Reception fetes 1st national Library Friends week

       A reception Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Old Colorado City Library, will recognize the first-ever National Friends of the Library Week.
       The public is invited to drop by anytime from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the downstairs Community Room of the library at 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Refreshments will be served, and information will be provided to the general public and anyone interested in paying the necessary dues to join the Old Colorado City Friends group, according to its president, Betsy Evans.
       The Old Colorado City Friends is one of several such branch-specific groups in the Pikes Peak Library District; these in turn are associated with the National Friends organization.
       However, each group typically works on projects specific to its local branch. At Old Colorado City, chiefly through sales of donated books, the Friends over the years have funded such enhancements as the upholstering of chairs for public use, renovation of antique furniture and construction of the original-style circular desk that was part of the recent five-year preservation project.
       “The Friends' contributions support not only our staff, but the quality of service and programming,” said Library Manager Jocelyne Sansing. “Also, it is easy to become a Friend - several levels of memberships are available - after all, we could all use more Friends!”

Westside Pioneer/press release