Penrose Library (PE)

Penrose Library

20 N. Cascade Ave - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Phone: (719) 531-6333
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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

Bus Route: 3, 9

Metered Parking:
$.25 for 30 min. Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Friends of Penrose 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!

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles. Readers ages 12 - 18 can vote online between August 15 - October 15, 2019. The winners will be announced October 16.

Click here to vote now!

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Hone your skills with the Switchback Soccer Team!

Join our local team for a soccer camp with the pros.

Registration is encouraged, open to ages 9 - 18. Click here to register.

Every attendee will receive one free ticket to the Switchbacks' game on September 7 at 6 p.m.

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Questions about using the Internet, email, social networks, a Smartphone, tablet, eBooks, or something else? Get help at Pikes Peak Library District and learn to use technology more effectively. Bring your laptop or device or use one of of ours. This is intended for patrons wanting help beyond PPLD computer classes.

Drop-in Help

1-on-1 Help

Contact location to register for 1-on-1 assistance!

For more information, please visit

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Stitching Community Together

Join Textiles West to learn the traditional Korean Pojagi/Bojagi hand stitch technique. This simple technique is quick to learn and can be used to creatively express your personal story, culture, or favorite experiences of the Pikes Peak Region.

Click here to learn more.

Make your own Pojagi panel, or work with other attendees to create one together! All materials will be provided. Ages 18 and up.

Registration is required.

Click here to register for Sept. 4.
Registration opens Aug. 14, 10 a.m.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 4, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Monument Library , 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr.

  • Click here to register for Oct. 11.
    Registration opens Sept. 23, 10 a.m.

  • When: Fri., Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Penrose Library , 20 N. Cascade Ave.

  • Click here to register for Nov. 20.
    Registration opens Nov. 4, 10 a.m.

  • When: Wed., Nov. 20, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Fountain Library , 230 South Main St.
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    Call for Art Proposals: The Art of Colorado’s Natural Environment

    Entry Deadline: Thu., Sep. 12
    Click here to apply.


    The natural environment is one of our treasures in Colorado. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is seeking proposals for an interactive, 3D, freestanding art piece that will draw attention to this resource and its conservation. The proposed piece should be eye-catching, conversation-evoking, appropriate for all ages, safe for public spaces, and moveable among Library locations. The selected piece will be featured in four PPLD Libraries with programs offered related to the theme while the piece is on display in the Library.

    The selected artist will receive $5,000 to create their proposed piece. The payment will occur in installments with $2,500 to be paid on acceptance of the proposal, and $2,500 to be paid upon installation at and acceptance by the Library. The Library will own the artwork and determine how to proceed with the piece at the end of the program.


    Submission deadline: Thu., Sept. 12
    Selection notification: Week of Sept. 23
    Installation of work at Penrose Library: Week of Dec. 9
    Exhibit Opening: To be determined
    Program completion: Dec. 2020

    While the art is on display, it will be shown at Penrose Library, Sand Creek Library, East Library, and Library 21c, spending approximately three months at each location.


    The selected artist will be chosen through a jury process.
    Criteria for Selection:

    • Artistic merit: High quality, meaningful, innovative, engaging, thoughtful, unusual use of materials, aesthetically rich.
    • Reflection of the theme of the natural environment and conservation: The proposal states clearly why the proposed piece is a good fit for the theme and the Library.
    • Clarity of proposal and project: The proposal states clearly what will be built, what kinds of materials will be utilized, general construction techniques, and how people are intended to interact with the installation.
    • Achievability: The proposal demonstrates that the artist has a plan, knowledge of materials and methods, and resources for learning and finding appropriate support to complete the project as needed.
    • Installation needs, maintenance and safety concerns, and mobility: Describes size of project, installation requirements, how the piece will be freestanding, how the piece will be moved among Libraries, etc.
    • Incorporating technology somehow into the art is highly preferred.

    The jury will be composed of a diverse group of creatives, community members, and PPLD staff. Jury members will read all applications and rank each according to how well they meet the criteria for selection.


    PPLD is open to the public and has visitors of all demographics. Art will be on display inside the selected buildings (see below for details on size). As an interactive piece in a high-traffic area, the art should be suitable and safe for all ages. It should also be eye catching and draw patrons to interact with it.

    Maximum size area available: 8’ x 8’ x 6.5’ (length x width x height)
    A standard electrical outlet is available: 110 volts, 30 amps.


    As this artwork will move among four locations and need to be able to be moved through doorways, certain requirements must be met to ensure ease of disassembly and reassembly, as well as size and weight to ensure transportation and entry into the building can be facilitated.

    • The complete weight of the art may not exceed 500 pounds.

    When disassembled for transportation:

    • Each piece cannot be taller than 75 inches.
    • Each piece cannot be wider than 34 inches.
    • Each piece can weigh a maximum of 75 pounds.


    • You must disclose the contents of your installation known at the time of submission of application, including but not limited to: hardware, technology, construction materials and decorative elements. If selected, artist will need to disclose any additional or new contents to PPLD staff.
    • All exhibits/installations must meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility.
    • All exhibits when assembled shall be secure and safe from tipping or other dangers.
    • All artistic products within this program must be your own original work. Any copyright clearance which may be required for use of materials is the responsibility of the participant.
    • Any moving parts must be enclosed to prevent pinch points.
    • By submitting a proposal, you agree to these terms and conditions. Upon acceptance, a signed contract and W9 tax form will be required, the artist must adhere to these guidelines.
    • A minimum of two progress reports for the selected project, which could include photos or visits, will be required.
    • Artists from anywhere may submit a proposal for this call. However, funding for travel and lodging for art installation is not available.


    All submissions must include:

    • Full contact information: name, address, phone, and email
    • Current resume
    • Narrative description of the artwork, including title, medium/media, dimensions (in feet, height x width x depth), how it relates to the theme, how people will be able to interact with it
    • Images to help demonstrate the idea of the work, minimum of 1, maximum of 3
    • Two-paragraph maximum artist’s statement
    • Installation plan (see details below)
    • Submissions should be completed using the application form.


    • Artist responsibilities: Installation at the first site with PPLD Facilities staff; detailed plan for installation, submitted with application, and updated and brought on installation day, for moving the art and including all required equipment and supplies, any unique considerations, and other significant factors affecting exhibition for an extended period of time
    • PPLD responsibilities: Safety items, like cord covers for walkways; moving the piece to other locations throughout the rest of the program
    • Liability: PPLD’s insurance will cover any liability once the piece is installed.
    • Timing: Installation will occur on a date mutually agreed upon by the artist and library during the week of Dec. 9.

    Any questions should be directed to Becca Cruz at

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    Accepting Author Applications for Indie Author Day 2019

    Are you a local self-published or indie author?

    Apply to host an author table at Indie Author Day at Library 21c located in Colorado Springs, CO on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019. Applications are accepted Aug. 1 through Aug. 31. Authors will be notified in early September about their application status.

    The 4th annual Indie Author Day will be held on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019. On this one day, libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers, and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and so much more!

    Click here to apply.

    If you have questions, please contact Heather Johnson at

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    PPLD invites you to participate in our 1st Annual Bumps, Books, ‘n Babies Resource Fair on Sat., Sept. 28 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Library 21c.


    Click here for vendor application form.


    Parents of babies and those who are expecting or trying to conceive:

    Connect with local resources and services that make the parenting journey easier and give babies a bright beginning! This free family event will feature a variety of local exhibitors representing baby- and pregnancy-focused community groups and businesses from a variety of sectors, including wellness, safety, early literacy, parenting groups, and playdates. Talk to resource professionals and get giveaways!

    There will be lots more fun to be had, including a maternity/family photo shoot with the Library 21C Studio green screen, mini massages, Q&A Panels and presentations on a variety of topics, and mini programs too!

    • Baby Time
    • Babywearing Dance Party
    • Baby & Me Yoga
    • DIY Baby Toy Crafts
    • Baby Sign Language

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    Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selected titles for All Pikes Peak Reads 2019!

    Our selected adult title is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. The book explores themes of crossings, peace, multiculturalism, identity, friendship, and memory. PPLD will use these themes while planning programs of community interest.

    We have also selected a book of poetry, Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez. Our young adult and children’s title is Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh. Both the selected Young Adult and Children's title and book of poetry explore similar themes.

    This fall we will again present a variety of programs to the community including author visits, film screenings, community discussions and panel presentations, theater productions, workshops, music programs, and more. We will be undertaking many of these with our community partners.

    We are delighted that our selected authors will be able to join us in the Fall. Colum McCann will be visiting in October, Katherine Marsh will visit on Oct. 24, and Jose Olivarez will visit in November.

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    Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:

    Colin Bevan - "Bahamas"
    Mayah Bolenbaugh - "The Essence of Warmth"
    Eva Goroski - "Bioluminescent Beach at Night"
    Brody Karr - "Papayalulu Paradise"
    Sally Peterson - "The Mystical Land"
    Jana Yuschalk - "Darkling Dwabidisador"

    By Colin Bevan

    Fisherman rip tonight’s dinner from the ocean
    Bloody hands filet the dead fish
    Smells of fresh fish turns my head
    Salt fills the air rusting old boats
    Charcoal beach fires cook todays catch
    Warm water surrounds my feet
    Small birds run from the waves
    Boats dot the horizon for miles
    Paradise, I hope I never leave

    The Essence of Warmth
    By Mayah Bolenbaugh

    Firewood receives the spark
    Steam rises from the bread, fresh from the oven
    Soft snuggle from a purring kitten
    Sip a large mug of cider under a changing tree in the fall
    Enter a cabin to kick off winter’s freeze
    Submerge in hot springs as the snowflakes dance
    Comfort and serenity, as the shower pours through your hair
    Earth is nourished by the elements
    Now the sand takes in the sun
    The day’s last hour bathed in dark orange sunshine on a summer’s day

    Bioluminescent Beach at Night
    By Eva Goroski

    Twilight creeps up the coast
    Waiting for the moon to come with a gleam
    Shells adorn the beach like jewels
    Stars twinkle and glimmer like diamonds
    Tide pools shine with a radiant beam
    The ocean has an eerie glow
    Bioluminescent dinoflagellates show off in a chain of lights

    Papayalulu Paradise
    By Brody Karr

    I dream of a land called Papayalulu
    It’s a tasty paradise for me and you-you
    It’s hard to get to - this is true-true
    First you must make a papaya canoe-noe
    Row your canoe-noe to the end of the sea
    And soon Papayalulu you will see

    As papaya trees sway in the papayamint breeze
    You can paddle down to the Papaya Juice River with ease
    You can even lean over and take a sip
    But better take care - your canoe-noe might tip
    Look out! What’s that I hear?
    It’s Papaya Juice Falls - better stay clear!

    Safe at last upon the shore
    What’s that sound I cant ignore?
    It’s the singing papaya birds high in the trees
    A song so sweet my ears it does please
    I think I’ll stay a while in this land
    Papayalulu is oh so grand!

    The Mystical Land
    By Sally Peterson

    I know a place, not far away
    It glistens and it gleams.
    I go there every time I sleep
    It’s called the “Land of Dreams.”

    So when I sleep I don’t count sheep
    Or toss and turn in vain.
    I just fly to the “Land of Dreams”
    In my one-man twinbed plane.

    Each night I fly right out the door
    And pass the moon and sun.
    I’m going to the “Land of Dreams”
    To have some dream like fun.

    And when I land on snow white sand
    A lovely sight I see.
    A wondrous civilization is
    Stretched out in front of me.

    A mountain looms above you
    If you look to the west.
    On the east there is a river
    And a town where you can rest.

    There are bubbles in the air
    That are floating in the breeze.
    You can smell the scent of honey,
    And hear the rustling trees.

    Then my views were interrupted
    By a woman clad in white.
    She was the noble Queen
    Of this land of truth and right.

    “Welcome” she said. “Welcome
    Won’t you come to my estate”
    And she pointed to a castle
    With a shiny marble gate.

    “Of course” I said, “how gracious,
    How could I refuse?”
    We started towards the castle
    And she told me all the news.

    We walked into the town
    Where the buildings stand so tall.
    Everything is vibrant
    From the big to really small.

    The people there wear brilliant robes
    Of many different hues.
    There are feathers on their hats
    And feathers on their shoes.

    Aromas that are new
    Are wafting towards my face.
    I wonder what the food is like
    In this amazing place.

    We came to a kiosk
    Where a man was selling food.
    The food was shaped like balls
    Some were red and some were blue.

    They tasted sweet and juicy,
    And suddenly I knew!
    They were little berries,
    And in the fields they grew.

    A woman selling flowers
    Gave me a bouquet.
    It smelled just like sweet roses
    In my wildflower spray.

    The red flowers were the largest.
    The blue flowers were large, too.
    The yellow flowers were tiny.
    My favorites were the blue.

    We entered a cute clothes shop
    Filled with rows of silk,
    They were soft and they were comfy,
    And smooth and cool like milk.

    I chose a robe with red, blue, and yellow
    For they would match my blooms.
    I got nice shoes and a fine new hat
    With fluffy little plumes.

    Next we went to a pet shop
    And saw a little dog.
    He was not like mine at all, though.
    My dog is brown like a log.

    But this dog had new colors.
    This dog was so bright!
    So were all the other dogs.
    It was a crazy sight!

    I thought the cats were normal
    Until I heard them speak.
    They spoke such perfect English
    I fought the urge to shriek!

    A bird screeched in the background
    And I turned in surprise.
    The bird that was behind me
    Had creepy human eyes.

    The castle was our last stop
    And it was getting late.
    I was getting pretty tired
    When I walked up to the gate.

    The gates were swiftly opened.
    We ran to a bench and sat.
    It was nice to calmly sit there
    And hear the robins chat.

    Said the Queen “Oh heaven help us.
    The feasts about to start”
    We raced inside the castle
    And I couldn't calm my heart.

    I changed my clothes and entered
    The room of the great feast.
    There were many fruits and veggies
    And for meat they had roast beast.

    Many fancy people
    Were invited here to dine.
    Some were very famous.
    All were very fine.

    They all told me hello
    Then sat and ate and ate.
    I listened to their stories
    As I cleaned off my plate.

    A toast was to be done.
    I lifted my cup.
    Then “beep” went my alarm clock
    And quickly I woke up.

    Darkling Dwabidisador
    By Jana Yuschalk

    To bed I went on that ordinary night,
    Not knowing in the morning what I may fight.
    I woke up on a pile of hay,
    Wondering what would fill my day.
    Surprised and frightened, I immediately felt.
    Suddenly, I wished I could just melt.
    It seemed so sunny without any rain.
    Smells of sweat hovered over the plain,
    From jumping creatures who seemed insane.
    The so-called “Dwabis” had a mane.
    No animals were there.
    Not even a bear.
    I was informed, this was Dwabidisador.
    Wow, I really need to study by geography more!
    The Dwabi’s legs were awfully long.
    They jumped then fell, I am not wrong.
    The sound of jumping pounded the ground.
    Their favorite hobby was jumping. That I found.
    The language they spoke was also Dwabidisador.
    At least I don’t need to study my languages much more!
    “Dwabi fell down,” they said over and over again.
    “English without pronouns,” I thought. Until then,
    A young Dwabi who was probably only four,
    Came up and said, “Why don’t you enter that door.”
    I did as he commanded only to find,
    A Dwabi whose name was Filabind.
    He bought me a cupcake with sprinkles on top,
    The smell was so sweet I thought I would pop!
    All that was better than the taste, was the smell.
    It looked and smelled like sweet caramel.
    The taste was Dwabilicious.
    Red velvet without mush.
    After I finished my delectable cupcake,
    I was sure Dwabidisador wasn't fake.
    Then we departed and walked a long ways.
    We entered a place called “Dwabi’s Good Maze”.
    Since Filabind was my guide, he led me through,
    A portal that said, “How do you do?”
    Filled with wonder and awe, I heard a loud, “MOO!”
    Before I knew it, I was back home on our farm.
    Lying in my bed was my noisy alarm,
    Trying to wake me up from my-dream?
    What it was, it filled me with gleam!

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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 2019 Teen Art Contest was "Opposites Attract! "

    All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April.

    Here are this years winners, which you can also view below!

    Best In Show
    “Poseidon’s Goldfish” by Cole R.

    High School - First Place
    “Opposites Attract” by Isaiah R.

    High School - Second Place
    “A Spectrum” by Preston S.

    Middle School - First Place
    “Steamy” by Teddy K.

    Middle School - Second Place
    “Concrete Jungle” by Ava K.

    Coordinator’s Choice - High School
    “Calm Before the Storm” by Lydia M.

    Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School
    “Strong and Courageous” by Chloe H.

    You can view the winners here:

    Teen Art Contest 2019 Winners

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    Pikes Peak Library District sparks development, opportunity, and inspiration for everyone across El Paso County. Whether you've got a young one who's learning to read, or you're a lifelong learner looking for a new skill, the library has something for you.

    We are excited to share stories of how the Library positively impacts the lives of our patrons.

    To tell your story, click here to take our short survey or use the hashtag #shareyourspark on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


    PPLD sparks inspiration. In this video, hear Price Strobidge's story about how the library helped him become Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak Region.


    PPLD sparks your opportunity. In this video, hear Allan's story about how the Library helped him improve his English language skills and provide him with GED test preparation. Read more about Allan's personal growth and development through the Library in this article from The Gazette.


    PPLD sparks your development. In this video, learn about how our children's areas are free, safe places that encourage development and growth.

    Stay tuned to learn how PPLD can spark your opportunity and your inspiration.

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    Have you heard about auto-renewals? Beginning Mon., Feb. 11, PPLD will save you the step of renewing your checkouts.

    The day before items are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them if there are no holds and they haven’t already been renewed twice.

    There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, including:

    • Rapid Read, Rapid View
    • eBooks, eAudios
    • Equipment
    • Interlibrary Loans

    Patrons will receive an email notice letting them know what, if anything, was renewed as well as the new due date.

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    Overdue books? Fear not. Pikes Peak Library District will no longer charge you for being a little bit late on your returns.

    The library will officially eliminate overdue fines Fri., Feb. 1, just in time for a county-wide celebration of Library Lover’s Month. Patrons will no longer be financially penalized for books that are late in returning to the library.

    “Our mission as an organization is to eliminate barriers to information and resources, not create them,” said Director of Library Services Tim Blevins. “We had a trial run of eliminating overdue fines and didn’t see longer hold times for patrons, but did see a positive impact on borrowing. It makes perfect sense for us to permanently eliminate these fines.”

    Fines, Blevins says, are particularly prohibitive for the community’s most vulnerable families. Plus, overdue fines accounted for less than one percent of the library’s overall revenue in 2017.

    There will still be fees assessed for lost or damaged materials. Materials are considered lost if they are 21 days overdue.

    Additionally, Pikes Peak Library District will roll out automatic renewals later on in Library Lover’s Month. The day before books are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them up to two times, so long as no other patron placed a hold on the material.

    There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, like rapid reads, e-materials, and equipment checkouts.

    “What we’ve seen here, and in library facilities across the country, is that by taking these steps to increase ease of access to materials, use of library resources and checkouts is positively impacted,” Blevins said. “We’re here to help people access the resources they need to achieve their goals. This is just one more way for us to do a better job of achieving that mission.”

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    We want to celebrate your successes! Pikes Peak Library District is looking for stories about how our resources and staff have helped enrich minds, fuel learning and growth, spark imagination and ideas, build community and connections, and/or achieve goals.

    To tell your story, click here and take our short survey.

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    The 2018 Teen Fiction Anthology is here!

    Click the link below to read the award winning stories from the 2018 Teen Fiction Writing Contest.

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    Gay Houghtaling

    PPLD's Maker in Residence for October/November 2018 was Gay Houghtaling. A decade ago, she saw an art exhibit made up entirely of suitcases filled with found objects. This exhibit introduced her to the art of assemblage, the art of displaying a collection of objects in a way that expresses a meaning or idea. Gay works with Who Gives a Scrap, a local creative reuse store, to provide craft swaps and classes through the Pikes Peak Library District. Gay has an eclectic teaching background that includes Kindergarten in an overseas classroom, language acquisition and cultural studies for children moving overseas, fourth grade art, and reentry programs for tweens and teens. She currently homeschools her 12 year old grandson.

    She taught classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District and hosted open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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    PPLD Board of Trustees

    Get to know – and get help from – Pikes Peak Library District’s Board of Trustees

    On the evenings of Wed., Oct. 10 and Tue., Oct. 16, members of the PPLD Board of Trustees will be shadowing our library employees at seven different branch locations. Board members will be working everything from circulation to security to helping our patrons! They’ll be available for library related assistance, and be there to answer any questions you may have about PPLD. Make sure to stop by and see our board members at your favorite library branch!

    Wed., Oct. 10

    Tue., Oct. 16

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    While many libraries across the U.S. do offer “Drag Queen Storytime,” Pikes Peak Library District does not provide it as a library-sponsored program. If ever offered or sponsored, the program would be part of a larger exploration of diversity as well as contextualized for children and families in a broad frame of respect for individuality and difference.

    The “Drag Queen Story Hour” by Sarah Bellum, which is taking place at Penrose Library on September 1, is sponsored by Club Q. This program is offered by a member of the community under the auspices of another organization and is not sponsored by the library.

    We make our meeting rooms available to the public, and all community members are allowed to use them for any purpose as long as it does not violate our Meeting Room Policy. This use does not violate our policy in any way.

    Click here for PPLD's offical statement.

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    Charles and Tauni Orndorff

    PPLD's Makers in Residence for May/June 2018 were Charles and Tauni Orndorff. The Colorado Springs natives have been making costumes and props for over 15 years. Their skills include sewing, fabrication, 3D design, and much more. They are currently instructors at the Pikes Peak Makerspace where they teach resin casting, silicon molding, and vac-forming.

    They taught Resin Casting with Silicon Molds classes throughout Pikes Peak Library District, as well as hosted open studio hours at Library 21c.

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

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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 2018 Teen Art Contest was "Hidden Beauty." Teens were encouraged to show us where they have found hidden beauty in the ordinary, everyday world.

    All of the artwork will be displayed at either Penrose Library, East Library, or Library 21c during the month of April.

    Here are the winners!

    Best In Show
    Clear by Isabella Huhn

    High School - First Place
    Letting Go by Celine Hanlon

    High School - Second Place
    Masked by Elizabeth Ward

    Middle School - First Place
    Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder by Connor Murdock

    Middle School - Second Place
    Beauty of the Mountain by Adyline Poirson

    Coordinator’s Choice - High School
    Color through Clutter by Rebecca Gearhart

    Coordinator’s Choice - Middle School
    A Shoe by Adia Byron

    You can view the winners here:
    Teen Art Contest 2018 Winners

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    Repair Café Volunteers Needed

    PPLD's Repair Café is in need of 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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    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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    Deb Bartos

    PPLD's Maker in Residence in August/September 2017 was Deb Bartos, who has always been fascinated with new discoveries in the natural world and has been hiking and exploring for as long as she can remember. Rediscovering creative expression in painting as an adult has enhanced her learning to see even more in nature. Her work is best categorized as realistic impressionism, as she captures light and color often on location in oil. To see some of her work, visit

    She will be taught Painting in Water-soluble Oils classes throughout the Library District, as well as hosting studio hours at Library 21c, when she discussed her work.

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

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    Knights of Columbus Hall (KCH)

    Pikes Peak Library District is proud to announce a partnership with local community collectives of DIT (do-it-together) arts professionals, offering building space for their free and low-cost community programs in the Library District’s Knights of Columbus Hall (KCH). Located on the Penrose Library Campus at 25 W. Kiowa St., the historic building is experiencing a renaissance as home to a wide variety of arts events such as music and art shows, zine and printing workshops, dance instruction, and artist conferences.

    The principal partner in the opening phase of these experimental programs is Flux Capacitor, a supportive, engaging, all-volunteer community of teens through adults who actively plan and attend arts-centered events. Flux staff have been hosting concerts and arts events in Colorado Springs for more than a decade, and in the last two years, have hosted over 500 music and art shows. Also using the facility during this experimental stage are Peach Press and the Non-Book Club Book Club.

    Events are currently limited to 49 attendees until a reevaluation of the building’s CSFD Occupancy Rating is completed and renovations to the building can be completed. Entrance to all KCH events are from the lower Penrose Library parking lot, where parking is plentiful and free after 6 p.m.

    For more information, check out the recent press coverage of this new partnership:

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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) 531-6333, 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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    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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    Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar

    PPLD's Makers in Residence for January and February 2017 were Ron Cousar and Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar.

    Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs. He has dedicated his talents to playing blues, R&B, funk and jazz. His influences include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and a host of other artists.

    Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. Sande Leadership, a model Dr. Wanda developed, is based on ancestral lineage to the Mende of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Tisby-Cousar has studied tap and interpretive dance since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dancea nd performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.

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

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    Price at Classic Academy

    Penrose Library was the scene of a winter-themed poetry reading on December 11. Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Emeritus Price Strobridge emceed the event that featured some of our areas best and best-know poets, including Jim Ciletti, Teever Handal, Loring Wirbel, Julianza Shavin, Amie Sharp, and Evan Kendrick.

    The Classical Academy 5th graders brought hand-knitted hats and scarves, socks and hand warmers, while PPLD provided hot cocoa and cookies to excited Penrose Library patrons.

    This is the 2nd poetry and warming clothing give-away that the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project has held at Penrose Library.

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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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    Penrose Library Mural Project

    The Penrose Library Mural Project reached completion in May 2016 and involved the generous contribution of Concrete Couch and hundreds of community volunteers. The mural was 22 years in the planning and involved six hub groups, one steering committee, fundraising galore, huge donations of time and materials, and loads of fantastic volunteers. Concrete Couch and Pikes Peak Library District teamed up with Community Prep School, School District 14, Will Rogers Elementary School, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College, and the Manitou Art Center to complete this project.

    Watch this PPLD TV video for a preview of the project:

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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 2016 Teen Art Show & Contest was Magnify It! Teens were encouraged to take a closer look at the world around them and create a piece of artwork.

    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) 531-6333, x6336 or

    Here are the winners!

    High School

    “My Converse Crush” by Ashley D. - Best in Show
    “Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E. - 1st Place
    “A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P - 2nd Place
    “Lou” by Arely A. - Coordinator’s Choice

    Middle School

    “The Story in an Eye” by Stephanie L. - 1st Place
    “Hidden in the Flowers” by Tiya G. - 2nd Place
    “Butterfly Glory” by Asia X. - Coordinator’s Choice

    You can view the winning works here:

    Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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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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    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 East, Library 21c, 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 locations.

    By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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    Music Book

    Pikes Peak Library District employee Vincent Colicchio never considered himself an artist, but he became one nonetheless, through the curiosity and caring he exhibited at his job in Circulation at PPLD’s downtown Penrose Library.

    According to Colicchio, “It began by me saying, ‘That’s a treasure. That shouldn’t be thrown out.’ "

    Colicchio handles books for a living, so he sees a lot of them on a daily basis. But he recently found his love of books extending to damaged books that were being discarded.

    “I, like other people who work in libraries, get heartbroken when I see books in the recycling bin. I think it’s a waste,” he said.

    When Colicchio turned his eye to the bare shelves behind the checkout desk at Penrose Library, the altered book project began to take shape.

    “I was telling my supervisor, ‘You know we could jazz it up back there.’ I said, ‘We’ve got this space, we should do some displays.’

    “Then around Christmastime, my supervisor said, ‘I like your ideas. Go ahead and make a display and let me know if you need anything.’

    “I hadn’t really intended to do anything myself, so I was like, ‘Oh no! Now I actually have to do something!’ So I did some altered books around the holidays in a matter of just a few days just to have something there.”

    Colicchio said he found books in the Library’s Catalog on how to make altered books, and then he found “quotations by writers that I liked and really reflected the spirit of a book and its relationship to a reader. And those became the focal point. By just contemplating that quote, vague visions and imagery would come up, and I would try to follow it and let it grow as I was creating each altered book.”

    “It just lends itself to being at the library. It’s recycling and it’s creativity inspired by books we have in our catalog that have the techniques on how to do it.”

    Colicchio recently donated two of his altered books to the Colorado Library Education Foundation for their upcoming silent auction to raise funds for scholarships for Colorado library employees to attend Colorado Library Association and division workshops and the annual CAL conference. Colicchio’s art speaks to the great potential of books -- even discarded books--to enrich and change lives.

    The images below show the extreme care and detail Colicchio brings to his work. The work is even more impressive in person and is currently on display in the Friends Bookstore in East Library.

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