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East Library (EA)

East Library

Address:
5550 N. Union Blvd. - map it!
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Floor Plan

Phone: (719) 531-6333
Contact Us

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

Bus Route: 25

Friends of East Library

East 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!

Anime Prom

Anime Prom is Back!! Join us on Friday May 13th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Library 21c for Dancing, Snacking, Big Games, and Crafting. A Cosplay Contest will take place as well as a Door Prize Raffle. Cosplay is encouraged, but not required. Registration is required- Click the Photo to Register. If you have any questions contact Amberlyn at arussell@ppld.org or 719-884-9800 x6353. For ages 12-18 only!!

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Teen Fiction Writing Contest

The Challenge:
Write an original fiction story of up to 2,500 words that begins with the sentence “The picture on the website had lied.” What happens after that is up to you!

Rules:

  • All participants must fill out this form and submit your piece via this link by June 15, 2016. The file format should be compatible with Microsoft Word 2010. If you need to convert a file, please visit a library location.
  • All participants must be going into grades 6-12 in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • All participants must be an El Paso County resident.
  • Word count must not exceed 2,500 words. Word count will be established by using Microsoft Word 2010. Points will be automatically deducted from the total score of the piece if the word count exceeds 2,500 words.
  • Pieces must be double-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri font with the title and page number in the upper-right-hand corner.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • The entry must begin with the line “The picture on the website had lied”

FAQ

When will I know if I have won?
We will notify participants by mid-July if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, regardless of if they won an award.

Are you publishing the anthology again?
Yes! We will be publishing the top five in both middle school and high school (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and two honorable mentions).

Will I get feedback for my work?
Yes! If you attend the awards ceremony, you can pick up a copy of your work with judges’ comments on it.

Do I have to turn in my story online?
Yes. To better facilitate the process, we are requiring all stories be turned in digitally. You can stop by any PPLD location to use one of our computers for this purpose.

Questions? Contact Corrie Van Bemden at cvanbemden@ppld.org!

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Summer Reading Photography Contest!

Do you express yourself through photography? New to the art of taking pictures? "Get in the Game" and submit a photo for the Summer Reading Photography Contest!

Theme: Get in the Game! "Get in the Game" refers to so many aspects of life. It applies to athletes, gamers, and being involved!

Entry Deadline: Sunday, June 26, 2016

General Information:

  • The photographs will be juried by a panel of teen volunteers.
  • There will be a reception for participants and families at the East Library on July 30 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Photographs will be on display at East Library during the month of August.

Guidelines:

  • Contest is open to grades 6 - 12
  • Submit one photo (sized to 8x10 and between 150 - 300 dpi) per person
  • Include a paragraph explaining why the photo fits the theme
  • Use the online entry form to submit your photograph
  • In order to win a prize, participants must live within the Pikes Peak Library District (most of El Paso County, except for Security/Widefield).

For more information, email Joanna at jrendon@ppld.org.

Need a camera? Borrow one for FREE!

  • Set up an appointment to checkout a camera by emailing the Center for Public Media and mentioning the Summer Reading Photography Contest.
  • An orientation will be required before or during checkout.
  • For teens under 18, a parent or guardian will need to check out the camera on his/her library card.

The Summer Reading Photography Contest is made possible in part through the generosity of Charlie Mussi.

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Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 7! Free comics available for readers of all ages at all PPLD libraries! Comics are available while supplies last.

Special Events
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
When: All Day
Stop in for Make Your Own Comics!

Where: East Library Teen Center
When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Stop in for face painting, Sphero, cookie decorating, Yo-Yo demos and more!

Where: Fountain Library
When: All Day
Stop in for Cubeecrafts!

Where: High Prairie Library
When: 11 a.m. - noon
Come in to checkout our fun superhero activities!

Where: Library 21c Teen Center
When: All Day
Stop in for Make Your Own Comics and Cubeecrafts!

Where: Monument Library
When: All Day
Stop in for Make Your Own Comics!

Where: Old Colorado City Library
When: All Day
Stop in for Cubeecrafts!

Where: Penrose Library
When: 2 - 4 p.m.
Stop by to make a button and checkout what you can do with a green screen!

Where: Rockrimmon Library
When: All Day
Stop in to create your own superhero coloring pages!

Readers of all ages are welcome to stop by and celebrate comics!

Many thanks to Escape Velocity for donating the comics!

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Teen Summer Reading is Coming Soon!

Teen Summer Reading starts on June 1 and runs through July 31. Anyone going into grades 6 - 12 can participate! Starting June 1, you can register online at or stop by your local library.

Earn prizes for reading! Read for fun and read anything you would like! Up for grabs are: coupons, books or journals, t-shirts, tablets, and more!

Join other teens at your library and participate in many different programs being offered throughout the summer including game and tech days, craft and make programs, movie screenings and more!

How the game works: For each of the three levels, read 3 books or 9 hours. To complete the program, teens need to read a total of 9 books or 27 hours by July 31.

Find more information online starting June 1!

See you this summer at the library!

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Congratulations to the winners of our first All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's adult fiction writing contest. The victors were announced at Mountain of Authors on Saturday, April 23.

1st Place
“Sub-Zero” by Lizbeth Tarpy
1st place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine, copy of Writer’s Market 2016, and Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen

2nd Place
“Journey by Train” by Susan Eitemiller
2nd place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine and copy of Writer’s Market 2016

3rd Place
“Tea Party” by Heidi Balaraman
3rd place prizes include: year’s subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine

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Healthy Living @ PPLD

PPLD, the El Paso County Department of Human Services, and the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region are teaming up to encourage healthy living!

Our libraries will be hosting a wide variety of programming and the opportunity to win prizes through a game that runs from April 1 through June 30.

For a complete list of Healthy Living programs, click here.

HOW TO PLAY:

  1. Register online at http://ppld-healthyliving.readingrecord.net or in person at your library
  2. Attend the PPLD Healthy Living Programs AND complete 6 activities listed on the game card
    1. Click here to download your game card!
    2. For a Mobile Libraries game card, click here.
  3. Collect prizes at the end of each level
  4. Complete all 3 levels for the grand prize drawing

RULES:

  1. Open to all ages and all PPLD library patrons
  2. Must have a library card in good standing to win grand prize
  3. PPLD employees, substitutes, and household members are not eligible for grand prizes
  4. PPLD reserves the right to substitute prizes
  5. Prizes will be awarded while supplies last

PRIZES INCLUDE:
Granola Bar, Fitness Journal, Water Bottle, and Day Pass to the YMCA

GRAND PRIZES INCLUDE:
Fitbit, YMCA 90 Day Pass, Fitness Gift Basket

This program is funded by the El Paso County Department of Human Services.

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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.

Intro to Cookie Painting
Come by for a fun-filled time of exploring creativity as you hand-paint cookies and transform an ordinary shape into your own edible work of art! Registration required. Attendees must be at least 16 years old.

Studio Hours

  • Mon., March 28 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Tue., April 5 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tue., April 12 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Mon., April 18 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Mon., April 25 from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Wed., May 4 from 1 - 4 p.m.

PREVIOUS/CURRENT MAKERS/ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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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) 884-9800, x6336 or rphillipsen@ppld.org.

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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Artist in Residence: Diane Crawford: Feb/March 2016

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Diane Crawford, a contemporary artist with twenty years experience. Originally from the upper Midwest, she left careers in corrections, law enforcement and social work to pursue the arts. While primarily self-taught, she has attended watercolor workshops by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Diane has recently lived in Hawaii and Las Vegas, and her works reflect the influences of her life and experiences.

Her mediums of choice are watercolor and alcohol inks. Her painting style is unique. She paints free-hand without drawing her designs first and rarely uses paint brushes. She uses old credit cards and drinking straws on her alcohol inks, and a palette knife on her watercolors.

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

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Our Science Labs are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. During this time our volunteer will have a special lab for everyone to participate in. We will also have equipment available for you to use if you would prefer to bring your own experiment. A parent must accompany the student. The Homeschool Science Lab is open to all ages, and no registration is required.

Who: All Homeschool Families
When: 1-3 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of every month
Where: East Library Community Meeting Room

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c and East Library

Purchasing a Library 21c courtyard paver is a great way to honor family and friends, commemorate memories and events, or to publicize your organization or business. Your purchase of a courtyard paver also contributes to PPLD's Tri-Building project, providing 21st Century Library service through innovative library spaces and technology for everyone in our community.

Commemorative pavers are now available at East Library!

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AfterMath: Free Math Tutoring

Is math homework getting you down? Are finals freaking you out? Do you need to brush up before the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GED? Our experienced math tutors can help you improve your grades and take the stress out of math. Tutoring for all ages and levels.

When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs Library
Registration is required at Manitou Springs Library.
Last session for 2016 is on May 23.

When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Monument Library
Last session for 2016 is on May 16.

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: High Prairie Library
Last session for 2016 is on May 23.

When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Where: Library 21c
Last session for 2016 is on May 25.

When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: East Library
Last session for 2016 is on May 12.

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Sand Creek Library
Last session for 2016 is on May 21.

No appointment necessary, just drop on in!

AfterMath won't take place during library or school holidays. If the school district closes because of snow or weather, AfterMath is cancelled.

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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 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 (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 locations.

By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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