Rebuilt library to reopen by Nov. 17

       The official date for the reopening of the Old Colorado City Branch Library has been announced: Nov. 17.
       The doors are likely to open to the public sometime before then, but that date has yet to be determined, according to Branch Manager Julianne Rist.
       Major work has been completed on the interior reconstruction that has closed the 103-year-old structure since about May 1, with furniture starting to be brought in during the past couple of weeks.
       The $800,000 project is Phase 2 of a three-phase project that will eventually cost an estimated $1.4 million, most of which is being paid by grants and donations.
      
       In related news... the project's $1.2 million fundraising campaign has accumulated all but $100,000, according to Dolores Fowler, executive officer of the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation. Most recently, the Gates Family Foundation awarded a $70,000 grant toward the project - stipulating that an additional $20,000 will be awarded to the project if the $1.2 million dollar goal is reached before March 1, 2008, she said.

Westside Pioneer/press release