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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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All Pikes Peak Reads 2012

Pikes Peak Library District is partnering with The Story Project on Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m. to bring stories of Survival to the Colorado Springs community. This event is part of PPLD’s All Pikes Peak Reads 2012 program.

Do you have a 15-minute story about Survival you’d like to share? Send your submission and phone number to Story Project founder Sharon Friedman: sharonsfriedman@aol.com. All stories are told without notes (not read). If selected, you will tell your story to a live audience at the October event.

The Story Project occurs at 7 p.m. every second Friday at The Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., located in The Trestle Building under the Colorado Avenue Bridge. Stories are aired on KRCC at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.

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Jamey Hastings

At a ceremony on Saturday, July 21 in Denver’s Seawell Grand Ballroom, Pikes Peak Library District Multimedia Producer Jamey Hastings was awarded a 2012 Heartland Emmy Award in the Interstitial Program category for her piece, “Colorado Springs Beat: The News Photography of Stan Payne.”

The short documentary chronicles the work of Stan Payne, a Gazette Telegraph employee from 1947 to 1976, and was based on research by PPLD Special Collections Assistant Manager Dennis Daily. The Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards represent excellence in television and media production.

“This is a huge honor,” Hastings said. “There were a lot of great submissions and I’m so thrilled that our piece was chosen.”

 

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Food by the Book

In conjunction with the recently-concluded series of programs called Food by the Book, PPLD has created this online cookbook. Share your most delicious recipe by adding it as a comment below. (Limit two recipes per person, please.)

Although the submission deadline to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Whole Foods gift card has passed, you can still share your recipes. The winner of the gift card will be notified soon.

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If you have Library materials that were destroyed or damaged in the Waldo Canyon fire please visit the Library. If the items were destroyed, please bring a photo ID. We prefer that you bring damaged items to the desk to protect other materials in our book returns from smoke and moisture.

If your house or cars were broken into during the fire, please bring a copy of the police report.

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Memories of the Waldo Canyon Fire

Pikes Peak Library District wants to preserve the record of the historic Waldo Canyon Fire and its effects on our community. We are doing this in several ways:

  • We are collecting images for an online photo gallery (see below), which you can send to photos@ppld.org. Feel free to include any personal accounts associated with the image, which we will use as a caption. Please note that we cannot receive email attachments larger than 8 megabytes at a time. If you have multiple images, please send them individually. Please limit your submission to five photos total.
  • In addition, we are seeking video and high-resolution photos for our Special Collections archives for use by future researchers. If you have video or high-res pictures you would like to donate to our collection, please email us at photos@ppld.org with “Archives” in the subject line so that we can arrange acquisition of your photo or video. Do not email your high-resolution images, but you can send samples. Keep in mind we have an 8 megabyte attachment limit. Please do not email video files, but links to online streaming (YouTube, etc.) of your video footage are okay.
  • Some of our libraries have Memories of the Waldo Canyon Fire bulletin board on which you can share your personal accounts and photographs of the Waldo Canyon Fire. Experiences and images attached to these bulletin boards will be used in upcoming Library displays and added to PPLD’s Special Collections archive. These bulletin boards are located at the Rockrimmon and East libraries.

Here are some of the photos we have collected so far. To view information about the images, hit play, click on the full screen button (bottom right), and then “Show Info” in the top menu bar.

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The Waldo Canyon Fire has had an effect on our library service and a lingering effect on every other aspect of community life.
Many of our patrons, staff, volunteers, and community stakeholders have been personally affected by the fire. And, our staff have been flexible and creative, as we have responded to new and evolving needs for library services over this past week.

PPLD provided laptops for use in the area’s temporary Red Cross Shelters. There, our staff also assisted evacuees in seeking information online. On our website, ppld.org, we are continuing to provide links to the most current resources and information available, for those affected by the fire and for those seeking to provide assistance. Through the generous donation of books by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, we have also supplied books for adults and children in the shelters, throughout this emergency.

Two of our community libraries (Rockrimmon and Ute Pass) are still closed due to mandatory evacuations. We request your patience, once those evacuations are lifted, for us to get back into the buildings and mitigate smoke or other damage before safely re-opening to the public. Though other branches were in pre-evacuation areas, we were pleased that we were able to maintain service there and in the rest of the District. Our facilities provided a physical respite from the temperatures and smoke outside; our internet and print resources provided informational tools and leisure reading inside; and our staff provided welcoming conversation and a comforting environment in a time of tense emotional stress.

You are not just our clients. You are our friends and neighbors, and we are here for you. I am privileged to work in an organization, and with all of our library District employees, who care so much about their community. We are proud to be a part of the Pikes Peak region and, along with each of you, look to the future with great expectation. Though there has been much damage and tragedy, though the fire still rages in places, and though there will be much more residual impact to deal with over the next several weeks and months… yet there is hope. The resiliency of the community and the compassion of residents have been plentiful and rewarding.

Because our libraries are places where words carry great meaning and convey inspiration, I feel compelled to share with you soft and simple words of hope from poet Langston Hughes...

"In Time Of Silver Rain"
In time of silver rain
The earth puts forth new life again,
Green grasses grow
And flowers lift their heads,
And over all the plain
The wonder spreads

Of Life,
Of Life,
Of Life!

(First verse from Langston Hughes’ "In Time of Silver Rain")

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The Waldo Canyon Fire is a tragedy, but the response by individuals and organizations has been truly inspiring. PPLD is proud to assist our community during this trying time.

In addition to being an air-conditioned refuge from the heat and smoke, PPLD has extended a helping hand in other ways.

On Sunday, June 24, Penrose Library remained open four hours later than usual to help meet the high demand for Internet usage by people needing to communicate with friends and family.

The Library has also set up mobile Laptop Labs at the Red Cross Shelters at Cheyenne Mountain High School and The Southeast YMCA for evacuees. Clifton Medford, IT Technician at PPLD, said the Library plans to have the laptops available at the shelters until they close.

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

PPLD and Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District have also donated hundreds of books at each location for evacuees to keep.

PPLD librarian Krista Meier recounted this illustrative anecdote from the Cheyenne Mountain High School shelter: “One young girl I chatted with very calmly stated that the little stuffed animal she had been given might be the only one she has left if their house burns down. She ended up finding a couple of fairy books and her face completely lit up when I told her she could have them.”

Another PPLD librarian, Delaina Massie, assembled a comprehensive list of resources for information about the fire, including maps, info on local shelters, and how to help. It was posted to ppld.org, and thousands have visited the page and shared it on social media.

In addition, the Library is dedicating public service staff to help evacuees register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website.

Use of the live East Library webcam has boomed, as people throughout the world search for a view of the devastation.

“One of the first things I did today was to go to the East Library cam,” wrote Erin Gallagher on PPLD’s Facebook page. “Being in England I'm freaking out over my family and friends in Colorado Springs. Thank you for keeping the live feed up so that I can check it when I need to even across the pond, and thank you for donating everything you are. Keeping people in touch is very important right now, and five minutes of use on a laptop can put many people's fears to rest.”

PPLD has received an outpouring of supportive statements and offers for assistance from other libraries, including the Colorado State University-Pueblo Interlibrary Loan Office, Arapahoe Library District, Jefferson County Public Libraries, and Denver Public Library.

It is heartening to see a community unite, even if it is in the midst of disaster. In times of tragedy, you tend to see the best of human capability: bravery, shared passion, compassion, the opening of doors and minds to strangers. It is times like these we are forced to remember we are all connected in ways more than geographic.

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Here is a sampling of some fun, free events comind up the next couple of days throughout Pikes Peak Library District.

CHILDREN

Reading Buddies
Trained teen volunteers will help students in grades K-5 practice reading. Free, drop-in program.

  • Tuesday, June 26 from 3 - 5 p.m. - Cheyenne Mountain Library

Summer Movie Matinee: Monsters, Inc. (Rated G, 92 min.)
Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted.

  • Tuesday, June 26 from 3 - 5 p.m. – Old Colorado City Library

Opti-mania
Do you believe what you see? We'll do fun and crazy projects with optical illusions. For children 7 years and up.

  • Tuesday, June 26 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Monument Library

Paws to Read
Let your child practice reading and build fluency by reading to a Paws to Read dog. Great for reluctant readers! No registration is required.

  • Tuesday, June 26 from 3:45 - 5 p.m. – Ruth Holley Library

Cerena Sunbeam and her Magic Dream Blanket
Grab your magic dream blanket and join Cerena as she meets the dream fairy, encounters aliens, dinosaurs, and even Curious George! Join Alanna and Lesley for this imaginative puppet show and a sprinkling of dream fairy dust!

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. – Penrose Library
  • Wednesday, June 27 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. – Penrose Library

Dream Big with … Kathy’s Kritter Karavan
Take a close peek at a variety of animals including Jack and Jill (large tortoises), tenrecs, plus a big boa and other snake buddies. Add to the fun with hands-on animal crafts.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. – East Library
  • Wednesday, June 27 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. – East Library

Toddler Time
This program gives toddlers an introduction to the delights of rhyme, rhythm, and a few special stories as a first step to reading. (For one and two-year old children and caregivers.)
Wednesday, June 27 at 10, 10:30, and 10:50 a.m. – Rockrimmon Library

  • Wednesday, June 27 at 10 and 10:30 a.m. – Ruth Holley Library
  • Wednesday, June 27 at 10 a.m. – Briargate Library
  • Wednesday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. – Old Colorado City Library
  • Wednesday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. – Cheyenne Mountain Library
  • Wednesday, June 27 at 10:45 a.m. – Monument Library

Stories and Crafts
Stories and crafts for ages 3 and older.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Fountain Library
  • Wednesday, June 27 from 11 a.m. - noon – Briargate Library

Magician Bruce Black
Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams! Magician Bruce Black will take you on a magical journey where books can make your biggest dreams become reality! Come see this amazing family show with lots of audience participation and comedy for all ages!

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. – Sand Creek Library

The Val-deri Sisters and the Big Wish List
The Val-deri Sisters (Pat and Ruth) have big dreams about things they have always wanted to do and are working their way through their wish list. But, the two sisters don't have a clue how to go about achieving those dreams! The result---hilarious!

  • Wednesday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. – Palmer Lake Library

Homeschool Lunch at Your Library
Bring your lunch, learn something new, and socialize with other homeschool families. Registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. – High Prairie Library

Novel Ideas Homeschool Book Club
Join other homeschool teens for a snack and discussion on a great book!

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. – Penrose Library

Opt-mania
Do you believe what you see? We'll do fun and crazy projects with optical illusions. This program is especially for kids ages 7 and up.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 2 - 3 p.m. – East Library

Stories and Crafts
Join us in some summer fun as we read a few stories and do craft projects together. Stories and crafts are chosen for school age children.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 2 - 3 p.m. – Ruth Holley Library

TEENS

Scribes and Bards
Have fun with others in this teen writers group.

  • Tuesday, June 26 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. – East Library

Creatures of the Night with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Come meet some creatures of the night, brought by the staff of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's ZOO-mobile. A teen Summer Reading Program "Own the Night" event. Ages 12 and up. Registration required. Limited to 30 participants.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 4 - 5 p.m. – Monument Library

ADULTS

Falcon Book Club
Join us for conversation and fun, no registration required. This month's book discussion is on two books, choose one or read both:

An Invisible Thread by Alex Tresniowski: A true story of an 11 year old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny. It's an unlikely friendship that changes both lives.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik: ive women each with a story of their own in a small-town in MN. The story covers 3 decades of careers, grandchildren, 2nd chances, forgiveness, and laughing. There is nothing like the saving grace of best friends.

  • Tuesday, June 26 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. – High Prairie Library

Learn Japanese
Students will learn the basics of the Japanese language, including grammar and vocabulary.
Tuesday, June 26 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. – East Library

CyberShelf Class for Nooks
This class will discuss how to download to nook type eReaders. Kindle users should attend the CyberShelf Class that is focused on the Kindle.

Learn to navigate the PPLD CyberShelf page, download free software, place eHolds, search for eBooks or eAudiobooks to checkout. This class will include a download demonstration for an eBook and eAudiobook as well as instruction on how to transfer to device.

This is a demonstration only. Downloading from the CyberShelf must be done outside the library. Registration is required by calling 389-8968.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. – East Library

Senior Synergy
All seniors are welcome to share conversation and a cup of coffee in this casual discussion group.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 10 a.m. – noon – Monument Library

History Buffs
Every month this group picks a period of history and members read any book of their choice from that time period. Expect a lively discussion about the era.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 1 - 3 p.m. – Monument Library

55+ Skype Class
Open a free Skype account and use Skype's basic services for free. Create contacts who also have Skype accounts and you will be ready to make calls.

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Sand Creek Library

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