Donation will boost Colorado Springs libraries

January 25, 2016 Updated: January 26, 2016 at 7:54 am
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photo - Kids watch a performance by Neil McIntyre at a Summer Morning Fun: Hip Hop for Kids event from the balcony at Library 21C Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Kids watch a performance by Neil McIntyre at a Summer Morning Fun: Hip Hop for Kids event from the balcony at Library 21C Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

A $250,000 grant from a local philanthropist will be used to help the Pikes Peak Library District advance its goal of providing 21st Century libraries and services.

The donation from Lyda Hill is one of the largest donations to help complete the library's Tri-Building Project, which brings new technology to the Penrose and East libraries as well Library 21c.

"The donation will help fund those infrastructure costs, including remodeling costs connected to areas like the maker spaces, support equipment like 3D printers and scanners, technology purchases like CAD software and programming like Simple Circuits and Minding Your Business," said Laura Muir Mellini, 21st Century Library Capital Campaign Co-chair.

The first phase of the Tri-Building Project was finished in June 2014 with the completion of Library 21c, designed to bring 21st century services to the region.

The second part of the project - bringing the technology like 3D printers, embroidery machines to Penrose and East libraries - was recently completed.

Hill's donation helps bridge a $3.9 million funding gap of the $13.2 million project. In addition to the donation, the El Pomar Foundation provided a $750,000 grant. Almost 700 donors helped with the funding.

Hill is a granddaughter of Dallas oil giant H.L. Hunt. She has been instrumental behind many local projects, including the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.

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