The Stanley Community Library broke ground in 2012 on a new, patron-owned, permanent home, as part of a larger redevelopment project that is bringing new commercial, retail, and housing to downtown Stanley. The new facility provides more space for users, with much better visibility and energy-efficiency, and includes a multipurpose room that meets many needs and is accessible after hours to community groups. We moved in January 2013, the new building is paid for, and the paperwork is done to complete the property purchase. We deeply appreciate the many friends and supporters who have helped the Building Committee over the past several years as we have worked toward finding the library a permanent home.
View this time lapse video of building the new library!
What are your friends and neighbors saying about the library?
“Our library is the heart of our community. It opens the door to the world beyond and brings to our community programs that inform and entertain. Our library has earned our affection and deserves our support.” – Hon. Orval Hansen, part-time resident, former Congressman
“The Stanley Community Library’s special programs for kids and adults bring the community together all year round. Book Club, Story Time, and the summer reading program always give us something to read and talk about.” – Amy Klingler, PA, Salmon River Clinic and mother
“Redfish Lake Lodge loves the Stanley Library! Our crew of over 60 employees uses the library and my children do the same. The library is not only needed, it is a tremendous blessing to this beautiful area.” – Jeff Clegg, local business owner and father
“The library helps us all stay up to date on what’s happening in our country and in the world, so we can be good citizens. The library also offers programs and materials that can reinforce parents’ efforts to get their children started reading early, which is important to their success later in life.” – Bob Dargatz, 17-year full-time resident
“The Stanley Community Library is a vital resource for this small and often isolated community. The library has been an important partner with SIHA in providing educational and informational programs for the community.” – Terry Clark, Executive Director, Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association
“The library is a center point for the town and you make it a welcome place for visitors to gather and get information.” – Janice Holman, long-time summer visitor
“Stanley is fortunate to have one of the finest rural libraries in the state. I would encourage everyone to visit, utilize and support our local library.” – Laurii Gadwa, Stanley City Councilman
“In a town the size of Stanley having a library as vibrant as we do is a huge plus. My two young kids look forward to weekly Story Time and many other seasonal events. It also gives my youngest daughter, who is 3, and I a place to go during the week. During the summer the library is a vital resource for our seasonal employees as well. We do not have internet access in our employee housing and they utilize the library for their internet needs.” – Erin Wilson, local business manager and mother
“The Library, in our estimation, is at the heart of the community and deserves support. We are proud to do so and encourage the participation of others.” – Keith Reese and John Dean, Sawtooth Valley Builders