Library 21c

Library 21c

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

Phone: (719) 884-9800

Hours:
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!

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.

Carrie Vaughn

Join us for the 9th Annual Mountain of Authors on Saturday, April 4 from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Please note the event is being held at a new location this year.

Keynote speaker Carrie Vaughn is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, the most recent installment of which is Low Midnight. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 70 short stories.

This event is free, and no registration is required.

Schedule

  • Noon - 12:30 p.m. - Doors open to the public
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Panel 1: KOPs, Goblins, and a Time Traveling President
  • 1:30 - 2 p.m. - Showcase Spotlight
  • 2 - 2:30 p.m. - Break
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Panel 2: Marketing Your Book
  • 3:30 - 4 p.m. - Break
  • 4 - 5 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Carrie Vaughn
  • 5 - 6 p.m. - Reception & Book Signing

For more information, visit the Mountain of Authors website at ppld.org/MOA.

Book Madness! Elite 8!

We're down to the Elite 8! Keep voting for your favorites!

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Denver Comic Con logo

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!

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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Joseph Hutchison

State Poet Laureate Joe Hutchison will be joined by well-known local and regional poets to kick off National Poetry month with a poetry reading at Library 21c. Light refreshments will be served. This program is in collaboration with the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project.

  • When: Mon., April 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive

About Joseph Hutchison
Joseph Hutchison, appointed in September 2014 to a four-year term as Poet Laureate of Colorado, is the author of 15 collections of poems, including Marked Men, Thread of the Real, The Earth-Boat, and Bed of Coals (winner of the Colorado Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in over 100 journals and more than 25 anthologies. He has co-edited two anthologies, Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai and A Song for Occupations: Poems about the American Way of Work (with Gary Schroeder), and he continues to produce a literary blog, The Perpetual Bird, which he founded in 2006. The Satire Lounge, a collection of his satirical poems, and Ephemeral, his translations from the Spanish of Mexican fabulist Miguel Lupián, are both forthcoming in 2015. He currently teaches graduate courses in writing and literature at the University of Denver’s University College, where he also serves as Interim Academic Director of Arts & Culture and Global Affairs. Born in Denver, he lives in the southwest of Denver with his wife, Melody Madonna.

RoxAnne Krute

In this three-hour class, Artist in Residence RoxAnne Krute will teach you about a variety of tools and techniques for creating a collage of mixed media on canvas. You will explore how to use conventional and non-conventional objects to apply pigment and create texture together with added bits and pieces to create a unique finished piece of art. Follow an example or make your own choices of what to include in your piece – there are no mistakes! You are encouraged to bring your own personal bits and pieces to use if you wish!

Registration is required. (Please note some registrations might not yet be open.) Must be over 16 years old.

Free Workshops

Have you ever wondered about doing business with the government? Join us for this series of free workshops at Library 21c, presented by Certify to Success. Registration is required. For more information, email maryjane@certifytosuccess.com.

  • Procurement Certification Alphabet Soup
    Learn the how to and benefits of 8(a), SDB, DBE, WBE, MBE, SBE, ESB, WOSB, EDWOSB, SDVOSB … and who accepts each.
    Thu., March 19 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Strategies to Overcome “Contract Bundling”
    Learn methods to utilize tools (i.e. socio-economic certifications, strategic alliances, etc.) to level the procurement playing field.
    Thu., April 16 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Does Your Business Plan You?
    Learn to plan products/services, marketing and financing for growth, collaboration, and/or writing proposals.
    Thu., May 14 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Systemize Your Small Business
    Learn the difference between owning a business and owning a job. Understand how systems will affect your expansion, mergers, sale, and government contracting.
    Thu., June 18 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Staying on Top of Your Market
    Stay ahead of market changes in your industry. Designed for companies who want to contract with the government or take their businesses to the next level.
    Thu., Sept. 17 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Succession Planning for Your Business
    Critical elements of developing your company’s plan of operation, and plans for loss of key employees/owners including owner’s exit.
    Thu., Oct. 15 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • The Power of She
    Women, veterans, and minority owners will learn to level the playing field to increase the bottom line. Learn the importance of strategic alliances and ways to leverage public policy.
    Thu., Nov. 12 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • Fee-based Workshops

    TalkGovBiz,TheExperience is made up of two hands-on, intensive, fee-based workshops providing support for small businesses in obtaining resources and certifications to procure government contracts. For more information about TalkGovBiz,TheExperience, email maryjane@certifytosuccess.com or visit ppld.thankyou4caring.org/TalkGovBiz.

    These workshops focus on key areas of business development essential to procuring government contracts such as socioeconomic certifications, developing strategic plans, and the development of marketing materials. Each of these workshops take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Library 21c. Registration is required. To register online, visit ppld.thankyou4caring.org/TalkGovBiz. To pay by check, click here.

    • JumpStartToSuccess
      JumpStartToSuccess bundles hands-on development of the important tools small businesses need to procure government contracts.
      Thu., March 26; Thu., May 28; Thu., Sept. 24
    • 8(a)InADay
      8(a) InADay offers hands-on instruction in preparing your application for 8(a) Business Development Program certification.
      Thu., April 23; Thu., June 30; Thu., Oct. 22

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 this free class held in the Petritz Learning Lab at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

LinkedIn

Join us for a basic overview of the popular social media for professionals, LinkedIn. Topics to include setting up an account, managing your feed, developing a robust profile, and how to use LinkedIn to help you land that next big opportunity.

These classes, all held at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), it's necessary you have basic computer proficiency. Register today to ensure your spot!

Join us for a very special storytime involving music and movement, aimed at ages 2 and 3. Caregivers and children participate through movement to songs and rhymes. A fun one-on-one time with your child while fostering learning, coordination and a love of music.

Where: Library 21c
When: Wednesdays, 10 and 11 a.m.

Where: Manitou Springs Library
When: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

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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Philosophy at the Library is a series of talks given by UCCS Philosophy instructors at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. The partnership series is celebrating UCCS' 50th Anniversary and will be held the first Tuesday of the month from February through November from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

  • March 3 - "Liberation through Love of Fate in the Bhagavad Gita" Geoff Ashton
  • April 7 - "Neuroscience and the Flame of Consciousness" Rex Welshon
  • Sept. 1 - "Love and Hate" Dorothea Olkowski
  • Oct. 6 - "The Theology of American Political Discourse" Jeff Scholes
  • Nov. 3 - "Do We Have Moral Obligations to the Poor?" Jennifer Jensen
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PPLD Receives Award for Excellence in Community Infrastructure

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance recognized Pikes Peak Library District for their Excellence in Community Infrastructure award.

"The Pikes Peak Library District proudly opened Library 21c this summer. It is the "launch pad" for 21st century library service and the first facility of its kind in the country. If you haven’t seen it yet, it will challenge everything you know about the public library. It’s not just a space, it’s a paradigm shift. Features include Makerspaces, Center for Public Media, Business & Entrepreneurial Center, a 400-seat Performance and Meeting Venue, and many additional services."

Click here to see all the 2014 Award Recipients for Pikes Peak Region.

German style board game pieces, commonly called Meeples

Love playing board games? Want to try out new games each month and meet other teens interested in board games? Come to the Teen TableTop Gaming Club at Library 21c. We meet the first Friday of the month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the teen area. Each month we learn and play a different game (and sometimes get out old favorites as well!). Drop by and maybe you'll discover your new favorite game! For ages 12-18. Co-sponsored by Petrie's Family Games!

When: 1st Fridays, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Library 21c teen area

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!

Do you like to read and discuss mysteries? Come to our NEW Mystery Book Club at Library 21c. All ages are welcome. A wide variety of mysteries will be provided. Registration is not required.

When: 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Where: Library 21c - Room B2

See you there!

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!

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.

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
719-884-9800

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.

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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

  • 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

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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 ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary.

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 ppld.org/21centurylibrary.

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.”

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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 ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary.

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PPLD Awarded El Pomar Challenge Grant for 21st Century Library Campaign

At a special event held at Penrose Library on Wednesday, February 13, El Pomar Foundation announced it had approved a challenge grant of $750,000 to support the Library’s Tri-Building Project to create a 21st Century library system, which will bring significant improvements to Pikes Peak Library District.

The funds from El Pomar are earmarked for use at PPLD’s Penrose Library, but the funds will allow for wider District-wide improvements at PPLD, including renovations and upgrades at PPLD’s East Library and the opening of a new facility in 2014 at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive as well. PPLD’s new facility will feature content creation areas for creative professionals, business incubation and hoteling space for small businesses and nonprofits, enhanced areas for job seekers to find career assistance, and much more!

El Pomar’s generous grant will allow the Library to move forward on construction and renovation in 2013, with a projected opening of the new facility in 2014. The challenge grant is contingent upon The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation raising $3.15 million by January 1, 2016.

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