OCC Library to celebrate 1st century with party Dec. 4

       It's the centennial party for the Old Colorado City Library, and everyone's invited Saturday, Dec. 4.
       Technically, the event will begin when the library opens at 10 a.m. That's because the first 100 kids in the library that day will receive a free paperback book - first come, first served.
       The actual party activities will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation by Nancy Thaler, Pikes Peak Library District's special- collections librarian. Thaler is also co-author of “Reflections,” a perpetual calendar published by the district.
       According to a library district press release, Thaler “will regale listeners with historical tidbits about some of the amazing, amusing and ambitious events included in the calendar.”
       At 2 p.m., violinist Cynthia Robinson will perform, and at 2:30 p.m., the public will be invited to share a cake commemorating the library's 100-year birthday. There is no charge for any of the activities.
       “This will be the culmination of a year-long series of events celebrating the library's 100-year anniversary,” said Old Colorado City Library Branch Manager Julianne Rist. “I hope it will be a big party with lots of fun for everyone.”
       The building, at 2418 W. Colorado Ave., was a gift in 1904 from industrialist/ philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. An ongoing preservation campaign to refurbish parts of the library started last year.
       Another library event
       The Colorado Carnivorous Plant Society has scheduled a meeting at the Old Colorado City Library Friday, Nov. 26 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Activities will include plant judging, show and tell, silent auctions, door prizes and a chance to learn how to repot and take cuttings.
       For more information, call 578-8123.

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