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Penrose Library (PE)

Penrose Library

Address:
20 N. Cascade Ave - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Phone: (719) 531-6333
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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

Bus Route: 3, 9

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

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Friends of Penrose 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!

Teen Writing

The Challenge
Write an original fiction story of up to 2,500 words that begins with the sentence “The letter could not have come at a worse time.” This year’s first sentence was chosen by New York Times best-selling author, Sandhya Menon. What happens after that is up to you!

Guidelines

  • The entry must begin with the line “The letter could not have come at a worse time.”
  • Must be ages 12 to 18.
  • Must be an El Paso County resident
  • Word count must not exceed 2,500 words. Word count will be established by using Microsoft Word 2010. Points will be automatically deducted from the total score of the piece if the word count exceeds 2,500 words.
  • Pieces must include title page with title and author’s name. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the document.
  • Pieces must be double-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri font with the title and page number in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Failure to follow the guidelines will result in disqualification.
  • You must fill out the online entry form and submit your piece here by Mon., June 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm. The file format should be compatible with Microsoft Word 2010. If you need to convert a file, please visit a library location.

FAQs

  • When will I know if I have won? We will notify participants by mid-July if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the East Library, regardless of if they won an award.
  • Are you publishing the anthology again? Yes! We will be publishing the top five in both middle school and high school (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and two honorable mentions).
  • Will I get feedback for my work? Yes! You will receive a copy of your story with comments via email after the awards ceremony.
  • Do I have to turn in my story online? Yes. To better facilitate the process, we are requiring all stories be turned in digitally. You can stop by any PPLD location to use one of our computers for this purpose.
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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to welcome Library Market as our new meeting room and calendar software provider. Library Market has a proven track record of providing quality products. Library Market will go live on Tuesday, May 15, replacing our current meeting room and calendar software. There will be a blackout time from May 11 - 14 where you won't be able to make reservations or register for programs and classes.

One helpful change is all of our study rooms will be in Library Market for you to reserve online. Study rooms can be reserved one week out, once per day for a maximum of two hours.

Library Market is mobile friendly. This means you can sign up for study rooms and programs, as well as reserve rooms, all from your smartphone.

Want to see what the product looks like? Sarasota Public Library is using it:

https://scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com

Feel free to take a look around but be aware that while Sarasota uses the same system, ours will have differences. Library Market is catering their product to our needs. Sarasota's page will give you a general idea of what we are moving to.

PPLD recognizes that sometimes change can be challenging, but we're confident you will be satisfied with our new system.

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Charles and Tauni Orndorff

PPLD's newest Makers in Residence are Charles and Tauni Orndorff. The Colorado Springs natives have been making costumes and props for over 15 years. Their skills include sewing, fabrication, 3D design, and much more. They are currently instructors at the Pikes Peak Makerspace where they teach resin casting, silicon molding, and vac-forming.

They will be teaching classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosting open studio hours at Library 21c.

Resin Casting with Silicon Molds
So now you have a silicon mold, what can you do with it? We will show you how to use resin in a silicon mold. Provide techniques to decorate your casting, dye it, or just make a simple white casting. If you attended the mold making class you can bring your mold to this one and actually use it. We will be providing a variety of molds to use during the class, you are welcome to use the one you made in addition. For more advanced questions be sure to join us for our studio times at the Library 21c.

Studio Times at Library 21c
Thu., May 3 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sat., May 19 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wed., May 30 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sat., June 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Kids and teens (ages 0 - 18) can win prizes through reading and activities, and we will be hosting many free, fun events. You can track your progress online or with game cards available at all PPLD locations.

The adventure runs June 1 - July 31.

Registration begins June 1, but you can set up your Beanstack account now at ppld.beanstack.org.

Questions? Email beanstackhelp@ppld.org.

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In April, PPLD is focusing on going green with sustainability, recycling, upcycling, and gardening programs!

Click here for a list of events.

You can also check out the PPLD Green Team Facebook page for more green programs!

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Money Smart Week® is a national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago designed to help community members better manage their personal finances.

Ordinary Investing: Parts 1 and 2
In this exciting, two-night course you will learn the inside game of investing. Everything Wall Street has excluded you from will be discussed. Ron, a licensed stockbroker and financial adviser, will peel back the layers of investing and expose all of the detail the "Big Guys" don't want you to know. Including the real cost of mutual funds, the truth behind broker and adviser fees, tools the pros use & more.
Click here to register.
Tue., April 3 and Thu., April 5 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Library 21c

Solving the Social Security Puzzle
After giving thousands of dollars to Social Security, get back what you deserve. There are many factors involved in deciding when and how to claim your benefits. Among the topics covered in this class: how benefits are calculated, what claiming strategies maximize income, factors that impact your benefit amount, and why integrating Social Security into a holistic retirement income plan is critical. Case studies will illustrate how different claiming strategies affect your benefit amounts. Included in the class is a personalized Social Security optimization report.
Click here to register.
Wed., April 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Library 21c

Planning for an Awesome Retirement: Part 1
To fully enjoy retirement, you must have financial peace of mind. To have peace of mind, you need to have a plan. Part 1 covers defining your ideal retirement,income planning, and investing for the future. Included in the class is a one-on-one personal planning consultation.
Click here to register.
Mon., April 9 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library

Shred Day
Protect your identity by shredding extra household documents! Come to the lower parking lot (Jamboree entrance) to drop off your documents to be shredded during this time. There is no charge for this service.
Sat., April 14 from 9 a.m. - noon at Library 21c

Planning for an Awesome Retirement: Part 2
To fully enjoy retirement, you must have financial peace of mind. To have peace of mind, you need to have a plan. Part 2 covers Tax planning, healthcare planning, legacy planning, and steps to a retirement plan. Included in the class is a one-on-one personal planning consultation.
Click here to register.
Mon., April 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library

Picking Stocks Like the Pros
Discover the secrets to buying good stock values in this advanced course. Learn the three "Billionaire-Investor Strategies", the three vital ratios for finding value, how to lower risk and avoid stock disasters and much more. After this accelerated class you will have the tools, resources and know-how to build a power portfolio of quality companies.
Wed., April 18 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Penrose Library

Understanding Budgeting
Understanding budgeting is the first step in successful financial planning. By taking a proactive approach to managing your money, you can make informed decisions to better meet your short and long term financial goals. Before you can plan on where you want to be financially in the future, you first need to define your budget to determine where you are now.
Click here to register.
Tue., April 24 from 6 - 8 p.m. at East Library

Financial Wellness
This class will cover Budgeting, Savings, Emergency Funds, Retirement Planning, and more.
Click here to register.
Thu., April 26 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Library 21c

Money Smart Week is a registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

The theme for our 2018 Teen Art Contest was "Hidden Beauty." Teens were encouraged to show us where they have found hidden beauty in the ordinary, everyday world.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April.

Here are the winners!

Best In Show
Clear by Isabella Huhn

High School - First Place
Letting Go by Celine Hanlon

High School - Second Place
Masked by Elizabeth Ward

Middle School - First Place
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder by Connor Murdock

Middle School - Second Place
Beauty of the Mountain by Adyline Poirson

Coordinator’s Choice - High School
Color through Clutter by Rebecca Gearhart

Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School
A Shoe by Adia Byron

You can view the winners here:
Teen Art Contest 2018 Winners

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Seeking Summer Adventure Volunteers

PPLD is seeking teens to help with this year's Summer Adventure program!

Limited positions are available. Please apply by May 1, 2018.

Applicants must be ages 12 - 18 as of June 1.

Click here to apply!

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All Pikes Peak Writes

Creativity and imagination abound in the Pikes Peak region. Show off your talents by entering All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's 3rd annual fiction writing contest for adults. Submit your entry to All Pikes Peak Writes from February 15 - April 16.

Below, you will find contest rules, submission deadlines, and other useful information as you begin your writing.

You can read last year's winning entries here.

Eligibility
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to those who are ages 18 and over and who currently live in El Paso County. Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • Only one work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • Stories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of the story must be included with an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location, OR submitted online to allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org along with a submission form.
  • Acceptable file formats include: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Entries will be accepted beginning February 15 at all PPLD locations and online.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Monday, April 16 at 9 p.m.
  • Entrant’s name should only appear on the submission form (not any of the story pages.)
  • The title of the story should appear on the upper right corner of each page followed by the page number.

Judging
Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, and overall impression of the work. The judging panel may include library staff, local authors, and previous winners. The decision of the judges is final.

Awards
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, May 5 during the Mountain of Authors program at Library 21c.

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Repair Café

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is teaming up with the Manitou Art Center (MAC) to present Repair Café, a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out.

At a Repair Café, attendees will find the tools and materials needed to repair their broken items, as well as knowledgeable volunteers to assist fixing their items. Repair Trainers will offer a diagnosis and suggested remedy for broken items, repairing items when possible, and otherwise explaining what parts you may need to obtain to complete the repair.

“The MAC is extremely happy to partner with PPLD in bringing the Repair Café to Manitou Springs and the Westside of Colorado Springs,” said Dustin Booth, MAC Studio Artist Manager. “The Repair Cafe concept is a strong, community-oriented model which reinforces skill sharing and fosters a supportive learning environment for anyone of any age. It is a progressive concept with very traditional roots. There is no end to the value of being able to reuse, repair and understand how to fix items that we use in our day to day lives.”

To learn more about Repair Café, including how to volunteer, visit ppld.org/repair-cafe.

Repair Café will be held each month from February to November 2018. All community members are welcome to join in these free events to reduce waste and learn some new skills!

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Microphone

Calling all musicians! Rappers! Poets! Performers! Come to Penrose Library every third Thursday to show off your musical talents.

We provide the mic, speaker, and snacks. You provide the talent! All styles of music and skill levels welcome, but lyrics should be appropriate for all ages. A sign-up sheet will be available beginning at 6 p.m.

We will meet in the KCH Building next to Penrose Library. Park in the lower library lot to access the building.

Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.: Jan. 18, March 15, May 17, July 19, Sept. 20, Nov. 15

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Repair Café Volunteers Needed

PPLD's Repair Café is in need of BIKE fixers! Fill out a volunteer application at ppld.org/repair-cafe or stop by your local library!

Repair Café is a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. At a Repair Café you’ll find the tools and materials needed to repair your broken items, as well as knowledgeable volunteers who will show you how to do it. Repair Trainers will offer a diagnosis and suggested remedy for broken items, repairing items when possible and otherwise explaining what parts you may need to obtain to complete the repair.

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Best Workplaces 2017

At an awards ceremony on Mon., Nov. 27, 2017 at the Antlers hotel, Pikes Peak Library District was named Best Workplace by The Gazette in the Extra Large Company (300+ employees) category.

According to The Gazette, PPLD "ranked high among its employees in social responsibility, providing meaningful work, confidence in leadership, being a place workers would recommend to others for employment and operating with strong values and ethics."

Here is a video The Gazette created, which was shown at the ceremony.

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Congratulations to the winners of our first All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. You can read the winning entries by clicking here.

1st Place
"I Don't Blame Him for Dying" bu Andrew Beasley

2nd Place
"Puddle" by Andrea Malcom

3rd Place
"The Photograph" by Jacqueline Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Apostrophe" by Ariane Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Dr. Luckwood" by Jill Long

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Deb Bartos

PPLD's Maker in Residence in August/September 2017 was Deb Bartos, who has always been fascinated with new discoveries in the natural world and has been hiking and exploring for as long as she can remember. Rediscovering creative expression in painting as an adult has enhanced her learning to see even more in nature. Her work is best categorized as realistic impressionism, as she captures light and color often on location in oil. To see some of her work, visit DebBartos.com.

She will be taught Painting in Water-soluble Oils classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when she discussed her work.

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

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Knights of Columbus Hall (KCH)

Pikes Peak Library District is proud to announce a partnership with local community collectives of DIT (do-it-together) arts professionals, offering building space for their free and low-cost community programs in the Library District’s Knights of Columbus Hall (KCH). Located on the Penrose Library Campus at 25 W. Kiowa St., the historic building is experiencing a renaissance as home to a wide variety of arts events such as music and art shows, zine and printing workshops, dance instruction, and artist conferences.

The principal partner in the opening phase of these experimental programs is Flux Capacitor, a supportive, engaging, all-volunteer community of teens through adults who actively plan and attend arts-centered events. Flux staff have been hosting concerts and arts events in Colorado Springs for more than a decade, and in the last two years, have hosted over 500 music and art shows. Also using the facility during this experimental stage are Peach Press and the Non-Book Club Book Club.

Events are currently limited to 49 attendees until a reevaluation of the building’s CSFD Occupancy Rating is completed and renovations to the building can be completed. Entrance to all KCH events are from the lower Penrose Library parking lot, where parking is plentiful and free after 6 p.m.

For more information, check out the recent press coverage of this new partnership:

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Happy Anniversary to Harry Potter Book 1!

June 26, 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter franchise is enormous and boasts a fan base of millions. The Harry Potter series is still being read worldwide by children and adults alike. From the closet under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry's story begins here.

Click here for books about Harry Potter.

Do you know your house? Leave it in the comments. I'll start, Hufflepuff!

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This opportunity provides two high schools juniors or seniors, or incoming college freshmen, from diverse populations with summer-long paid internships at Pikes Peak Library District. The interns will work at one of the 14 Pikes Peak Library District locations up to 20 hours a week developing a project with the help of a mentor. The interns will have the opportunity to engage with multiple facets of library life, from administrations to programming to user services. Interns will have opportunities to connect with one another, and learn from mentors across the country.

Minimum qualifications to apply:

  • Not have any disciplinary offenses incurred in the last year
  • Be an incoming high school junior or senior, or college freshman for the Fall 2018 term
  • Have parent/guardian approval to participate upon selection. (Required if under age 18.)
  • Please attach a letter of recommendation from a teacher or other adult (not family) who can speak to your leadership skills, ability to develop and pursue a goal, or your community involvement.
  • 2.5 GPA or higher, please provide transcript or report card.
  • Commitment to attend two funded trips: Kick-off in Washington D.C. (June) and Wrap-up in Chicago (Sept. or Oct.) NOTE: Student must have valid ID for travel.
  • Commitment to work paid local project hours for 10 weeks at up to 20 hours/week at assigned location (either Sand Creek or Penrose Library, respectively) at a rate of $10.20 per hour.

Important Dates:

  • Application materials due to Angela Ibrahim at aibrahim@ppld.org on or before 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018.
  • Intern will be selected prior to June 2 and will begin meeting with his/her mentor the week of June 5 to begin project development and to organize work schedule.
  • Kick-off Event in Washington, D.C.: June 2018
  • Wrap-up Event in Chicago: TBD (September/October)
  • This program is funded by the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation and offered in conjunction with the Public Library Association with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences grant.

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    The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

    The theme for our 2017 Teen Art Show & Contest was Transformation Teens were encouraged to show us how art impacts your life, or how it transforms the world around you.

    All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

    Here are the winners!

    Best in Show

    "Mirror Reflection" by Aleyah B.

    High School

    1st Place: "My Fantasy" by Elizabeth W.
    2nd Place: "Summer Sunsets" by Kaylee T.
    Coordinator’s Choice: "Hands of Time" by Mary R.

    Middle School

    1st Place: "Transportation through Time" by Liberty H.
    2nd Place: "Evolution" by Mikayla R.
    Coordinator’s Choice: "Coy Fish Pond" by Kristine B.

    You can view the winning works here:

    2017 Teen Art Contest Winners

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    Check Out Colorado Backpack

    Reserve your free State Parks Pass and Backpack today by clicking here!

    This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.

    Each backpack, which checks out for one week, includes:

    • State park pass hang tag for the rear-view mirror
    • Guide to Your 42 State Parks
    • Binoculars
    • Leave No Trace™ card
    • Colorado Wildlife Guide
    • Activity ideas list
    • Colorado Trees and Wildflower Guide
    • Fishing Basics tip sheet
    • Program evaluation card

    Click here for more information about this program.

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    Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, PPLD will no longer charge fines on overdue children and teen items. Removing overdue fines will provide greater opportunity for children and teens to use the full range of library services. Currently, 15% of children and teen cardholders are blocked from checking out items at the library due to overdue fines.

    Also, overdue fines on DVDs and games will be reduced from 25 cents per day to 10 cents per day.

    PPLD seeks to foster literacy and life-long learning for children and teens. The Library regularly evaluates policies to see what barriers for service exist and evaluates how to eliminate such barriers. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the new policy at their December meeting.

    Items that will not accrue overdue fines must be designated as “juvenile” or “teen” in the Library catalog. The policy will take effect for any items checked out January 9 or after. Lost item and damage fees will still apply.

    Overdue notices will still be sent as reminders to return Library items. Items not returned within 21 days of the due date will be considered lost, and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.

    Click here for more information

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    Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar

    PPLD's Makers in Residence for January and February 2017 were Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar.

    Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs. He has dedicated his talents to playing blues, R&B, funk and jazz. His influences include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and a host of other artists.

    Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. Sande Leadership, a model Dr. Wanda developed, is based on ancestral lineage to the Mende of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Tisby-Cousar has studied tap and interpretive dance since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dancea nd performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.

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

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    Price at Classic Academy

    Penrose Library was the scene of a winter-themed poetry reading on December 11. Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Emeritus Price Strobridge emceed the event that featured some of our areas best and best-know poets, including Jim Ciletti, Teever Handal, Loring Wirbel, Julianza Shavin, Amie Sharp, and Evan Kendrick.

    The Classical Academy 5th graders brought hand-knitted hats and scarves, socks and hand warmers, while PPLD provided hot cocoa and cookies to excited Penrose Library patrons.

    This is the 2nd poetry and warming clothing give-away that the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project has held at Penrose Library.

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    Add Your Book Review to PPLD.orgHave you read a really great (or really bad) book lately? Tell us all about it! Just fill out this book review form and your review will be posted in the Book Reviews section of ppld.org.

    Happy reviewing!

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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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    Penrose Library Mural Project

    The Penrose Library Mural Project reached completion in May 2016 and involved the generous contribution of Concrete Couch and hundreds of community volunteers. The mural was 22 years in the planning and involved six hub groups, one steering committee, fundraising galore, huge donations of time and materials, and loads of fantastic volunteers. Concrete Couch and Pikes Peak Library District teamed up with Community Prep School, School District 14, Will Rogers Elementary School, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College, and the Manitou Art Center to complete this project.

    Watch this PPLD TV video for a preview of the project:

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    The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

    The theme for our 2016 Teen Art Show & Contest was Magnify It! Teens were encouraged to take a closer look at the world around them and create a piece of artwork.

    All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

    Here are the winners!

    High School

    “My Converse Crush” by Ashley D. - Best in Show
    “Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E. - 1st Place
    “A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P - 2nd Place
    “Lou” by Arely A. - Coordinator’s Choice

    Middle School

    “The Story in an Eye” by Stephanie L. - 1st Place
    “Hidden in the Flowers” by Tiya G. - 2nd Place
    “Butterfly Glory” by Asia X. - Coordinator’s Choice

    You can view the winning works here:

    Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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    Judy Noyes

    Please help up create a lasting legacy honoring one our communities most beloved leaders: Judy Noyes.

    When Dick and Judy Noyes opened the Chinook Bookstore in 1950 in downtown Colorado Springs, they began writing a story of passion for reading, community service, leadership and a deep commitment to First Amendment rights. Since Judy’s passing earlier this year, friends, family members and colleagues have established several funds in honor of her various community passions.

    Because Judy served as a PPLD Foundation Director and supported the library in numerous other ways over the years, PPLD would like to celebrate her memory with the creation of a new children’s garden in front of Penrose Library. Because Judy believed absolutely in everyone’s right to read, and in the power of literacy---especially for our children, and because she also had a passion for maintaining the downtown area as a vibrant space within our community, we believe a children’s garden in the midst of downtown would provide an excellent way for the community to remember her. Dick Noyes joins us in thanking you so much for considering a donation to make the Judy Noyes Children’s Garden a reality.

    If you have questions about a gift, please call the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation at (719) 884-9850.

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    Speak French

    PPLD is pleased to offer Speak French, a conversation group for non-native speakers who wish to practice French. Some French language skills are recommended.

    Where: East Library
    When: 2nd Thursdays, 2 - 3 p.m.

    Where: Library 21c
    When: 2nd and 4th Sundays, 3 - 4 p.m.

    Where: Penrose Library
    When: Fridays, 12 - 1 p.m.

    J'espère vous retrouver là!

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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 East, Library 21c, 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 locations.

    By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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    Music Book

    Pikes Peak Library District employee Vincent Colicchio never considered himself an artist, but he became one nonetheless, through the curiosity and caring he exhibited at his job in Circulation at PPLD’s downtown Penrose Library.

    According to Colicchio, “It began by me saying, ‘That’s a treasure. That shouldn’t be thrown out.’ "

    Colicchio handles books for a living, so he sees a lot of them on a daily basis. But he recently found his love of books extending to damaged books that were being discarded.

    “I, like other people who work in libraries, get heartbroken when I see books in the recycling bin. I think it’s a waste,” he said.

    When Colicchio turned his eye to the bare shelves behind the checkout desk at Penrose Library, the altered book project began to take shape.

    “I was telling my supervisor, ‘You know we could jazz it up back there.’ I said, ‘We’ve got this space, we should do some displays.’

    “Then around Christmastime, my supervisor said, ‘I like your ideas. Go ahead and make a display and let me know if you need anything.’

    “I hadn’t really intended to do anything myself, so I was like, ‘Oh no! Now I actually have to do something!’ So I did some altered books around the holidays in a matter of just a few days just to have something there.”

    Colicchio said he found books in the Library’s Catalog on how to make altered books, and then he found “quotations by writers that I liked and really reflected the spirit of a book and its relationship to a reader. And those became the focal point. By just contemplating that quote, vague visions and imagery would come up, and I would try to follow it and let it grow as I was creating each altered book.”

    “It just lends itself to being at the library. It’s recycling and it’s creativity inspired by books we have in our catalog that have the techniques on how to do it.”

    Colicchio recently donated two of his altered books to the Colorado Library Education Foundation for their upcoming silent auction to raise funds for scholarships for Colorado library employees to attend Colorado Library Association and division workshops and the annual CAL conference. Colicchio’s art speaks to the great potential of books -- even discarded books--to enrich and change lives.

    The images below show the extreme care and detail Colicchio brings to his work. The work is even more impressive in person and is currently on display in the Friends Bookstore in East Library.

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