Old Colorado City Library

Old Colorado City Library

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2418 West Pikes Peak Ave
Colorado Springs, CO
80904
A History of the Carnegie Building

Old Colorado City Library PearltreesPhone: (719) 634-1698

Hours:
Mon. - Thurs.: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri. and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun.: Closed
Holiday Hours and Closures

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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!

Call for Makers and Artists

The Library 21c makerspaces of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster these endeavors, PPLD is starting its Maker/Artist in Residence Program.

We are looking for makers and artists to teach and engage patrons for six-week contracts through spring 2015. The call closes Tuesday, September 30.

If you have any questions, email makeart@ppld.org.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for six weeks.
  • Five (5) hours of studio time per week onsite in Library 21c held at various days/times throughout the week to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations. All programs/classes will be made available to the general public, with PPLD responsible for participant signup. All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD. These programs/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.
  • Contract payment of $1,400, with up to another $300 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
  • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
  • Contractor will coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the Maker/Artist Application
  • Submit a one page write-up proposal explaining your knowledge or craft, what you would plan to do for your studio hours project, the programs/classes you would like to present, and how they would benefit our patrons. Attach it to your email with your application. Applications without a proposal will not be considered. Proposals need to be in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • If you have pictures you would like to submit with your application, please provide a link to a web address containing those photos in your email. If you must attach a photo, the size of all of the attachments cannot be greater than 10 MB.
  • Interviews will be held for makers and artists who are being considered.
  • If offered a residency, the maker/artist must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement and fill out an IRS W9 form.
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    Ally Condie

    Ally Condie, author of the Matched series, is coming to Pikes Peak Library District!

    Friday, Nov. 14
    7 - 8 p.m.
    Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
    Book signing to follow!
    Library 21c

    But, wait! Do you want meet her? Let us know your top 25 books to be entered into a drawing for you and a friend to attend a reception before the presentation.

    To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 now and then vote for the top 100 starting on October 15.

    In Matched, Society has determined the best Hundred Songs, Hundred Paintings, Hundred Stories, and Hundred Poems. Everything else has been eliminated. That won't happen at PPLD, but we want to know what your top 25 stories are. Please fill out the survey below and let us know what you think. Come back on October 15 to vote for the top 100 books based on your suggestions!

    The contest is open to students in grades 6 to 12 in the Pikes Peak Library District (your library card number must start with the number 4).

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    Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

    Celebrate your Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week! This year BBW is September 21 - 27! Public libraries support access to information and your freedom to read.

    Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the third year, PPLD is participating and we hope you will help us.

    Virtual Read-Out
    Wed., Sept. 24
    3:30 to 5 p.m.
    East Teen Center at the East Library
    Readers of All Ages Welcome!

    During the Virtual Read-Out, readers of all ages (including you!) will be recorded for up to 3 minutes talking about the book that you choose! A form is provided below to help you write your piece.

    Below is a list of frequently banned or challenged books.

    Take a look at these quick, great videos of local teens and adults talking about some of their favorite banned or challenged books.

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    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    With over 300 votes cast, the winner of the PPLD 2014 Book Madness is
    The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green! Thank you for participating!

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    Yearbooks

    We are looking to fill in gaps in our Pikes Peak region high school yearbooks collection. After several years of contacting high school yearbook offices and alumni groups, we have added several hundred more volumes, but we still have holes to fill. We are the main repository in the area for these yearbooks and perhaps the only place where they are easily accessible. They are used extensively by our genealogy patrons, high school students, and those recently graduated from high school.

    To serve our patrons better, we would like to have as complete a collection as possible. Therefore, we would like to appeal to our patrons to complete this task. Click here to see which yearbooks we are missing. If you have any yearbooks on this list that you are willing to donate to us, please contact the Library at (719) 531-6333, x2253.

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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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    PPLD Awarded El Pomar Challenge Grant for 21st Century Library Campaign

    At a special event held at Penrose Library on Wednesday, February 13, El Pomar Foundation announced it had approved a challenge grant of $750,000 to support the Library’s Tri-Building Project to create a 21st Century library system, which will bring significant improvements to Pikes Peak Library District.

    The funds from El Pomar are earmarked for use at PPLD’s Penrose Library, but the funds will allow for wider District-wide improvements at PPLD, including renovations and upgrades at PPLD’s East Library and the opening of a new facility in 2014 at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive as well. PPLD’s new facility will feature content creation areas for creative professionals, business incubation and hoteling space for small businesses and nonprofits, enhanced areas for job seekers to find career assistance, and much more!

    El Pomar’s generous grant will allow the Library to move forward on construction and renovation in 2013, with a projected opening of the new facility in 2014. The challenge grant is contingent upon The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation raising $3.15 million by January 1, 2016.

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