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With a determined posture and a set look on her face, Kim Seaborn takes a deep breath to begin another take.

After singing a few lines, she stops, looking satisfied.

“I think we got it,” says Keagan Kellogg, sound engineer for Studio916.

Seaborn relaxes her shoulders and smiles before stepping away from the microphone to celebrate with the rest of the team. Her full-length album: officially a wrap.

Seaborn worked for weeks alongside Kellogg and Studio916 producer TerryJosiah Sharpe to record her second full-length album without incurring any expenses, inside a facility of Pikes Peak Library District.

“Here, I got to work with professionals,” Seaborn says. “I found the team here was so easy to work with and just really let me be myself, and they helped me flourish creatively.”

Seaborn started performing in front of her church’s congregation when she was just a sixth grader, and remembers the intensely overwhelming feeling of impacting the crowd.

“I saw people crying,” Seaborn remembers. “Seeing that emotion from the crowd… that was something I liked. If I can get a person to be transformed with my singing, that’s what makes it worthwhile to me.”

But standing up in front of large groups wasn’t something that came naturally to her.

“I’m a very shy person,” Seaborn says. “When I was growing up, I tried to do things that would take me out of that shyness. I felt singing was one of the things I could do to get me out of my shell.”

Her first album, His Glory, was completed in 2014. She was ready to record another one soon after but wanted to break away from the traditional feel of her first full-length album.

Plus, the sheer cost of recording an album was another hurdle.

“These hours in the recording studio can cost thousands of dollars,” Seaborn remembers.

But then she learned of a studio she could use at no cost at Sand Creek Library: Studio916. She attended a studio orientation to learn more about using the space. Then, she checked every day for open studio sessions because they were so frequently booked.

As she got into the studio more and more, Seaborn found that she had a team of experts at her disposal in Kellogg and Sharpe. “It helped me break out of my shell,” she remembers. “When you have people who know what they’re doing, it just gels.”

Now, Seaborn has a vision for her future as a musician, hoping to record more music as well as further market herself as a singer/songwriter and get her music out into the world.

She hopes other aspiring artists in the Pikes Peak region will take advantage of Studio916.

“To these young people with a dream, I say go for it,” Seaborn says. “If music is something that is a part of your purpose and you’re willing to put in some work, do it. It is thousands of dollars to do elsewhere what you can do at the Library for free.”

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Scrap Exchange with Who Gives a Scrap image

In collaboration with Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center, we are hosting an arts, craft, and hobby material exchange! Bring in your new, clean/gently used and unwanted craft materials and exchange them for tickets to exchange new-to-you craft supplies!

Please only bring in crafting supplies and not items that are considered trash, in bad condition, or items that can be recycled.

We will also have a fun up-cycling craft so you can take your time and check for new inventory! No registration required.

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Community Conversations at Pikes Peak Library District is a new series of monthly events that invites the public to discuss current events and issues impacting the Pikes Peak region. We want to promote civil dialogue and greater understanding of different perspectives.

Join us for our first event, a conversation on food waste. We'll screen the documentary Wasted, then follow the screening with a community discussion on the issue of food waste.

The resource guide is available below!

Keep an eye on our calendar to join us for future conversations on timely and relevant topics to the Pikes Peak region. More information to come on locations and times!


  • February: To Vote or Not To Vote
    • When: Thu., Feb. 13 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
    • Where: East Library
    • Description: 2018 was a record breaking midterm election year with a 50 year high 47.5% of Americans participating. It’s a stark contrast to 2014 with the lowest midterm election voter turnout since WWII. Many people are wondering what kind of turnout 2020 will bring and whether the trend of higher voter turnout will continue. What is it about voting that inspires us to participate or turn away, feeling it’s not worth our effort? Join Pikes Peak Library District for a community conversation where we talk about what leads us to vote or not to.
  • March: Urban Renewal and Gentrification
  • April: Water Supply
  • June: Economic Development
  • July: Affordable Housing
  • August: Immigration
  • September: 2020 Election: Concerns and Aspirations
  • October: Police Relations
  • November: Military and Veterans
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Make and indoor or outdoor obstacle course with stuff you have around the house.
Time yourself to see how long it takes to get through.
The winner gets to create a new obstacle course!
Safety first when creating your challenges for each other!

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Academic Advocates is offering a free Homeschool Support Writing Workshop on Wednesday, February 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Rockrimmon Library. RSVP to (754) 368-3305

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Join Pikes Peak Library District in celebrating Black History Month! We have many programs to explore.

A History of Soul Food
Adrian Miller, author and Soul Food Scholar, will trace the journey of soul food from West Africa to the American West. He will also discuss the current and future trends in soul food. For ages 16+.

Black Chef in the White House
Adrian Miller, author and Soul Food Scholar, will give an entertaining and informative look at African Americans who have fed our First Families since the days of George Washington.

African American Classics: An Introduction
This workshop introduces participants to some major texts by African American authors that have come to be recognized as classics and explores some defining elements of African-American literature. To illustrate the power and range of this literature, participants will read and discuss excerpts from three classic texts: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. For ages 16+. Registration is required.

Drumming with Bob Hall
Enjoy a hands on drumming adventure with Bob Hall from The Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble. This is an energizing, interactive experience for all ages.

We know there are all kinds of kids with all kinds of needs, so if your child might benefit from some sensory accommodations like fidget items or noise-reducing headphones while in the library or at a program, ask at the Children's Desk for our Sensory Accommodations Kit.

Buffalo Soldier Historical Snapshot
Dennis Moore will give an informative presentation on the Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo soldiers were African-American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier following the American Civil War. In 1866, six all-black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after Congress passed the Army Organization Act. Their main tasks were to help control the Native Americans of the plains, capture cattle rustlers and thieves and protect settlers, stagecoaches, wagon trains, and railroad crews along the Western front.

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The top 10 of 2019 are here! Learn more about what the Pikes Peak Region read in 2019 and add any you missed to your 2020 reading list!


Adult Books
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. The Reckoning by John Grisham
  4. Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover
  5. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
  6. TransAtlantic: a Novel by Colum McCann
  7. Redemption by David Baldacci
  8. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  9. Unsolved by James Patterson
  10. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Teen Books
  1. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  8. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  10. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Children's Books
  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  2. Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  3. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  4. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
  6. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  7. A Long Walk to Water: a Novel by Linda Sue Park
  8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  9. Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne
  10. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

eBooks
  1. A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson
  2. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 by David Baldacci
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  4. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
  5. After the Flood: A Novel by Kassandra Montag
  6. An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks
  7. Run Away by Harlan Coben
  8. Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
  9. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
  10. Neon Prey by John Sandford

eAudio
  1. The Silent Patient (unabridged) by Alex Michaelide
  2. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (unabridged) by Rachel Hollis
  3. Redemption: Amos Decker Series, Book 5 (unabridged) by David Baldacci
  4. The Giver of Stars: A Novel (unabridged) by Jojo Moyes
  5. City of Girls: A Novel (unabridged) by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. The Dutch House: A Novel (unabridged) by Ann Patchett
  7. The Institute: A Novel (unabridged) by Stephen King
  8. Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel (unabridged) by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  9. The Turn of the Key (unabridged) by Ruth Ware
  10. The Guardians: A Novel (unabridged) by John Grisham
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Theatreworks' is building on its four decades of summer Shakespeare by presenting a nimble, zany, 75-minute adaptation of the classic Comedy of Errors. Seven actors play a whole city (including two sets of twins separated at birth and hilariously reunited!).

  • When: Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, next to Penrose Library.
  • The performance is appropriate for all ages and perfect for adults, teens, and families - especially families with late elementary students and above.

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Winter Adult Reading Program: Imagine Your Story

PPLD invites you to participate in 2020’s Winter Adult Reading Program: Imagine Your Story! From Feb. 1 - March 31, read books and attend Library programs to win prizes. This year we are challenging patrons ages 18+ to read eight books in eight weeks or read four books and complete four related library programs or activities in eight weeks!


Prizes
  • Complete the first level by reading four books, or with a combination of reading two books and two activities, and win an enamel pin and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar.
  • Complete the second level by reading four more books, or with a combination of reading two more books and two activities, and win the annual mug.
  • Get entered to win a Samsung Tablet!

Click here to register. (Coming Soon!)

Click here for a complete list of Winter Adult Reading Program events.

Check out the program below for a printable reading log. (Coming Soon!)


Special Programs

Winter Adult Reading Program Kick-Off Parties
Join us for a mythological kick-off party! Bring your favorite mythological object or wear your best mythological costume. We'll have light refreshments, lots of mingling with fellow readers, and a Stranger Things themed craft! Not signed up yet? No problem! You can sign up at the party.


Colorado Classics Association
Enjoy an informational lecture presented by the Colorado Classics Association

  • Tue., Feb 4 - Mythology Across Cultures
  • Sat., Feb 22 - Ancient Magic
  • Fri., March 6 - Egyptian Myths
  • Sat., March 28 - Mythology and the Unconscious



African American Classics: An Introduction
This workshop introduces participants to some major texts by African American authors that have come to be recognized as "classics" and explores some defining elements of African American literature. To illustrate the power and range of this literature, participants will read and discuss excerpts from three classic texts: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. For ages 16+. Registration is required.


Book Folding Series
Beginning Class:
Learn how to up-cycle a book and turn it into a piece of heart. The beginning class will present the basic principles of the art of book folding. The participant will leave with a completed heart design.

Intermediate Class:
Learn how to advance your skills in book folding and create a more advanced design. The two hour intermediate class will build on the skills presented in the basic class. The participant will leave with a partially completed design and the knowledge and confidence to complete the project at home.
Registration required.


Everything You Need to Know to Write a Novel: A Beginning Writer’s Workshop
Have you always wanted to write a novel but you’re not sure where to start? Are you already writing but unsure of the basic building blocks for a good novel? Are you nearing the end of your first draft and aren’t sure what to do next? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop can prepare you to move up to the next level of novel writing. Presented by Chris Mandeville. For ages 16 and up.


Winter Sky Watching with the Space Science Institute
Anne Holland from the SSI will do a short lecture and then guide patrons through the night sky using a giant telescope.


Legendary Ladies
Commemorate Women's History Month with the Pikes Peak Library District and the Legendary Ladies!
Hear from six historical reenactors who portray real, courageous women who helped shape the West.


Library Programs

Laurel Crowns
Make a crown of golden leaves and flowers.


Stranger Things Craft Night
Create a variety of crafts to showcase your love of the show on buttons, magnets, and more, while connecting with other Stranger Things fans! For ages 12+.


One Night Werewolf Party
Villagers are dying and a werewolf is the culprit, but who IS the werewolf? Guess correctly, and guess quickly, because time is running out. Join us for a round or two of this fun party game! Get cast as a character or lie in wait as a helpless (but eagerly accusatory) villager. Refreshments will be provided. For ages 16+.


Fantasy Mini-Book Keychains
Make keychains from all your favorite fantasy reads, mythological story books to have with you wherever you go. For ages 12+.


Constellation Cross Stitch
Create your favorite constellation using embroidery floss and some basic stitches. You will leave with new skills and a piece of art. For ages 16+.


PPLD's Silent Book Club
Silent Book Clubs are cropping up all over! These are clubs where you come read a book of your choice and then discuss your book with other club attendees. Join us with a book of your choice! We'll provide tea, coffee, and/or cocoa. Before the hour is up, we'll spend a few minutes chatting about what we're reading. For ages 16+.


Myths and Pizza
Take turns reading a classic myth together around the table, while enjoying a pizza meal! For ages 9+.


Constellation Keychains
Create a wooden keychain with your favorite constellation using piercing tools and jewelry pliers. Shine a flashlight through the keychain to project the constellation on the wall or ground! For ages 16+.


Under the Sea Lantern
Make a magical gradient lantern with an under the sea silhouette. For ages 12+.


Once Upon a Murder Mystery
Join in the mystery at this thematic party. Food and drink will be provided and characters are first come first serve. For ages 16+.


Activities

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Go on an eggs-pedition with Pengoloo, an enchanting memory game for children. Roll the dice and look for the matching colored eggs underneath the penguins. A good memory and a little luck will help you be the first to collect six penguins on your iceberg to win! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

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Blood Drives at the Library

Vitalant provides blood to 1,000 hospitals across 40 states where it is used in a variety of medical treatments. A single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients. Registration is not required. Just find the truck in the parking lot!

Click here to see if you are eligible.


A quick visit, with light refreshments, can save lives!

  • Where: Monument Library
  • When: From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • March 28
    • May 30
    • July 25
    • Sept. 26
    • Nov. 28
  • Where: East Library
  • When: From 10 a.m. - noon
    • February 22
    • April 25
    • June 27
    • Aug. 22
    • Oct. 24
    • Dec. 26
  • Where: Library 21c
  • When: From 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • February 22
    • April 25
    • June 27
    • Aug. 22
    • Oct. 24
    • Dec. 26

Click here to learn more about Vitalant.

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Converge Lecture Series aims to build bridges of connection in Colorado Springs, with lectures designed to inspire conversation about the questions you are already asking; questions about beauty, ethics, truth, and how we should live by providing lectures with national authors.


Pikes Peak Library District will be giving 2 tickets to 5 lucky contest winners!
Click here to enter!

Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. All the Light We Cannot See was a #1 New York Times bestseller, remained on the hardcover fiction bestseller list for 134 consecutive weeks, and is being adapted as a limited series by Netflix.

Doerr’s short stories and essays have won numerous awards including the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story.


Upcoming Authors
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January is National Hobbies Month! image

Is there a favorite thing you enjoy doing…either by yourself or with your friends? January is a time to celebrate your hobbies. Whether it is sports or crafting or music or magic, the Library is the perfect place to learn more about your hobby. Enjoy these picture books, click on the pdf link below:

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It’s never too early to help your child prepare for success in Kindergarten! Join us for this event where you can discover fun ideas to enhance your child’s early literacy, aimed at kids ages 0 - 5. Explore pre-reading activities you can try at home. Plus, get a free book!

For ages 5 and under with a caregiver.

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Poetry Stew: Poems About Food
Children may write about any food, real or imagined.
The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest Destination is open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.

How to get started:
The food you write about can be a favorite food, a food that you want to try, or even something you never want to eat again! It can even be from your imagination! Try to avoid writing a list of foods, and instead use all of your senses to describe it. How does it taste, feel, smell, look, and maybe even sound?
  • Describe a food you remember eating when you were little. Did you love it or hate it?
  • What are your favorite foods? Remember the first time you tried your favorite food. Do you eat special foods for special occasions, such as holidays or birthdays?
  • If you had to eat the same food every day, for every meal, for the rest of your life what would it be, and why?
  • Have you ever cooked or baked something before? Was it a success or a disaster?

Prizes
Six winners will receive a book and $50 each!
Eligability:
The contest is open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.

Contest Rules:  

  1. One entry per student. Teachers are urged to review poems and submit no more than five per class.
  2. Each poem must be the original work of the contestant.
  3. Poems will be judged on originality, including poem title and adherence to the theme.
  4. Submit two typed, double-spaced copies of each poem on 8 ½” x 11” paper (no handwritten submissions or illustrations will be accepted.) Include on a separate piece of paper: name, telephone number, home address, school name and address, and teacher and principal’s names. Poems will not be returned. Please keep a copy.
  5. Entries must be postmarked by March 3, 2020.

Submission of a poem constitutes full permission to exhibit, use and publish the poem for any purpose – printed or electronic media – and to publish the name, school, and photographs of the student without compensation.

Entries may be mailed to:

The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest
c/o Carol Scheer
Pikes Peak Library District
P.O. Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579

Or email entries, following guidelines above to: cscheer@ppld.org

Questions?
Call Evan Childress at 531-6333, ext. 6069


The awards will be announced in April, and the award ceremony will be April 11, 2020.
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Medicare 101 image

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 required. You can choose a link below or call (719) 389-8968.

For information on additional classes visit PPACG Area Agency on Aging, or call (719) 471-2096.

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Name of the Sculpture: Virage

Throughout the year this sculpture, which was selected through a jury process, will travel to four PPLD locations: Penrose Library, Sand Creek Library, East Library, and Library 21c. With a focus on the beauty of our natural environment and conservation, a variety of programming will be offered throughout the District that relates to this topic.

Click Here to learn about related programs.


Post your photos of and with #PPLDSustainaball on social media!

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Artist Narrative:
The current political atmosphere has created an unsettling time with the lifting of protections to the environment, denial of scientific knowledge and climate change, and inclusiveness and access to education. Virage subtly, yet critically speaks to the impacts of humans on the environment and the consequences ahead. The beauty of the barks’ texture together with the perfect form of the sphere is meant to give a sense of hope and promise that humankind will take responsibility, humankind will find a respectful and healthy balance with the natural world and ecosystems. Human beings have the incredible ability to be innovative and creative, when presented the opportunity solve insolvable puzzles. The artwork invites the viewer to consider and reconsider the current choices and actions as a consumer. There is an intended charge to the viewer to make our natural world the highest priority - to practice conservation.
Artist Biography:
Nikki Pike grew up in Black Forest, Colorado, where she learned to ride bikes and climb trees in between flashlight tag, midnight soccer, and competitive sledding. The adopted daughter of a nurse and an engineer, and sister to four brothers and a sister, Nikki learned to work in groups and negotiate at an early age. Fighting over the measuring cups in the bathtub and wooden spoons in the garden, the Pike family children grew wild imaginations.

The earliest sign that Nikki may later become a sculptor was in her sixteenth year in being grounded for a month. Rather than moping around and feeling sorry for her new life in confinement, Nikki raided her father’s toolbox and undertook the accidental but artistic resurfacing of her very first vehicle, an AMC gremlin. Otherwise, realizing her interest and making a commitment to art came much later after her surrender to finally join the quest to attend college and explore communications design. Her exposure to materials and objects fed her need to make and build and fulfilled the physical gap that once was spent playing soccer. 

Now, Nikki Pike is an artist and activist committed to serving the community through her art practice and role as an educator. Through the use of universally positive human experiences such as curiosity, music, surprise, and gifting, along with the influence of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, she spreads values of empowerment, vulnerability and connection in the form of experience as opposed to product. Nikki sees herself as a cultural agent working together with local communities promoting activity and creativity. With her an expansive practice, Nikki straddles public arts, social sculpture, service srt and is exploring ideas of relief art intended to aide communities responding to disaster. Her methods start from the ideals of democracy and her work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Art Basel Miami to name a few. Currently Nikki resides in Denver, Colorado, and holds a professorship at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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New Year, New Ways to Use Your Library - New Years Resolutions

Every year, we create resolutions to ring in the new year with a spark of positive change. This year, let your Library help! This list has been compiled to help you accomplish each of your goals, not just for resolutions but for long-lasting success in all areas of life. Whether your goals include organization, health and wellness, family, career paths, or something else, we have a large variety of resources that can be utilized at little to no cost.

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has classes, books and eBooks, movies, games, programs, and more to help you achieve all of your goals. All you need is your Library Card.

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Library Locations
Did you know that PPLD has 15 Libraries in El Paso County and mobile library services? Find the Library closest to your home and office.

Library Programs
Learn more about what classes and programs your Library offers with the full calendar of events.

Contact Your Library
Looking for more information? Stop by your Library today, give us a call, or visit our website for additional information.

Databases
Access information and trainings on just about every subject under the sun from the comfort of your home.

LibGuides
Your source for research assistance, subject guides, and library resources!
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Click here for more from this month's District Discovery.

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December is for Gift Giving! (Picture Books Published in 2019) book jacket

When you are looking for the perfect gift…look no further than your library for great inspiration. You’ll find books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, magazines and so much more within the walls of your local library branch. Find a gift your child will treasure for years to come. Opening a book from the library is like unwrapping a gift every day! Click on the pdf link below to see some of our favorite picture books:

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Easy Ornament Gifts book jacket

Make ornaments or book marks for gifts this season.
Be creative! You can make animals, people or fantasy creatures!

Materials:

  • Colored paper or magazines
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft Sticks or pieces of heavy paper
  • Yarn, string or ribbon for hanging
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13th Annual PPLD Teen Art Contest

This year's theme is Vision 20/20!

Show us your take on this year’s theme by entering Pikes Peak Library District’s 13th Annual Art Contest!

What is your vision? Or maybe you have a neat perspective on how hindsight is 20/20. Be creative and let us see how Vision 20/20 inspires you! Prizes are awarded to top finishers in Middle School and High School categories.


How to Enter
Guidelines
  • Must be in grades 6 - 12 in March of 2020
  • Must be an El Paso County resident
  • Only one entry per person
  • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries.
  • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.
  • If you want to display at Library 21c or Penrose Library, art must be able to be displayed in a way that is compatible with a wire hanging system.
  • Since we have to transport the artwork between locations, frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces. We are very careful but frames and matting help protect your pieces even more!

FAQ
  1. When will I know if I have won?

    We will notify participants by mid-March if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sun., March 29 at 2 p.m. at Library 21c in the Venue regardless of if they won an award.

  2. Will my artwork be displayed?

    Yes! You can choose from one of three locations to have your artwork displayed during the month of April. Locations are East Library, Library 21c, or Penrose Library

  3. When can I pick up my artwork?

    The first week of May at the library you choose to have it displayed. An email will be sent in April with specific details.

  4. What are the prizes?

    We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, 1st place, and 2nd place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both middle and high school. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply Store.

  5. What can I do to improve my chances at winning?
    • Work with the theme—It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, but we do look for pieces that have been inspired by the theme in some way. Your paragraph describing your piece can have a big impact on this.
    • Stand out! Whether through subject matter or unusual take on the theme, we notice unique entries more. For example, we tend to get a lot of close-ups on eyes, so they tend to not stand out as much.
    • Have fun! Don’t view it as an assignment or chore. We can tell when teens submit pieces they are passionate about—so do something that you love!
  6. Do I have to have a frame?

    No, but we highly encourage it. Pieces are not judged on if a frame is present or not, but frames help protect your artwork during storage and transportation, and make it easier to hang your piece.

My question wasn’t answered here! Email Becca at rphilipsen@ppld.org

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Read these stories together. Then spend time with Mom, Dad or a grandparent and share your own family stories. Tell stories about what you or your ancestors have done. Imagine what you may do in the future. Click on the pdf link below to see the reading list.

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Seven Falls Indian Dancers are a family dance troupe representing four generations of dancers. They can present educational and entertaining Native American dances including the Eagle and the Hoop Dances.

Join us for this colorful celebration of National Native American Heritage Month.

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Papel picado skulls

Supplies:

  • white printer paper
  • black construction paper
  • crayons or markers
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • hole punch (optional)

Directions

  1. Holding your white paper vertically (tall), fold the paper in half.
  2. Draw half of a skull (see first photo below).
  3. Keeping the paper folded, cut out your skull. Eyes can be difficult to cut out but you can help make it easier by poking holes first. (A hole punch makes easy holes).
  4. After your skull is cut out, keep it folded and cut more decoratively by cutting slits, triangles, etc.(see photo below.)
  5. Unfold your skull.
  6. Glue the skull onto black paper.
  7. Color your skull.

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make it personal
In Pikes Peak Library District’s Makerspaces, we offer access to tools, materials, and machines to help bring your creative vision to life. Before you visit our spaces, make sure to familiarize yourself with our Makerspace Policy, and review information about accessing the spaces. Using the Makerspaces requires a little bit of background, so review the section below for the craft you are interested in. Use #MakeItPersonal to share your creations on social media with us!


Need some project inspiration? You can:

DIE-CUTTING

  • Learn: Use the die-cutters at PPLD’s makerspaces to safely and accurately cut or draw designs on paper, vinyl, iron-on transfer materials, cardstock, sticker paper, select fabrics, and other materials. All three makerspace locations offer the Silhouette Cameo 3, and Library 21c also has a US Cutter LaserPoint Vinyl Cutter 25” available for use.

    Come in to use these machines during regular Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek Library, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

  • Design: Browse free designs on the Silhouette Design Store or create your own design using the Silhouette software. It’s easy to bring a clipart file from the internet into the software and add your own touches to it. Use the step-by-step instructions available with every die-cutter machine in the makerspaces.
  • Create: Vinyl sheets and cardstock are available for a small fee at all PPLD makerspaces – call the location of your choice for more information about colors and availability, or feel free to bring your own materials. Each space also has tools for weeding and cutting materials used with the die-cutters.

SEWING

  • Learn: PPLD makerspaces provide a variety of sewing machines to support your textile needs! Our three spaces provide standard sewing machines, embroidery machines (4”x4” workspace), and 3/4 thread overlock sergers, while East Library also provides an industrial machine that can tackle heavy-duty projects.

    These machines are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours at East Library and Sand Creek, and during Library 21c’s regular hours of operation, unless a program is scheduled in the space.

  • Design: Find a sewing pattern at a local store, online (we love Pinterest!), or in a book. PPLD’s collection features many types of sewing books, with patterns for quilts, stuffed animals, dolls and outfits, tailored clothing, and much, much more. New to sewing? We’ve got a book for that!
  • Create: Assorted thread and needles are provided, in addition to basic sewing notions such as pins, clips, scissors, fabric measuring tape, rotary cutters and cutting mats. Speak with staff today about how to get started on a sewing project!

3D PRINTING

  • Learn: Make your own tools and trinkets with PPLD’s 3D printers!

    These machines require a badging certification to ensure you understand basic machine operation and safety practices. To become badged, simply watch a video online and take a short quiz. You must get all answers correct to pass the quiz, but can retake it if necessary.

  • Design: You can create your own project using free, open-source software like Tinkercad (great for beginners) or Fusion 360 (good for more advanced models). Not sure you want to dive in to making your own design right away? Search for what you want on Thingiverse, a community for making and sharing 3D printable designs. You can search Thingiverse for keychains, bookmarks, planters, ornaments, and all sorts of other fun and useful items.
  • Create: After you’ve completed the badging quiz and designed or chosen your file, come in to a PPLD makerspace to print it! 3D printers are available on a first come, first served basis during Open Hours, and all makerspace locations have a variety of printer filament to use (call the location of your choice to ask about availability if you have a specific color in mind). Outside filament is not allowed, and prints are weighed after completion; each print costs $0.05 per gram for normal filament or $0.10 per gram for specialized filament. If it’s your first time using a 3D printer or you have any questions, staff will be available to help walk you through the steps.

LASER ENGRAVING/CUTTING


PPLD Make It Personal :30 from PPLD TV on Vimeo.


Makerspaces
  • Make at East
    • 5550 N. Union Blvd.
    • Open Hours:
      • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Tuesday: 1 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
      • Thursday: Closed
      • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Sunday: Closed
  • Make at Library 21c
    • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    • Open Hours: Make is open during regular library hours, as long as the room is not in use for programs or other reservations.
  • Make II at Library 21c
    • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    • Open Hours:
      • Mondays: Closed
      • Tuesdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
      • Wednesdays: 2 - 6 p.m.
      • Thursdays: 2 - 8 p.m.
      • Fridays: Closed
      • Saturdays: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Sundays: Closed
  • Make at Sand Creek
    • 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
    • Open Hours:
      • Monday: 1 - 5 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      • Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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