Little girl reads book at Pittburg Public Library

A true community center

It’s one of the most beautiful buildings in Pittsburg. Its presence at the corner of 4th and Walnut is both inspiring and full of nostalgia. 

Library. The word itself is charming and peaceful. 

“It’s one of the few places you can go with no expectation of doing anything else or spending any money,” said Bev Clarkson, director of the Pittsburg Public Library. 

It’s a place to learn. A place to make things. It’s a community center. A place to sit and read the newspaper.

“It’s a place to just be,” Clarkson said. 

This summer, the first “normal” summer since the start of the Covid pandemic, is expected to be one of the busiest at the library. With a variety of programs and activities for children and families, the library is one of the hottest spots in town.

“Summer has always been a big deal at the library,” Clarkson said, “but we do think this summer will be bigger than ever. After two years of Covid, people are so hungry to have something to do.”

“It’s just a place to be”

And from make-and-take craft activities and Maker Mondays to Storytime and Teen Nights, the Pittsburg Public Library offers a wide range of things to do.

“We’ve worked hard to be a nice destination for people in the community,” Clarkson said. “We’re excited to have people back in the library.”

Oh, and, they also have books, books, and more books. 

“People do still read books,” said Anndee Peterson, assistant director. “We have some voracious readers in this community.”

Print books. Audio books. They even have books that will come to your house on the new Bookmobile delivery service.

“The important thing,” Clarkson said, “is that people have options. Some people still swear by print books, while others really enjoy reading on a tablet or listening to a book while they drive. Whatever your reading habits, the library has many options to get you the book you want.”