Big Piney Branch Settles into Temporary Home

Aug 13, 2021

White letters on red-painted wall read "Big Piney Library" with library display in foreground

From Tawnya Miller, Big Piney Library Manager

The Big Piney Library has moved to a temporary location at the Big Piney Rec Center while the library building undergoes a nine- to ten-month renovation. The library’s temporary location at 630 Piney Drive is much smaller, but patrons will find the same services. The internet is available for patron use, as are computers. Copying and scanning capabilities are available on-site as well.

While approximately 65% of the library collection is currently in storage, patrons will find the complete selection of DVDs and new items at the temporary location, as well as the most popular books and audiobooks from the collection. Items of all types are available including audiobooks and fiction and nonfiction books for children, teens, and adults. Large print items, magazines, and Spanish books are also available for checkout.

Library programs are continuing during the renovation period. The Southwest Sublette Pioneers Senior Center has been the site for this summer’s adult programs, while children’s programming has made use of local parks for summer reading activities. The library will continue to use off-site locations for programs while in the temporary location. Locations will be included with all program promotion.

Library interior

The library move was a monumental task that took staff two months and two days with the incredible help of the Big Piney/Marbleton community. Volunteers — including teachers, coaches, students, athletes, retirees, the summer crews of both towns, and local business owners — pitched in to move not only a collection of more than 25,000 items, but also shelves, furniture, and office equipment. The entire building was emptied.

Both the Town of Big Piney and the Town of Marbleton donated storage space, as did the Green River Valley Museum, local business, and community members. In all, eight different storage spaces now hold the collection, shelves, and furniture.

Without the help and support of the community, the library move would have been impossible. A thank you picnic will be held at the end of August for the volunteers and community members that made the library move happen.

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