High Prairie Library

High Prairie Library FacebookAddress:
7035 Old Meridian Rd.
Peyton, CO 80831High Prairie Library Pearltrees

Phone: (719) 260-3650

Hours:
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Holiday Hours and Closures

Friends of the High Prairie Library

Bus Route: None

FREE Wireless!
Laptop Loans
Study Room


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Friends of High Prairie Library

The High Prairie Friends Book Store is open during regular Library hours.

Contact glolesher at gmail dot com for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.


 

What's New!

On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!

PPLD Kids presents Summer Reading 2016! Join us for an amazing, fun, and educational summer! From June 1 - July 31, attend special FREE summer programs and sign up for the Summer Reading Game to win prizes for reading! You can register on ppld.org or at your local library starting June 1. For a list of fun events, keep an eye on ppld.org or pick up a Summer Reading events calendar at your local library in June!

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Teen Writers

The Challenge:
Write an original fiction story of up to 2,500 words that begins with the sentence “The picture on the website had lied.” What happens after that is up to you!

Guidelines:

  • Must fill out the form and submit your piece through this link by June 15, 2016. The file format should be compatible with Microsoft Word 2010. If you need to convert a file, please visit a library location.
  • Must be going into grades 6-12 in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Must be an El Paso County resident.
  • Word count must not exceed 2,500 words. Word count will be established by using Microsoft Word 2010. Points will be automatically deducted from the total score of the piece if the word count exceeds 2,500 words.
  • Pieces must be double-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri font with the title and page number in the upper-right-hand corner.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • The entry must begin with the line “The picture on the website had lied”

FAQs

  • When will I know if I have won?
    We will notify participants by mid-July if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, regardless of if they won an award.
  • Are you publishing the anthology again?
    Yes! We will be publishing the top five in both middle school and high school (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and two honorable mentions).
  • Will I get feedback for my work?
    Yes! If you attend the awards ceremony, you can pick up a copy of your work with judges’ comments on it.
  • Do I have to turn in my story online?
    Yes. To better facilitate the process, we are requiring all stories be turned in digitally. You can stop by any PPLD location to use one of our computers for this purpose.

Questions? Contact Corrie Van Bemden at CVanBemden@ppld.org.

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Summer Reading Photography Contest!

Do you express yourself through photography? New to the art of taking pictures? "Get in the Game" and submit a photo for the Summer Reading Photography Contest!

Theme: Get in the Game! "Get in the Game" refers to so many aspects of life. It applies to athletes, gamers, and being involved!

Entry Deadline: Sunday, June 26, 2016

General Information:

  • The photographs will be juried by a panel of teen volunteers.
  • There will be a reception for participants and families at the East Library on July 30 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Photographs will be on display at East Library during the month of August.

Guidelines:

  • Contest is open to grades 6 - 12
  • Submit one photo (sized to 8x10 and between 150 - 300 dpi) per person
  • Include a paragraph explaining why the photo fits the theme
  • Use the online entry form to submit your photograph
  • In order to win a prize, participants must live within the Pikes Peak Library District (most of El Paso County, except for Security/Widefield).

For more information, email Joanna at jrendon@ppld.org.

Need a camera? Borrow one for FREE!

  • Set up an appointment to checkout a camera by emailing studio@ppld.org and mentioning the Summer Reading Photography Contest.
  • An orientation will be required before or during checkout.
  • For teens under 18, a parent or guardian will need to check out the camera on his/her library card.

The Summer Reading Photography Contest is made possible in part through the generosity of Charlie Mussi.

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 All Pikes Peak Writes

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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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 ppld-healthyliving.readingrecord.net or your nearest library location
2. Attend the PPLD Healthy Living Programs AND complete 6 activities listed on the game card

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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Book club sets are now available to place holds on in our Catalog! Click here to learn more.

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Diane Crawford

PPLD's Artist in Residence for February and March was 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 hosted classes throughout the Library District about alcohol inks, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c.

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John Spears

The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selection of John Spears as the next Executive Director of the district. “Over the past 5 years, Pikes Peak Library District has earned the reputation as a true pioneer of 21st century library services,” said PPLD Board of Trustees President Ken Beach. “Our vision of elevating these services to the next level requires a ‘unique’ individual to lead the Library forward from this point. Understanding the importance of the decision, the Board has spent 15 months in the search process and we are pleased and excited that John Spears has accepted our offer to lead PPLD to that next level. John is a groundbreaking visionary and exceptional leader.”

John Spears is the current Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library. He leads a staff of 325 employees in a seven facility city library with an operating budget of $17.9 million. While at Salt Lake City Public Library, Spears:

• Created a Library Service Model Team that examines and continually recommends improvements for library operations

• Partnered with the Salt Lake City School District to allow parents to obtain a library card for their children as a part of online school enrollment

• Oversaw the creation and implementation of the Library’s first digital media studios and makerspaces

• Worked with more than 30 social service and governmental organizations to create “Project Uplift,” a semiannual resource fair for those experiencing homelessness

“The Salt Lake City Library District is a bit smaller and more compact (area wise) than PPLD, but the reality is that John has been guiding the district on a path similar to that of PPLD with our vision around 21c. I am quite sure he will hit the ground running with no problem,” Beach said.

Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City, Spears was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. Spears obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Spears responded to his leadership role at the El Paso County-wide Pikes Peak Library District by saying, “My career has encompassed this role in a variety of libraries – rural, suburban, and urban, and I am well versed in the specific traits that make each of these unique.”

Added Beach, “John’s extensive experience across the spectrum of library land is a perfect fit for PPLD. He understands that the service needs for 21c are different than the needs for example of those at say Monument, High Prairie, and Sand Creek.”

Spears will now lead a library district comprised of 14 community libraries, three mobile libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of Pikes Peak Library District is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community. Spears will begin his new position in late January.

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WiFi

Do you need access to the Internet at home, work, or on the road?

Try checking out one of the WiFi hotspots now available through PPLD! Click here to place a hold on a hotspot.

The tablets are available to patrons ages 12 and over who have had a PPLD library card for at least 90 days. They check out for three weeks. Overdue fines $1 per day with $20 maximum ($100 if item is lost).

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What: Pikes Peak Library District Kids Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2015
Who: Birth - Grade 6 welcome to participate!
Why: Read books and earn prizes!

Register for Summer Reading!

How to Play:

  1. Register at any PPLD Library or online (registration link available June 1 at 9 a.m.)
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete 9 spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every 2 picture books read to you.
  3. Collect your prize at your nearest PPLD Library.
  4. When you reach prize 3, you have completed the game! Congratulations!

Please play this game only once, but keep reading in the Super Hero Readers bonus round!
Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a star for every 5 hours you read.
  2. After each completed 5 hours visit your library and a your name to our super Hero readers display.
  3. When you complete 25 hours you earn cool shoe bling, and enter a drawing for a Hero party!

Baby/Toddler:
You don't have to be reading on your own yet to play. In the baby/toddler game (ages 0-2), you mark a space each time you share a book or do an activity with your baby. Win some fun bubbles, a finger puppet, and a board book.

But wait! There's more!
Over 800 programs this summer are all free, and include art, science, magicians, legos, puppets, music, animals, crafts, and dinosaurs. You can even come in and practice reading to a real live dog! At the end of July, we have four parties with inflatables, bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Reading Buddies

Thank you to our sponsors!

Coupon Information

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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High Prairie Library Launches Seed Library

The High Prairie Seed Library officially launched on Saturday, April 25, 2015!

PPLD is very proud of the hard work that Rhonda Curtis, High Prairie staff member extraordinaire, has put into this 2 year project.

High Prairie Library kicked off the grand opening with a speech from Rhonda (and tutorial), ribbon cutting, cake (carrot), refreshments, and lots of community engagement! In the process of creating the Seed Library we have made some strong connections to our communities in the area, garden clubs, and independent farmers, including generations of growers in the county extending to Calhan.

High Prairie Library will conduct a contest for the biggest pumpkin patrons can grow using the giant pumpkin seeds from the Seed Library! The pumpkins will be judged at the 4th Annual Harvest Festival on October 3, 2015.

A special thanks goes to the High Prairie Friends and staff, who have all contributed both time and resources to help get the Seed Library open.

The High Prairie Seed Library joins the Manitou Springs Seed Library as PPLD's two seed repositories.

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Winner 2015: The Gazette's Best of the Springs

Pikes Peak Library District was honored in two categories by The Gazette's Best of the Springs!

Expert Pick for Hands-Down Great Place for Kids
"On any given day of the week, parents can find a free educational event for their kids to attend at one of the many libraries of the Pikes Peak Library District. From newborns to teens, the district makes an effort to reach out to all kids and give them age-appropriate programming and resources to help them learn more. Programming is especially good in the summer months when the libraries bring music, crafts, animals, and movies for kids and parents to enjoy together."

Voter's Choice for Teen Hangout
"Teens can enjoy myriad activities, get help with reading, writing and math homework as well as learn how to use library resources for research and enjoyment. The district has organized a wide range of unique programs including workshops in electronics, gaming, tutoring and knitting."

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