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All Pikes Peak Writes

Congratulations to the winners of All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. PPLD received over 60 submissions this year. The five winning stories were announced at an award ceremony on Saturday, May 5.

You can read the winning entries by clicking here.

First Place
“In the Shadow of the Mountain” by Leisel Hufford

Second Place
“A Rational List” by Sandra Hendricks

Third Place
“Hungry” by Davyne DeSye

Honorable Mention
“Checkmate” by Molly Bailey
“Friends Aside” by Ann Amicucci

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"Shedding Light" by Clarence Chivers

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

  • Hermione Martin, soprano
  • Daughters of Promise
  • Celebration Multicultural Choir
  • John Redmon
  • Mildred Hinton
  • When: Sunday, July 29 at 4 p.m.
  • Where: Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus (SW corner of Cache la Poudre and Cascade)
  • 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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“By the sea, by the sea….By the beautiful sea!
You and me, you and me…Oh how happy we’ll be!”

June is “The Great Outdoors” Month! Oceans and lakes, sea creatures and mermaids! Stop at the library for a great book…but make sure to keep it out of the water! Click on pdf below for reading list.

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Qwirkle Game

Mix, match, score and win in this fun game that teaches colors, shapes, math and the importance of strategizing! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 6 and up.

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Tumble Stars

Set off a chain reaction of tumbling fun with our new Tumble Stars game! Enhance your child’s fine motor skills and strengthen their basic foundations of physics and spatial relationships while having fun in the process! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 3 and up.

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Monique Santos

PPLD's Maker in Residence for July/August 2018 was paper crafting instructor Monique Santos, a Colorado native and enjoys all things “Colorado”! A perfect day would be a morning hike with a friend, cup of coffee, afternoon of playing with the girls and dinner with the family. When she is not busy as a wife and stay at home mom of two daughters 6 & 4 she enjoys being a part of the Colorado Springs community. Whether it be at her daughters school, community centers, crafting events or the library she is passionate about sharing her love for creating.

She taught classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosted open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) 2018, which will run from September 10 - November 17.

For a complete list of events, click here.

Our selected adult title is The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe. The book explores themes of diversity, multiculturalism, compassion, immigration, endurance, resiliency, and hope. PPLD will use these themes while planning programs of community interest. Our selections for teens and children titles also explore similar themes. (For a list of book club discussion questions for The Newcomers, click here.)

Our title for teens and young adults is Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh. Flying Lessons was published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

Our children's title is Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Last Stop on Market Street was the 2016 Newbery Award winner.

This fall we will present a variety of programs to the community including author visits, film screenings, community discussions and panel presentations, theater productions, art installations and gallery exhibitions, 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. Helen Thorpe will be visiting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2 at Library 21c. Matt de la Peña (who also wrote a short story included in Flying Lessons and Other Stories) will visit at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 at Library 21c.

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Painting with cups

Supplies:

  • Paint
  • Assorted cups and/or jars
  • Paper plates or pie pans
  • Paper

Steps:

  1. Put paint on plates or pans.
  2. Dip the top of a cup into the paint.
  3. Press the top of the cup on to the paper to make a circle.
  4. Experiment! You can use different-sized cups to make a variety of circles, or dip the bottom of the cup into the paint to make a solid circle instead.

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Q-BA-Maze Marble

Build and design your own marble maze with this fun and engaging kit! Inspire your child's creative play as they experiment with stability, motion, art, and physics! This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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Q-bitz Jr.

Introduce your child to pattern matching, spatial reasoning, and problem-solving. Q-bitz Jr. builds visual intelligence, STEM skills and is so much fun! Ages 3 and up. This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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“Zipping on wheels…Off you go! Flying fast and spinning slow.
Riding a bike on a sunny day…your worries and cares just fade away!”
May is “National Bike Month”!!! After taking a spin around the neighborhood on your bike, choose one of these picture books to relax with! See link below for reading list.

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Charles and Tauni Orndorff

PPLD's Makers in Residence for May/June 2018 were Charles and Tauni Orndorff. The Colorado Springs natives have been making costumes and props for over 15 years. Their skills include sewing, fabrication, 3D design, and much more. They are currently instructors at the Pikes Peak Makerspace where they teach resin casting, silicon molding, and vac-forming.

They taught Resin Casting with Silicon Molds classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosted open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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The Annual Homeschool Art Show at the East Library Children's Department will be on display for the month of April! Come check it out!

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Women in Science and Space Game

In this fun, original, and educational game, kids will learn about 52 remarkable, but often unknown, women who have advanced science and space travel. The game offers inspiring role models for kids, plus a whole lot of fun! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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Women Who Dare Cards

Learn about 48 inspiring women who have changed the course of history with this great collection of knowledge cards! These women made deep and lasting contributions in the fields of aerospace, performing arts, literature, sports, peace, and more. Discover your new favorite historical heroine! These cards are available at our Educational Resource Center.

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April is National Humor Month!
“Knock, Knock! Who’s there? Boo. Boo who? Why are you crying?”
It is said that “Laughter is the best Medicine”. Sometimes there is no better way to connect kids with books, than to find one that tickles the funny bone! Here is a list of humorous picture books. Click on link below!

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How to make a rocket

Supplies:

  • Kool-aid squeeze bottles
  • Straws with different diameters, one needs to fit inside the other.
  • Masking tape
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Duct Tape

Rocket directions:

  1. Drink all the juice and then clean and dry the bottle.
  2. Tape the small straw to the opening of the bottle. Insert a bit into the bottle, make sure air is flowing through straw.
  3. Cut paper into a square, fold over itself and tape in the shape of the top of a rocket, it should be a point.
  4. Tape the large straw at one end so that no air can escape from one side.
  5. Put the large straw over the small straw, put the rocket nose on top, and SQUEEZE bottle to shoot rocket. MAKE SURE NO ONE LOSES AN EYE!
  6. With a square of duct tape fold a triangular shape, leaving a lip of sticky tape exposed to tape onto the straw. These are fins, kids can use them as decorations but also to experiment. See if your rocket flies better or worse with the fins added.

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

The theme for our 2018 Teen Art Contest was "Hidden Beauty." Teens were encouraged to show us where they have found hidden beauty in the ordinary, everyday world.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April.

Here are the winners!

Best In Show
Clear by Isabella Huhn

High School - First Place
Letting Go by Celine Hanlon

High School - Second Place
Masked by Elizabeth Ward

Middle School - First Place
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder by Connor Murdock

Middle School - Second Place
Beauty of the Mountain by Adyline Poirson

Coordinator’s Choice - High School
Color through Clutter by Rebecca Gearhart

Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School
A Shoe by Adia Byron

You can view the winners here:
Teen Art Contest 2018 Winners

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Coffee Filter Flowers

Make a paper flowers out of coffee filters and droppers with liquid water colors!

Supplies: jars or cups, droppers or pipettes, liquid water colors, coffee filters, scissors, wax paper (to protect the surface you’re working on)

Directions: fill the jars with different water colors and add water to make a solution. Cut out flower shape in coffee filter paper. Use droppers to apply droplets to your coffee filter paper. Once you’ve colored the flower, let it dry before hanging in the window. (Project from High Prairie Library)

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Kids at Monument Library enjoyed a Marshmallow Build STEM program by figuring out how to keep their structures from crashing. Kids used toothpicks, straws, and spaghetti!

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Practice reading aloud and improve fluency by sharing a story with one of our loveable Paws-to-Read therapy dogs. Click on the link below for a great reading list. Here are times and library locations for PPLD Paws to Read programs:

  • Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. - East
  • Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. - East
  • 1st Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. – Ute Pass
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Time to Spring Forward!

Check out this great current events site for kids. There's good news...more daylight is on the way!

https://www.dogonews.com/2018/3/7/rejoice-its-time-to-spring-forward

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Black History Game

Find the matching pairs while you learn about 25 prominent figures in Black History, along with some of their important accomplishments. This fun and educational game includes 50 biographical facts! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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Black History Cards

Teach your child all about monumental events, laws, historical figures, and more with these educational Black History flash cards! 40 interesting fact cards included. These cards are available at our Educational Resource Center.

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Joanna Bolek

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March/April 2018 was Joanna Bolek. She has taught art processes in the context of mindfulness/awareness for over 20 years to diverse populations. She has a masters degree in art education. She is also a qualified meditation and Dharma Art instructor.

Sarah tought throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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