Amy Alkema shared her appreciation for libraries at the 1st Anniversary of the opening of the Hildale Library

Recording November 18, 2018 — Amy Alkema describes her early experiences of going to the library in California and finding a ‘happy place to read. As a mother she has continued the tradition of taking her children to libraries including...

First grade introduced Bonnie Blackburn Henrie to the magic of a library and books

Recorded May 8, 2018 — With a lifetime love of books and learning, Bonnie Blackburn Henrie described her introduction to a library when she attended first grade in the basement of the St. George Library, Bonnie stands in front of...

Karen Losee played a role in serving on the Library Board during expansion in the library system

Recording Sept. 18, 2018 – Karen Losee patronized both the original St. George Carnegie Library as well as the St. George Library which replaced the previous, at 50 South Main Street in Utah. She said it was knick-named the Pizza...

Ruth Barlow believes the new Hildale Library encourages a sense of community

Recording November 18, 2017–As a resident of Colorado City, Arizona, Ruth Barlow was one of the first patrons to apply for a library card at the Hildale Library Branch’s on its opening day. Libraries were important to her while growing...

Two Makerspace fans discuss the origins of the movement and the St. George Library Makerspace

Recording September 18, 2018 – With two enthusiastic fans of the Makerspace movement, the St. George Library is fortunate to have just the right circumstances for the Washington County Library System to add its second and larger Makerspace to the...

St. George native Winona Stanley said she loved books and children’s story time

Recording March 27, 2018 – The earliest memory of a library for Winona Crosby Stanley was dropping by the Judd’s Store to spend a nickel on a candy bar and crossing the street to the St. George Library for story...

The library provided a comforting place to Maureen Booth when her family relocated to St. George, Utah

Recording February 27, 2018 – When the Haslam Family moved to St. George, Utah in the summer for her father’s work, Maureen Haslam Booth was homesick for her friends and grandparents. St. George didn’t even have television, she said. It...

St. George Natives Kelly and Patricia Larson both grew up using the local library

Recording February 13, 2018 – Husband and wife Kelly James and Patricia Larson have many memories about visiting the St. George Library. They not only grew up in the area, but raised their family here too. The public library was...

Ann Horlacher reminisces about her Aunt Helen Starr Harris, a St. George Children's Librarian

Recorded April 30, 2018 – Ann talks about her Aunt Helen Starr Harris, a children’s librarian at the St. George, Utah Carnegie Library circa 1940. Helen worked for approximately seven years until she married Dr. Parley Harris and became a...

The Hurricane Branch Library and its Anime Fannatiku Club provided a safe and supportive place for Cynthia Hawk

Recording September 24, 2017 – Cynthia Hawk discovered an anime club at the Hurricane Branch Library in Hurricane, Utah during her elementary years. It was created by WCLS employees Natalie Daniel and Sarah Hall, called Anime Fannatiku and Manga Club....

Joel Tucker and Alan Anderson were instrumental in the evolution of the new Hildale Utah Library

Recording February 6, 2018 – What began as a supposed patron complaint, ended up being the beginning of a very large project and dream come true. Joel Tucker and Alan Anderson reminisced about the journey of an idea—to the fruition...

Longtime librarian David Huskinson described changes in technology since he began in 1990

Recording August 14, 2018 –After graduating from Southern Utah State College (now S.U.U.), Cedar City resident David Huskinson became the St. George Library audio/visual and periodicals librarian. In 1990 when he was hired, the new library building was nine years...

Beth Meyers helped develop Hildale Library collection

Recording November 14, 2017 — Elizabeth Meyers works in the Technical Services at the St. George Library and was instrumental in helping to order books and DVDs for the new Hildale Branch Library, the newest branch in the Washington County...

Two friends Tamara Barlow and Rachel Timpson shared a vision for a Hildale Library

Recording November 18, 2017 – These two women were instrumental in the process of Washington County opening a library in Hildale. Tamara Barlow had this dream and shared it with her friend Rachel Timpson, both residents of the twin communities...

Branch Manager Amanda Reeve celebrates first anniversary of the Hildale Library

Recording November 18, 2017 – This date of Amanda Reeve’s interview was an open house with activities, catered food and even a cake to celebrate the first year of operation of the Hildale Library, which is part of the Washington...

Michelle Clements remembers visiting the St. George Library as a child with her grandmother

Recording November 14, 2017 – As a young child at about the age of three, going to the library is one of Michelle ‘Micki’ Clements’ earliest memories. While visiting her grandmother in St. George, Utah, Micki went with her Grandmother...