Salt Lake County Library is very pleased to welcome bestselling author Tess Gerritsen to the Library’s Viridian Event Center on Wednesday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion and signing. One of today’s biggest suspense superstars, Tess Gerritsen is a former MD-turned-bestselling author. Her popularity skyrocketed when TNT launched their television series Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, based on her bestselling novels featuring the fan-favorite characters of medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, which is enjoying its fifth season and heading into national syndication. The author will be discussing and signing her highly-anticipated new novel, Die Again, which continues the story of Rizzoli and Isles, and is classic Gerritsen – fascinating medical details that only an insider can deliver fused with a gripping read and characters readers care about and instantly relate to. The event is free, and books will be available for purchase courtesy of The King’s English Bookshop.
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. Engaging in one conversation at a time with someone who has had a very different life experience from your own or comes from a dissimilar background leads to a better understanding of one another and our community. 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
Salt Lake County Library Services was voted by our employees as one of Salt Lake Tribunes “Great Places to Work,” and was ranked 10th among large organizations. Our libraries are a great place for family information and inspiration! At the 18 locations many amazing and fun projects are offered - book groups for various ages, classes, crafts, author lectures and an opportunity for our patrons to expand their knowledge from the books that they read, movies they watch, music they listen, languages they can learn and downloadables. Come and check out why the Salt Lake County library had 4.5 million people walk through our doors last year. Jim Cooper, library director, says his philosophy surrounds empowering employees to provide better customer service. The first thing is to have a strong vision of your mission and what customer service is, and then attracting talented, dedicated employees that understand what good customer service is.
As an employee put it “I am allowed to grow in many ways professionally, and to try new things out. As I have advanced into this position, I feel very happy and accomplished with my work at the library.”
Two changes were recently approved by the Salt Lake County Council and the Library Board to equalize fines for overdue library materials. After more than 20 years at the same rate, the fine for books has been adjusted from 15 cents to 25 cents per day. At the same time, the overdue fine for DVD’s, CD’s and books on CD has been lowered from $1.00 to 25 cents per day. Effective as of October 1, allfines for all library materials will be the same—25 cents per day. The maximum outstanding amount owed on a library account before further checkouts are blocked is still $10.00.
We’d like to help our customers avoid overdue fines on materials.
1. The library will send courtesy email or text reminders three days in advance of upcoming due dates if we have your email address or text service on file in your customer record.Library staff can help update your record with that information.
2. The library-sponsored LibraryElf service will provide courtesy reminders of upcoming due dates in one place for all library accounts registered for your family. Auto-renewals are now available. Register under “My Account” (dropdown menu) on our website.