Stringing them along at the library

       A performance by regionally known puppeteer Bob Aiken (right) drew rapt attention March 24 from a full house (above) for the weekly family night in the Old Colorado City Branch Library’s downstairs community room. In addition toa puppet show, he explained how to make puppets or marionettes from everyday materials. In the photo at right, he is explaining how to store a marionette. Family Fun Night is one of several ongoing programs at the library. There also are occasional special events, including the first-time teen technology “lock-in” March 13. Planned by the library’s youth advisory group, OC3, to coincide with the national Teen Tech Week, it was a “successful night,” according to Tiffany Paisley, the library employee who coordinated the event, and the participants want to do it again sometime. Activities included making how-to videos about the library, playing online games, watching a movie, tearing apart old computer parts to make “tech jewelry,” and matching texting skills to win a flash drive, Paisley related. The participants consisted of students between 6th and 10th grades from West and Manitou middle schools and Coronado High School. Coming up will be National Library Week, to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers, which will be celebrated April 16; and the Better Book Sale by the Friends of the Library April 18. For more information, visit the Old Colorado City Library at 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., call 634-1698 or go online at

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