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2017 The Year of Inclusion
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It’s about ALL of us at the County Library and we have dubbed 2017 the “Year of Inclusion” – 365 days committed to increasing awareness and promoting equality and acceptance among employees and Library users. Programs and events highlighting specific topics and populations are offered each month.

To learn more, and to participate, visit your neighborhood County Library and take a look at our online calendar.

United We Read SLC
United We Read

United We Read SLC is an initiative for everyone in Salt Lake County to connect by reading the same book and by sharing their experience with others.

“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman, the 2015 County Library’s Reader’s Choice winner, is the book selected for the 2017 United We Read SLC initiative. The following Salt Lake County libraries are participating:

Murray Library
Salt Lake City Public Library
Salt Lake County Library

Classes, events and activities related to the book will take place across the County through May 2017. Be sure to like the United We Read SLC Facebook page.

More info:

Read * Connect * Share

Creative Writing Classes
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We've got the WRITE stuff for you this summer at the County Library.

Free creative and short story writing classes provided in partnership with Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center.

To find other writing classes and library programs, visit

Creative Writing — Riverton

  • June 26, 7 pm
  • July 17, 7 pm

Short Story/Flash Fiction for Teens — Hunter

  • August 24, 4:30-5:30 pm
2017 Silver Pen Writing Contest
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This year's theme is "If Only I..."

All work must be original, unpublished and created during 2017.

For more information and to enter, visit at 

The SLCC Community Writing Center also has three no-cost workshops specifically designed for this contest:

  • Poetry: June 15 at 2 pm at the Mt. Olympus Senior Center
  • Essays: July 13 at 2 pm at the Mt. Olympus Senior Center
  • Poetry: August 3 at 2pm at the West Jordan Senior Center

This contest is offered as a partnership among Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services, the County Library, and the SLCC Community Writing Center.

Temporary closure: Draper
Temporary closure: Draper

Beginning Monday, June 5, Draper will be temporarily closed for maintenance. Basic information and procedure during the closure is detailed below.

We hope to re-open by the end of the summer and we will be sharing updates on Facebook: Draper Library

Thank you for your patience as we work to make Draper an even greater (and brighter) place for you to learn, think, create, read and play.

Questions or concerns? Please call Customer Service, 801-943- 4636.

The Lowdown on Downloads & Databases
Video Tutorials

Get the lowdown on downloads and databases with our new video tutorials. The tutorials can be found on the main page, the Reader’s Café page, and the Research Room page – look for “Help Tutorials,” on the right-hand side of each page. In addition, the video tutorials are highlighted within the links to the specific apps and databases.

OverDrive, Axis360, Gale Virtual Reference, Recorded Books, Flipster, Hoopla, and Freegal are just a few of the databases and downloadables apps with accompanying video tutorials.

Take a minute to check them out and to learn simple tips and tricks for using our electronic and online resources.

More info:


Early Literacy Text Messages

Receive tips for building young brains and growing great learners.

Text SIGNUP or REGISTRESE to 385.206.6828 to sign up (available in English and Spanish).

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