Programs to get temporary homes when library shuts down

       With the Old Colorado City Branch Library's six-month closure possibly starting in March, plans are already in place to temporarily relocate some of the facility's outreach programs.
       The West Intergenerational Center will house the two weekly programs offered by branch children's specialist Beth Cook. Both her Tuesday Family Nights (6:30 p.m.) and Wednesday Storytimes (10:30 a.m.) will be presented at the same times as they are now.
       “It'll be a good partnership,” said E.D. Rucker, director of the center, which offers its own spectrum of community activities, classes and programs at 25 N. 20th St. “We'll just rearrange some things so that we can coordinate the times they're going to run their programs.”
       The closure will be necessary because of the intensive nature of the building work, which will essentially gut the interior for Phase 2 of an ongoing preservation project of the 103-year-old Carnegie library, according to Old Colorado City Library Branch Manager Julianne Rist.
       Other relocated programs/services are:
  • The Old Colorado City Book Group, which meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. - to the community room at Pikes Peak National Bank, 2401 W. Colorado Ave.
  • The weekly senior computer classes - to the Cheyenne Branch Library. The day will change from Thursdays to Mondays. Cheyenne doesn't have such a program now, and Dustie Flynn, the Old Colorado City branch assistant who teaches the classes, will help set them up there, Rist said.
  • The Bookmobile - an increase to twice a week. It will park in front of the branch library from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednes-day, according to Rist.

           Cook said she's “excited” that she'll be able to continue offering her activities in the Old Colorado City area. “Our patrons have been very loyal,” she said. “I would hate to stop offering the progams.”
           As an example of loyalty, she said, “At East [library], no one comes when it snows. But here, I know we'll have 10 to 15 people. That sense of community is fun.”
           Depending on whether a grant comes through, Cook may also be working with summer school students, Rist said.
           There is still no scheduled date for the start of the library closure. Rist could only point to expected time frames in a step-by-step process in which library architects must turn their plans over to the Regional Building Department to get a building permit. If the plans go to Regional next week, as Rist expects, the agency will probably need six to eight weeks to review them, she estimated. This would put the start of the $809,000 project - and the closing of the building - in mid- to late March.

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