Join our informal Spanish conversation group, including intermediate-advanced students and native speakers. It is not an instructional time and no English is spoken during the meetings. It is an opportunity to enjoy and practice speaking and learn casually from more experienced speakers. The group welcomes new participants as well as ideas for activities or topics of discussion.
Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
When: Thursdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
- When: Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m.
- Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
A library of human beings, the Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life. Individuals serve as human ‘books’ and participants can ‘read’ the book by engaging in a conversation with the book on loan.
The Human Library™ aims to establish a safe conversational space where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and hopefully answered. It was developed to challenge societal prejudices wherever and for whatever reasons they occur, and to help people form a better understanding of those with whom they share their communities.
PPLD's Human Library will feature 15 books available for "checkout." Readers will have the opportunity to have a 20 minute conversation with their book selections. Reservations are suggested. From March 12 - 18, readers may place ONE book on hold by calling (719) 389-8968. Readers are welcome to read more books the day of the event. At the event, books are available on a first come, first serve basis.
(Descriptions coming soon.)
- 1960s Unwed Mother
- 90 Years Old
- Campus Assault Survivor
- Christian Homemaker
- Female Merchant Sailor
- Homeschool Parent
- Native American
- Refugee & Serbian Concentration Camp Survivor
- Sexual Abuse Survivor
- Single Mom: 3 Kids, 3 Dads
It is the middle of winter and I am back east at my cottage on a northern most cove of the Chesapeake Bay on the eastern shore of Maryland. I would love to diagram that sentence. It is snowing and the stillness is tangible for the geese have gone quiet. This home is under the migratory pattern of so many birds—but the Snow Geese, the Canada Geese, and the Starlings are my favorite. It’s best to put seed out just before dawn and just at dusk to draw the most curious creatures. There is a squirrel I adore—he’s a wee thing I call Reepicheep as he is spry and has no tail. He’s been here the whole year and hasn’t grown much bigger…but he certainly is quick. It’s a different world at sea level. It’s been sunless and dreary and cold—but there is peace. There is quiet. There is the constant variation of tides swelling in and out. There are journals and there are pens and there is curriculum to be written. There is a fire, red wine, and my dog. Winter is a time of underground and rejuvenation and rest—and I wish you all the best hibernation.
I went to the top of a mountain—
collected shooting stars in an old cigar box— laid them at the foot of your bed last night fireflies at midnight a night light to keep you company—
I quiet wondered if silence
tells stories of questions
I swung pendulum triplet counts
from tree-swing orchestrations—
—a soul filled with sentiments—
sediment on insomnia’s spiral pathways
to the shores of Delaware
where ocean sneezes tickled
the bottoms of our pants
& sleep was something
to our kisses—
You looked up at
a polka-dot explosion of sky—
saw a star with a slight shade of blue
& named it after my skin—
I wore short curly hair
& you held a holster for my lips on your jaw—
I picked up a seashell
the color of coming dawn
& held it at my ear
as silver dolphins poked heads up from waves & carried the wish I made to deeper waters—
We dove into the ocean
where freedom beat so strongly
baptizing us in salt water
and fishes clapping—
We tried to keep waking at bay
as long as we could
while the pesky neighbor of morning
crashed the party
& heaven played an encore
with the moon—
The sunlight wrapped around your smile
& I haven’t kissed anything as holy since— my lips still taste of salt & wonder & I will never let you go…
& saw us the next day
& the day after that
& thirty years from now
finishing each others’ sentences
in the middle of silence,
Believe me when I tell you—
you are here
when I am washing my hands
in the porcelain sink—
silver dolphins spilling from the faucet— back in Delaware for a brilliant fleeting moment—
Your name is just underneath my tongue
& with every line I can taste you.
You left a love letter on my body—
the note I’d withheld from myself—
the one you took
for safe keeping—
& if you’re ever dreaming—
walking that sacred place again
where seagulls become protectors
& sand a layer of skin—
if through your closed eyes
you think of my palm in your hand—
you will hear my wishing voice
in the last waves—
in the last seashells buried on the beach— whispering a promise—
James Ciletti, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate 2010-2012 presents...
"Every day, walk the Sunfire, breathe the Stardust"
When: Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Hooked on Books, 12 East Bijou Downtown.
In this workshop Jim will lead writers in the art and craft of creating a journal and system of journaling to create daily inspiration.
Everyone who wants to engage in the workshop is expected to bring the following:
- A new journal (must be new), as thrifty as a $2 Composition notebook, to $10 spiral bound journals. If you do not have time to pick up a new journal Hooked on Books will have journals for sale.
- A pair of scissors, your writing pen, some colored pencils and crayons.
- Magazines, cooking, sports, news, the comics/funny papers from the news, whatever- things to cut up.
- A glue stick, if you have one (some will be provided).
But, most of all, bring an attitude of engagement and enthusiasm to participate in the work of the workshop. Jim emphasizes the word, WORK. There can be no sideline “auditors” who watch but do not engage in the workshop.
Please RSVP, as required: (719) 419-7660
*Parking Hint* Park for $1 all day Saturday in the city garage right around the corner from Hooked on Books.
Local author and Interpretive Ranger at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Steve Adelson, will talk about his book Little Bighorn, Voices from a Distant Wind, a compilation of bio-sketches on the primary characters of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The lives of George Armstrong Custer, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Reno, and others are profiled, revealing the events that shaped their lives before, during, and after the battle. Emotionally powerful, this book is the first to paint a picture of the epic fight through riveting lyrical revelations.
The provocative documentary Contested Ground from award-winning filmmaker Chris Hoffert with music by award-winning composer Skyler O’Neal will be shown as well (50 min. not rated).
After the film, there will be a Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.
- When: Mon., Feb. 27 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
- Where: Venue @ Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
This class covers the basics of selling your home. It will provide you with information such as the listing contract, disclosure forms, preparing your home to sell, pricing your home (how the market talks to you about the price of your home), staging, and marketing. It also covers what to look for in the contract when receiving an offer from a buyer and negotiating that offer. Other subjects covered will be the home inspection, inspection objection and resolution, appraisals, and potential stumbling blocks on the way to closing the sale of your home.
Presented by Don Ostrander. Click here to register.
- When: Wed., Feb. 22 from 4 - 6 p.m.
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
This suicide prevention training was developed for teens to identify the risk factors of suicide among peers and how to respond if someone seems suicidal. Resources from multiple organizations that can assist with immediate help will be available.
- When: Thu., Feb. 23 from 4 - 6 p.m.
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Join us for six weeks to exercise your body and brain. We will explore many facets of helping your brain have the best health ever. We will experience topics such as Brain Booster exercises, acupressure techniques, EFT, proper hydration and nutrition, brain games, and laughter for brain/mood health.
There is no registration required for these free programs.
- When: Mondays from Feb. 6 - March 20 (no class on Feb. 20) from 1 - 2 p.m.
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Volunteer for the Library and help us create Repair Fairs.
- repair tires, chains, or brakes for bikes?
- mend, hem, or patch clothes?
- test, dismantle, or fix small appliances?
- assess, disassemble, or possibly repair electronics?
Help your local community by becoming a Repair Trainer. Repair Trainers will guide people through the process of troubleshooting and repairing their items.
To apply, print this application form and drop it off at any PPLD location. Submissions are due by March 31.
Please contact Amber Cox at (719) 531-6333 x1305 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Sat., Feb. 4 from 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Experiment with a die cutting machine to create unique applique designs. Bring in your fabric item of choice (t-shirt, bag, pillow case, etc.) and iron on your new fabric applique creation! Ages 12 and up. Registration is required. Click here to register.
Valentine’s Day Cards
Tue., Feb. 7 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Join our card-making experts to create a unique stamped card for that special someone! Ages 16 and up. Registration is required. Click here to register.
Wed., Feb. 15 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Bring in your current work-in-progress machine or hand sewing project and socialize with other crafters while you work! Indulge in hot beverages while you share tips and techniques and get inspired by fellow creators’ styles and designs. Ages 16 and up. No registration is required.
Upcycling: Paperback Postcards
Wed., Feb. 22 from 6 - 9 p.m.
This month we'll make postcards from old paperback book covers! Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.
MAKE @ East Open Hours
Mondays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
Thursdays: 6 - 9 p.m.
Fridays: noon - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
During Open Hours, MAKE @ East is available to work on your own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis. Ages 9 and up. Ages 9 - 11 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.
Poet JOY SAWYER will be the guest speaker for Poetry West’s workshop, Deep Play: a Poetry Romp, from 10 to Noon Saturday, February 4, at Hooked on Books bookstore, 12 East Bijou, downtown. HOB doors will open at 9:30. The workshop is open and free to all but reservations are suggested, call (719) 419-7660. Easy parking is $1 all day Saturday in the City Garage right around the corner from HOB.
Poet and naturalist Diane Ackerman wrote, “the spirit of deep play is spontaneity, discovery, and being open to new challenges.” Who knows this better than the poet? Sawyer plans a playful writing workshop to “exercise several ‘poetic muscles,’ and explore ways to nurture more joy and freedom in our creative work.”
Joy Sawyer’s poetry appears in Books & Culture, Christianity & Literature, LIGHT Quarterly, Lilliput Review, New York Quarterly, Ruminate, St. Petersburg Review, The Bacon Review, Volta, and others. Her book of poems is Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet Press, 2016).
Joy received her MA from New York University, where she won the Herbert Rubin Award for Outstanding Creative Writing. She teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.
PR Contact, Jim Ciletti, (719) 419-7660
PPLD and Bristol Brewing Company are collaborating with a different local community organization each month for our Books, Beer, & ____ book club. This month we are teaming up with the Friends of the Cheyenne Cañon (FOCC).
Check out a copy of The Hidden Life Of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries From A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben at Cheyenne Mountain Library. Then, on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m., meet us in the Barrel Room, Bristol Brewery, Ivywild School (1604 S Cascade Ave.). Grab a pint of beer at the pub and join us downstairs in the Barrel Room to discuss the book!
Registration is required for this free event. To sign up, call (719) 633-6278 or click here.
Bring your creativity to this monthly gathering. Bring whatever project you are working on and work in a group setting. Local artist and instructor Deb Ross will be on hand to help inspire.
Supplies will not be provided. Registration is not required.
- When: Last Thursday of each month from 2 - 4 p.m.
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Show off your art at the Library!
The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be reviewing art for future 1 - 2 month shows by individual artists. Please bring five representative pieces of your artwork in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art.) Submissions must include a completed Art Exhibit Application.
Submissions will be accepted on Wed., Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day from 4:30 - 6 p.m.
For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email email@example.com.
The Fountain Valley School of Colorado is pleased to announce its annual city-wide poetry competition. Now in its 9the year, this competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 in the Colorado Springs region.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
English - First place: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25
Bilingual - First place: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25
The competition has two categories: English and bilingual. You may submit up to three poems in each category. For the second category, please submit your original work not written in English and an accompanying original translation. No electronic translation devices should be used in either version. You may enter both categories.
All winning poems will be published in the spring edition of the Athenaea.
All winning poets will be invited to read their poems at a ceremony in April 2017.
Judge: Susan Peiffer, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate
Each poem must include the student’s name, address, school, phone, and e-mail. Each student may submit up to three poems, each on a separate page, in each category. If e-mailed, paste directly into body. No attachments. The Athenaea will have one-time publishing rights only. Poems must be original and previously unpublished.
Entries should be in the font Times New Roman, or equivalent, size 12
Poems will not be returned.
Submit entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or to this address:
6155 Fountain Valley School Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
While there are no formal guidelines or topics, remember that good poetry uses fresh language and images with precise words.
The Athenaea is the student literary magazine of the Fountain Valley School of Colorado. Published twice a year and featuring student poetry, prose, and art, the magazine dates to 1930 and honors Athena, the goddess of wisdom.
It is the observation of Dr. Martin Luther King day in the United States. And unlike our several years prior—this year it has gone largely unrecognized. The celebration and remembrance have been dampened and the mission threatened—because it has never been more obvious than now that the work is not done. As the inauguration looms before us, we must focus on the revolutionary words of a civil-rights pioneer—to honor his message we are required to become heroes ourselves. Peace —Susan M. Peiffer, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate
Villanelle for a Burning House
Black women kneel in churches with flames around their feet as
a caustic smoke sneaks to cover this confederate place—
Black children litter American streets where both bullets & protests
stoke the heat of badges, black hoodies, and race—
Black mothers watch from barred windows with flames at their feet—
Begging for breath and throat choking a black man weeps and
drops like a concrete corpse with a blood and blue stained face—
Black boys are littered on American streets and black girls wail as
their mother’s leap from killing heights to land in defeat as
death-crazed officers attack with tasers and
black fathers perch on ledges, flames burning their feet—
We carry quick-trigger rifles and people can’t sleep while
scorched-wing black angels fall to grace in gunshot embrace.
Our black children like litter on American streets.
They gaze at those imprisoned behind steel bars and at
the freight of unnamed bodies filling cemetery space—
Black people pray in this house with flames burning around their feet—
Our black people litter American streets.
PPLD now has Sorenson videophones and Video Relay Service-equipped laptops available for patron use. VRS allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using American Sign Language through video equipment. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.
Library 21c is hosting a three-part Small Business SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Marketing Series. Registration is required for each free class.
Auditing Your Website
In this workshop, we will take a look at a few real WordPress websites to point out some very simple things you can do to make sure you are ready to begin ranking in Google and other search engines. This will entail utilizing Yoast SEO (free WordPress plugin) to give businesses a better understanding of how simple everything really is. We will cover everything from headlines, body text, image alt tags, urls, and more. At the end of this class participants will have the tools to conduct an audit of their own website in private and see some areas of very quick and easy improvement.
- Thu., Jan. 19 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Analyzing Market Channels
So you have a business and are now ready to increase your online presence. How do you get people to visit your website and where do they come from? How can we tell who is a tire kicker and who is actually interested in buying? We will cover things such as Google Ads, Facebook Ads, YouTube Ads, Competitive Analysis, Keyword Analysis, and finding our audience. At the end of this course participants will have the skills to make decisions on their own that are backed by real data so they can feel better about what marketing chances are worth taking.
- Thu., Feb. 16 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Executing Your Plan
We will finally take a look at how to go about actually executing your successful marketing plan. This will go over some budget information as well as some real world examples where logic does not seem to apply. We will talk about setting up accounts as well as a few resources for companies to achieve a particular goal. At the end of this course participants will have the ability to hit the ground running and begin to develop a game plan for their marketing efforts that is structured within their budget.
- Thu., March 16 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Click here to register.
Sign up for the Adult Reading Program and enjoy coffee and hot chocolate!
- When: Sat., Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
Reading Prizes Include
- Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar and coupon
- Cole’s Gourmet Popcorn mini bag of cheese popcorn
- Reading Program mug
- Random drawings for three gourmet food baskets
Community Library Prizes
- Carmike Cinema gift certificates
- Louie’s Pizza gift certificates
- iPad Mini 4
- Samsung 32-inch LED TV
How to Participate
- Register with your PPLD library card in person at your library or online at ppld.org starting January 14.
- Reading logs will be available at all libraries or by clicking here, but feel free to keep track of the books you’ve read using any method you choose.
- Prizes will be awarded while supplies last.
- PPLD reserves the right to substitute prizes.
- PPLD employees, substitute employees, and household members are not eligible to win grand prizes, only reading prizes.
- The program is open to anyone age 18 and older with a Pikes Peak Library District library card.
- Read any eight books of your choice — eBooks, eAudios, books on CD, and audiobook players count, too.
- After you read your first four books, visit your library to pick up a prize.
- Read four more books and visit your library to pick up a second prize.
- If you read eight books by March 15, you will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing.
Happy New Year, friends—
2016 was full of more challenges than joys for many people and I am not sorry to have a fresh year starting. It was a year where governments upheld cruelty, where the political climate became absurd, where countless nameless people died, where so many have had their civil liberties threatened, and where millions seeking safety were turned away. It has been a year of progress, but I don’t know in what direction—I’m afraid calling it “congress” might be an issue.
It has been a year of accomplishment and success in many areas and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been given in open doors and chances to serve others. I have learned a lot, written a lot, and shared a lot—but I’m left feeling relieved that the year is done.
May 2017 grant you each the peace and happiness you deserve. May your joy be overwhelming and your challenges be blessings in disguise. May you learn much and love much and create and be kind. May your heart be full and your motivation lively. May you make a difference and be comfortable with change. May you find and rest in a place you cherish as home and may you be always deeply loved.
Cast aside this cut-hard year
slap in the face year
pleading for change year—
Let its casket lily stench waft away—
Grieve what didn’t blossom
flowers mistaken as weeds
fruit that went unharvested
& bouquets you didn’t give
from could-have-been calendars
Stow months with mothballs
& pack up days—
Time is fleeting on careless wings—
we only change what tomorrow brings.
Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, PPLD will no longer charge fines on overdue children and teen items. Removing overdue fines will provide greater opportunity for children and teens to use the full range of library services. Currently, 15% of children and teen cardholders are blocked from checking out items at the library due to overdue fines.
Also, overdue fines on DVDs and games will be reduced from 25 cents per day to 10 cents per day.
PPLD seeks to foster literacy and life-long learning for children and teens. The Library regularly evaluates policies to see what barriers for service exist and evaluates how to eliminate such barriers. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the new policy at their December meeting.
Items that will not accrue overdue fines must be designated as “juvenile” or “teen” in the Library catalog. The policy will take effect for any items checked out January 9 or after. Lost item and damage fees will still apply.
Overdue notices will still be sent as reminders to return Library items. Items not returned within 21 days of the due date will be considered lost, and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.
Have you ever wondered what makes computer programs run? Ever wanted to make a fun program or learn how to make a game?
Learn the basics of how to code!
In this club, all ages can learn together to code as we explore different programs and concepts. This club is self-guided, so everyone can learn at their own pace.
- When: 2nd Thursday of each month from 4 - 5 p.m.
- Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
The City of Manitou Springs invites the public to review proposed expansion and remodel plans for the Manitou Springs Library.
After receiving six proposals, a team led by Architect Roger Thorp of Thorp Associates was selected by the City in July 2016 to develop plans for expansion and remodel of the historic Carnegie Library.
The team held a series of public meetings to obtain feedback and information from the community. They then took the public input, and that of personnel from the Pikes Peak Library District, which operates the Manitou Springs Library, and developed over the last five months several versions of expansion plans. The final draft proposal was presented to the Manitou Springs Historic Preservation Commission on December 7, at which time the Commission unanimously approved the conceptual design.
The public is welcome to attend any of these meetings to Review and comment on the conceptual drawings:
- General Public Presentation
Mon., Jan. 9 from 4 - 6 p.m.
Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.
- Park & Rec Advisory Board
Mon., Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.
Manitou Springs City Hall
- City Council
Tue., Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.
Manitou Springs City Hall
For more information, email email@example.com.
Discover fun ideas to help your child get ready for kindergarten! Free book, free snacks, and lots of great activities! No registration required. For ages 5 and under, with an adult. For more information, call (719) 531-6333, x1403 or x2403.
- Sat., Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
- Sat., Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
- Sat., March 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.