Penrose Library

Penrose Library

Penrose Library FacebookAddress:
20 N. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 531-6333

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Holiday Hours and Closures

Friends of Penrose Library

Bus Route: 3 and 9

Metered Parking:
$.25 for 30 min. Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

FREE Wireless!
Laptop Loans
Study Room


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Friends of East Library

Penrose Library operates a staffed bookstore in the lobby during Library hours.

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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    book cover for Matched by 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!

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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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    Join us for the 4th Annual Latina Voices - Sharing Latina Experiences - The Past, Present, and Future.

    Speakers will include

    • Rosana Ramponi - President & CEO, PRONTOCOM
    • Herman and Patricia Martinez - Board of Directors, Hilos Culturales,
    • Christina M. Sigala - Curandera, and Professor Chicana/o Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver

    When: Saturday, September 20 - Registration at 9:30 a.m., Program at 10
    Where: Penrose Library - Carnegie Reading Room
    Cost: FREE!

    Click here for more information.

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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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    Let us know how we are doing!

    Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

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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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    Postcard for September

    Beginning in June, and continuing for the next eighteen months, PPLD’s Special Collections will be releasing a free postcard featuring notable women who have made important contributions to the city of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

    Each card will contain a small biographical description inviting you to learn more about these extraordinary women. You can drop by Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie at Penrose Library to receive your postcard.

    The images on the postcards are all from PPLD’s Photo Archives, housed in the 1905 Carnegie. Photographs constitute one of Special Collections’ most valuable resources. Numbering more than 500,000 items, the archive contains images depicting Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region, Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West, and the Southwest. Collections include a wide variety of formats and processes including glass plate negatives, stereo views, postcards, albumen prints, and cyanotypes, as well as negatives, slides, silver gelatin prints, and born-digital images.

    Over 11,000 of these images have been digitized and can be easily searched through our Digital Photo Archives at photos.ppld.org.

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    Book a Librarian

    Can’t find the information you need? Have a research project? Pikes Peak Library District has a brand new program to help you.

    Professional librarians at the East and Penrose Libraries are available to assist you with your information needs, whether you are looking for a great book to read, starting a business, or researching local history.

    Research topics include, but are not limited to, finding materials for children or teens, locating health and wellness information, beginning legal research, and finding grant information for nonprofits. If you would like to learn how to search the library’s catalog or subscription databases more efficiently, we can help you with that too.

    Begin by completing the online form on our website. From our home page (ppld.org), click on Research and select Book a Librarian. You can also locate the service by clicking on the dropdown arrow under "How do I?" on the left side of the home page and selecting Book a Librarian.

    Fill out the form with your information, including your library card number. If your research request differs from the options provided, describe your question or research need in as much detail as possible.
    We’ll look at your request and determine the best person on our staff to meet with you based on expertise and availability. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to schedule your appointment. Appointments may be scheduled for up to one hour at either the East or Penrose Library.

    The Book a Librarian service is open to any PPLD cardholder. We cannot offer advice (e.g., medical, legal, investment) except to advise users of reputable sources of evaluative information. Also, we cannot offer troubleshooting or maintenance help with personal computers or devices. However, computer classes are available at several PPLD locations.

    For questions, you can contact PPLD by email, chat, phone, or in person at any of our fourteen locations.

    By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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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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    An Assistive Technology Station is an area set aside with equipment and software designed to help patrons who are blind, visually impaired, or those who have limited or no use of their hands to assist them with reading and writing tasks and accessing other resources on a personal computer. Pikes Peak Library District has two such stations: at Penrose and East libraries.

    A typical station is equipped with an adjustable table, a large-print keyboard, a track ball mouse, headphones with attached microphone, and speakers. The computers are loaded with specialized software.

    Although Library staff have a general knowledge of what is available at each location, it is the patron who becomes the expert user. The applications are so specialized with numerous hot keys and set-up requirements, they are mastered only as one spends time using each program.

    For more information about these stations, you can watch the PPLD TV video above, email dmassie@ppld.org, or call (719) 531-6333, x1371 or x2309.

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