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The perfect pandemic pass-time: Library sees higher demand

The Pueblo County library offers more than just books to keep patrons busy while quarantining
Posted at 6:46 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 11:03:13-05

PUEBLO — Winter isn’t coming, it’s here! So what do you do during quarantine when it’s too cold for outdoor activities?

Skye Stuart, a former librarian for Fremont County and now patron of the Pueblo County library, has the answer.

“If you’re not gonna go outside and play, then you can read a book and the more books you read the more you increase your knowledge, the more you use your mind and your imagination”

The Pueblo County library is adapting to its patron’s needs during the pandemic by using a curbside pickup. According to Director of Community Relations Nick Potter, the curbside pickup served around 20 cars within the first two hours of being open this morning.

“The more that people are getting used to the way we’ve had to deal with the pandemic, we’ve been increasingly getting a lot more use,” said Potter. “So every week we’ve actually been growing from the previous week.”

Now that colder months have hit Colorado, Potter says expects this trend to continue.

“At the start of the pandemic… It was spring and then summer and so, people were able to do things outside, but now people are inside. They’re looking for entertainment, they’re looking for books to read and movies and crafts and things to do because, ya know it’s cold and dark right now.”

Stuart encourages parents to use the library's accessibility as a way to spend time with children, saying "I hope that younger parents with kids... They take the time to go online and just come down and pick up lots of books for their kids, and read together, snuggle up!

People can pick up more than books at the library. Potter says they also offer “movies, some kind of craft kit, they can also actually even pickup tablets, chrome books and hotspots.” Visit https://www.pueblolibrary.org/ for a full list of resources available.

If you are interested in becoming a patron of the Pueblo County library, you can register for a library card here. For more information about the library's curbside pickup, click here.