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As part of its 50th anniversary celebration in 1996, readers are casting votes for their favorite authors at branch locations of the Davis County Library System.

Competition is expected to be intense in the "Overall Favorite Author" category and there are also specialized areas including romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, Utah author and children's author.All voting is by secret ballot in voting booths set up in each branch. Voting continues through April 15 and winners will be announced in a newsletter.

The county library system is marking its 50th anniversary in 1996. Following the collection of 1,000 signatures on a petition in 1945, the system was formally established in January 1946.

By mid-1946, the system boasted a collection of 1,385 books, housed in Davis High School in Kaysville. Branches were opened in Layton in 1947, Clearfield and Farmington in 1948, Bountiful in 1950, and Syracuse in 1958.

These first branches were in shared buildings such as fire stations and city halls.

Other celebration events planned for the library's anniversary include a read-aloud day, voting for readers' favorite book of the past 50 years, special book bags and T-shirts, and a fund-raising campaign to support its book collection.