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Anime Prom is Back!! Join us on Friday May 13th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Library 21c for Dancing, Snacking, Big Games, and Crafting. A Cosplay Contest will take place as well as a Door Prize Raffle. Cosplay is encouraged, but not required. Registration is required--click the image to register. For ages 12-18 only!!

Have a question? Contact Amberlyn at arussell@ppld.org

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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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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: Saturday, May 7, 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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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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Teen Summer Reading Get in the Game

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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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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Are you interested in cosplay but don't know how to get started? Or maybe you want to learn new techniques and meet others interested in cosplay too! Join us to create costume pieces utilizing papier-mache techniques with inexpensive materials. Materials will be supplied.

Saturday, April 23rd
2:00-4:00
MAKE @ Library 21c
Ages 12-18, registration is required due to limited space.

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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, 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
“A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P—2nd Place, High School
“Lou” by Arely A.—Coordinator’s Choice, High School
“Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E.—1st Place, High School

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

You can view the winning works here:

Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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hand writing in pen in notebook

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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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: East, Penrose, Sand Creek, Fountain, Ruth Holley, Cheyenne Mountain, Mobile Libraries, Monument, High Prairie, and Library 21c.

Guidelines

  • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2016.
  • Sorry, we are no longer taking submissions.
  • 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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Teen Boy

Most teens in dystopian novels don’t get to pick what they will be when they grow up ... but YOU do!

On the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Ent Conference Center at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), professionals will talk to teens about their careers and the ups and downs of getting where they are, followed by a Q&A session. Must be 12 - 18 to attend. To register, please click on the appropriate link below.

If you are interested in volunteering to talk about your profession during the designated month for your career field, contact rphilipsen(at)ppld(dot)org. Speakers should currently be in the career field they wish to talk about.

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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 - 6:15 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.
Last session for 2016 is on May 23.

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library
Last session for 2016 is on May 16.

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library
Last session for 2016 is on May 23.

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c
Last session for 2016 is on May 25.

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library
Last session for 2016 is on May 12.

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library
Last session for 2016 is on May 21.

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. If the school district closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.

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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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