Reading ‘fort’ going in at Old Colorado City Library

       A fort-style “reading structure” for children will be opened at the Old Colorado City Library at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29.
       Called Fort Reading, the Old West-style structure “gives children a place of their own, one that's built in scale to them, where they're not overwhelmed by the rest of the building,” Librarian Julianne Rist said.
        The structure, about 7 feet high and 8 feet across, was provided by the 25th graduating class of Leadership Pikes Peak (LPP), a non-profit organization.
       The fort's opening will follow a noon presentation at the library by “mountain man” Adelino Valentin, who is scheduled to talk about life as a trapper, display a beaver pelt, and tell legends and Indian stories.
        The public is invited to both events, and refreshments will be provided.
       Fort Reading is one of three structures LPP has been building for Pikes Peak Library District branch libraries. The other two, Sand Creek and Ruth Holley, will have castle designs. According to Rist, Old Colorado City was slated for a castle as well, but when LPP representatives came to the Westside they decided to change it to a Western theme.
        Sandy Gregory of LPP added that Penrose Library has secured the old “Monkey House” reading/play structure that fascinated children at the now-closed Chinook Bookstore for many years.
       Unlike the Monkey House, however, “ours is not set up to crawl through or use for a jungle gym,” she said. “It's to go inside and read.”
       The age range for Fort Reading is up to about 10 or 11, Rist said. Youngsters and parents will also be asked to write down in a journal (provided by LPP) what they think of the structure.

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