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Minding Your Business

Saturday, May 28, 10-11:30 a.m.

Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job in Minding Your Business. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to help find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, and more.

LinkedIn Basics

Wednesday, May 18, 9-10:30 a.m.

LinkedIn is a professional social network that allows you to search for jobs or network with others in your field. Learn the basics of LinkedIn - setting up a profile, finding contacts, navigating the main tabs, giving/receiving endorsements, and how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

Facebook Business Pages

Tuesday, May 24th, 12-1:30 p.m.

Put Facebook to work for your business by learning the basics of Facebook Business Pages. Create your page, learn to navigate the interface, and get tips on the types of content that drives interest in your business.

Pre-requisite: Students must already have a personal Facebook page and know their login information.

Grow Your Business: Part Two

Monday, May 9, 6-7:30 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop, learn and apply need-to-know marketing basics and leave with a plan to grow your business.
Topics for Part Two Include:
Branding
Pricing Strategies
Place/Distribution
Promotion
- Effective Advertising
- Digital Marketing
- Public Relations (PR) and Communications
- Sales Promotion
Competition
Positioning
Presented by Jamie Wagner, MBA

Ordinary to Outstanding: How to Achieve More Success than Ever Before

Wednesday, May 11, 6-7 p.m.

Have you had a dream, but were unsure how to achieve it? Or have you started towards a goal, but came up short of making it? In this interactive, workshop-style class, you'll learn strategies to define what you want, improve your success odds, deal with set backs, and even find out the most important trait of success. The one hour you spend will give you information and tools to achieve incredible success for a lifetime.

Wordpress Business Fundamentals

Saturday, May 14, 1-5 p.m.

The WordPress Business Fundamentals Workshop will show you how to get the most out of the self-hosted version of WordPress and create feature-rich business website. This course reviews how to download, configure, and upload WordPress to your web host. Then we'll dive fully into the tools within WordPress, demonstrating how to setup your site, pages and content. This course also includes tutorials on everything from adding images, formatting, troubleshooting and hyperlinks.

Craft Show Crash Course

Monday, May 16th, 3-5:30 p.m.

A workshop for Handcrafted Artisans to begin selling at craft fairs.

Resumes that Get Results

Thursday, May 19th, 4-6 p.m.

Are you sending out multiple resumes and not getting the results you want? Is your resume an accurate portrayal of your true knowledge, skills and abilities? Are you using a generalized resume instead of a targeted resume? Are you using the correct resume format for your specific job search situation? With so many people searching for a job what is the best method to use to find employment?

Join Don Ostrander at the Resumes That Work class to find out the answers to these questions as well as learning how to create a resume that will put more emphasis on what you have to offer a potential employer and tips that will help your resume stand out from those of your competition.

Rev Up Your Digital Marketing Efforts

Wednesday, May 25th, 6-7 p.m.

Rev Up Your Digital Marketing Efforts: how your online presence can be like owning the car of your dreams
Would you like to "rev up" your business online presence through your website, paid advertising, search engine optimization, and social media? Come learn the basics of each of these platforms and see what you can put to work in your business.

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Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 7! Free comics available for readers of all ages at all PPLD libraries! Comics are available while supplies last.

Special Events
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
When: All Day
Stop in for Make Your Own Comics!

Where: East Library Teen Center
When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Stop in for face painting, Sphero, cookie decorating, Yo-Yo demos and more!

Where: Fountain Library
When: All Day
Stop in for Cubeecrafts!

Where: High Prairie Library
When: 11 a.m. - noon
Come in to checkout our fun superhero activities!

Where: Library 21c Teen Center
When: All Day
Stop in for Make Your Own Comics and Cubeecrafts!

Where: Monument Library
When: All Day
Stop in for Make Your Own Comics!

Where: Old Colorado City Library
When: All Day
Stop in for Cubeecrafts!

Where: Penrose Library
When: 2 - 4 p.m.
Stop by to make a button and checkout what you can do with a green screen!

Where: Rockrimmon Library
When: All Day
Stop in to create your own superhero coloring pages!

Readers of all ages are welcome to stop by and celebrate comics!

Many thanks to Escape Velocity for donating the comics!

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Teen Summer Reading is Coming Soon!

Teen Summer Reading starts on June 1 and runs through July 31. Anyone going into grades 6 - 12 can participate! Starting June 1, you can register online at or stop by your local library.

Earn prizes for reading! Read for fun and read anything you would like! Up for grabs are: coupons, books or journals, t-shirts, tablets, and more!

Join other teens at your library and participate in many different programs being offered throughout the summer including game and tech days, craft and make programs, movie screenings and more!

How the game works: For each of the three levels, read 3 books or 9 hours. To complete the program, teens need to read a total of 9 books or 27 hours by July 31.

Find more information online starting June 1!

See you this summer at the library!

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Congratulations to the winners of our first All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. The victors were announced at Mountain of Authors on Saturday, April 23.

1st Place
“Sub-Zero” by Lizbeth Tarpy
1st place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine, copy of Writer’s Market 2016, and Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen

2nd Place
“Journey by Train” by Susan Eitemiller
2nd place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine and copy of Writer’s Market 2016

3rd Place
“Tea Party” by Heidi Balaraman
3rd place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine

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William Shakespeare - The Bard of Avon

"He was a man, take him for all in all.
I shall not look upon his like again."
Hamlet (1.2.186)

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, Shakespeare's body of work transcends time and place. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. We're sure it comes as no surprise that PPLD has a large selection of works by The Bard in our collection.

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What's your favorite? Mine's Hamlet. My husband likes Titus Andronicus because it's a bloodbath.

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Healthy Living @ PPLD

PPLD, the El Paso County Department of Human Services, and the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region are teaming up to encourage healthy living!

Our libraries will be hosting a wide variety of programming and the opportunity to win prizes through a game that runs from April 1 through June 30.

For a complete list of Healthy Living programs, click here.

HOW TO PLAY:

  1. Register online at http://ppld-healthyliving.readingrecord.net or in person at your library
  2. Attend the PPLD Healthy Living Programs AND complete 6 activities listed on the game card
    1. Click here to download your game card!
    2. For a Mobile Libraries game card, click here.
  3. Collect prizes at the end of each level
  4. Complete all 3 levels for the grand prize drawing

RULES:

  1. Open to all ages and all PPLD library patrons
  2. Must have a library card in good standing to win grand prize
  3. PPLD employees, substitutes, and household members are not eligible for grand prizes
  4. PPLD reserves the right to substitute prizes
  5. Prizes will be awarded while supplies last

PRIZES INCLUDE:
Granola Bar, Fitness Journal, Water Bottle, and Day Pass to the YMCA

GRAND PRIZES INCLUDE:
Fitbit, YMCA 90 Day Pass, Fitness Gift Basket

This program is funded by the El Paso County Department of Human Services.

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Christine Yocum

As a California native and self-taught baker, current PPLD Artist in Residence Christine Yocum was introduced to baking at a young age by her father and grandmother. Imagine a former left tackle in college teaching his nine-year-old daughter the finer points of cookie-making. Those sweet moments birthed in her a lifelong passion for baking—in particular cookies—and the eventual opening of Art & Style Baking, an online gourmet cookie company specializing in hand-painted cookies.

Even now, when her hands are steeped in cookie dough, she can sense his tender nod of encouragement and approval. While her dad passed away before he could enjoy "the fruits of his labor," her tender-hearted daughter assures her that he would be proud.

Christine will host classes throughout the Library District about cookie painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c where you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

Intro to Cookie Painting
Come by for a fun-filled time of exploring creativity as you hand-paint cookies and transform an ordinary shape into your own edible work of art! Registration required. Attendees must be at least 16 years old.

Studio Hours

  • Mon., March 28 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Tue., April 5 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tue., April 12 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Mon., April 18 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Mon., April 25 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Wed., May 4 from 1 - 4 p.m.

PREVIOUS/CURRENT MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

The theme for our 2016 Teen Art Show & Contest was Magnify It! Teens were encouraged to take a closer look at the world around them and create a piece of artwork.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

Here are the winners!

High School

“My Converse Crush” by Ashley D. - Best in Show
“Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E. - 1st Place
“A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P - 2nd Place
“Lou” by Arely A. - Coordinator’s Choice

Middle School

“The Story in an Eye” by Stephanie L. - 1st Place
“Hidden in the Flowers” by Tiya G. - 2nd Place
“Butterfly Glory” by Asia X. - Coordinator’s Choice

You can view the winning works here:

Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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Manitou Springs Library is hosting a monthly Anime Club on the 2nd Saturday of every month, from 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Come draw Manga, watch anime, make anime-inspired crafts, and eat snacks!

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PPLD is partnering with ELI (Entrepreneurship Learning Initiative) to present this program. The information session and book discussion are free. There is a fee for the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs. (See description for details.)

Day Series

Ice House Information Session

  • Tue., April 26 from 10 - 11 a.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Pine Room

Who Owns the Ice House? Book Discussion

  • Wed., May 4 and 11 from 9 - 11 a.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Pine Room

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

Dates:
Wed., June 1 - Introduction & Course Overview
Wed., June 8 – Lessons 1 & 2
Wed., June 15 – Lessons 3 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Wed., June 22 – Lessons 4 & 5
Wed., June 29 – Lessons 6 & 7
Wed., July 6 – Lesson 8 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Wed., July 13 – Final Presentations
Wed., July 20 - Graduation & Celebration

You can register at the following link: eventbrite.com/e/day-series-ice-house-entrepreneurship-program-tickets-21114153000. A $250 material fee is required. Need-based scholarships are available upon request (email info@elimindset.com). To learn more about the overall effort, visitIceHouseCOS.com.

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Dr. Who Logo

Calling all Whovians!

Join us in celebrating Impossible Astronaut Day with Doctor Who themed crafts, snacks, and much more! All teens are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Doctor from any season- from the classic Doctors to the more recent characters. We'll be making sonic screwdrivers, galaxies in jars, and other fun Doctor Who themed crafts and munching on fish fingers and custard.

So get in your Tardis and join us at the Old Colorado City Library Saturday April 23rd from 3-5!

Don't Blink, or you might miss it!

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I Am Malala

With over 400 votes, the winner of the 2016 Book Madness is....

I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

Thank you so much for voting and come back next year!

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Artist in Residence: Diane Crawford: Feb/March 2016

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Diane Crawford, a contemporary artist with twenty years experience. Originally from the upper Midwest, she left careers in corrections, law enforcement and social work to pursue the arts. While primarily self-taught, she has attended watercolor workshops by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Diane has recently lived in Hawaii and Las Vegas, and her works reflect the influences of her life and experiences.

Her mediums of choice are watercolor and alcohol inks. Her painting style is unique. She paints free-hand without drawing her designs first and rarely uses paint brushes. She uses old credit cards and drinking straws on her alcohol inks, and a palette knife on her watercolors.

Diane will host classes throughout the Library District about alcohol inks, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c during which time you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

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Artist in Residence: Erin Gillespie: Nov/Dec 2015

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Erin Gillespie, a multimedia artist currently residing in Colorado Springs. Her paintings are primarily figurative or portraits, full of bold, bright colors and expressionistic qualities. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Painting from Colorado State University, Erin lived for many years in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona before returning to Colorado. She held positions at Pinon Fine Art Gallery and Terra Firma Fine Art in Denver, Colorado and was a member of the Arts Student League of Denver for many years. Erin is currently an art instructor teaching numerous classes at both Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and venues, in both group and solo shows.

Erin hosted classes throughout the Library District about acrylic painting.

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Daria Wilber
PPLD's Maker in Residence for August and September 2015 is Daria Wilber. She was born in Washington, D.C. and spent the first two decades of her life in and out of the amazing array of galleries and museums in the D.C. area on a weekly basis. She studied painting and printmaking at the Maryland School of Art and Design and worked in the scene shop for a regional theater company. In the mid-2000s, Daria began to study the paper arts in earnest. In 2012 she plunged into studio papermaking after a sculptural papermaking intensive at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with Jo Stealey. Daria currently works with papermaking and artist Helen Hiebert as a studio and teaching assistant.

During her time as Maker in Residence, Daria conducted flat paper making classes and a paper sculpture class

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Sarah Withee
PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July 2015 was Sarah Withee. She began folding paper as a child, and was introduced to modular origami by Makoto Yamaguchi’s book Kusudama (Origami Ornaments). Thus began a lifelong interest in Japanese paper arts. Sarah has lived in Japan and taken classes in advanced paperfolding and doll making at Tokyo’s Origami Kaikan, and has an extensive library of origami books.

Sarah is an experienced origami instructor who has worked with students from children to senior citizens. She has taught origami at the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado’s Children’s Day for over 10 years, as well as classes for Pikes Peak Library District and private classes. If you have tried learning origami from a book and failed, Sarah knows just how to help you get unstuck!

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Maker in Residence: Kristina Winnett: Oct/Nov 2015

PPLD's Maker in Residence for October and November 2015 was Kristina Winnett, a self-taught mixed-media artist who has spent most of her life in Colorado Springs. Choosing to pursue studies in the Sciences in college, she longed to participate in artistic processes, yet felt that required a natural ability to draw. Having always been crafty, she found Art Journaling (the combination of Art and Words) in 2005. It was love at first site, because the first rule of Art Journaling is that there are no rules. This medium is such an easy and non-intimidating way to jump into the playfulness of creativity, that even a trained scientist could do it. She longs to share this passion with all who wish to create something personal and meaningful, yet have felt intimidated to begin.

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Maker in Residence: Michelle Lim

PPLD's Maker in Residence for May and June 2015 was Michelle Lim, a self-taught designer, animator, and maker of various things at the intersection of art and technology. She lives in Denver and is originally from Queens, NY. Education and community are essential to her work, which includes teaching creative technology in Denver public schools and designing digital programs at the Denver Art Museum. Inspired by her favorite short story — The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges — she explored the many lives of infinitely complex patterns through video, sculpture, and interactive media during her residency and community workshops.

You can view the finished project at forking-paths.tumblr.com.

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Deb Ross
Deb Ross was PPLD’s first Artist in Residence. She has enjoyed painting and drawing since she was a little girl. She still loves crayons! Deb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Her artistic career has included both teaching and commercial art. A resident of Colorado Springs for over 30 years, Deb has taught at The Colorado Springs Senior Center, The Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Colorado Technical University.

Deb likes introducing beginners to creating art and inspiring more experienced artists to try new ideas. Creating art is the most fun you can have with a pencil or a paint brush!

Deb conducted Drawing for the Total Beginner and Letters into Art workshops for the public during her residency. She also painted acrylics and watercolors during her studio hours.

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Kim Hetherington
Kim Hetherington was PPLD's Maker in Residence for January and February 2015 .

Her introduction to bookbinding was in the nonfiction section of the East Library. Kim was perusing the shelves and was more than thrilled to find a book on making books. Unfortunately, she was also a bit intimidated as the book explained historical bookbinding methods and listed costly pieces of equipment and tools. For a few years, she allowed this intimidation to keep me from trying my hand at it. Kim thought bookbinding required talent and equipment she did not possess. How wrong she was.

Books can be made simply with a few inexpensive materials, or they can be time-intensive pieces made with traditional bookbinding tools and equipment. A private class showed Kim how to create her first book with a handful of common tools and a few pieces of simple materials. She was hooked. Kim had the fortune of attending further bookbinding classes at Pikes Peak Community College, American Academy of Bookbinding, and with bookbinder Jim Croft. She also attend local classes and created books with and designed by Kylin Lee, Jill K. Berry, Carol Sloan, Marsh Sterling, and Pam Leutz.

While in residence, Kim taught classes about Japanese Bookbinding and Leather Journals.

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Patti Smithsonian
Patti Smithsonian was PPLD's Maker in Residence for February and March 2015. Her puppet shows portray ancient folktales using contemporary language and humor.

Her one-woman puppet theater has been featured at international festivals and venues including The Detroit Institute of Art, The Seattle Puppet Festival, New York International Busker Fest, Institut International de la Marionnette (France), The Santa Fe Sculpture Ranch, The
Telluride World Theater Festival, The San Francisco Puppetry Festival, and The Shilong Moon Festival (Taiwan).

Ms. Smithsonian has studied shadow puppetry in Turkey, Taiwan, and France. She uses laser cutters, acrylic plastics, alcohol inks, and high-powered projectors to create her shadow theater. She uses electronically projected light and shadow in creating light shows for theater, rock bands, and performance art — as well as narrative puppet plays.

While in residence, Ms. Smithsonian taught classes about Chinese Dragon Shadow Puppets and Modern Shadow Puppets: Animals.

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RoxAnne Krute
RoxAnne Krute began her creative journey at an early age. An affinity for playing with color, texture and composition has been an underlying influence in her continued exploration of various mediums throughout her life. In addition to collecting a variety of materials and tools needed for each creative venture, she has a fondness for aged and unusual objects, which she attributes to her grandmother’s influence.

This background, together with a formal education in fine art and graphic design, provides a “perfect storm” for art expressions using mixed media. She admits that even though this evolution in her art making is still in its infancy, the joy she experiences in the “play” of art-making is something she is passionate about sharing.

While in residence, RoxAnne taught Beginning Mixed Media Collage on Canvas classes.

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We are so excited to announce the Teen Fiction Writing 2015 Anthology is complete! The anthology features our winners and honorable mentions from the 2015 contest.

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Harper Lee: April 28, 1926 - February 19, 2016

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Nelle Harper Lee has died at the age of 89. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the great works of American literature.

Search the Catalog for titles by Harper Lee

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The results are in!
Last Stop on Market Street

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2016 was awarded to Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña.

"The celebratory warmth is irresistible, offering a picture of community that resonates with harmony and diversity." - Booklist.

Finding Winnie

Caldecott Medal

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner.

"A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing, this lovely story, penned by Colebourn's great-great granddaughter, is ideal for sharing aloud or poring over individually." - School Library Journal.

PPLD's Award Booklists:

Caldecott Medal Winners
- (printable)

Newbery Medal Winners
- (printable)

Visit the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal websites for a full list of Honor books.

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