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October is the perfect time, as leaves fall off the trees, to cuddle up and snuggle up with a book of poetry. Click on the pdf below to see a great reading list of autumn books.

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October is Arts Month!

Did you know that October is Arts Month? Better yet, do you know what Arts Month is all about? (Click here to check out the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region’s website to learn the history of the initiative!)

Arts Month is an opportunity to explore the arts and culture of the Pikes Peak Region, trying out new cultural experiences with friends and family (even if you have to do so at a distance). Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas:

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Banned Books Week 2020

Censorship is a dead end - Find your freedom to READ!

“I’m offended”….”How can I explain this to my kid?”….”This isn’t what I believe”….The idea that books that present these challenges should be taken off of the shelves, and the opposing assertion that all knowledge should be available to everyone, is the foundation of librarians’ favorite holiday week: Banned Books Week, Sat., Sept. 27 - Sat., Oct. 3.

When you read a book or watch a movie, ever think to yourself “I’m offended” or ”How can I explain this to my kid?” or ”This isn’t what I believe”? Those thoughts are common and every library has something that offends someone. Banned Books Week is about keeping materials available for all – even if they offend someone.

The American Library Association honors this tradition by taking the time to educate us all on intellectual freedom. Banned Books Week launched in the 1980s after a rise in challenging and banning controversial materials (including Hop on Pop, by Dr. Seuss).), In short, this is your right to read whatever you want, whether someone else agrees with it or not. So this Banned Books Week, go out and explore without limitations! Read the books that you want to read and find the information that you want to know whether it’s offensive, different, scary, magical, or anywhere in between!


The Top 10 National List

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 377 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2019. Of the 566 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books:

  1. George by Alex Gino
    • Reasons: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”
  2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
    • Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased
  3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
    • Reasons: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning
  4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
    • Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate”
  5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
    • Reasons: Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint
  6. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    • Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”
  8. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    • Reasons: Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”
  9. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
    • Reasons: Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals
  10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole
    • Reason: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content

PPLD Challenge: Banned Books Art
Celebrate your right to read! Create a piece of art celebrating or using pages from a banned book and show off what you’ve made on Facebook. You can even check out our video on PPLDTV, premiering on Sept. 1, for how to make wearables from banned books. Learn more here.

Take and Make: Banned Books Mini-Charms
Get a Take and Make kit from your Library starting Fri., Sept. 4, and get everything you need to create a beautiful miniature book charm featuring banned or challenged books that could be used as a necklace or a keychain (while supplies last).

Teens Make: Banned Books Mini-Charms (video)


Check out challenged titles at PPLD.


Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) believes in freedom of information for all and does not practice censorship. The selection of Llibrary materials is predicated on the patron's right to read and freedom from censorship by others. Library materials may be controversial and any given item may offend some person. Selections for the Library are made solely on the merits of the material, in relation to the development of a collection that serves the needs and interests of a diverse population.

Community members are always welcome to submit a reconsideration request form for Library materials.

Please see our Challenge Materials Policy for more information.

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Go on a scavenger hunt in your house and find hats, shirts, vests, furry things, silky things and anything else you can use for a costume. Old Halloween costumes are also fun to mix and match!
Create mustaches, crowns, crazy eyes or lips out of paper and tape straws on one side of them.
Use a sheet or curtain for a backdrop.
Put on costumes and pose together using a parent’s phone to take pictures. If kids are old enough, have everyone take a turn being the photographer.
See how many different costumes you can make from stuff at home.

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Upcoming Maker in Residence: Comics and Sequential Art with Tarikh Brown

Tarikh Brown, PPLD's Maker in Residence for November/December 2019, specializes in comics and sequential art. Tarikh Brown is a local artist with a BA in Graphic Design. He is currently seeking an MA in Computer Science: Digital Media Technology, which will be used for developing video games and virtual reality. Tarikh is especially passionate about sequential art, such as comics and story boarding, and loves to share his craft with others!

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

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The Penrose Playgroup welcomes newborns- 24 month olds and their parents or caregivers.
This time together includes books, songs, music, play time, and more!

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PowerPass

Knowledge is power. Unlock your potential!

All Colorado Springs School District 11 students have access to the PowerPass, giving students access to research and homework help, academic databases, college application and job search assistance, makerspaces, and more!


The PowerPass gives students access to PPLD’s digital resources, like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads, all available at ppld.org. Each PowerPass holder can also check out five physical items at a time from any of the 15 PPLD locations or mobile library services!


High school and middle school students can use their PowerPass for online access to live tutors and online foreign language courses. They can also get help with projects and prepare for the future with practice driving and SAT tests.


Elementary students and their parents will benefit from kid-friendly eBook and audiobook access, digital education resources, and in-person classes at PPLD to learn how to write, draw, code, or use makerspace equipment.


PowerPass Fast Facts:

  1. The student has an e-card (i.e. not a physical card)
  2. The student card # is the first five letters of their last name (fewer if the last name has less than five letters) followed by the initials of their first and middle names (if they have a middle name) and then the last four number of their student ID. Ex (John Jacob Jingleheimer student ID 12345678 – id would beJINGLJJ5678)
  3. Student PINs are the two-digit month and day of their birthdate (ex, 0731)
  4. Student cards have the profile of STUDENT
  5. Students are allowed to check out five items and have five holds at a time. However, Interlibrary Loans are not permitted on these accounts.
  6. Student accounts can access eLibrary and Research resources as well as PCs in the libraries.
  7. Student accounts are blocked at $10 which prevents further checkouts of physical materials and use of OverDrive.
  8. Students can use the self-checkouts’ on-screen keyboard to enter their account IDs and PINs. The onscreen keyboard now displays letters and numbers.

If a parent does not wish for their child to use PowerPass, they may opt out at the child's school.

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Questions about using the Internet, email, social networks, a Smartphone, tablet, eBooks, or something else? Get help at Pikes Peak Library District and learn to use technology more effectively. Bring your laptop or device or use one of of ours. This is intended for patrons wanting help beyond PPLD computer classes.

Drop-in Help

1-on-1 Help

Contact location to register for 1-on-1 assistance!

  • East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    3rd Wed., 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Call: (719) 531-6333

For information on computer resources at your library, please visit https://ppld.org/computers

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SUPPLIES:

  • Tin foil
  • Bowl
  • Scissors
  • Pennies
  • Water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut a piece of tin foil 5 x 6 inches.
  2. Fold up the sides of the boat so it will not sink and hold a cargo of pennies. Get creative and see if you can develop fancy boats.
  3. Place the boat in the bowl of water. Begin adding pennies for the boat's cargo.
  4. See how many pennies your boat can carry before it sinks.
  5. Have some friends over and try this experiment with them. See which one of you can create the boat that will carry the greatest amount of cargo.
  6. Be sure to dry the pennies before you begin adding them as cargo because remember water has weight!
  7. Have the person who created the boat begin adding pennies to their boat while another person counts the number of pennies as they are added to the boat.
  8. Try different ways to distribute the weight of the pennies on your barge so you can carry the maximum number.
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Young Adult Services Specialist Philip Krogmeier has been with Pikes Peak Library District for almost 10 years. But he's not just a staff member, he's a library supporter is who is happy to share his time and treasure to help make PPLD an amazing place for our community. We put him on the hot chair to ask him questions about why PPLD is so important to him.

Tell us your name and what you do at PPLD.
My name is Philip Krogmeier, and I am a Young Adult Services Specialist at Library 21c. I assist in preparing and presenting programs for our teen patrons, and I help at all of the public service desks.

What is your favorite part of your job/the patrons you work with?
I love to help my teen patrons find books that speak to them.

What is your favorite thing about PPLD?
My favorite thing about PPLD is the sheer variety of services it provides. PPLD is so much more than a traditional library system.

Why do you choose to give back and support PPLD?
I choose to support PPLD because PPLD has supported me since the first day I walked through the doors of the East Library. I immediately felt welcomed, and that feeling hasn't faded in almost 10 years.

Why do you think it’s important for the community to support PPLD?
Without community support, PPLD wouldn't be able to provide the level of assistance that it does. PPLD serves as an anchor for the Colorado Springs community, allowing everyone to gain access to materials and services.

What is the most memorable question you’ve been asked by a patron?
A patron once asked me if she could take a photo of me so that she could use it as a reference for a painting of Jesus.

Where/when can people come by and say hi to you?
I can usually be found most weekdays at the 21c Teen Desk or upstairs in the Makerspace.

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August is all about Friends!

August 4th is National Friendship Day and August 15 is Best Friend Day. Have you made a new friend lately? Click the link below for a list of great stories about friends.

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Reuse your old biodegradable packing peanuts and make a craft! You can tell they are biodegradable because the texture will be somewhat “cheeto” like and if you put water on 2 pieces they will stick together.

Make a fun pattern out of your packing peanuts and then dab a little water on the pieces you want to stick together. Hold for a few seconds while they dry.

You won’t be able to paint them because any liquid will cause them to melt.

Have fun finding out what you can make.

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PPLD.org has received a facelift! Don't be nervous – all the content you know and love is still the same. We’ve made some minor updates to the homepage and header, and refreshed the colors. Take a look and familiarize yourself with the changes. We’ll be going live with the new version soon!

Here is a list of what has changed:

  1. Colors used on the website now follow the PPLD brand.
  2. Our homepage message is now at the top of the page. It will only be active if there is a message to report.
  3. Catalog and My Account links are now on the right side of the header.
  4. The main menu is now below the header.
  5. The search bar is now in the center of the page.
  6. The quicklinks have been removed.
  7. Hours/Locations and Library Locator are now below the slideshow.
  8. The Give and Make buttons are now called Donate and Create.
  9. The Research link has been removed. You can still access Research from the main menu.
  10. Teens, Seniors and Homeschool Hub have all been updated to reflect the new site format.

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How to enter the contest, visit: https://www.education.com/contests/

When you love learning, there's no limit to what you can achieve! Apply to the Limitless Learners Contest to win money for college, plus a donation for your elementary school or local library.

Win $500 for college plus $1000 for a school or library!

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When Shauna Gerritsen was handed a breast cancer diagnosis, she took a look at her life and decided there were still some things she wanted to do.

Breast cancer was going to have to get out of her way.

“When I came in to meet with PPLD [Pikes Peak Library District] about a Career Online High School scholarship, I still had drain tubes and bandages from my surgery,” Gerritsen said. “When they asked me why I wanted the scholarship, I showed them my drain tubes and told them I was going to show my kids that, no matter what you’re going through in life, it’s about finishing the goals you set.”

Gerritsen is a driven individual with a laser focus on realizing her aspirations. After her diagnosis, she created a list of ambitions, and one of them was to receive her high school diploma.

The reason she couldn’t graduate the first time around? Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I was very much against having hospice come in for my mom, because I always felt like once hospice comes in, that’s the end,” Gerritsen said. “I switched from a traditional school to homeschooling and got so wrapped up in taking care of my mom. Before I knew it, my senior year was there, and I didn’t have enough credits to graduate.”

This time around was going to be different. Gerritsen was determined to make it so.

“I realized now I’m in my mom’s shoes in my journey, and I had to do this to show my daughter that it can be done.”
In February of 2018, Gerritsen underwent her first surgery. What should have taken just one procedure turned into five because of an infection. Regardless, she began her first prerequisites for COHS in April, just two months later, and was admitted to PPLD’s COHS program on May 8, 2018.

COHS is a program that allows participants to earn an accredited high school diploma, an alternative to taking the GED. PPLD provides the program, which costs about $2,000 per student, at no charge to participants like Gerritsen who qualify for scholarships from the PPLD Foundation. The stipulations to receive a scholarship include completing the program in eighteen months.

As Gerritsen underwent multiple surgeries at the beginning of her COHS journey, the coursework timeline became even more difficult: she found out her family was moving nearly 600 miles away.

“Through all of this, through all of my surgeries, school, everything, my husband came down on orders.”

Gerritsen’s husband was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., and got reassigned to Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. The family had to sell their home and move just a month after Gerritsen’s final surgery.

“His date got pushed back, because I ended up having surgery in June, and the doctor wouldn’t release me to travel with drain tubes.”

So, among all of the family’s challenges, they relocated in July of 2018. Nevertheless, Gerritsen pushed on.

“My husband watched me cry through nights of not feeling good, but knowing I had classes to do,” Gerritsen said. “But I had to finish it, because I set goals. I gave myself exactly one year to graduate.”

And, of course, Gerritsen beat her goal.

She finished her COHS courses on May 1, 2019. She finished her eighteen months of coursework in less than a year. And, she’s in remission. Her body is clear of cancer.

Her husband was so proud of her accomplishment that he insisted the family attend Shauna’s graduation at Library 21c. Though both of them had to work the next day, the Gerritsens—Shauna, her husband, and their two children ages 7 and 4—drove through the night for PPLD’s Celebrate Literacy graduation ceremony on May 30, 2019.

“He told me that I couldn’t miss this, that I worked so hard for it, and that if we had to drive all day and night, we would be here for it,” Gerritsen said.

Gerritsen’s family sat proudly in the audience, snapping photos and loudly cheering, as she walked across the stage to receive her high school diploma. Just a few hours later, they’d head back out on the road to their new life in Oklahoma.
Now that she’s received her diploma, Gerritsen is determined to pursue her master’s degree and become a physician’s assistant. Pity the fool that dares to get in her way.

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summer adventure

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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http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557

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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Babies 'n Bumps Resource Fair

PPLD invites you to participate in our 2nd Annual Bumps 'n Babies Resource Fair! Due to Covid-19, the fair will be conducted entirely online during the month of September.


Check out our Bumps 'n Babies programs on PPLDTV!

Videos are available for viewing anytime after they premiere:

  • Babytime: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
  • DIY Craft for Babies: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
    • Sept. 1: Touch & Feel Box
    • Sept. 8: Ball Drop
    • Sept. 15: Baby Sensory Play with Ice
    • Sept. 22: Tug & Pull
    • Sept. 29: Sensory Bottle/Bags

Special Events

Registration is required for these events. After you register, you will receive a link to attend.

  • Best Books & Toys for Babies: Wed., Sept. 2 at noon
    Learn about awesome books and toys babies love – and tips for how to use them!

  • Prenatal Series: Wednesdays, Sept. 9 - 30 at noon.
    This four week series is in partnership with Nurse Family Partnership. Families do not have to attend each week.

  • Baby & Me Yoga: Sat., Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m.
    Join us virtually for a gentle class taught live by a licensed yoga instructor for caregivers and the infants they love (4 weeks to crawling). Special attention focused on baby bonding and postpartum moms.

  • Newborn Care: Sat., Sept. 12 at noon
    Dr. Susan Townsend, Neonatologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Colorado springs will speak on the topic of Newborn Care. She will discuss topics such as getting your baby to stop crying, sleeping through the night, breastfeeding, storing breast milk, how babies learn, and much more. Questions from the audience are encouraged. We hope to see you there!

  • FREE book for Babies! While supplies last at all Library locations starting Sat., Sept. 12!

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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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    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: Mixed Media Collage Art with Roxanne Lingle

    Roxanne Lingle, The Maker in Residence for September/October 2019, is a mixed media artist and teacher. She has been teaching for many years and loves to inspire her students and see them “come alive” when they realize they can do something they never thought possible. She loves mixed media art and all its variety of color, texture, and amazing avenues for creativity. Roxanne has taught many types of mixed media classes in the Pikes Peak region as well as across the United States.

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

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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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    Supplies:

    • 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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    Make an easy Mother's Day card!

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

    Supplies:

    • 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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    Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:

    Colin Bevan - "Bahamas"
    Mayah Bolenbaugh - "The Essence of Warmth"
    Eva Goroski - "Bioluminescent Beach at Night"
    Brody Karr - "Papayalulu Paradise"
    Sally Peterson - "The Mystical Land"
    Jana Yuschalk - "Darkling Dwabidisador"


    Bahamas
    By Colin Bevan

    Fisherman rip tonight’s dinner from the ocean
    Bloody hands filet the dead fish
    Smells of fresh fish turns my head
    Salt fills the air rusting old boats
    Charcoal beach fires cook todays catch
    Warm water surrounds my feet
    Small birds run from the waves
    Boats dot the horizon for miles
    Paradise, I hope I never leave


    The Essence of Warmth
    By Mayah Bolenbaugh

    Firewood receives the spark
    Steam rises from the bread, fresh from the oven
    Soft snuggle from a purring kitten
    Sip a large mug of cider under a changing tree in the fall
    Enter a cabin to kick off winter’s freeze
    Submerge in hot springs as the snowflakes dance
    Comfort and serenity, as the shower pours through your hair
    Earth is nourished by the elements
    Now the sand takes in the sun
    The day’s last hour bathed in dark orange sunshine on a summer’s day


    Bioluminescent Beach at Night
    By Eva Goroski

    Twilight creeps up the coast
    Waiting for the moon to come with a gleam
    Shells adorn the beach like jewels
    Stars twinkle and glimmer like diamonds
    Tide pools shine with a radiant beam
    The ocean has an eerie glow
    Bioluminescent dinoflagellates show off in a chain of lights


    Papayalulu Paradise
    By Brody Karr

    I dream of a land called Papayalulu
    It’s a tasty paradise for me and you-you
    It’s hard to get to - this is true-true
    First you must make a papaya canoe-noe
    Row your canoe-noe to the end of the sea
    And soon Papayalulu you will see

    As papaya trees sway in the papayamint breeze
    You can paddle down to the Papaya Juice River with ease
    You can even lean over and take a sip
    But better take care - your canoe-noe might tip
    Look out! What’s that I hear?
    It’s Papaya Juice Falls - better stay clear!

    Safe at last upon the shore
    What’s that sound I cant ignore?
    It’s the singing papaya birds high in the trees
    A song so sweet my ears it does please
    I think I’ll stay a while in this land
    Papayalulu is oh so grand!


    The Mystical Land
    By Sally Peterson

    I know a place, not far away
    It glistens and it gleams.
    I go there every time I sleep
    It’s called the “Land of Dreams.”

    So when I sleep I don’t count sheep
    Or toss and turn in vain.
    I just fly to the “Land of Dreams”
    In my one-man twinbed plane.

    Each night I fly right out the door
    And pass the moon and sun.
    I’m going to the “Land of Dreams”
    To have some dream like fun.

    And when I land on snow white sand
    A lovely sight I see.
    A wondrous civilization is
    Stretched out in front of me.

    A mountain looms above you
    If you look to the west.
    On the east there is a river
    And a town where you can rest.

    There are bubbles in the air
    That are floating in the breeze.
    You can smell the scent of honey,
    And hear the rustling trees.

    Then my views were interrupted
    By a woman clad in white.
    She was the noble Queen
    Of this land of truth and right.

    “Welcome” she said. “Welcome
    Won’t you come to my estate”
    And she pointed to a castle
    With a shiny marble gate.

    “Of course” I said, “how gracious,
    How could I refuse?”
    We started towards the castle
    And she told me all the news.

    We walked into the town
    Where the buildings stand so tall.
    Everything is vibrant
    From the big to really small.

    The people there wear brilliant robes
    Of many different hues.
    There are feathers on their hats
    And feathers on their shoes.

    Aromas that are new
    Are wafting towards my face.
    I wonder what the food is like
    In this amazing place.

    We came to a kiosk
    Where a man was selling food.
    The food was shaped like balls
    Some were red and some were blue.

    They tasted sweet and juicy,
    And suddenly I knew!
    They were little berries,
    And in the fields they grew.

    A woman selling flowers
    Gave me a bouquet.
    It smelled just like sweet roses
    In my wildflower spray.

    The red flowers were the largest.
    The blue flowers were large, too.
    The yellow flowers were tiny.
    My favorites were the blue.

    We entered a cute clothes shop
    Filled with rows of silk,
    They were soft and they were comfy,
    And smooth and cool like milk.

    I chose a robe with red, blue, and yellow
    For they would match my blooms.
    I got nice shoes and a fine new hat
    With fluffy little plumes.

    Next we went to a pet shop
    And saw a little dog.
    He was not like mine at all, though.
    My dog is brown like a log.

    But this dog had new colors.
    This dog was so bright!
    So were all the other dogs.
    It was a crazy sight!

    I thought the cats were normal
    Until I heard them speak.
    They spoke such perfect English
    I fought the urge to shriek!

    A bird screeched in the background
    And I turned in surprise.
    The bird that was behind me
    Had creepy human eyes.

    The castle was our last stop
    And it was getting late.
    I was getting pretty tired
    When I walked up to the gate.

    The gates were swiftly opened.
    We ran to a bench and sat.
    It was nice to calmly sit there
    And hear the robins chat.

    Said the Queen “Oh heaven help us.
    The feasts about to start”
    We raced inside the castle
    And I couldn't calm my heart.

    I changed my clothes and entered
    The room of the great feast.
    There were many fruits and veggies
    And for meat they had roast beast.

    Many fancy people
    Were invited here to dine.
    Some were very famous.
    All were very fine.

    They all told me hello
    Then sat and ate and ate.
    I listened to their stories
    As I cleaned off my plate.

    A toast was to be done.
    I lifted my cup.
    Then “beep” went my alarm clock
    And quickly I woke up.


    Darkling Dwabidisador
    By Jana Yuschalk

    To bed I went on that ordinary night,
    Not knowing in the morning what I may fight.
    I woke up on a pile of hay,
    Wondering what would fill my day.
    Surprised and frightened, I immediately felt.
    Suddenly, I wished I could just melt.
    It seemed so sunny without any rain.
    Smells of sweat hovered over the plain,
    From jumping creatures who seemed insane.
    The so-called “Dwabis” had a mane.
    No animals were there.
    Not even a bear.
    I was informed, this was Dwabidisador.
    Wow, I really need to study by geography more!
    The Dwabi’s legs were awfully long.
    They jumped then fell, I am not wrong.
    The sound of jumping pounded the ground.
    Their favorite hobby was jumping. That I found.
    The language they spoke was also Dwabidisador.
    At least I don’t need to study my languages much more!
    “Dwabi fell down,” they said over and over again.
    “English without pronouns,” I thought. Until then,
    A young Dwabi who was probably only four,
    Came up and said, “Why don’t you enter that door.”
    I did as he commanded only to find,
    A Dwabi whose name was Filabind.
    He bought me a cupcake with sprinkles on top,
    The smell was so sweet I thought I would pop!
    All that was better than the taste, was the smell.
    It looked and smelled like sweet caramel.
    The taste was Dwabilicious.
    Red velvet without mush.
    After I finished my delectable cupcake,
    I was sure Dwabidisador wasn't fake.
    Then we departed and walked a long ways.
    We entered a place called “Dwabi’s Good Maze”.
    Since Filabind was my guide, he led me through,
    A portal that said, “How do you do?”
    Filled with wonder and awe, I heard a loud, “MOO!”
    Before I knew it, I was back home on our farm.
    Lying in my bed was my noisy alarm,
    Trying to wake me up from my-dream?
    What it was, it filled me with gleam!

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