Please join us on Tuesday, April 15th from 6-8 p.m. for our centennial celebration.
This free public reception will feature an awards ceremony, some excellent discussion of all things library, and great company!
The evening will begin with an opening social at 6:00p.m. at 6:30 p.m. we will begin presenting library centennial awards to individuals within our community who have helped shape what the Uintah County Library is today. Donna Jones Morris, Utah’s top librarian, and head of the Utah State Library will be on hand to present the awards.
Following the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. our keynote speaker, award winning author Jack Harrell (a Creative Writing instructor at BYU-Idaho) will speak about his arrival in the Uintah Basin, how it has shaped his life, the importance of libraries to creative minds.
Looking Back; Looking Forward
On April 15, 1908 the very first library in Vernal started with 3000 books. At the time the library was housed by in a building owned by the Dillman family on the west side of South Vernal Avenue. In 1909, the library upgraded its quarters to the old rock tithing building (this building can be seen at the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers museum in Vernal). The library was moved to various locations along Main Street in Vernal as more space was needed to meet the needs of the growing library collection. In 1948 the library enjoyed a stint in Vernal's Central School. In 1958, a library twenty by sixty feet was built at this location near the courthouse. It was enlarged in 1976 and in 1990. In 2008 we are currently planning a new library facility suitable to accommodate our community's growing library needs.