East Library

East Library

PPLD FacebookAddress:
5550 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO
80918

Phone: (719) 531-6333

Hours:
Mon. - Thurs.: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri. and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun.: 1 - 5 p.m.
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Route: None

Friends of the East Library

FREE Wireless!
Laptop Loans
Study Rooms


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Friends of East Library

East Library operates a staffed bookstore in the lobby during Library hours and is also the Friends headquarters.

Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.


 

What's New!

Teen Tech Week - Get Connected

Teen Tech Week is when we show off our amazing digital resources and services that are available to help teens kick-butt in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers!

Teen Tech Week Bingo is for teens and must be completed by March 14, 2015! When you get a Bingo (any diagonal, horizontal or vertical line), bring your bingo card (and proof if needed!) to your Library for a candy bar! Want a chance to win the grand prize? Go for a black out!

See complete rules on the printable game card!

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Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

PPLD's Friends of the Library are having a Spring Book Sale at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. on March 20, 21, and 22, 2015.

  • Friday, March 20: 4 - 7 p.m., Friends only, memberships available at the door
  • Saturday, March 21: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., open to the public
  • Sunday, March 22: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., $5 bag sale Sunday only, bags provided by Friends

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In conjunction with their Orchestra Moves kids concert, the volunteers from the Kids Phil branch of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic are conducting a series of three classes at the East Library specifically for homeschool students. The concerts are rather unique, because they invite audience participation through singing, dancing, and even playing (on recorder or violin) along with the orchestra. Link Up is aimed at grades 3-5, but would likely be appropriate for the musically precocious 1st grader up through 7th grade. These classes will teach the children basic music principles (rhythm, pitch, notation) while also teaching them songs to sing and choreography to go with some of the concert repertoire.

The classes will be held at the East Community Meeting Room from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Wednesday, March 11
  • Monday, March 16

Go here and register your children/group for the concert on 2 April 2015. The cost is $4.50/person if you sign up before 27 February and $5 each after then. After you register, you should receive an email from Annalisa Young (the docent who will be teaching) offering the option to attend these classes. Respond with the names and ages of the children you will bring, and Annalisa will send you a confirmation email.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Annalisa via email at annalisacyoung@gmail.com or by phone (719) 355-6502.

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2015 Teen Fiction Contest

The challenge:

Write an original fiction story of up to 2,500 words that begins with the sentence: “Sunlight and shadow flashed across the mountain.”* What happens from there is up to you!

Who can enter:

Middle school or high school students who are El Paso County residents.

Deadline:

Original, previously unpublished stories and entry forms must be submitted to Pikes Peak Library District staff by no later than 9:00 p.m. on June 30, 2015.

The top five middle school and the top five high school entries will be published in a PPLD eBook anthology. Winners will be notified by August 14, 2015.

See the entry form for official rules.

We take our theme for this year’s teen fiction contest from the library theme: Transformation at Elevation.

*A big thanks to Scribes & Bards (East Library), Teen Writing Group (Library 21c), and the Penrose Teen Writers’ Association (Penrose Library) for the selection of this year’s first line!

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PPLD’s 2015 Adult Reading Program begins on January 10 and goes through March 11. Read 8 books in 8 weeks to win prizes. Prizes include chocolate, book bags, and the 11th annual Adult Reading Program mug. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire!

To register, click here.

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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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DATE CHANGE: The March Science Lab will be help on Friday, March 27, NOT Friday, March 20. Thank you for your flexibility.

Our Science Labs are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month at East Library. During this time our volunteer will have a special lab for everyone to participate in. We will also have equipment available for you to use if you would prefer to bring your own experiment. A parent must accompany the student. The Homeschool Science Lab is open to all ages, and no registration is required.

To find out what we will be doing each month in our labs, look at the Homeschool Science Lab Info Sheet below.

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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

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AfterMath Tutors Needed

PPLD is looking for volunteer tutors for our AfterMath program.

Volunteers are needed at the following locations:

Manitou Springs and Library 21c are also looking for AfterMath volunteer co-coordinators.

Under the general supervision of a site coordinator, AfterMath volunteer tutors will:

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Commit to and sign up to assist at least two hours per month
  • Assist students of all ages with K through college-level math topics, depending on current skills and comfort level of each tutor such as: fractions, decimals, percents, pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus.

Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

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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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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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