Teens who enjoy anime, manga and cosplay will love ToshoCON, the library’s annual anime convention just for teens. This exciting, free event will be happening Friday August 1 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., and Saturday August 2 from 4:00-10:00 p.m. at the Viridian Event Center (8030 South 1825 West). All teens ages 12-19 are welcome. There will be panel discussions, hands-on crafts and activities, an art display, demonstrations, movie screenings, vendors and more. There will also be a costume contest – so get creative and wear your best Anime outfit.
Salt Lake County’s Kearns Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a party on Friday, August 8 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The library has been a vital community destination spot since 1964 and continues to be an important contributor to the livelihood of the surrounding area. The public is invited to enjoy the day’s events, including the unveiling of a new mural with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Library Director Jim Cooper, story times, magic shows, costume characters, refreshments, a petting zoo and bounce houses for the kids.
All teens are invited to enter the ToshoCON Anime Art Contest this summer. All entries must be related to anime, manga, Japanese culture or video games, and must be submitted by end of the day Monday, July 28 at any Salt Lake County library branch. Winners will be voted on by teens at the ToshoCON Anime Convention in August. Find the official entry form here.
Ballroom Utah is back with a series of dance instruction to get you ready for the fourth annual end-of-summer adult dance party. BallroomUtah dance instructors will lead participants through a progression of dance styles: waltz, fox trot, tango, rumba, salsa, cha-cha and swing. Join us for these events at the Whitmore Library on Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m.; Kearns Library on Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m.; Herriman Library on Thursday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. Then celebrate the Adult Summer Reading program finale by dancing the night away at our adults-only party at the Columbus Community Center on Friday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. All adults are welcome for dance instruction by BallroomUtah and refreshements. A partner is welcome but not necessary to have fun and learn some cool dance moves.
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.