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Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

Inspired by the life story of Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a powerful learning program designed to educate and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide.
Over the span of 10 weeks, students will be introduced to life-changing principles, hands on activities and hear from individuals who have taken the entreprenuership journey. This training will end in a capstone project in which students will utilize the Opportunity Discovery Canvas to put into practice all they have learned.

Built for rigor and relevance, this highly interactive program enables participants to learn directly from the first-hand experience of successful, “unlikely” entrepreneurs. The overall objective is to empower learners by exposing them to entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in real-world entrepreneurial experiences.

Develop critical thinking skills that will enable them to identify and evaluate opportunities, manage risks, and learn from the results.
Understand the process that enables entrepreneurs with limited resources to transform an idea into a sustainable success.
Understand and apply fundamental aspects of entrepreneurial thinking across disciplines and as a means of personal empowerment.
Establish goals, identify resources, and determine the steps required to accomplish their goals.
Identify and interact with local entrepreneurs within their own communities.

The Ice House for Homeschoolers course will take place in the Annex room in the PPLD East Library from 7 - 9 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning February 25 and ending May 5 (no class on March 10). This course is limited to 20 participants.

The cost for this course is $199 (plus Eventbrite fees). This covers the cost of tuition, books, and full online access to the Ice House portal.
Each additional family member receives a discount of $50! We encourage parents AND children (12 and older) to attend together!

Matthew Hexter, the Ice House program facilitator, is a homeschool father of six. They are currently involved in H.O.M.E and LAMS. Matthew has a heart for homeschoolers and loves the idea of helping families learn about entrepreneurship together.
Matthew and his wife Melanie were the Presidents of their homeschool group in Ohio (providing leadership to over 180 families). Melanie has been a featured columnist with Home School Enrichment magazine for 10 years.

To Register, visit http://tinyurl.com/icehousehomeschool

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Colorado Children's Book Award

The Colorado Council International Reading Association is looking for more Homeschool participants in voting for and nominating the Colorado Children's Book Award.

The Colorado Children's Book Award was established by Dr. Bill Curtis in 1975 to encourage children's active involvement with books and reading. The CCBA committee is sponsored by Colorado Council of the International Reading Association. The new nominations are Colorado children's choices.
The 2016 CCBA winners and the new nomination list will be announced in April 2016.
The criteria for participation are listed below:
The library must have at least 10 of the nominated books.
Each child must have read, or heard, a minimum of three books in order to vote.
Each child may vote for a picture book and a junior book if they have read a minimum of three books in each category.
Each child's vote(s) will be tallied.
A tally sheet with ALL THE VOTES will be submitted.
Votes and nominations are due March 1, 2016
Traveling book sets and posters are available with great thanks to Mackin, Bound to Stay Bound, and Follett. Contact them directly to obtain posters. Contact your local CCIRA Council or e-mail ccbaward@gmail.com to schedule the book sets.
Attend CCIRA Conference and/or e-mail ccbaward@gmail.com for ideas, presentations, and lesson plans to promote the current year nominated books.
Nomination Guidelines
Nominated books must be currently in print and published in the five years preceding the award year.
Only one title per author will be included in each year's ballot.
Last year's WINNING authors are not eligible this year.
Books previously nominated are not eligible for nomination in following years.
A book title nominated by more that one school or library will be considered more heavily for inclusion in the final list.
Books based on movies or television shows are not eligible for nominations unless the book preceded the movie or television production.
The author of a nominated book must be a living author.
Caldecott and Newbery Award books are not eligible. Honor books are eligible.
Once a book in a series has won, all other books in that series by that author will not be eligible for nomination.
Children may vote for one picture book and one junior book provided they have read a minimum of three books in each category.
Send the top 20 BOOK TITLES NOMINATED by children with the TOTAL nominations for each book to the CCBA Committee by March 1, 2016.
PLEASE be sure to put the number of students who nominated the book.

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Business Decision is a database that covers consumer markets, providing information on demographics, market segmentation, and business information. It is a very powerful way for business owners, non-profits, or entrepreneurs to research markets or other businesses in a particular area.

When you’re getting started with Business Decision, you have the option to choose “Express Login” or to create your own private login. Express Login will list all of the searches that have been performed by PPLD library users who have used that login. If you create your own account, the database will save just your searches, and no one else can view them.
Once you create a new project, you must specify a geographic area in which to perform the search. You can do this by clicking on the map, or by entering an address manually. You can then choose the radius of your search.

The next step is to choose which reports to run. There are 16 reports to choose from. You can choose one or all of them. Each report gives different information for the geographic area you have chosen. For instance, Landscape Report will give you the top 20 distinctive market segments for that particular area. These segments, defined by Business Decision, are groups of people that share certain traits such as income, age, or education level.

Once you’ve chosen your reports, Business Decision runs the reports within seconds. You can view or download the reports in PDF format.

Business Decision can be an invaluable tool if you’re researching consumer markets or businesses in a particular area. As always, we are here to help if you have questions! Attend the next Minding Your Business class at Penrose Library or Library 21c for a demonstration of this database.

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Submit your artwork to our Teen Art Contest!

This year's theme is Magnify It! Take a closer look at the world around you and create a piece of artwork.

Submit your artwork Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23 from 9 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Drop-off at the following locations:


  • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2016.
  • All entrants must submit an online submission form and Artwork Agreement Form.
  • Entrants may submit only one piece of art.
  • 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, art must be able to be displayed with a wire hanging system.
  • Frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces.

For more information, email rphilipsen@ppld.org or call (719) 644-7242.

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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 2015 Teen Art Show & Contest was Out of This World. Teens were encouraged to think beyond the scope of the everyday and explore a fantastical realm or the deepest depths of space through art.

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

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors Meininger Art Supply and Her Story Café for donating prizes for the teen artists!

Middle School

Isabella Wright
"Deep Sea Universe"
Middle School - 1st Place

Andrea Lira
"The World Is Too Big for Us to Hold
Middle School - 2nd Place

MeiLan Haberl
"The Night Boat"
Middle School - Coordinators' Choice

High School

Hector Medrano
"Moon Rise"
High School - 1st Place

Molly Meyer
"Melted Hearts"
High School - 2nd Place

Natalia Valentine
Infinite Sky
High School - Coordinators' Choice

Best of Show

Pamela Flores
"Space Encounter"
Middle School - Best of Show

Taylor Logar
"It Looks Cooler Upside Down"
High School - Best of Show

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PPLD's 12th annual Adult Reading Program is here! It runs for eight weeks from January 9 through March 9. Patrons ages 18 and up can win prizes after reading 4 books and again after reading 8 books. At the end of the program, finishers will be entered in prize drawings for each library and in a district-wide grand prize drawing.

You can register by clicking here or visiting any PPLD location.

Click here to view or print the reading log.

For more information, contact arp@ppld.org.

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David Bowie: 1947-2016

The great David Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016 after an 18 month battle with cancer. What can we say? His legacy cannot be understated. A multi-talented trailblazer who made some of the most powerful music of recent times. I try to think of my favorite, but it's impossible to pick just one, especially since his lexicon is so varied. Perhaps "Heroes", "Space Oddity", or "Changes"? When I hear "Space Oddity" I get goosebumps. "Kooks" is a love song to my six year old daughter. His "Blue Jean" music video opened the door. And that's just his music. Bowie was also an actor, producer, songwriter, and style icon.

Click here to learn more about David Bowie.

Want to hear some Bowie? Try PPLD's Hoopla and Freegal services. Hoopla lets you stream music and temporarily download songs. Freegal allows you to download up to 5 songs per week for free. You will need a valid library card to access these services.

What's your favorite David Bowie song?

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PPLD checked out a whopping 8 million titles in 2015! Here are lists of the top ten titles by number of checkouts for 2015. How many of these have you read?

Adult Fiction and Nonfiction

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Total Checkouts = 2492
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Total Checkouts = 1747
  3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Total Checkouts = 1218
  4. Memory Man by David Baldacci. Total Checkouts = 1149
  5. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides. Total Checkouts = 1005
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Total Checkouts = 847
  7. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Total Checkouts = 804
  8. Gray Mountain by John Grisham. Total Checkouts = 800
  9. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Total Checkouts = 775
  10. 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Total Checkouts = 662

Juvenile Fiction

  1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Total Checkouts = 1770
  2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 923
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney. Total Checkouts = 813
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney. Total Checkouts = 716
  5. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 678
  6. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 625
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Total Checkouts = 620
  8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Total Checkouts = 603
  9. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 585
  10. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Total Checkouts = 577

Teen Fiction

  1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Total Checkouts = 770
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 711
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry. Total Checkouts = 627
  4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 608
  5. Paper Towns by John Green. Total Checkouts = 582
  6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Total Checkouts = 493
  7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 481
  8. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 478
  9. Four : A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 446
  10. The Death Cure by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 425

Want to review a book? Fill out our Book Review Form!

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My Preparedness Story Video Challenge

Preparing for disasters and emergencies is hard work – and many students are up to the challenge. We’ve seen students help their communities prepare for disasters and emergencies by volunteering at health centers or with their local Medical Reserve Corps Unit, learning first aid and CPR, developing an emergency plan, preparing an emergency kit, and much more.

Now we want to see what students in your communities can do!

We are encouraging students to show us how they help their family, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. Please help us get the word out to any students who rely on your library.

Who can enter?
Anyone between the ages 14 and 23. You can create a video on your own or do it as a team. Your choice.

How can they enter?
Submit a short video – up to 60 seconds long – telling us how you prepare your family, friends and community for a disaster. Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST. Your video will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and we’ll post the top entries online so that other people can vote on them. Check out the challenge website to learn all about the guidelines.

For more information, visit https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/my-preparedness-story-staying-health....

Contact Elizabeth Jarrett at Elizabeth.Jarrett@hhs.gov.

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Discover fun ideas to get your children ready for kindergarten at our Countdown to Kindergarten Carnivals. Join us for free books, free snacks, and fun activities! For children ages five and under with an adult.

January 30
10 am to Noon
Ruth Holley Library

February 6
10 am to Noon
Cheyenne Mountain Library

February 13
10 am to Noon
Westside Community Center

For more information, call 531-6333 ext. 2403

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Colorado Teen Video Challenge

Back for the fourth year, this contest encourages Colorado teens (13-18) to create a 30- to 90-second video promoting reading over the summer and using libraries to other teens. Teens can work alone or in teams to create their video, which should include some interpretation of the 2016 summer library program teen slogan “Get in the Game: Read.” The video submission deadline is March 20, 2016.

This is part of a national contest from CSLP (Collaborative Summer Library Program) in which each state that participates chooses a winning video that any public library in the country can use to promote summer reading to teens (there is no national winner). For the past 3 years, Colorado has received the most video submissions of any state; we’re hoping for repeat of that this year!

Teens in previous years have been highly creative with their videos and have reported that a great deal of fun was had by all! And this year, the contest will run through Teen Tech Week (March 6-12) and is the perfect way to celebrate the week and engage teens in a fun, real-world tech project.

Why participate?

--Actively engage teens at your library and in your community

--Promote reading and library use to teens

--Provide teens with a real-world opportunity to strengthen essential 21st skills like teamwork, digital literacy, communication, and leadership

--Promote Teen Tech Week, March 6-12 --Encourage teens to be creative and have fun --Provide an engaging project for your teen advisory board or other teen groups --Establish or further partnerships with local schools, after school programs, nonprofits, and homeschooling families --Put that video camera in your library to a great use!

--Allow teens from CO to get national exposure and receive a cash prize! The winning teen or teen team will receive $150!

--Receive an incentive for your library! The library that sponsors the winning video in Colorado will get an Upstart gift certificate worth $50!

How can you participate?

--Find all the contest details and forms at http://www.cde.state.co.us/node/3167

--Promote the program to teens in your library and throughout your community, and encourage them to tell their friends

--Promote the program to local high school librarians and teachers (several AV teachers have made the contest a class project in the past with great success)

--Provide interested teens with video production resources to help them get started, and assist with music copyright questions as necessary

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2016 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children!

What does MYSTERY mean to you?

  • Is it a puzzle to be solved?
  • Is it tracking down clues to a crime?
  • Is it the unknown in the cosmos?
  • Is it the wonder in nature?
  • Is it the magic of imagination?

Use your best poetic words to clue us in. Scavenge for good words. Don’t stop at the first word that rhymes, but be a sleuth and seek out just the right word. Judges will be looking for evidence of creative word use in order to deduce which is the best poem!

Open to all 4th and 5th graders in the Pikes Peak region.

Entries must be postmarked by Sunday, February 28, 2016. Winners will be announced in mid-April in conjunction with the Young People’s Poetry Week.

See the attached entry form for more information.

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Downton Abbey fundraiserThe dedication of Pikes Peak Library District staff went above and beyond the call of duty during the Tri-Building Capital Campaign. Having challenged themselves to raise $50,000 for the campaign, the staff committee held various events for PPLD employees. The events included a Sushi and Sake tasting, a Downton Abbey Tea and Tour held at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and a Tuesday Night Karma Hour held at Bristol Brewing Co., along with other events.

Many staff members also choose to donate back to the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation through payroll deductions. This type of dedication and support from the staff at PPLD went a long way in making the Tri-Building Capital Campaign a success.
Sushi and Sake Tasting fundraiser
Karma Hour fundraiser

Staff Committee Members:

Greg Roes
Margaret Morris
Karin Huxman
Tina Marie Matiatos
Missy Hernandez
Amy Rodda
Sandy Hancock
Deborah Worthey
Cheryl Martin

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Gale Directory Library contains a wide variety of information that can help you start and grow your business. The database is a combination of several directories that cover the Encyclopedia of Associations, from the local to international level, as well as the Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment.

If you're looking for funding for your business, the Directory of Early Stage Investment could be a great place to start. It includes detailed information on venture capitalists, business incubators, angel investors, corporate investment divisions, crowd-funding and co-operative groups.

The Encyclopedia of Associations can help you identify associations that might apply to your topic or industry. Associations are valuable sources of information because they often will collect data on their industry of interest. Many associations have whole libraries of data and statistics that can help you with market research, competitors, industry reports, and much more. Becoming a member of a relevant association can be well worth the membership fee not just for the industry information that they can provide you with, but for making connections with others in your industry.

You can search the Gale Directory Library by entity name, keyword, or subject. Search the entire database, or use the "Advanced Search" function to search just a specific publication.

You can access this and other business databases through PPLD's Business/Finance subject guide. If you're accessing the database from your home or office, you will be prompted to login using your library card number and PIN. Once you login you have access to this resource totally free!

Take some time to explore this resource and, as always, we're here to help if you have questions!

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Betty Field loved to read. For her, books (especially mysteries) were a great source of enjoyment. She always felt that children should read so that they would write, and write so that they would read. Betty served as President of the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District and was active in the acquisition of funds to build East Library. She continued as an active force in acquiring funds for library books. The Betty Field Memorial Youth Writing Contest is a tribute to Betty and her love for children, for books, and for mystery stories.

The 2016 Betty Field Memorial Youth Writing Contest is open to all students grades 6 - 12 (public, private, and home school) in El Paso County.

All entries are due by 5:45 p.m. on February 27, 2016.

Visit http://www.writingcontest612.info/index.html for more information on rules and how to enter.

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The Educational Resource Center (ERC) at East Library provides hands-on materials for families wanting to enrich their children’s education or help them improve their skills. Math, science, social studies, and language arts kits, as well as art and music resources and computer software are available for families with students of all ages to use.

The ERC will be open from 3 – 6 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays, 1 – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 12 - 4 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays.

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NEW!  Buy books from PPLD Friends through Amazon.com!

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District are now selling books online, through Amazon. The Friends growing online collection features an assortment of both non-fiction and fiction, including history, textbooks, best-sellers and more.

You can see the collection on our Amazon Storefront at Amazon.com/shops/FriendsofPPLD. Purchases benefit Pikes Peak Library District. Now you can purchase books for yourself and help us provide books for others. If you have questions, contact Charleen Bader at friendsofppld@gmail.com.

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Every Wednesday we’ll post about a different database or website – all of which can be accessed through ppld.org!

Business Plans Handbook

Business Plans Handbook

This 32-volume set contains actual business plans from working businesses. Designed to be an example for entrepreneurs who are compiling their own business plans, this series covers several industries and popular business types going back to 1993.

Since Business Plans Handbook is part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, it has some really helpful features. One of the best features of Business Plans Handbook is that you can search the entire series by keyword. The search feature scans the full-text of all 640 business plans in the collection. This is helpful because you might not know the exact title of the business plan that would be most helpful in writing your own. By typing in a keyword, you get back any results that contain that keyword. You might be surprised by what you find.

Other features of the database:

  • You can view the full text of business plans online or download them in pdf format.
  • You can email or print directly from the database
  • You can listen online to an audio version of the business plan or download it as an mp3
  • There are built-in citation tools

Click here to access Business Plans Handbook. Take some time to explore this resource, and check back next week for information on another business database!

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Our Science Labs are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. During this time our volunteer will have a special lab for everyone to participate in. We will also have equipment available for you to use if you would prefer to bring your own experiment. A parent must accompany the student. The Homeschool Science Lab is open to all ages, and no registration is required.

Who: All Homeschool Families
When: 1-3 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of every month
Where: East Library Community Meeting Room

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Every Kid in a Park is a new program available starting today that’s designed to introduce America's youth and their guests to federal public lands and waters. This national program seeks to connect four million 4th graders with our country's treasured places in the 2015-16 academic year, coinciding with the National Park Service Centennial celebration. The simple form is available at www.everykidinapark.gov.

This is an amazing, first-of-its-kind opportunity to help get kids and families outside in national parks—including the excellent parks right here in Colorado—that may not be able to go without a free pass, and a great way for your library to provide the many opportunities that come with the passes!

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Mango Languages is Back!

Mango Languages is back by popular demand! Learn a new language! Choose from 71 languages, including 19 English as a Second Language (ESL) options.

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c and East Library

Purchasing a Library 21c courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri-Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Commemorative pavers are now available at East Library!

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Congratulations to the winners of the Teen Fiction Writing Contest! All the winners stories will be published in an anthology—details on the anthology to come!


Middle School

  • 1st place: "Usual" by Anika Nelsestuen
  • 2nd place: "My Home" by Emma Rose Bufkin
  • 3rd place: "Shaded Sprouts" by Selena Mendez
  • Honorable mention: "Journey to the Top" by Maggie Frohnhoefer
  • Honorable mention: "Up To You" by Ally Hall

High School

  • 1st place: “Wings” by Maggie Hart
  • 2nd place: "And the Heavens Split" by Sariah Smith
  • 3rd place: "Strength in the Shadows" by Emma DeHerrera
  • Honorable mention: "To Renuvial" by Jacqueline Dunn
  • Honorable mention: "The Unexpected" by Mariah Mayhugh
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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.
Begins Monday, September 28

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library
Begins Monday, September 14

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library
Begins Monday, August 17

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c
Begins Wednesday, September 16

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library
Begins Thursday, September 17

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library
Begins Saturday, September 12

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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