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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!

Learn how to reduce your chances of identity theft, why protection is so important, and what to do if you become a victim in this presentation by Renu Carroll of Legal Shield.

Registration is required for this free event. To register, click here or call (719) 389-8968.

  • When: Sat., April 26 from 4- 5 p.m.
  • Where: : Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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Dr. Bell

Every day an estimated 25 million American adults suffer from heartburn. Yet despite its prevalence, few people understand that heartburn can cause cancer. In recognition of Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN), in partnership with PPLD, will offer an educational lecture led by Dr. Reginald Bell, founder of the SurgOne Forgut Institute and expert in minimally invasive procedures on the esophagus and stomach.

Find out how to know if you have reflux disease and how to prevent and detect esophageal cancer. Dr. Bell will explain about the link between reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. There are no medical guidelines regarding screening for this deadly disease, however Dr. Bell's presentation will provide the information you need to be an effective advocate for your own healthcare.

  • When: Wed., April 23 at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Reginald C.W. Bell M.D., F.A.C.S. is the founder of the SurgOne Foregut Institute. He has had extensive experience performing minimally invasive procedures on the esophagus and stomach with over 20 years in practice. He interned and received his General Surgical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, completing as Chief Resident in 1990. In 1990 he entered private practice in Englewood, CO.

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

Every story, adventure and journey starts from square one. The theme for our 2014 Teen Art Show & Contest was: Art2. Art Squared allowed the artist to choose the content and the medium. Our only request? The artwork must be square.

All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose and East Library during the month of April.

Best of Show - High School

Best of Show - High School:
Kodi’s Midnight Trek - Becka Jackson

Best of Show - Middle School

Best of Show - Middle School:
Spiral – Meera Bhatia

First Place - High School

First Place - High School:
Adrift - Kendra Baucom

First Place - Middle School

First Place - Middle School:
Goal - Raven Henriquez

Second Place - High School

Second Place - High School:
I Eat Numbers - Moriah Gilbert

Second Place - Middle School

Second Place - Middle School:
Rose - Alysia Jiminez

Coordinator's Choice - High School

Coordinator's Choice - High School:
Silent Night - Eloro Lobosco

Coordinator's Choice - Middle School

Coordinator's Choice - Middle School:
Day of the Dead - Raelynn Gross

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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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This year, over 75,000 copies of the same book will be given away to 4-year-olds across Colorado! Which book will it be? Governor Hickenlooper and Lt. Governor Garcia recently announce the winning title chosen from three finalists: Grump Bird by Jeremy Tankard.

Then, from April 7 - 21, 4-year-olds can come into any PPLD library to pick up a FREE copy of the book!

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22nd Annual Frank Waters Award Luncheon

The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District invite you to join us for a luncheon, author talk, and award presentation with authors Sandra Dallas and Kathy Brandt.

Click here to purchase tickets

When: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. check-in; 11:45 - 2 p.m. lunch and program
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road
Cost: $30 through May 1; $40 after May 1; $300 Reserved table of 8

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Our Courts Colorado

Join us for a series of free classes taught by volunteers from the Colorado Bar Association. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, click on the program title or call (719) 389-8968.

  • Cortes Estatales al Servicio de Colorado
    (en español) How Colorado's procedures for selecting, disciplining, and evaluating judges keep our state courts fair and impartial. Presented by Judge Daniel Taubman, who has served on the Colorado Court of Appeals since 1993.
    Sat., March 15 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
  • Our State Courts
    How Colorado's procedures for selecting,disciplining, and evaluating judges keep our state courts fair and impartial. Presented by Judge Richard L. Gabriel, appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2008, and prior to that in private practice focusing on commercial, intellectual property, probate, and products liability litigation, all including appeals.
    Mon., March 17 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
  • Our United States Courts
    The types of cases that are heard in the federal courts and the procedures that keep our federal courts fair and impartial. Presented by Gwendolyn M. Solomon.
    Wed., March 19 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
  • See You in Court: The Life of a Civil Lawsuit
    This presentation discusses the purposes of civil lawsuits, a party’s rights and remedies in such lawsuits, how such lawsuits are commenced and how they proceed, what really happens at trial, and the roles of the judge, the jury, and the lawyers in these proceedings. Presented by Judge Ann Rotolo, who serves the Fourth Judicial District, and also on the Colorado Supreme Court's Civil Rules Committee. Before joining the bench, Judge Rotolo was in private practice, served as El Paso County's Deputy County Attorney, and was a magistrate for the Fourth.
    Mon., March 24 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
  • Law & Order: The Life of a Criminal Case
    This presentation discusses the roles of the judge, the jury, the prosecution, and the defense in a criminal case, how criminal cases are brought and how they proceed, the setting of bail, the plea bargaining process, what really happens in a criminal trial, and how judges determine the appropriate sentences after a conviction. Presented by Matthew R. Zehe.
    Mon., April 7 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
  • Cortes Federales al Servicio de Colorado
    (en español) The types of cases that are heard in the federal courts and the procedures that keep our federal courts fair and impartial. Presented by Judge Daniel Taubman, who has served on the Colorado Court of Appeals since 1993.
    Sat., April 12 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
  • Divorce in Colorado Courts
    This presentation covers how
    divorce cases proceed in Colorado Courts. Specifically, it explores the differing interest at stake, the issues that need to be addressed in a typical divorce case, the different ways in which divorce cases are resolved, and the ongoing role of the court in divorce cases in Colorado. Presented by Teresa M. Wilkins.
    Wed., April 23 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
  • Introducción a los Tribunales de Inmigración
    (en español) A general walk through of immigration law and the court system surrounding immigration. Presented by Lisa Guerra.
    Sat., April 26 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.
  • An Economic Fresh Start: Bankruptcy Basics
    This presentation discusses how bankruptcy cases work. Specifically, it describes the history of bankruptcy and how it has evolved into the present system, the different kinds of bankruptcy cases that can be filed, and the basic components of an individual bankruptcy case. Presented by Sandra Sigler, an attorney specializing in civil litigation, bankruptcy law, and matters arising from the financial exploitation of elders.
    Wed., April 30 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

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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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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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In response to feedback from patrons, statistical data and observation, and the integration of Manitou Springs Community Library, the PPLD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase the District's operating hours by 52.

The changes, effective Monday, April 15, will be:

  • All PPLD facilities, with the exception of Ute Pass, Palmer Lake, and Manitou Springs libraries, will open at 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Manitou Springs Community Library will add eight hours of service. The new hours at Manitou Springs will be 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. from Monday - Thursday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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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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Beginning on Monday, December 3, 2012, all PPLD self-check machines will require the use of your patron PIN.

Why do I need a PIN?

A PIN (Personal Identification Number) protects your library card from unauthorized use. In the event that your card is lost or stolen, we have provided you with an extra layer of protection. The Library enabled this feature to help ensure the privacy of your Library account.

Your PIN is required when you:

  • Login to My Account on the Library’s web page
  • Check out items at a self-check station
  • Login to reserve and use a Library computer
  • Place holds on items

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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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