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2021 Frank Waters / Golden Quill Literary Awards

Best-selling and award-winning author Pam Houston has been named the 2021 recipient of the Frank Waters Award by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. Houston, a Colorado resident, will receive the award and be the keynote speaker at the Frank Waters/Golden Quill award event. This literary awards ceremony is an annual signature event of the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

The Sunday Soiree


Pam Houston is the author of a memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in The High Country>/em>; two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound; two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat; and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me.

Houston worked as a rafting guide, a sheep-hunting guide in Alaska, and once rode a sailboat through a hurricane, but now rides horses and owns a ranch near Creede. Once she found her literary voice, she settled for good in the Colorado high country.

She is the winner of a Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award and several teaching awards.


The 2020 Golden Quill award also will be given at the event. The annual prize, given to a local publication, will recognize Colorado Springs: A Changing Landscape. This soft-bound coffee-table book includes historical photos of the city along with current photos of the same locations.

The book was the brainchild of Don Kallaus, owner of Rhyolite Press, who collaborated with photographer and teacher Angela Crews and a group of photography students at Pikes Peak Community College. About 150 pages of color photos contrast with the black-and-white images taken by Glenn Wesley Murray from the 1930s to 1960s.


Tickets for the luncheon are $45 per person. Reservations may be made on this site and also may be mailed to: Beth Crumrine, Friends of PPLD, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Deadline for reservations is 5 p.m. Friday, July 30. Questions may be directed to the Friends office, 531-6333, Ext. 1461.

The event will be a cocktail party-style gathering in The Pavilion, a large tent on the hotel grounds, with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Books will be for sale at the event and authors will be on hand to autograph them. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends organization.


About the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District: was established on the 50th anniversary of the Colorado Springs Public Library (March 11, 1955) and incorporated in 1969 as a nonprofit organization. The Friends is a constant advocate for the Library. Today, with 900 members, the Friends sponsors and supports numerous programs and events to further the enjoyment of reading and love for books for all individuals.

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Come join our Back to School celebration in our Makerspaces with a variety of crafts including watercolors, sticker making, sewing, and more! The Studios at Library 21c and Sand Creek will also be open for you to see and use our recording spaces. Registration is not required, just stop by!

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Are you considering homeschooling your students? Have you decided to homeschool and need some tips for getting started? Join Theresa Klinitski, Homeschool Consultant, to find out about the basics and learn from a panel of current homeschool parents about different styles of homeschooling. In addition, find out about the numerous tools and resources PPLD has to offer. Registration required. This program will be presented via Zoom (a link will be emailed to you). Can’t make the date? Please email Joy for a link to the recording.

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Coding is fun and very cool. Check out this list of coding books for tweens. Click on link below.

Photo by Marta Wave from Pexels

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The purpose of this survey is to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the use of virtual library services by teen patrons within Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD). The survey is comprised of ten questions and is completely voluntary. It should take five to ten minutes to complete. All data is collected anonymously. Direct any questions or concerns to Philip Krogmeier at pkrogmeier@ppld.org.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZN8CCGJ

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNHVZF8

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STEM: Water Balloon Parachute

Can your water balloons survive a big drop? Find out with this experiment.

Supplies:

  • One balloon
  • Water
  • One plastic shopping bag
  • One rubber band

Directions:

  1. Add water to your balloon, don't fill the balloon, leave lots of room to tie the balloon closed.
  2. Cut the ends of the handles of the bags. Tie or rubber band them to the knotted end of a water balloon.
  3. Go outside and drop it from a high place to see if it breaks when it lands.
  4. Test and retest until your balloon breaks.
  5. Try it again with another balloon.

See what else you can attach to your parachute and let drop.

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Colorado Day!

Celebrate Colorado Day Sun., Aug. 1 and other events in August!


Genealogy Basics (Colorado Edition) [Virtual]

Are you interested in researching your genealogy, but aren't sure where to start? Join us for an introduction to basic genealogy research strategies including getting started, organizing research, and selecting and searching for records. In celebration of Colorado Day, this month's Genealogy Basics classes will focus on researching your Colorado ancestors!


Knob Hill Street Art Walking Tours [In-Person]

The Knob Hill neighborhood is home to an extraordinary amount of street art. Tour the neighborhood and see the murals at the street level with the street artists who created the art. Learn about the community focused organization, Knob Hill Urban Art District, that creates the murals. Talk with the artists. Experience the art up close. Snake your way through the alleys of the district to find hidden gems. Don't forget your walking shoes!


Library Explorers: Colorado Springs History [Virtual]

Library Explorers programs are designed for adults of all abilities. Join us to learn more about Colorado Springs history using PPLD's Digital Collections. Bonus points if you can find the cat or dog in these historical photos!


Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium [Virtual]

In a year marking the 150-year anniversary of the founding of Colorado Springs by William Jackson Palmer, Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to offer our 2021 Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium virtually! We are excited to celebrate our city's sesquicentennial with you!


Resources

  • Visit PPLD’s Regional History & Genealogy page to learn how you can research our local history. We have historic photos, manuscripts, books, and more!
  • Have you checked out our digital archive? PPLD's Digital Collections features historic photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, oral histories, films and more that highlight the rich history of the Pikes Peak region. The materials come from the Special Collections of Pikes Peak Library District, housed in the 1905 Carnegie Library in downtown Colorado Springs.
  • Pikes Peak NewsFinder is our local historical newspaper index. This index contains citations to and scanned images of local news articles and obituaries from the Colorado Springs Gazette and other local newspapers from as early as the 1870s!
  • Need homework help? Check out our Colorado Homework Help page to get started with biographies, databases, and recommended websites.

Booklist


Art

  • Teen Art Contest [Virtual]
    PPLD asked teens in Colorado Springs to create a piece of art that connected their personal story with the history of Colorado Springs in order to celebrate the city’s 150th birthday on Sat., July 31, 2021.
  • Then & Now Photo Exhibit [In-Person]
    • All Month at Library 21c, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through August 31.

    Local photographer Mike Pach has recreated historic images from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Pikes Peak Library District and other archives to reveal both the city’s rich history and great progress.


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KidsMake: 3D Jellyfish

Take and Makes for this project will be available at area libraries beginning, Friday, July 23, 2021. Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/nrhKBIg0sl4?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu

Supplies and Directions:

Provided in your bag: a paper bowl, streamers, fishing line, assorted decorative materials (decorative materials vary amongst bags)

From home: glue, markers, tape, other decorative materials (optional)

Step 1
Color and decorate the outside of your bowl. Make sure to leave room to draw some eyes if your jellyfish needs them!

Step 2
Cut your streamers in half longways and glue/tape them to the inside rim of your bowl so they are hanging down.

Step 3
Poke a hole in the middle of your bowl and string your piece of fishing line through it; tape it on the inside so it stays in place.

Step 4
Hang your jellyfish up (you can use a piece of tape to attach the other end of the fishing line) and enjoy your new, colorful friend! Give them a name too!

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Take and Make: Macrame Mermaid Tail Keychain

Take and Makes for this project, for ages 9-12, will be available at area PPLD libraries starting Friday, July 16, 2021. Watch the YouTube tutorial here: https://youtu.be/5o6RJm9AMGY

Note: If you are not familiar with macrame knotting, watching the YouTube tutorial is highly recommended. The pdf file below will show all the steps in pictures.

Directions:

  1. Attach the cords to the keychain clasp. Secure each of the 48” pieces of cord to the keychain clasp using larks head knots. To create a larks head knot, fold one of the pieces of cord in half. Hold the cord close to the middle so it makes a little loop. Slip this behind the keychain clasp. Pull the two ends of the cord around the keychain clasp and through the loop and pull tight. Your cord should now be wrapped tightly around the keychain clasp. Repeat for the other two 48” pieces of cord.
  2. Use the safety pin or some tape to secure the clasp to something stable. You are now ready to start knotting!
  3. Tie diagonal double half hitch knots. Take the two pieces of cord on the left. Wrap the right cord (the working cord) around the left cord (the filler cord) and pull the end of the cord through the loop. Pull the knot tight and position it toward the top of the filler cord. Repeat to have two (or a double) knots. The working cord becomes the new filler cord and the cord directly to its right becomes the new working cord. Wrap the working cord around the filler cord and pull the end through the loop. Pull the knot tight and position it slightly lower at a diagonal to the first set of knots. Repeat to create your second double half hitch knot.
  4. On the right, make three diagonal double half hitch knots going down and to the left. Repeat the steps above, only going the opposite direction. This will form a nice V shape.
  5. Continue this process for six more rows (there will be seven all together). You should have two double half hitch knots going from left to right and three going from right to left for each row.
  6. For the eighth row, starting on the left you’ll do the one diagonal double half hitch down and to the right, then you’ll hold both the filler cord AND the working cord from the first knot together and tie the second diagonal double half hitch over them both (down and to the right).
  7. Then switch over to the right side and do the same process. The first diagonal double half hitch down and to the left will be normal. For the second knot, you’ll hold the filler cord and the working cord from the first knot together and tie the knot over them.
  8. Finish with a wrapping knot at the bottom. Grab the 20″ long piece of rope and hold it against the ends in a U shape. Then begin wrapping firmly right under the last row of double half hitch knots. Wrap around four times. Thread the end of the cord you’ve been wrapping with through the loop underneath the wraps (the bottom of the U you made earlier). Then pull the short cord sticking out of the top of the wraps until the loop slides up under the wraps about halfway. Don’t accidentally pull it out of the top! Trim the two ends of the wrapping knot and push them up under the wraps. Knot your thread near the end, leaving a couple inches of tail at the end so that you can tie off your thread when you’re done.
  9. Now for the fun part! Cut the fringe at the bottom in an inverted V shape (like a fish tail, or a mermaid tail in this case). If you have a macrame or pet brush, use that to brush the strands out really well. You can also pick the strands apart to create the fringe. Once it’s brushed out, trim it again back into the upside-down V shape. Optional: If desired, you can spray the fringe tail with a stiffener such as some Aleene’s Stiffen Quik spray to help it hold its shape.
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Colorado Springs, CO, August 8, 2021
Best-selling and award-winning author Pam Houston has been named the 2021 recipient of the Frank Waters Award by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. Houston, a Colorado resident, will receive the award and be the keynote speaker at the Frank Waters/Golden Quill award event. This literary awards ceremony is an annual signature event of the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. The Sunday soiree will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Colorado Springs Marriott, 5590 Tech Center Drive.

Pam Houston is the author of a memoir, “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in The High Country”; two novels, “Contents May Have Shifted” and “Sight Hound”; two collections of short stories, “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “Waltzing the Cat”; and a collection of essays, “A Little More About Me.”

Houston worked as a rafting guide, a sheep-hunting guide in Alaska, and once rode a sailboat through a hurricane, but now rides horses and owns a ranch near Creede. Once she found her literary voice, she settled for good in the Colorado high country.
She also is the winner of a Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award and several teaching awards.

The 2020 Golden Quill award also will be given at the event. The annual prize, given to a local publication, will recognize “Colorado Springs: A Changing Landscape.” This soft-bound coffee-table book includes historical photos of the city along with current photos of the same locations.

The book was the brainchild of Don Kallaus, owner of Rhyolite Press, who collaborated with photographer and teacher Angela Crews and a group of photography students at Pikes Peak Community College. About 150 pages of color photos contrast with the black-and-white images taken by Glenn Wesley Murray from the 1930s to 1960s.

Tickets for the event will be $45 per person. Reservations may be made online by visiting https://tinyurl.com/ereuf8j3. Reservations with payment also may be mailed to: Beth Crumrine, Friends of PPLD, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Deadline for reservations is 5 p.m. Friday, July 30. Questions may be directed to the Friends office, (719) 531-6333, x1461.

The event will be a cocktail party-style gathering in The Pavilion, a large tent on the hotel grounds, with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Books will be for sale at the event and authors will be on hand to autograph them. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends organization.

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District: was established on the 50th anniversary of the Colorado Springs Public Library (March 11, 1955) and incorporated in 1969 as a nonprofit organization. The Friends is a constant advocate for the Library. Today, with 900 members, the Friends sponsors and supports numerous programs and events to further the enjoyment of reading and love for books for all individuals.

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Great Historical Fiction for Kids

It's Colorado Springs 150th birthday this month! 150 years is a sesquicentennial birthday. To celebrate, PPLD children's staff gathered some great historical fiction for kids. The books touch on several different times and places in the history of our country. Click on the pdf link below to see the booklist.

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Makerspaces are Open!

Starting on Thu., July 1, 3D printers will be available for use during Open Hours through walk-ins and reservations at East Library, Library 21c, Sand Creek Library, and Manitou Springs Library! Learn about all equipment available here.

PPLD Makerspace Equipment is also available now at Manitou Springs Library. Learn more about what's available here.

Visit our 3D Printing LibGuide for more information.

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Free Comic Book Day!

On Sat., Aug. 14, free comic books will be given away at all PPLD locations (while supplies last)!

Thanks to Muse Comics + Games for donating the comic books!

This celebration marks the 20th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day. Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), one of the comic book industry’s most beloved and anticipated celebrations, will once again be a single-day event. The event, which traditionally takes place on the first Saturday in May, will be celebrated in August 2021 in the hopes that much of the uncertainty and disruption related to COVID-19 will have passed.

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Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Call for Applications

PPLD is proud to announce the return of the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Program! We will be accepting applications for the position from Thu., July 15 to Sun., Aug. 15.

The Poet Laureate builds a literary arts community through poetry by developing an appreciation of written and performance poetry and inspiring and celebrating poetry and poets in the Pikes Peak Region with dynamic programs of engagement, advocacy, and education.


Click here to apply!

Printed applications can be submitted at any PPLD Location.


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Take and Make STEM: Film Canister Rockets

Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning this Friday, July 9, 2021. Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_g0THNq4WI

Film Canister Rockets propel with a strong force. Please provide adult supervision and stand back about 6 feet as the canister flies. Personal safety goggles are recommended. This project is best done outside as the rocket may fly over 20 feet into the air! In addition, the “Alka-Seltzer” used for propulsion could be harmful if ingested.

Supplies and Directions:

Materials provided: film canister, Alka-Seltzer tablets
Materials you provide: water

Procedure:

  1. Put on your safety goggles and head outside with your materials. (If you must do this inside, do not turn the canister upside down in step 5.)
  2. Break an Alka-Seltzer tablet in thirds.
  3. Fill your canister a third full of water.
  4. Quickly drop an Alka-Seltzer piece into your water and snap on the lid.
  5. Continuing to work quickly, turn the film canister upside down and place it on the ground. Step back 6 feet.
  6. In about 10 seconds, you will hear a pop and watch your canister fly!
  7. If the canister hasn’t launched in about a minute, you may have a leak. Look around your area for evidence of a leak. Pick up the canister while aiming it away from you to empty it and try again.
  8. If your canister doesn’t launch or doesn’t fly far, try some of the experiments listed below.

The science behind this:

When you combine the Alka-Seltzer tablet and the water, they produce carbon dioxide. Pressure builds up inside the canister as the gas is released. The gas builds until the lid is blasted down and the canister is propelled upwards. Real rockets use rocket fuel to produce thrust in a similar way. If you’d like, you can create fins and a cone out of paper to control your rocket’s path.

Extensions: Experiment with the following:

  • Does water temperature affect either timing or height of the propulsion?
  • How does the size of the tablet piece affect the time it takes for the rocket to launch?
  • How do your paper fins & cone affect the rocket’s path?
  • What amount of water gives your rocket its highest flight?
  • What amount of water gives your rocket tis quickest launch?
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Draw Your Community

Submit a drawing depicting what you love about your community/neighborhood (a place, a person, an idea, etc.)!

All through August, drawing supplies will be available for checkout from Rockrimmon Library. You can check out our drawing supplies and submit a drawing when returning them, submit a picture online below, submit something from one of our classes, or just bring the finished drawing to the library!

Submit your drawing online here!

The gallery will open the first week of September!
It will also be available to patrons virtually here.
Open House
Please join us to celebrate and appreciate the works of local artists from our Draw Your Community program. Light refreshments provided.

Need some help getting started? Check out How to Draw - Great Courses series on Kanopy!


Drawing with Deb Ross
This month, we're celebrating our community through drawings! Join instructors Deb Ross and Pat Fierro to learn the basics of drawing with pencils. Participants are encouraged to submit a sketch to the community gallery.

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All Pikes Peak Writes

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce the call for submissions for All Pikes Peak Writes 2021! All Pikes Peak Writes is PPLD’s annual fiction writing contest for ages 12+, and seeks to highlight writers in our community through one contest. This year’s contest will have three categories for Middle School and High School (ages 12 - 18), Young Adult (ages 19 - 24), and Adult (ages 25+). Please see the guidelines, rules for entry, and submission form for each category below.

Submissions will be accepted Sat., May 15 through 9 p.m. on Thu., 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 in mid-August to announce the winners.


Categories & Submissions:

Click on age group for submission information.
Ages 12 - 18
Ages 19 - 24
Ages 25+


Please contact hbuljung@ppld.org or criesenberger@ppld.org for questions or more information.

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Family Take and Make: Lemonade Slushies

Lemonade slushies are a great way to beat the summer heat! There's little to no mess. They're fun for all ages and you get slushy goodness.

Take and Makes for this family project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, July 2, 2021.

Supplies and Directions:

Materials provided in the Take and Make kit: 1-gallon Ziploc, 1-quart Ziploc, 2 lemonade packets.
Materials you provide at home: water, salt, ice, spoon, cup (optional), towel (optional)

  1. Place ice cubes and salt in the gallon sized Ziploc bag. Start with 15-20 ice cubes and 1-2 tablespoons salt.
  2. Mix HALF of a lemonade powder packet and 8-10 ounces of water in the quart-sized Ziploc. Remove as much excess air as possible and seal the bag.
  3. Place the bag with lemonade into the bag of ice and salt. Seal the large Ziploc.
  4. Shake or knead the bags for about 5 minutes until your lemonade has become a slushy. If the bags get too cold, wrap them in a towel.
  5. Carefully remove the lemonade bag from the larger bag. You don't want to get salt in your lemonade. Pour it into a cup to eat it or eat it right out of the bag.

Tips:
If it seems to be taking too long, add more salt and ice.
Other beverages also work, so experiment to find your favorite.

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We need your help to create art for Panorama Park!

The tile art project will include over 7,000 individual tiles made by the community that will come together to create a beautiful statement piece that celebrates the diversity and unity of Southeast Colorado Springs.

Please attend a FREE tile art workshop to put your personal touch on the park through the tile art project.


This project is being paid for by the Trust for Public Land and facilitated by Sand Creek Library and local artist Jere Rose (aka Rizzo).

Tile-making workshops will be happening throughout 2021 and tiles will be fired at Sand Creek Library. The mural will be installed in Panorama Park once the renovation is finished (goal of late Spring 2022).

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The Knob Hill Urban Art District Walking Tour

The Knob Hill neighborhood is home to an extraordinary amount of street art.

Tour the neighborhood and see the murals at the street level with the street artists who created the art.

Learn about the community focused organization, Knob Hill Urban Art District, that creates the murals.

Talk with the artists.

Experience the art up close.

Snake your way through the alleys of the district to find hidden gems.

Don't forget your walking shoes!


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KidsMake: Paper Plate Fans

Take and Makes for this project will be available at area libraries beginning Friday, June 25, 2021.

Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/ZZNhvJJAAdo?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu

Supplies and Directions:

Provided in your Take and Make bag: a paper plate, four craft sticks, sequins
Supplies from home: glue, markers, other decorative materials

  1. Cut your paper plate in half; you now have two halves to make two fans.
  2. Take your first half and two craft sticks, cross the craft sticks like an X, and glue/tape them to the back of the plate. This will be your handle.
  3. Using sequins, markers, crayons, paint, whatever you like, decorate your fans for summer! Keep one with you on hot days to stay cool!
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STEM: Balloon Powered Boats

Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, June 18, 2021.

Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/dQVo4jP7a_c?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu

Supplies and Directions:

Materials provided in Take and Make kit: container for boat, plastic straw, rubber band, balloon
Materials you provide: sharp pencil to poke hole, container of water.

  1. Poke a hole in one of the short sides of the boat using a sharp pencil. It should be nearer to the top.
  2. Slide the balloon onto one end of the straw. (Pro tip: Blow the balloon up a couple times to ease expansion when on the straw.)
  3. Rubber band the balloon into place. Blow the balloon up through the straw to test if it’s secured.
  4. Stick the straw through the hole in the boat with the balloon on the inside. Having the balloon inside the boat allows it to move forward through the water.
  5. Test your boat by blowing the balloon up through the straw. Pinch the straw to keep the balloon inflated until it can be released in water such as the bathtub or pool.
  6. Watch your boat zoom off. How does air power move your boat across the water?
  7. Bend the straw in the back of the boat to make it turn.
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Tween Twist: Harry Potter Bookmarks

Take & Makes for Harry Potter Bookmarks, for ages 9-12, will be available at area PPLD libraries starting Fri., Jun. 11, 2021.

Supplies and Directions:

Supplies Provided: 2 pieces of Origami paper & 2 Harry Potter themed stickers

Optional Supplies Needed (from home): Markers or other items to decorate the bookmarks if desired

See pdf instructions below for more pictures to go along with each step, or watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTBlwPG3Q6s

  1. Place the paper on the desk with the side that has the pattern or color you want to show facing down. Fold it in half from bottom to top and crease. You should now have a triangle.
  2. Take the bottom right corner, fold it up to the tip of the triangle, and crease. Repeat this with the bottom left corner and crease. Now unfold both corners. You should see lines from creasing it where the dotted lines are in the picture to the right.
  3. Now grab the tip of the triangle. There are 2 layers of paper there from where we folded it in half. Grab just the top layer and fold it down so that the tip of the triangle is touching the bottom point where the two creases meet. This will expose the other side of the paper. It should now look like this, with a little pocket in the middle of the triangle:
  4. Now take the bottom left corner and fold it up to cover the left half of the triangle. Crease, then tuck the top part of it into the pocket you formed in step 3.
  5. Repeat this with the bottom right corner, covering the right side of the triangle and tucking it into the flap.
  6. You have a bookmark! Just stick the page into the pocket you’ve formed to mark where you are in a book. You can decorate your bookmark using markers, pens, or colored pencils or by using the provided stickers.
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NextFifty Initiative Assists Aging Population with Access to Mobile Library Services

The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation’s sole mission is to raise and manage funds to assure excellence in the Pikes Peak Library District by funding the expansion of programs, services, and facilities beyond what is directly supported by the residents of the District. PPLD received a grant from NextFifty to increase capacity of the Mobile Library Services to better serve our aging population.

The Pikes Peak Library District’s Lobby Stop service provides library access to older adults living in Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory care throughout El Paso county. NextFifty Initiative’s grant for a new lift gate on the Lobby Stop will allow the Lobby Stop staff to continue to provide patrons with access to book carts filled with materials to browse. Many patrons describe how browsing materials allows them freedom of choice which can lessen in care facilities, provides a shopping experience, and offers resources they would not otherwise have access to as most no longer drive.

Granted funds will be used for:

  • A new lift gate for the Lobby Stop vehicle
  • Storage cupboards and desk, installation, electrical for desk lighting:
    The storage provided by proposed cupboards affords the Lobby Stop staff space for more materials that patrons can access during each stop.
  • Williams Sound FM ADA Compliance Kit seed money:
    FM systems amplify sound in smaller meeting and study room spaces. Up to four patrons who are hard of hearing can use the receiver and headphones included in this kit, or can have sound transmitted directly to their hearing aids via a receiver and neck loop. A lapel microphone is included as well as a table mic. Currently, PPLD is equipped with only one kit to use throughout the entire district. With an additional kit for the district, the Lobby Stop staff will be enabled to bring a kit to the assisted living facilities it serves to use during programs. Furthermore, the library district will have more kits available to offer patrons to use in the Pikes Peak Library District’s meeting room spaces.
  • Large print book club collection seed money:
    Medical research shows that social interaction allows people to enjoy healthier lives. Social isolation increases dementia and cognitive decline after retirement. The Pikes Peak Library District’s Mobile Library Department, which includes the Lobby Stop Van Service, gathers books for thirteen book clubs every month. Most of the patrons participating in these book clubs require large print to participate. Currently, staff comb the catalog to find large print titles with enough copies, place holds on all the copies and monitor the holds which become available at different times. With a book club collection that is strategically developed with large print books already collated into a set that can be checked out all at once (along with book club discussion questions, DVDs, Playaways and/or CD book), wait times are decreased and the library district’s capacity to meet the demand (currently a long wait list) for large print book club collections increases, ultimately increasing number of patrons who benefit from the service.
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PPLD Bundles

In a hurry? Need lots of books for your kids? Looking for something new or unexpected to read? Try a PPLD Bundle!

PPLD Bundles consist of a mix of titles chosen by staff from the shelves of your local branch based on your selections in the form below. After you submit the form, you will be notified via your current hold notification method (email, text, or phone call) when your PPLD Bundle is ready for pickup.

Learn more and request a bundle today!

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