Penrose Library

Penrose Library

Penrose Library FacebookAddress:
20 N. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 531-6333

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

Friends of Penrose Library

Bus Route: 3, 9A, and 9B

Metered Parking:
$.25 for 30 min. Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

FREE Wireless!
Laptop Loans
Study Room


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Friends of East Library

Penrose Library operates a staffed bookstore in the lobby during Library hours.

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


 

What's New!

Sarah Withee

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June and July is 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!

WORKSHOPS

Origami Cards
In this class, we will learn to fold several models that can serve as decorations for cards. This is a great introduction to origami, and will feature origami butterflies, stars, hearts, and other flat models suitable for cards. All models will be suitable for beginning paperfolders. Registration is required and space is limited. Patron must be 16 years of age to attend.

Origami Ornament
In this class, we will learn to fold the traditional Japanese kusudama, or ornament, from six sheets of paper. This class provides a great introduction to some basic origami folding techniques and gives you a beautiful finished ornament to take home. Registration is required and space is limited.

IN STUDIO HOURS
Sarah will be hosting open studio hours at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Dr.), when you can talk to her about her origami and watch her work.

  • Tue., June 23 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri., June 26 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Mon., June 29 from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu., July 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wed., July 8 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Sun., July 12 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Fri., July 17 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Sat., July 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., July 20 from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Wed., July 22 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tue., July 28 from 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wed., July 29 from 1 - 3 p.m.

PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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Know a Lot?

Think you know a lot? Come show us at one (or more) of our Trivia 'Nights' happening at 4 different libraries during our Summer Reading Program. Gather a team and compete for glory or come and get grouped at the event! This event is for anyone in grades 6-12.

Penrose Library
Thu., June 18; 6-8:30 p.m.; 20 N. Cascade Ave
Library 21c
Tue., July 7; 3-4:30 p.m.; 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Old Colorado City Library
Thu., July 9; 2-4:30 p.m.; 2418 West Pikes Peak Ave
Ruth Holley Library
Thu., July 23; 3:30-5 p.m.; 685 North Murray Blvd.

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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:

The deadline for this contest has passed.

Winners will be notified by August 14, 2015.

The top five middle school and the top five high school entries will be published in a PPLD eBook anthology.

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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Judy Noyes

Please help up create a lasting legacy honoring one our communities most beloved leaders: Judy Noyes.

When Dick and Judy Noyes opened the Chinook Bookstore in 1950 in downtown Colorado Springs, they began writing a story of passion for reading, community service, leadership and a deep commitment to First Amendment rights. Since Judy’s passing earlier this year, friends, family members and colleagues have established several funds in honor of her various community passions.

Because Judy served as a PPLD Foundation Director and supported the library in numerous other ways over the years, PPLD would like to celebrate her memory with the creation of a new children’s garden in front of Penrose Library. Because Judy believed absolutely in everyone’s right to read, and in the power of literacy---especially for our children, and because she also had a passion for maintaining the downtown area as a vibrant space within our community, we believe a children’s garden in the midst of downtown would provide an excellent way for the community to remember her. Dick Noyes joins us in thanking you so much for considering a donation to make the Judy Noyes Children’s Garden a reality.

If you have questions about a gift, please call the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation at (719) 884-9850.

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What: Pikes Peak Library District Kids Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2015
Who: Birth - Grade 6 welcome to participate!
Why: Read books and earn prizes!

Register for Summer Reading!

How to Play:

  1. Register at any PPLD Library or online (registration link available June 1 at 9 a.m.)
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete 9 spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every 2 picture books read to you.
  3. Collect your prize at your nearest PPLD Library.
  4. When you reach prize 3, you have completed the game! Congratulations!

Please play this game only once, but keep reading in the Super Hero Readers bonus round!
Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a star for every 5 hours you read.
  2. After each completed 5 hours visit your library and a your name to our super Hero readers display.
  3. When you complete 25 hours you earn cool shoe bling, and enter a drawing for a Hero party!

Baby/Toddler:
You don't have to be reading on your own yet to play. In the baby/toddler game (ages 0-2), you mark a space each time you share a book or do an activity with your baby. Win some fun bubbles, a finger puppet, and a board book.

But wait! There's more!
Over 800 programs this summer are all free, and include art, science, magicians, legos, puppets, music, animals, crafts, and dinosaurs. You can even come in and practice reading to a real live dog! At the end of July, we have four parties with inflatables, bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Reading Buddies

Thank you to our sponsors!

Coupon Information

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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Summer Reading Program Starts June 1!

PPLD's Summer Reading Program is coming to a library near you on June 1! Registration starts June 1 at 9 a.m.

The Kids Summer Reading Program theme is "Every Hero Has a Story".
Click here for more information about Kids Summer Reading.

The Teens Summer Reading Program theme is "Unmask!"
Click here for more information about Teens Summer Reading.

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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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."

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The Teen Art Contest is for teens and by teens. Teens create the art, and teens determine the winners.

The theme for our 2015 Teen Art Show & Contest was Out of This World. Teens were encouraged to think beyond the scope of the everyday and explore a fantastical realm or the deepest depths of space through art.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose, East, or Library 21c during the month of April. Questions? Contact Becca Phillipsen at (719) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors Meininger Art Supply and Her Story Café for donating prizes for the teen artists!


Isabella Wright
"Deep Sea Universe"
Middle School - 1st Place

Andrea Lira
"The World Is Too Big for Us to Hold
Middle School - 2nd Place

MeiLan Haberl
"The Night Boat"
Middle School - Coordinators' Choice

Hector Medrano
"Moon Rise"
High School - 1st Place

Molly Meyer
"Melted Hearts"
High School - 2nd Place

Natalia Valentine
Infinite Sky
High School - Coordinators' Choice

Pamela Flores
"Space Encounter"
Middle School - Best of Show

Taylor Logar
"It Looks Cooler Upside Down"
High School - Best of Show
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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!

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Book a Librarian

Can’t find the information you need? Have a research project? Pikes Peak Library District has a brand new program to help you.

Professional librarians at the East and Penrose Libraries are available to assist you with your information needs, whether you are looking for a great book to read, starting a business, or researching local history.

Research topics include, but are not limited to, finding materials for children or teens, locating health and wellness information, beginning legal research, and finding grant information for nonprofits. If you would like to learn how to search the library’s catalog or subscription databases more efficiently, we can help you with that too.

Begin by completing the online form on our website. From our home page (ppld.org), click on Research and select Book a Librarian. You can also locate the service by clicking on the dropdown arrow under "How do I?" on the left side of the home page and selecting Book a Librarian.

Fill out the form with your information, including your library card number. If your research request differs from the options provided, describe your question or research need in as much detail as possible.
We’ll look at your request and determine the best person on our staff to meet with you based on expertise and availability. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to schedule your appointment. Appointments may be scheduled for up to one hour at either the East or Penrose Library.

The Book a Librarian service is open to any PPLD cardholder. We cannot offer advice (e.g., medical, legal, investment) except to advise users of reputable sources of evaluative information. Also, we cannot offer troubleshooting or maintenance help with personal computers or devices. However, computer classes are available at several PPLD locations.

For questions, you can contact PPLD by email, chat, phone, or in person at any of our fourteen locations.

By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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An Assistive Technology Station is an area set aside with equipment and software designed to help patrons who are blind, visually impaired, or those who have limited or no use of their hands to assist them with reading and writing tasks and accessing other resources on a personal computer. Pikes Peak Library District has two such stations: at Penrose and East libraries.

A typical station is equipped with an adjustable table, a large-print keyboard, a track ball mouse, headphones with attached microphone, and speakers. The computers are loaded with specialized software.

Although Library staff have a general knowledge of what is available at each location, it is the patron who becomes the expert user. The applications are so specialized with numerous hot keys and set-up requirements, they are mastered only as one spends time using each program.

For more information about these stations, you can watch the PPLD TV video above, email dmassie@ppld.org, or call (719) 531-6333, x1371 or x2309.

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