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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!

Book Madness! Final 4!

Whoa! Only four remain standing! Keep voting for your favorites!

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Patti Smithsonian – Puppeteer
Shadow puppets animate worldwide legends from Ancient Greece to Native America.

Bruce Black – Magician presents “The Magic of Reading”
A magical ride through the world of literature with a special salute to Dr. Seuss.

  • Mon., March 23 at 10:30 a.m. at High Prairie Library
  • Thu., March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs

Up in the Air with Peter Davison
Juggling, dance, and theater transform the stage into a world of motion!

Katherine Dines and Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta Music
A performance packed with movement, sign language, sing-alongs, zany props, and story songs.

Alanna Jones – Coyote and the Yodeling Cowboy Puppet Show
Watch how Coyote tricks the yodeling Colorado Cowboy with the help of his friend, Tumbleweed.

Connie Elstun with Bunnies and Birdies
Smiles abound in this family-friendly program with magician Connie Elstun and her hilarious costumed rabbits.

Cluck! Cluck! Chickens …
Join Laura Foye and her chickens as you learn how to care for them, pet a sweet chicken, and make your own chicken creations!

Neil McIntyre Celebrates Dr. Seuss
Experience Dr. Seuss in a way that will get everybody groovin’.

Creepy Crawlies with Rowen Monks
Creepy Crawly wrangler Rowen Monks is back with amazing arachnids, hissing cockroaches, scorpions, and who knows what!

Preschool Dance Party
Children ages five and younger (and their grownups) are invited to come dance, hop, and boogie to the beat!

Jazzamatazz
Familiar children’s sing-alongs, movement, and live music with Barb and Ryan. A hopping good time for children ages 1 - 8 and their young-at-heart adults.

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Are you a child or teen who is a comic book aficionado or graphic novel guru? One who spends her free time sketching caped crusaders, alien landscapes, giant robots, otherworldly creatures, and other kinds of super-powered art? You are exactly the type of kid and teen who should submit to the first-ever Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) Kids Comics Contest, which offers young artists the chance to show off their talents during Denver Comic Con 2015 and beyond!

Along with a pair of 3-day passes to Denver Comic Con (DCC) 2015, contest winners will have their artwork prominently featured in the official DCC 2015 souvenir program and admired by thousands of Con attendees. Additional prizes include exhibition of artist’s work on the PCC website and a special meet-and-greet session with a professional kids comics artist.

The PCC Kids Comics contest is open from March 24th to April 13th to all ages and students. Five contest winners will be chosen from all contestants and announced by April 30, 2015. PCC will also be selecting non-winning entries for inclusion in our PCC yearbook, which will be published at a later date.

Artwork & Submission Requirements
-Artwork must be in the form of a comic or graphic text.
-Submissions can be any length. If the winner’s artwork is more than one page, we will print the first page of the comic in the DCC souvenir program, with the rest located on our PCC website.
-Email artwork to contest@popcultureclassroom.org (highly preferred). If possible, please scan artwork in color, at 300dpi, and send as a PDF or JPG or send via “snail mail” to PCC’s offices at 1391 N Speer Blvd, Suite 360, Denver, Colorado 80204.
-Deadline for contest entry is April 13st @ 12 noon (MT).

Go to Pop Culture Classroom for more info. For questions regarding the contest, please email PCC at info@popcultureclassroom.org. They look forward to reading and enjoying the submissions from our fabulous young library patrons!

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Call for Makers and Artists

The makerspaces contained in Library 21c of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster these endeavors, PPLD has crated a Maker/Artist in Residence Program. If you enjoy teaching people new skills, we would love to hear from you!

We are currently looking for makers and artists who are able to participate any time between the end of June through the end of 2015.

The call closes Thursday, April 2.

If you have any questions, email makeart@ppld.org.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for six weeks.
  • Five (5) hours of studio time per week onsite in Library 21c held at various days/times throughout the week to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display. It is preferred that these hours be split up at least two (2) different days per week.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations. All programs/classes will be made available to the general public, with PPLD responsible for participant signup. All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD. These programs/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill. These programs will be mainly geared toward ages 16 and up.
  • Contract payment of $1,400, with up to another $300 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
  • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
  • Contractor will coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD-produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the Maker/Artist Application
  • Submit a one page write-up proposal explaining your knowledge or craft, what you would plan to do for your studio hours project, the programs/classes you would like to present, and how they would benefit our patrons. Attach it to your email with your application. Applications without a proposal will not be considered. Proposals need to be in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • If you have pictures you would like to submit with your application, please provide a link to a web address containing those photos in your email. If you must attach a photo, the size of all of the attachments cannot be greater than 10 MB.
  • Interviews will be held for makers and artists who are being considered.
  • If offered a residency, the maker/artist must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement, fill out an IRS W9 form, and complete a PPLD paid background check.
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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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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 held 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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