Salt Lake County Library is pleased to present the annual One County, One Book program, when all Salt Lake County adults are encouraged to read the same extraordinary book, creating a countywide discussion. It runs September through November this year at all county libraries. The 2014 selection is the award-winning book Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. In addition to being a New York Times Bestseller, it recently won the 2014 Edgar Award For Best Novel, the 2014 Dilys Award and has been selected as a School Library Journal Best Book Of 2013. The book’s richly-layered themes will lend itself well to a great deal of discussion, making it an unforgettable choice for the One County, One Book program. Join us at the Library’s Viridian Event Center on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. for a very special discussion and signing with the author of Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger. Presented in partnership with the Utah Humanities Council, books will be available for purchase courtesy of The King’s English Bookshop. For more information visit saltlakecountyonebook.com.
Salt Lake County Library is offering an October Costume Swap. Individuals who want to recycle and reuse their gently-used Halloween costumes by swapping them out for a different one can drop off those costumes at a participating library branch between October 1-15. Participating locations are Bingham Creek, Herriman, Hunter, Kearns, South Jordan, Whitmore and the Viridian Event Center. Then the Costume Swap will take place Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Library's Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. They'll receive a token to bring to the Viridian Center on October 18 and redeem it for another costume of their choosing selected from all the other costumes brought in for the swap. Individuals who would like to simply donate a costume (or who don't find a suitable "swap" on October 18th) will be offered a $7.50 library fine waiver.
Pumpkinpalooza is a new Halloween tradition for families centered around all things pumpkin. There will be apPumpkin decorating contest (kids, teens & adults), a pumpkin pie eating contest, pumpkin arts and crafts, pumpkin smashing, a costume contest (for all ages), photo booths, a spook alley for kids and a vendor marketplace. Join us for all the pumpkin fun at the Library's Viridian Event Center on Saturday, October 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Salt Lake County Library will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for the seventh annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day. Like so many other libraries across the country and around the world, we will offer this special gaming event at the Viridian Event Center suitable for the whole family. Come explore exciting, popular and award-winning games like Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Star Wars X-Wing miniatures, The Walking Dead board game, Clash of Cultures, Love Letter and many, many more. There will be a gaming library for all ages and gaming levels to choose from and play for free. Presented in partnership with Fongo Bongo Games and SaltCON.
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.