InformationEast Library’s main entrance is closed for renovations. Please use the temporary entrance located to the south (left) of the main entrance.

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: 39, 25

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

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What's New!

Meet some of the Pikes Peak region’s outstanding and successful Latinas at Latina Voices, the fifth annual presentation of talented women from the Pikes Peak region who have explored and helped define their culture.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat., Oct. 24 at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. Doors open at 9 a.m. on the upper east side of the library, and refreshments will be served. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at noon. This year's presenters include musician/singer Michelle Abeyta, fine artist Terri Sanchez, military nurse Vivianna Mestas and the Ballet Folklorico de la Raza, a local dance group.

The event is free and reservations are not required.

Pumpkin lamps

Get in the fall mood with some pumpkin carving! Try out different tools and techniques to carve small pumpkins and learn some ways to roast and use pumpkin seeds. Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Registration is required for this free class. To sign up, click here.

  • When: Thu., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Lace mask

Learn how to make a magical mask out of simple materials such as tulle and glitter! Space is limited and registration is required. Patron must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Makerspace use agreement is required.

To sign up for this free class, click here.

  • When: Fri., Oct. 16 at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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.

    Nov. 3 - "Religion and Moral Authority in Sports" by Jeff Scholes
    Jeffrey Scholes is Assistant Professor, Philosophy and the Director of the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He has written books and articles on American political theology and on the relationship between religion and sports.


A meaningful public service commitment for the community-oriented individual.

There are seven members serving on the PPLD Board. The term of office is five years; vacancies are filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. Board members may serve for no more than two terms. Board members are appointed jointly by the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Commissioners.

Board of Trustees Job Description

To apply for this position, please complete the Board of Trustees Membership Application and mail to:

Pikes Peak Library District
Attention: Board Applications
PO Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, November 6, 2015 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Email questions to Sue Hammond at


Have your own art show at one of the 12 PPLD art galleries!

The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be jurying art for future 1 - 2 month individual shows. Interested artists should bring 5 representative pieces of their body of work in show-ready format (matted, framed, and wired for photos, drawings, prints, etc.; wired for other 2D or 3D art). Submissions must include a completed Art Exhibit Application.

Submissions will be accepted on Wed., Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day between 4:30 - 6 p.m.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email

Teen Boy

Most teens in dystopian novels don’t get to pick what they will be when they grow up ... but YOU do!

On the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Ent Conference Center at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), professionals will talk to teens about their careers and the ups and downs of getting where they are, followed by a Q&A session. Must be 12 - 18 to attend. To register, please click on the appropriate link below.

If you are interested in volunteering to talk about your profession during the designated month for your career field, contact Speakers should currently be in the career field they wish to talk about.

Snowflake Ornament

Design your own holiday ornament for a chance to win a great prize! The Creative Computer Commons at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.) is hosting this contest.

Noodles & Company: North Academy is a generous sponsor of this contest.

Contest Guidelines

  • Three age categories:
    • Tween: 9-11
    • Teen: 12-18
    • Adult: 19+
  • Ornaments cannot exceed the size of 3 in3.
  • Ornaments can be made up of no more than 3 different pieces glued together. The final ornament must be turned in at Library 21c in one piece and of the appropriate size.
  • If they are printed through Library 21c, they will be printed in white ABS filament. The only exception will be if the PLA printers must be used to help with completion. All prints will be done at .15mm resolution, medium speed, 25% infill, and 5 shells.
  • Only STL files will be accepted.
  • Up to 3 separate STL files will be accepted per submission.
    • Each person may submit one ornament to the contest.
  • One copy of the ornament will be printed free of charge at Library 21c.
  • After the STL file is printed, participants will need to come by Library 21c to pick up their ornaments, remove any support materials, and enter the physical print in the contest by filling out an entry slip.
  • Any subsequent copies must be paid for by the patron. Completion of printing cannot be guaranteed by the time of judging.
  • Individuals will be responsible for removing any support materials on their ornament themselves.
    • All pieces of the ornament must be 3D printed.
    • All ornaments must be printed in white filament only.
  • All ornaments must be able to be hung for display, i.e., a part to thread string or an ornament hanger through must be present in the design.
  • PPLD’s makerspace use policies must be followed.
  • All designs must be original, not a (un)modified 3D scan, downloaded file, or potential copyright violation.
  • Ornaments will be disqualified if the guidelines are not followed.
  • Judging will be based on design, not necessarily the print quality of the ornament due to the printer.

Important Dates

  • October 12: If printing through Library 21c, STL files must be dropped off by this date.
  • November 6: All 3D printed objects printed by the Library will be available to pick up for removal of support material and/or assembly.
  • November 12: All completed ornaments must be turned in for judging at Library 21c.
  • November 15 - 21: Judging will take place.
  • November 23 - 27: Winners will be contacted with information for an awards reception.
  • December 17: Displayed ornaments will be taken down and available for pick up.
  • January 6: Any remaining ornaments will be discarded.
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: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. If the school district closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.


Get involved in building a local writing community at Library 21c. This adult group meets to discuss creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We will offer the opportunity to read and workshop existing projects, writing exercises, writing support, and more. Contact the writing group facilitator at (719) 884-9800, x6345 if you are interested in getting your writing on the list for the month's feedback and discussion.

  • When: First Thursday of each month from 6 - 8 p.m. (beginning Sept. 3)
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Through The Golden Lotus Foundation's Asian Tales & Enrichment Program, participants will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Asian heritage and traditions. Each class will consist of an Asian theme tale or activity conducted by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU) members, followed by an activity of arts, crafts, or game. Each class is 1 1/2 hours.

Age 4 - 8
Session 1a: July 7, 8, 9, and 10
Session 2a: July 21, 22, 23, and 24
Session 3a: August 4, 5, 6, and 7
Age 9 - 13
Session 1b: July 14, 15, 16, and 17
Session 2b: July 28, 29, 30, and 31
Session 3b: August 11, 12, 13, and 14

1. Participants ages 4 - 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult 21 years and older; 9 - 13 years old need signed waiver.

2. Location: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

3. Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

4. Children can bring their favorite stuff animal to class. Quilted mats are provided for children to sit or lie down during story time. Parents can join their children on the mats or sit in chairs.

5. Registration Fees:

  • $70.00 per student, per session for (4) classes (to help offset the cost of supplies), prepaid; no refunds for unattended sessions. Full refund on cancellation requested before first session.
  • $20.00 per student drop-in.
  • Cash or check payable to Golden Lotus Foundation.

6. No charge for parents accompanying participants. An adult 21 years or older needs to sign Liability and Photo Release form for each student.

7. Limited number of scholarships available by submitting a paragraph explaining need. Please submit your request through email at, or mail to Golden Lotus Foundation, 4645 Star Ranch Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Please allow 2 weeks for reply, state the Session(s) desired to attend.

Offering this enrichment program relies on a minimum number of (5) students participating.

Please contact Jennifer Huang, Director with any questions, or (719) 231-0911.

Click here for more information and to register.

Sarah Withee

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July was Sarah Withee. She began folding paper as a child, and was introduced to modular origami by Makoto Yamaguchi’s book Kusudama (Origami Ornaments). Thus began a lifelong interest in Japanese paper arts. Sarah has lived in Japan and taken classes in advanced paperfolding and doll making at Tokyo’s Origami Kaikan, and has an extensive library of origami books.

Sarah is an experienced origami instructor who has worked with students from children to senior citizens. She has taught origami at the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado’s Children’s Day for over 10 years, as well as classes for Pikes Peak Library District and private classes. If you have tried learning origami from a book and failed, Sarah knows just how to help you get unstuck!

Junk to Joy

Learn how to take common day recyclable items and make them into wonderful and useful art! All programs in this series will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Space is limited and registration is required. Patron must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Must have a Makerspace use agreement on file.

Michelle Lim

PPLD's Maker in Residence for May and June was Michelle Lim, a self-taught designer, animator, and maker of various things at the intersection of art and technology. She lives in Denver and is originally from Queens, NY. Education and community are essential to her work, which includes teaching creative technology in Denver public schools and designing digital programs at the Denver Art Museum. Inspired by her favorite short story — The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges — she explored the many lives of infinitely complex patterns through video, sculpture, and interactive media during her residency and community workshops.

You can view the finished project at

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."


Becca Cruz, manager of the Creative Computer Commons (C3) at Library 21c, was featured in an article about the benefits of 3D printing for students & entrepreneurs:

3D printing is just one of the many services we offer at Pikes Peak Library District. Come visit us!

Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison was featured on KCME's Culture Zone program which aired on March 29 and 30. Keith Simon of KCME 88.7 conducted the interview.

Many thanks to KCME for sharing the audio with us!

Call for Makers and Artists

The makerspaces contained in Library 21c of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster such endeavors, PPLD has a Maker/Artist in Residence program.

What are we looking for?

  • People with creativity and skills to teach and share
  • People who can introduce others to what being a maker or an artist is in the vast expanse of making
  • Techy people
  • Artsy people
  • People with well-developed ideas for their studio project and classes that are detailed in their proposals and can be accommodated at multiple PPLD locations
  • A wide variety of different proposals from across the making spectrum

We are currently searching for makers and artists who are able to participate any time during 2016. Applications are due Fri., Oct. 23.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for six weeks.
  • Three (3) hours of studio time per week onsite at Library 21c held on various days/times throughout the contracted period 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.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, two (2) programs/classes at East Library, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations for a grand total of six (6) classes.
    • 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.
    • These are not usually six (6) different class topics, instead usually one (1) or two (2) different classes offered multiple times.
  • Contract payment of $900, 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 may be asked to 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 in Residence 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.

    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.

    RoxAnne Krute

    RoxAnne Krute began her creative journey at an early age. An affinity for playing with color, texture and composition has been an underlying influence in her continued exploration of various mediums throughout her life. In addition to collecting a variety of materials and tools needed for each creative venture, she has a fondness for aged and unusual objects, which she attributes to her grandmother’s influence.

    This background, together with a formal education in fine art and graphic design, provides a “perfect storm” for art expressions using mixed media. She admits that even though this evolution in her art making is still in its infancy, the joy she experiences in the “play” of art-making is something she is passionate about sharing.

    While in residence, RoxAnne taught Beginning Mixed Media Collage on Canvas classes.

    Kim Hetherington

    Kim Hetherington was PPLD's Maker in Residence for January and February 2015 .

    Her introduction to bookbinding was in the nonfiction section of the East Library. Kim was perusing the shelves and was more than thrilled to find a book on making books. Unfortunately, she was also a bit intimidated as the book explained historical bookbinding methods and listed costly pieces of equipment and tools. For a few years, she allowed this intimidation to keep me from trying my hand at it. Kim thought bookbinding required talent and equipment she did not possess. How wrong she was.

    Books can be made simply with a few inexpensive materials, or they can be time-intensive pieces made with traditional bookbinding tools and equipment. A private class showed Kim how to create her first book with a handful of common tools and a few pieces of simple materials. She was hooked. Kim had the fortune of attending further bookbinding classes at Pikes Peak Community College, American Academy of Bookbinding, and with bookbinder Jim Croft. She also attend local classes and created books with and designed by Kylin Lee, Jill K. Berry, Carol Sloan, Marsh Sterling, and Pam Leutz.

    While in residence, Kim taught classes about Japanese Bookbinding and Leather Journals.

    Artist in Residence: Deb Ross

    Deb Ross was PPLD’s first Artist in Residence. She has enjoyed painting and drawing since she was a little girl. She still loves crayons! Deb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Her artistic career has included both teaching and commercial art. A resident of Colorado Springs for over 30 years, Deb has taught at The Colorado Springs Senior Center, The Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Colorado Technical University.

    Deb likes introducing beginners to creating art and inspiring more experienced artists to try new ideas. Creating art is the most fun you can have with a pencil or a paint brush!

    Deb conducted Drawing for the Total Beginner and Letters into Art workshops for the public during her residency. She also painted acrylics and watercolors during her studio hours.

    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.

    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

    • 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 or visit

      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 To pay by check, click here.

      • JumpStartToSuccess
        JumpStartToSuccess bundles hands-on development of the important tools small businesses need to procure government contracts.
        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., Oct. 22
    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!

    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!

    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

    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

    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.