PPLD Teens

Teen plays guitar

This talent contest is for teens entering grades 6 - 12. Perform a song vocally or with an instrument. Recite a poem or perform a scene from your favorite script. Whatever your talent is, share it! Grand prize includes gifts from businesses such as The Bookman, The Climb Books, Patsy's Candies, Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and Savelli’s Pizza, Pasta, and Subs!

Registration is required. Click here to register.

  • When: Sat., July 18 from 4 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Where: Ute Pass Library, 8010 Severy Rd., Cascade

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Know a Lot?

Think you know a lot? Come show us at one (or more) of our Trivia 'Nights' happening at 4 different libraries during our Summer Reading Program. Gather a team and compete for glory or come and get grouped at the event! This event is for anyone in grades 6-12.

Penrose Library
Thu., June 18; 6-8:30 p.m.; 20 N. Cascade Ave
Library 21c
Tue., July 7; 3-4:30 p.m.; 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Old Colorado City Library
Thu., July 9; 2-4:30 p.m.; 2418 West Pikes Peak Ave
Ruth Holley Library
Thu., July 23; 3:30-5 p.m.; 685 North Murray Blvd.

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What: Pikes Peak Library District Teen Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2015
Who: Grades 6 - 12 welcome to participate!
Why: Read books and earn prizes!

Register for Summer Reading!

Game Card

How the game works: For each level, read 3 books or 9 hours (mix and match to complete each level). To complete the program, teens need to read a total of 9 books or 27 hours by July 31st.

Level 1: Read 3 books or 9 hours
You get a pack of coupons for:

  • Sertich Ice Center: free session + skate rental
  • Plato’s Closet: $5 gift card
  • Yo Yogurt: free 3 oz. frozen yogurt or a Yo Pop
  • Del Taco: free two taco combo meal (#5 or #6)
  • Louie’s Pizza: free lunch special (slice of pizza and drink)
  • School Crossing: popcorn or candy sampler
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: free Lil’ Hoagie sandwich

Level 2: Read 3 more books or 9 hours
You get a book or journal!

Level 3: Read 3 more books or 9 hours
You get a cool Summer Reading t-shirt!

Complete the program by July 31 for a chance to win a tablet!!

Read On!
Completed the Summer Reading Program? Don’t stop now! Each additional book you read adds to our goal of beating last year’s record. Stop by the library to let us know the book! We can do it!

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Thank you to our sponsors!

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2015 Teen Fiction Contest

The Challenge:

Write an original fiction story of up to 2,500 words that begins with the sentence: “Sunlight and shadow flashed across the mountain.”* What happens from there is up to you!

Who can Enter:

Middle school or high school students who are El Paso County residents.


The deadline for this contest has passed.

Winners will be notified by August 14, 2015.

The top five middle school and the top five high school entries will be published in a PPLD eBook anthology.

We take our theme for this year’s teen fiction contest from the library theme: Transformation at Elevation.

*A big thanks to Scribes & Bards (East Library), Teen Writing Group (Library 21c), and the Penrose Teen Writers’ Association (Penrose Library) for the selection of this year’s first line!


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Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award Logo

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and vote on the winner - adults do not vote.

Click here to VOTE through Dec. 31, 2015!

The 2016 titles are:
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
The Infinite Sea (5th Wave Book 2) by Rick Yancey
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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With over 1,400 votes, the winner of the 2015 Book Madness is....

Fellowship of the Ring
by J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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AudioFile Presents Sync

This summer AudioFile will be giving out two free eAudioBooks a week (between May 7 and August 13) to anyone 13 or older through a program called SYNC. These books are delivered through the Overdrive app and, once downloaded, are yours...forever! Make sure to check out all the titles available this summer! And while you're there, sign up to receive email or text reminders on their home page.

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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!

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

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

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

Natalia Valentine
Infinite Sky
High School - Coordinators' Choice

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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German style board game pieces, commonly called Meeples

Love playing board games? Want to try out new games each month and meet other teens interested in board games? Come to the Teen TableTop Gaming Club at Library 21c. We meet the first Friday of the month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the teen area. Each month we learn and play a different game (and sometimes get out old favorites as well!). Drop by and maybe you'll discover your new favorite game! For ages 12-18. Co-sponsored by Petrie's Family Games!

When: 1st Fridays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Library 21c teen area

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Miner with a pick axe

Help is available! Career Compass features career guidance, classes and resume writing--even including LIVE help!
Already have the preparation complete? Awesome. Now you are ready for Student-Youth Job Search Websites. Here you will find a collection of 7 different websites that all feature TEEN jobs.

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