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ULAM: Main Dish Documentary

The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation Presents:
A Celebration of Filipino American History Month, Saturday, October 26 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Library 21c Venue.

A TASTE OF THE PHILIPPINES, featuring a Selection of Food Bites from You- Ka Café and Premiere Screening of the Documentary Film. "ULAM: Main Dish"

Savor the fusion of avant-garde and traditional flavors of fine finger foods:

  • Lumpia Spring Rolls
  • Longaniza Sliders
  • Sisig Tacos
  • Mini Empanadas
  • Decadent Desserts including
    • Ube Tarts
    • Cassava Cake
    • Biko / Rice Cake
    • Puto / Steamed Cake
  • Beverage: Non-Alcoholic Calamansi Shooters

It's one dazzling array of culinary delights! This catered reception will be so irresistible and will surely leave you hungry for more!

Our community premiere screening of "ULAM: Main Dish" begins promptly at 7 p.m. This critically acclaimed film follows the rise of the Filipino food movement via the chefs crossing over to the center of the American table. Ultimately, this first Filipino food documentary - the only one to achieve global distribution - is a celebration and confirmation that Filipino food, and Filipino culture, are here to stay.

Immediately following the screening will be a discussion anchored by Emilou Savage, co-owner and chef of You- Ka Café and Dennis Apuan, founder of the Endowment for the Asian Pacific American Collection* at Pikes Peak Library District.

Tickets are $10 in advance / $15 at the door. Secure your tickets online today at eventbrite.com or get them at the Library 21c information desk or at You- Ka Café beginning on the week of October 14. We anticipate a sellout crowd.

* The Dennis Apuan Asian Pacific American Historical and Cultural Fund at the Pikes Peak Library District was established in 2011 to help enrich patron experiences, and in particular through the expansion of materials and programming that celebrate and teach the history and literature of Asian Pacific peoples and cultures.

So join us as we bring people together through food and film. It is a cultural celebration designed to showcase the Philippines you wouldn't want to miss!

For more information, please call the PPLD Foundation at (719) 531-6333, x6890.

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Publishers are Putting Libraries and Patrons in a Bind
New lending and purchasing models place financial burdens and time limitations on libraries.

Recent moves by book publishers to limit library access to eBooks and eAudiobooks will create increased financial burdens for libraries and wait times for patrons.

The eBook collection at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is so popular that the system’s digital circulation now ranks within the top twenty in the nation. PPLD cardholders have already surpassed one million checkouts on OverDrive, one of several eBook services offered by the Library District.

Hachette, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Blackstone Publishing, and Macmillian Publishers, among others, are changing their lending models for eBooks and eAudiobooks. While these changed lending models vary slightly from publisher to publisher, each change limits library access to digital books and will increase wait times for new releases and other titles.

“Unfortunately, these drastic steps by book publishers are putting Pikes Peak Library District in an extraordinarily difficult position,” said John Spears, Chief Librarian and CEO of PPLD. “Our digital circulation is incredibly high, and we know these new measures are going to increase wait times for our patrons.”

Most of the changes include new purchasing models, so that instead of libraries having perpetual access to each book they purchase, they have to re-purchase the books after two years.

Macmillan Publishers is going as far as to impose an eight-week embargo on public libraries for the purchase of new eBook titles, beginning Nov. 1. Libraries may only purchase a single copy of new eBook titles during the first eight weeks of its release, during which time the titles will be available through marketplace vendors.

“This is an equal access issue for our patrons,” Spears says. “We know that not everyone with a library card will be able to bypass these increased wait times by simply purchasing the digital book somewhere else, and they shouldn’t have to. We urge publishers to reverse or modify these changes, and encourage our patrons to speak out if they agree.”

Those who want to voice opposition to these lending model changes can take action at ebooksforall.org, a national initiative of the American Library Association urging publishers to reverse their new lending models.

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Join Dr. Michael Bartolo of Colorado State University's Agricultural Experiment Station to learn about the Pueblo Chile, its evolutionary and cultural origins, and how Colorado’s climate and elevation affect its taste and health properties. Registration recommended.

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Join author and six-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competitor Chris Lennon as he puts you in the driver's seat in one of the world's most famous races - the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

With great photos, video, and a host of entertaining stories, we will journey up "America's Mountain" from the perspective of the legends who have raced up it in the past. We have gathered stories from the likes of Al, Bobby, Jeri Unser, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Monster Tajima, Romain Dumas, Aaron Kaufman, and a host of others. We'll look at the history of this amazing event and what it's like to ascend what's been referred to as the "world's most beautiful racecourse" at breakneck speed.

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Align Your Brand with Purpose

What makes your company, your organization, your product, or even you yourself unique? No matter who you are, you have a brand - your personal brand is your reputation. You may also have a different brand for your business and/or your artistic creations. This series will focus on techniques and language that will help you clarify your brand from the ground up by making it more effective, simple, and memorable.

Registration required. Please register for each class in this series separately.

  1. Part 1. Body of Your Brand: In the first part of this series, attendees will learn the concept of a brand identity system while focusing on design and values. The class will go over how to create an authentic avatar for yourself or your company. Brands are like people - they have a heart, a mind, and a full body. What is the body of your brand?
  2. Part 2. Intro to Design Language: This part of the series will go over the creative and aesthetic parts of creating a brand. Think of your brand in a critical, artistic way while learning the basic principles of design and effective communication.
  3. Part 3: Optimize Your Client Experience: In this part of the series, attendees will learn how to think about their brand from the perspective of their audience, whether that means clients, donors, customers, or simply friends and family. Learn how to make your brand work for those you're trying to reach.
  4. Part 4: Clarify Your Message: What is your personal or professional message? Learn how to use creative content to clarify your message and focus on engagement rather than just the number of people following you.
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6th Annual Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire

The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, and projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Since beginning in 2014, the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire has drawn over 20,000 attendees who enjoyed hands-on experiences with over 100 makers and artists.

Highlights have included:

  • Rocket launches
  • Robots, including R2-D2
  • Skyping with a scientist in Antarctica
  • 3D printing
  • Food trucks
  • LEGOs
  • Jewelry makers
  • A tiny house and a school bus converted into a camper

The Call for Makers is officially open. Click Here to apply!

The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire is a collaborative effort of Cool Science, the Manitou Art Center, Pikes Peak Community College, Pikes Peak Library District, Pikes Peak Makerspace, and Make. It is also the culminating event in the week of the Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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Shivers Concert Series

The Shivers Concert Series presents a From Chopin to the Great American Song Book:

  • World renowned pianist - Rossano Sportiello
  • Guest appearance by our own Lila Mori, singer of jazz
  • Guest appearance by Marliana Owens, classical soprano
  • When: Fri., Oct. 25
    • Social Hour with open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres at 7 p.m.
    • Concert to begin at 8 p.m.
    • Meet the Artists Dessert Reception at 9 p.m.
  • Where: The Antlers Hotel
  • Tickets: $55; Call (719) 593-8400, Make checks payable to PPLDF (Mail to 1175 Chapel Hills Drive – Colorado Springs, CO 80920), or fill out the payment form at the bottom of this page.

A Music Workshop for students is also held, sponsored by the Shivers Fund:

Proceeds benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.

Artist Biographies

Rossano Sportiello was born in Italy on June 1, 1974. At the age of 16 he was already performing jazz piano professionally in the Milan area while still studying classical music. He graduated in classical piano in 1996. Since 1994 Rossano has performed in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, United Kingdom, the United States, Hungary, Israel, Japan, and South Korea. In 2007, Rossano married American writer Lala Moore and moved to New York City. Rossano maintains a full schedule of concerts in the United States and Europe. Even though he’s an Italian-born musician, he’s considered one of the major interpreters of the American jazz idiom with particular attention to the period from the Harlem Stride piano style of the ‘20s and ‘30s to the Be-Bop of the ‘50s. Rossano has received a number of distinguished awards in the field such as France’s Prix du Jazz Classique in 2005, Switzerland’s Ascona Jazz Award in 2009, and Italy’s Premio Vittorio Ramella in 2011, and Premio Valenza Jazz in 2016.


Lila Mori is a versatile and dedicated vocal artist, entertainer, and educator extraordinaire. For over 43 years, thirty two of them in Colorado Springs, Lila has actively embraced a vocal career as both a jazz artist and a classical artist, and as a vocal educator. Her passion is continual vocal improvement in herself and in the hundreds of voice students she has instructed over the past twenty nine years. She has taught voice at Adams State College and Colorado College for the summer session’s Vocal Arts Symposium. Lila has appeared as the featured soloist with The Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Symphony, The Pikes Peak Civic Orchestra, the Broadmoor Pops Orchestra, and The Ken Miller Orchestra. For twenty four years, audiences have thrilled to Lila’s performances with the Penrose Room Trio and the Ken Miller Trio every Wednesday through Saturday in the Penrose Room at the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. They have recorded three CD’s: Penrose Dancing, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, and Moonglow Dancing.


Marlaina Owens, soprano, recently graduated from UC Irvine with her Masters in Vocal Arts. She received her B.A in Music from Loyola Marymount University. At the end of her undergraduate career, in addition to presenting her senior recital, she had many successes such as being one of the students chosen to sing at her undergraduate graduation for both Bill and Hilary Clinton, among other honors. For the end of her graduate studies, she was Rosalinda in UCI Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus and presented her master’s recital, with a focus solely on repertoire by African American composers. Other than vocal training at the university, she has also participated in programs such as Opera Lucca, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Patti and Allan Herbert Frost School of Music at Salzburg. Since graduation, she has performed as the Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Los Angeles Inner City Youth Orchestra and she has been a guest soloist with the UCI symphony. She is a member of the prestigious Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers where she has performed with Kathleen Battle. Previous opera roles include Zweite Dame (Mozart’s Die Zauberflote), Mrs. Gibbs (Ned Rorem’s Our Town), Nella (Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi), and the title role in Suor Angelica (Puccini).

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Learn the basic 8-strand Japanese braiding technique known as kumihimo at this jewelry workshop.

We'll be using leather strands for the project to create a durable, wearable, stylish necklace, or bracelet! Attendees will also have the option of adding beads to their projects to provide even more visual interest. Make a bracelet for yourself, or as a gift!

Registration Required, Ages 13+.

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October is Arts Month!

Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and importance of arts & culture in our community.

The official call to action during the 6th annual Arts Month is to “have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends during the month of October!”

We have many opportunities to engage in Arts Month at PPLD. Have a lot of cultural experiences this month! Come celebrate with us!


We’ve pulled together all of our arts-focused events into a single calendar search here!


In addition, consider checking out these great (and free!) upcoming opportunities across El Paso County:

The starting point for everything Arts Month is PeakRadar.com/ArtsMonth!

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Updated Regional History and Genealogy Digital Collections

On Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Collections will relaunch with a mobile responsive platform. 

This change creates important improvements in accessing and using our digital collections:

  • It is built with mobile devices in mind and will provide responsive formatting when using phones and tablets.
  • The platform conforms to web content accessibility guidelines, allowing patrons of all abilities to fully access our unique content.
  • Patrons will experience improved usability with increased search speed, accuracy, and content delivery.

The web address, however, will remain the same! You can still access the PPLD Digital Collection here.

We look forward to hearing your feedback on our site's fresh new 'do! 

Regional History

Pikes Peak Library District preserves and provides access to extensive regional history collections. The collection includes books, maps, manuscripts and archives, photographs, oral histories, films and videos, government documents, pamphlets, periodicals, and other materials related to the history of the Pikes Peak region. Patrons can access the unique collection at Penrose Library in downtown Colorado Springs.

Digital Collections

Pikes Peak Library District's Digital Collections features historic photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, audio oral histories, films and more that highlight the history of the Pikes Peak area. The physical material is housed in Penrose Library in downtown Colorado Springs. The Digital Collections provide worldwide access to unique and valuable materials, which illuminate the history of the Pikes Peak region.

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Concentrating on the Rocky Mountain West, this presentation outlines some of the most familiar, and a few lesser known UFO sightings. It weighs UFO sightings and media reactions to them against some official U.S. government studies, assessing the popular durability of UFOs as myth or mystery.

About the Presenter: Rick W. Sturdevant, PhD, joined the US Air Force History and Museums Program in 1984 and has been Air Force Space Command deputy director of history since 1999. An internationally recognized authority on US military space history, he frequently lectures on aerospace history topics. In addition to writing classified official histories, he has published extensively.

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Upcoming Maker in Residence: Comics and Sequential Art with Tarikh Brown

Welcome our Maker in Residence for winter 2019, Tarikh Brown!
Maker in Residence: Comics and Sequential Art

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to sequential art. Participants will learn how to create a comic page and will be able to tell a story through images. This course will cover critical lessons for comic creators, and is useful for all skill levels.

Please help ensure that other patrons have the opportunity to participate in this program by only registering for one session. Ages 16+

Artist Biography: Tarikh Brown is a local artist with a BA in Graphic Design. He is currently seeking an MA in Computer Science: Digital Media Technology, which will be used for developing video games and virtual reality. Tarikh is especially passionate about sequential art, such as comics and story boarding, and loves to share his craft with others!

Please also visit with Tarikh and see him work on a digital comic project! Tarikh will be available at Library 21c in the Atrium for Meet the Maker in Residence:

  • Mon., Nov. 11, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov. 13, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 16, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 17, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 1, 1;30 - 4:30 p.m.
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Call for 2020 Makers opens Oct. 1!

Pikes Peak Library District is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community. We help our community seek and engage in new opportunities which transform thoughts, perspectives, and result in new discoveries. 

Over the last 5 years, the PPLD Maker in Residence program hosted over 30 creative individuals, who introduced the El Paso County community to a wide range of projects and ideas including the following:

  • Bookbinding & Papermaking
  • Drawing & Painting (acrylics, watercolors, oils, alcohol ink)
  • Stop Motion / Animation
  • Songwriting & Dancing
  • Polymer Clay
  • Origami
  • Sewing

Click here for past makers and more details!

To celebrate past successes and embrace new trends and possibilities, the 2020 Maker in Residence Program has been redeveloped to further inspire and empower making and creativity. 


We are currently searching for two Makers for 2020, who are inspired by the year’s theme:
20/20 VISIONS – It’s often said that hindsight is 20/20. As a maker, what does this phrase mean to you? How do you reflect on past lessons, celebrate clarity of the present, and seek new discoveries and growth?
What are we looking for?

We recognize that the term “Maker” encompasses creators of all kinds. As explained by Dale Dougherty:

“Makers are producers and creators, builders and shapers of the world around us. Makers are people who regard technology as an invitation to explore and experiment, with the most inclusive possible definition of technology, meaning any skill or technique that we learn and employ. What we once called hobbyists, tinkerers, artists, inventors, engineers, crafters – all of them are makers.” – xv, Free to Make

But specifically, we seek makers who… 

  • Love their craft and possess skills to teach and share.
  • Are curious about the world around them and enjoy tinkering.
  • Enjoy collaborating with others.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for 10 weeks.
  • 30 hours (or less) working on a large-scale community project at one of our PPLD locations.
    • Several of PPLD’s library locations provide spaces which could host an assortment of creative efforts, such as a larger installation piece or semi-permanent mural, among other options. Our libraries vary greatly in size; please consider the scalability of the community project, including maximum and minimum size requirements.
    • The finished work will be revealed at a public reception and will be publicly displayed within the Pikes Peak Library District.
  • 30 hours of programs/classes presented at various PPLD library locations as well as the Manitou Art Center.
    • These programs/classes must present our patrons with a hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill. The Maker will work with library staff to determine the best way to structure these classes.
    • These classes can be the same topic offered multiple times, or a set of different class topics with a cohesive theme.
    • All programs/classes will be made available to the general public with PPLD responsible for participant signup.
    • All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD.
    • These programs will be mainly geared toward ages 12 and up.
  • Contract payment of $1800 for 60 project hours or a rate of $30/hour for total project hours less than 60, with up to another $1500 reimbursement for supplies.
    • The Maker will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse the Maker for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Compensation rates do not cover setup/teardown time for programs or project hours.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Maker will become the property of PPLD. If the project is temporal in nature (i.e. a performance), PPLD will have the sole right to photograph or otherwise record the project. Following the public display, PPLD may or may not decide to keep the finished project, return it to the Maker, donate, or sell the work.
  • The Maker may be asked to coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD-produced video that promotes the Maker’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • The Maker is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.



Dates and Deadlines
Complete and submit the application. The call will open October 1, 2019 and will close on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:59 MST.
Please complete the application here.

  • Submitted applications will be reviewed for both the Spring and the Fall Residency time slots.
  • Please note in your application your availability for both time slots, as well as preference for Spring or Fall.
    • Spring Residency Dates: March 9 – May 18, 2020
    • Fall Residency Dates: September 7 – November 16, 2020

Makers will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Suitability for the year’s overall theme
  • Type of project/medium (to ensure diversity of projects)
  • Program/class learning objectives and outcomes
  • Ability of Maker to engage the community in the project

Interviews will be held for Makers who are being considered.

If offered a residency, the Maker must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement, fill out an IRS W9 form, and complete a PPLD-paid background check.

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Teen Gaming

Gaming programs are designed to provide teens and tweens with a fun, safe program where they can socialize with their peers!

Live Action Clue!
Imagine the board game clue – but live! The rules will likely be a little bit different, but we’ll play a version of the board game but with real people. The murder, however, will still be fake.

Find your Live Action Clue game here.

Escape Rooms
Haunted High Escape Room: In 1953, Haunted High School was forced to close its doors due to odd occurrences around the school. Upon later investigation, all of these events were linked to a strange box that randomly appeared in the homeroom of Eunice Lugosi. A similar box has appeared in your room today… can you open the box to break the curse of Haunted High School before it’s too late?

Time Warp escape Room: You're lost in time and the secret to getting back to 2019 is locked in a box! Can you break in, or will you be stuck in ancient Egypt, the Wild West or the Incan Empire forever? Ages 12-18.

Retro Games
Join other gamers to explore the world of classic video games on the Nintendo and Super Nintendo Classic Consoles.

Click here for Retro Game events!

bingo
BINGO

Please join us right after school for a quick hour of B-I-N-G-O! There will be snacks AND prizes. No registration necessary, just drop-in and bring your friends!

Click here for Bingo!

Tabletop Gaming
tabletop gaming
Love playing board games? Want to try out new games each month and meet other teens interested in board games? Come to the Teen TableTop Gaming! We will learn and play a different game (and sometimes get out old favorites as well!). Drop by and maybe you'll discover your new favorite game! (See specific event for details.)

Click here for tabletop games!

Dungeons & Dragons Club

dungeons & dragons
Join teens who are passionate about Dungeons and Dragons! Click here to find the club nearest you!

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Halloween at the Library

Your Library loves Halloween as much as you do!

Check out a small selection of our Halloween programs below. For more, find your Library on our calendar HERE!

Halloween: A Surprising Social History
Holiday history is very revealing about culture. Halloween is one
of our more misunderstood holidays. It is not about evil forces, but about overpowering them. It spread through most European cultures. Its history includes the harvest, changing religious beliefs, and amusing superstitions. It was once more about courtship and romance than Valentine’s Day. For many years, more Americans sent Halloween postcards than Christmas ones. Halloween practices changed with the times, especially the Baby Boom. Now, Americans spend more money on Halloween than on any other holiday, save Christmas. Come enjoy the historical Halloween! (All are welcome, but this is an adult event.)
 A Surprising Social History
About the Speaker:
Katherine Scott Sturdevant, History Professor, Pikes Peak Community College, has been the lead US history teacher there for over 30 years and has been very active as a speaker, writer, and editor with PPLD Special Collections. She uses holiday history as a colorful way to understand American social history.

Halloween Make-Up Tutorials

Halloween is just around the corner! Are you ready to live your best undead life and show off your costume skills to your friends? Learn from makeup expert Dee how to make yourself look bloody, bruised, and zombified*. You’ll be the talk of Halloween Town! (For varying age groups, please check desired event listing.)

* program results are from makeup only, and no known contagion. Any loss of limbs, green-tinted skin or the desire to bite people is not a result of this program and you should get yourself checked out by a doctor. Or an exorcist.
Halloween Make-Up Tutorials

Teens Make: Animal Ears and Flower Crowns

Make animal ears out of cloth or make a custom flower crown! Plan your Halloween costume or just create fun accessories. We'll be using wire, fake flowers, cloth, and assorted supplies to make animal ears or flower crowns. Cat, rat, bat ears, you name it! (For varying age groups, please check desired event listing.)

Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree
Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree

Children ages 5 and under (and their grown-ups) are invited to twist, dance, and celebrate fall! Costumes are encouraged!

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The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance (GCLT) will host a lecture and a discussion with the Rev. Gavin Rogers on Border Crossings: Lessons from the Migrant Caravan.

In 2012 Rev. Rogers spent several weeks living on the streets surrounding Travis Park as part of his church’s vision to include some of San Antonio’s most vulnerable populations in the congregation’s weekly life. To help him gain a better understanding of this complex humanitarian crisis, he joined the migrant caravan in Mexico City for five days on their journey to the U.S. border in November 2018. Since the end of March, Travis Park Church has been a staging location in San Antonio for more than 15,000 migrants who have legally entered the U.S. At our event, Rev. Rogers will be exploring the lessons he has taken from these experiences.

The GCLT is honored to partner with the Pikes Peak Library District on this community program in conjunction with this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads selection of TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. Numerous local organizations will host informational tables at the event for attendees who are interested in supporting the immigrant community here in Colorado Springs.

This program is free and open to the public. Advanced tickets can be reserved online here.

Click here to learn more about All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) at PPLD.

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Pikes Peak Library District is conducting a community needs assessment across El Paso County, and we want to hear from you!


At least through Sept. 30, patrons can share feedback about their library experience. When you visit the library, ask a librarian how you can leave us your feedback!


The survey is optional, and responses will be anonymous and confidential.

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Bring something you're working on and hang out and have snacks while working on your art! Trade ideas and see what other teens are working on.

We'll also have some art supplies out if you'd like to try something new!

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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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The Penrose Playgroup welcomes newborns- 24 month olds and their parents or caregivers.
This time together includes books, songs, music, play time, and more!

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PowerPass

Knowledge is power. Unlock your potential!

Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado Springs School District 11 have partnered up to create PowerPass, giving students access to research and homework help, academic databases, college application and job search assistance, makerspaces, and more!



How did anyone ever get through school before the internet?

It’s a question students in District 11 will certainly not need to answer this year! As of the 2019-2020 school year, every student in D11 has a PowerPass, a digital PPLD card. The PowerPass gives students access to PPLD’s digital resources, like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads, all available at ppld.org. Each PowerPass holder can also check out five physical items at a time from any of the 14 PPLD locations or mobile library services!


High school and middle school students can use their PowerPass for online access to live tutors and online foreign language courses. They can also get help with projects and prepare for the future with practice driving and SAT tests.


Elementary students and their parents will benefit from kid-friendly eBook and audiobook access, digital education resources, and in-person classes at PPLD to learn how to write, draw, code, or use
makerspace equipment.


What you need to know about the student account :

  1. The student will have an e-card (i.e. not a physical card)
  2. The student card # will be the first five letters of their last name (fewer if the last name has less than five letters) followed by the initials of their first and middle names (if they have a middle name) and then the last four number of their student ID. Ex (John Jacob Jingleheimer student ID 12345678 – id would beJINGLJJ5678)
  3. Student PINs will be the two-digit month and day of their birthdate (ex, 0731)
  4. Student cards will have the profile of STUDENT
  5. Students are allowed to check out five items and have five holds at a time. However Interlibrary Loans are not permitted on the student accounts.
  6. Student accounts can access CyberShelf and Research resources as well as PCs in the libraries.
  7. Student accounts are blocked at $10 which prevents further checkouts of physical materials and use of OverDrive.
  8. Students can use the self-checkouts’ on-screen keyboard to enter their account IDs and PINs. The onscreen keyboard now displays letters and numbers.

If a parent does not wish for their child to use PowerPass, they may opt out at the child's school.

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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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Celebrate Arts Month with the Rockrimmon Library! Rockrimmon Library hosts a lot of art classes. We are hosting a month-long display of art created by our patrons. This gives our adult artists avenue to display their work, as well as an opportunity for community discussion. Last year, we had 50 pieces of art submitted and over 300 votes cast. Visit in October and vote for your favorite in the People's Choice award!

Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and importance of arts & culture in our community. The official call to action during Arts Month is to “have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends during the month of October!”

Want to submit a work of art?

Art will be accepted on Sept. 28 and 30 during library hours. Drop off your artwork during these dates to participate in the art show. All entries must include a completed Exhibit Display Agreement form and be ready to hang. See the 2019 Art Show Rules and Exhibit Display Agreement (in the event listing) for contest details.
Exhibit Rules:

  • Artists entering must be ages 18 or older.
  • Each artist may submit one entry which was not submitted to the Rockrimmon Library Community Art Show in 2018.
  • Each entry can be any size up to 3’x3’ (for two-dimensional art) or 3’x3’x2’ (for 3 dimensional art).
  • All entries must be prepared for hanging or display by the artist, including frames, hangers, etc.
  • Entries must not require access to electrical outlets.
  • Entries must not require library staff maintenance.
  • All entries must be family-friendly.
  • Rockrimmon Library staff reserve the right to refuse any entry.
  • Items exhibited will not be for sale at the library, and prices will not be posted. PPLD staff members will not be involved in any way in the sale of exhibited items.



Each link below includes the 2019 Art Show Rules and Exhibit Display Agreement

Click here for more information for Sat., Sept 28.

Click here for more information for Mon., Sept 30.


Staff will host an opening reception on Tues., Oct. 1.

The awards will be announced on Mon., Oct. 21.

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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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