Join us on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Library's Viridian Event Center for a free evening of storytelling for families featuring two national storytellers. Andy Offut uses a manic Silly Putty voice and astonishing mouth noises to tell hilarious stories. A native of Covington, Georgia, he is a humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler and walking menagerie of dialects. Donna Ingham takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist to entertain audiences of all ages. Hear tall tales, folklore, historical and personal stories told only as a Texan could – or would. Presented in partnership with the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.
The Library's Viridian Event Center is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion and signing of her newest book, Dangerous. Equal parts romance and action-adventure, this explosive story is sure to leave both longtime Shannon Hale fans and avid sci-fi readers completely breathless. Bestselling author James Dashner calls it, “One of the best books I've ever read. Ever. It's chock full of intrigue, suspense, and clever, authentic, wonderful humor. I'm in love with this book.” Meet the author and get autographed copies of her books. Presented in partnership with The King's English Bookshop.
Did you know that one in six Utahns are at risk of missing at least one meal per day. This equates to 472,000 Utahns, or 17% of our population. Even more alarming is that one in five kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Please help the Library put a dent in these numbers this spring as we partner once again with the Utah Food Bank to help feed the hungry in our communities. From Monday, March 17 – Saturday, March 22 we will be hosting a food drive in all of our Salt Lake County Library locations. Bring in your donation to any library during normal business hours and, in honor of our 75th Anniversary this year, receive a $7.50 fine waiver on your existing fines; 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. Thank you for helping us help those in need!
The Utah Humanities Council has been selected to participate in the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys program, a scholar-led national program designed to foster opportunities for informed community conversations about the histories, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States. UHC has chosen the theme of “American Stories” for the discussion series, and is partnering with Salt Lake County Library to present book discussions at Millcreek Library and West Valley Library, and free film screenings at the Library’s Viridian Event Center. Books will be available on a first come, first served basis at the Millcreek Library. Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.
- Thursday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. – Terry Alford’s Prince Among Slaves at Millcreek Library
- Wednesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. – Film screening: Prince Among Slaves at Viridian Event Center
- Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. – G. Willow Wilson’s Butterfly Mosque at Millcreek Library
- Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 p.m. – Film screening: Koran by Heart at Viridian Event Center
- Thursday, May 29, 6:30 p.m. – Leila Ahmed’s A Quiet Revolution at Millcreek Library
- Thursday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. – Edward Curtis’ Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims at West Valley Library
- Thursday, July 31, 6:30 p.m. – Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith at West Valley Library
Join us for these personal history workshops that will teach you how to collaborate with family members, find resources together and create a lasting family history. The events on March 13 and April 10 are project-based workshops with Paulette Stevens of the Utah Chapter - Association of Personal Historians for working on a specific project.
- Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. – Whitmore Library
- Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. – Millcreek Library
- Monday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. – Magna Library
- Monday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. – Columbus Library
- Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. – Whitmore Library
- Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. – Millcreek Library
- Monday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. – Magna Library
First impressions can be deceiving, and sometimes you have to "open" someone up to hear their stories. Join us for the first annual Living Books Library program at the Viridian Event Center on Saturday, March 29 from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Living Books are volunteers you “borrow” who share stories about their personal experiences. You can schedule 15 minute conversations to learn more about the individuals in your community – refugees, authors, world travelers, a Chinese immigrant, a mountaineer, religious leaders, veterans, GLBTQ persons and others. The unique idea to host a program where patrons check out humans has grown into an international project to promote compassion, understanding and conversations between people of all kinds. You can come anytime during the event, and if the person you want to chat with is unavailable you can place a “hold” to talk with them next. Find a description of the presenters here.
Library patrons can now receive personalized book recommendations on the library’s Facebook page with our new ongoing service. Simply visit our Facebook page, click on the “Message” button at the top and send us a private message telling us the title of a book or two that you enjoyed. One of our expert librarians will respond with a recommendation for a similar book or series that you may also enjoy. Every effort will be made to respond to your request within a business day or two (we’re closed Sundays). These could be book recommendations for you or anyone else, including your children. It’s one more great free service we offer to improve your library experience.