What's New!

The 2018 Teen Fiction Anthology is here!

Click the link below to read the award winning stories from the 2018 Teen Fiction Writing Contest.

Comments: 0
Gay Houghtaling

PPLD's Maker in Residence for October/November 2018 was Gay Houghtaling. A decade ago, she saw an art exhibit made up entirely of suitcases filled with found objects. This exhibit introduced her to the art of assemblage, the art of displaying a collection of objects in a way that expresses a meaning or idea. Gay works with Who Gives a Scrap, a local creative reuse store, to provide craft swaps and classes through the Pikes Peak Library District. Gay has an eclectic teaching background that includes Kindergarten in an overseas classroom, language acquisition and cultural studies for children moving overseas, fourth grade art, and reentry programs for tweens and teens. She currently homeschools her 12 year old grandson.

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

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

Comments: 0
2019 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Essay contest for High School students--First place wins $10,000 cash award!

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

The winner receives a $10,000 cash award. The winner and her/his family are invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston to accept her/his award and participate in Profile in Courage Award events from May 18 - 20, 2019. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston for the winning student and her/his parents.

The contest deadline is January 18, 2019.

For more information, visit https://jfklibrary.org/essaycontest

Comments: 0

To make your own LEGO prints, all you need is:

  • Paint
  • LEGO bricks
  • Paper

Dip your bricks into the paint and stamp them onto your paper. It’s best not to over saturate the bricks. Experiment with different designs. Try using all sides of the bricks.

LEGO PrintsLEGO Prints

Comments: 0

Grab a few of these delicious picture books and create a healthy snack or meal that you can all enjoy! (Find cookbooks in J 641.5). Click link below to see booklist.

Comments: 0
PPLD Board of Trustees

Get to know – and get help from – Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees

On the evenings of Wed., Oct. 10 and Tue., Oct. 16, members of the PPLD Board of Trustees will be shadowing our library employees at seven different branch locations. Board members will be working everything from circulation to security to helping our patrons! They’ll be available for library related assistance, and be there to answer any questions you may have about PPLD. Make sure to stop by and see our board members at your favorite library branch!

Wed., Oct. 10

Tue., Oct. 16

Comments: 0

Just as every person is unique…every book has a unique story to tell. You may like it – or you may not… but in America, the author is free to tell his or her story for all to enjoy. Our public library proudly includes them in the collection. We invite you to read these picture books with your child, and encourage you to have a discussion. You may be surprised to discover some old favorites…and may actually make some new “book friends”.
Here is a list of Banned and Challenged Picture Books. Some are non-fiction, while others are on the picture book shelves. Ask your friendly librarian for help. Click link below for list:

Comments: 0
Light and Sound Touch Circuit

Teach your child electricity concepts with our new, hands-on Light and Sound Touch Circuit. By simply grabbing hold of the handles, the energy flows and sets off colorful LED lights and fun sounds! This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.
For ages 3 and up.

Comments: 0
RUMIS game

Sharpen your spatial awareness and critical thinking skills with the strategy game RUMIS! Compete to outwit your opponent(s) by reconstructing historical Inca monuments of a pyramid, tower, stairs, and wall. This game is available at our Educational Resource Center.

For ages 8 and up.

Comments: 0

In 2018, over 70 young authors submitted original stories to PPLD's Teen Fiction Writing Contest. Each story began with the sentence "The letter could not have come at a worse time", which was chosen by New York Times best-selling author Sandya Menon. The young authors in our community took this common beginning and crafted a huge variety of stories that tackled big topics, such as: grief and loss, growing up, building a better world, and the weight of responsibility.

Winners were chosen through anonymous scoring by a group of dedicated PPLD staff members. The three top stories in both the middle school and high school categories were announced at the awards ceremony on July 29, 2018, and will be published in a digital anthology in September.

Middle School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "A Girl, A Thousand Shirtwaists, and a Fire" by Molly Heinold
  • 2nd Place: "Dear Louella" by Emma Reeves
  • 3rd Place: "Elenora" Claire Deeds

High School Winners:

  • 1st Place: "The Apiary" by Alexandra Wollinka
  • 2nd Place: "An Impossible Choice" by Sophia Mayhugh
  • 3rd Place: "A Work-Ruled Vacation" by Shanleigh Glide

Congratulations to all the winners and entrants! Thank you to all the young authors who entered and to those who encouraged them to put their ideas on paper. If you were unable to attend the awards ceremony, your judge's feedback sheet and participation certificate have been mailed to the address listed on your submission form.

Comments: 2

IN RESPONSE TO KOAA ARTICLE DATED 8/27/2018:

While many libraries across the U.S. do offer “Drag Queen Storytime,” Pikes Peak Library District does not provide it as a library-sponsored program. If ever offered or sponsored, the program would be part of a larger exploration of diversity as well as contextualized for children and families in a broad frame of respect for individuality and difference.

The “Drag Queen Story Hour” by Sarah Bellum, which is taking place at Penrose Library on September 1, is sponsored by Club Q. This program is offered by a member of the community under the auspices of another organization and is not sponsored by the library.

We make our meeting rooms available to the public, and all community members are allowed to use them for any purpose as long as it does not violate our Meeting Room Policy. This use does not violate our policy in any way.

Click here for PPLD's offical statement.

Comments: 11

Study Buddies returns to East Library on September 11, 2018!
Each Tuesday through March, 6 - 7:30 p.m., teen volunteers will be available to assist grade school kids, Kindergarten through 5th grade, with homework and reading help.

Only at East Library!

Comments: 0

August is National Picnic Month… with Watermelon Day (August 3) and Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2) thrown in for fun! Though you may already be back in school, find a little time to enjoy the warm summer days with a picnic outside and some of these favorite stories. Click link below for our reading list:

Comments: 0
Aja Black and Big Samir of The Reminders

PPLD's Makers in Residence for September/October 2018 were 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 taught songwriting classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District and hosted open studio hours at Sand Creek Library and Library 21c.

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

Comments: 0
	 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.

Comments: 0
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.

Comments: 0
STEAM Fest

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.

Comments: 0

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) 531-6333, x6310, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Sand Creek Library, (719) 597-7070, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
  • Comments: 0

    Supplies:

    • Paint
    • Plastic trays
    • Paper
    • Eye droppers
    • Water
    • Straws
    • Paper cups

    Steps:

    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

    Comments: 0
    Magna-Tiles

    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.

    Comments: 0
    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.

    Comments: 0

    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:

    Comments: 0
    Painting with Household Items: Q-Tips

    Supplies:

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

    Steps:

    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

    Comments: 0
    Painting with Household Items: Rubber Bands

    Supplies:

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

    Steps:

    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

    Comments: 0
    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.
    Comments: 0

    Pages