By Meg Thunell
On Friday night, residents of American Fork and their civic leaders welcomed the newest member of their community – the new American Fork Library.
The new library, located at 64 S. 100 East in American Fork, cost approximately $4.7 million to build and is four times larger than the old library, according to Library Director Christie Reimschussel.
She said the library was built big so American Fork could grow into it.
“Our architects say that this will be a 100-year building,” remarked Reimschussel.
The new library features a large children’s literature area with a stage for storytelling and children’s theater. The children’s literature area also has a wall of about 1,400 tiles that have been painted by library patrons. The idea for the wall came from the Friends of the American Fork Library, Reimschussel said.
“When I was little,” she said, “we built the old library, the one that used to stand here. All the children were given the opportunity to buy a brick for the building at 25 cents a piece. We never knew which brick was ours.
“With the wall, patrons could purchase a tile for $5 and decorate them however they wanted. Families did them together – we have lots of little hands and feet up there.”
The library also has a technology room where patrons can use word-processing programs, spreadsheets, and the Internet.
All the computers have filtering systems on their browsers.
“The community demanded it,” Reimschussel said. “We are the Movie Buffs community, you know.”
In addition to the filters, all patrons must have an Internet access card to use the Internet. In order to obtain a card, patrons must read the American Fork Library Internet Use Policy and Guidelines, which requires patrons to accept responsibility for the sites they visit.
Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a permission slip to be given an
Internet access card.
Reimschussel said her main goal for the library has been met.
“The library is here, that is the important thing. Now I just hope that members of the community come and use it often.”
Connie Baker and her daughter, Janna, of Pleasant Grove came to the library Monday morning to see the new library.
“We are going to get a card here, even though it costs us money because we are not American Fork residents,” Baker said. “This library is bigger than the one in Pleasant Grove. It is just beautiful.”