“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

― Sir Richard Steele

The Pueblo City-County Library District has a special focus on reading. This comes as no surprise. Other aspects of library service are important. These include providing free and open access to materials in audio and video formats plus public programming and events. But reading remains central to the library.

This is why it is noteworthy when library efforts to promote reading are successful. Certainly, the number of books and other library materials checked-out is one important indicator. This number continues to climb at a healthy rate. The library will approach two million items checked-out in 2012. This is a record-setting pace and some 6.8% ahead of last year.

Two other services to watch in this regard are the library’s summer reading program and All Pueblo Reads. Each project aims to promote increased reading in our community. In 2012, both of these signature library reading projects demonstrated growing popularity with members of the community. Total participation in this past summer’s young people’s reading program was over 27,000. All Pueblo Reads in 2012 also hit a new all-time high mark with more than 32,000 participants in the project.

It is the intent of the Pueblo City-County Library District to spotlight reading as a central part of our community’s culture. The results in 2012 demonstrate good progress toward this goal.


The library is a learning institution.  First and foremost, the Pueblo City-County Library District (PCCLD) exists to ensure members of our...