‘Alice’ to raise money for Old Town’s library

       “Alice in Wonderland” is the theme of this year's community-wide literary program, and so it will also be for an Old Colorado City Branch Library fund-raiser Saturday, Oct. 21
       Alice's Wonderland by Night is the name of the affair, which will be held at the Bank at Broadmoor, 155 Lake Ave. Proceeds from the event will help pay for projects to preserve Old Colorado City's historic Carnegie library building, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       The event will be hosted by the Old Colorado City Carnegie Library Preservation Campaign. Including food, drink, live music and a live auction, festivities will begin at 7 p.m.
       Julianne Rist, branch manager, said she thinks the event will be a great help to the preservation effort, adding that attendees should be intrigued by the unusual and appealing nature of many of the donated auction offerings.
       Tickets are $45 a person. For more information, call 531-6333, x2205 or email dfowler@ppld.org.
       The Old Colorado City Library is one of only 17 Carnegie buildings still operating as libraries in Colorado.
       The remaining cost for preservation work is estimated at about $1.2 million. Phase 1, already completed, involved structural stabilization and outside work. Phase 2 will focus on interior upgrades, including updated technology, a downstairs meeting room, an elevator, and electrical, plumbing, and ceiling upgrades.
       The library has received a $250,000 grant to help with Phase 2. Additional grants and donations are also being sought.

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