Chapman Centennial Celebration


100 YEARS OF SERVICE IN POPLAR GROVE

Grand Opening, May 28, 1918

The City Library's Chapman Branch, one of the last functioning Carnegie libraries in Utah, has served the people of Salt Lake since May 27, 1918. It was built with Carnegie Foundation funds in the "Classical Revival Style." The architecture represents the idea of the library as a "Cathedral of Knowledge."

Andrew Carnegie personified the "rags to riches" mythos of the era, having been born impoverished, then becoming one of the world's wealthiest men.

As a young man, he spent much of his free time in public libraries as a respite from the daily drudgery of long work hours and family hardships. He believed libraries directly influenced his life's course, and desired that same experience for others who, like himself, did not begin life with the advantages of wealth and status.

Chapman Branch, 2016

Through philanthropic efforts Andrew Carnegie set aside funds for the purpose of building public libraries in his native Scotland and across the United States.

The Chapman Branch will continue to evolve using the technology of the times in order to meet the social, educational, informational and recreational needs of the community.



DECADE-INSPIRED
BOOK DISPLAYS

ALL YEAR LONG
Book collections that highlight each decade from 1918–2018.


EVENTS

Spanish-language & outdoor film screenings, cultural performances, crafts and much more. Upcoming events are listed in the sidebar to the right.


CHAPMAN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY

SATURDAY, JUNE 2
10am–7:30pm
Enjoy historic re-enactors, musical performances, vintage cars, kids' activities, cake and ice cream and the Summer Reading kick-off!

7:30–9pm
An outdoor big band Hollywood canteen dance featuring The Mixed Nuts. Costumes of the past century highly encouraged!