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El Pomar Grant Launches Library’s ‘Countdown to the 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.
“This is thrilling news for the Library District,” said Dolores Fowler, Executive Officer of the PPLD Foundation. “This grant from El Pomar will allow us to challenge the community to get behind the public library to help us create a 21st Century Library District.”
Specific changes coming to Penrose Library include an improved Teen area, more meeting rooms, and more space for community collaboration.
Improvements will be coming to East Library as well, including a children’s story theater and opening up the entire second floor for use as a public computer lab and meeting area.
“We want our libraries to be ‘Third Places,’ comfortable places for people to come hang out when they’re not at home or at work,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller.
PPLD is excited to work with the community to create libraries of the 21st Century that provide exactly what patrons need, in the format they desire, at the very moment when it will benefit them most. Toward that end, the Library has launched a new website, ppld.org/21CenturyLibrary. The site will feature regular updates on the Tri-Building Project, announcements about upcoming events and changes, and even a few fun contests. Please visit the website over the coming months to keep updated on the project, and send us your favorite “Third Place” photos for our first contest, Third Place: I Love This Space!
History of El Pomar Foundation support for Pikes Peak Library District
1966: El Pomar Foundation awarded a $2.2 million grant to build a new downtown facility, later named the Penrose Public Library
1968: July 15, the Penrose Public Library is dedicated. The facility is built with funds from the El Pomar Foundation during H. Chase Stone’s tenure as president
1992: El Pomar donated the Antlers Garage to PPLD
1995: Renovation on the 32-year-old Penrose Public Library begins with a leadership gift from El Pomar Foundation
1999: Renovation of Penrose Public Library is complete with a leadership grant from the El Pomar Foundation
2003: The 1905 Carnegie Library reopened, housing Special Collections and the El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center. made possible by a leadership gift from El Pomar Foundation. El Pomar provided $1 for every $2 raised in El Paso County up to $600,000.
2006: El Pomar Foundation selects the Fountain Community Library as a finalist in its Award for Excellence in the Community category and awards the District $7,500.
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