InformationAll PPLD facilities will be closed on Mon., Feb. 15 for President's Day.

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: 25

Friends of the East Library

FREE Wireless!
Laptop Loans
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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!

Pikes Peak Library District is accepting applications through March 4 to fill two vacancies on its Art Evaluation Committee.

Art Committee members review works submitted by local, amateur artists for exhibit at all 12 PPLD galleries. There are several daytime meetings held annually which last approximately two hours. Membership terms are three years.

Those wishing to be considered for appointment should submit a letter of intent with credentials to: Carol Brunk Harnish, PPLD Art Committee Liaison, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579.

For more information, call (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email charnish@ppld.org.

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All Pikes Peak Writes

All Pikes Peak Writes is Pikes Peak Library District’s inaugural fiction writing contest for adults.

Eligibility

  • All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 18+.
  • Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • One work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • ŽStories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of each story must be included with an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location.
  • Entries will be accepted beginning January 23 at all PPLD locations.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Wednesday, March 23 at 9 p.m.
  • “ Entrant’s name should only appear on the entry 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.

Entries that are over 3,500 words, submitted without an entry form, submitted or postmarked after 9 p.m. on Wed., March 23, or previously published will NOT be accepted!

Judging
Entries will be judged by members of PPLD-sponsored writing groups, participants in the Mountain of Authors program and associated Library staff on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling. 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 the Mountain of Authors event on Saturday, April 23 at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Winners will be notified by phone on or before April 15, 2016. Non-adherence to the entry rules will result in disqualification.

Please contact hbuljung@ppld.org for questions or more information.

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2016 Adult Reading Program

The 2016 Adult Reading Program will run for eight weeks from January 9 through March 9. It is the 12th anniversary of the program. Patrons will have the opportunity to win prizes after reading 4 books and again after reading 8 books. At the end of the program, finishers will be entered in prize drawings for each community library and in a District-wide grand prize drawing.

The Adult Reading Program is for ages 18 and up. For more information, email us at arp@ppld.org.

You can register by clicking here or visiting any PPLD location.

Click here to view or print the reading log.

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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 will host classes throughout the Library District about acrylic painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c during which time you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

Acrylic for Beginners
In these fun and informative classes, we will learn the basic techniques of acrylic painting. We will briefly discuss color theory, various brushes, blending techniques and composition, all while painting a variety of subject matter. We will create our own paintings working from various still lifes, landscapes, and photographs. Registration is required and space is limited. Supplies will be provided. Patron must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Studio Hours at Library 21c

  • Tue., Jan 5 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Wed., Jan 13 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu., Jan 21 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., Jan 25 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Thu., Feb 4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., Feb 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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    Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c

    Purchasing a Library 21c courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri-Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

    Commemorative pavers are now available at East Library!

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    Afinia H-480

    During open hours at East Library's Makerspace, patrons can work on their own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present.

    Equipment available includes 3D printers, a Zing laser cutter, die cutters (Silhouette Cameo and Cricut), a serger, sewing machines, and an embroidery machine. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis.

    Here are the open hours for the coming months:

    December 2015
    Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 - 6 p.m.
    Wednesdays from 6 - 9 p.m.

    January 2016
    Mondays and Thursdays from 9 - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
    Tuesdays from 2 - 9 p.m.
    Wednesdays from 6 - 9 p.m.
    Fridays and Saturdays 2-6 p.m.

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    Submit your artwork to our Teen Art Contest!

    This year's theme is Magnify It! Take a closer look at the world around you and create a piece of artwork.

    Submit your artwork Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23 from 9 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Drop-off at the following locations: East, Penrose, Sand Creek, Fountain, Ruth Holley, Cheyenne Mountain, Mobile Libraries, Monument, High Prairie, and Library 21c.

    Guidelines

    • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2016.
    • All entrants must submit an online submission form and Artwork Agreement Form.
    • Entrants may submit only one piece of art.
    • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries.
    • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.
    • If you want to display at Library 21c, art must be able to be displayed with a wire hanging system.
    • Frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces.

    For more information, email rphilipsen@ppld.org or call (719) 644-7242.

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    John Spears

    The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selection of John Spears as the next Executive Director of the district. “Over the past 5 years, Pikes Peak Library District has earned the reputation as a true pioneer of 21st century library services,” said PPLD Board of Trustees President Ken Beach. “Our vision of elevating these services to the next level requires a ‘unique’ individual to lead the Library forward from this point. Understanding the importance of the decision, the Board has spent 15 months in the search process and we are pleased and excited that John Spears has accepted our offer to lead PPLD to that next level. John is a groundbreaking visionary and exceptional leader.”

    John Spears is the current Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library. He leads a staff of 325 employees in a seven facility city library with an operating budget of $17.9 million. While at Salt Lake City Public Library, Spears:

    • Created a Library Service Model Team that examines and continually recommends improvements for library operations

    • Partnered with the Salt Lake City School District to allow parents to obtain a library card for their children as a part of online school enrollment

    • Oversaw the creation and implementation of the Library’s first digital media studios and makerspaces

    • Worked with more than 30 social service and governmental organizations to create “Project Uplift,” a semiannual resource fair for those experiencing homelessness

    “The Salt Lake City Library District is a bit smaller and more compact (area wise) than PPLD, but the reality is that John has been guiding the district on a path similar to that of PPLD with our vision around 21c. I am quite sure he will hit the ground running with no problem,” Beach said.

    Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City, Spears was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. Spears obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Mr. Spears responded to his leadership role at the El Paso County-wide Pikes Peak Library District by saying, “My career has encompassed this role in a variety of libraries – rural, suburban, and urban, and I am well versed in the specific traits that make each of these unique.”

    Added Beach, “John’s extensive experience across the spectrum of library land is a perfect fit for PPLD. He understands that the service needs for 21c are different than the needs for example of those at say Monument, High Prairie, and Sand Creek.”

    Spears will now lead a library district comprised of 14 community libraries, three mobile libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of Pikes Peak Library District is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community. Spears will begin his new position in late January.

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    WiFi

    Do you need access to the Internet at home, work, or on the road?

    Try checking out one of the WiFi hotspots now available through PPLD! Click here to place a hold on a hotspot.

    The tablets are available to patrons ages 12 and over who have had a PPLD library card for at least 90 days. They check out for three weeks. Overdue fines $1 per day with $20 maximum ($100 if item is lost).

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    Educational Resource Center

    The ERC (Educational Resource Center) at East Library provides hands-on materials for families wanting to enrich their children’s education or help them improve their skills. Math, science, social studies, and language arts kits, as well as art and music resources and computer software, are available for families with students of all ages to use.

    The ERC will be open from 3 - 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and noon - 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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    Our Science Labs are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. 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.

    Who: All Homeschool Families
    When: 1-3 pm on the 3rd Friday of every month
    Where: East Library Community Meeting Room

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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: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:15 p.m.
    Where: Manitou Springs Library
    Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.
    No tutoring on Mar. 21, 2016.

    When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
    Where: Monument Library
    No tutoring on Mar. 21, 2016.

    When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Where: High Prairie Library
    No tutoring on Mar. 21, 2016.

    When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
    Where: Library 21c
    No tutoring on Mar. 23, 2016.

    When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
    Where: East Library
    No tutoring on Mar. 17 or 24, 2016.

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

    No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

    AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. If the school district closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.

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    Over 100 people came to East Library for a sneak peak of the renovations underway as part of Phase II of the Tri-Building Project. Changes to this facility will include:

    • 17,500 sq. ft. of new public space
    • A makerspace and Educational Resource Center
    • More study and meeting rooms
    • Expansion of latest technology
    • Open interior with easy wayfinding
    • Improved parking



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    Winner 2015: The Gazette's Best of the Springs

    Pikes Peak Library District was honored in two categories by The Gazette's Best of the Springs!

    Expert Pick for Hands-Down Great Place for Kids
    "On any given day of the week, parents can find a free educational event for their kids to attend at one of the many libraries of the Pikes Peak Library District. From newborns to teens, the district makes an effort to reach out to all kids and give them age-appropriate programming and resources to help them learn more. Programming is especially good in the summer months when the libraries bring music, crafts, animals, and movies for kids and parents to enjoy together."

    Voter's Choice for Teen Hangout
    "Teens can enjoy myriad activities, get help with reading, writing and math homework as well as learn how to use library resources for research and enjoyment. The district has organized a wide range of unique programs including workshops in electronics, gaming, tutoring and knitting."

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    East Library was closed from Wednesday April 22 through Sunday, April 26, 2015, for renovations. Curious as to how it went? Take a look at these videos!

    Great work, guys!

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    PPLD Facilities Officer Gary Syling discusses the next phase of our Tri-Building Project: East Library!

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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 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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