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  • –Summit County Library – Summit Center

    (The Basin) Summit County Library
    2734 W. Rasmussen Road
    in the Summit Center
    Park City , UT 84098-5401
    (435) 658-BOOK
    (The Kimball Junction) Summit County Services Building
    The Lou Jean Nelson Library is housed inside.
    1885 W. Ute Blvd.
    (formerly 6505 N. Landmark Dr. #100)
    Park City , UT 84098-6009
    The Kimball Junction Branch is the result of a pursuit to establish a local Library in our “Moose Valley” neighborhoods. In 1991 Lou Jean Nelson and Lucy Murphy made plans and recruited their local  L.D.S. Church Membership friends to fulfill an ambitious application to Summit County.

    Lou Jean focused on working with Summit County to receive their support to open a local library implementing a federal “Reading Room” program designed for Senior Citizens.  Lou Jean was able to describe to County Commissioner Ron Perry the Federal Green Plan that would employ senior citizens to involve them in service to their communities.  Lucy Murphy was able to gain the interest of long time friend, Commissioner Tom Flinders.
    Once the County gave the nod, an 1100 sq.ft. set of rooms was located for the “Reading Room” Library in the Summit Center.

    With the help of Doug Burns and his Boy Scout troop, Relief Society volunteers and tremendous community support, the donated book shelves were cleaned, sanded, painted and installed. The rooms were painted, windows cleaned, etc. Salt Lake County Libraries donated thousands of books, and other materials; they were sorted under the supervision of Librarian Patti Wilson and others. Her son, David Wilson, set up the original Winnebago software to support the cataloging process to organize the collection and the circulation capability.

    In 1995 the Utah State Library Division upgraded the status of the “Green Room” to “Library” to enable it to receive the same State and Federal support services as other libraries in the state, viz. inter-library loan (ILL), state supported training for library staff (UpLift, LST Act, eligibility for state and federal Grant Writing, etc.).  Chip Ward and Jane Smith of the Utah State Library Division were to administer the Summit County Library grant funds, to supervise and approve their use.
    The Basin Branch Library programs were staffed by local volunteers, one senior citizen (Rita Wessel), and the librarian hired to work 20 hours a week was working 60 hours a week for half the salary she was hired to be paid.
    Summit County continued to support this branch with a $9,000. operating budget per year.  The Grants sought by Murphy and Montgomery augmented new books in the most popular genres and titles.  This branch was a hive of activity and participation by many dozens of volunteers and program participants.  It was a happy, social, welcoming event center in our “Moose Valley” home.

    The continuing donations of time and materials by local residents allowed the librarian to catalog the collection while also “weeding” out items that were replaced with newer editions.  Volunteers checked in materials and checked out patron selections. The collection expanded to about 2,000 books in 1100 square feet of space.

    The circulation and patronage of this Basin Library out performed the other Summit County Libraries.  The Basin residents, and Friends of the Summit County Library membership voiced their support to step up plans for a larger library, more computers, more library programs, and a dynamic collection.
    The Kimball Junction Journal, new in March 1997 local newspaper published news for this Basin Library in nearly every two-week issue of their paper.

    On September 23, 1997 Summit County hired Paula Demanett to be the first Summit County Library Director. Her duties included the library branches (Kamas, Coalville, Basin, the bookmobile, and the Wanship Storage facility), and to coordinate the planning of  a new Basin Library at Kimball Junction.  Paula was able to change the nine member Library Board to seven new members with more professional experience as well as a dedication to attend board meetings.

    The County decided to shut down the Basin Branch while the Kimball Junction Branch was under construction. During this transition period, Librarian Lucy Murphy moved many of the materials and electronics to the Wanship Storage facility.  This closure enabled her to take a leave of absence to complete her Master degree and to remarry.  Thereby transferring six years of effort, leadership, and her collaboration with Boston architect Ben Wood, to Paula to work with the not cooperative (seen as recalcitrant) Library Board and County Commissioners, to complete the construction of the  Summit County Services Building and Lou Jean Nelson Branch Library at Kimball Junction.

    The ball had started rolling, and the Summit County Basin Library meager funds were re-appropriated for the new library building that was to include the DMV and County Health Services.

    On November 17, 2001, the Kimball Junction Branch of the Summit County Library opened its doors to the “Lou Jean Nelson Library” housed in the Sheldon Richins Building located at 6505 North Landmark Drive in Park City, Utah.

    With the addition of the Park City bus Transit Center on the west side of the Sheldon Richins Building, during mid-2016, the Library’s address changed to 1885 West Ute Boulevard.

     Basin Branch – First Library Board and Members

    Merrill Duncan, Forest Bachman, Cynthia Lewis, Alene Bushell, Vic Rainey, Russ Judd,
    Randy Taylor, John Hanrahan, Clay Archer, Rita Wessel, Diane Bracey
    Minutes were recorded by Lucy Murphy.

    Summit County Bookmobile – Paul Hortin, driver.

    Summit County Library logo in 1993:

    1994 Summit County Library logo

    1991 Founders:

     1993 - Summit Center locationLouJean Nelson - founding Member1994-Aug-Patty Wilson, LouJean Nelson, Lucy Murphy
    First Library in West Summit County: Founder Lou Jean Nelson, Patti Wilson, Lucy Murphy

    1997 Friends of Library Plaque
    presented to Lucy Murphy
    Summit County Head Librarian
    and Co-Founder

    First Summit County Library Leaders ~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ at Rasmussen Road Summit Center ~ c. 1993-2000

    1997- March 20 - Merrill Duncan, Jim Soter, Alta Duncan   Merrill Duncan, Commissioner Jim Soter, Alta Duncan State Library Chip Ward - Head Librarian Lucy Murphy
    State Library’s Chip Ward with
    Librarian Lucy Murphy

    1997 SL Library Div - 4yr. graduating class

    The Utah State Library Division
    The Utah Public Library Institute for Training
    4 Yr.  Professional Instruction in Collection Development, Reference, Administration, Cataloging.
    August 11, 1997 Graduating Class


    1991-1993: Patti Wilson relocated to Cleveland, Ohio.
    1991-1997: Lucy Murphy-Archer, co-founder and Head Librarian, resigned to complete Master’s degree and re-marry.
    1997-1999: Paula Demanett, resigned Jan. 4, 1999 after fourteen months of disputes with Library Board and County Commissioners.
    1999- 2003: Bonnie Melnor of Mt. Pleasant Carnegie Library was hired on September 1st. Resigned due to disputes.
    2003- 2010: Diane Skousen resigned in March 2010.  Pervasive disputes, no comment from Board.
    2011- to present (2020): Dan Compton, Head Librarian of Kimball Junction Branch.

    TEENS WHO VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME TO HELP RUN THE LIBRARY:  Erin Murphy, David Wilson, Megan McJames, Nicole Russell,
    Becky Hottinger, Aimee Murphy, others.

    PATRON VOLUNTEERS: Karen Butler, Julie Ervin, Ginger Rich, Michelle Christensen, Diane Bracey,  Merrill & Alta Duncan, Forrest Bachman,
    Winona MacKinnon,
    Marie Dear, Terry Keene, Carol Olsen, Chris Bradford, Mindy Bradford, Jeanie Kutcher, Soraya Johnson, Sherrie Christensen,
    Marion Wheaton, Lisa Miner, Mona English.

    SUPPORTIVE COUNTY OFFICIALS: HR-Mike Swallow, Commissioners Tom Flinders, Jim Soter and Ron Perry;
    Park City Librarian Pat Montgomery.

    LIBRARY BOARD:  Nine members from 1991 to 1998, only two attended meetings or were involved: R. Judd, R. Thompson.


    1995 - Merrill Duncan and John Hanrahan set up new shelving
    John Hanrahan, Merrill Duncan
    1995 Toddler Reading Club
    Toddler Reading Club
    Desiree Ragan, Sarah Ohman, Terrie Keene
    with happy children.
    Library received the Golden Rule Award
    Rita Wessel, Marie Dear, Winona Mackinnon & son
    May 1997 FOL Golden Rule Reception
    Rita Wessel and Library 1st Anniversary cake
    Library aide service 1993-1994

    The Summit County Library ~ Friends of the Library Group

    President:  Winona Mackinnon
    Vice President: Marie Dear
    Treasurer: Diane Bracey
    Members:  Winona Mackinnon, Marie Dear, Diane Bracey, Julie Ervin,
    Karen Butler, Ginger Rich, Terry Keene, Tina Blake, Merrill and Alta Duncan, etc.

    The Summit County Library ~  Donors

    1996 Feb 8 Mark Young of McDonald’s Restaurant awards grant check for Summit County Library
    Feb. 8, 1996 Mark Young of McDonald’s Restaurant at Kimball Junction presents a grant check to
    head librarian Lucy Murphy for the purchase of much needed library equipment
    and additional shelving. (Park Record story).

    Financial Contributions
    -Mark Young- McDonald’s Fast Food Restaurant
    Merrill and Alta Duncan
    Bald Eagle resident Byrnes (over $100,000 Grant spurned by Eric Schifferli, others)

    Mrs. Fields Cookies – Randy and Debbie Fields
    3 MacIntosh Computers for Cataloging, Circulation, Internet and Email

    CCN – Clay Archer and Luigi DeAngelis
    -Technical Support
    – Internet Set-up
    -Computer Printer, Modem
    -Set up and maintain TV, VCR, phones, etc.

    Salt Lake City and County Libraries
    -Thousands of Books
    -Metal Book Shelving
    -Tables and Chairs

    – TV, VCR, and 3 Shelf Trolley
    -Art supplies, copier paper

    Wasatch Front Library Directors
    Dan Barr – Murray Public Library Director.
    Pete I. Giacoma – Davis County Library Director.
    Eileen Longsworth – Whitmore Library, Salt Lake County Director, New buildings Planning.
    Pat Montgomery – Park City Head Librarian; Utah State Library Division.
    Nancy Tessman – Salt Lake City Public Library Director.
    Diane Slater – Utah State Library Division – Technology.
    Jane Smith – Utah State Library Division – Grants Coordinator, Professional Training.
    Chip Ward –  Grants Coordinator, Utah Government Digital Library Editor, Emporia Liaison, SLC Library Assist. Director.
    Each provided training, expert review of building schematics and furnishings plans, Security considerations, Budgeting.
    Each met and advised process, materials selection, use considerations, floor layout, contracts, etc.

    To be added:  Links to Kimball Junction Journal and Park Record Library news articles.

    1999 October 9 Kimball Junction Library Groundbreaking
    1999 Oct- Rita Wessel and Lucy Murphy Archer attend Kimball Junction Library groundbreaking ceremony.

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