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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!

This free program reviews the management and empowerment of healthcare and wellness options and costs for small businesses. The program goes over options and proactive steps business owners can take to manage their overall wellness and healthcare costs.

Presented by Well3 Pikes Peak, consortium of local healthcare stakeholders who are committed to promoting overall wellness to both businesses and individuals.

Registration is recommended but not required.

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 classes.

Make ugly holiday sweaters using a variety of materials. Be festive and get help making your ideas into reality using craft materials. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is required!

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!

"The Order of Things" - Johanna Okovich Goodman

Exhibits by encaustic artist Johanna Okovich Goodman and photographer Jeff Cloutier are now on display at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.).

Goodman’s exhibit is called “The Order of Things” and focuses on a sense of place through encaustic and mixed media works. Her work is influenced by her extensive travels in Europe, North Africa and the American West, and is on display in many collections, including the Smithsonian Museum.

Cloutier’s exhibit is called “Magnify” and features 24 portraits photographed with an early 20th Century 8x10 inch camera. His broad focus of work includes; architecture, urban cityscapes, alternative portraiture, landscapes and fashion.

Both exhibits will be on display at Library 21c through the end of December.

Guitar

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. - Altezza Trio, formerly the Aivazovsky Trio (Classical)
  • Sun., Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. - Veronika String Quartet (Classical)
  • 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.

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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: 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.

    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.

    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!

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    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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