Old Colorado City Library plans annual Carnegie recognition

       The Old Colorado City Library's annual Carnegie Day celebration will be spread out over five days this year (Sept. 20-24), although in a “low-key way, according to Library Manager Jocelyne Sansing.
       The activities are to commemorate the $10,000 grant that industrial magnate/ philanthropist Andrew Carnegie gave to Colorado City in 1904 to make possible the construction of the library that is still open today.
       Featured will be a presentation about Carnegie by library employee Jason Stewart during a “special storytime” Thursday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m., and an open house with a historic slide show and refreshments from 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, Sansing said.
       Throughout Sept. 20-24, people of all ages can participate in a “scavenger hunt,” using the library to look up “historical facts and things related to the building and Carnegie himself,” she said.
       There will also be a photo display of Colorado's Carnegie buildings. Old Colorado City is one of 12 in Colorado with a Carnegie library that remains operational. (Manitou Springs and downtown Colorado Springs have also kept theirs.) Overall, Carnegie provided matching funds for 36 libraries in Colorado and 1,698 in the United States, under a formula in which applicants had to demonstrate a need, provide a building site and agree to provide ongoing maintenance.
       Old Colorado City started an annual recognition of Carnegie's generosity during its 100-year anniversary in 2004. “There are a handful of libraries across the nation that do a recognition event,” Sansing said. “As far as I know, we're the only one to do it annually.”
       In past years, the celebration has been part of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) Founders' Day, but a number of factors, including August being one of the library's busiest months, kept that from occurring this year, Sansing said. She added that there is no “official set date” for Andrew Carnegie celebrations.

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