Carnegie Library, South Fork Branch
Photo by Geralyn J Cummings
0031 Mall St.
South Fork, CO 81154
The South Fork Branch has always been a branch library of the Carnegie Library in Monte Vista since it opened on February 7, 1975; however, it has not always been called by the branch name. It started out as a small library called the Ruth Tabor Memorial Library located in the North East corner of the South Fork Community Building located on Highway 149. Ruth Marie Tabor is credited with being the one who set in motion the procedures for starting the library. The library was named in her honor as a hardworking, friendly woman whose interest and time consuming labor made this library possible for the people of South Fork. The library was also called the South Fork Library; the name was officially changed to Carnegie Library, South Fork Branch in 2003. A new library building for South Fork was built in 2007-2008. It took several years of planning and fundraising to start the building process. Moving the small library from the South Fork Community Building to a new building all its own was a difficult task that included a lot of hard work on the part of library board members, library staff and many volunteers. The library took up its new residency on January 11, 2008.
The South Fork Branch Library has many assets that are valued by the South Fork community. The South Fork Branch Library has a wide variety of books, including those through the states Inter-Library Loan system (ILL), audio CD's, DVD's and VHS videos available for patrons to check out. Also available to the public are fifteen computers and wireless Internet connection. The materials from the South Fork Branch may also be returned to the Carnegie Library in Monte Vista and vice versa. This makes book return easier for patrons of both libraries, and every year the library holds a summer book sale from Memorial Day to Labor Day.