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 and 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!

APPR 2014 Author Visits

Three authors will be making appearances in the region as part of All Pikes Peak Reads 2014.

Clifton Taulbert

Clifton Taulbert, author of APPR 2014 selection Who Owns the Ice House?, is a recognized thought leader on the power of community. He is renowned for his ability to glean timeless lessons from the place of his birth, the Mississippi Delta.

Uncle Cleve’s Rules of Life
Taulbert reflects on the life lessons from his Uncle Cleve that form the basis of this award-winning book. A question and answer session follows Mr. Taulbert’s lecture.

  • When: Mon., Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Storytelling with Clifton Taulbert
Taulbert remarks on how his Uncle Cleve’s stories helped to form the year’s APPR selection, Who Owns the Ice House?

  • When: Mon., Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Reception for Clifton Taulbert
Join us as fans of author Taulbert mingle to music made by PPCC music students. The evening’s program is presented by PPCC departments of Music, History, Communication, and Parley journal authors & the PPCC Art Gallery. The reception is followed by a book signing at 6:30 p.m.

  • When: Mon., Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Veteran’s Day Observance
Taulbert, himself a U.S. military veteran, speaks on the observance of this national holiday and relates remarks to PPCC’s community-wide “Year of Service” initiative.

  • When: Tue., Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Centennial Theater, PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Chat with Clifton
The public is invited to a casual question and answer session with one of this year’s outstanding APPR authors. Find out the impetus for Mr. Taulbert’s writing of Who Owns the Ice House? and how he learned of Uncle Cleve’s Rules of Life.

  • When: Tue., Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Library, PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Ally Condie

Ally Condie, author of APPR 2014 selection Matched series, is coming to Pikes Peak Library District. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. A book signing to follow!

  • When: Fr, Nov. 14 from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

But, wait! Do you want meet her? You let us know your top 25 books and now we have 100s of books for you to vote on! Vote in the survey below to help us determine the top 100 books!

To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 before October 15 and now vote for the top 100 until November 4, 2014.

In Matched, Society has determined the best Hundred Songs, Hundred Paintings, Hundred Stories, and Hundred Poems. Everything else has been eliminated. That won't happen at PPLD, but we want to know what your top 25 stories are. Please fill out the survey below and let us know what you think. Come back on October 15 to vote for the top 100 books based on your suggestions!

The drawing will take place on November 5 and winners will be notified soon after.

The contest is open to students in grades 6 to 12 in the Pikes Peak Library District (your library card number must start with the number 4).


Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer, author of the best-selling Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God, will discuss his book at a free event held in partnership with Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies.

In the book, Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief sharing his innermost debate with the poignant lyricism only a great writer of literary nonfiction can achieve. Schaeffer writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose adoration of his family, love and art trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God.

  • When: Sun., Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Venue @ 21c, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

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Ally Condie

Ally Condie, author of the Matched series, is coming to Pikes Peak Library District!

Friday, Nov. 14
7 - 8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Book signing to follow!
Library 21c

But, wait! Do you want meet her? You let us know your top 25 books and now we have 100s of books for you to vote on! Vote in the survey below to help us determine the top 100 books!

To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 before October 15 and now vote for the top 100 until November 4, 2014.

In Matched, Society has determined the best Hundred Songs, Hundred Paintings, Hundred Stories, and Hundred Poems. Everything else has been eliminated. That won't happen at PPLD, but we want to know what your top 25 stories are. Please fill out the survey below and let us know what you think. Come back on October 15 to vote for the top 100 books based on your suggestions!

The drawing will take place on November 5 and winners will be notified soon after.

The contest is open to students in grades 6 to 12 in the Pikes Peak Library District (your library card number must start with the number 4).

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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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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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Let us know how we are doing!

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

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Yearbooks

We are looking to fill in gaps in our Pikes Peak region high school yearbooks collection. After several years of contacting high school yearbook offices and alumni groups, we have added several hundred more volumes, but we still have holes to fill. We are the main repository in the area for these yearbooks and perhaps the only place where they are easily accessible. They are used extensively by our genealogy patrons, high school students, and those recently graduated from high school.

To serve our patrons better, we would like to have as complete a collection as possible. Therefore, we would like to appeal to our patrons to complete this task. Click here to see which yearbooks we are missing. If you have any yearbooks on this list that you are willing to donate to us, please contact the Library at (719) 531-6333, x2253.

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Postcard for October

Beginning in June, and continuing for the next eighteen months, PPLD’s Special Collections will be releasing a free postcard featuring notable women who have made important contributions to the city of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

Each card will contain a small biographical description inviting you to learn more about these extraordinary women. You can drop by Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie at Penrose Library to receive your postcard.

The images on the postcards are all from PPLD’s Photo Archives, housed in the 1905 Carnegie. Photographs constitute one of Special Collections’ most valuable resources. Numbering more than 500,000 items, the archive contains images depicting Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region, Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West, and the Southwest. Collections include a wide variety of formats and processes including glass plate negatives, stereo views, postcards, albumen prints, and cyanotypes, as well as negatives, slides, silver gelatin prints, and born-digital images.

Over 11,000 of these images have been digitized and can be easily searched through our Digital Photo Archives at photos.ppld.org.

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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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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.

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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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