Library fetes 5th year since restoration

       With live harp music and refreshments Saturday, Dec. 8, the historic Old Colorado City Library will celebrate its five-year anniversary since reopening after major restoration work in 2007.

New walls had just been framed when this photo was taken of the Old Colorado City Library's main floor in July 2007. The library was closed from April to November of 2007 because of the interiorrestoration work.
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       The library, 2419 W. Pikes Peak Ave., will have normal hours that day, but the anniversary-related activities - which Library Manager Jocelyne Sansing termed a “low-key meet-and-greet” - will occur between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the public is welcome.
       Timed for the facility's 100-year milestone in 2004, the $1.4 million restoration project actually started in 2003, with the library closed for the most extensive work from April to November of 2007. The foundation and ceiling were fortified, doors and steps fixed, windows replaced, heating and electricity upgraded, computer capabilities expanded, a community room created downstairs, a lift added and the interior gutted and redone in the original style from 1904.
       The free commemoration will spotlight citizens who donated to or otherwise supported the restoration. Nearly 400 such individuals have received invitations, according to David Rasmussen, the information specialist at the Old Colorado City Library.
       “Meet staff, other donors and patrons, and let us thank you in person for your generosity,” reads the invitation. “We will display photographs of just some of the many successful programs of the last five years. What better way to usher in another joyous holiday season than here, in our 108-year-old building?”
       Sansing advised that, although donations are always welcome, fundraising is not the purpose of the celebration. “We just want to show people the frugal and quality job we've been able to do with their generosity,” she said.
       The library was originally built by the town of Colorado City, sparked by a $10,000 donation from steel magnate/philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, as part of his nationwide effort that built “thousands of libraries,” the invitation states.

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