3:13 pm - Wednesday December 18, 2971

Programs for Adults at the Library in September

All library programs are free unless otherwise noted. 
For more information, visit ppld.org.

All Pikes Peak Library District facilities will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.
Happy Needles
Do you have a passion for needlecrafts?  Come share your passion with others.  Bring your project and join in the fun and fellowship.  All are welcome!
Saturday, Sept. 1 and 15 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. – High Prairie Library
Digging For Your Family Roots
Come join our genealogical research group as we explore and share the many tools and resources for “digging your family roots”. Katherine Sturdevant, author of Bringing Your Family History To Life Through Social History, will be our speaker. She will share with us the secrets to bringing your research to life.
Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. – High Prairie Library
Fiction Book Group
Please join us as we discuss The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein.
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. – Cheyenne Mountain Library
Genealogy on the Internet
This monthly class explores new research resources available online. Computer experience desired. Call for more details!
Thursday, Sept. 6 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Fountain Library
Xeriscaping for Coloradans: Your Yard Beautiful (APPR Partner Program)
Colorado Springs Utilities shares great information to transform your. Come and learn how you can save money and still have a beautiful yard.
Friday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. – Briargate Library
Homeschool Science Lab
Homeschooled students can use PPLD’s science equipment for parent-assigned experiments, with the help of our volunteer. A parent must accompany the student.
Friday, Sept. 7 and 21 from 1 – 3 p.m. – East Library
Palmer Lake Book Group
New members are welcome and no registration is required at this monthly book club.  Please call 481-2587 for the current selection.
Friday, Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. – Palmer Lake Library
Surviving Disaster
Come for a screening of the PBS documentary, Surviving Disaster, which is based on the All Pikes Peak Reads book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why by Amanda Ripley. Learn how to be the one who survives – against all odds.
Saturday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. – Fountain Library
Flag Retirement Ceremony
In remembrance of Patriot’s Day, the public is invited to join us as the Boy Scouts perform a flag retirement ceremony. If you would like your flag to be included, please call High Prairie Library at 260-3650.
Saturday, Sept. 8 from 4 – 5 p.m. – High Prairie Library
Playaway Day!
Come play on our Playaways, our digital devices that come preloaded with your favorite audiobooks!
Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – High Prairie Library
Community Cinema
Join us for the Independent Film Society’s presentation of the documentary film Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity. For additional information, please visit website:communitycinema.org.
Saturday, Sept. 8 from 2 – 3 p.m. – High Prairie Library
Walking Tours of Historic Old Colorado City
Join library staff for a 45-minute walking tour of historic Old Colorado City. No registration necessary, but groups should call ahead. Please come prepared for weather – sunny or cool accordingly. In case of rain, a slideshow will be presented in the library meeting room. Contact David if you have questions.
Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Old Colorado City Library
Monday Morning Movie
This month’s movie is called Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, (Rated PG-13, 133 minutes). Refreshments provided by the Friends.
Monday, Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. – Cheyenne Mountain Library
Career Compass Lab
In this class, you will learn about library resources that can help with your job search, resume, and interviewing skills. Call 389-8968 to register!
Monday, Sept. 10 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. – East Library
Homeschool Tools
Come and learn about the many library resources available to homeschool families.
Monday, Sept. 10 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – East Library
East Creative Writing Group
East Library’s writing group for adults meets monthly to discuss poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction writing, share ideas and writing experiences with other writers, work on writing exercises and more. Please feel free to bring a double-spaced manuscript of no more than five pages for feedback and discussion.
Monday, Sept. 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. – East Library
Lunch and Movie
Bring your lunch and enjoy a free movie. This month we’re watching The Hunger Games (Rated PG-13, 142 min.)
Tuesday, Sept. 11 from noon – 2:30 p.m. – Penrose Library
Learn Japanese
Students will learn the basics of the Japanese language, including grammar and vocabulary.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 and 25 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. – East Library
Briargate Book Club
This month we’re reading The Past Came Hunting by Donnell Ann Bell.
Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. – Briargate Library
AARP Mature Safe Driving Program
The nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. Upon successfully completing the course, graduates may present their course completion certificate to their insurance agents for a discount. A minimum of 10 students is required for the class to be held. Charge for the four-hour course is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Class size is limited.  Registration is required, please call 203-4972.
Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 1 – 5 p.m. – High Prairie Library
Career Compass
This class is both an introduction to library resources for job seekers and computer lab time with assistance. Some possible topics include resume and cover letter writing, career and industry research, job searches, etc. Please contact the instructor prior to class with your specific needs.
Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Penrose Library
Speak German
A conversation group for non-native speakers who wish to practice German. Some German language skills are recommended. For information, call 531-6333, x1315.
Thursday, Sept. 13 and 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. – East Library
Adult Computer Classes – Learn on Demand online training at Old Colorado City Library
PPLD offers this free online training in MS Office products to all patrons whose library card starts with a 4. These evening classes will introduce patrons to the subscription database: Learn on Demand, create an account for them, and get them started on one particular product. Prerequisites: Computer and Windows Basics. Patrons must have a library card starting with 4 and know their PIN. Sign up online or call any library. Classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. Call the Old Colorado City Library for more information at 719-634-1698.
  • Thu., September 13:  Learn On Demand online training — MS Word 2007
  • Thu., September 20:  Learn On Demand online training — MS Excel 2007
  • Thu., September 27:  Learn On Demand online training — MS PowerPoint 2007
Bring your crochet or knitting needles and some yarn and have fun with fellow crafters.
Friday, Sept. 14 and 28 at 10 a.m. – Briargate Library
Falcon Garden Club
Visitors are heartily invited to join us.  Visit our website at www.falcongardenclub.org
Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. – noon – High Prairie Library
Stitch in the Ditch Quilters and other crafts 
Crafters meet for help, fun, and conversation.
Monday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. – Fountain Library
AARP Mature Safe Driving Program
The nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. Upon successfully completing the course, graduates may present their course completion certificate to their insurance agents for a discount. A minimum of 10 students is required for the class to be held. Charge for the four-hour course is $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Class size is limited and registration is required.
Monday, Sept. 17 from 1 – 5 p.m. – East Library
A Writing Life
Bring your favorite writing tools and your imagination to this writing program for adults.  Both novice and experienced writers are welcome.
Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Briargate Library
Mystery Book Group
Read a British Mystery book and join us for discussion.
Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. – Cheyenne Mountain Library
World Traveler Book Club
If youre interested in other cultures and countries, this book club is for you. We will be exploring a multitude of places through the written word. This month, we’re exploring Ireland by reading Solace by Belinda McKeon. Call 531-6333, x1307 for details.
Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. – East Library
Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists
This genealogy group meets the third Wednesday of each month and welcomes visitors. Check out their website for more information:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~coppcg.
Wednesday, September 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Old Colorado City Library
Nonprofit Workshop – Care of Volunteers
In today’s challenging economic times, many (if not all) non-profit organizations find that they must depend on volunteer workers in order to maintain their programming – and even to survive. Yet, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find and keep good volunteers. In this workshop led by Dr. David Solly, faculty member at University of the Rockies, you will learn tips and techniques to attract, retain, and maximize the commitment of volunteers for your organization.
Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 9 – 11 a.m. – Penrose Library
AARP Mature Safe Driving Program
A driver refresher course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. Graduates may present their course completion certificate to their insurance agents for a discount. Charge for the four-hour course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Class size is limited and registration is required.
Thursday, Sept. 20 from 1 – 5 p.m. – Monument Library
Homeschool Game Day
Homeschool families will meet in George Fellows Park (behind East Library) for some fun outdoor games. Come on out to play some old favorites as well as some you may never have played before. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy with the other families afterwards.
Friday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – East Library
Lunch and a Movie
Bring your lunch.  We will provide FREE popcorn and movie Snow White and The Huntsman (Rated PG-13, 127 min.) starring Chris Hensworth, Kristen Stewart, and Charlize Theron.
Friday, Sept. 21 from 12:30 – 2:45 p.m. – High Prairie Library
Surviving Disaster
PBS converted Amanda Ripley’s APPR book “The Unthinkable” to film. A light lunch will be served. Please make a reservation online at ppld.org or call 488-2370.
Friday, Sept. 21 from noon – 2 p.m. – Monument Library
Monumental Readers
All patrons are welcome to attend this monthly book club. This month we’re reading the All Pikes Peak Reads nonfiction selection, The Unthinkableby Amanda Ripley.
Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. – Monument Library
Are you ready for the Unthinkable? An All Pikes Peak Read program
 Emergency Preparedness Planner Kathy Russell of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will address matters of emergency preparedness with examples from All Pikes Peak Reads selections and lessons learned from the Waldo Canyon fire.
Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2 – 4 p.m. – Monument Library
Family History 101
Discovering your ancestral past can be an awesome adventure. Vital Records and their substitutes; newspapers, church and cemetery records, give us the data to make up our ancestral “skeletons.” These “bare bone” facts about our ancestors’ lives provide the foundation of our research. Come learn how to excavate the “skeletons” in your family closet. Class size is limited so registration is required. You can register online or by calling 260-3650.
Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. – noon – High Prairie Library
Senior Social
Seniors are invited for friendly conversation and refreshments provided by the Friends
of the Library. No registration required.
Mondays, Sept. 24 from 10:30 a.m. – noon  – Cheyenne Mountain Library
Falcon Book Club
For this month’s book discussion we will be discussing The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Contact Karen atkrwoodco@msn.com for more information. No registration required; join us for conversation and fun.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. – High Prairie Library
History Buffs
Every month this group picks a period of history and members read any book of their choice from that time period. Currently, they are exploring American history in the early 1930s. Expect a lively discussion about the era.
Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. – Monument Library
Nonprofit Workshop – Researching Individuals
Part of the Fundraising Building Blocks series. Learn the role individual donors play in your fundraising strategy, methods for identifying potential major gift donors, and the research tools for effective cultivation and solicitation strategies. Registration is required, please contact Amy Rodda at 531-6333, x2335 to register.
Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 8 – 10 a.m.
HeritageQuest Beyond the Census
Learn more about the other databases offered at HeritageQuest.
Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. – noon
Fountain Book Club
This month we are reading Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. This month’s meeting will include a screening of the keynote address by Willis during the 2012 PPLD Mountain of Authors event.
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. – Fountain Library
Hard Travelin’: Woody Guthrie’s Life and Songs
This unique lecture/mini-concert includes Woody’s Dust Bowl ballads, his songs of the West, and his tributes to America’s farmers, factory workers, and service men.
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. – East Library
Old Colorado City Book Group
New members are welcome at this monthly book club. No registration is required. This month’s selection is: All Pikes Peak Reads Selection The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.
Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Old Colorado City Library
Hard Travelin’: Woody Guthrie’s Life & Songs
While most people remember Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” Daniel Blegen presents much more about Woody’s life and times. Using Woody’s own words and songs, Daniel reminds us of the rich history found in folksongs about the Dust Bowl, the natural wonders of the West, labor unions, patriotism, and the average Joes who built a great country.
Friday, Sept. 28 from 3 – 5 p.m. – High Prairie Library
Saturday, Sept. 29 from 2 – 3 p.m. – Monument Library
Genealogy Level I Workshop
Basic workshop covers genealogy standards, terminology and forms; workbooks and filing systems; vital records and census records.
Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – East Library

Carnegie Day Ice Cream Social
 In conjunction with the Coronado Homecoming Parade and continuing the annual recognition of Andrew Carnegie, the Friends of Old Colorado City are pleased to offer free ice cream in front of the library. Join us in celebrating our history and community (while supplies last!).
Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Old Colorado City Library
Palmer Lake Library Knitting Group
Knitters of all levels are welcome! No registration is required. Bring your project and stay as long as your schedule allows. The group includes experienced knitters who are happy to assist you as you improve your knitting knowledge!
Call 481-2587 for more information.
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – noon – Palmer Lake Library
Speak French
An advanced conversation group: Patrons can contact Donna Becker at 598-4038, Randy Horton at 632-2006, or Nancy Augustus at 578-8769 for information and questions.
Fridays from noon – 1 p.m. – Penrose Library
Speak Spanish Level 1 Afternoons
Level 1 students will learn the basics of pronunciation, sentence structure, and shortcuts to verb conjugation.
Tuesdays from 3 – 4:30 p.m. – East Library
Speak Spanish Level 1 Evenings
Level 1 students will learn the basics of pronunciation, sentence structure, and shortcuts to verb conjugation.
Tuesdays from 7 – 8:30 p.m. – East Library
Speak Spanish Level 3
Level 3 students will practice Spanish conversation and review grammar and language use with fellow Spanish learners.
Thursdays from 1:30 – 3 p.m. – East Library
Speak Spanish – Level 2 Afternoons
Level 2 students will continue to develop vocabulary and verb conjugation.
Mondays from 3 – 4:30 p.m. (No class on Sept. 3) – East Library
Speak English!
Join this informal conversation circle for adults who want to improve their skills and increase their comfort levels when speaking English. No registration is required.
Mondays at 7 p.m. – Monument Library
Senior Synergy
All seniors are welcome to share conversation and a cup of coffee in this casual discussion group.
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. – Monument Library
Socrates Café
This adult group discusses philosophy, religions, spirituality, and the common threads among humanity. Call 488-2370 for more information.
Tuesdays at 1 p.m. – Monument Library
Life Circles
Meeting the first and third Mondays of the month, this supportive writing group provides discipline, inspiration, and structure during the process of writing one’s memories or history.
First and third Mondays at 10 a.m. – Monument Library
Adult Laptop Lab
Library laptops are available for use in our downstairs meeting room. Library staff will be on hand to assist with personal projects or provide practice materials. No registration required, but limited to first 10 attendees. Call the library for more information.
Tuesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. – Old Colorado City Library
Stitch Wits
Come work on your stitching project in the company of others! 1st Monday of the Month is Information Monday, last Monday of the month is Show and Tell. All are welcome! Knitting, crocheting, lap-quilting, embroidery, cross-stitch and more
Mondays at 6:30 p.m. (No class on Monday, Sept. 3 due to Labor Day) – Old Colorado City Library



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