About Us

Maricarol Darden, Branch Manager

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What We Do

We provide open, non-judgmental access to collections and services without regard to race, citizenship, age, educational level, economic status, religion, or any other qualifications or conditions. The library is to serve the total community by providing free and open access to the ideas and information available on all subjects and in all formats. We select and make available materials for the enlightenment, cultural enrichment and enjoyment of its public of all ages, levels of abilities and interest. Also, we advocate and support the First Amendment Rights and the Library Bill of Rights, and protect library materials from censorship.

Mission Statement

The Washington County Library System provides staff, collections, physical and virtual spaces that promote ideas, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen communities. Our objectives are:

  • Provide collections and services to meet community needs and interests
  • Promote the Washington County Library System, the Utah State Library, and all library services available in the state
  • Promote the awareness and use of library resources, services, and programs
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with other libraries and with cultural, educational, social, and informational agencies
  • Attract and develop a high-quality staff with special skills, knowledge, and abilities to help library users
  • Create an environment which motivates staff to achieve high levels of performance, productivity, and professional development
  • Exercise prudence in the utilization of human, financial, and physical resources
  • Utilize appropriate technologies to maintain and improve library operations and services
  • Provide and maintain clean, open, and welcoming facilities


As the newest of the Branch Managers for the Washington County Library System my background is unique in that I came from a different background professionally.

I was the Center Supervisor for the St. George Senior Center for 14 years before coming to the New Harmony Library. I worked my way through college at Westmont College and the University of Northern Colorado. I graduated with a degree in Recreation where my professional focus has been centered on recreational activity from day camps to the senior center.

We moved to New Harmony 20 years ago and while my children attended school, I worked at Southern Utah University in the media center and serials. My dream came true when I was chosen to become the Branch Manager of the New Harmony Branch, where I could work a few minutes from my home and get to know my neighbors again. I am striving to make the library the hub of the community.