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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.

Library Month
Library Month

Show your love for the library and the community this April during Library Month. Stop by your local branch, take a photo and share it on social media (use #SLCoLibraryFan) to let others know how Salt Lake County Library has transformed your life. While at your County Library branch, donate food to receive a one-time fine waiver of up to five dollars per library card (on existing fines only).

Non-perishable donations only. All donations go to Utah Food Bank.

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

Kids Fiesta — Día de los niños
Kids Fiesta — Día de los niños

Celebrate Day of the Child/Day of the Book with live music, storytime in English and in Spanish, piñatas, crafts, bounce houses, and more! It's free, bring your whole family!

Ven a Celebrar El Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros! Con música en vivo, cuentos en Inglés y en Español, piñatas, manualidades, brinca brinca, y más. Es Gratis, trae a toda tu familia!


  • DATE: Saturday, April 29
  • TIME: 11 am-2pm
  • PLACE: Library’s Viridian Event Center, 8030 S 1825 W

To learn more, and to participate, visit our online calendar.

May the 4th Be With You
May the 4th Be With You

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

...there was a Star Wars affair! Join us for an evening of revelry in all things Star Wars as we celebrate May the Fourth — Star Wars Day!

  • DATE: Thursday, May 4
  • TIME: 7:30 pm
  • PLACE: Library’s Viridian Event Center, 8030 S 1825 W

The event is FREE, but a ticket is required so we can make it a great experience for everyone.

What’s happening: Costume contests, lip-sync battles, trivia contests, photo opportunities, mocktails, prizes, vendors, refreshments and more! Costumes are encouraged, regardless of whether you want to be in the contest, but are not required.

This is FREE for adult Jedi only — please leave the younglings at homebase!

Info and tickets:

Summer Reading Challenge: Build a Better World
Summer Reading Challenge: Build a Better World

Salt Lake County Library is excited to announce the annual kick off party to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge: Build a Better World.

  • DATE: Friday, June 2
  • TIME: 6-9 pm
  • PLACE: Library’s Viridian Event Center and Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 S 1825 W

Attractions include: performers, puppet shows, the Natural History Museum of Utah, cookies, fun, mascots, face painting, live shows, exhibits and booths, and more!

Bring the whole family and get ready for the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Build a Better World.

For more information, please visit

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 & Memoir Writing Classes
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We’ve got the WRITE stuff for you this Spring! Free creative and memoir writing classes provided in partnership with Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center.

Creative Writing
Riverton Branch
May 15, 7 pm

Memoir Writing (2-part)
Whitmore Branch
May 4 and May 11, 7 pm

To find other writing classes and library programs, visit

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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