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

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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!

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Original, previously unpublished stories and entry forms must be submitted to Pikes Peak Library District staff by no later than 9:00 p.m. on June 30, 2015.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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Pikes Peak Library District, in partnership with the Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Wives, Pikes Peak Chapter, is honored to present The Fallen, a photo exhibit.

It will feature photographs provided by mothers and wives who have lost a loved one while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

  • When: Sat., June 6 - Tue., June 30
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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What: Pikes Peak Library District Kids Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2015
Who: Birth - Grade 6 welcome to participate!
Why: Read books and earn prizes!

Registration starts at 9 a.m., June 1.
A link to the registration form and game cards will be available at that time.

How to Play:

  1. Register at any PPLD Library or online (registration link available June 1 at 9 a.m.)
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete 9 spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every 2 picture books read to you.
  3. Collect your prize at your nearest PPLD Library.
  4. When you reach prize 3, you have completed the game! Congratulations!

Please play this game only once, but keep reading in the Super Hero Readers bonus round!
Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a star for every 5 hours you read.
  2. After each completed 5 hours visit your library and a your name to our super Hero readers display.
  3. When you complete 25 hours you earn cool shoe bling, and enter a drawing for a Hero party!

Baby/Toddler:
You don't have to be reading on your own yet to play. In the baby/toddler game (ages 0-2), you mark a space each time you share a book or do an activity with your baby. Win some fun bubbles, a finger puppet, and a board book.

But wait! There's more!
Over 800 programs this summer are all free, and include art, science, magicians, legos, puppets, music, animals, crafts, and dinosaurs. You can even come in and practice reading to a real live dog! At the end of July, we have four parties with inflatables, bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Thank you to our sponsors!

Coupon Information

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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Summer Reading Program Starts June 1!

PPLD's Summer Reading Program is coming to a library near you on June 1! Registration starts June 1 at 9 a.m.

The Kids Summer Reading Program theme is "Every Hero Has a Story".
Click here for more information about Kids Summer Reading.

The Teens Summer Reading Program theme is "Unmask!"
Click here for more information about Teens Summer Reading.

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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New capret in East Library children's area.

You're invited to an Open House at East Library!

Come preview the improvements at East Library in progress as part of Phase II of PPLD's Tri-Building Project:

  • New carpet
  • Refurbished children's area
  • Makerspace
  • More study and meeting rooms
  • Educational Resource Center
  • When: Sat., May 30 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Survival Training - U.S. Air Force Academy

Reservations are open for the 12th annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium. This year’s theme is Military Matters: Defense, Development, and Dissent in the Pikes Peak Region.

It is free to attend and a complimentary light lunch is provided. For more information and to register, visit regionalhistoryseries.org or call (719) 531-6333, x2253.

If you cannot attend the symposium, you can still watch a live simulcast streaming online at ustream.tv/channel/ppld-history.

  • When: Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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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



Bristol Brewing Company






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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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Randall and Liz Price (holding check in photo at right) of Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group presented a check for $3,146 to the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation’s 21st Century Library Capital Campaign at the Check It Out happy hour event at East Library on Friday, April 17. One dollar from every daily special sold at Salsa Brava, Over Easy, and Sonterra in January and February went toward the donation. Laura Muir Mellini and Craig Anderson, Co-Chairs of the Capital Campaign Committee, accepted the check on behalf of the Campaign.

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

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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 2015 Teen Art Show & Contest was Out of This World. Teens were encouraged to think beyond the scope of the everyday and explore a fantastical realm or the deepest depths of space through art.

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

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors Meininger Art Supply and Her Story Café for donating prizes for the teen artists!


Isabella Wright
"Deep Sea Universe"
Middle School - 1st Place

Andrea Lira
"The World Is Too Big for Us to Hold
Middle School - 2nd Place

MeiLan Haberl
"The Night Boat"
Middle School - Coordinators' Choice

Hector Medrano
"Moon Rise"
High School - 1st Place

Molly Meyer
"Melted Hearts"
High School - 2nd Place

Natalia Valentine
Infinite Sky
High School - Coordinators' Choice

Pamela Flores
"Space Encounter"
Middle School - Best of Show

Taylor Logar
"It Looks Cooler Upside Down"
High School - Best of Show
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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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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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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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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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