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Turn Dreams into Reality Contest Winners
Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Local Library Contest

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

Harry Potter Yule Ball
Harry Potter Yule Ball

Teens, join us again this year for the third annual free Harry Potter Yule Ball at the Library’s Viridian Event Center on Friday, January 16 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. (located at 8030 South 1825 West in West Jordan). Costumes or formal dress are encouraged, but not required. There will be a presentation by the RockyMountain Muggles costume troupe, 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, The Rocky Mountain Muggles and FantasyCon.

Library's Viridian Event Center, January 16, 2015


A Great Place for Our Employees and You!
Top Work Places 2014

Salt Lake County Library Services - A Great Place for Our Employees and You!
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.”

Riverton Library Reopens December 22
Riverton Library

Riverton Library will reopen on December 22, 2014. The library has new carpeting, a new reference desk, a reconfigured staff workroom, a new staff entrance door and a drinking fountain. All regular services will again be available. Thank you for your patience.

Fines on all library materials now 25 cents/day
Fines on all library materials now 25 cents

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.

Book Recommendations on Facebook
book recommendations

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.