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History of the Roberts Public Library

The original home of the Roberts Library  was the  old Roberts Fire Station garage at the rear of the small city building. The size of a small fire truck (152 sq. ft.), the library could accomodate  three adults at one time, or five small children.

The library was started by Vernal Hilldebrandt as a Senior Citizen Project. Vernal collected donated books, arranged them in the tiny space allotted by the city. Trustees were appointed and the library began to take form.  That first collection of books was destroyed in 1976 by the Teton Dam Flood, but Vernal, undaunted, cleaned out the library, found more books and the library continued.