February 16, 2018

Barbara Brown | Movers & Shakers 2006

Getting It Done

Barbara Brown is one of those people who are so good at learning on the job that they take it over and redesign it. Starting as a part-time library assistant, she learned to do story times and readers’ advisory for children. Once full time, she took charge of a satellite branch in an unused school library.

When a city councilman asked what the Pueblo City-County Library could do to increase literacy awareness and access to books in the poorest areas of the city, Executive Director Jon Walker enlisted Brown, who’d been working on her own time with children in a Hispanic church in a low-income area, to help develop and run a Books in the Park program.

Brown, a believer in the power of literacy to break the cycle of poverty, seized the opportunity. She solicited Parks and Recreation for a worker and materials to extend the program to several other parks and include story times, crafts, and activities. She talked community leaders into presenting those story hours, leading to healthy publicity and increased library support. Library executive assistant Jane Carlsen says Brown is ‘quick to see a program being offered in the main library or branch that could be extended into outlying areas.’

As the newly appointed outreach coordinator, she’s now in charge of the library’s satellite program. Jane Palmer, youth services supervisor, says, ‘She is a doer.’


Current Position Outreach Coordinator, Pueblo City-County Library, CO
Fun fact Has brought a goat, a bagpipe player, and homing pigeons to preschool story times