Teen Tech Month in March is when Salt Lake County Library showcases the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Celebrate with the “Libraries are for Making...” theme this year. We will be offering teens a space to extend learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. There will be a robot “hackathon” on Wednesday, March 25, 6:00–9:00 p.m., when teens can create their own robot designs and then duel with them. This year’s community partners include Vivant and Make Salt Lake. Also, teens who participate in any teen library event in March will be eligible for a fine waiver of up to $5.00 in existing fines.
The Tyler Library located at 8041 South Wood Street (55 West) in Midvale will close Monday, March 2 for a remodel project. It is scheduled to reopen in early April. The book drops will remain open during the remodel, and holds can be picked up at the West Jordan Library located at 8030 South 1825 West.
From Monday, March 16 – Saturday, March 21 Salt Lake County Library will be hosting a food drive at all locations to benefit the Utah Food Bank. Bring in your donation to any library during normal business hours and receive a fine waiver on your library account for up to $5.00; any one donation item receives the waiver, but you can donate as much food as you like. One fine waiver per library card. Donations need to be canned and packaged food in the original unopened packaging. All food must be in good condition with the original food label intact. The most needed food items are peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned stews, canned chili, boxed meals, macaroni & cheese and pasta. The Utah Food Bank also requests that food donations meet the following criteria when possible: low sugar, low sodium, all natural juices, and all natural ingredients. Any signs of damage or deterioration will make the food items unusable. Remember, use good judgment. If in doubt, throw it out. Discarding unsafe or suspect food is not waste; it is helping to protect human health and human lives. Thank you for helping us help those in need.
Don’t judge a book by its cover: first impressions can be deceiving, and sometimes you have to “open” someone up to hear their stories. The Living Books Library works like your local library, however, the books you borrow are volunteers who share stories about their personal experiences. You’ll want to join us for the second annual Living Books program at the Library’s Viridian Event Center on Saturday, March 28 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For 15 minutes (or more), you can sit down with someone like a refugee, a politician/activist, an urban farmer or an author, people who have incredible stories to share, and unlike a book, they’re able to answer your questions and tailor the storytelling experience to you. You can arrive anytime and if the person you want to chat with is unavailable you can place a “hold” to talk with them next. We think you will find this event thought-provoking and memorable.
Salt Lake County Library Services, Dr. Pepper, Barbacoa and Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) sponsored a “Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Local Library Contest” for teens 13-19 during teen read month. To win one of two $2,500 Utah Educational Savings Plan college scholarship, teens wrote a six-word memoir to describe their education and career dreams.
The two winners and their memoirs are:
- Camilla Tobler "Achievements are dreams within actions”
- Musa Sheikh "Try to succeed, or fail proud”
More than 400 contest entries were received and can be found at http://co.slcolibrary.org/teenreadmonth2014/teenmemoirinfo.cfm