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

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

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

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Check out these COLORADO FREE DAYS for the remainder of 2019!


7/13 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
7/17 - Clyfford Still Museum
7/18 - Plains Conservation Center
7/19 - Joy Park (Children’s Museum)
7/19 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center


8/2 - Museo de las Americas
8/3 - Denver Art Museum
8/3 - Clyfford Still Museum
8/6 - Children’s Museum of Denver
8/6 - Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
8/9 - Four Mile Historic Park
8/10 - City of Longmont Museum
8/10 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
8/15 - Plains Conservation Center
8/16 - Joy Park (Children’s Museum)
8/16 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
8/26 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science


9/3 - Children’s Museum of Denver
9/3 (until 9 p.m.) - Denver Botanic Gardens
9/6 - Museo de las Americas
9/7 - Denver Art Museum
9/12 - Clyfford Still Museum
9/13 - Four Mile Historic Park
9/14 - City of Longmont Museum
9/14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
9/20 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
9/20 - Joy Park (Children’s Museum)
9/29 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science


10/1 - Children’s Museum of Denver
10/4 - Museo de las Americas
10/5 - Denver Art Museum
10/11 - Four Mile Historic Park
10/12 - City of Longmont Museum
10/12 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
10/14 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
10/15 - Clyfford Still Museum
10/18 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center


11/1 - Museo de las Americas
11/2 - Clyfford Still Museum
11/2 - Denver Art Museum
11/2 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
11/4 - Denver Zoo
11/5 - Children’s Museum of Denver
11/5 - Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
11/8 - Denver Zoo
11/8 - Four Mile Historic Park
11/9 - City of Longmont Museum
11/9 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
11/11 (until 5 p.m.) - Denver Botanic Gardens
11/11 - All United States National Parks
11/15 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
11/17 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
11/21 - Plains Conservation Center


12/3 - Children’s Museum of Denver
12/6 - Museo de las Americas
12/7 - Denver Art Museum
12/8 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
12/13 - Four Mile Historic Park
12/14 - City of Longmont Museum
12/14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
12/18 - Clyfford Still Museum
12/19 - Plains Conservation Center
12/20 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

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Homeschool Aquatics Programs are a great way to work physical activity, health and wellness, and socialization into your homeschool curriculum. We offer both P.E. classes as well as Homeschool-Specific Swim Lessons. P.E. will alternate days using a sport/activity based curriculum and our YMCA Swim Lesson Curriculum to incorporate both land and aquatic activities. Swim Lessons are taught using the Y Swim Lesson Curriculum, and are in the water the entire duration of the program. Homeschool Programs are offered for children ages five and older at select YMCA locations.

See page 8 on the following link.


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Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 9, 2019) – Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs announced a partnership with Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) to support the Summer Adventure reading program serving more than 37,000 kids each summer. Additionally, the new hospital will provide free health-related resources, educational opportunities and family programming as part of their partnership with PPLD.

“As parents, one of our primary focuses is on stimulating our kids’ imaginative, creative cognitive abilities,” said Margaret Sabin, president of Children’s Colorado’s Southern Region. “This program provides families and kids with fun summer activities that are healthier and more engaging alternatives to watching Netflix for the rest of the summer. Our partnership with PPLD allows us to support families in creating summer fun that encourages mental and physical wellness and connects kids to their local community.”

The Summer Adventure reading program invites kids ages 0-18 to complete a series of activities listed on age-specific game cards, such as reading a book, camping, crafting, making a new food dish, or visiting a local museum. Once completed, kids are eligible to win prizes through July 31.

Established in 1903, PPLD is a nationally recognized system of public libraries and it is the second largest library district in the state with a service area covering 2,070 square miles. More than 185,000 children live within the District, and 2.7 million items for children and teens are checked out of PPLD each year. The service area includes Calhan, Colorado Springs, Monument, Falcon, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Ute Pass, Palmer Lake, the United States Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and many other municipalities and military installations.

“Partnering with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs is a natural fit for our organization,” said Lance James, Chief Development Officer and Foundation Executive Director for the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation. “Our mission is to connect our patrons with the resources they need to achieve their goals. Providing additional access to state-of-the-art healthcare resources through this partnership, in addition to the health information resources already provided in our Family Place Libraries, is just one more way for us to achieve that goal.”

Find more information about the Summer Adventure program here: Summer Adventure

About Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the nation’s leading and most expansive pediatric healthcare systems with a mission to improve the health of children through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as a top children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in the discovery of innovative and groundbreaking treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare worldwide. Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and across the region. Scheduled to open in mid-2019, the new Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, will be the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit Children's Colorado, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Children’s Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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About Pikes Peak Library District
Pikes Peak Library District seeks to engage and transform people’s lives by providing free and equitable access to information via 15 facilities, online resources, and mobile library services. It is a nationally recognized system of public libraries serving a population of more than 650,000 across 2,070 square miles in El Paso County, Colo.”

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PPLD invites you to participate in our 1st Annual Bumps, Books, ‘n Babies Resource Fair on Sat., Sept. 28 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Library 21c.


Click here for vendor application form.


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

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

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

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

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Vegan Basics with JL Fields

Join JL Fields, author and culinary director of the Colorado Springs, Vegan Cooking Academy for three informative programs:

    Vegan Air Fryer
  • Sat., July 13, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

    Vegan Pressure Cooking

  • Sat., July 13, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd.

    Vegan Meal Prep

  • Wed., July 24, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Sand Creek Library, 1821 South Academy Blvd.
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Join Dr. Wanda and Ron Cousar for an interactive program on the history of the Blues, including writing a Blues song.

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Rocket Men with Major General (Ret.) Roy D. Bridges, Jr.

Join Major General (Retired) Roy D. Bridges, Jr., formerly of the Air Force and retired astronaut, as he discusses his experience in space and the related book club read, Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson.

Major Bridges' presentation and discussion will be broadcast via Skype to Tipp City Public Library in Ohio. Please read Rocket Men to join the discussion.

Click here for more information.

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Summer is a wonderful time to look at the stars in the sky! Check the link below for star book recommendations.

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Sidewalk Chalk Festival

The community is invited to join us for our 3rd Annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival! We will have face painting, food trucks, and chalk artists along the sidewalk in front of the Cheyenne Mountain Library and neighboring businesses.

  • When: Sat., Aug. 3, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library, 1785 S 8th St. #100
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    At Ormao Dance School we highly value creativity and expression, and truly believe that dance is for everyone! We offer summer camps for ages 3 - 11, and workshops and classes for ages 12 - adult as well as regular classes from June 17 - Aug. 10. The link below shows our full schedule of camps, workshops and classes in creative movement, ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, and more!

    Check out our summer dance camps below, or visit our website for more information about camps, workshops, and regular classes!

    (719) 471-9759

    Summer Dance Camps
    Register here: https://ormaosummercamps.bpt.me/

    July 9 - 11
    Pirates and Princesses
    The precocious princesses and a spirited scallywags take a curious dancing adventure in fantastical lands.
    (Ages 3 - 6) | 9 - 11 a.m. | $110
    Teacher: Rochelle Westfall

    July 16 - 18
    Animal Madness
    Into the jungle and under the sea, little dancers discover the animal kingdom through movement and crafts.
    (Ages 3 - 6) | 9 - 11 a.m. | $110
    Teacher: Ashley Shute

    July 15 - 18
    Heros Call to Adventure
    Dancers embark on an journey through fantastical lands and return heros of courageous creativity.
    (Ages 7 - 11) | noon - 3 p.m. | $175
    Teacher: David Foster

    July 22 - 25
    Young Performers on Broadway!
    Open call to musical theatre enthusiasts! Take a strut down Broadway and sing your heart out!
    (Ages 7 - 11) | 9 a.m. - noon | $175
    Teacher: Rochelle Westfall

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    Mobile Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

    Theatreworks is building on its four decades of summer Shakespeare by presenting a nimble, zany, 75-minute adaptation of the classic Comedy of Errors. Seven actors play a whole city (including two sets of twins separated at birth and hilariously reunited!).

    This free performance is appropriate for all ages and perfect for adults, teens and families, especially families with late elementary school-aged students and older.

    No registration required.

    Sat., July 13, 1:30 p.m., Remington Park, 2750 Pony Tracks Dr.
    Sat., July 20, 10:30 a.m., Rockrimmon Library
    Sat., July 27, 1:30 p.m., Penrose Library
    Fri., Aug. 2, 4 p.m., Old Colorado City Library, Bancroft Park, 2408 W Colorado Ave., (across the street from the Old Colorado City Library.)
    Sat., Aug. 3, 1:30 p.m., East Library

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    Have a box? Why not create something for your child? A train station? Oven? Castle? The sky's the limit!

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    Maker in Residence Chloe Brown: 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!

    For as long as ChloeBee can remember, she has expressed herself creatively through art. As a multidisciplinary visual artist, professional tarot reader, and performance artist, ChloeBee needed an outlet for her diverse creative expression and found her niche with zines. Chloe's mission is to empower workshop participants to use zines as a means to highlight their thoughts, feelings, art and communities; to educate others on the importance of free speech; and, to display all the ways we are creatively inclined.

    Class Dates:

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    Celebrate our 2019 Summer Adventure theme, A Universe of Stories, with these stellar offerings about outer space. Scroll down for picture books to share together, chapter books for independent readers, and nonfiction titles to satisfy curious minds. Click on the link below for booklist.

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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.


    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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    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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    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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    Flute Blast-Off!

    Learn to play flute in a fun group environment specifically for homeschoolers ages 9 - 12!

    • Build a sense of community while learning a new skill
    • Space-themed classes build connections across subjects
    • Learn to play solo and in ensembles
    • Play fun music from a variety of genres: from Holsts's "The Planets" to Disney and jazz!
    • Set goals and work hard to achieve them
    • Fun and positive environment
    • Safe place to take risks and make mistakes
    • Perform in the Winter Flute Party & Spring Blast Off! Recital

    I am so excited to offer this class and see what wonderful music we will make together. Registration is extremely limited and closes July 20 so sign up today by visiting: https://spencermusicstudio.com/registration

    Classes will take place Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:15 near the Briargate YMCA, August 2019 - May 2020

    $50 discount on tuition for you and a friend when they mention you at registration!

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    • Round-ish rocks
    • Feathers or paper cut in the shape of wings and tail
    • Googly eyes or paper and markers
    • Glue
    • Yellow or orange paper (or use markers to color white paper.)
    • Scissors

    How to:

    1. Wash your rocks if you’ve gathered them from the roadside like we did and allow to dry.
    2. Glue on feathers for wings and tail.
    3. Glue on googly eyes.
    4. Fold a scrap of orange or yellow paper in half, snip a triangle out from the fold, and glue on for a beak.

    From: https://www.thecrafttrain.com/rock-chick-craft/

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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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    Make an easy Mother's Day card!

    Need a fast Mother’s Day card? Make one with what you have at home!


    • White paper (or paper bags)
    • Colored paper (or magazine pages)
    • Pencil with eraser
    • Markers or crayons
    • Scissors
    • Glue or tape

    Fold a piece of colored paper in half. Draw a bubble shaped M. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. You can turn it over and hide the lines. Cut 2 Ms at once on the folded paper.

    Trace your hand in the middle of your white paper to make a sun. Color it with markers or crayons and add eyes and mouth. Write your special message underneath. Glue or tape your Ms onto each side of the sun.

    Mom will love it!

    Make an easy Mother's Day card!Make an easy Mother's Day card!

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    Enjoy these titles with photo illustrations! Compare them. This will help your child see the world in many different ways:close up and far away; in nature and in the home; of people, animals or things. For fun, have your child create a story from photos that you take together. Click on the link below to see booklist.

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    Two free downloads. Text syncya to 25827

    SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens that gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week!

    Check out what titles are coming up this summer and sign up for alerts at https://www.audiobooksync.com/! You can also text SYNCYA to 25827 to receive alerts about new titles!

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