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Old Colorado City Library (OL)

Old Colorado City Library

Address:
2418 West Pikes Peak Ave - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Phone: (719) 634-1698
Contact Us

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

Bus Route: 3

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Friends of Old Colorado City Library

The Old Colorado City Friends Book Store is open during regular Library hours.

Meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of January, April, July, and October.

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


 

What's New!

Deb Bartos

PPLD's Artist in Residence for September and October 2016 is Deb Bartos, an oil painter who loves exploring the natural world and teaching students about color. She continues to develop her knowledge about how light and color work together, and is fascinated by the process.

She will be teaching classes throughout the District and hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

How to Create the Illusion of Depth in Your Paintings
We will use a limited palette in acrylic paints to learn the skill of color mixing and how to create both depth and luminosity in your work. Warning-it may lead to wanting to paint even more! Registration required. Patron must be ages 16+.

Studio Hours at Library 21c

  • Wed., Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Fri., Sept. 23 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thu., Sept. 29 from 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 5 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Mon., Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Fri.. Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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Putting the Pub Back in Public Libraries

Join PPLD as we help put the pub back in public libraries!

What to do:

  1. Head to your nearest library location and pick up your Brew Tour Passport
  2. Visit any of the participating breweries listed on the Passport
  3. While you're there, have the brewery stamp your Passport
  4. Get at least six stamps on your Passport before September 30 and head to your nearest Library location for a FREE limited-edition pint glass!

No purchase necessary. Pint glasses are available while supplies last.

Special Thanks To:

Bristol Brewing
Fossil Craft Beer Company
Gold Camp Brewing
Great Storm Brewing
Manitou Brewing Company
Nano 108 Brewing Company
Peaks N Pines Brewery
Pikes Peak Brewing
Red Leg Brewing
Smiling Toad Brewery
Storybook Brewing
Whistle Pig Brewing

Questions? Contact Heidi at hbuljung@ppld.org.

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Urban Peak

All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) is an annual program in which we encourage readers from our area to read the same book. For teens, the 2016 selection is The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. In this book, Frankie pulls many pranks in an effort to move her conservative private school forward. This supply drive for Urban Peak is not a prank, but is meant to help teens experiencing homelessness in our area. Urban Peak supplies basic needs and "intensive case management, health services, and education & employment support, which are all designed to empower each individual youth build toward self-sufficiency based on their own identified goals and needs."

E. Lockhart will be speaking on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Book signing to follow the presentation.

Please help by donating any of these items at all PPLD locations between Sept. 16 - Nov. 6.

  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Slim Jim’s (individual sizes)
  • Beef Jerky (individual sizes)
  • Cliff bars
  • Trail Mix/ Nut Mixes (individual sizes)
  • **Twin/full blankets or comforters (not fancy, for clients sleeping outside)
  • Disposable razors
  • Trial size shaving creams
  • Trial size deodorant
  • **Men’s boxers (NEW) in sizes medium and large
  • Women’s underwear (NEW) in sizes small-xlg
  • Men’s new socks (white crew socks are best, and thicker winter weather socks)
  • Bath towels (new or very gently used) – we are fine on wash cloths and hand towels
  • Men’s size belts
  • Dress Shoes (also for interviews)
  • **Sturdy bookbag Backpacks
  • Black Non-Slip Shoes (for clients who work in the food service industry)
  • Solid work boots for those who work outside
  • Ear Buds

**indicates greatest need

Thank you in advance for supporting Urban Peak!

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All Pikes Peak Reads 2016: STORIES

Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 15th year in 2016! Each year, PPLD selects at least three books that we encourage community members to read and discuss. This year, we have three fabulous selections and will be hosting the authors for each book as well as offering a variety of programming based on both the books and the theme.

Click here for a complete schedule of APPR programming.

The APPR theme for 2016 is STORIES. The human condition has always relied on stories. From the fables and teachings of our modern history to the stories related to us each day as the latest news, stories have impacted us all in different ways. Storytellers are everywhere. Stories are part of us.

Here are the three books we have chosen to focus on this year:

Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Hidden AmericaThis is our adult selection, but may also be appropriate for teens. Hidden America offers the reader the chance to explore parts of American life that are rarely thought or talked about by society at large. This is a remarkable piece of non-fiction that is perfectly described on its cover: “From coal miners to cowboys, an extraordinary exploration of the unseen people who make this country work.”
Laskas will be speaking at Library 21c on Tue., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow. Books for purchase will be provided by Barnes & Noble.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksThe teen selection, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks follows a young boarding school student as she tries to break into the school’s all-male secret society. It was a Michael L. Printz honoree in 2009, and was a National Book Award finalist in 2008. E. Lockhart will be coming to Colorado Springs for a talk and a book signing that has been made possible by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation.
E. Lockhart’s author talk will be on Fri., Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Library 21c. A book signing will follow. Books for purchase will be provided by Barnes & Noble.

Waiting for Augusta by Jessica Lawson

Waiting for AugustaFinally, the children’s selection, called an “absorbing work of historical fiction” by School Library Journal, is Waiting for Augusta by Jessica Lawson. Set in the rural South in the early 1970s, the book tackles many important issues such as grief, racism, friendship, and of course, growing up.

We are very excited about this year’s selections, and we look forward to your participation in author visits and other APPR programming.

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PPLD has an opening on its Board of Trustees. This position is a meaningful public service commitment for the community oriented individual.

A link to the Position Description and Application Form is located below.

Applications should be mailed to:

Pikes Peak Library District
Attention: Board Applications
PO Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

Or emailed to shammond@ppld.org.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, October 11 at noon.

Seven members serve on the our Board of Trustees. The term of office is five years; vacancies are filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. In order to encourage greater participation on the Board from the community, Board members may serve for no more than two terms regardless of the length of any unexpired term served.

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It's Back to School Time!

PPLD would like to wish all our students and parents a great school year. Here are some resources we offer to help with your studies:

And of course, you can always chat with a librarian by clicking the "Chat Now!" button, or email us at Ask a Librarian.

Good luck out there!

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Shake those wiggles out and have some fun with music and movement activities and a story! Join us for a very special storytime involving music and movement, aimed at ages 2 and 3. Caregivers and children participate through movement to songs and rhymes. A fun one-on-one time with your child while fostering learning, coordination and a love of music.

Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
When: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m

Where: Library 21c
When: Wednesdays, 9:30, 10:15, and 11 a.m.

Where: Manitou Springs Library
When: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Old Colorado City Library
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 2 p.m.

Where: Penrose Library
When: Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

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Pikes Peak Library District is proud to introduce our new website!

New ppld.org has the same basic layout of information as the old site, but with

  • Bonus content and features
  • Improved functionality
  • Updated look and feel
  • Mobile friendly design

Please take a few minutes to watch this short video about what our new website has to offer:

Please take some time to look around and contact us with any questions or comments.

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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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Sarah Pottenger, Winner My Westside-Our Voice Essay Contest

Old Colorado City Library is pleased to announce the winners of our essay contest, My Westside--Our Voice. Our generous Friends of the Library supported this programming with a $100 prize for first place. The winner, Sarah Pottenger, is also published in the November 21, 2013 edition of the Westside Pioneer. Enjoy reading her essay along with our runners-up, Andrea Corley and Victor Shepard.

Your Westside is My Westside Now, by Sarah Pottenger - Winner

I’m a third-generation Colorado Springs native, and I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else. I grew up near Academy Boulevard, but some of my best memories are of visits to the Westside, whether to visit my parents’ old haunts, see the house where my grandmother was born, or just to take the car to the mechanic. Driving to the Westside was an event, taking half an hour.

I lived in that same house off Academy for twenty years. Then my family downsized from our house to a duplex just north of Old Colorado City. We moved here in 2010, and though it was a terrible move, we were here. For my parents, returning to the Westside was like coming home. For me, it was a dream come true. Every week one of us remarks that we still can’t believe we get to live here, even after nearly four years.

As a lifelong reader, I love the Old Colorado City Library. We can drive there in just a few minutes, or walk in half an hour. I probably visit three times a week, and it’s the prettiest, friendliest library in town. We’re also just minutes away from Fire Station #5, housing the wonderful firefighters who not only came to our rescue when my bedroom flooded during the September 12 storm, but also arrived within moments when my dad suffered a heart attack right before Christmas last year.

When we were children, my brother and I loved to come to the Westside. The Creamery was (and still is) our favorite ice cream shop. We liked to visit souvenir stores, dipping our hands into wooden bins brimming with polished rocks. My parents pointed out houses belonging to friends and relatives. My mom told stories about running downhill from school and spending nights with her grandparents, one set on Chestnut and one set on Uintah.

I have always loved it here. I pinch myself every day, hardly believing that I get to live here, that every time the car heads west, I’m going home.

The Circle in the Square, by Victor Shepard - Runner-Up

It’s funny how memories work. The passing of fifty five or so years doesn't diminish the desire to somehow recapture the beauty and love that were experienced so long ago. I know the ice cream was much sweeter and creamier then. The flowers my grandma raised were much more fragrant than flowers are today. And most definitely people were so much kinder then. People didn't have the apprehension and distance that is so prevalent today. At least that’s the way I choose to remember it.

Every child looks forward to summer and my summers always included visiting my grandmother in the “burg” of Colorado City. This was the main highlight of every summer and a time that I remember fondly. Grandma’s house was only a block away from the library where I read the adventures of the places I was going to visit one day when I was “old.” In close proximity were the drug stores with real fountains like Cooper-Lidke and the Rexall, a good place to get a chocolate or cherry Coke. Then I’d buy a fifteen cent wooden plane at the Duckwalls, which would last about ten minutes. In the center of this playground neighborhood was a park to play in with a central square and the treasure of the town, the first capitol of Colorado. This park was a hub where the entire neighborhood was welcomed and encouraged to come to.

Wednesday nights in the “burg” were the most special because that was the night when there was square dancing in the park. Although I was only six or seven, it was a weekly ritual that included special food and more importantly, staying up late. I’d get to wear my little cowboy boots and western shirt and get pinches from my grandma’s friends. Watching the big people in their fancy clothes, swiftly moving through difficult dance maneuvers, was quite a sight. But they all seemed happy and certainly appeared to be having a good time. Eventually, the inevitable happened, grandma wanted me to ask a very apprehensive little girl to dance. I was not a completely willing participant in the process but the coaxing finally compelled us wee ones to join in the confusing mob moving to an old man’s call on a screechy microphone. We were both confused and afraid of being trampled by the big people as they sashayed and promenaded around in close order. Somehow we devised our own rhythm and moves and somehow managed to avoid serious contact and injury. The more time we spent dancing the more fun it became. The dance seemed to last late into the night, and I must have been especially tired, as my grandma was forced to carry me home.

Yes, memories can cause us to smile and dancing can still wear me out but I wouldn't trade a moment I've experienced for half a dollar. I still love the park, the band shell and the fistful of valuable and memorable experiences that Bancroft Park has given me throughout many happy years.

Lower Gold Camp Road Today "Ties", by Andrea Corley - Runner-Up

I am a transplant, not a native Westsider. I came here to college and really never left. I have lived in the same place on the Westside for 46 years. I married a local man with Westside ties – railroad ties. His grandfather bought one of the railroads that traveled through the Westside to Cripple Creek a century ago, tore it up, sold the rolling stock and made a toll road for automobiles on the CS&CCDRY bed. It is now called the Gold Camp Road.

Yesterday, driving with a friend on Lower Gold Camp Road, we passed the ground-breaking for a new facility east of my friend’s home at The Village at Skyline. She did not know what is to be built there, but reading the current Westside Pioneer I learned it is to be a memory facility called Morning Star at Bear Creek. I thought” how fitting” in an area full of my family’s memories. The road we were traveling on next to this new facility was once-upon-a-time the initial part of what was called the Corley Mountain Highway. It was gently graded for train traffic first, as the route west out of Colorado Springs to the foothills for the railroad nicknamed ( because it was) the Short Line to Cripple Creek. Now a city street, Lower Gold Camp Road has become, according to Bill Vogrin in the Gazette, a race track for prospective buyers testing their new cars.

Next time you are there, testing or not, imagine the trains going and coming on that very roadway, loaded with freight or gold ore depending on the direction of travel, plains or mountains up ahead, tracks and ties, not tires, underneath you. Then, remember the clickety-clack rhythm of any train ride you have taken, and this becomes Time Travel for the Twenty-first Century with memories of your own. For me, a transplant in my adopted neighborhood, it becomes ties to my family members in their own time and place.

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