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Old Colorado City Library (OL)

Old Colorado City Library

Address:
2418 West Pikes Peak Ave - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Phone: (719) 634-1698
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Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Holiday Hours and Closures

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Friends of Old Colorado City Library

The Old Colorado City Friends Book Store is open during regular Library hours.

Meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of January, April, July, and October.

Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.


 

What's New!

book madnessVote for your favorite books in Book Madness Final 4! Voting is open to all ages.

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All Pikes Peak Writes

All Pikes Peak Writes is Pikes Peak Library District’s 2nd Annual fiction writing contest for adults. Below, you will find contest rules, submission deadlines, and other useful information as you begin your writing.

You can read last year's winning entries here.

Eligibility
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 18+. Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • One work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • Stories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of each story must be included with the entry form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location OR one copy of the story submitted online to allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org along with a submission form. Acceptable file formats include: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Entries will be accepted beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at all PPLD locations and online.
  • All entries must be submitted/postmarked by Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. to any PPLD location or online at allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org.
  • Entrant’s name should only appear on the entry form (not any of the story pages).
  • The title of the story should appear on the upper right corner of each page followed by the page number.
  • Entries that are over 3,500 words, submitted without an entry form, submitted or postmarked after 6 p.m. on Fri., March 24, or were previously published will NOT be accepted

Judging

  • Entries will be judged by members of PPLD-sponsored writing groups, participants in the Mountain of Authors program and associated Library staff on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

Awards
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Winners will be notified by phone on or before Friday, April 14, 2017. Non-adherence to the entry rules will result in disqualification. Contact allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org for questions or more information.

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PPLD will provide amnesty for all overdue Library items returned between March 6 and March 26. Late fees on overdue materials returned to a staff member during this time will be waived. PPLD is offering the amnesty to welcome community members back to the Library and materials back into the collection.

Earlier this year, PPLD eliminated overdue fines on children and teen materials and lowered overdue fines on DVDs and video games. These changes were implemented to remove barriers to Library service. The amnesty program is another way to help invite people back to the Library and ensure our resources are available to the community we serve.

Library patrons who have other outstanding fines are encouraged to come to the Library during the amnesty period to discuss ways to resolve account issues.

The amnesty program is only effective March 6 through March 26, 2017.

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PPLD's Community Photography Contest will recognize the incredible talent, unique vision, and artistic diversity that we have in our PPLD neighborhoods. This contest corresponds with National Photography Month in May. The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels and ages who live in El Paso County.
The categories arephoto contest

  • Portrait
  • Animal
  • Landscape
  • Abstract
  • Close-up
  • Black & White

The top 18 winners (1st - 3rd place) will be recognized in an opening reception, their work will be printed and framed, and exhibited at Cheyenne Mountain Library during the month of May. In addition, the public will vote on a 'Best of Show' winner.

To enter, please follow these directions:

  1. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 28. You may enter up to 3 images.
  2. The final prints will be printed on 8x12 paper and matted and placed in a 11x14 frame. Crop your photo the way you want it to look since it will be printed to fit the paper and custom matted.
  3. Save the high-resolution image (300 dpi with NO watermarks) as a .jpg. Name each file with your last name, first initial and entry number. (For example: SmithJ1.jpg)
  4. Send to infocheyenne@ppld.org
  5. Include your full name, phone number, and category for each photo. Titles are not required, but can be submitted with the images. You may use Dropbox or other cloud storage if needed.

If you are selected to be part of the exhibition, the image will be printed as it was submitted. Everyone will be notified by April 3.

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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Tuesday, April 18. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

Good luck and happy filing!

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The Pikes Peak Library District is currently seeking volunteers to staff a new program initiative: Repair Fairs! Volunteer “Fixers” are needed to help with a new community-wide fix-it program, where people can bring in broken items to the library and receive help learning how to troubleshoot and fix the item rather than throwing it away.

Can you…

  • Repair tires, chains, or brakes for bikes?
  • Mend, hem, or patch clothing or other fabric items?
  • Test, dismantle, or fix small appliances, vacuum cleaners, lamps, etc.?
  • Assess, disassemble, or possibly repair electronics and computers?
  • Repair broken jewelry?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, help your local community by becoming a Fixer!

To apply, print this application form as well as this skill specialty questionnaire and drop them off at East Library Att: Amber Cox, or email both to acox@ppld.org. Submissions are due by March 31.

Please contact Amber Cox at (719) 531-6333 x1305 or acox@ppld.org with questions.

Location(s): TBD
Hours: Will vary by location

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PPLD now has Sorenson videophones and Video Relay Service-equipped laptops available for patron use. VRS allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using American Sign Language through video equipment. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.

Videophones are now available at the East Library and Library 21c.

VRS-equipped laptops are available at the following PPLD locations: Cheyenne Mountain, High Prairie, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Ruth Holley, and Sand Creek libraries.

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Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, PPLD will no longer charge fines on overdue children and teen items. Removing overdue fines will provide greater opportunity for children and teens to use the full range of library services. Currently, 15% of children and teen cardholders are blocked from checking out items at the library due to overdue fines.

Also, overdue fines on DVDs and games will be reduced from 25 cents per day to 10 cents per day.

PPLD seeks to foster literacy and life-long learning for children and teens. The Library regularly evaluates policies to see what barriers for service exist and evaluates how to eliminate such barriers. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the new policy at their December meeting.

Items that will not accrue overdue fines must be designated as “juvenile” or “teen” in the Library catalog. The policy will take effect for any items checked out January 9 or after. Lost item and damage fees will still apply.

Overdue notices will still be sent as reminders to return Library items. Items not returned within 21 days of the due date will be considered lost, and the full cost of the item will be charged to the patron’s account.

Click here for more information

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Add Your Book Review to PPLD.orgHave you read a really great (or really bad) book lately? Tell us all about it! Just fill out this book review form and your review will be posted in the Book Reviews section of ppld.org.

Happy reviewing!

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Deb Bartos

PPLD's Artist in Residence for September and October 2016 was Deb Bartos, an oil painter who loves exploring the natural world and teaching students about color. She continues to develop her knowledge about how light and color work together, and is fascinated by the process.

Visit PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence page for more information about this program.

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It's Back to School Time!

PPLD would like to wish all our students and parents a great school year. Here are some resources we offer to help with your studies:

And of course, you can always chat with a librarian by clicking the "Chat Now!" button, or email us at Ask a Librarian.

Good luck out there!

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Congratulations to the winners of our first All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. The victors were announced at Mountain of Authors on Saturday, April 23.

1st Place
“Sub-Zero” by Lizbeth Tarpy
1st place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine, copy of Writer’s Market 2016, and Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen

2nd Place
“Journey by Train” by Susan Eitemiller
2nd place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine and copy of Writer’s Market 2016

3rd Place
“Tea Party” by Heidi Balaraman
3rd place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine

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Sarah Pottenger, Winner My Westside-Our Voice Essay Contest

Old Colorado City Library is pleased to announce the winners of our essay contest, My Westside--Our Voice. Our generous Friends of the Library supported this programming with a $100 prize for first place. The winner, Sarah Pottenger, is also published in the November 21, 2013 edition of the Westside Pioneer. Enjoy reading her essay along with our runners-up, Andrea Corley and Victor Shepard.

Your Westside is My Westside Now, by Sarah Pottenger - Winner

I’m a third-generation Colorado Springs native, and I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else. I grew up near Academy Boulevard, but some of my best memories are of visits to the Westside, whether to visit my parents’ old haunts, see the house where my grandmother was born, or just to take the car to the mechanic. Driving to the Westside was an event, taking half an hour.

I lived in that same house off Academy for twenty years. Then my family downsized from our house to a duplex just north of Old Colorado City. We moved here in 2010, and though it was a terrible move, we were here. For my parents, returning to the Westside was like coming home. For me, it was a dream come true. Every week one of us remarks that we still can’t believe we get to live here, even after nearly four years.

As a lifelong reader, I love the Old Colorado City Library. We can drive there in just a few minutes, or walk in half an hour. I probably visit three times a week, and it’s the prettiest, friendliest library in town. We’re also just minutes away from Fire Station #5, housing the wonderful firefighters who not only came to our rescue when my bedroom flooded during the September 12 storm, but also arrived within moments when my dad suffered a heart attack right before Christmas last year.

When we were children, my brother and I loved to come to the Westside. The Creamery was (and still is) our favorite ice cream shop. We liked to visit souvenir stores, dipping our hands into wooden bins brimming with polished rocks. My parents pointed out houses belonging to friends and relatives. My mom told stories about running downhill from school and spending nights with her grandparents, one set on Chestnut and one set on Uintah.

I have always loved it here. I pinch myself every day, hardly believing that I get to live here, that every time the car heads west, I’m going home.

The Circle in the Square, by Victor Shepard - Runner-Up

It’s funny how memories work. The passing of fifty five or so years doesn't diminish the desire to somehow recapture the beauty and love that were experienced so long ago. I know the ice cream was much sweeter and creamier then. The flowers my grandma raised were much more fragrant than flowers are today. And most definitely people were so much kinder then. People didn't have the apprehension and distance that is so prevalent today. At least that’s the way I choose to remember it.

Every child looks forward to summer and my summers always included visiting my grandmother in the “burg” of Colorado City. This was the main highlight of every summer and a time that I remember fondly. Grandma’s house was only a block away from the library where I read the adventures of the places I was going to visit one day when I was “old.” In close proximity were the drug stores with real fountains like Cooper-Lidke and the Rexall, a good place to get a chocolate or cherry Coke. Then I’d buy a fifteen cent wooden plane at the Duckwalls, which would last about ten minutes. In the center of this playground neighborhood was a park to play in with a central square and the treasure of the town, the first capitol of Colorado. This park was a hub where the entire neighborhood was welcomed and encouraged to come to.

Wednesday nights in the “burg” were the most special because that was the night when there was square dancing in the park. Although I was only six or seven, it was a weekly ritual that included special food and more importantly, staying up late. I’d get to wear my little cowboy boots and western shirt and get pinches from my grandma’s friends. Watching the big people in their fancy clothes, swiftly moving through difficult dance maneuvers, was quite a sight. But they all seemed happy and certainly appeared to be having a good time. Eventually, the inevitable happened, grandma wanted me to ask a very apprehensive little girl to dance. I was not a completely willing participant in the process but the coaxing finally compelled us wee ones to join in the confusing mob moving to an old man’s call on a screechy microphone. We were both confused and afraid of being trampled by the big people as they sashayed and promenaded around in close order. Somehow we devised our own rhythm and moves and somehow managed to avoid serious contact and injury. The more time we spent dancing the more fun it became. The dance seemed to last late into the night, and I must have been especially tired, as my grandma was forced to carry me home.

Yes, memories can cause us to smile and dancing can still wear me out but I wouldn't trade a moment I've experienced for half a dollar. I still love the park, the band shell and the fistful of valuable and memorable experiences that Bancroft Park has given me throughout many happy years.

Lower Gold Camp Road Today "Ties", by Andrea Corley - Runner-Up

I am a transplant, not a native Westsider. I came here to college and really never left. I have lived in the same place on the Westside for 46 years. I married a local man with Westside ties – railroad ties. His grandfather bought one of the railroads that traveled through the Westside to Cripple Creek a century ago, tore it up, sold the rolling stock and made a toll road for automobiles on the CS&CCDRY bed. It is now called the Gold Camp Road.

Yesterday, driving with a friend on Lower Gold Camp Road, we passed the ground-breaking for a new facility east of my friend’s home at The Village at Skyline. She did not know what is to be built there, but reading the current Westside Pioneer I learned it is to be a memory facility called Morning Star at Bear Creek. I thought” how fitting” in an area full of my family’s memories. The road we were traveling on next to this new facility was once-upon-a-time the initial part of what was called the Corley Mountain Highway. It was gently graded for train traffic first, as the route west out of Colorado Springs to the foothills for the railroad nicknamed ( because it was) the Short Line to Cripple Creek. Now a city street, Lower Gold Camp Road has become, according to Bill Vogrin in the Gazette, a race track for prospective buyers testing their new cars.

Next time you are there, testing or not, imagine the trains going and coming on that very roadway, loaded with freight or gold ore depending on the direction of travel, plains or mountains up ahead, tracks and ties, not tires, underneath you. Then, remember the clickety-clack rhythm of any train ride you have taken, and this becomes Time Travel for the Twenty-first Century with memories of your own. For me, a transplant in my adopted neighborhood, it becomes ties to my family members in their own time and place.

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