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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.

A Refugee Supplies Drive is going on all month long at Columbus. Hygiene items needed include toothpaste, toothbrushes,bar of soap, bandages, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, wipes, razors, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, washcloths, nail files and nail clippers. Cleaning kit items needed include laundry detergent, colored dish soap, sponges, kitchen rags, multipurpose spray and reusable bags to put items into.

To learn more, and to participate, visit your neighborhood County Library and take a look at our online calendar.

Celebrating Refugees

Is your mouth watering yet?

We All Eat is a food festival highlighting global cuisine with refugee communities in Salt Lake County, with feature presentations on food dishes from different cultures, demonstrations on new cooking techniques, and stories from refugees new to our communal spaces.

This afternoon showcase will feature free smells, though food and drink will be made available for sale by Spice Kitchen Incubator and various vendors.

  • July 29 10 am-1 pm
  • Columbus Center Auditorium
  • 2530 South 500 East
Build a Better World
Summer Reading Program

The 2017 Summer Reading Challenge (June 1-July 31) is almost here, and this year's theme is "Build a Better World."

To participate in the challenge:
1. Pick up a reading record online or from any County Library location.
2. Complete an activity in any of this year's categories (Read, Create, Play, Connect).
3. Earn rewards like free books, entries into a drawing, and tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Learn more.


Ever wonder how many different species live in your backyard?

The Natural History Museum of Utah and the County Library present Bioblitz, an interactive citizen-science program where you can learn how to participate in scientific research by making your own observations right in your backyard.

This is a great opportunity to connect with your environment, scientists, naturalists and other curious community members.

BioBlitz will be at the County Library on the following Wednesdays from 11 am-2 pm, and is a drop-in activity:

  • June 14 at Herriman
  • June 28 at the Library's Viridian Event Center
    (Discover Earth launch party)
  • July 12 at Whitmore
  • July 19 at Hunter

See you outside!

Discover Earth
Discover Earth

Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet, a national traveling exhibition that explores Earth’s ever-changing physical and biological systems, will be on display at The Library’s Viridian Event Center from June 28 to September 22. The exhibition focuses on earth science topics—such as the differences between weather and climate, water cycle effects, ecosystem changes and invites the public to discover how local environmental changes impact our global environment.

The exhibit is divided into three areas: A. Our Changing Planet; B. Ecosystems: The Web of Life; and C. Environmental Change at Home. Exhibit components incorporate personal narratives, stunning graphics, video, animations, and simulation-based educational games.

Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet was developed by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in partnership with the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. The project was made possible through support from the National Science Foundation. It is part of NCIL’s STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net).

June 28 – September 22*
10 am-9 pm, Monday-Thursday
10 am-6 pm, Friday-Saturday
Library’s Viridian Event Center
8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan

*Note: The exhibit will be closed on state and national holidays, and portions of the exhibit may to open to the public outside regular library hours during events at the Library’s Viridian Event Center.


The Vietnam War
Ken Burns

Join KUED and the Salt Lake County Library in this special preview of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR.

This series tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

The screening will be held Thursday, August 10 at 7 pm at the Library's Viridian Event Center. Attendees must send their RSVP to Laura Durham by August 7. 

Total Solar Eclipse
total solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse is taking place at 10:13 am on August 21, and the County Library is offering several programs and viewing parties to celebrate this incredible experience.

Programs and events taking place across the County, as well as basic solar eclipse information, can be found using #AllEyesOnTheSky and by visiting the Clark Planetarium’s website.

Solar eclipse viewing parties are taking place at several Salt Lake County Library locations on August 21:

  • 10 am at Millcreek
  • 10 am at Bingham Creek
  • 10 am at Magna
  • 10 am at Herriman
  • 10 am at Sandy
  • 10 am at South Jordan
  • 10 am at West Jordan
  • 10:15 am at Riverton
  • 10:15 am at Whitmore
  • 10:30 am at Taylorsville
  • 11 am at Holladay

To find additional solar eclipse programs taking place at the County Library, visit

Creative Writing Classes
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We've got the WRITE stuff for you this summer at the County Library.

Free creative and short story writing classes provided in partnership with Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center.

To find other writing classes and library programs, visit

Creative Writing — Riverton

  • June 26, 7 pm
  • July 17, 7 pm

Short Story/Flash Fiction for Teens — Hunter

  • August 24, 4:30-5:30 pm
2017 Silver Pen Writing Contest
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This year's theme is "If Only I..."

All work must be original, unpublished and created during 2017.

For more information and to enter, visit at 

The SLCC Community Writing Center also has three no-cost workshops specifically designed for this contest:

  • Poetry: June 15 at 2 pm at the Mt. Olympus Senior Center
  • Essays: July 13 at 2 pm at the Mt. Olympus Senior Center
  • Poetry: August 3 at 2pm at the West Jordan Senior Center

This contest is offered as a partnership among Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services, the County Library, and the SLCC Community Writing Center.

Temporary closure: Draper
Temporary closure: Draper

Beginning Monday, June 5, Draper will be temporarily closed for maintenance. Basic information and procedure during the closure is detailed below.

We hope to re-open by the end of the summer and we will be sharing updates on Facebook: Draper Library

Thank you for your patience as we work to make Draper an even greater (and brighter) place for you to learn, think, create, read and play.

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


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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