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Ruth Holley Library

Ruth Holley Library

Ruth Holley Library FacebookAddress:
685 North Murray Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80915

Phone: (719) 597-5377
Ruth Holley Library Pearltrees
Mon. - Thurs.: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri. and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun.: Closed
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Route: 22

Friends of Ruth Holley Library

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Friends of Ruth Holley Library

The Ruth Holley Friends Book Store is open during regular library hours.

Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. (except summer months).

Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.


What's New!

A meaningful public service commitment for the community-oriented individual.

There are seven members serving on the PPLD Board. The term of office is five years; vacancies are filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. Board members may serve for no more than two terms. Board members are appointed jointly by the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Commissioners.

For a complete job description, click here.

To apply for this position, please complete the Board of Trustees Membership Application, which can be mailed, or submitted via email to If mailing, please address applications to: Pikes Peak Library District; Attention: Board Applications; PO Box 1579; Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, November 6, 2015 at 12 p.m. (noon).


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Have your own art show at one of the 12 PPLD art galleries!

The Pikes Peak Library District Art Evaluation Committee will be jurying art for future 1 - 2 month individual shows. Interested artists should bring 5 representative pieces of their body of work 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., Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. - noon in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Pick up your submissions the same day between 4:30 - 6 p.m.

For more information, call Carol Brunk Harnish at (719) 531-6333, x2332 or email

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Dia De Los Muertos

Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd., will be hosting a slate of programming in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Art Exhibit

Come view a display of art prints by the influential and revered Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada starting September 15.

Family Fun: Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with fun for the entire family!

Sat., Sept. 26 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Sounds of Mexico
    1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Enjoy this Mariachi music duo.
  • Printmaking Class
    2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    In this family-friendly class, we will discover the historical art of printmaking. Using engraved images influenced by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, we will create our very own colorful and exciting prints! No reservation needed. Materials: construction paper, brayers, paint, and vegetables. Instructor: Erin Gillespie from the Bemis School of Art.

Family Fun: Celebrating Hispanic Culture

In celebration of Hispanic culture, we will create our own Mexican “retablos” and enjoy storytelling for the entire family. Retablos are small paintings used to honor Catholic saints. In this family-friendly class, we will paint our own retablos to take home.

Sat., Oct. 24 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Storytelling
    1:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Retablo Class
    2 - 3:30 p.m.

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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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Call for Makers and Artists

The makerspaces contained in Library 21c of Pikes Peak Library District are generating creativity, innovation, and learning. To foster such endeavors, PPLD has a Maker/Artist in Residence program.

What are we looking for?

  • People with creativity and skills to teach and share
  • People who can introduce others to what being a maker or an artist is in the vast expanse of making
  • Techy people
  • Artsy people
  • People with well-developed ideas for their studio project and classes that are detailed in their proposals and can be accommodated at multiple PPLD locations
  • A wide variety of different proposals from across the making spectrum

We are currently searching for makers and artists who are able to participate any time during 2016. Applications are due Fri., Oct. 23.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for six weeks.
  • Three (3) hours of studio time per week onsite at Library 21c held on various days/times throughout the contracted period to cover a wide variety of the library’s open hours. A portion of our makerspace will be designated to have the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.
  • Two (2) programs/classes presented at Library 21c, two (2) programs/classes at East Library, and two (2) programs/classes at other PPLD locations for a grand total of six (6) classes.
    • All programs/classes will be made available to the general public, with PPLD responsible for participant signup.
      All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD.
    • These programs/classes must present our patrons with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.
    • These programs will be mainly geared toward ages 16 and up.
    • These are not usually six (6) different class topics, instead usually one (1) or two (2) different classes offered multiple times.
  • Contract payment of $900, with up to another $300 reimbursement for supplies for public programs.
    • Contractor will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse Contractor for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Contractor will become the property of PPLD.
  • Contractor may be asked to coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD produced video that promotes Contractor’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • Contractor is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.
  • Application Process

    • Complete and submit the Maker-Artist in Residence application.
    • Submit a one page write-up proposal explaining your knowledge or craft, what you would plan to do for your studio hours project, the programs/classes you would like to present, and how they would benefit our patrons. Attach it to your email with your application. Applications without a proposal will not be considered. Proposals need to be in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
    • If you have pictures you would like to submit with your application, please provide a link to a web address containing those photos in your email. If you must attach a photo, the size of all of the attachments cannot be greater than 10 MB.
    • Interviews will be held for makers and artists who are being considered.
    • If offered a residency, the maker/artist must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement, fill out an IRS W9 form, and complete a PPLD paid background check.

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    Come join us at Ruth Holley Library for an after school adventure! We’ll provide the supplies, you bring your imagination. Light snacks will be served. Ages 12 & under.

    When: Fridays, 4 - 5 p.m.
    Where: Ruth Holley Library

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    Computer Basics Help at Ruth Holley Library

    Do you want or need to learn how to use a computer, use the Internet, or use email?

    Tutorials and coaching can help you learn one or more of the following:

    • Getting Started on the Computer
    • Using a PC (with Windows 7)
    • Basic Search
    • Navigating a Website
    • Signing up for Email
    • Using Email
    • Starting Online Job Searching

    Come to Computer Basics Help at the Ruth Holley Library!

    Classes are offered twice a week for an hour each time: 2 p.m. on Tuesdays or 9 a.m. on Wednesdays.

    Bring your own headphones or earbuds to hear the tutorials, or you can purchase earbuds for $1 at the customer service desk.

    No pre-registration required and walk-ins are welcome. See you there!

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