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The Vineyard Children’s Library is ready to serve the youngest residents following the move on Monday, October 3, 2022.

Young Vineyard bookworms took a step forward on Monday when the city officially reopened Vineyard’s largest children’s library in its new home.

The Vineyard Children’s Library is now located at 125 S. Main Street. The facility will be housed in city offices and hours of operation will be extended to match office hours – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

The library, which had only been in operation for a few years, was previously located at 240 E. Gammon Road and was only open four hours a week.

According to Kathryn Newman, the city’s communications manager, a team of volunteer librarians was responsible for assisting patrons, cataloging donations, checking books in and out, and issuing library cards at the old location.

Vineyard residents celebrated the new library on Monday with a short ceremony that included an animal show from the Hutchins Museum Institute and a butterfly release in honor of Monday’s National Butterfly Day.

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Mayor Julie Fullmer helps restock the shelves of the Vineyard City Building’s new children’s library following the move on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

“Throughout the summer, Vineyard residents were able to participate in a weekly story hour at Vineyard Grove Park as well as ‘Library Plus Day’, which featured a themed craft or activity on Thursdays. Both initiatives will continue in the new space,” Newman said.

With the imminent move to city offices, Vineyard City has hired two part-time library technicians who will assist customers and take on front desk responsibilities.

In anticipation of the first changes, the library’s collection was moved by Utah County employees on September 8, as part of a United Way Day of Caring service project.

About 40 employees, including Mayor Julie Fullmer, helped move 4,000 books and their respective shelves to the new location. The new location gives the library a larger space and better access for residents, as it is open for longer hours.

“There is no cost for a Vineyard Children’s Library Card. The library has received Small Grants for Emerging Libraries from the Utah State Library to help with some opening and operating costs. Most of the books were donated by residents,” Newman said.

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Some of the thousands of books being re-shelf at the new Vineyard Children’s Library site following the move on Monday, October 3, 2022.

Donations from Orem Community Hospital and Stacy and Whitbeck, Inc. also helped expand the library’s collection with newly added books on gardening, mental and emotional health, and young adults.

Vineyard residents can access library services via the Utah County Bookmobile, which travels to Vineyard Grove Park every Monday from 5-7 p.m. Vineyard City also reimburses residents $80 per year for library cards from adjacent municipalities.

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