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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.

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

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!

Dance Classes
Dance classes

Ballroom Utah is hosting free adult dance classes at various County Library locations through August, allowing participants to learn the foxtrot, tango, waltz, salsa, rumba, cha cha, and swing. The first class is June 10 at the County Library's Bingham Creek location at 7 pm and will teach the foxtrot.

These new-to-you dance steps can be learned on their own or in preparation for a dance and live concert on July 8 at the Library's Viridian Event Center. Music will be provided by Night Star Orchestra with Katrina Cannon.

See the full list of classes.

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.


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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