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Aja Black and Big Samir of The Reminders

PPLD's Makers in Residence for September and October 2018 are The Reminders (Big Samir and Aja Black), a rare and remarkable musical duo, blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. Releasing their debut album Recollect in 2008 and their latest Born Champions in 2012, The Reminders have been recognized and applauded for their work both nationally internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, and television and radio appearances. The duo is constantly and actively engaged with community organizations, schools, universities, delivering workshops, talks, and specially catered performances.

They will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Sand Creek Library and Library 21c.

Write with Feeling
In this songwriting class, you will learn to cultivate your own original artistic ideas through the creative use of imagery, emotion, metaphor, and personal experience.

Studio Hours

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Come to the library for Draft Night at 6 p.m. on Thu., Aug. 30 for the new Old Colorado City Library Fantasy Football League, which is open to beginners and more experienced players. Registrants will compete for a weekly top scorer prize and for playoff prizes for the top-three finishers.

Weekly prizes provided by Mother Muff's Kitchen and Spirits, 2432 West Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City.
All you need is an email address.

If enough sign up, the group may be split into two leagues for rookies and fantasy veterans. Please leave a note with your registration noting your preference. Registrants will receive a draft invitation from about a week beforehand.

Be sure to check back for updates as the season nears. And yes, there will be snacks for Draft Night.

Click here to register by August 23 at 6 p.m.

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Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS)

PPLD is partnering with Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) on a series of programs held around the District.

Industrialization of Red Rock Canyon
This program focuses on the Industrialization at Red Rock Canyon in the time period from the 1900s onward.

History of Red Rock Canyon
The goal of the program is to show how RRC has been constantly used over time by humans. Large talking points will be on the Ute Tribe, Colorado City, Bock family, mining and recreation today.

Backyard Safari
The goal of this program is to educate the public about living with wildlife that lives right outside their doors. The program will go over both the pros and cons of having wildlife live within urban areas.

This Program is for the Birds
This program details the special characteristics that make birds different from mammals, how birds utilize our open spaces, the roles birds play in our ecosystem, how we can safely interact with birds in an urban setting, and how we can protect birds.

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Colonel Tom Duhs USMC (Retired) will share the story of the original 10th Mountain Division. The unique nature of the only U.S. Army Mountain Division, its recruitment, training, employment, and work after World War II. It's a fascinating story of the "Ski Troops". After the presentation, Colonel Duhs will sign copies of his book Sempre Avanti - Always Moving Forward. Copies will be available for purchase.

When: Saturday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Where: East Library Community Room

No Registration. All ages welcome.

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Pikes Peak Brass Band

The Pikes Peak Brass Band presents Free Summer Concerts at Library 21c on the third Thursday of each month from June through September!

Classical, jazz, rock, and traditional brass band music is what you will hear from the Pikes Peak Brass Band. The Atrium at Library 21c is the ideal venue to hear this group with its high ceilings, and dramatic views make this a fantastic place to enjoy some great music.

  • When: Thu., Aug. 16, and Sept. 20 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Here is the lineup for the August 16 show:

The Red Shield: A quick and lighthearted march performed regularly in the Salvation Army.

Shine As The Light composed by Peter Graham: A beautiful concert work depicting a journey to the light from darkness. The composer expanding on Joy Webb's composition of "Candle of the Lord."

I'll Walk With God composed by Nicholas Brodszky and arranged by Geoff Richards: A wonderful hymn with a slow developing melody arriving at a dramatic climax.

Ampartito Roca composed by Jaime Texidor: A fast march written in the Italian style of Paso Doble. The march is light and fast with great elements of dynamics and tone change.

Capriccio Brillante composed by Herman Bellstedt and arranged for brass band as a tenor horn solo by Sandy Smith. This wonderful solo showcases the wonderful sound and color of the mysterious tenor horn that is not a usual instrument here in the United States.

Catwalk from the four movement work of Cats Tails composed by Peter Graham: A light and comical work inspired by the great jazz artists of the US. This work showcases the great elements of Jazz music with the flashy shout sections and light comical areas of the piece.

The Cossack by W. Rimmer: Traditional British concert march written in the style of contesting bands in England. The march is big and powerful along with the quiet and delicate moments showcasing the bands great ability with loud and soft dynamics.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens by John Williams and arranged by Stephen Bulla. The culmination of musical selections from the first re-installment of the Star Wars saga. The piece incorporates wonderful selections from the film that segue from one motif to the next in a climactic work.

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	 Force and Motion STEM Kit

Explore the science of "how things go" as you conduct investigations, solve problems, and explore early engineering! This kit is available at our Educational Resource Center

For ages 5 and up.

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Dr. Beaker Game

Race to rearrange molecules and match the challenge formulas in this fun brainteaser logic game! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center

For ages 8 and up.

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While our 2019 Teen Art Contest is still months away, we are busy working on making sure it is the best contest yet! And we need your input! If you are between the ages of 12-18, please take a minute to vote on what YOU think the best theme would be!

You can vote even if you have never participated before!

And be on the lookout for more information coming on how to participate as a teen artist or judge!

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Strap in and get ready for a festival that will spark your child’s interest in the arts and sciences. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) is the future, and it’s also crazy fun.

This free event is powered by Pikes Peak Community College and PPLD.

Activities will include:

  • Ollie the Robot obstacle course
  • Cool Science demos
  • KEPC/PPCC-tv
  • Snap circuits
  • 3D pens
  • Magnetic art
  • Blackout poetry
  • MakerSpace activities and several other stations

Students can win backpacks and other school supplies by completing the STEAM Ticket to Launch.

In conjunction with this event, there will be a free screening of Hidden Figures at Sand Creek Library at 11:30 a.m. on Sat., July 28.

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Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children’s libraries nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.

Family Place Libraries feature:

  • Specially designed spaces
  • Programs for ages 0 - 5
  • Materials and resources for parents
  • Family support services

Our Family Place Libraries also offer extensive collections of toys that are developmentally appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Research shows that play fosters a variety of skills that children need: social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional. Through play, children express feelings, communicate, build imagination and vocabulary, and develop eye-and-hand coordination; all vital steps in their journey toward reading and writing.

Your Family Place Libraries

  • Fountain Library, (719) 382-5347, 230 S. Main St.
  • Library 21c, (719) 884-9800, x6310, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Sand Creek Library, (719) 597-7070, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
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    • Paint
    • Plastic trays
    • Paper
    • Eye droppers
    • Water
    • Straws
    • Paper cups


    1. Put paint into paper cups and use the water to thin out the paint.
    2. Put your paper on a plastic tray.
    3. Dip an eye dropper into the watered down paint and drip it onto your paper.
    4. Gently blow the paint drips through a straw to spread the paint across your paper.
    5. What kind of designs can you make?

    painting with strawspainting with straws

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    The PPLD Homeschool Resource Fair will be held on Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Venue at Library 21c. Over 50 local exhibitors offering educational and extracurricular opportunities for homeschooling families will participate in this year's fair.

    Come talk with reps about theater, dance, art, music, public speaking, sports, scouting, dual enrollment, support groups and more!

    Want to know more? Email Joy at

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    PPLD's Homeschool Game Day will be held on Fri., Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at George Fellows Park behind East Library.

    All homeschool families are invited to this outdoor event! We'll feature four-square, hula hoops, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, kick ball, and more. Come prepared to play!

    All ages are welcome. Teens are needed to direct game play.

    In case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled.

    Questions? Call Joy at (719) 531-6333 x1407

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    Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire

    We are now accepting submissions for participation in the 5th Annual Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire held on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

    In addition to being showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness for makers of all types, this year's Faire will also feature an art exhibition/contest and live music.

    Interested makers, artists, and musicians should visit for more information and to apply to take part in the Faire.

    In the first four years of its existence, the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire has drawn over 20,000 attendees who enjoyed hands-on experiences with over 100 makers and artists.

    Highlights have included:

    • Rocket launches
    • Robots, including R2-D2
    • Skyping with a scientist in Antarctica
    • 3D printing
    • Food trucks
    • LEGOs
    • Jewelry makers
    • A tiny house and a school bus converted into a camper

    We look forward to seeing what fun experiences will be part of this year's event!

    The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire is a collaborative effort of Cool Science, the Manitou Art Center, Pikes Peak Community College, Pikes Peak Library District, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and Make . It is also the culminating event in the week of the Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival.

    Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.

    Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

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    The Storys

    All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic supper, blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music on the lawn. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Community Congregational Church in Manitou Springs, across from the library.

    Tuesdays from 6 - 7:30 pm

    July 10: The Storys (Folk and Classic Rock)
    July 17: Out of Nowhere (Bluegrass)
    July 24: The Mitguards (Americana Folk)
    July 31: Michael Reese (Rock)
    August 7: Skean Dubh (Neo-traditional Celtic)
    August 14: Unlok (Easy Listening)

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    Due to popular demand, the ERC now has a set of over 130 magnetic Magna-Tiles for even more building fun! Create flat, colorful mosaics or awesome 3D structures. This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

    For ages 3 and up.

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    Watch This Face

    Help your child develop emotional literacy with this fun puzzle activity! Match the situation to the correct character's expressive response. This puzzle is available at our Educational Resource Center.

    For ages 3 and up.

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    July is World Watercolor Month! Many illustrators use watercolors to paint pictures in children’s books. If the watercolors are transparent (see-through), they can be used by themselves or in soft layers. Some watercolors are opaque, (not see-through).

    Here is a list of a few illustrators who use watercolors, (in red). Find the book by looking under the author in the JEasy section of the library, or by asking your friendly librarian. Look closely at the pictures and see if they look transparent or opaque. Don’t forget to pull out your own watercolors, and give watercolor painting a try! Click on the pdf link below to see the list of books:

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    Painting with Household Items: Q-Tips


    • Paint
    • Q-Tips
    • Paper plates or pie pans
    • Paper


    1. Put paint on plates or pans.
    2. Dip the Q-Tips into the paint and use like paintbrushes.
    3. Experiment! What kind of designs can you make?

    painting with Q-Tipspainting with Q-Tips

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    Painting with Household Items: Rubber Bands


    • Paint
    • Paintbrushes
    • Rubber bands
    • Small box/container
    • Paper cut to fit the bottom of the box


    1. Put a piece of paper in the bottom of the box.
    2. Stretch the rubber bands across the top of the box.
    3. Use a paintbrush to cover your rubber bands with paint.
    4. Pull on the bands to splatter the paint on to your paper.

    painting with rubber bandspainting with rubber bands

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    Are you thinking about retiring in the next few years? Are you unsure about how health insurance and Medicare will affect you once you turn 65? Are you helping your parents navigate their Medicare coverage? Join us to learn about Medicare and your health insurance options, to be a better informed consumer and to be secure in your health insurance choices.

    Presented by PPACG Area Agency on Aging staff, this two-hour presentation covers the basics of Medicare A, B, D and all other insurance options, such as Medicare Supplements/Medigaps, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D. Come get unbiased information from the AAA Senior Insurance Team to help you successfully navigate your transition to Medicare and retirement.

    Registration is required.

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    Children's Friends Book Sale

    Looking for a good book? The Friends of PPLD will have a book sale booth for children's books only at the Summer Adventure Party on Fri., July 27 from 10 a.m. - noon at George Fellows Park behind East Library. All children’s books will be 50 cents! For more information please call (719) 531-6333 x1008.

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    1. Cut out one large star and four small stars.
    2. Cut four strips of white paper.
    3. Fold paper strips accordion style.
    4. Glue or tape together.
    5. Draw a face.
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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 Deste

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

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    Join us on at noon the third Thursday of each month in the Venue at Library 21c for a free movie screening. Feel free to bring a lunch! Snacks will be provided.


    Thu., July 19
    Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. (PG, 113 min.)

    The Greatest Showman

    Thu., Aug. 16

    Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, this original musical celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (PG, 105 min.)

    Same Kind of Different as Me

    Thu., Sept. 20

    International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. (PG-13, 119 min.)

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