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Spanish Peaks Library grand opening

by William J. Bechaver

WALSENBURG- It’s been several years, has taken the dedication and devotion of countless hardworking employees and volunteers, and there was about a thousand miles of red-tape to go through, but now, at last, the new Spanish Peaks Library District main facility, at 415 Walsen Avenue in Walsenburg, is ready to open.  In fact, as you read this, final preparations are being made for the grand opening weekend of festivities.

    On Friday, June 26th, the celebration begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony, at 11 am, and continues until 5 pm.  There will be a luncheon on the lawn, following the ceremony, and everyone is invited to bring a blanket and enjoy. Other events include a story hour with Susan J. Tweit, children’s art activities, and live music.  There will also be carnival activities and door prizes.

    On Saturday, June 27th, festivities kick off with coffee and pastries, and plenty of door prizes. There will be a local history program with Walsenburg native and retired National Park Service ranger Jon Sudar.  There will be live music and dancing.

    The new facility of the Spanish Peaks Library District is there for all of us to enjoy.  It belongs to us, as a community, and is a grand achievement for us, and an accomplishment for which we can all be proud.  So come out and enjoy the grand opening this weekend, and take advantage of the best that Walsenburg has to offer.

    On Friday, events kick off at 11 am with door prizes, and at noon there will the official ribbon cutting by state Librarian Gene Hainer.  After that, there will be book signings, story hour, beadworking, and at 2:45 live music with Tumblweeds.

    On Saturday, the library opens at 10 am with more door prizes, history readings, more live music, and at 12:45 is the announcement of the Big Read, a year-long community reading project to begin in September.  At 1:30 pm, El Fandango will perform, and at 3 pm the final door prize drawings.  Email for more information.