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As a part of our mission to continuously connect people with the resources they need, three Pikes Peak Library District locations will host voting in the coming weeks.

Library 21c and East Library are ballot drop-off locations from Oct. 15 - Nov. 6, and you can vote in person at those locations on Nov. 5 - 6.

Additionally, Sand Creek Library is one of three polling places in its neighborhood where people can go to vote or drop off their ballot starting Oct. 22.

To lean more about voting, including a complete list of polling locations, visit the El Paso County Elections Department website.

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Come to Ute Pass Library to get creative and decorate a pumpkin you can take home for Halloween! We will have snacks, and lots of "stuff" to create your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece! All materials will be provided by the library.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 20 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade
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Join us for an awesome Freelance Writing Workshop, led by local Author JL Fields! Fields was a guest speaker at the PPLD's Mountain of Authors event this year.

Click here to register for this free workshop.

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Gay Houghtaling

A decade ago, current PPLD Maker in Residence Gay Houghtaling saw an art exhibit made up entirely of suitcases filled with found objects. This exhibit introduced her to the art of assemblage, the art of displaying a collection of objects in a way that expresses a meaning or idea. Gay works with Who Gives a Scrap, a local creative reuse store, to provide craft swaps and classes through the Pikes Peak Library District. Gay has an eclectic teaching background that includes Kindergarten in an overseas classroom, language acquisition and cultural studies for children moving overseas, fourth grade art, and reentry programs for tweens and teens. She currently homeschools her 12 year old grandson.

She will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District and hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

Assemblage Boxes
Join local assemblage artist Gay Houghtaling and learn about the art of assemblage. Use a wide variety of art, craft, and found objects to create your own boxed assemblage inspired by fashion, memory, and your own story.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Wed., Oct. 24 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Thu., Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 11 at 2 - 5 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 17 at 1 - 4 p.m.

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The Dark Tower: The Last Gunslinger

Join us on at noon the third Thursday of each month in the Venue at Library 21c for a free movie screening. Feel free to bring a lunch! Snacks will be provided.

The Dark Tower: The Last Gunslinger

Thu., Oct. 18
Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, and determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the world at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle, as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. (PG-13, 95 min.)

Crooked House

Thu., Nov. 15
In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. (PG-13, 115 min.)

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Thu., Dec. 20
An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (PG, 96 min.)

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Call for Makers

The makerspaces and studios in Pikes Peak Library District are great places for generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster such endeavors, PPLD has a Maker in Residence program.

What are we looking for?

  • People with creativity and skills to teach and share
  • People who are excited to introduce others to their expertise
  • Techy people
  • Artsy people
  • Musical people
  • People with well-developed ideas for their studio project and classes that are detailed in their proposals and can be accommodated at multiple PPLD locations
  • A wide variety of different proposals from across the making spectrum

We are currently searching for makers and artists who are able to participate any time during 2019.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for eight (8) weeks.
  • Fifteen (15) hours of studio time, usually at Library 21c held on various days/times throughout the contracted period to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. This time will be split into at least four (4) different sessions. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the maker on display.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, two (2) programs/classes at East Library, one (1) program/class at Sand Creek Library, one (1) program/class at the Manitou Arts Center, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations for a grand total of eight (8) classes.
  • 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/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.
    • These programs will be mainly geared toward ages 16 and up.
    • These are not usually eight (8) different class topics, instead usually one (1) or two (2) different classes offered multiple times.
    • Contract payment of $1,100, with up to another $450 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
    • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
  • Contractor may be asked to coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit this application.
  • The call will close on Tuesday, October 23.
  • 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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Prepare to be frightened as storyteller Sebrena Forrest tells ghost stories and tales of the unexplained in Manitou Springs, Ute Pass, and Colorado. Join us for scary tales, spiced cider and treats. Everyone is welcome!

  • Sat., Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. -noon; a Manitou Springs Library program held at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave.
  • Fri., Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. - noon at Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Ave., Cascade
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An exploration of folklore and the process of immigration, cultural belonging, and frayed threads of ancestry. Centering on the Celtic cultures, Willson & McKee will weave music, songs and stories into a net to catch the heart of being human in any culture.

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Sat., Oct. 20 is International Observe the Moon Night. Commemorate by joining PPLD and the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society for The Moon: Science and Culture.

The Moon has been part of our lives since the early ages of humans walking the Earth. The very march of time was measured by the reliable passage of the Moon across the skies. It has found itself the subject of art and literature covering genres from romance to horror. The Moon gives us dreams of a place to explore and of a place to someday call home. Join the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society as we examine the role the Moon has played to inspire art, storytelling and a desire to explore. Along the way we’ll unveil some of the mysteries of the Moon that we’ve learned from the study and exploration of our nearest neighbor.

Lunar observing will take place after the programs at Library 21c and Fountain Library, weather permitting.

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MAKE @ East

Here is just some of the many programs being held in MAKE @ East in October. For a complete list of programs, click here.

PC Workshop
Mon., Oct. 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Registration is required.
Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of a computer? Felt daunted by the thought of doing your own hardware upgrades? All the magic and mystery will be revealed at this take apart class! Our trained PC expert will walk attendees through the process of dismantling and reassembling a desktop tower, identifying hardware components and demonstrating just how easy it is to make modifications to a PC. Ages 12 and up. Ages 12 - 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Knit One & Crochet Too
Wed., Oct. 17 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Bring a project to work on, and socialize with fellow knitters and crocheters! This is not a class. No registration is required.

MAKE @ East Open Hours
Mondays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Fridays: 1 - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
During Open Hours, MAKE @ East is available to work on your own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9-11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

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We are in the process of evaluating our Winter Adult Reading Program and we want to hear from you! Please take a few moments to answer our survey by October 28. The Winter Adult Reading Program and all potential activities are geared for patrons ages 18+.

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2019 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Essay contest for High School students--First place wins $10,000 cash award!

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

The winner receives a $10,000 cash award. The winner and her/his family are invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston to accept her/his award and participate in Profile in Courage Award events from May 18 - 20, 2019. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston for the winning student and her/his parents.

The contest deadline is January 18, 2019.

For more information, visit

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To make your own LEGO prints, all you need is:

  • Paint
  • LEGO bricks
  • Paper

Dip your bricks into the paint and stamp them onto your paper. It’s best not to over saturate the bricks. Experiment with different designs. Try using all sides of the bricks.

LEGO PrintsLEGO Prints

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Grab a few of these delicious picture books and create a healthy snack or meal that you can all enjoy! (Find cookbooks in J 641.5). Click link below to see booklist.

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Arts Month

Pikes Peak Library District is proud to partner with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) by providing a wide array of Arts Month programming throughout October.

Arts Month is an annual initiative to raise awareness for the quality, diversity, and value of the arts in our community. Building on the popularity of National Arts & Humanities Month, our local initiative is being orchestrated by COPPeR and is open to participation by all area artists and arts organizations. 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.”

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PPLD Board of Trustees

Get to know – and get help from – Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees

On the evenings of Wed., Oct. 10 and Tue., Oct. 16, members of the PPLD Board of Trustees will be shadowing our library employees at seven different branch locations. Board members will be working everything from circulation to security to helping our patrons! They’ll be available for library related assistance, and be there to answer any questions you may have about PPLD. Make sure to stop by and see our board members at your favorite library branch!

Wed., Oct. 10

Tue., Oct. 16

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Urban peak Supply Drive, Friday Sept. 21-Monday Nov. 8

As part of All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is hosting a Supply Drive from Friday, Sept. 21 to Monday, Nov. 5 for Urban Peak Colorado Springs! Urban Peak serves youth experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs. Visit your local library to drop off supplies!

A list of their needs is below.


  • Ponchos**
  • Raincoats**
  • Tarps**
  • Chapstick**
  • Men’s New Boxer Briefs, Size Medium**


  • Coffee**
  • Tea**
  • Salsa**
  • Enchilada Sauce**
  • Taco Shells**
  • Ranch Dressing**
  • Ketchup**
  • BBQ Sauce**
  • Hot Sauce**
  • Canned Vegetables**
  • Canned Beans**
  • Canned Fruit**
  • Canned or boxed soup**
  • Velveeta/nonperishable cheese**
  • Olive Oil**
  • Pam Cooking spray**
  • Bulk dry seasoning (chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper)**


  • Shower Curtain and hooks
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Broom/dustpan
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Dish washing soap
  • Can Openers
  • Backpacks
  • Flash drives

**indicates greatest need

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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is coming to Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD)!

de la Peña is the author of one of the short stories in our All Pikes Peaks Reads (APPR) title, Flying Lessons and Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh.

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

He will be at Library 21c on Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m., with a free presentation that is open to the public.

Don't miss this award winning author!

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Just as every person is unique…every book has a unique story to tell. You may like it – or you may not… but in America, the author is free to tell his or her story for all to enjoy. Our public library proudly includes them in the collection. We invite you to read these picture books with your child, and encourage you to have a discussion. You may be surprised to discover some old favorites…and may actually make some new “book friends”.
Here is a list of Banned and Challenged Picture Books. Some are non-fiction, while others are on the picture book shelves. Ask your friendly librarian for help. Click link below for list:

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In connection with the All Pikes Peak Reads 2018 focus on diversity, multiculturalism, immigration, and resiliency, PPLD is hosting a variety of events celebrating culture.

Bilingual Spanish Storytime (La Hora del Cuentos)
Join us for a special 45-minute storytime in honor of All Pikes Peak Reads 2018! Experience books through reading, singing, rhyming, and practice speaking Spanish! For ages 3 and up.
Sat., Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Old Colorado City Library

Culture Fest
Celebrate different cultures of the Pikes Peak region. You will experience the richness of different cuisines, music, and more!
Thu., Sept. 20 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
Fri., Oct. 12 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library

AUTHOR VISIT: Helen Thorpe
Helen Thorpe is the author of APPR’s adult title, The Newcomers. Thorpe is an award-winning writer and journalist, and she’s from Colorado! Don’t miss your chance to meet this great writer and hear more about her work.
Tue., Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Library 21c

Culture Mash
Featuring a visit from American Library Association President Loida Garcia-Febo, this outdoor event will include fun for all ages including dancing, food, and music. Garcia-Febo will address the crowd in Spanish!
Fri., Oct. 5 at 4:30 - 8 p.m. at Sand Creek Library

Harvest Festival
This event will feature activities and fun for the whole family! ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will make a special appearance to address the crowd, as well.
Sat., Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.n. at High Prairie Library

Together at the Table
A community discussion with food centered on the themes and topics of APPR. Registration required. Ages 16+.
Sun., Oct. 7 from 2 - 4 p.m. at East Library

USCIS Naturalization Ceremony
Pikes Peak Library District’s Adult Education Division and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome new citizens at this event.
Mon., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. - noon at Library 21c

AUTHOR VISIT: Matt de la Peña
Matt de la Peña is the author of APPR’s children’s title, Last Stop on Market Street and contributed a story to the APPR teen title Flying Lessons and Other Stories. He’s a New York Times bestselling author and a winner of the Newbery Medal! Stop by and hear more about his life and his work.
Thu., Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Library 21c

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Line Dancing

Learn basic line dance steps with Patti. Each week builds on previous classes.

  • When: Wednesdays from 2 -3 p.m.; Sept. 19 - Oct. 17
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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Arts Month

Celebrate Arts Month with the Rockrimmon Library! The library is hosting a month-long display of art created by adult library patrons.

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 Art Show Rules and Forms for contest details.

Entries must be placed at the Rockrimmon Library on either Friday, September 28, 2018 or Saturday, September 29 during regular business hours. Easels and art hangers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Light and Sound Touch Circuit

Teach your child electricity concepts with our new, hands-on Light and Sound Touch Circuit. By simply grabbing hold of the handles, the energy flows and sets off colorful LED lights and fun sounds! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.
For ages 3 and up.

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RUMIS game

Sharpen your spatial awareness and critical thinking skills with the strategy game RUMIS! Compete to outwit your opponent(s) by reconstructing historical Inca monuments of a pyramid, tower, stairs, and wall. This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 8 and up.

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In 2018, over 70 young authors submitted original stories to PPLD's Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Each story began with the sentence "The letter could not have come at a worse time", which was chosen by New York Times best-selling author Sandya Menon. The young authors in our community took this common beginning and crafted a huge variety of stories that tackled big topics, such as: grief and loss, growing up, building a better world, and the weight of responsibility.

Winners were chosen through anonymous scoring by a group of dedicated PPLD staff members. The three top stories in both the middle school and high school categories were announced at the awards ceremony on July 29, 2018, and will be published in a digital anthology in September.

Middle School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "A Girl, A Thousand Shirtwaists, and a Fire" by Molly Heinold
  • 2nd Place: "Dear Louella" by Emma Reeves
  • 3rd Place: "Elenora" Claire Deeds

High School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "The Apiary" by Alexandra Wollinka
  • 2nd Place: "An Impossible Choice" by Sophia Mayhugh
  • 3rd Place: "A Work-Ruled Vacation" by Shanleigh Glide

Congratulations to all the winners and entrants! Thank you to all the young authors who entered and to those who encouraged them to put their ideas on paper. If you were unable to attend the awards ceremony, your judge's feedback sheet and participation certificate have been mailed to the address listed on your submission form.

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