One of two remaining Carnegie libraries in Utah has received a much-needed shot in the arm, in the form of more than $2,400 in repair funds from a local Daughters of the Utah Pioneers chapter.
The library, located at 171 S. Main in Springville, is badly in need of repairs to its roof as well as a furnace, so the group recently held a yard sale to raise funds, said DUP County President Lucille Laney.The group, along with the Springville City Historical Society, raised approximately $1,500 from the yard sale and received almost $1,000 in donations, which Laney recently presented to the Springville City Council.
Mayor Kenneth Creer appointed two city councilmen, Loren Phillips and Wilford Clyde, to help the groups in putting the funds toward repairs and to further aid the groups in their preservation projects.
"I'd like to commend you and your group," Councilman John Hafen said. "A lot of groups are coming into the city for good things. When we threw out the challenge to you, you raised money for the library. This doesn't have to come out of taxpayers' pockets."
The repairs will cost approximately $14,000, "which isn't really that much," said Laney, who also serves in the historical society. "The building has skylights, which leak, and we'd like to get those removed, and the roof needs further work. It also needs a new furnace for the winter.
"We approached the mayor on the subject of repairs, but he said the city didn't have all the needed funds, so we decided to have a yard sale," Laney said. Interested citizens pitched in with items for the sale as well as donations.
"One man gave us a $100 donation and told us his wife, who died, would have been here with us helping to preserve the building if she could," Laney said.
The old library, built in 1920 by the Carnegie Foundation, currently serves as a DUP museum, she said. "In it is stored a lot of old relics collected by the DUP. Most of them are items brought here with the original Utah pioneers as well as those who settled Springville."
For example, one of the museum's proudest displays is a cleaver from Beefsteak Harrison, the chef and owner of a famous hotel/restaurant in Springville, Laney said. "Any old-timer knows of that name and knows he was big in the old days. In addition, we have a collection of old knives and relics donated from local people."
The building actually belongs to the city, but the groups would like to see it placed on the National Register as a historic site, she said. "Before that happens we have to have everything done because once the state picks it up as historic, you cannot do any further remodeling."
Once the library remodeling is done, both groups would like to keep maintaining it as a museum, Laney said. "Springville needs a place to store all its relics. As a member of both the DUP and the historical society, I want to see those relics preserved. In addition, the historical society needs a place for its headquarters, and I can't think of any other more perfect base."