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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, 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!

Pikes Peak Library District is accepting applications through March 4 to fill two vacancies on its Art Evaluation Committee.

Art Committee members review works submitted by local, amateur artists for exhibit at all 12 PPLD galleries. There are several daytime meetings held annually which last approximately two hours. Membership terms are three years.

Those wishing to be considered for appointment should submit a letter of intent with credentials to: Carol Brunk Harnish, PPLD Art Committee Liaison, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579.

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

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Cat

Join us for an afternoon of fun feline festivities with members of Look What the Cat Brought In, a local cat rescue and shelter, and Penrose Library! Come for a lecture on cat behavior from 1 - 2 p.m. and stay for cat trivia and kitty crafts from 2 - 3 p.m.

Please call (719) 531-6333, x2314 for more information.

  • When: Sat., Feb. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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On the first Tuesdays of the month, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.), the Department of Philosophy of the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs presents a series of lectures on a variety of topics.

  • Tue., Feb. 2 - Rex Welshon: The Spark of Awareness and the Death of the Soul: Nietzsche on Consciousness
  • Tue., March 1 - Raphael Sassower: Images of War and Terrorism
  • Tue., April 5 - Edward Gray: Can a Non-Profit Have Virtue?
  • Tue., May 3 - Patrick Yarnell: All Animals are Equal! Or Are They? An Inquiry into the Nature and Scope of 'Human' Rights
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All Pikes Peak Writes

All Pikes Peak Writes is Pikes Peak Library District’s inaugural fiction writing contest for adults.

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.
  • ŽStories 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 an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location.
  • Entries will be accepted beginning January 23 at all PPLD locations.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Wednesday, March 23 at 9 p.m.
  • “ 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 9 p.m. on Wed., March 23, or 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 the Mountain of Authors event on Saturday, April 23 at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Winners will be notified by phone on or before April 15, 2016. Non-adherence to the entry rules will result in disqualification.

Please contact hbuljung@ppld.org for questions or more information.

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2016 Adult Reading Program

The 2016 Adult Reading Program will run for eight weeks from January 9 through March 9. It is the 12th anniversary of the program. Patrons will have the opportunity to win prizes after reading 4 books and again after reading 8 books. At the end of the program, finishers will be entered in prize drawings for each community library and in a District-wide grand prize drawing.

The Adult Reading Program is for ages 18 and up. For more information, email us at arp@ppld.org.

You can register by clicking here or visiting any PPLD location.

Click here to view or print the reading log.

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Erin Gillespie

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Erin Gillespie, a multimedia artist currently residing in Colorado Springs. Her paintings are primarily figurative or portraits, full of bold, bright colors and expressionistic qualities. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Painting from Colorado State University, Erin lived for many years in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona before returning to Colorado. She held positions at Pinon Fine Art Gallery and Terra Firma Fine Art in Denver, Colorado and was a member of the Arts Student League of Denver for many years. Erin is currently an art instructor teaching numerous classes at both Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and venues, in both group and solo shows.

Erin will host classes throughout the Library District about acrylic painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c during which time you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

Acrylic for Beginners
In these fun and informative classes, we will learn the basic techniques of acrylic painting. We will briefly discuss color theory, various brushes, blending techniques and composition, all while painting a variety of subject matter. We will create our own paintings working from various still lifes, landscapes, and photographs. Registration is required and space is limited. Supplies will be provided. Patron must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

Studio Hours at Library 21c

  • Tue., Jan 5 from 9 a.m. - noon
  • Wed., Jan 13 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu., Jan 21 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., Jan 25 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Thu., Feb 4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mon., Feb 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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    Submit your artwork to our Teen Art Contest!

    This year's theme is Magnify It! Take a closer look at the world around you and create a piece of artwork.

    Submit your artwork Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23 from 9 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Drop-off at the following locations: East, Penrose, Sand Creek, Fountain, Ruth Holley, Cheyenne Mountain, Mobile Libraries, Monument, High Prairie, and Library 21c.

    Guidelines

    • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2016.
    • All entrants must submit an online submission form and Artwork Agreement Form.
    • Entrants may submit only one piece of art.
    • 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 with a wire hanging system.
    • Frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces.

    For more information, email rphilipsen@ppld.org or call (719) 644-7242.

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    John Spears

    The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selection of John Spears as the next Executive Director of the district. “Over the past 5 years, Pikes Peak Library District has earned the reputation as a true pioneer of 21st century library services,” said PPLD Board of Trustees President Ken Beach. “Our vision of elevating these services to the next level requires a ‘unique’ individual to lead the Library forward from this point. Understanding the importance of the decision, the Board has spent 15 months in the search process and we are pleased and excited that John Spears has accepted our offer to lead PPLD to that next level. John is a groundbreaking visionary and exceptional leader.”

    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. While at Salt Lake City Public Library, Spears:

    • Created a Library Service Model Team that examines and continually recommends improvements for library operations

    • Partnered with the Salt Lake City School District to allow parents to obtain a library card for their children as a part of online school enrollment

    • Oversaw the creation and implementation of the Library’s first digital media studios and makerspaces

    • Worked with more than 30 social service and governmental organizations to create “Project Uplift,” a semiannual resource fair for those experiencing homelessness

    “The Salt Lake City Library District is a bit smaller and more compact (area wise) than PPLD, but the reality is that John has been guiding the district on a path similar to that of PPLD with our vision around 21c. I am quite sure he will hit the ground running with no problem,” Beach said.

    Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City, Spears was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. Spears obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Mr. Spears responded to his leadership role at the El Paso County-wide Pikes Peak Library District by saying, “My career has encompassed this role in a variety of libraries – rural, suburban, and urban, and I am well versed in the specific traits that make each of these unique.”

    Added Beach, “John’s extensive experience across the spectrum of library land is a perfect fit for PPLD. He understands that the service needs for 21c are different than the needs for example of those at say Monument, High Prairie, and Sand Creek.”

    Spears will now lead a library district comprised of 14 community libraries, three mobile libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of Pikes Peak Library District is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community. Spears will begin his new position in late January.

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    WiFi

    Do you need access to the Internet at home, work, or on the road?

    Try checking out one of the WiFi hotspots now available through PPLD! Click here to place a hold on a hotspot.

    The tablets are available to patrons ages 12 and over who have had a PPLD library card for at least 90 days. They check out for three weeks. Overdue fines $1 per day with $20 maximum ($100 if item is lost).

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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!

    PREVIOUS MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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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 (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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    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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