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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Conversation Hearts

Supplies:

  • Papers of any kind; they can be construction papers, copy paper, or scrapbooking papers, and smaller scraps are fine.
  • Scissors
  • Pens or pencils for tracing and writing
  • A large, clean, clear glass jar like a Mason jar, pickle jar, or spaghetti sauce jar. Prepare your jar ahead of time by soaking off the label.

Optional supplies:
Buttons, pom-poms, ribbon, sequins, beads, stickers, or anything you happen to have on hand to decorate your jar, and some glue.

Directions:

  1. Cut out some hearts – at least a dozen. You can make a template for tracing or just cut them freehand. They should be able to fit inside the opening of your jar.
  2. On each heart, write a question that you would like to ask your family. They can be serious questions or silly questions. Here are some examples to get you started:
    • IF YOU COULD TRADE PLACES WITH ANYONE FOR ONE DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE?
    • WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK KIDS UNDERSTAND BUT ADULTS DO NOT?
    • WHAT IS THE STINKIEST THING YOU’VE EVER SMELLED?
    • WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING THE AGE YOU ARE NOW?
    • WHAT HAS BEEN THE HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR?
    • IF YOU COULD BE A CHARACTER IN A BOOK, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
    • DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT COOKIE
    • WHAT IS SOMETHING EVERYONE LOOKS STUPID DOING?
    • WHAT KIND OF SECRET CLUB WOULD YOU LIKE TO START?
  3. Fill your jar with your “Conversation Hearts” and pick one at dinnertime every day. It’ a great way to get to know your family, to laugh, and to always have something interesting to talk about!
  4. If you want, decorate your jar with anything you happen to have on hand.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCOBSA6lVuY

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Sock Bunny

Supplies:

  • Crew sock (any size and color)
  • Stuffing, Fiberfill, or cotton balls
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands or string
  • Ribbon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Fill your sock with stuffing from the toe up to the heel.
  2. Tie off your sock at the cuff, just above the stuffing.
  3. Tie off your sock again, somewhere above the middle of the sock, to make a bunny head.
  4. Cut the cuff of your sock into two flaps. You can do this by flattening out the cuff and cutting down the middle, making sure to get through both layers of sock. You should be left with two rectangle flaps.
  5. Round the flaps by cutting a half circle on each end, to make them look more like ears.
  6. Draw a face on your bunny with markers.
  7. Tie a ribbon around the bunny’s neck.
  8. You can add more decoration to your bunny with anything else you have at home.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DWILFAswxY&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Teens Make

Library buildings may be open on a limited basis right now, but there’s still plenty for teens to do on PPLD.org!

You can join us every Tuesday and Friday in May for a new teen virtual program. In these video programs, library staff will walk you through different activities using common items you might already have at home. So far, we’ve learned how to make a DIY lip scrub, baked 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies, and discovered some ways to class up our instant ramen.

You can watch all of those virtual programs on PPLD TV: https://tinyurl.com/PPLDTeenPrograms. Learn to cook, become a master of self-care, and make some quirky crafts while you’re cooped up inside!

If you want to look at what else is coming up for teens in the next few weeks, check out our online calendar at https://tinyurl.com/y9hdog3e.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Salt Lava Lamp

Supplies:

  • Large jar (24 oz. spaghetti sauce jar or a large mason jar)
  • Water - 2 1/2 cups water (or until it reaches 3/4 of the way up the jar)
  • Oil - 1/2 cup
  • Sprinkle in as much salt as necessary but you'd need about 1/4 cup total
  • Food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pour water 3/4 to the top of a mason jar. Stir in optional food coloring.
  2. Pour oil into jar. Allow water and oil to separate.
  3. Sprinkle salt into jar. Watch the reaction occur and make observations.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3qhs9SW-RA

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Curbside Services

While you can still use the Library remotely, our team is also ready to serve you outside of Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) locations across El Paso County!

All 15 libraries and three mobile libraries offer curbside service, making it easy for you to return materials and safely pick up items without having any direct contact with Library staff or other patrons.


Returns

Book drops or return bins will be available 24/7 outside of all libraries, so you’re welcome to return books, movies, and other physical items anytime that’s convenient starting that day.


Holds

Ready to pick-up items that are currently on hold? Hours and procedures will vary by location, so please check your Library’s curbside schedule below or by phone.

Click on your Library location below to see their curbside service hours, phone numbers, and pickup instructions:


Upon arrival:
Follow the procedures set out on your Library location’s page (linked above). Then you’ll be on your way to enjoy a new book, movie, or other find!

For new items, place your hold in the online Catalog or mobile app and select the location for pickup. Once you receive your email or text notification (if opted in), check your Library’s curbside service schedule and call them to schedule pickup.

For curbside pickup, Library patrons are encouraged to follow public health guidance, including the use of cloth face masks/coverings and staying 6 feet apart from others.

Homebound patrons can designate another person to pick up their holds. Please call your Library for more information and to schedule such a pickup.


Wireless Printing

We now offer wireless printing at all locations, except for Palmer Lake and Ute Pass Libraries. Submit your print job to tinyurl.com/PPLDPrint, then follow curbside service instructions for your pickup location during their open hours. Hours and pickup instructions can be found through the links above. Please call ahead for Mobile Library Services pickup.


Curbside Curation

Let us help find your next great adventure in the Library’s large collection! We’re piloting this walk-up service at Penrose Library before offering it at other libraries. During curbside hours, patrons can safely browse a curated collection of materials from outside. Librarians also can assist with locating, placing holds for, or checking out your next read, movie, or other physical item. Plus, they can provide recommendations based upon your favorite books or films, preferred genres, and topics of interest, right then and there.


What’s happening behind the scenes?

PPLD is taking a phased reopening approach for our 16 facilities that prioritizes the health and safety of our patrons and staff. All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 96 hours before being processed and circulated. This time limit exceeds public health recommendations. (Items currently in our facilities haven’t been touched in several weeks.) Your items will not be taken off your account until after their 96-hour quarantine period (this will not create penalties for your account in any way).

Per the safer-at-home order, the PPLD team can only work at half capacity inside our facilities. On-site staff are required to follow public health guidance like wearing face coverings, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and maintaining proper distance during any in-person interactions. They are shelving books, pulling holds, quarantining returned materials, and helping circulate thousands of books, movies, and other items from PPLD’s large collection between our libraries.

Our librarians continue to take your questions by phone, live chat, and email! They’re also providing and expanding virtual services and programs, along with our digital collection. Plus, we’re working with community organizations, school districts, and other partners to support El Paso County residents with many different needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Virtual Resources from Pikes Peak Water Festival

While the Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival has been cancelled for 2020, over a dozen partner organizations have provided educational water-related worksheets, activities, and interactive videos to promote the importance of this precious resource for 3rd - 5th graders. Find these materials on the Pikes Peak Children’s Water Festival website: https://coloradosprings.gov/waterfestival

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Recycled Balance Art

Supplies:

  • Paper towel cardboard tube
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pieces of cardboard
  • 2-3 bamboo skewers
  • Recycled materials and craft materials - can tabs, bottle caps, pipe cleaners, paper clips, etc.
  • Stickers- optional
  • Paint and paintbrush - optional
  • Markers - optional

Directions:

  1. Press down on one end of the paper towel tube and staple two times, closing up that end.
  2. Cut a small v-shaped notch in the middle of the closed end of the tube, between the staples.
  3. Decorate tube with paint, stickers, or markers.
  4. Cut out pieces of corrugated cardboard. One rectangle about 6" x 4" and smaller rectangles and triangles. Paint or decorate.
  5. Glue the open end of the cardboard tube onto the middle of the 6" x 4" rectangle piece of cardboard. Let dry 1-2 hours.
  6. After you've decorated the cardboard pieces, take a bamboo skewer and carefully thread the pointed end of the skewer through the wavy corrugated spaces inside the cardboard until the skewer comes out the other side.
  7. Do the same with another shape of cardboard on the other end of the skewer. Try balancing these two pieces by placing the skewer into the notch you created on the closed end of your cardboard tube.

  8. Add various other pieces of recycled materials to each side of your balance art. See if you can still make it balance. Find the center of gravity, which is the point where where all the weight of your art piece is centered so balance can occur.
  9. Decorate the base with caps or other recycled pieces.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_spLdHMzeg

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Supplies:

  • Plain white paper - 1 sheet
  • Construction paper - 1 sheet any color
  • Scissors
  • Glue (or tape)
  • Markers
  • Paper clips - 2
  • Stickers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Fold construction paper in half and place a paper clip on the top and the bottom of the folded paper to hold paper in place.
  2. Lay your hand down onto the paper, and trace around your fingers with a marker or pencil.
  3. Cut out your traced hand out, and try to cut just inside the tracing line as you cut. You may want to move the paper clips to secure the hand shape as you cut. You'll be cutting through two pieces of paper since your paper is folded in half.
  4. Take one hand for the front of the card and write something like, "Mom, I love you".
  5. With the white piece of paper, cut a strip off the long side about 2" wide. Fold the strip accordion style. (Fold a bit at one end and flip over and fold again, do this about 10 times.)
  6. On the accordion folded paper, write "THIS MUCH!".
  7. Glue each end of the accordion folded paper onto the back side of each hand piece.
  8. Decorate the front of your card with stickers or designs. Write your name on the back of your card.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF6TujsXzzc&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Every Vote Counts – Voter Registration Information

Every election is an opportunity to express your vision for the future of your city, state, and country through voting. On Tue., Nov. 3, 2020, U.S. Citizens will cast their ballot to determine not only the next President of the United States, but also state officials, local ballot measures, and more. The best democracy is one where everyone exercises their constitutional right to vote. Read on to learn more about how to make your voice heard this fall and in future elections.


How do you Register to Vote?

  • Register Online: You will need to enter your Colorado driver’s license or ID card number and Social Security Number to complete this form.
  • Register By Mail: Complete this form and follow the instructions on the second page to submit it.
  • Register In Person: Locations for in-person registration are currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but you can check this page for updates on their status.
  • If you are unsure of your registration status or would like to update your voter information, visit https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/home.xhtml


When is the deadline for voter registration?
In Colorado, you can register through Election Day. But how you vote and/or receive your ballot will depend on how you registered and when. Please visit this page for more information..


Click here for more information on voter registration and elections from the El Paso County Elections Department.


First Time Voters:
See the document attached below for information for first time voters in Colorado. You can print it and share it with your friends!

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Packing Tape Postcards

Supplies:

  • Packing tape (or clear contact paper)
  • Scissors
  • Masking or painter's tape
  • Markers or something to write with
  • Paper
  • A postage stamp
  • Decoration options: old greeting cards, confetti, easter grass, buttons, glitter, hole punches, pictures cute out of old magazines, newspaper or book pages, beads, stickers, yarn, any small, mostly flat craft materials you happen to have

Directions:

  1. Lay out three strips of packing tape face up. Carefully overlap the pieces to create a sticky sheet.
  2. Use masking tape to attach your packing tape sheet to the table so you have a good work area.
  3. Cut a piece of paper and on one side write the name and address of the recipient, on the other write a note or draw a picture.
  4. Decorate!
  5. Add your stamp to the upper left hand corner.
  6. Use three more pieces of packing tape to cover your entire work area.
  7. Peel your postcard off the table and trim off the masking tape, cutting your postcard into the shape you want.
  8. Drop it in the mailbox and send it to your loved one!

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHJFlwzeHkU&t=13s

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Rainbow Rubber Eggs

Supplies:

  • Uncooked eggs
  • Clear drinking glass or plastic cup
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Food Coloring
  • Spoon
  • Bowl of water
  • Tray to hold your experiment (optional)

Directions:

  1. Carefully place an uncooked egg in a clear glass or plastic cup.
  2. Pour enough vinegar into the cup to completely cover the egg.
  3. Add some generous drops of food coloring and stir gently. If you want a rainbow of colors, prepare a few more cups.
  4. Now it’s time to WAIT! Observe your eggs each day. The vinegar will slowly dissolve the eggshell over 2-3 days. You’ll see the liquid bubbling as this happens.
  5. After 3-5 days, remove the eggs from the vinegar, and place them in a bowl of water. Gently rub away any remaining bubbly shell residue to reveal the membrane that lies just below it.
  6. You can gently bounce your eggs! The eggs will be rubbery and bouncy but they are still raw on the inside. Bounce and press it to test just how rubbery it is … and beware, it may break! If it does, you can see what it looks like inside.

Watch this project at : https://youtu.be/CO9ay4euXVg

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Parents and Educators! Do you know what resources are available to you on PPLD Kids? Go to this link to do the scavenger hunt: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSIwSqDMcJFisY9TsiEO47000SMFsh...

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PPLD staff sorts books to be distributed at free meal sites.

Pikes Peak Library District staff has shown dedication to the Library’s mission and tireless efforts to serve the community in many ways. We will continue to explore how PPLD can help people and organizations across the Pikes Peak region—well beyond our Library resources and services. Here are some ways that the Library has responded to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • We donated 400 surgical masks and 6,000 gloves to the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management.


  • A makerspace at Library 21c was used for training on 3D printers to make face shields

  • Our team loaned out 3D printers to support Colorado’s Make4Covid initiative, which connects “makers” with equipment to produce protective gear for local healthcare workers.

  • We’re partnering with school districts and local businesses to provide individuals with reading material while they pickup food and beverages. (Thank you to the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District for making this possible!)

  • Sand Creek Library serves a donation site for the Southeast Supply Drive, helping collect common household items needed by individuals and families in the area.

  • Community partners are borrowing PPLD laptops and hotspots, so more residents can apply for unemployment and other benefits, as well as search for jobs.


  • PPLD Facilities staff installs water stations at Penrose Library

  • Penrose Library has made drinking water available outside of their building, so anyone can fill containers whenever needed. (Thanks to Olson Plumbing & Heating, Rampart Supply, and Colorado Sheet Metal for donating the supplies!)

  • We provided books, DVDs, and laptops to the City Auditorium’s isolation shelter, setup for those experiencing homelessness who have symptoms of COVID-19.

No matter the circumstances, we remain steadfast in providing Library resources and services that impact lives and build community across El Paso County. Thank you for entrusting us to be responsive to community needs and serve residents in new ways and virtual spaces, now and into the future.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Kandinsky Circle Flowers

Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Button or foil (used gum wrapper works well)
  • Six different colors of construction paper or different color paper ads

Directions:

  1. Pick a color of paper and cut a small circle (about 2" diameter). You may also draw a circle first with your pencil and then cut it out.
  2. Take the first circle and place it on another color. Holding the first circle, or glue it down with a small dab of glue, cut around the first circle, just a bit bigger (1/2" bigger for example). Repeat this process using four more different colors.
  3. Before you fully glue your circles together, decide whether you want to cut fringe around the circle by cutting small slits around the circle's edge.
  4. Arrange your circles on top of each other, small to large. Finish your flower by gluing a button to the middle of the flower or even a recycled foil (gum wrapper) circle.
  5. For the stem, cut a thin strip of green construction paper or recycled greenish paper. Cut a leaf or two and glue to the stem.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aNRHsAWI0U&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Salt Crystals Fun

Supplies:

  • Epsom salt
  • Hot water
  • Jar
  • Measuring cup
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Spoon
  • Bowl or cup for mixing
  • Sand or small pebbles

Directions:

  1. You will need equal parts salt and water, you can decide how much based on the size of your jar. Measure out the salt and add it to your jar.
  2. Measure out the same amount of water and add to your mixing bowl or cup. If you are adding food coloring, put a few drops in the water and mix with your spoon.
  3. Pour colored water into jar with salt.
  4. Mix for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add a tiny bit of sand or a pebble or two for the crystals to grow on.
  6. Put your jar in the fridge or, to jump start the process, put it in the freezer for 10 minutes before moving it into the fridge over night.
  7. Pour out the solution to reveal your crystals!

Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/e-OZVxuchkU

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Presenting strategies for dealing with anxiety, tools for emotional awareness, themes of encouragement, hope, and love, these books, available in electronic formats, provide comfort during tough times.
Need help accessing electronic materials? Go to PPLD’s eLibrary to get started.
Click on link below to see booklist:

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Supplies:

  • Paper towel, wrapping paper, or toilet paper roll
  • Paper to cover tube (optional) – Can use construction paper, brown bags, or wrapping paper
  • Markers and/or crayons
  • Elmer’s Glue or glue stick
  • Scissors (Adult supervision needed.)
  • Hole punch (You can use scissors if you don’t have a hole punch.)
  • Scotch tape
  • String, yarn, or ribbon
  • Pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, pencils, or rulers for marionette handle
  • Miscellaneous items around the house (twist ties, buttons, etc.) to use for decorating

Directions:

  1. If you are using a paper towel roll, cut it in half.
  2. Take the half tube and cut it again about ¾ of the way down. The smaller part will be the head.
  3. Decorate the tube using paper, colors, paint, and/or stickers.
  4. Starting with the longer part of the tube, have an adult cut or punch holes on one side for legs. Cut/punch holes for the number of legs your creature will have. It can have as many or as few legs as you want.
  5. Make legs for your creature, using items around your house (twist ties, pipe cleaners, yarn, etc.). Once the legs are inserted in the holes, tape them in place.
  6. Create the head (small piece of paper towel tube). Add whatever details you want.
  7. Now you are ready to connect the head to the body. Punch or cut two holes on the opposite side of the legs. Then punch or cut two holes on the small tube – one on top and one directly underneath it.
  8. Cut 2 pieces of yarn, string, or ribbon the same length – at least 18 inches. Tie one piece of yarn to the front and one to the back of the long tube. Secure inside with a knot and tape.
  9. Take the yarn on the front side and slide the head on it. Make a knot inside the small tube to secure the head in place.
  10. To make the marionette cross bar, take to pencils (or rulers or craft sticks) and cross them to make an “X”. Tie the two pencils together using pipe cleaners, twist ties, or tape.
  11. Add the two strings attached to the puppet across from each other on one pencil. Secure with tape.
  12. Put on a play with your puppet and entertain your family!
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Updated August 18, 2020

While our locations across El Paso County remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Pikes Peak Library District is still here for you!

There are dozens of ways to use the Library remotely, with many resources available 24/7. We’re also offering—and continually adding—new virtual services and programs that you can experience almost anywhere and anytime. Plus, our staff is available to help you find answers by phone, live chat, and email!

Here’s how you can contact us and connect with a librarian during the pandemic:

  • Give us a call!
    Speak with a reference librarian by calling (719) 389-8968. This phone service is available every day during the following hours:
    • Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday.

  • Chat with us online!
    Start a live chat right now with one of our reference librarians, right here on this page. The online service is available every day during the following hours:
    • Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday.

  • Send an email!
    Use our online “contact us” form, and select “general information / ask a librarian” to submit your inquiry. Then, a PPLD team member will follow-up via email soon.

  • Book a Librarian!
    Can’t find the information you need? Have a research project? We’re here to help! Professional librarians are available to meet one-on-one via Zoom to assist with research questions.

Pikes Peak Library District remains committed to providing you with access to information, resources, services, and opportunities, now and into the future. Stay tuned for more news and updates from us!

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Egg Carton Catapult

Supplies:

  • Half a cardboard egg carton
  • Scrap pieces of newspaper or other paper
  • Tape: masking tape, or painter's tape, or scotch tape
  • 7 rubber bands
  • Plastic spoon
  • Pompoms or cotton balls or mini marshmallows
  • Various clean containers

Directions:

  1. Stuff each section of the egg carton with balled up newspaper.
  2. Close the lid and secure with 2 rubber bands, placed around the body of the carton.
  3. Wrap 2 more rubber bands horizontally around the carton, just below where the lid closes.
  4. Tape a rubber band to the handle of the spoon by attaching a long piece of tape to one side of the handle and inserting a rubber band before attaching the tape to the back of the spoon.
  5. Tuck the handle of the spoon under the rubber bands that were attached horizontally around the carton. The scoop part of the spoon should be facing away from the egg carton.
  6. Stretch the rubber band that's attached to the spoon up and over the spoon and around the back of the carton.
  7. Wrap 2 more rubber bands around the body of the carton so there are 4 rubber bands around the carton helping to keep it closed.
  8. Place a cotton ball in the spoon and shoot!. Place clean containers where you can aim your cotton ball.

To watch the project, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4o4eC5E_Qs

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Think staying home means you can’t volunteer for the library? Well it doesn’t! You can volunteer from wherever life takes you as a member of Pikes Peak Library District’s Review Crew.

All you need to do to start earning volunteer hours is apply at ppld.org/teens/volunteer (be sure to select Review Crew at the top of the application), and start reading! Once we’ve confirmed that we received your application and you’re ready to submit a review, just go to the form we provide and tell us your thoughts!

Here’s a list of things to considering when leaving a book review:

  • Be sure your review is at least 5 sentences long. Anything shorter won’t qualify for volunteer hours.
  • Go in depth about what you did or didn’t like about the book. Consider questions like “why did you choose this book?” “did the book surprise you, or was it predictable?” “could you relate to any of the characters in the book?”
  • Include your grade in school at the end of your book review.

Each qualifying book review you submit will earn you one volunteer hour for a maximum of five hours per month. Have fun, and happy reading!

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During the spring, we released a new digital escape room every week, which are still available below! Even though they are designed for teenagers, anyone can participate, and these can be completed alone, or with friends and family. All of the links will remain live so you can access all of them at any time, beginning with the Hogwarts escape room we launched on Mon., Mar. 30.

For our last escape room of the spring, test your bookish knowledge on a literary trip with So Many Books, So Little Time!

The prequel to the Hunger Games series, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, comes out this week, May 19th! See how well you remember the first movie with this escape room from Round Rock Public Library in Texas.

Explore ancient Mesopotamia and break out your logic puzzle skills with the More Food, More People escape room.

May the fourth be with you! This escape room created by the folks at Richmond Hill Public Library will try your Star Wars, astronomy, and math skills!

Use your logic skills and learn some Greek mythology as you help Prometheus deliver fire to man in this escape room courtesy of Hastings Public Library.

Starting on April 20, flex your knowledge of language - and you'll need to know your way around a game controller!

Time to pretend (unless it really is!) it's your birthday, but your family's acting pretty weird... You'll need your riddling, math, and cipher solving skills to solve this room courtesy of Pekin Public Library in Illinois.

Try your knowledge on copyright and ciphers with the Comics Crusader escape room from Breakout EDU.

Visit the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room, created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian, at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Story Box

Supplies:

  • Empty tissue box
  • White scrap paper
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Old catalogues or magazines
  • Colorful paper (wrapping, scrap booking, or construction paper work well)

Directions:

  1. Decorate your tissue box with markers or colorful paper. Stickers can also be fun!
  2. Cut your white scrap paper into 2 or 3 inch squares to make little cards.
  3. Draw one person, place, or thing on one side of each card. Leave the other side blank. You can also choose to cut out images from old catalogs and magazines and glue them to the cards.
  4. Place all finished cards (once they are dry) inside your decorated box.
  5. To play, draw three cards from the box and use them to tell a story. Play with others by taking turns drawing a card from the box and adding to a group story.

Watch the project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwflHOAeCSo

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Measuring with Daisy

Supplies:

  • Ruler (12" or 18" or 36") or measuring tape
  • Yarn or string
  • Scissor
  • A stuffed animal or your pet

Directions:

  1. Measure, as best you can, your pet or stuffed animal and determine its length in inches.
  2. After you know how many inches, cut a piece of string or yarn the same length.
  3. Take this piece of string and measure items around your house. How many cats (or hamsters or dogs, etc.) long is your kitchen? Your table? Your bed?

Please leave a comment below, tell us what you used to measure items around your house.

You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCU1Ks8mBf0

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Virtual Library Services & Programs

Updated August 3, 2020

Libraries are open but we are not currently hosting live programs. Here is a handy list of some of out virtual programs! You can still use the Library remotely, anywhere and anytime. You can also ask a librarian questions by phone, live chat, and email. Plus, our librarians are bringing their services to you!

Visit our virtual calendar of events for all scheduled programs and activities. Can’t participate live? No worries! Many of the videos are featured on our YouTube channel and playlists, so you can watch whenever it’s convenient for you.

Here are some of the current virtual opportunities that our team created for you to experience, wherever you might be during this pandemic.


FOR ADULTS:

  • Take and Make Library Crafts
    Missing your Library's programs? Exhausted your home crafting ideas? PPLD has you covered! Presenting.. Take and Make programs! Your Library will now have crafts available to TAKE home and either follow a virtual class or included instructions to MAKE!

  • Virtual Mindful Movement and Meditation
    Wednesdays from 1 - 2 p.m.
    Join instructor Ambrie Sward for this virtual mindful movement class that will include meditation and stretches to build the mind/body connection. All skill levels welcome.

  • Virtual Yoga
    Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 - 10 a.m.
    Local instructor Svetlana Nudelman guides practitioners through beginner and intermediate-level yoga poses.

  • Virtual Book Club
    Missing your Library's book club? Some have gone virtual!

  • Coffee Talk
    Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a virtual current events discussion moderated by PPLD staff. Topics of discussion can range from current events to pop culture to gardening to a favorite book you are reading. Space in each discussion is limited, so register ahead of time to insure your spot!

  • Share your stories and experiences during the pandemic!
    Working in collaboration with the Colorado Springs Gazette, we are helping document this historic event in the Pikes Peak region. Anyone can share written responses to COVID-19 and its impact on their lives. Use this link to submit photographs or videos directly to PPLD.

  • Genealogy with PPLD
    Are you interested in learning more about how PPLD can support your genealogical research? Learn research strategies including getting started, organizing research, selecting and searching for records, and more!

FOR TEENS:

Click here to see all teen virtual programming.

Teens programs premiere at 11 a.m. and are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube Channel.

Teens Make

  • Mon., Aug. 3: Screen Printing
  • Mon., Aug. 24: Fold Your Own Envelope
  • Mon., Sept. 14: Banned Books Wearables
  • Mon., Oct. 5: T-Shirt Scarves
  • Mon., Oct. 26: Mini Embroidery Halloween Charms
  • Mon., Nov. 16: Altoid Tin Games



Teen Tech

  • Tue., Aug. 11: Cyanotypes
  • Tue., Sept. 1: Magical Lemonade
  • Tue., Sept. 22: Morse Code With a Flashlight
  • Tue., Oct. 13: Origami Fidget Spinners
  • Tue., Nov. 3: Python Basics: Code Your Own Game
  • Tue., Nov. 24: Raspberry Pi



Teen Games

  • Wed., Aug. 19: D&D Basics: Classes
  • Wed., Sept. 9: Online Party Games
  • Wed., Oct. 14: Create Your Game Map
  • Wed., Oct. 21: D&D Basics: Races
  • Wed., Nov., 11: Gaming: Paper MASH







Teens Eat

  • Thu., Aug. 6: No-Bake Cookies
  • Thu., Aug. 27: DIY Ice Cream
  • Thu., Sept. 17: Fried Rice with Edamame
  • Thu., Oct. 8: Eggless Cookie Dough
  • Thu., Oct. 29: Gourmet Popcorn
  • Thu., Nov. 19: Rosemary Bread



Teen Fandom

  • Fri., Aug. 14: Medieval Quick-Pickled Veggies
  • Fri., Sept. 4: Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs
  • Fri., Sept. 25: Captain America's Shield
  • Fri., Oct. 16: Spooky Nightmare Before Christmas Lanterns
  • Fri., Nov. 6: Baby Yoda Finger Puppet
  • Fri., Nov. 27: Pop-up Cards



Teen Self-Care

  • Sat., Aug. 22: Coping Strategies Fortune Teller Craft
  • Sat., Sept. 12: Homemade Sugar Scrub
  • Sat., Oct. 3: Gratitude Collage
  • Sat., Oct. 24: Deep-Conditioning Natural Hair Treatment (Botanical Beauty)
  • Sat., Nov. 14: Homemade Bath Salts



Review Crew
Anyone from 13 - 18 years old can write an original book review and get an hour of volunteer credit! Check out some past book reviews for examples. Those who are interested can apply here.


Family & Children's Services Virtual Programs

Videos are available for viewing anytime on the PPLDTV YouTube channel.

Babytime Mondays
Children’s Staff from around the district invite babies from 0 - 12 months, with a favorite adult, to enjoy music, rhymes, and a book together!

KidsMake Tuesdays
Children’s staff from around the district lead an art or make project for kids ages 5 - 12.

Toddler Time Wednesdays
Children’s Staff from around the district invite 1 and 2-year-old children, with a favorite adult, to enjoy rhymes, music and movement, and a few short books!

STEM Tuesdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, and Nov. 10.
Children’s staff from around the district lead a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based project for kids ages 5 - 12.

Storytime Thursdays
Children’s Staff from around the district invite you to join in a sing-along and then read a children’s book.

Children's Performers
Missing the live programs at your Library? Many of our performers can now be viewed anytime on PPLDTV!

Homeschool Programs
Whether you've been homeschooling for years or are just getting started with eLearning, our homeschool programs are here to help!

Tween Twist
Watch a virtual program and then visit your favorite library that Friday to get materials for the program for ages 9 - 12.


  • Reassuring Reads for Kids
    This always-available list presents reading options (available in electronic formats) that can provide comfort during tough times for kids and parents. The recommended books cover themes of encouragement, hope, and love while offering tools for emotional awareness and ways to deal with anxiety.
  • Kid-Friendly Music Playlist
    Our staff selected and compiled more than four hours of children's music on Freegal, PPLD’s streaming service for songs, albums, and more. (Pro tip: Browse other playlists, or create your own!)

Don’t see anything that interests you right now? Bookmark this page for frequent updates, or visit our calendar of virtual events for new additions each week.

Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD! Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you, wherever you may be. Right now, we’re creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Play Foam

Supplies:

  • 2/3 c. warm water
  • 2 T. dish soap
  • Food coloring - 4 drops of any color you want
  • Bowl and whisk or a mixer
  • Paper towel or paper

Directions:
Place ingredients in a bowl and whip for 2 minutes. Make another batch of a different color. (Blue + Red = Purple, or Red + Yellow= Orange, or Blue + Yellow= Green) Take your paper towel or paper and lay over the colorful play foam in the bowl. Make some art! You can also make a couple batches to take into the bathtub.

You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7mHotWXvpg

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