A dream job is one you
wait seven years for even while you love the
job you already have.
“The staff here is amazing and everybody
does their fair share and more,” said
Big Piney Library Director Tawnya Miller,
promoted to the position last month.
When Miller first started working at the
Big Piney Library, her job was covering
books. Over the years, Miller’s enthusiasm
for the library as host of unique, educational
and interesting events gave her an outlet to
bring her creativity to the forefront.
Miller now has two loose-leaf notebooks
filled with posters for her brainstormed
“free” ideas that can brighten quiet evenings
From the free DIY classes, when residents
offer to share a skill or hobby with
others, to the upcoming Big Piney Fall Festival
on Oct. 5, Miller takes great pride in
what the Big Piney Library brings to the
community. Topics have ranged from soap
making to stained glass to serious aspects of
women’s and local history.
“The DIYs are all straight from members
of the community,” she said. “I didn’t necessarily
need to start that.”
Miller’s big move last month from the
library staff’s third desk to the larger first
desk in a line – acquiring a pink and gold
“Boss Lady” mug along the way – means
she will write more grant applications and
take charge of all acquisitions. As director,
Miller plans to talk to patrons and find out
what they want or need from the Big Piney
As populations of Big Piney and Marbleton
decline with the economic slowdown,
Miller said she continues to undertake outreach
and plan more intergenerational activities
to strengthen connections between
residents and the library.
“I love my community and this job gives
me the opportunity, along with my awesome
coworkers to impact the community
in a positive way and do some really cool
stuff,” she said.
Two events she has created for the library,
April’s Heritage Month and October’s
Fall Festival, will stay on her plate.
The library’s first Fall Festival emerged
five years ago with willing staff, volunteers
and businesspeople pitching in as vendors
or hosting autumn-inspired games like
building scarecrows and bobbing for apples.
Each year, Miller reaches out a little farther
and last year, Fall Festival had 47 vendors.
Past vendors have offered everything
from teeth whitening to photography to essential
oils and snacks, as well as kid and
Having a Fall Festival vendor space is
New Big Piney Library Director Tawnya Miller is looking forward to the upcoming Fall Festival on Oct. 5.
Miller adds new event to Big Piney Fall Fest
By Joy Ufford, [email protected]
totally free, according to Miller, who invites
anyone who wants to sell almost anything,
raise money for school trips or benefit a
nonprofit to contact her at the library to reserve
a space. The only request she makes
is that vendors commit to the new 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. timeframe, earlier this year so people
can continue on to the Big Piney Homecoming
girls’ volleyball games at 1 p.m.
This year the Big Piney-Marbleton
Community Development Group will be
awarding a prize to the booth showing the
most Puncher Pride. As it is Homecoming
weekend that weekend, we encourage vendors
to decorate their booths with red and white.
One new attraction this year is the firstever
special Glamper (glamorous camper)
Gathering to owners of vintage camper
trailers and RVs – in any stage or era of
renovation – to come and park outside the
Big Piney Library. Miller has two vintage
campers of her own that she plans to tow
into town for people to view and others are
welcome to sign up.
The 2019 Big Piney Library’s Fall Festival
is on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. For more information about being a
vendor or bringing a “glamper,” call Tawnya
Miller at 307-276-3515 or email her at