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 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!


Participants in the free Publish Your Own @ PPLD will learn to use the specialized Internet-based self-publishing vendor Smashwords to produce professional-quality eBooks. Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.) is hosting this event on Sat., Oct. 11 from 1 - 3:45 p.m.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Workshop 1: Create Your Manuscript, 1 - 1:45 p.m.
Explore strategies for transforming your idea into a draft and your draft into a polished manuscript.

Workshop 2: Format and Promote Your eBook, 2 - 2:45 p.m.
Learn about the Smashwords formatting process and explore ideas for eBook promotion.

Self-Publishing Panel, 3 - 3:45 p.m.
Local authors discuss the self-publishing process. The panel will consist of the following authors.

Anne Flint currently lives in a 100-year-old Victorian house in Colorado Springs that she loves to restore and remodel. She writes part time and designs and maintains websites for artists and authors. Anne’s book, Fettigrew Hall - The Biography of a House, was self-published in 2010 as part of a series about a 600-year-old house in England. As part of this series, she writes books about each century — who lived in the house and what happened to them. Filled with mystery, artifacts and ghosts, these stories promise to keep readers fascinated. Her book about the 13th century is forthcoming and a second contemporary book about Fettigrew Hall’s Megan and Gray is also in the works.

Sarah Kage is a dabbler who lives in the plains of Colorado. She spent the last 30 years honing her skills in writing, computer science and software, web design, self-publishing and marketing. She is a member of multiple writing groups and has published articles in magazines. The Halloween Pickle, co-published her son Casey, is her first published novel.

Casey Balaz is an artist in many mediums. A single father with a love for all things artistic, he spent the last 10 years improving his skills as an air-brush artist. Though he was reluctant to embrace the computer for his creations, Casey taught himself Photoshop, which elevated his art to a new level. In addition to illustrating The Halloween Pickle, Casey wrote and illustrated Fear of The Potty for his son.  

In addition to writing children’s fiction, Marty Mokler Banks freelances as a travel and marketing writer, and lives in Colorado Springs with her family and dogs. As a full-time writer, Marty’s books and articles show a bit of a split personality—the reality of making writing her life’s work. Her travel writing is often about exotic, freakishly amazing places all over the world (including Colorado Springs), while her inventive, thoughtful, and funny children's literature reflects her longstanding love of reading. Marty’s most recent children's book, G.G. Snowboards (Switch Monkey Press, 2013), is the first in a series that follows the spunky, sassy, eight-year-old G.G. as she explores a new extreme sport in each book. G.G. Rock Climbs is forthcoming soon.  

Erin Rambeau traveled the world while her father was in the army, spending time in Germany, California, and Connecticut. She has a younger brother and an older sister, 4 beautiful nieces and a great-nephew. When she was young, Erin started wrote short stories such as "I, Ripper" and "Who’s in the Titanic?” Her first novel, The Werewolf, the Librarian and I, launched a series which has continued to engage adult fiction readers. The Werewolf, the Librarian and I evolved into "Animals of the Night," a YouTube music video with more than 230,000 views. Erin is creating a second music video, "Fire of the Night," for her book WLI: The War.

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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? Let us know your top 25 books to be entered into a drawing for you and a friend to attend a reception before the presentation.

To enter you must be between 6 - 12 grades. Two chances to win - suggest your top 25 now and then vote for the top 100 starting on October 15.

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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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!

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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 September

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

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

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