Library 21c

Library 21c

PPLD FacebookAddress:
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Phone: (719) 884-9800

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: 9A, 25

Creative Computer Commons (C3)
FREE Wireless!
Study Rooms
Wireless Printing

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What's New!

Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job . This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to help find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials, and more.

Registration is required for these free programs.

Enhance your reading experience, discover strategies to "unlock" difficult texts, and explore the relationship between culture and literature. This program will be facilitated by local author Durthy A. Washington, who teaches English at the U.S. Air Force Academy and is the recipient of the Outstanding Academy Educator Award.

No registration is required for this free program.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 25 from 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Shedding Light by Clarence Shivers

The Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District presents a reception, dinner, and concert featuring Marlissa Hudson, Daniel Washington, Jerilyn Jorgensen, and Susan Grace. Artwork by Belinda Gardner will be displayed, and there will be book signings by Kay Esmiol and Susan L. Harvey.

  • When: Wed., Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. (Concert begins at 8 p.m.)
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
  • Tickets: $50 for dinner and concert, $30 for concert only. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 5 by calling (719) 884-9800, x6892. Proceeds benefit the Shivers Fund at Pikes Peak Library District.

American soprano Marlissa Hudson made her professional debut while a student, performing “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess with the Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch. She later performed the entire role of Bess with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Her other acclaimed role is Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, which she performed with The Summer Opera Theatre Company (DC).

As a concert soloist, Ms. Hudson has collaborated with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choralis, St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and the Prince George’s Philharmonic.
Ms. Hudson received her formal training at Duke University and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned awards for music at both schools, including a Peabody Career Development Grant.

Daniel Washington, a native of Summerville, S.C., enjoys a career that brings him to the world’s major opera houses and concert stages, pairing him with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, and Charles Dutoit.

Recent seasons have found Washington as the villain Crown in a new production of the opera Porgy and Bess at the Opéra Comique in Paris and at the Grand Theatre de Luxembourg. He also performed concert versions of this American classic with the Berlin Philharmonic (Rattle), Montreal Symphony (Dutoit), the Detroit, Houston, Oregon Symphonies, Naples Philharmonic, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Trondheim Symphony, and Cincinnati Pops.

Highlights of his operatic career include his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Bernard Haitink. He also created the role of Steven Biko in the world premiere of the opera Biko for the Royal Opera’s Garden Venture Project. Daniel Washington is a Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

Jerilyn Jorgensen is a member of the performance faculty of Colorado College and has been adjunct faculty in violin and chamber music at the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver. From 1980-2004 she was first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet, and as a member of that ensemble she has performed throughout the United States, been a prizewinner in the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition and finalist in the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, and appeared on PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Ms. Jorgensen is on the faculty of the Lamont Pre-College Academy summer program and is the Artistic Development Coordinator for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association. She holds bachelor of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, and a master of music degree from Juilliard.

Grammy nominated pianist Susan Grace has performed solo and chamber recitals, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Korea, India and China. She has also performed in the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s new-music series Engine 408, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Grand Teton Festival, the Cape Cod Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Music at Oxford, and the Helmsley Festival in England.

Ms. Grace is Associate Chair, Artist-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer in Music at Colorado College and Music Director of the internationally renowned Colorado College Summer Music Festival which is in its 31th season.

APPR 2014 Author Visits

Three authors will be making appearances in the region as part of All Pikes Peak Reads 2014.

Clifton Taulbert

Clifton Taulbert, author of APPR 2014 selection Who Owns the Ice House?, is a recognized thought leader on the power of community. He is renowned for his ability to glean timeless lessons from the place of his birth, the Mississippi Delta.

Uncle Cleve’s Rules of Life
Taulbert reflects on the life lessons from his Uncle Cleve that form the basis of this award-winning book. A question and answer session follows Mr. Taulbert’s lecture.

  • When: Mon., Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Storytelling with Clifton Taulbert
Taulbert remarks on how his Uncle Cleve’s stories helped to form the year’s APPR selection, Who Owns the Ice House?

  • When: Mon., Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Reception for Clifton Taulbert
Join us as fans of author Taulbert mingle to music made by PPCC music students. The evening’s program is presented by PPCC departments of Music, History, Communication, and Parley journal authors & the PPCC Art Gallery. The reception is followed by a book signing at 6:30 p.m.

  • When: Mon., Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Veteran’s Day Observance
Taulbert, himself a U.S. military veteran, speaks on the observance of this national holiday and relates remarks to PPCC’s community-wide “Year of Service” initiative.

  • When: Tue., Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Centennial Theater, PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Chat with Clifton
The public is invited to a casual question and answer session with one of this year’s outstanding APPR authors. Find out the impetus for Mr. Taulbert’s writing of Who Owns the Ice House? and how he learned of Uncle Cleve’s Rules of Life.

  • When: Tue., Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Library, PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Ally Condie

Ally Condie, author of APPR 2014 selection Matched series, is coming to Pikes Peak Library District. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. A book signing to follow!

  • When: Fr, Nov. 14 from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

But, wait! Do you want meet her? You let us know your top 25 books and now we have 100s of books for you to vote on! Vote in the survey below to help us determine the top 100 books!

To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 before October 15 and now vote for the top 100 until November 4, 2014.

In Matched, Society has determined the best Hundred Songs, Hundred Paintings, Hundred Stories, and Hundred Poems. Everything else has been eliminated. That won't happen at PPLD, but we want to know what your top 25 stories are. Please fill out the survey below and let us know what you think. Come back on October 15 to vote for the top 100 books based on your suggestions!

The drawing will take place on November 5 and winners will be notified soon after.

The contest is open to students in grades 6 to 12 in the Pikes Peak Library District (your library card number must start with the number 4).

Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer, author of the best-selling Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God, will discuss his book at a free event held in partnership with Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies.

In the book, Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief sharing his innermost debate with the poignant lyricism only a great writer of literary nonfiction can achieve. Schaeffer writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose adoration of his family, love and art trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God.

  • When: Sun., Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Ally Condie

Ally Condie, author of the Matched series, is coming to Pikes Peak Library District!

Friday, Nov. 14
7 - 8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Book signing to follow!
Library 21c

But, wait! Do you want meet her? You let us know your top 25 books and now we have 100s of books for you to vote on! Vote in the survey below to help us determine the top 100 books!

To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 before October 15 and now vote for the top 100 until November 4, 2014.

In Matched, Society has determined the best Hundred Songs, Hundred Paintings, Hundred Stories, and Hundred Poems. Everything else has been eliminated. That won't happen at PPLD, but we want to know what your top 25 stories are. Please fill out the survey below and let us know what you think. Come back on October 15 to vote for the top 100 books based on your suggestions!

The drawing will take place on November 5 and winners will be notified soon after.

The contest is open to students in grades 6 to 12 in the Pikes Peak Library District (your library card number must start with the number 4).


This free indoor concert series highlights local musicians from a variety of musical genres.

All shows will be held in the Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

  • Sun., Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. - Moonhoney (Latin Gypsy)
  • Sun., Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. - Woodshed Red (Americana)
  • Sun., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. - Aivazovsky Trio (Classical)
  • Catapult

    Join us for the first ever PPLD Pumpkin Toss! Create a catapult or trebuchet to compete. The farthest launch wins! Teams must register in advance. There is no limit for team size, but all members must be at least 9 years old. Only one person from the team should register. Please review all of the rules through the PDF linked to below.

    To register, click here.

    This event will be canceled in case of inclement weather, and will take place in the west parking lot outside the lower level of the Library 21c.

    • When: Sat., Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. - noon
    • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    Floral Arrangement

    Join us for a free series of classes by Bella Studio Florist. Each class will cover a different aspect for floral design, and will be held at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.). No previous floral design experience is required, and materials will be provided for you. Space is limited, so please register by clicking on each class’ corresponding link below or by calling (719) 389-8968.

    Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

    Celebrate your Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week! This year BBW is September 21 - 27! Public libraries support access to information and your freedom to read.

    Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the third year, PPLD is participating and we hope you will help us.

    Virtual Read-Out
    Wed., Sept. 24
    3:30 to 5 p.m.
    East Teen Center at the East Library
    Readers of All Ages Welcome!

    During the Virtual Read-Out, readers of all ages (including you!) will be recorded for up to 3 minutes talking about the book that you choose! A form is provided below to help you write your piece.

    Below is a list of frequently banned or challenged books.

    Take a look at these quick, great videos of local teens and adults talking about some of their favorite banned or challenged books.

    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: 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

    No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

    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.

    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.

    Click here to purchase your paver today!

    Library 21c is Open!

    Library 21c has officially opened to the public. Come visit us!

    1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80920

    Mon. - Thu., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Fri. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sun., 1 - 5 p.m.

    Visit our Library 21c web page for more information.


    Want to use some of the nifty machines featured in Library 21c's makerspaces? Here's some general information:

    Library 21c has two makerspaces, Make and Make II.

    InformationIn order to use any machine in either space, you must first contact us to make an appointment.


    • Make is intended for creative projects that do not require hand or power tools
    • Make is open to the public, but you must first check in with staff
    • Users must have a library card
    • Users must sign a liability waiver

    Make II

    • Make II is intended for fabrication projects that require hand or power tools, emit fumes, or use advanced machinery
    • Make II is used by appointment only
    • Users must have a library card
    • Users must sign a liability waiver AND take the Makerspace Safety Class

    Click here for more information about our makerspaces
    Click here to visit our Creative Computer Commons (C3) website


    PPLD is proud to announce that, starting Saturday, June 21, you can print from wireless devices at
    Library 21c.

    This service enables you to print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected PC or device to our printer. There is no additional software required. Print jobs stay in the queue for up to 24 hours.

    Just click here and follow the directions.

    Friday night's Sneak Peek Happy Hour of Library 21c was a blast! Over 400 people attended and were plied with food and drinks. PPLD thanks everyone who came and everyone who helped make this event a rousing success.

    Library 21c's grand opening will be Saturday, June 21. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

    Check out our Green Screen Experience photos for a look at the fun!

    Bristol Brewing Company

    Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees announced at their meeting on May 27 that Her Story Café & Catering would be the new in-house café and catering vendor for Library 21c, PPLD’s new library slated to open to the public on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Board had previously announced that Ricoh would serve as an in-house full service print and copy center at the new library. Both entities will provide services to the general community as well.

    About Her Story Café & Catering
    Owner Liz Rosenbaum started Her Story Café in 2010 to inspire people about women’s history one bowl, one sandwich, and one smile at a time. Now Her Story Café will have a location inside PPLD’s Library 21c to provide food for patrons and catering service to businesses and entrepreneurs who use the library space. Her Story Café will also offer public and staff education classes about local farmers’ markets and incorporate a focus on 21st century education and learning. Executive Chef Ken Moore joined the partnership this year with a vast knowledge of large-scale catering and food education for all ages.

    About Ricoh
    Ricoh is an information and technology company with a strong legacy of introducing new technologies into the workplace. Ricoh will serve as an in-house print and copy center to meet both the Library’s internal printing needs and the print needs of patrons and entrepreneurs who use the new facility.

    About Library 21c
    Library 21c, the first facility of its kind in the country, will challenge everything you know about the public library. It’s not just a space, it’s a paradigm shift. From the reuse of an existing facility to the latest in technology for all ages, establishing Library 21c will impact the entire community.

    Library 21c opens to the public with a full day of activities on Saturday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at its Chapel Hills & Jamboree location. Find complete information about this exciting project at

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    With over 300 votes cast, the winner of the PPLD 2014 Book Madness is
    The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green! Thank you for participating!


    Jack Rinedollar of Rocky Mountain Sertoma recently presented a check for $7,000 to Pikes Peak Library District. The money will allow the District to install an “inductive loop” in its 400-person auditorium and various other rooms at its new facility, Library 21c, when it opens in June 2014.

    The Audio Frequency Induction Loop is a way of transmitting sound through a wire loop to the telecoil in a hearing aid. Loops are used to improve speech intelligibility for hearing aid users by eliminating background noise. Background noise can completely block the voice of the speaker for many hearing aid users. With the loop, hearing aid users may hear nearly as well as those with normal hearing.

    Rocky Mountain Sertoma is one of 10 local Sertoma clubs. Each club has a primary mission to provide assistance to hearing- and speech-impaired individuals. Since 1988, through a District project called “HEARS,” the individual clubs provide support and donations for audiology services and new hearing aids for hearing-impaired, low-income individuals who cannot afford to purchase them.

    Library 21c is currently undergoing renovation.

    Stakeholders of Pikes Peak Library District have spent more than five years developing a model of 21st century library service for the Pikes Peak region, but efforts will only start in earnest with the opening of the new library facility in June of this year. From that moment on, PPLD will begin to implement, replicate, and deploy its library service model for the future.

    21st Century Library service is a movement at PPLD, one that employs technology and the redeployment of people to propel libraries to the center of community life. They become places where content is created and shared, and where books and other resources are linked with programs and activities. It is a movement that will affect every library in and every aspect of the district.

    Central to the new model and the renewed space is the most basic of library tenets: providing access to information. Fine tuned to meet the needs of 21st century patrons, PPLD will provide exactly what the patron needs, in the format they desire, at the very moment it will benefit them most: aka “speed sourcing” for the 21st Century.

    PPLD’s new library facility, located at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive and slated to open in June, is the prototype and “launch pad” for 21st century library service. Its state-of-the-art spaces and resources will make it the first of its kind in the country.

    As work began on selecting a name for the new facility, several considerations came into play: this is a modern facility that will serve our entire service region and beyond; it’s a model and a resource that will move everyone forward; it’s the library of our shared future. The 21st Century Library needs a name that says just that.

    With all of this in mind, PPLD will name its new facility Library 21c.

    It is a simple, compelling name that invites curiosity and that suits the services and spaces the building will contain: Hot Spot, eHelp, Make, Hub. It suits the mission it will fulfill: to announce that libraries are new and innovative.

    Some of the spaces and resources that fit especially well include The Venue at 21c and 21central, a portal for critical community information, and especially C3 the Creative Computer Commons.

    Library 21c, approved by PPLD’s Board of Trustees in late February, also reflects the transition going on in library resources from the traditional to the virtual, and beyond, to the concept of creating and co-creating. PPLD wants the community to recognize the shift in public libraries – and to value that change.

    Work on the new facility and East and Penrose libraries continues. Information on the project and ways to support it can be found online at

    Leaders at PPLD find the “c” component edgy and flexible, “c” for century; “c” for change; “c” for connections; “c” for create; “c” for community. Programs, partnerships, and new services will build on the name in creative and appealing ways, such as PPLD’s 21catalyst: Crowdsourcing for Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits, and 21cents: The Campaign to Grow Young Philanthropists.

    “We see this as our opportunity to take the edge and make it our own. The community has C4C [City for Champions]. There is a push to think differently, act in new ways, and create change,” said Paula Miller, PPLD’s Executive Director. “Library 21c is our addition to that movement. Think: 21c – your 21st century library. We’ve given the region over a hundred years of excellence … Library 21c lets us declare the next century of extraordinary public library service.”

    Ent Federal Credit Union Conference Center

    Pikes Peak Library District’s new facility located at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive (set to open in the summer of 2014) has gained a community partner for its business center. Ent Federal Credit Union announced this month that it would be sponsoring the Ent Federal Credit Union Conference Center to support local business at the Library.

    “Ent has been a longtime supporter of Pikes Peak Library District and believes it really adds value to our community,” said Ent Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President Barbara Winter.

    “With the new library’s focus on business incubation, we’re really excited about the new capabilities that businesses and nonprofits will have and wanted to sponsor an area that would allow people to come to the library and use it in new ways,” Winter said. “The Ent Federal Credit Union Conference Center will provide that.”

    The conference center is equipped with the latest communication technology that will give businesses and community groups a high-tech edge. The new facility will spearhead PPLD’s continuing expansion into providing cutting-edge technology and materials in support of 21st Century students and workers.
    Ent’s support has helped The Library District’s 21st Century Library Capital Campaign efforts reach 40% of the total fundraising goal of $3.9 million needed to renovate the newest regional library in the District and to partially renovate East and Penrose libraries. The Campaign has currently raised $1,562,953 in outright cash and pledges.

    Fundraising will leverage more than $ 10 million of District funds directed toward the total cost of $13.9 million to renovate the new facility, plus partially renovating East and Penrose libraries. The project will add more than 100,000 square feet of new public library space for families and businesses in the Pikes Peak Region.

    For more information about how PPLD’s new state-of-the-art library is the first of its kind, visit