HAPPY NEW YEAR by Jon Walker

2013 was a grand year at the Pueblo City-County Library District. Record numbers of people visited libraries. Attendance at library programs and events was at the highest level in the history of the library district. Use of library digital resources continued to increase. A huge quantity of books and other library materials was checked out. The strong use of libraries in Pueblo County is a clear indicator that our community is passionate about literacy and lifelong learning.

We continue to work strategically at PCCLD to remain fully engaged with our customers, and we have several key initiatives in mind for 2014 to help ensure we stay on track. Here are a few of the highlights anticipated for 2014. Leading the way is our plan to open three newly-constructed libraries in underserved areas, including on the St. Charles Mesa, on the City of Pueblo’s East Side, and in the Greenhorn Valley in southern Pueblo County. In addition, we will complete remodeling of the Rawlings Library’s 2nd floor. We also will continue to move our library into the 21st century by offering thousands of streaming movies, TV shows, music albums, and audiobooks free to our users on their mobile devices, smart TVs, and more via a new service called hoopla digital. Finally, we will update and replace all of the public-use computers and update the audio-visual technology in public meeting rooms to the most current products available. I feel certain that these and other goals for the new year will keep our library moving forward to be the best that we can be.

I am proud that our community remains passionate about its public library. We work hard to keep the needs and wants of our customers as our top priority. I truly believe that 2014 will be our best year, yet!


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