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Manitou Springs Public Library

In an historic election on November 6, 2012, Manitou Springs residents voted to have their local library become part of Pikes Peak Library District. The approved Issue 2B will raise property taxes by up to 4 mills in Manitou Springs, generating $240,000 in 2013 and allowing Manitou Springs Public Library to join PPLD and its 14 other facilities serving El Paso County.

“The positive election results for the Manitou Springs Public Library to join Pikes Peak Library District means that we are combining over a hundred years of service in each of our two library systems together,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller. “With the passage of this issue, we have literally made history together. We are excited to welcome Manitou Springs into the Pikes Peak Library District. This will provide better and more consistent library service for all residents within both of our service areas.”

The Manitou Library was among proposed budget cuts in Manitou Springs before citizens petitioned to place Issue 2B on the ballot. MSPL was excited to hear that library service to Manitou Springs residents would not only continue, but be expanded.

“This is an exciting time in the life of our library and we’re thrilled to become a part of Pikes Peak Library District,” said MSPL Executive Director Margaret Morris. “This merger into such a progressive, nationally-recognized library district allows us to not only provide an abundance of additional library services to the Manitou Springs community, but to keep those services in place for many years to come. This ballot initiative always has been about sustainable library services in Manitou Springs, and the citizens recognized and showed their support with a favorable outcome.”

While the transition will not be officially effective until 2013, PPLD will soon begin issuing cards to all Manitou Springs library patrons who wish to begin using PPLD services immediately. Manitou patrons will still need their MSPL card to check out materials from the Manitou Library until the end of the year.

A celebration of this historic transition will occur at MSPL in January.


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New Library

The goal of the 21st Century Library is to provide exactly what you need, in the format you desire, at the very moment it will benefit you most. At Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) this means focusing on convenience and consistency, and harnessing technology to provide superior services for the entire community. As part of its plan to develop 21st Century Library service in the Pikes Peak region, PPLD has purchased 112,000 square feet of space for a new facility in north-central Colorado Springs. The building was purchased using a portion of accumulated fund balance and the current operating budget by the District in early 2012 for $3.75 million. When complete, this facility will provide resources to the entire community and offer unique opportunities to engage with and contribute to the library collection.

“The purchase of the building at such a discount is certainly a benefit for the district and re-use of existing space will benefit the community as the building had been vacant for almost a decade,” said PPLD Board of Trustees President Kathleen Owings. “With this new project we are working to redefine libraries in the future and build a model for other libraries across the nation to replicate.”

“The transformation of this building into a 21st Century Library will be one of the biggest things to happen to this library district in the last couple of decades,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller. “It will be a model for libraries, not just in our District, but also in the state, and, we hope, nationally.”

Expanding into New Places

On October 31, 2012, PPLD announced the selection of GE Johnson Construction Company and the Humphries Poli (HPA) library design firm to create a regional library at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. The undertaking has been dubbed “The Tri-Building Project,” because the new facility will also affect service delivery at PPLD’s East, Penrose, and Briargate libraries.

“We looked at a number of factors in making this decision,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller, “like creativity of the proposal, innovation, experience, as well as the approach to the project. One of the things we loved about this group is that they have an aggressive timeline for us. We will be moving forward very quickly.” A preliminary timeline provided by GE Johnson/HPA projects behind-the-scenes administrative services moving into the location by March of 2013 and an opening for a portion of the public library by January of 2014.

A History of Successful Libraries

The GE Johnson/HPA collaboration began over 10 years ago. Since then, this team has helped the District with many projects, including the renovation at Sand Creek Library and the recent construction of the High Prairie Library in Falcon, Colo. This build/design team brings vast experience in library programming and thoughtful design, as well as local knowledge of the Colorado Springs construction market, a reputation for quality and strong relationships with both Pikes Peak Regional Building and Planning and PPLD.

Led by GE Johnson Construction Executive Fred Wolfe, the team consists of Dennis Humphries, a principal of Humphries Poli architects with experience working on nearly 60 libraries; Ryan Wallace, an architectural project manager who has successfully navigated the LEED process for several LEED Gold libraries; and Ozi Friedrich, a library design specialist who holds a masters degree in both Architecture and Library Information Science.

This team has helped the District conduct public focus group meetings in the past, including soliciting community input before construction began at both the Sand Creek and High Prairie community libraries. The process for PPLD’s newest facility will be no different. The GE Johnson/Humphries Poli team is committed to a design/build process that establishes a relationship with the community.

“We’re so excited about this project,” said lead architect Dennis Humphries. “People across the country will be looking at this project as an example of how to use resources and put the latest and greatest in technology to work in serving the public.”

Working Together

There are many ways you can become involved in planning for the 21st Century Library. Things to watch for include:

  • Focus Groups and Advisory Teams
  • Public Feedback Surveys
  • Volunteer Projects
  • Giving Opportunities

This ambitious project will require public and private support. Fundraising is already underway to underwrite our exciting redefinition of the library at the heart of the 21st century community.

"The Tri-Building Project is over 70% funded through savings from the general fund, but it requires another 30%, between $3 and $4 million, to maximize this opportunity to create the 21st Century Library,” said Jim Weller, President-elect of the PPLD Foundation. “The scope of the project will look for donations of cash and gifts-in-kind at any level.”

PPLD's planning process will offer everyone an opportunity to invest in the future of the Pikes Peak region. “If you are interested in helping us reach this ambitious goal, please call the PPLD Foundation,” said Weller. The PPLD Foundation can be contacted at 719-531-6333, x2205.

Join Us

Please join us! Meeting times will be announced to the public in advance and the team will offer 24/7 communication on the project at ppld.org/, including meeting minutes, drawings, charts, photographs, models, and more. Your participation will be invaluable in creating a strong sense of civic pride when the library is complete.

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PPLD Foundation

Three new board members have been elected to the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation to serve 3-year terms, beginning in January of 2013: Donald Fulop, Aje Sakamoto, and Dale Condit.

Donald Fulop served as Vice President of Business Development for Lockheed Martin from 1991 - 2011 and was responsible for all aspects of business development operations, as well as strategic and long-range planning. In addition to business development, Fulop also has 7 years of experience as an engineer and 15 years of experience in program management.

Aje Sakamoto is a senior systems engineer with Booz Allen Hamilton with more than 15 years of success applying analytical troubleshooting and project management skills as a consultant to corporate and governmental entities. Sakamoto has previously participated in several trustee and advisory boards, including Leadership Pikes Peak and Pikes Peak Library District.

Dale Condit spent nearly 24 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. During his service, he worked in research, advanced technology, education, and program management. After retiring from the Air Force, Condit went on to serve as president of Leadership 1st, Inc., providing consulting and executive mentoring in leadership, teamwork development, and program management.

The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation also recently elected a new slate of officers: President Jim Weller, Stockmens Bank; Vice President Lynne Telford, Care And Share Food Bank; and Secretary Treasurer Larry Sharrar, former Chief Counsel for Lockheed Martin.

The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation exists to provide for the Library's current and long-term needs by raising funds from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations and government agencies. The Foundation helps individuals establish a personal legacy to the Library through annual giving and bequests to programs, capital projects and the Library's endowment.

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Add Your Book Review to PPLD.org!

Have you read a really great (or really bad) book lately? Pikes Peak Library District is proud to announce that you can now submit book reviews online! Just fill out this form and your review will be posted on ppld.org in the Book Reviews section of Find a Good Book and Find a Good Book - Teens.

Happy reviewing!


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Check Out eMagazines on CyberShelf with Zinio!

Zinio, offered by Recorded Books (RB Digital), provides thousands of publications on a wide range of topics- a digital newsstand – with complete content from cover to cover. Public libraries can select and subscribe to publications of interest to their communities. Simultaneous access is included. Everyone in town could be reading Consumer Reports free through their public library using their library card. Access is available on any internet-enabled device. Patrons can download a title or many titles and will be notified when the next issue is available.

In addition to Consumer Reports, other titles include The Economist, HELLO!, Car and Driver, Food Network Magazine, House Beautiful, Holiday Baking (Yes, it includes special publications!), Publisher’s Weekly, Science, US Weekly and many more!

Click here to access Zinio now!


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Join the Friends of PPLD!

To join the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, please complete a membership application or visit our Join Us page.

Member benefits include:

  • Discounts at all Friends bookstores
  • Advance notice of book sales
  • Invitations to special events
  • Meeting and working with other literate, interesting people who care about preserving valuable community resources
  • Feeling good about supporting a vital resource that benefits our whole community.

And as a member, you will be paid back in a thousand ways every year - with children's smiles.

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Currently on display in the 1905 Carnegie at Penrose Library, PPLD's Special Collections has assembled two exhibits that coincide with the All Pikes Peak Reads 2012 theme of Survival .

The Titanic Disaster of 1912: As Seen Through the Eyes of Coloradans
This Special Collections display focuses on the accounts of Coloradans who experienced the Titanic disaster firsthand, including survivors Margaret “Molly” Tobin Brown of Denver and the Caldwell Family of Colorado Springs, as well as Charlotte Touzalin and May R. Birkhead, Colorado Springs natives who witnessed the rescue of the Titanic lifeboats from the decks of the Carpathia. This display features reproduced images from the Library of Congress’s collection and first-hand witness accounts of the disaster and the subsequent rescue mission.

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in Colorado Springs
Between 1918 and 1920, a lethal influenza virus went on to kill an estimated 50 million people worldwide. Colorado ranked fifth in the U.S. in 1918 influenza mortality rates and Colorado Springs had its share of woes when the virus broke out among the Student Army Training Corps at Colorado College. The virus would go on to cause the Colorado Springs city health officer to order the closing of schools, churches, theaters, pool halls, libraries, and “every public meeting place of every character,” as a measure to avert a disaster. This display provides of an illustrated timeline of events as the virus spread throughout Colorado Springs in 1918.

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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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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 (see below), 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.

Materials Available at PPLD on Altered Books
The Repurposed Library by Lisa Occhipinti
New Directions in Altered Books by Gabe Cyr
The Altered Books Workshop by Bev Brazelton


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