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Woven Watercolor

At this 3-hour workshop, participants will paint two watercolor landscapes, shred them, and then weave them back together to create a new landscape perspective.

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Maker in Residence Chloe Evans: Zines and the History of Independent Publishing

Have you ever heard of zines? Zines are a type of self-published, hand-assembled booklets often used for self-expression and idea sharing. This course will introduce, discuss, and briefly outline the history of American independent publishing, followed by a hands-on demonstration in which attendees will create their own zines!

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

Please also visit with ChloeBee Brown and create more zines in a drop-in setting at Library 21c for Meet the Maker in Residence on select dates from July 8 - August 14!

Class Dates:

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Creative Writing Basics

Creative Writing Basics presented by creative writing instructor Rick Gustafson
Explore the craft of creative writing and get basic tools you need to transform your ideas from concept to page. This 2-part class series incorporates lecture with short writing exercises to help you take your writing to the next level. Registration required.

Click here to register.

  • When: Mon., June 17 and Tue., 18 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
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Preparing To Hike The Summer Front Range - Go Outside Speaker Series

Colorado Springs is an awesome base camp for day hikers. Exploring our Front Range is a low cost habit, and has the side effect of being incredibly good for you. With so much great hiking so close by, it is important to know how and where to begin! Join veteran Longmont hiker and author Pete KJ for an overview.

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Cosplay Basics

At this cumulative class series, participants will learn how to transform a flat sketch or animated character into a 3D costume! Charles and Tauni will share their experiences and ideas to guide each attendee through the process of starting a cosplay costume from scratch. Attendees will primarily work with EVA foam, but will have the opportunity to ask questions about suitable fabric choices.

Click here to register.

  • When: Sat., June 15, 22, 29, and July 6 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c MAKE, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Summer Adventure

Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Kids and teens (ages 0 - 18) can win prizes through reading and activities, and we will be hosting many free, fun events. You can track your progress online or with game cards available at all PPLD locations.

The adventure runs from June 1 - July 31. You can register now at ppld.beanstack.org.

Be in the know! Sign up to receive weekly event emails for ages 0 - 18 in June and July. Unsubscribe at any time.

Calendars

Game Cards

You can track online, pick up a game card at any location, or print one of these black-and-white game cards and get started.

Summer Adventure Game Prizes

Please pick up your prizes from any PPLD location no later than Wed., July 31.

Children (ages 0 - 3, 4 - 7, and 8 - 12)
12-year-olds can choose to play either the Children’s game or the Teen game.

  • 1st Prize: Summer Adventure book bag
  • 2nd Prize: Galaxy Squishy Dough (0 - 3) or Mars Comet Slime (4 - 7 and 8 - 12)
  • 3rd Prize: Book and an entry into the grand prize drawing
  • Grand Prize Drawing*: Six-month gift subscription to activity crates from kiwico.com (participants can continue reading after game completion to earn up to four additional entries into the grand prize drawing).

Teens (ages 12 - 18)
12-year-olds can choose to play either the Children’s game or the Teen game.

  • 1st Prize: Teen drawstring bag
  • 2nd Prize: Teen book or journal
  • 3rd Prize: Teen t-shirt and entry into the grand prize drawing
  • Grand Prize Drawing*: Chromebook™ (participants can continue reading after game completion to earn up to four additional entries into the grand prize drawing)

*Each age group will have multiple winners throughout the District.

How to Play the Game

Ages 0 - 12

1. Earn points by reading or doing activities! Earn one point per minute read or 30 points per activity completed. Participants may finish the entire game through reading, or a do a combination of reading and activities.
2. Participants must complete all three levels to finish the game. Visit any library to redeem points and pick up prizes. Please pick up prizes no later than July 31.
3. Once finished, participants are also automatically entered into the grand prize drawing!
4. There are four bonus levels. Participants must continue to read after finishing the game in order to complete the bonus levels. For each additional 180 minutes read, participants get their name into the grand prize drawing again. Finishing all four bonus levels means that a participant has a total of five entries in the drawing.
5. Participants may use either their game card or their online Beanstack account (or both!) to log their points, both for the game and the bonus levels. Library staff and volunteers can help with online logging, if needed.

Ages 12 - 18

1. Read books or complete activities to earn points.
2. Record time or books read and/or activities completed on the game card.
3. Add up your points under the rocket on the game card to track your progress and see when you have won a prize! You earn a prize after earning 500, 1,000, and 1,500 points.
4. You can log your progress at ppld.beanstack.org or come to the library and staff or volunteers will log for you.
5. When you win a prize, come in to any PPLD location to pick up your prize.
6. Finished the game? You are automatically entered into the grand prize drawing! Then keep reading. For each extra 180 points you earn, you get another entry to win the grand prize: a Chromebook™! You may earn up to four additional entries into the grand prize drawing.

Beanstack FAQs: ppld.beanstack.org/faq

Have more questions about Beanstack? Email beanstackhelp@ppld.org

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Marble-ous Machines

Marbles are for more than just… well… marbles! Enter a world where marbles power kinetic machines, act as electrons moving through physical logic, and combine to create calculations and games unlike any you've seen before. You'll learn a 'bit' about binary numbers (the foundation of all computer operations!), have hands-on time programming marble-driven computers for gaming, math, and problem solving, and use a marble-based binary calculator to perform simple addition. Presented by STEMPunk Ed.

For ages 9 - 15.

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Minimalism

Join Glenda Crawford, a certified KonMari Consultant, for programs on minimalism and home organization.

A Look at Minimalism: Simplify your Life and Home
If you are overwhelmed and stressed by your life, have too much stuff in your home, and want to regain control, you don’t want to miss this presentation. Come join us for an informative session on minimalism, how to simplify your life, and declutter your home. Registration required.

Marie Kondo Tidying 101: Bring Joy and Organization to Your Home
Find out why you can’t keep your house in order and why decluttering room by room or little by little doesn’t work. Learn how to tidy your home using the KonMari Method - decluttering and organization techniques for lasting results that will transform your lifestyle and bring you joy. Registration required.

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Susan Joy Paul

Join author and adventurer Susan Joy Paul for presentations based on her best-selling books.

Climbing Colorado's Mountains
Tue., June 4 from 10 - 11 a.m. at Library 21c

Colorado Hot Springs
Tue., June 11 from 7 - 8 p.m. at Old Colorado City Library

Hiking Colorado Waterfalls
Tue., June 18 from 7 - 8 p.m. at Rockrimmon Library

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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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This year, Pikes Peak Library District has combined the All Pikes Peak Writes and Teen Fiction writing contests in order to highlight writers of all ages in our community in one place. The contest will have three categories for ages 12 - 18, 19 - 24, and 25+. Links to the guidelines, rules for entry, and submission form for each category can be found below.

Submissions will be accepted May 15 through 9 p.m. on July 15.

Eligibility:
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 12+.

Judging:
Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

Awards:
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries in each category. An award ceremony will be held on Sat., Aug. 24 in the East Library Community Room.

Categories:
Click on age group for submission information.

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The Summer Food Service Program, which provide nutritious lunch meals to all children, will be held Monday through Friday at select PPLD library locations. The meals will be provided by Colorado Springs School District 11 from May 29 through August 2. (No meals served on July 4.)

Any child between 1 - 18 years of age will receive a meal at no charge. Adults can purchase a lunch for $4. No registration required.

Click here to view a complete list of Summer Food Service Program locations.

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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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Business Resource Fair

PPLD invites you to attend in our 4th Annual Business Resource Fair on Mon., May 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Library 21c.

The goal of the Business Resource Fair is to make entrepreneurs and businesses in the Colorado Springs area aware of the many resources available to help grow their businesses.

Attendance is FREE!

Programs

CreateSpace
10 - 11 a.m.: Business 101 with Colorado Springs Business Journal
11 a.m. - noon: Colorado Springs – Open For Business with Colorado Springs Economic Development Office
1 - 2 p.m.: Understanding Small Business Financing with Becky Fuller, ANB Bank and Colorado Enterprise Fund
Make I
10 - 11 a.m.: Government Marketing: It’s a Treasure Hunt with Procurement and Technical Assistance Center
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: for Cybersecurity Simplified with Firma IT
1 - 2 p.m.: How to do Business with the State with Colorado State Purchasing and Contracts Office

Vendors

Academy Bank
Advantage Medical Testing
American Dental Group
ANB Bank
AutoShop Vocational – Gregg Sheldon
Becky Fuller
Best Version Media
Better Business Bureau
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration - State Purchasing and Contracts Office
Colorado Enterprise Fund
Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Springs Business Journal
Colorado Springs City Clerk
Colorado Springs Economic Development
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Community Banks of Colorado
Concilio Hispano de Empresas de Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Gazette
Connecting Communities
Discover Goodwill
DocuMart - Rebecca Clark
Eagle and Crane Coffee
Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce
El Paso County Economic Development
Emerald Lighthouse
GalaxyFest - Lynda Cink
Goodwill Staffing
HR Branches
Infinity F & B Staffing Solutions - Anthony Perez
KRDO
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo
LeaderQuest
LegalShield
Maui Mastermind
My Insurance Team - Chuck Bader
Onward Opportunity
Paychex
Peak Communication System
Peak Startup
Pikes Peak Community College - Enrollment Services
Pikes Peak Regional Development Corporation
Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Pikes Peak Workforce Center
Precision Insurance Services - Heather McBroom
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Profile by Sanford –Bri Ament
Sand Creek Library Makerspace
SCORE - Colorado Springs
SecureSet
Senior Resource Council
Small Business Administration
Small Business Administration - Boots to Business
Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
Springs Choice Welcome Service
TAF Promotions
Terra Essentials
Transamerica
Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce
UCCS College of Business
US Census Bureau
Vectra Bank
Watchdog Warrior - Tamyra Wallace
World Financial Group

Interested in participating? Contact Terry Zarsky at tzarsky@ppld.org.

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Are you thinking about retiring in the next few years? Are you unsure about how health insurance and Medicare will affect you once you turn 65? Are you helping your parents navigate their Medicare coverage? Join us to learn about Medicare and your health insurance options. Come get unbiased information from AAA Senior Insurance Team to help you successfully navigate your transition to Medicare and retirement.

Registration is required.

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"Shedding Light" by Clarence Chivers

The Shivers Concert Series presents an Evening of Inspirational Song featuring:

  • Alexis Rainbow, Soprano
  • Dianna White - Gould, Piano
  • Dr. Regina Lewis, Mistress of Ceremony
  • When: Sunday, July 28, 4 p.m.
  • Where: Packard Hall, Colorado College
  • Tickets: $25; Call (719) 593-8400 or fill out payment form below.

Proceeds benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.

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PPLD's 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.

The Repair Café exists to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?

To learn more about the international Repair Café initiative, visit https://repaircafe.org/en/.

Repair Café Dates

Individuals must agree to the Repair Café Guidelines and Disclaimer to participate.

Volunteers offer no guarantee of items being repaired made by them or with their assistance, and are not liable if objects repaired do not work properly at home. Volunteers are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that cannot be repaired.

Disclaimer: Please know you bring your items to be repaired at your own risk. Because repairs are made by unpaid volunteers there may be risks. Neither the facilitators of Repair Cafés nor the repair volunteers are liable for any loss or damage that may result from advice or instructions, for the loss of items handed over for repair, for indirect or consequential loss, or for any other kind of loss resulting from repairs made by Repair Café.

Get Involved!

Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? Can you…

  • Repair tires, chains, or brakes for bikes?
  • Mend, hem, or patch clothing?
  • Test, dismantle, or fix small appliances?
  • Assess, disassemble, or possibly repair electronics?
  • Fix wobbly furniture or other wooden objects?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, help your local community by becoming a Repair Trainer!

To apply, fill out our volunteer application and skill specialty questionnaire and drop them off at East Library attn: Amber Cox, or email both to repaircafe@ppld.org.

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Pikes Peak Library District sparks development, opportunity, and inspiration for everyone across El Paso County. Whether you've got a young one who's learning to read, or you're a lifelong learner looking for a new skill, the library has something for you.

We are excited to share stories of how the Library positively impacts the lives of our patrons.

To tell your story, click here to take our short survey or use the hashtag #shareyourspark on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

INSPIRATION

PPLD sparks inspiration. In this video, hear Price Strobidge's story about how the library helped him become Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak Region.

OPPORTUNITY

PPLD sparks your opportunity. In this video, hear Allan's story about how the Library helped him improve his English language skills and provide him with GED test preparation. Read more about Allan's personal growth and development through the Library in this article from The Gazette.

DEVELOPMENT

PPLD sparks your development. In this video, learn about how our children's areas are free, safe places that encourage development and growth.

Stay tuned to learn how PPLD can spark your opportunity and your inspiration.

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Shirley Dale, PPLD's Maker in Residence for March/April 2019, has been creating in one way or another since childhood, applying this creativity in many different endeavors and careers. The joy of creating and the belief that everyone has the ability to create art have been constants throughout her life. Shirley has worked with many different mediums as a teacher and artist, always finding exciting, creative possibilities with whatever art materials are at hand. She is currently working with acrylics for monotype prints as finished pieces, and also for use in mixed media collage pieces.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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Have you heard about auto-renewals? Beginning Mon., Feb. 11, PPLD will save you the step of renewing your checkouts.

The day before items are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them if there are no holds and they haven’t already been renewed twice.

There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, including:

  • Rapid Read, Rapid View
  • eBooks, eAudios
  • Equipment
  • Interlibrary Loans

Patrons will receive an email notice letting them know what, if anything, was renewed as well as the new due date.

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Overdue books? Fear not. Pikes Peak Library District will no longer charge you for being a little bit late on your returns.

The library will officially eliminate overdue fines Fri., Feb. 1, just in time for a county-wide celebration of Library Lover’s Month. Patrons will no longer be financially penalized for books that are late in returning to the library.

“Our mission as an organization is to eliminate barriers to information and resources, not create them,” said Director of Library Services Tim Blevins. “We had a trial run of eliminating overdue fines and didn’t see longer hold times for patrons, but did see a positive impact on borrowing. It makes perfect sense for us to permanently eliminate these fines.”

Fines, Blevins says, are particularly prohibitive for the community’s most vulnerable families. Plus, overdue fines accounted for less than one percent of the library’s overall revenue in 2017.

There will still be fees assessed for lost or damaged materials. Materials are considered lost if they are 21 days overdue.

Additionally, Pikes Peak Library District will roll out automatic renewals later on in Library Lover’s Month. The day before books are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them up to two times, so long as no other patron placed a hold on the material.

There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, like rapid reads, e-materials, and equipment checkouts.

“What we’ve seen here, and in library facilities across the country, is that by taking these steps to increase ease of access to materials, use of library resources and checkouts is positively impacted,” Blevins said. “We’re here to help people access the resources they need to achieve their goals. This is just one more way for us to do a better job of achieving that mission.”

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We want to celebrate your successes! Pikes Peak Library District is looking for stories about how our resources and staff have helped enrich minds, fuel learning and growth, spark imagination and ideas, build community and connections, and/or achieve goals.

To tell your story, click here and take our short survey.

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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 on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 2:30 - 4 p.m. at Library 21c.

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