Possible East Side Library discussed

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

By JOHN NORTON The Pueblo Chieftain

Posted Jul 8, 2011 at 12:01 AM

The operation of and funding for an East Side library branch are still the big unknowns but an enthusiastic group of city and library officials and community leaders came up with a lot of ideas Thursday afternoon for what they would like to see.

It’s far from being the final site but the shuttered St. Leander School is the prime candidate for a branch and the community meeting was held at the parish hall, drawing about 50 people.

Jon Walker, executive director of the Pueblo City-County Library District, told the group, “I would love nothing more than to have a full service library in this neighborhood.

He said it would improve the quality of life and take some pressure over the heavily used Barkman branch in Belmont.

Walker said that the East Side needed such a public service with one in three households below the poverty line and a median income two-thirds of Pueblo’s overall level.

At the end of the meeting, he asked if a library was needed and if the community would help and received a resounding “Yes.”