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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

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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!

Please join us for an exhibit closing reception and discussion for Provocative Persuasions! The Editorial Cartoons of Chuck Asay, an exhibit of some of Chuck's most controversial syndicated and Gazette cartoons on display at East Library throughout the month of June.

Discussion panelists include:

  • Chuck Asay, Editorial Cartoonist, retired from national syndication and the Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Barry Fagin, Columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Rosemary Lytle, President, NAACP CO MT WY State-Area Conference
  • Jon Stepleton, Former Editor and Associate Publisher, Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Arshad Yousufi, Spokesman, Islamic Society of Colorado Springs

The discussion will be moderated by Michael L. Olsen

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Reservations required: tinyurl.com/chuckasay or (719) 531-6333, x2253.

  • When: Thu. June 30 from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: East Library Art Gallery, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
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Homeschool Curriculum Swap

Do you have any homeschool curriculum you don't need? Bring it to our annual swap to share with other homeschool families! Need curriculum? Come browse our tables. No Selling - All Sharing. Everything is FREE!

Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
East Library

Call (719) 531-6333 x1409 or email gsohns@ppld.org if you plan on bringing items to swap so we'll have a table for you.

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National Week of Making

Building on President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative, the 2016 National Week of Making will be June 17 - 23.

PPLD will be hosting a wide array of programming throughout the Library District as part of the National Week of Making. For a complete list of events, click here.

Last year, to celebrate a Week of Making, President Obama said:

“Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they need. During National Week of Making, we celebrate the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive have brought new ideas to life, and we recommit to cultivating the next generation of problem solvers.”

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Pikes Peak Library District is proud to introduce our new website!

New.ppld.org has the same basic layout of information as ppld.org, but with

  • Bonus content and features
  • Improved functionality
  • Updated look and feel
  • Mobile friendly design

Please take a few minutes to watch this short video about what new.ppld.org has to offer:

New.ppld.org will run alongside our current website until mid-July, at which time the current site will be retired and the new site will become ppld.org.

The Catalog and My Account are not affected by this and will stay the same.

Please take some time to look around and contact us at webmaster@ppld.org with any questions or comments.

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Join us for a wide variety of programming this month in MAKE @ East, the makerspace located on the top floor of East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Summer Saturdays: Outdoor Games
The first and third Saturday of every month this summer, join us at MAKE @ East to build an interactive outdoor game. Bring yourself, or come with friends and family, and learn to make the following fun games. No registration is required.

  • Ladder Golf & Tin Can Toss: Sat., June 4 from 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Build a Kite: Sat., June 18 from 3 - 6 p.m.

Rescue Sewing Basics: How to Keep Your Clothes Looking Good
This class will cover hand sewing techniques for quick and relatively simple repairs you can make to your clothing to save you a trip to the seamstress. All the methods used for making repairs will be taught by making a simple fabric key fob/chapstick holder or a small button closed bag to take with you at the end of the class. No previous sewing skills needed. Ages 16 and up.

T-Shirt Graffiti
Stop by MAKE @ East to create a one-of-a-kind T-shirt! Bring in a light-colored shirt in your size, and we’ll help you decorate it with paint, fabric markers, and iron-on crayons. Make free-hand designs or stenciled designs using our electronic die-cutting machines… or try a combination of techniques!

50 Shades of Creativity: Coloring for Adults
Coloring for adults is the new, popular way to relax and get creative. Coloring pages and crayons/pencils/markers will be provided, but feel free to bring in your own.

Hand Embroidery 101
Learn hand embroidery basics at this informal program. We’ll supply embroidery hoops, fabric, thread and needles, and go over simple stitches, including straight stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, lazy daisy stitch, satin stitch, French knots and more! No registration is required.

  • Sat., June 25 from 3 - 6 p.m.

Beaded Suncatchers
Experiment with beads, wire, and nylon filament to create one-of-a-kind suncatchers!

MAKE @ East Open Hours
During Open Hours, MAKE @ East is available to work on your own projects while a trained PPLD staff member is present. Equipment and supplies are available on a first come basis.

  • Mondays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Fridays: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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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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On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!

What: Kid's Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2016
Who: Birth - Grade 6 welcome to participate!
Why: Read books and earn prizes!

Register for Summer Reading!

How to Play:

  1. Register at any PPLD library or at ppld.org from June 1 - July 31, 2016
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete nine spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every two picture books read to you.
  3. Collect your prize at your nearest PPLD library.
  4. When you reach Prize 3, you have completed the game! Congratulations!

Please play this game only once, but keep reading in our Gold Medal Readers game!

Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a medal for every five hours you read.
  2. After each completed five hours, visit your library and add your name to our bonus readers diplay.
  3. When you complete 25 hours, you earn a free Child’s Pas to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (with a 75¢ donation)!

Baby/Toddler:
You don't have to be reading on your own yet to play. In the baby/toddler game (ages 0-2), you mark a space each time you share a book or do an activity with your baby. Win some fun bubbles, a wearable rattle, and a board book.

But Wait! There's More!
Hundreds of fun programs this summer are all free, and include science, magicians, LEGOs, puppets, music, animals, crafts, and dinosaurs. You can even come in and practice reading to a real live dog! At the end of July, we have four parties with bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Reading Buddies

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Check out this promo made by PPLD's Center for Public Media!

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The first and third Saturday afternoon of every month this summer, join us at MAKE @ East to build an interactive outdoor game. Bring yourself, or come with friends and family, and learn to make the following fun games:

June 4 Ladder Golf
June 18 Build a Kite
July 2 Sidewalk Chalk
July 16 Ring Toss
August 6 Bean Bag Toss
August 20 Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe

Registration is required for many of these programs. Please see the online calendar or a reference desk for details. Programs are available while supplies last.

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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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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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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.

Tutoring is at Sand Creek Library all summer!
See below for Fall starting dates at other locations.

Where: East Library
When: Thursdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
First session will be in September. Check back for dates.

Where: High Prairie Library
When: Mondays, 5 - 7 p.m.
First session is August 15, 2016.

Where: Library 21c
When: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
First session is September 14, 2016.

Where: Manitou Springs Library
When: Mondays, 3:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Registration is required.
First session will be in September. Check back for dates.

Where: Monument Library
When: Mondays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.
First session is September 12, 2016.

Where: Sand Creek Library
When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon
Summer session at Sand Creek starts on June 11, 2016.

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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