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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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Fork Art! Make a Lion

Supplies:

  • White or yellow paper
  • Googly eyes or white paper and Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Fork
  • Cup to use to trace circle
  • Orange paint or use catsup and/or mustard!
  • Paper plate for paint

Trace circle onto the piece of paper by drawing around an overturned cup with a marker.
Draw the lion face. Make paper eyes with your scissors and glue or glue googly eyes on the drawing. Dip the flat tines of a fork in paint that you squirted onto a paper plate (or use mustard and/or catsup). Place the fork on the paper around the circle to make a mane. Let dry!

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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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Love ooey, gooey slime? This is a great recipe to do at home. Click on the link below to see the directions to this cool project.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with inspiring picture book biographies that introduce women who have worked hard, dreamed big, and accomplished amazing achievements. Click on the link to see the list.

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Mixed Media Spring Art

Missing Spring? We have some weeks to go but in the meantime, try making this mixed media spring art. Mixed media only means using different art supplies to make a picture.

Supplies needed:

  • Markers (I used a black sharpie)
  • Color paper scraps
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White printer or construction paper
  1. Make a fun, crazy garden by cutting out your colored scrap paper pieces.
  2. Imagine your garden by placing pieces, then glue down.
  3. Add fun drawings to complete your garden.

Happy Spring!....soon.

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Click on this pdf link to see the directions on how to make this cool, easy, catapult.

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What does the Fox say? I love you!

Supplies:

  • 1 Large heart - orange
  • 1 Medium heart – white – cut in half
  • 2 small hearts – orange
  • 3 small black circles or a black marker
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut the white heart in half.
  2. Glue to the large orange heart.
  3. Turn 2 small hearts upside down and glue on the back for ears.
  4. Glue on black circles for eyes and nose or make eyes and nose with a black marker.
  5. Write a love note on the back.

What does the fox say?
I love you!

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Todd Parr, children's author, shows how he makes a book on his website, www.toddparr.com. He's given permission to share his material too. He's not only famous for great children's books, but valentines too.

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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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Supplies:

  • White or light colored paper
  • Markers or crayons

Directions:

  1. Fold any size piece of paper in half. Fold one side up to meet the first fold.
  2. Create a picture of an animal or person on the folded paper. Make sure to put the mouth of the creature at the fold.
  3. Then open up the picture and make your creature look scary!
  4. Fold it back up and show the folded picture your friends and family. Say, “Isn’t it cute?” Then open up your picture quickly for a fun joke.

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February is “Random Acts of Kindness” month. Click the link below to see great reading suggestions.

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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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One of the great benefits of reading is that it allows us to learn about the lives of people who are different from us. Enjoy some of the delightfully unique books in this list with your children to expose them to the diverse people, cultures and customs that make up our country and our wonderful world. Click on the pdf link below to see great books for kids:

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Supplies:

  • Bowls or containers to use to make the ice
  • Large tray with sides or cookie sheet
  • Salt
  • Liquid watercolors or food coloring – please note that food coloring can stain
  • Droppers and/or a spoon

Instructions:

  1. Fill a variety of bowls or containers with water and freeze them at least overnight. Different sizes and depths are preferred.
  2. Remove the ice shapes from their containers and place them on the plastic tray or cookie sheet.
  3. Give your child a bowl of table salt – the cheaper the better. Have them sprinkle it on the top of their ice. They can also use a dropper to drop warm water on.
  4. Watch as ravines form down the side of the ice as the salt melts it!
  5. Squeeze a little bit of a food coloring onto the ice and watch what happens! The food coloring or liquid watercolors will highlight the ravines, crevasses, and tunnels that are forming.
  6. Discuss how salt melts the ice.
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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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Snap Circuits Arcade

Create over 200 exciting circuits that support STEM curriculum with Snap Circuits Arcade! Snap together a disco ball, word fan, human alarm and more! For ages 8 and up. This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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Khet

Play chess using lasers with the Laser Game, Khet! Strategically bounce the laser off of mirrors in order to “hit” your opponent’s pieces. For ages 9 and up. This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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For the 27th year in a row, Pikes Peak Library District is being recognized for excellent financial transparency.

The Government Finance Officers Association awarded Pikes Peak Library District the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting this month, the association’s highest award.

“The attainment of this award represents significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” the Government Finance Officers Association said in a press release. “This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.”

Each year, the association judges government organizations through an impartial panel. According to the association’s website, the program was designed to motivate government agencies to “go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles,” with the goal of encouraging financial transparency by those agencies.

Earning this award illustrates an organization’s commitment to good stewardship of public dollars.

“This award is one of the highest honors a government organization can hope to achieve,” said Pikes Peak Library District Chief Financial Officer Michael Varnet. “To receive an award of this caliber so many years in a row is a testament not only to the finance team, but to the Library District as a whole. The group of people I work with each day truly has dedication to transparency and honorable financial reporting, and I am very proud to be part of such a team.”

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Kathleen Owings

The president of the Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees attended her last board meeting after ten years of service to the library.

Kathleen Owings will retire from the board as of Dec. 31, 2018. Owings first joined the board on Jan. 1, 2009, and was board president from 2012-2014 and in 2018.

Her fellow board members, library employees, and library leaders alike reminisced fondly on Owings’ contributions to the Library District and the community during her final board meeting on Dec. 11, 2018.

“While we are saddened to see Kathleen go, we feel very fortunate to have benefited from her leadership over the last ten years,” said PPLD Chief Librarian and CEO John Spears. “Her direction over the last decade has carried the library forward in such a positive way. Kathleen has put us on a path that will help us best serve all of our patrons across El Paso County for years to come.”

Owings is a Principal and Financial Advisor with Westbilt Financial Group. She is also a current and past member of several boards throughout the Pikes Peak Region, including the Children’s Literacy Center, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, and the local chapter of the West Point Alumni Association.

The new president of the PPLD Board of Trustees, Wayne Vanderschuere, will take over the role on Jan. 1, 2019. Terms on the board are five years, and board leadership changes annually.

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Hot Cocoa Mix:
Materials Needed:

  • Glass Jar (We use a Starbucks® Frappuccino® Jar)
  • Twine
  • Gift Tag
  • Ziploc bag (optional)

Ingredients:

  • Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Mini M&M’s®
  • Chocolate Chips (Mini)
  • Peppermint Swirl Candies
  • Marshmallows

What to Do:

  1. Pour two servings of Hot Cocoa mix into the jar. (Depending on your mix, you’ll require different amounts.)
  2. Pour 1 Tablespoon of M&M’s and 1 Tablespoon of mini chocolate chips into the jar.
  3. Put your peppermint candies and ¼ cup of marshmallows into a bag, and carefully squish into the jar.
  4. Seal up the jar.
  5. Use twine to attach a gift tag.
  6. Your mix is ready for gift giving!

Note: If you don’t mind a little mix on your marshmallows and candies, you can leave the bag out.
For an added look, you can paint your caps. Just make sure they dry before you try to seal the jar up!

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Line Dancing

Learn basic line dance steps with Patti. Each week we will review steps taught in previous classes in addition to learning new steps.

  • When: Wednesdays from 2 -3 p.m.; Jan. 9 - Feb. 20, 2019
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
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