Bookmobile averaging 100 patrons per day in Old Town
The Bookmobile that has temporarily replaced the Old Colorado City Branch Library “is getting a much larger response than we originally ancitipated,” according to
Julianne Rist, the branch manager.
The wheeled Pikes Peak Library District unit allows patrons to pick up items, place holds or browse through a limited number of offerings.
Since the library closed for a six-month interior reconstruction project April 28, the Bookmobile has parked in front of the building at 2418 W. Colorado Ave. from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
In each of those two-hour spans, “we're averaging about 100 people,” Rist said. Although this can mean occasional waiting to get inside, she explained that vehicle's hours can't be expanded. “It's booked for other stops the rest of the week,” she said.
The project itself, an $800,000 task that will rebuild the interior of the 103-year-old Carnegie Library with historic style and modern conveniences, is “currently on schedule and going well,” Rist said.
She added good news for the fund-raising campaign that's been covering most of the project planning/ construction costs since the effort started in 2003: A $25,000 grant from the Inasmuch Foundation in Oklahoma. Obtained by the district, the grant brings the total needed to finish the building preservation - the current work is Phase 2 of a three-phase effort - below $298,000. “We're down to our last 25 percent,” Rist said, referring to the overall $1.2 million cost estimate. So we're getting there.”
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