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Penrose Library (PE)

Penrose Library

Address:
20 N. Cascade Ave - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Floor Plan

Phone: (719) 531-6333
Contact Us

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

Bus Route: 3, 9

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

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Friends of Penrose 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!

Paint

Show off your art at the Library!

The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be reviewing art for future 1 - 2 month shows by individual artists. Please bring five representative pieces of your artwork 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., Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email charnish@ppld.org.

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PPLD’s Winter Adult Reading Programs kicks off January 14! Click here to register or visit any PPLD location starting January 14. Click here to print a Reading Log.

Kick-Off Party
Sign up for the Adult Reading Program and enjoy coffee and hot chocolate!

  • When: Sat., Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Where: East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Reading Prizes Include

  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar and coupon
  • Cole’s Gourmet Popcorn mini bag of cheese popcorn
  • Reading Program mug
  • Random drawings for three gourmet food baskets

Community Library Prizes

  • Carmike Cinema gift certificates
  • Louie’s Pizza gift certificates

Grand Prizes

  • iPad Mini 4
  • Samsung 32-inch LED TV

How to Participate

  • Register with your PPLD library card in person at your library or online at ppld.org starting January 14.
  • Reading logs will be available at all libraries or by clicking here, but feel free to keep track of the books you’ve read using any method you choose.
  • Prizes will be awarded while supplies last.
  • PPLD reserves the right to substitute prizes.
  • PPLD employees, substitute employees, and household members are not eligible to win grand prizes, only reading prizes.

Getting Started

  • The program is open to anyone age 18 and older with a Pikes Peak Library District library card.
  • Read any eight books of your choice — eBooks, eAudios, books on CD, and audiobook players count, too.
  • After you read your first four books, visit your library to pick up a prize.
  • Read four more books and visit your library to pick up a second prize.
  • If you read eight books by March 15, you will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing.

Thanks to Our Partners!
Inertia Coffee, Louie's Pizza, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Cole's Gourmet Popcorn, Carmike Cinemas, and the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation

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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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Countdown to Kindergarten Carnival

Discover fun ideas to help your child get ready for kindergarten! Free book, free snacks, and lots of great activities! No registration required. For ages 5 and under, with an adult. For more information, call (719) 531-6333, x1403 or x2403.

  • Sat., Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
  • Sat., Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
  • Sat., March 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar

PPLD's Makers in Residence for January and February 2017 are Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar.

Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs. He has dedicated his talents to playing blues, R&B, funk and jazz. His influences include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and a host of other artists.

Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. Sande Leadership, a model Dr. Wanda developed, is based on ancestral lineage to the Mende of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Tisby-Cousar has studied tap and interpretive dance since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dancea nd performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.

They will be teaching classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when you can talk to them about work.

African Instruments and Dance
Explanation and demonstration of Congas drums, Djembe (jim-bay), Sakara, Cabasa, and Balafon will be provided. Patrons will get to try out the instruments and learn to play. An explanation and demonstration of West African (Nigerian, Senegalese) music and Dance will be provided. Patrons will get to try out different dance steps and movements. For ages 16 and up. Registration required. No experience is necessary.

Blues Era Music
Demonstrate artist’s musical styles, history and have patrons construct lyrics depicting their styles. The following artists will be covered, Mckinley Morganfield (Mudddy Waters), Mathis James “Jimmy” Reed, and Jamesetta Hawkins (Etta James). For ages 16 and up. Registration required. No experience is necessary.

Tap Dance Instruction
Discussion and demonstration of tap dance techniques. For ages 16 and up. Registration required. No experience is necessary.

Studio Hours at Library 21c
Tue., Jan. 3 from 2 - 4 p.m: African Dance & Percussion
Thu., Jan. 12 from 2 - 4 p.m.: Jazz Music & Tap Dancing
Tue., Jan. 17 from 2 - 4 p.m.: African Dance & Percussion
Thu., Jan. 26 from 5 - 7 p.m.: African Dance & Percussion
Tue., Jan. 31 from 2 - 4 p.m: Blues Music & Song Writing
Thu., Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. - noon: Jazz Music & Tap Dancing
Thu., Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. - noon: African Dance & Percussion
Tue., Feb. 21 from 2 - 4 p.m.: Blues Music & Song Writing

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

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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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January Business Programs

Minding Your Business

Starting a business, growing the one you have or looking for a job?
This class will identify business trends and outlook, find competition or vendors or target markets. Corporate research tools and other business tools.

Job Interview Tips

A good resume is essential for getting an interview but doing well in the interview is what determines if you get hired or not. Sometimes it may be the little things you say or do, the first impression you make or the way you answer the questions that makes all the difference. This class covers interviewing tips including how to answer a variety of interview questions and is designed to give you an edge in the interview process.

Top 6 Franchise Opportunities in the Colorado Springs Market

Come learn about 6 franchise investment opportunities best suited to Colorado Springs demographics, lifestyle, and small business communities. If you're thinking that this all be fast food focused, you'll be pleasantly surprised. These are concepts that are not fast food at all, but have a strong need in the unique market that is Colorado Springs.

LinkedIn Basics

LinkedIn is a professional social network that allows you to search for jobs or network with others in your field. Learn the basics of LinkedIn - setting up a profile, finding contacts, navigating the main tabs, giving/receiving endorsements, and how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

Small Business SEO/Marketing: Auditing Your Website

In this workshop, we will take a look at a few real Wordpress websites to point out some very simple things you can do to make sure you are ready to begin ranking in Google and other search engines. This will entail utilizing Yoast SEO (free Wordpress plugin) to give businesses a better understanding of how simple everything really is. We will cover everything from headlines, body text, image alt tags, urls, and more... At the end of this class participants will have the tools to conduct an audit of their own website in private and see some areas of very quick and easy improvement.

Home Buying Basics

This class covers everything you need to know, step by step, from speaking with a lender to closing on your new home. In this class Don will cover property searches, making an offer strategies, negotiation tactics, forms, contracts, and processes such as inspections and appraisal. He will also provide tips on things you should and should not do and things to be wary of during your home buying process. Presented by Don Ostrander.

Facebook Business Pages

Put Facebook to work for your business by learning the basics of Facebook Business Pages. Create your page, learn to navigate the interface, and get tips on the types of content that drives interest in your business.
Prerequisite: Students must already have a personal Facebook page and know their login information.

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Hand Built Poems: Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest

Have you ever made a sculpture, built a structure, baked a cake?
What wonderful things do you like to make?
From guesses to messes to dreams come true
We are all makers - so what kind are you?

Eligibility:

Open to all 4th and 5th graders in the Pikes Peak Region. Meets Colorado model content standards 1, 2, and 4 for reading and writing.

Contest Rules:

  1. One entry per student. Teachers are urged to review poems and submit no more than five per class.
  2. Each poem must be the original work of the contestant.
  3. Poems will be judged on originality, including poem title and adherence to the theme.
  4. Submit two typed, double-spaced copies of each poem on 8.5”x11” paper (no handwritten submissions or illustrations will be accepted).

Poems will not be returned. Please keep a copy.

Prizes:

Six winners of $50 each. Winners will also receive a book and an Imagination Celebration poster.

Entries are due by Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Entries may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to:

Mailing Address:
The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest
c/o Nancy Maday
Pikes Peak Library District
P.O. Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579

Email:
Nancy Maday at nmaday@ppld.org

Fax:
(719) 632-6043

Note: Submission of a poem constitutes full permission to exhibit, use, and publish the poem for any purpose - printed or electronic media - and to publish the name, school, and photographs of the student without compensation.

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Price at Classic Academy

Penrose Library was the scene of a winter-themed poetry reading on December 11. Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Emeritus Price Strobridge emceed the event that featured some of our areas best and best-know poets, including Jim Ciletti, Teever Handal, Loring Wirbel, Julianza Shavin, Amie Sharp, and Evan Kendrick.

The Classical Academy 5th graders brought hand-knitted hats and scarves, socks and hand warmers, while PPLD provided hot cocoa and cookies to excited Penrose Library patrons.

This is the 2nd poetry and warming clothing give-away that the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project has held at Penrose Library.

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10th Annual Teen Art Contest

Art is transformational. Paint, ink, and canvas turn into an image that touches lives through the years. We want to see your take on the theme Transformation this year. Show us how art impacts your life, or how it transforms the world around you.

How to Enter

Guidelines

  • Must be in grades 6 - 12 in March of 2017
  • Must be an El Paso County resident
  • Only one entry per person
  • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries
  • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.
  • If you want to display at Library 21c, art must be able to be displayed in a way that is compatible with a wire hanging system.
  • Since we have to transport the artwork between locations, frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces. We are very careful, but frames and matting help protect your pieces even more!

FAQ

When will I know if I have won?
We will notify participants by mid-March if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at Library 21c in the Venue regardless of if they won an award.

Will my artwork be displayed?
Yes! You can choose from one of three locations to have your artwork displayed during the month of April. Locations are Penrose, East, or Library 21c.

When can I pick up my artwork?What are the prizes?
We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, 1st place, and 2nd place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both Middle and High School. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply store.

What can I do to improve my chances at winning?

  • Work with the theme—It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, but we do look for pieces that have been inspired by the theme in some way. Your paragraph describing your piece can have a big impact on this.
  • Stand out! Whether through subject matter or unusual take on the theme, we notice unique entries more. For example, we tend to get a lot of close-ups on eyes, so they tend to not stand out as much.
  • Have fun! Don’t view it as an assignment or chore. We can tell when teens submit pieces they are passionate about—so do something that you love!

Do I have to have a frame?
No, but we highly encourage it. Pieces are not judged on if a frame is present or not, but frames help protect your artwork during storage and transportation.

My question wasn’t answered here.
Email Becca at rphilipsen@ppld.org or comment on this blog post!

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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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Pizza for a Cause

Dear Library Patron,

We love being in your neighborhood – and like any good neighbor, we want to support our fellow families and friends. We are excited to provide all Pikes Peak Library District supporters with a CPK Philanthropizza Card.

Every time you use this card, 20%* of your net food and beverage purchases will be donated back to Pikes Peak Library District. It’s easy – the more you visit CPK, the more money we donate. It makes raising money to support your organization’s efforts a piece of cake…or pizza!

All you need to do is visit our CPK location in The Promenade Shops at Briargate November 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017 and present the Philanthropizza card to your server at the end of your meal. Cards are available at all PPLD locations. Dine in the restaurant with us, try take-out or catering; any way you order helps the library. Either way, we look forward to seeing you very soon.

If you haven’t been in to see us recently, be sure to check out our newly reimagined menu featuring fresh, seasonally inspired ingredients and inventive Main Plates like a new Fire-Grilled Ribeye, Hearth-Roasted Halibut, and our new Lunch Duos. Drink the unique as well with our hand-crafted cocktails and selection of regional beers and California premium wines. Of course, the classic hand-tossed artisan pizzas and unique pastas and salads you love are still here.

Sincerely,

Your California Pizza Kitchen Neighbors
1645 Briargate Parkway Suite 203
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Philanthropizza Cards are valid at The Promenade Shops at Briargate, November 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.

For questions, please contact Isabel Soto-Luna at msoto-luna@ppld.org or (719) 884-9812.

*Tax, gratuity, gift card and retail purchases excluded.

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Human Library

Do you have a story to share?
Become a living book in our Human Library!

The Human Library is a concept created by the Danish youth organization Stop The Violence in 2000. It is now operational on five continents. A library of human beings, the Human Library is a collection of people from all walks of life. Individuals serve as human ‘books’ and participants can ‘read’ the book by engaging in a conversation with the book on loan. The Human Library aims to establish a safe conversational space where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and hopefully answered.

Applications to be a living book for PPLD’s Human Library closed December 10. We are excited to report that we received an overwhelming response and applications are being reviewed by our Human Library committee. If you have not received correspondence by January 10, 2017, please contact humanlibrary@ppld.org or (719) 531-6333 x2408.

PPLD will host a Human Library event on Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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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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Penrose Library Mural Project

The Penrose Library Mural Project reached completion in May 2016 and involved the generous contribution of Concrete Couch and hundreds of community volunteers. The mural was 22 years in the planning and involved six hub groups, one steering committee, fundraising galore, huge donations of time and materials, and loads of fantastic volunteers. Concrete Couch and Pikes Peak Library District teamed up with Community Prep School, School District 14, Will Rogers Elementary School, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College, and the Manitou Art Center to complete this project.

Watch this PPLD TV video for a preview of the project:

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Shake those wiggles out and have some fun with music and movement activities and a story! 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: Cheyenne Mountain Library
When: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m

Where: Library 21c
When: Wednesdays, 9:30, 10:15, and 11 a.m.

Where: Manitou Springs Library
When: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Penrose Library
When: Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Ruth Holley Library
When: 2nd and 3rd Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

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

The theme for our 2016 Teen Art Show & Contest was Magnify It! Teens were encouraged to take a closer look at the world around them and create a piece of artwork.

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

Here are the winners!

High School

“My Converse Crush” by Ashley D. - Best in Show
“Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E. - 1st Place
“A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P - 2nd Place
“Lou” by Arely A. - Coordinator’s Choice

Middle School

“The Story in an Eye” by Stephanie L. - 1st Place
“Hidden in the Flowers” by Tiya G. - 2nd Place
“Butterfly Glory” by Asia X. - Coordinator’s Choice

You can view the winning works here:

Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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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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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 East, Library 21c, 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 locations.

By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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Music Book

Pikes Peak Library District employee Vincent Colicchio never considered himself an artist, but he became one nonetheless, through the curiosity and caring he exhibited at his job in Circulation at PPLD’s downtown Penrose Library.

According to Colicchio, “It began by me saying, ‘That’s a treasure. That shouldn’t be thrown out.’ "

Colicchio handles books for a living, so he sees a lot of them on a daily basis. But he recently found his love of books extending to damaged books that were being discarded.

“I, like other people who work in libraries, get heartbroken when I see books in the recycling bin. I think it’s a waste,” he said.

When Colicchio turned his eye to the bare shelves behind the checkout desk at Penrose Library, the altered book project began to take shape.

“I was telling my supervisor, ‘You know we could jazz it up back there.’ I said, ‘We’ve got this space, we should do some displays.’

“Then around Christmastime, my supervisor said, ‘I like your ideas. Go ahead and make a display and let me know if you need anything.’

“I hadn’t really intended to do anything myself, so I was like, ‘Oh no! Now I actually have to do something!’ So I did some altered books around the holidays in a matter of just a few days just to have something there.”

Colicchio said he found books in the Library’s Catalog on how to make altered books, and then he found “quotations by writers that I liked and really reflected the spirit of a book and its relationship to a reader. And those became the focal point. By just contemplating that quote, vague visions and imagery would come up, and I would try to follow it and let it grow as I was creating each altered book.”

“It just lends itself to being at the library. It’s recycling and it’s creativity inspired by books we have in our catalog that have the techniques on how to do it.”

Colicchio recently donated two of his altered books to the Colorado Library Education Foundation for their upcoming silent auction to raise funds for scholarships for Colorado library employees to attend Colorado Library Association and division workshops and the annual CAL conference. Colicchio’s art speaks to the great potential of books -- even discarded books--to enrich and change lives.

The images below show the extreme care and detail Colicchio brings to his work. The work is even more impressive in person and is currently on display in the Friends Bookstore in East Library.

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