Penrose Library

Penrose Library

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

Phone: (719) 531-6333

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, 9

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!

John Spears

The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the finalist for the position of Executive Director. After an extensive national and local search, the Board has named John Spears as the finalist.

About the Candidate
John Spears is the current Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library. He leads a staff of 325 employees in a seven facility city library with an operating budget of $17.9 million. Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City he was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. John obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Public Meet and Greet Session
A reception is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. for the public and community stakeholders to engage with the candidate. It will be held in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

About the Library
Pikes Peak Library District is comprised of 14 community libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of PPLD is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community.

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Colorado Gives Day

From Summer Reading Programs that allow children and teens to continue learning through the summer to Adult Literacy programs that allow community members to reach their goals, Pikes Peak Library District changes lives in the community. This is story is a great example.

"Paige entered PPLD's Adult Literacy GED program at the beginning of the fall 2014 term. I immediately recognized her to be an excellent student: intelligent, hardworking, and ambitious. She was raising a 1 1/2 year old son and still managed to attend almost all classes and keep up with her homework and studying. Soon after the term ended she took and passed all four GED exams with high scores. She used two vouchers which were offered by the library program to help defray the cost of these exams.

"Today I went to the dentist and was surprised and happy to see her again. Paige had taken a 10-week class and was now working as a hygienist's assistant. She told me she is also enrolled at Pikes Peak Community College to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a radiology technician.

"Paige expressed how grateful she is to the Adult Literacy's GED program. This was confirmation that even when students' lives get derailed for whatever reason they can get back on track and achieve their goals. Paige embodies the real value of PPLD's commitment to education and to the community it serves. "

Your support of Pikes Peak Library District through Colorado Gives Day will go towards programs that will empower people like Paige to reach their goals. Colorado Gives day takes place on December 8, but you can schedule your donation today at

For more about how PPLD changes people's lives, check out this PPLD TV-produced video:

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Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Computer science is a foundation for every student. Students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials, for kindergarten and up. Tutorials work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.

  • Mon., Dec. 7 - Fri., Dec. 11 - Monument Library, Find a computer and Code!
  • Mon., Dec. 7 - Fri., Dec. 11 - East Library, Find a computer and Code!
  • Mon., Dec. 7, 4-5 p.m. - Library 21c in MAKE; Tween Make Mondays and Hour of Code; Ages 9-12
  • Mon., Dec. 7, 4-5:30 p.m. - East Teen Center; Hour of Code; Ages 9-18
  • Tues., Dec. 8; 4-5 p.m. - Library 21c in MAKE; Hour of Code; Ages 12-18
  • Thu., Dec. 10, 3-5 p.m. - Penrose Library Teen Space; Hour (or two) of Code; Teens (Ages 12-18 only)

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Tai Chi

Learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi in this free, hour long class. Students will learn the basics of posture, strength, relaxation, movement, and breathing. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

There is no registration required for this class.

  • When: Thursdays through December 31 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve) from 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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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!



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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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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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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 (, 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, or call (719) 531-6333, x1371 or x2309.

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