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Laptop Lab at Red Cross Shelter

Pikes Peak Library District has set up its mobile Laptop Lab at the Red Cross Shelter at Cheyenne Mountain High School for evacuees of the Waldo Canyon Fire to use. Clifton Medford, IT Technician at PPLD, said the shelter had approximately 250 people at the shelter on Sunday evening and that the Laptop Lab’s 12 computers have been in constant use since they were set up on Sunday.

Medford said that on Sunday evening, “Our laptops helped approximately 20 people register for the Red Cross Safe and Well program that we set as the homepage and easily 40 to 50 others used the laptops to look up fire information for their homes and local areas. There were also plenty of Facebook updates to let their friends and family know they were safe.”

Medford said the Library hopes to have the laptops available at the shelter until it closes. He emphasized that the laptops are free to use and that, “We’re not restricting anybody, but we are encouraging folks do sign up on the Red Cross website,” so that family and friends know they are safe.

“My hope is to be here until everything is cleared,” he said.

The Library has also donated approximately 60 books for evacuees to keep from materials that were recently weeded from the collection to evacuees, with a good balance of materials for children and adults.

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Waldo Canyon Fire Information

Please refer to this web page for accurate and comprehensive information about the Waldo Canyon fire, including Shelter Information, Maps, How to Help, and more:

http://ppld.org/waldo-canyon-fire-information

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Price Strobridge

“Art is a community force,” asserts Price Strobridge, who currently wears, in his words, the “poet’s tunic.” He was recently named this region’s third Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. His journey there wasn’t textbook, but it would make a great novel. Or at least chapbook.

“My father abandoned us,” he recounts of his early years. He lived for a time at the Myron Stratton Home, making him “the progeny of the gold miner” Stratton, who struck it rich in Cripple Creek in the 1890s and funneled much of his earnings into the formation of Colorado Springs and bequeathed funds to establish the home for the poor that still bears his name.

Strobridge’s high school English teacher assigned a reading of the prologue to The Canterbury Tales, and he can still “feel the music and those syllables rolling around.” He also cites Poem #15 of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Coney Island of the Mind as an early influence.

Listen to Price Strobridge discuss his influences.



In his 20s, Strobridge watched the film Dr. Zhivago and fell in love with Russian poetry, especially the works of Andrei Voznesensky and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. He has also found inspiration in the work of Emily Dickenson, the essayist Thomas Carlyle, and the scientist Nikola Tesla.


He has driven contracted rural mail routes near Fowler, Colorado and currently lays carpet, proudly “self-employed for 43 years.” Carpet-laying demand is heavy after the recent hail storm and ensuing flooding, so business seems to be good. He fielded several carpet-related calls during a recent interview, and another call from his wife, his “main muse” and “CEO” who illustrated his lone published book Unmasking the Heart.

His tunic comes with the phantom weight of unworthiness. Because he did not attend college, he humbly felt unqualified when he was named laureate, a position normally filled by traditional scholars. “I read here and there and bounce around like a fly. I’m not a real poet.” But advice from local poet Malcom McCollum helped: “Get over it, Price. We are all self-taught.”

Listen to Price Strobridge talk about polishing his poem
"Propitious Palindrome," which you can view below-right.

Strobridge partly educated himself while “crawling on floors,” laying carpet and listening to audiobooks checked out from PPLD, including works by Robert Graves, W.H. Auden, T.S. Elliott, and Robert Frost. He is fond of reciting “I got my degree / In poetry / From PPLD.”

He also learned from other local poets, who he calls his “professors,” such as previous poet laureates Jim Ciletti (a gardener/chef/poet who conveys “a sensate burst of joy. He paints that plum” with words) and Aaron Anstett (“a real energetic voice” who enlivened the local poetry scene upon his arrival just over a decade ago).

The tunic-wearer now looks to offer similar encouragement to younger writers. “The art’s coming out of their pores! They’re a voice that hasn’t been recognized.”

So what advice does our Poet Laureate offer writers of all ages? For one, write when you are inspired. “If you don’t spear, or bring to earth, or clip its wings,” a poem will be lost. Also, “hear hints of rhythms in a waterfall.”

And how does one become Pikes Peak Poet Laureate? “ ‘Way leads unto way,’ Robert Frost said. ‘Way leads unto way.’ And here I am.”


The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project is a partnership between Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), and Poetry West.
“The Fledgling”
by Price Strobridge

By words the mind is winged.
~ Aristophanes

Unfledged,
unlaurelled molting heap,
heaped on the leveled ground,
grounded by gravity of self,
he wore no gold-edged tunic,
perched heavily,
like a thick book
on a narrow shelf
unopened,

brooded
on the cliff’s rocky ledge
flightless…

until learning
to line his wings
with lifting lines
(poetry his patagium)

then,
spreading full wings
to the wind in the words
rode up the thermal gust
to soar.

Below him,
the world fell away,
sloughed-off
like fledgling down.

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A&E Videos Have Arrived at PPLD!

New A&E and PBS Videos Have Arrived at PPLD!

PPLD has expanded its digital collection with the addition of new titles to the over 400 A&E downloadable videos. This collection features popular shows like The History Channel’s Modern Marvels and Biography, as well as Food Tech, Clash of the Gods and Haunted History.

The PBS video collection has close to 600 titles. This collection includes several award-winning series by Ken Burns such as Jazz and The National Parks, as well as titles like The American President and Carrier. There are also children’s titles like Zoboomafoo and Cyberchase.

These titles are available for patrons to check out from PPLD at http://cybershelf.ppld.org/. The videos are always available for simultaneous use, meaning that any number of patrons can check out these titles at the same time.

Users can browse, check out, and enjoy titles on their computer. To check out these A&E and PBS titles, users need a valid library card, computer, and Internet connection. At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire and are returned to the collection.

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Freading

Pikes Peak Library District has a brand new eBook platform called Freading that will supplement the eMaterials already available to patrons through its Overdrive vendor. What’s so special about Freading? Freading uses a simultaneous use model, meaning more than one person can check out materials at the same time. If 100 people in El Paso County want to read Water for Elephants, then they can have it. Everything you see in Freading is available for checkout.

Freading can be accessed through the Library’s CyberShelf page. It uses Adobe Digital Editions to handle Digital Rights Management for its collection. Once Adobe Digital Editions is downloaded to your computer, click on “Login” at the top right corner of the page to enter your library card number and PIN. Then you’re free to download any of the eBooks you see. These eBooks can then be moved over to most eReaders via USB cable, if you prefer to read your book in that format.

There are a few main points to remember about Freading:

  • Freading uses a token system. There is no platform fee for the library to offer Freading; the library only pays for the items patrons check out. To keep spending in check, each patron receives five tokens per week they can use to check out materials from Freading. Any unused tokens roll over each week for four weeks. At the end of four weeks, the tokens reset back to five. Freading books check out for two weeks and patrons can renew their selections with a single token.
  • Freading has apps for Android and iOS users which can be accessed through PPLD’s mobile app link on CyberShelf: ppld.org/mobile-mayhem
  • Freading doesn’t work on Kindles, although it will work on the Kindle Fire.
  • Additional information is available on the Freading handout located on the CyberShelf Help page.

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Downton Abbey Available for Download

The first season of Downton Abbey and many other PBS and A&E titles are available to download for immediate checkout from OverDrive, one of PPLD’s eMaterial providers.

Instructions:

  • Go to the Overdrive main page
  • Click on the Downton Abbey picture on the left of the screen
  • Select one or all seven episodes of the first season and enjoy
  • Episodes can be checked out again after the three week due date

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Maurice Sendak: 1928 - 2012

Beloved children's author Maurice Sendak died May 8 at the age of 83. Best known for his award winning book, Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak transformed the face of children's literature.

Here is a list of Sendak's books in PPLD's collection.

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Winners for this year’s Dr. Seuss Writing Contest have been announced. They will receive a gift card to Barnes and Nobles and read their story for broadcast on PPLD TV. This contest was sponsored by the Friends of the Rockrimmon Library.

Ages 6 - 9
1st place:
Sydney Tucker
2nd place: Eliana Diaz

Ages 10 - 13
1st place:
Hillary Schiff
2nd place: Elise Van Arsdale

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PPLD is on Tumblr!

Hey there fellow Tumblrs, PPLD has joined in the craze! Check us out at http://ppld.tumblr.com/. Follow us and we'll do our best to entertain and amaze you.

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