The library is switching over to an entirely new and enhanced online catalog and a group of friendly aliens from Polaris will help guide you to some of the best new features. The new catalog launches on December 12. All library locations will be closed on Wednesday, December 11 to facilitate the change from the old system to the new. Due to the change no items will be due back in the libraries from December 3 through 18, however items can be checked out as usual during that time. Staff will assist with checkouts on December 9 and 10. The catalog will not be available online from December 7 through 11. Click here for more information about the new catalog features.
Please give this month at many of the county libraries to help provide life changing donations. Many of the donations will benefit The Road Home Shelter. Here is a partial wishlist of needed items: Winter outerwear, especially for children, including hats, gloves, mittens, ear muffs, winter coats, winter boots for all ages, but especially children (can be gently used). Other items could be diapers, baby bottles (new), socks of all sizes (baby to adult), blankets, towels and wash cloths (can be gently used) and personal care/grooming items. You'll see the Giving Trees and displays at the following libraries: Bingham Creek, Columbus, Millcreek, Herriman, Kearns, Riverton, Tyler, West Jordan, West Valley and Whitmore.
The library is commemorating World AIDS Day this year with a screening of the acclaimed documentary We Were Here at the Library’s Viridian Event Center on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. The film illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. It offers a cathartic validation for the generation that suffered through, and responded to, the onset of AIDS, and opens a window of understanding to those who have only the vaguest notions of what transpired in the 1980s. It provides insight into what society could, and should, offer its citizens in the way of medical care, social services and community support. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for all of us to learn the facts about HIV and put that knowledge into action in Salt Lake County. Look for displays in the libraries. Presented in partnership with Salt Lake County Health Department.
Teens, join us again this year for the second annual free Harry Potter Yule Ball at the Library’s Viridian Event Center on Friday, January 17 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. Costumes or formal dress are encouraged, but not required. There will be a presentation by the Rocky Mountain Muggles costume troupe, ballroom dancing with a DJ, and free crafts and activities. If you attended last year you know what a magical evening it was. This event is for teens ages 12 to 19 only. Presented in partnership with The Harry Potter Alliance and The Rocky Mountain Muggles.
Salt Lake County Libraries, in partnership with the English Skills Learning Center, announces a competition for the logo design of the Global Community Summit. The winning logo will be featured on all Global Community Summit marketing and promotional materials. The contest is open to artists ages 15-25. Deadline for submission of entries to email@example.com is Friday, December 27, 2013 Midnight MST. Find more details here.