The Pueblo City-County Library District is receiving the nation’s highest honor from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Pueblo’s libraries are among the 10 institutions being recognized for their community work. Jon Walker, executive director for the library district, says libraries aren't just warehouses for books anymore. Instead, he says, they're places where anyone can access the information they need to live in the 21st century.
"We're going to try and plug you in and help you gain that information and that learning and knowledge," Walker says. "We don't do it for you, but we support you in that endeavor."
Walker will attend the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Services presentation in Washington DC later this month.
Earlier this year, as the result of a huge social media campaign, the district was also voted best library in the country—an award given by the group Engaging Local Government Leaders.
The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus in Denver was also named among the 10 National Medal recipients.