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Volunteers welcomed to help create Old Colorado City Library tile project

       Later this year, visitors to the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., may be able to learn a few things about the area before they even enter the building.
       In a library project led by the Concrete Couch arts group, colorful ceramic tiles will be set on the currently blank access-ramp walls at the rear of the library parking lot. The concept is for a display presenting images of local history, legends, nature, animals and even flights of imagination, according to Concrete Couch director Steve Wood.
       Details will be worked out at weekly meetings with Concrete Couch and interested residents over a 10-week span starting at the end of
In a February 2013 project, West Elementary students worked with the Concrete Couch nonprofit arts group to design and build a unique bench outside the school's entrance off 20th Street.
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February. Installation is planned for the consecutive Saturdays of April 25 and May 2.
       Anyone is welcome to participate. “We are trying to get seniors, artists and community members involved,” Wood said.
       Entities already on board include West Middle School, the Little School on Vermijo and the Westside Community Center.
       During the planning phase, two groups will meet separately, each with its own concept focus (quotes by Wood):
       - Group 1 - Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., except the first meeting, Feb. 24, which will be at the library. Focus: “History of the area, local people of note, life of the library and of the mind/imagination. Also perhaps flora and fauna of the area,”
       - Group 2 - Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at West Middle School, 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave. (starting Feb. 26). Focus: “Local myths, legends and stories of the area, including some self- created myths (imagination!).”
       Library Manager Jocelyne Sansing initiated the project last year with the goal of beautifying the concrete ramp, which includes a switchback allowing pedestrian access to the library's side door from the parking lot as well as from the alley behind the building.
       Concrete Couch is a local nonprofit that works with volunteer groups and individuals in putting artistic touches on functional objects. Westside examples in the past year are the tiled concrete bases of lamp posts in Bancroft Park and a painted/tiled mural on an old wall by the Midland Trail in Vermijo Park.
       For more information, Wood prefers e-mail at steve@concretecouch.org. His phone is 373- 7694. Sansing can be e-mailed at jsansing@ppld.org. The library phone is 634- 1698.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 2/9/15, updated 2/21/15; Community: Old Colorado City Library)

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