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Ruth Holley Library (HO)

Ruth Holley Library

685 North Murray Blvd. - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80915

Phone: (719) 597-5377
Contact Us

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Route: 22

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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!

PPLD is offering a wide array of kids programming for Spring Break! There is no registration required for these free events.

Mining Lab
This hands-on program will allow kiddos to learn about different types of mining and what life was like living in a mining camp. Come and touch a real miner’s helmet and gold!
Wed., March 21 at 10 a.m. at High Prairie Library
Mon., March 26 at 2 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
Wed., March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Palmer Lake Library

The Science & Circus Arts Show
Movement artist Peter Davison presents juggling, unicycling, balancing, acrobatics, and more while teaching the science behind the artistry. An entertaining and learning experience extraordinaire!
Mon., March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at High Prairie Library
Mon., March 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Monument Library
Tue., March 27 at 10 and 11 a.m. at Library 21c
Thu., March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
Thu., March 29 at 3 p.m. at Fountain Library
Sat., March 31 at 1 p.m. at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.

Mark, the Amazing Ventriloquist!
Kids love Little Willy Worm, the Bookworm, as he narrates “Jack and the Beanstalk” with the help of a full-stage marionette puppet production. Kids will participate in the stories, meet Pansy, a lovable baby chimpanzee, and see a drawing that comes to life right before their eyes and talks!
Tue., March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Monument Library
Thu., March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Manitou Springs Library
Fri., March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Penrose Library

Join Mark the Magic Man for a roller-coaster ride magic show with the many books and characters of the immortal Dr. Seuss!
Tue., March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Fountain Library
Wed., March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Sand Creek Library
Thu., March 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Monument Library
Fri., March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Rockrimmon Library

Sugar Biochemistry
Just what are carbs? That Science Fairy will help kids understand how sugars from our food act on the body. Building sugar chains, shape matching, and nutrition label math with manipulatives bring this sweet presentation to all ages.
Tue., March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Ruth Holley Library

Amazing Feats of Science
Science is amazing! Learn amazing science tricks that you can do again and again at home. This 45-minute assembly includes demonstrations like egg inertia, spinning water, the classic tablecloth trick, a bed of nails, and more!
Wed., March 28 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at East Library
Thu., March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at High Prairie Library
Thu., March 29 at 2 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
Fri., March 30 at 10 and 11 a.m. at Library 21c
Fri., March 30 at 4 p.m. at Ruth Holley Library

Colorado History through Song
Come and join Swallow Hill Music in celebrating songs about Colorado’s musical heritage. Listen, learn, and enjoy
songs about mountain men, explorers, farmers, ranchers, and miners!
Wed., March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Penrose Library
Thu., March 29 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at East Library
Fri., March 30 at 1 p.m. at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
Sat., March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Ute Pass Library

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All Pikes Peak Writes

Creativity and imagination abound in the Pikes Peak region. Show off your talents by entering All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's 3rd annual fiction writing contest for adults. Submit your entry to All Pikes Peak Writes from February 15 - April 16.

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.

All Pikes Peak Writes is open to those who are ages 18 and over and who currently live in El Paso County. Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • Only 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 an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location, OR submitted online to along with a submission form.
  • Acceptable file formats include: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Entries will be accepted beginning February 15 at all PPLD locations and online.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Monday, April 16 at 9 p.m.
  • Entrant’s name should only appear on the submission 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 will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, and overall impression of the work. The judging panel may include library staff, local authors, and previous winners. The decision of the judges is final.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, May 5 during the Mountain of Authors program at Library 21c.

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Death and Taxes.  Well Okay, Just Taxes.

It's that time again. Taxes are due on Tuesday, April 17. Lucky for you PPLD has all the information you need to file on time. Visit our Tax Information page for

Good luck and happy filing!

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A new exhibit of images from Pikes Peak Library District’s Special Collections photograph archive captures the response of many residents of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region to the inauguration of President Donald Trump and his first 100 days in office. The exhibit will be on display at East Library in February, followed by visits to other PPLD locations (see full schedule below).

The response began with the Women’s March held on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The day began with speakers and performance artists in Acacia Park, followed by a march along the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs. Observers estimated the crowd to be in the range of 7,000 participants, which places it among the largest public demonstrations in the history of Colorado Springs.

The collection also includes images from a pro-Trump rally held in Acacia Park, marches and rallies against the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines, an anti-Muslim immigration ban protest, a Climate Justice Vigil, and the March for Science.

Numerous groups served as organizers, sponsors, and supporters of these events. Included were SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), the El Paso County Republican Party, UCOS (Unite Colorado Springs), NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Conference, NAACP Colorado Springs Branch 4001, the Colorado Springs Council for Justice, the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission.

The First 100 Days! Exhibition Schedule
February: East Library
March: Fountain Library
April: Rockrimmon Library
May: Old Colorado City Library
August: Monument Library
September: Library 21c
October: Penrose Library
November: Ruth Holley Library
December: Sand Creek Library

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Repair Café Volunteers Needed

PPLD's Repair Café is in need of SEWING and BIKE fixers! Fill out a volunteer application at or stop by your local library!

Repair Café is a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. At a Repair Café you’ll find the tools and materials needed to repair your broken items, as well as knowledgeable volunteers who will show you how to do it. Repair Trainers will offer a diagnosis and suggested remedy for broken items, repairing items when possible and otherwise explaining what parts you may need to obtain to complete the repair.

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The world is filled with Hidden Beauty. Show us where you have found this year's theme "Hidden Beauty" in the ordinary, everyday world.

How to Enter

  • Fill out this entry form
  • Print and sign our Artwork Agreement Form
  • Bring the Artwork Agreement Form and your artwork to a drop-off location on Tue., Feb. 20 or Wed., Feb. 21 during open library hours. Drop-off locations are Cheyenne Mountain, East, Fountain, High Prairie, Library 21c, Monument, Mobile Libraries, Penrose, Rockrimmon, or Sand Creek.
  • Guidelines

    • Must be in grades 6 - 12 in March of 2018.
    • 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!


    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, March 25 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?
    The first week of May at the library you choose to have it displayed at. An email will be sent in April with specific details.

    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 Amberlyn at or comment on this blog post!

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Best Workplaces 2017

At an awards ceremony on Mon., Nov. 27, 2017 at the Antlers hotel, Pikes Peak Library District was named Best Workplace by The Gazette in the Extra Large Company (300+ employees) category.

According to The Gazette, PPLD "ranked high among its employees in social responsibility, providing meaningful work, confidence in leadership, being a place workers would recommend to others for employment and operating with strong values and ethics."

Here is a video The Gazette created, which was shown at the ceremony.

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Congratulations to the winners of our first All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. You can read the winning entries by clicking here.

1st Place
"I Don't Blame Him for Dying" bu Andrew Beasley

2nd Place
"Puddle" by Andrea Malcom

3rd Place
"The Photograph" by Jacqueline Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Apostrophe" by Ariane Peveto

Honorable Mention
"Dr. Luckwood" by Jill Long

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Playaway Lock

Playaway Lock, a pre-loaded eReader solution currently being used by the United States Navy, Air Force, and Marines to circulate eBooks, is now in circulation Pikes Peak Library District! Patrons can borrow Playaway Lock devices featuring a collection of pre-selected ebooks.

Curated content lists on the Playaway Lock eReader include New York Times bestsellers, award-winning authors, and both fiction and non-fiction selections.

Drop by a PPLD circulation desk to borrow twelve best-selling books in one small eReader!

Your Playaway Lock will be loaded with these titles:

  • 11/22/1963 by Stephen King
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
  • Code of Conduct by Brad Thor
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover
  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
  • A Full Life by Jimmy Carter
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
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Deb Prewitt

PPLD's Maker in Residence for June/July 2017 was Deb Prewitt, a Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT) and a Mixed Media Artist. She has been making art and creating all of her life, finding most of her inspiration from Mother Nature (living in Colorado makes it easy to find that inspiration on a daily basis). She has developed numerous classes around the Zentangle practice and has also incorporated it into other aspects of her art. Deb believes in curiosity, creativity, and playfulness. She knows that bringing art and creativity into our everyday lives will make us happier and healthier. Deb also owns Blue Twig Studio, where she teaches classes, hosts art groups, and sells mixed media and Zentangle art supplies.

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

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Happy Anniversary to Harry Potter Book 1!

June 26, 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter franchise is enormous and boasts a fan base of millions. The Harry Potter series is still being read worldwide by children and adults alike. From the closet under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry's story begins here.

Click here for books about Harry Potter.

Do you know your house? Leave it in the comments. I'll start, Hufflepuff!

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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 2017 Teen Art Show & Contest was Transformation Teens were encouraged to show us how art impacts your life, or how it transforms the world around you.

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

Here are the winners!

Best in Show

"Mirror Reflection" by Aleyah B.

High School

1st Place: "My Fantasy" by Elizabeth W.
2nd Place: "Summer Sunsets" by Kaylee T.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Hands of Time" by Mary R.

Middle School

1st Place: "Transportation through Time" by Liberty H.
2nd Place: "Evolution" by Mikayla R.
Coordinator’s Choice: "Coy Fish Pond" by Kristine B.

You can view the winning works here:

2017 Teen Art Contest Winners

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Check Out Colorado Backpack

Reserve your free State Parks Pass and Backpack today by clicking here!

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.

Each backpack, which checks out for one week, includes:

  • State park pass hang tag for the rear-view mirror
  • Guide to Your 42 State Parks
  • Binoculars
  • Leave No Trace™ card
  • Colorado Wildlife Guide
  • Activity ideas list
  • Colorado Trees and Wildflower Guide
  • Fishing Basics tip sheet
  • Program evaluation card

Click here for more information about this program.

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Linda Smith

PPLD's Maker/Artist in Residence for March /April 2017 was Linda Smith, an artist and art educator who started a non-profit while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana and Bronx NY. She has been commissioned by the UN to provide photographic classes to survivors and former perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She earned her BA from Syracuse University an MA in Communications at Goldsmith College at the University of London and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited in the United Nations, embassies, and universities.

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

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PPLD now has Sorenson videophones and Video Relay Service-equipped laptops available for patron use. VRS allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired to communicate using American Sign Language through video equipment. It replaces TTY or Text Telephone.

Videophones are now available at the East Library and Library 21c.

VRS-equipped laptops are available at the following PPLD locations: Cheyenne Mountain, High Prairie, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Ruth Holley, and Sand Creek libraries.

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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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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

Happy reviewing!

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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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Christine Yocum

As a California native and self-taught baker, current PPLD Artist in Residence Christine Yocum was introduced to baking at a young age by her father and grandmother. Imagine a former left tackle in college teaching his nine-year-old daughter the finer points of cookie-making. Those sweet moments birthed in her a lifelong passion for baking—in particular cookies—and the eventual opening of Art & Style Baking, an online gourmet cookie company specializing in hand-painted cookies.

Even now, when her hands are steeped in cookie dough, she can sense his tender nod of encouragement and approval. While her dad passed away before he could enjoy "the fruits of his labor," her tender-hearted daughter assures her that he would be proud.

Christine will host classes throughout the Library District about cookie painting, as well as open studio hours at Library 21c where you can watch her work and talk to her about her art.

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

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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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