East Library

East Library

PPLD FacebookAddress:
5550 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO
80918

Phone: (719) 531-6333

Hours:
Mon. - Thurs.: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri. and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun.: 1 - 5 p.m.
Holiday Hours and Closures

Bus Route: 25

Friends of the East Library

NEW! Make @ East
FREE Wireless!
Laptop Loans
Study Rooms


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Friends of East Library

East Library operates a staffed bookstore in the lobby during Library hours and is also the Friends headquarters.

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


 

What's New!

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: Saturday, May 7, 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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 All Pikes Peak Writes

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 ppld-healthyliving.readingrecord.net or your nearest library location
2. Attend the PPLD Healthy Living Programs AND complete 6 activities listed on the game card

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.

In 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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Book club sets are now available to place holds on in our Catalog! Click here to learn more.

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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, 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
“A Little Package of Joy” by Shauna P—2nd Place, High School
“Lou” by Arely A.—Coordinator’s Choice, High School
“Rain Forest Creature” by Taya E.—1st Place, High School

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

You can view the winning works here:

Teen Art Contest Winners - 2016

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General Information

Located at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., MAKE @ East blends high and low tech resources for patrons exploring the range of their creativity. MAKE @ East is available for public use during Open Hours and is generally free, with the exception of some equipment and materials.

About the Space

  • MAKE @ East has a capacity of 14 people
  • MAKE @ East is intended for a broad variety of projects, including some that require hand tools, emit fumes, or use advanced machinery
  • MAKE @ East is open to the public during scheduled
  • Patrons must have a signed User Agreement Liability Waiver on file, have a PPLD library card in good standing, and be at least 9 years of age to use the space.
  • For their safety, minors age 9-11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Patrons must check in at the Computer Commons desk to get an access pass to MAKE @ East.

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Equipment

Machines

  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Silhouette Cameo 2
  • Husqvarna Viking Opal 670 Sewing Machine
  • Brother CS6000i Sewing Machines – 2
  • Brother SE-400 Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • Brother 1034D 3/4 Tread Serger
  • Afinia H480 3D Printer
  • Afinia H800 3D Printer
  • Epilog Zing 16 laser cutter

Conversion Machines

  • Toshiba DVR260KU – DVD Video Recorder/Video Cassette Recorder
    • VHS → DVD
  • VuPoint Solutions All-in-One Digital Converter FC-D680-VP
    • Slide, Photo Negative, Photo → .jpg (can save to SD card or personal computer)
  • TEAC LP-R550USB CD Recorder with Turntable/Cassette Player
    • Record or Cassette → .mp3 (can save to CD or personal computer with recording software like Audacity)

Open Hours Schedule

March 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

April 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

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Erin Gillespie

PPLD's newest Artist in Residence is Erin Gillespie, a multimedia artist currently residing in Colorado Springs. Her paintings are primarily figurative or portraits, full of bold, bright colors and expressionistic qualities. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Painting from Colorado State University, Erin lived for many years in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona before returning to Colorado. She held positions at Pinon Fine Art Gallery and Terra Firma Fine Art in Denver, Colorado and was a member of the Arts Student League of Denver for many years. Erin is currently an art instructor teaching numerous classes at both Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and venues, in both group and solo shows.

Erin hosted classes throughout the Library District about acrylic painting.

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Purchase a Courtyard Paver for Library 21c

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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Afinia H-480

General Information

Located at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., MAKE @ East blends high and low tech resources for patrons exploring the range of their creativity. MAKE @ East is available for public use during Open Hours and is generally free, with the exception of some equipment and materials.

About the Space

  • MAKE @ East has a capacity of 14 people
  • MAKE @ East is intended for a broad variety of projects, including some that require hand tools, emit fumes, or use advanced machinery
  • MAKE @ East is open to the public during scheduled
  • Patrons must have a signed User Agreement Liability Waiver on file, have a PPLD library card in good standing, and be at least 9 years of age to use the space.
  • For their safety, minors age 9-11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Patrons must check in at the Computer Commons desk to get an access pass to MAKE @ East.

Read more…

Equipment

Machines

  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Silhouette Cameo 2
  • Husqvarna Viking Opal 670 Sewing Machine
  • Brother CS6000i Sewing Machines – 2
  • Brother SE-400 Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • Brother 1034D 3/4 Tread Serger
  • Afinia H480 3D Printer
  • Afinia H800 3D Printer
  • Epilog Zing 16 laser cutter

Conversion Machines

  • Toshiba DVR260KU – DVD Video Recorder/Video Cassette Recorder
    • VHS → DVD
  • VuPoint Solutions All-in-One Digital Converter FC-D680-VP
    • Slide, Photo Negative, Photo → .jpg (can save to SD card or personal computer)
  • TEAC LP-R550USB CD Recorder with Turntable/Cassette Player
    • Record or Cassette → .mp3 (can save to CD or personal computer with recording software like Audacity)

Open Hours Schedule

March 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

April 2016

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

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Submit your artwork to our Teen Art Contest!

This year's theme is Magnify It! Take a closer look at the world around you and create a piece of artwork.

Submit your artwork Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23 from 9 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Drop-off at the following locations: East, Penrose, Sand Creek, Fountain, Ruth Holley, Cheyenne Mountain, Mobile Libraries, Monument, High Prairie, and Library 21c.

Guidelines

  • All entrants must be in grades 6 - 12 in March 2016.
  • Sorry, we are no longer taking submissions.
  • Entrants may submit only one piece of art.
  • 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 with a wire hanging system.
  • Frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces.

For more information, email rphilipsen@ppld.org or call (719) 644-7242.

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John Spears

The Board of Trustees of Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the selection of John Spears as the next Executive Director of the district. “Over the past 5 years, Pikes Peak Library District has earned the reputation as a true pioneer of 21st century library services,” said PPLD Board of Trustees President Ken Beach. “Our vision of elevating these services to the next level requires a ‘unique’ individual to lead the Library forward from this point. Understanding the importance of the decision, the Board has spent 15 months in the search process and we are pleased and excited that John Spears has accepted our offer to lead PPLD to that next level. John is a groundbreaking visionary and exceptional leader.”

John Spears is the current Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library. He leads a staff of 325 employees in a seven facility city library with an operating budget of $17.9 million. While at Salt Lake City Public Library, Spears:

• Created a Library Service Model Team that examines and continually recommends improvements for library operations

• Partnered with the Salt Lake City School District to allow parents to obtain a library card for their children as a part of online school enrollment

• Oversaw the creation and implementation of the Library’s first digital media studios and makerspaces

• Worked with more than 30 social service and governmental organizations to create “Project Uplift,” a semiannual resource fair for those experiencing homelessness

“The Salt Lake City Library District is a bit smaller and more compact (area wise) than PPLD, but the reality is that John has been guiding the district on a path similar to that of PPLD with our vision around 21c. I am quite sure he will hit the ground running with no problem,” Beach said.

Prior to his tenure at Salt Lake City, Spears was Executive Director for Naperville Public Library. Spears obtained his Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Spears responded to his leadership role at the El Paso County-wide Pikes Peak Library District by saying, “My career has encompassed this role in a variety of libraries – rural, suburban, and urban, and I am well versed in the specific traits that make each of these unique.”

Added Beach, “John’s extensive experience across the spectrum of library land is a perfect fit for PPLD. He understands that the service needs for 21c are different than the needs for example of those at say Monument, High Prairie, and Sand Creek.”

Spears will now lead a library district comprised of 14 community libraries, three mobile libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000. The mission of Pikes Peak Library District is to provide resources and opportunities that change individual lives and build community. Spears will begin his new position in late January.

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WiFi

Do you need access to the Internet at home, work, or on the road?

Try checking out one of the WiFi hotspots now available through PPLD! Click here to place a hold on a hotspot.

The tablets are available to patrons ages 12 and over who have had a PPLD library card for at least 90 days. They check out for three weeks. Overdue fines $1 per day with $20 maximum ($100 if item is lost).

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Educational Resource Center

The ERC (Educational Resource Center) at East Library provides hands-on materials for families wanting to enrich their children’s education or help them improve their skills. Math, science, social studies, and language arts kits, as well as art and music resources and computer software, are available for families with students of all ages to use.

The ERC will be open from 3 - 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and noon - 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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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 pm on the 3rd Friday of every month
Where: East Library Community Meeting Room

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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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What: Pikes Peak Library District Kids Summer Reading Program
When: June 1 - July 31, 2015
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 online (registration link available June 1 at 9 a.m.)
  2. Begin at “Start Here.” Complete 9 spaces to earn each prize in order (1,2, and 3). Color a space for every 20 minutes you read, or for every 2 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 the Super Hero Readers bonus round!
Here’s what you do:

  1. Color in a star for every 5 hours you read.
  2. After each completed 5 hours visit your library and a your name to our super Hero readers display.
  3. When you complete 25 hours you earn cool shoe bling, and enter a drawing for a Hero party!

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 finger puppet, and a board book.

But wait! There's more!
Over 800 programs this summer are all free, and include art, 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 inflatables, bubbles, hula hoops, face painting, dress-up, and an obstacle course.

Calendar of Events - (Printable Version)

Reading Buddies

Thank you to our sponsors!

Coupon Information

Check out this promo made by PPLD's video studio!
Warning: contains serious cuteness.

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Over 100 people came to East Library for a sneak peak of the renovations underway as part of Phase II of the Tri-Building Project. Changes to this facility will include:

  • 17,500 sq. ft. of new public space
  • A makerspace and Educational Resource Center
  • More study and meeting rooms
  • Expansion of latest technology
  • Open interior with easy wayfinding
  • Improved parking



Bristol Brewing Company






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Winner 2015: The Gazette's Best of the Springs

Pikes Peak Library District was honored in two categories by The Gazette's Best of the Springs!

Expert Pick for Hands-Down Great Place for Kids
"On any given day of the week, parents can find a free educational event for their kids to attend at one of the many libraries of the Pikes Peak Library District. From newborns to teens, the district makes an effort to reach out to all kids and give them age-appropriate programming and resources to help them learn more. Programming is especially good in the summer months when the libraries bring music, crafts, animals, and movies for kids and parents to enjoy together."

Voter's Choice for Teen Hangout
"Teens can enjoy myriad activities, get help with reading, writing and math homework as well as learn how to use library resources for research and enjoyment. The district has organized a wide range of unique programs including workshops in electronics, gaming, tutoring and knitting."

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East Library was closed from Wednesday April 22 through Sunday, April 26, 2015, for renovations. Curious as to how it went? Take a look at these videos!

Great work, guys!

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PPLD Facilities Officer Gary Syling discusses the next phase of our Tri-Building Project: East Library!

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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 the East 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 fourteen locations.

By Delaina Massie, PPLD Librarian

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An Assistive Technology Station is an area set aside with equipment and software designed to help patrons who are blind, visually impaired, or those who have limited or no use of their hands to assist them with reading and writing tasks and accessing other resources on a personal computer. Pikes Peak Library District has two such stations: at Penrose and East libraries.

A typical station is equipped with an adjustable table, a large-print keyboard, a track ball mouse, headphones with attached microphone, and speakers. The computers are loaded with specialized software.

Although Library staff have a general knowledge of what is available at each location, it is the patron who becomes the expert user. The applications are so specialized with numerous hot keys and set-up requirements, they are mastered only as one spends time using each program.

For more information about these stations, you can watch the PPLD TV video above, email dmassie@ppld.org, or call (719) 531-6333, x1371 or x2309.

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