Roxanne Lingle and see her work on a special mixed media project at Library 21c for Meet the Maker in Residence on select dates from September 7 - October 10!

Background:
Roxanne Lingle is a mixed media artist and teacher. She has been teaching for many years and loves to inspire her students and see them “come alive” when they realize they can do something they never thought possible. She loves mixed media art and all its variety of color, texture, and amazing avenues for creativity. Roxanne has taught many types of mixed media classes in the Pikes Peak region as well as across the United States.

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads 2019!

Our selected adult title is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. The book explores themes of crossings, peace, multiculturalism, identity, friendship, and memory. PPLD will use these themes while planning programs of community interest.

We have also selected a book of poetry, Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez. Our young adult and children’s title is Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh. Both the selected Young Adult and Children's title and book of poetry explore similar themes.

This fall we will again present a variety of programs to the community including author visits, film screenings, community discussions and panel presentations, theater productions, workshops, music programs, 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. Colum McCann will be visiting in October, Katherine Marsh will visit on Oct. 24, and Jose Olivarez will visit in November.

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PPLD aims to open its 15th library facility in Calhan by Fall of 2019, following the purchase of existing property at 600 Bank Street. The building provides 2,400 square feet of space that will be converted into a library facility. The Calhan Library will provide access to physical and electronic books, movies, shows, music, databases, and other resources, as well as WiFi, computers and laptops, hotspots, classes, programs, and much more.

We are seeking feedback for what you would like to see at our newest location. You can fill out our online input form here.

For more information, please contact Hillary Dodge, Director of the North Region for Pikes Peak Library District, at hdodge@ppld.org or (719) 531-6333, x6330.

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:

Colin Bevan - "Bahamas"
Mayah Bolenbaugh - "The Essence of Warmth"
Eva Goroski - "Bioluminescent Beach at Night"
Brody Karr - "Papayalulu Paradise"
Sally Peterson - "The Mystical Land"
Jana Yuschalk - "Darkling Dwabidisador"


Bahamas
By Colin Bevan

Fisherman rip tonight’s dinner from the ocean
Bloody hands filet the dead fish
Smells of fresh fish turns my head
Salt fills the air rusting old boats
Charcoal beach fires cook todays catch
Warm water surrounds my feet
Small birds run from the waves
Boats dot the horizon for miles
Paradise, I hope I never leave


The Essence of Warmth
By Mayah Bolenbaugh

Firewood receives the spark
Steam rises from the bread, fresh from the oven
Soft snuggle from a purring kitten
Sip a large mug of cider under a changing tree in the fall
Enter a cabin to kick off winter’s freeze
Submerge in hot springs as the snowflakes dance
Comfort and serenity, as the shower pours through your hair
Earth is nourished by the elements
Now the sand takes in the sun
The day’s last hour bathed in dark orange sunshine on a summer’s day


Bioluminescent Beach at Night
By Eva Goroski

Twilight creeps up the coast
Waiting for the moon to come with a gleam
Shells adorn the beach like jewels
Stars twinkle and glimmer like diamonds
Tide pools shine with a radiant beam
The ocean has an eerie glow
Bioluminescent dinoflagellates show off in a chain of lights


Papayalulu Paradise
By Brody Karr

I dream of a land called Papayalulu
It’s a tasty paradise for me and you-you
It’s hard to get to - this is true-true
First you must make a papaya canoe-noe
Row your canoe-noe to the end of the sea
And soon Papayalulu you will see

As papaya trees sway in the papayamint breeze
You can paddle down to the Papaya Juice River with ease
You can even lean over and take a sip
But better take care - your canoe-noe might tip
Look out! What’s that I hear?
It’s Papaya Juice Falls - better stay clear!

Safe at last upon the shore
What’s that sound I cant ignore?
It’s the singing papaya birds high in the trees
A song so sweet my ears it does please
I think I’ll stay a while in this land
Papayalulu is oh so grand!


The Mystical Land
By Sally Peterson

I know a place, not far away
It glistens and it gleams.
I go there every time I sleep
It’s called the “Land of Dreams.”

So when I sleep I don’t count sheep
Or toss and turn in vain.
I just fly to the “Land of Dreams”
In my one-man twinbed plane.

Each night I fly right out the door
And pass the moon and sun.
I’m going to the “Land of Dreams”
To have some dream like fun.

And when I land on snow white sand
A lovely sight I see.
A wondrous civilization is
Stretched out in front of me.

A mountain looms above you
If you look to the west.
On the east there is a river
And a town where you can rest.

There are bubbles in the air
That are floating in the breeze.
You can smell the scent of honey,
And hear the rustling trees.

Then my views were interrupted
By a woman clad in white.
She was the noble Queen
Of this land of truth and right.

“Welcome” she said. “Welcome
Won’t you come to my estate”
And she pointed to a castle
With a shiny marble gate.

“Of course” I said, “how gracious,
How could I refuse?”
We started towards the castle
And she told me all the news.

We walked into the town
Where the buildings stand so tall.
Everything is vibrant
From the big to really small.

The people there wear brilliant robes
Of many different hues.
There are feathers on their hats
And feathers on their shoes.

Aromas that are new
Are wafting towards my face.
I wonder what the food is like
In this amazing place.

We came to a kiosk
Where a man was selling food.
The food was shaped like balls
Some were red and some were blue.

They tasted sweet and juicy,
And suddenly I knew!
They were little berries,
And in the fields they grew.

A woman selling flowers
Gave me a bouquet.
It smelled just like sweet roses
In my wildflower spray.

The red flowers were the largest.
The blue flowers were large, too.
The yellow flowers were tiny.
My favorites were the blue.

We entered a cute clothes shop
Filled with rows of silk,
They were soft and they were comfy,
And smooth and cool like milk.

I chose a robe with red, blue, and yellow
For they would match my blooms.
I got nice shoes and a fine new hat
With fluffy little plumes.

Next we went to a pet shop
And saw a little dog.
He was not like mine at all, though.
My dog is brown like a log.

But this dog had new colors.
This dog was so bright!
So were all the other dogs.
It was a crazy sight!

I thought the cats were normal
Until I heard them speak.
They spoke such perfect English
I fought the urge to shriek!

A bird screeched in the background
And I turned in surprise.
The bird that was behind me
Had creepy human eyes.

The castle was our last stop
And it was getting late.
I was getting pretty tired
When I walked up to the gate.

The gates were swiftly opened.
We ran to a bench and sat.
It was nice to calmly sit there
And hear the robins chat.

Said the Queen “Oh heaven help us.
The feasts about to start”
We raced inside the castle
And I couldn't calm my heart.

I changed my clothes and entered
The room of the great feast.
There were many fruits and veggies
And for meat they had roast beast.

Many fancy people
Were invited here to dine.
Some were very famous.
All were very fine.

They all told me hello
Then sat and ate and ate.
I listened to their stories
As I cleaned off my plate.

A toast was to be done.
I lifted my cup.
Then “beep” went my alarm clock
And quickly I woke up.


Darkling Dwabidisador
By Jana Yuschalk

To bed I went on that ordinary night,
Not knowing in the morning what I may fight.
I woke up on a pile of hay,
Wondering what would fill my day.
Surprised and frightened, I immediately felt.
Suddenly, I wished I could just melt.
It seemed so sunny without any rain.
Smells of sweat hovered over the plain,
From jumping creatures who seemed insane.
The so-called “Dwabis” had a mane.
No animals were there.
Not even a bear.
I was informed, this was Dwabidisador.
Wow, I really need to study by geography more!
The Dwabi’s legs were awfully long.
They jumped then fell, I am not wrong.
The sound of jumping pounded the ground.
Their favorite hobby was jumping. That I found.
The language they spoke was also Dwabidisador.
At least I don’t need to study my languages much more!
“Dwabi fell down,” they said over and over again.
“English without pronouns,” I thought. Until then,
A young Dwabi who was probably only four,
Came up and said, “Why don’t you enter that door.”
I did as he commanded only to find,
A Dwabi whose name was Filabind.
He bought me a cupcake with sprinkles on top,
The smell was so sweet I thought I would pop!
All that was better than the taste, was the smell.
It looked and smelled like sweet caramel.
The taste was Dwabilicious.
Red velvet without mush.
After I finished my delectable cupcake,
I was sure Dwabidisador wasn't fake.
Then we departed and walked a long ways.
We entered a place called “Dwabi’s Good Maze”.
Since Filabind was my guide, he led me through,
A portal that said, “How do you do?”
Filled with wonder and awe, I heard a loud, “MOO!”
Before I knew it, I was back home on our farm.
Lying in my bed was my noisy alarm,
Trying to wake me up from my-dream?
What it was, it filled me with gleam!

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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 2019 Teen Art Contest was "Opposites Attract! "

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April.

Here are this years winners, which you can also view below!

Best In Show
“Poseidon’s Goldfish” by Cole R.

High School - First Place
“Opposites Attract” by Isaiah R.

High School - Second Place
“A Spectrum” by Preston S.

Middle School - First Place
“Steamy” by Teddy K.

Middle School - Second Place
“Concrete Jungle” by Ava K.

Coordinator’s Choice - High School
“Calm Before the Storm” by Lydia M.

Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School
“Strong and Courageous” by Chloe H.

You can view the winners here:

Teen Art Contest 2019 Winners

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