Beginning of the Park City Public Library
by Kathleen Woodard
In the early 1990’s a Park city resident and Pride member, Pauline Slipsanger, saw a need for a Library in Park City.She suggested her idea of a library as a project to the Pride organization.The Pride organization was busy getting established, and Pauline became ill and passed away; without her leadership the library project fell to the wayside for several years.
In 1996-97 Pride members felt they were ready to pursue Pauline's dream for a library in Park City. In 1997 the Pride Committee decided it was time to bring the idea before the public for a vote. In the next election the vote failed for lack of public support.
The formation of the library was at a crossroads, what should we do now? Not to be defeated, the Pride committee decided to start a volunteer library in the Pride Center. Books had already been collected for the start of a library. The Park City Pride Organization formed a library committee. Members of the committee for the library were: Loree Dredge, Kathy Hale, Kathleen Woodard and Carol Oldham. Jack Whitson found used library shelving at the Hutchinson library. The shelving was donated to the library. City employees hauled the shelves in pieces from Hutchinson to the Pride Center. Darrell Wilcox, Dee Stuart, Sterling and Kathleen Woodard cleaned, repaired and assembled the shelves for a volunteer library in the Pride Center. Over 4,000 books and periodicals had been collected and donated to start a library. Carol Oldham processed the books by putting pockets and cards in each book.