In the days before radio and television, reading was much more important as a leisure time activity. Since public libraries were either non-existent or inaccessible, one source of reading material was the school library which though small was utilized to the fullest. Another source was an exchange of books between home libraries. May Reid and Delle R. Ivins had fairly large collections of good books and shared them willingly with both children and grown-ups. Christmas gifts exchanged between friends were often books and every child's gifts for any occasion included books. A current popular novel was sure to find its way into the community and pass from hand to hand and reading aloud in the home by the light of a kerosene lamp was a common practice in those pre-radio, pre-television days. A part of the M.I.A. lesson period was reserved for reading aloud a classical or popular play or novel in serial form.
Many tried their hand at writing and a number of histories, biographies, autobiographies and poetry resulted. These were often written to mark a special occasion or celebration. Some of the poetry is included in this history. Three former residents of the town have had histories published worthy of mention, Carol Ivins Collett for her History of Kaysville, Utah, Laura Gubler Hendrix for Two Gubler Families in America, and Effie Oxborrow Read for White Pine Lang Syne.
Another out growth of reading were dramatic readings and plays. Many names of readers are mentioned in the old record books but here I will mention only a few of the first generation whose names appear frequently, and add a paragraph on outstanding names of these early readers are Delle R. Ivins, Belle Gardner, May Reid, Moses Harrison, Orrin Snow, Joseph Oxborrow. Although in general they were quite versatile each had a special reading or repertoire to fall back on when an impromptu number was needed.
Plays were frequently forms of entertainment especially during the winter months. It was customary for the M.I.A. to stage one or two dramas during the year even before it became a prescribed activity of that organization. Other auxiliaries also gave performances by different age groups at intervals and the schools considered one or two public dramatic appearances during the year a part of the educational process. One of the earliest cast of characters we have record of has these names: Will Vance, Emma Whitehead, Ethel Smith, Ray Lee.