InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Mon., July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.
Old Colorado City Library will be closed Sat., July 2 - Wed., July 6 while their floors are refinished.

What's New!

General Information

Located at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., MAKE @ East blends high and low tech resources for patrons exploring the range of their creativity. MAKE @ East is available for public use during Open Hours and is generally free, with the exception of some equipment and materials.

About the Space

  • MAKE @ East has a capacity of 14 people
  • MAKE @ East is intended for a broad variety of projects, including some that require hand tools, emit fumes, or use advanced machinery
  • MAKE @ East is open to the public during scheduled
  • Patrons must have a signed User Agreement Liability Waiver on file, have a PPLD library card in good standing, and be at least 9 years of age to use the space.
  • For their safety, minors age 9-11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Patrons must check in at the Computer Commons desk to get an access pass to MAKE @ East.

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  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Silhouette Cameo 2
  • Husqvarna Viking Opal 670 Sewing Machine
  • Brother CS6000i Sewing Machines – 2
  • Brother SE-400 Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • Brother 1034D 3/4 Tread Serger
  • Afinia H480 3D Printer
  • Afinia H800 3D Printer
  • Epilog Zing 16 laser cutter

Conversion Machines

  • Toshiba DVR260KU – DVD Video Recorder/Video Cassette Recorder
    • VHS → DVD
  • VuPoint Solutions All-in-One Digital Converter FC-D680-VP
    • Slide, Photo Negative, Photo → .jpg (can save to SD card or personal computer)
  • TEAC LP-R550USB CD Recorder with Turntable/Cassette Player
    • Record or Cassette → .mp3 (can save to CD or personal computer with recording software like Audacity)

Open Hours Schedule

March 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

April 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

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PPLD is partnering with ELI (Entrepreneurship Learning Initiative) to present this program. The information session and book discussion are free. There is a fee for the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs. (See description for details.)

Day Series

Ice House Information Session

  • Tue., April 26 from 10 - 11 a.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Pine Room

Who Owns the Ice House? Book Discussion

  • Wed., May 4 and 11 from 9 - 11 a.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Pine Room

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

Wed., June 1 - Introduction & Course Overview
Wed., June 8 – Lessons 1 & 2
Wed., June 15 – Lessons 3 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Wed., June 22 – Lessons 4 & 5
Wed., June 29 – Lessons 6 & 7
Wed., July 6 – Lesson 8 & Opportunity Discovery Canvas
Wed., July 13 – Final Presentations
Wed., July 20 - Graduation & Celebration

You can register at the following link: A $250 material fee is required. Need-based scholarships are available upon request (email To learn more about the overall effort,


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Diane Crawford

PPLD's Artist in Residence for February and March was Diane Crawford, a contemporary artist with twenty years experience. Originally from the upper Midwest, she left careers in corrections, law enforcement and social work to pursue the arts. While primarily self-taught, she has attended watercolor workshops by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Diane has recently lived in Hawaii and Las Vegas, and her works reflect the influences of her life and experiences.

Her mediums of choice are watercolor and alcohol inks. Her painting style is unique. She paints free-hand without drawing her designs first and rarely uses paint brushes. She uses old credit cards and drinking straws on her alcohol inks, and a palette knife on her watercolors.

Diane hosted classes throughout the Library District about alcohol inks, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c.

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Harper Lee

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Nelle Harper Lee has died at the age of 89. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the great works of American literature.

Search the Catalog for titles by Harper Lee

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The results are in!
Last Stop on Market Street

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished American children's book" of 2016 was awarded to Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña.

"The celebratory warmth is irresistible, offering a picture of community that resonates with harmony and diversity." - Booklist.

Finding Winnie

Caldecott Medal

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner.

"A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing, this lovely story, penned by Colebourn's great-great granddaughter, is ideal for sharing aloud or poring over individually." - School Library Journal.

PPLD's Award Booklists:

Caldecott Medal Winners
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Newbery Medal Winners
- (printable)

Visit the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal websites for a full list of Honor books.

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A generous gift of $250,000 from Lyda Hill has helped bring Pikes Peak Library District’s Tri-Building Project Capital Campaign to completion. Funding for the Tri-Building Project has been completed due to PPLD’s fiscal management and successful fundraising. The Tri-Building Project was PPLD’s most ambitious fundraising project to date, with 691 donors including individuals, organizations, Library staff, and in-kind gifts helping PPLD reach its $3.9 million fundraising goal.

Pikes Peak Library District completed the first phase of its Tri-Building Project in June of 2014 with the opening of Library 21c, a state-of-the-art facility delivering 21st century library service to the Pikes Peak region. Its resources and spaces are designed to encourage enterprise, build skills, create new content, and connect people.

The final phase of the project was completed with the migration of 21st century library service to Penrose and East libraries. This was PPLD’s first opportunity to deploy improved technologies and include elements such as makerspaces and co-working areas to other parts of the District.

The Tri-Building Project Campaign would not have been successful without members of the Capital Campaign Committee and Tri-Building Project co-chairs Laura Muir Mellini and Craig Anderson.

“This was accomplished due to smart fiscal management and successful fundraising team efforts,” said Mellini.

“The District could not have transformed itself into a system for the 21st century without so many members of the community donating to this campaign,” said Anderson.

In addition to the recent donation of $250,000 from Lyda Hill, other important donations over the last two years have helped PPLD reach this landmark goal.

  • El Pomar Foundation – $750,000
  • Mary K. Chapin – $150,000
  • PPLD staff also contributed $50,000 to this capital campaign!

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David Bowie

The great David Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016 after an 18 month battle with cancer. What can we say? His legacy cannot be understated. A multi-talented trailblazer who made some of the most powerful music of recent times. I try to think of my favorite, but it's impossible to pick just one, especially since his lexicon is so varied. When I hear "Space Oddity" I get goosebumps. "Kooks" is a love song to my six year old daughter. His "Blue Jean" music video opened the door. And that's just his music. Bowie was also an actor, producer, songwriter, and style icon.

Click here to learn more about David Bowie.

Want to hear some Bowie? Try PPLD's Hoopla and Freegal services. Hoopla lets you stream music and temporarily download songs. Freegal allows you to download up to 5 songs per week for free. You will need a valid library card to access these services.

What's your favorite David Bowie song?


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PPLD checked out a whopping 8 million titles in 2015! Here are lists of the top ten titles by number of checkouts for 2015. How many of these have you read?

Adult Fiction and Nonfiction

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Total Checkouts = 2492
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Total Checkouts = 1747
  3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Total Checkouts = 1218
  4. Memory Man by David Baldacci. Total Checkouts = 1149
  5. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides. Total Checkouts = 1005
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Total Checkouts = 847
  7. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Total Checkouts = 804
  8. Gray Mountain by John Grisham. Total Checkouts = 800
  9. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Total Checkouts = 775
  10. 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Total Checkouts = 662

Juvenile Fiction

  1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Total Checkouts = 1770
  2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 923
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney. Total Checkouts = 813
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney. Total Checkouts = 716
  5. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 678
  6. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 625
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Total Checkouts = 620
  8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Total Checkouts = 603
  9. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! by Dr. Seuss. Total Checkouts = 585
  10. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Total Checkouts = 577

Teen Fiction

  1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Total Checkouts = 770
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 711
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry. Total Checkouts = 627
  4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 608
  5. Paper Towns by John Green. Total Checkouts = 582
  6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Total Checkouts = 493
  7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 481
  8. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 478
  9. Four : A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth. Total Checkouts = 446
  10. The Death Cure by James Dashner. Total Checkouts = 425

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PPLD surpassed 1 million digital circulations in 2015 through OverDrive, one of the digital distributors on our CyberShelf. We are the first Colorado library to reach this milestone! As a result, we received the following letter from OverDrive's President and Chief Executive Officer:

Team OverDrive has shared with me the continuous success of Pikes Peak Library District in developing, curating and promoting eBook, audiobook and other digital media materials from your collection. As a result of your efforts, PPLD will join an elite circle of top libraries that during calendar year 2015 circulated more than 1 million digital titles. At 11:59 PM on Friday, December 11, your circulation count for this year achieved 1,001,088.

Congratulations to you and all of the professionals at PPLD for this achievement in the delivery of digital reading and media to your community. You are truly leading the digital revolution. OverDrive is proud to be part of your success and, accordingly, we will promote this accomplishment as part of our national announcements at ALA Midwinter 2016 in Boston.

Again, congratulations on hitting this outstanding milestone.

Very truly yours,

Steve Potash
OverDrive, Inc.

The one millionth checkout was House of Harkonnen by Brian Herbert in eBook format, checked out by a patron registered at PPLD's Cheyenne Mountain Library.

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Erin Gillespie

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Erin Gillespie, a multimedia artist currently residing in Colorado Springs. Her paintings are primarily figurative or portraits, full of bold, bright colors and expressionistic qualities. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Painting from Colorado State University, Erin lived for many years in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona before returning to Colorado. She held positions at Pinon Fine Art Gallery and Terra Firma Fine Art in Denver, Colorado and was a member of the Arts Student League of Denver for many years. Erin is currently an art instructor teaching numerous classes at both Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and venues, in both group and solo shows.

Erin hosted classes throughout the Library District about acrylic painting.

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