LOGAN — The new Logan Library has been open for just over a month now in downtown Logan in its new location at 285 N. Main St. And already the calendar is filling up with activities.

One is happening Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in Community Room A at the library. It will feature author and illustrator Caralyn and Mark Buehner.

On KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday, Frank Ascione, president of the Friends of the Logan Library,  invited the public to the event during National Library Week.

“They have been kind enough to be coming this coming Friday at 4:30, (on )the main floor of the library. And I should emphasize, this is a free event for the entire community.

“You don’t have to be a Logan resident, you can be from anywhere and you’re welcome to come. And it is my understanding that not only will there be a book reading by the Buehner’s, but Mark Buehner is going to demonstrate how he draws the snowmen,” he explained.

The couple is well-known not only in the valley but nationally as well for their children’s books “Snowmen at Halloween” and “It’s a Spoon, Not a Shovel.”   

Ascione talked about the modern history and different locations of the Logan Library building. He said things were quite different when he and his family moved here in 1973.

“The only way our kids could get access to books easily was the Bookmobile,” Ascione explained. “And when the Bookmobile came through our little development in Hyrum all of the kids would come out and it was fantastic. Then we would use the library that’s kitty corner to St John’s (Episcopal Church) on 1st East. That was the original Logan Library in that building that is currently there on the southeast corner of 1st East and 1st North.”

Then the decision was made in the 1980’s to build a new library, but it essentially was a repurposing of the old Logan City hall space, utilities desk and courtroom, at about the current location of the new building. Ascione said that worked for its time.

“But it became very, very clear that something more was needed to meet the needs of our wonderful people in this valley. And it’s just wonderful the way various groups came together in addition to the city. And really pulled to get this done..”

He said the finished product is a wonderful space.

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