Tuesdays to be ‘family nights’ at OCC Library

       “What should we do this Tuesday night? “
       “How about going to the library?”
       That's the kind of dialogue Old Colorado City Library Branch Manager Julianne Rist hopes will occur in more and more Westside homes during the weeks ahead as people come to realize there will be a family-oriented program at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
       The Tuesday Family Nights programs will follow a pattern, with the first Tuesday of the month being “Paws to Read,” in which children can read to Sean, the Paws to Read dog, who is a trained service golden retriever. “The dog lies on the floor, and kids get to read to him,” Rist said. “It's a positive experience because no one will be correcting them.”
       The second Tuesday will always be “Family Night,” with a different subject each time.
       This Tuesday, Sept. 13, the subject will be “Tree Rings,” discussing the science of caring for trees in the forest and the Hayman Fire of 2002.
       The presenting group will be the Coalition of the Upper South Platte, a volunteer group that has been involved in the Hayman clean-up.
       The third and fourth Tuesdays (and fifth, if there is one that month) will be stories for children.
       “We're hoping to increase attendance by offering programs at the library when people are more likely to be home,” Rist said. There had been a “family fun” activity once a month on Tuesdays; by having something every Tuesday night, “people don't have to keep track of which night the program is,” she said.
       The new program also means the end of the every-Wednesday-morning storytelling program at the library, which had not shown strong attendance, according to Rist.
       The Old Colorado City Branch Library is at 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. For more information, call 634-1698.

Westside Pioneer article from a press release