Private programs encouraged in library space

       A recent wrinkle on library use will occur twice this month when the downstairs community room at the Old Colorado City Library will be made available for programming by the private, non-profit Blissfest.
       Organized as a citywide charity fundraiser by area resident Michael Bliss, its art-oriented events/activities will include youth programs led by his 14-year-old daughter, Taylor Mueller, at the library Thursday, Aug. 12 and 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.
       “It's an example of how the library can be used as a community resource by non-profits,” said Old Colorado City Library Manager Jocelyne Sansing. “The library serving as a host for an event of this kind is a good thing. Regular community folks are seeing this as their place, somewhere they can use and take advantage of.”
       There is no charge for non-profits using library space. For-profit groups have to pay a small fee. In any case, programs that are scheduled by the library always take precedence, Sansing said.
       Another non-profit example in recent months is the Old Colorado City Community Garden group, which has been holding its meetings in the library's community room, she said.
       In the case of Blissfest, Bliss is a regular patron and his daughter Taylor has been “a great volunteer” at the library all summer, Sansing said. “The fact that she's only 14 and so involved, and has a dad that supports her, is pretty awesome.”
       The Blissfest website describes Mueller as an “artist and filmmaker” and the library events as “two adventurous days of treasure hunts, magic, film and art which showcases children and teenagers.”
       Booking the Old Colorado City Library's community room requires signing up through a Pikes Peak Library District official at the East Library. The phone is 531- 6333.

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