Old Colorado City Library open house Nov. 17

       Entertainment and information will highlight the “grand opening” of the newly renovated Old Colorado City Branch Library Saturday, Nov. 17.
       After a ribbon-cutting at 9:30 a.m., activities will continue until about 5 p.m., according to Branch Manager Julianne Rist. Speeches will commemorate the occasion (speakers to be announced); afterward, people are welcome to browse through the new space, with help from historical characters “Teddy Roosevelt” and “Katharine Lee Bates,” who will be “wandering through the crowd, talking about their lives,” Rist said.
       After a six-month closure for the $800,000 project, the historic Carnegie Library has been open since Oct. 23, steadily adding amenities. These have included about half of the furniture and end panels for the bookshelves.
       The idea of the grand opening is to announce that “we're here and we're open,” Rist said.
       Other scheduled activities Nov. 17:
       Noon - A contingent of the local Buffalo Soldiers group (who depict post-Civil War black cavalry) will talk about their history in the project-expanded downstairs library meeting room.
       1 p.m. - Library staff will discuss the new wireless and laptop capability upstairs.
       3 p.m. - “Emperor's New Clothes” - a show by the Manitou Art Theater in the downstairs room.
       4 p.m. - Also downstairs, Rist will talk about what a Carnegie Library is. The photographic gallery of Colorado Carnegie libraries - many of which are either no longer used for libraries - will be on display.

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