History

THE NEW LIBRARY AT 374 NORTH MAIN We moved into the new library in February of 1999.  In March we held an open house to introduce our new facilities to our patient, supportive patrons.  Everyone was delighted with our new library, even the tourists were amazed at such a splendid building in such a small town.  Kanab City Library embarked on new journey in the year 2000.  Marolynn Watson, who had been the  library director for 20 years, retired and the search began for a new director. There were several well qualified applicants, but the board and the city council decided to hire a part-time library employee who was already familiar with the library system. Dicki Lee Robinson officially became the library director July 1, 2001.  Although she had worked for the library since 1996 and had volunteered for story hour for some time before that, it was a leap of faith from part-time children's storyteller, ILL, Overdues and circulation clerk to library director.  After some rather rocky adjustments, things settled down and the library was able to move forward.   And move forward it did. During the next few years many of the board members and Friends of the Library volunteers that worked so hard to get the new library left the area or went in other directions and others took their place.  The library has always had good support people.  It would be impossible to take care of all the duties and activities that make the library function if people didn't volunteer their time to help.  Some of the people working as assistiant librarians in the library during those adjusting years were Alma Keller and Patti Tralango.  Kanab City Library was fortunate to have some government sponsored trainees to assist with clerking, shelving and all around handy helpers.  Alma Keller started out as a trainee and was later hired by the city.  Pat Yero, John Durham, Marv Ekenstam and Tim Brown all  served the library under this program.  As the  the years went by, technology became a motiving force in library service.  The library went from one lonely  public computer to seven stations connected to the Internet.  Wireless connections came next adding two more stationary computers and a laptop.  Updating became a way of life.  Audio cassettes slowly gave way to CD's and VHS to DVD's.  Then along came e-books and audio downloadables.  Thank goodness the Utah State Library helps rural libraries by subscribing to these kind of services and making them available to library users all over the state.