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 additiona 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.
The third annual When I Grow Up Kid's Job Fair will be Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Library's Viridian Event Center. It is an interactive, hands-on job fair for kids, offering them the opportunity to meet and interact with professionals in a variety of interesting fields, from archeologists to zoologists. Local professionals provide fun, free activities to educate and engage children, and encourage them to dream about their futures.
Finishers of the Summer Library Program are invited to attend the Library Days at the Natural History Museum of Utah on Saturday, September 13 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., or Wednesday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Admission is free with a required ticket. Upon finishing the reading program at a County Library, participants are presented with a free admission ticket to Library Days. The event will include activities, crafts and storytimes for the kids. The museum is located at 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City. Find out more about the museum at nhmu.utah.edu.
Join us Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Library's Viridian Event Center for a discussion and book signing with acclaimed author Anthony Doerr. He will be joined in conversation with Betsy Burton of The King's English Bookshop about his New York Times bestselling novel All the Light We Cannot See. The author has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, three Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story. His books have twice been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, and made lots of other year end "Best Of" lists. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Presented in partnership with Utah Humanities Council.
Are you a writer? Do you want to be? Come to Salt Lake County Library's Viridian Event Center on Saturday, September 27 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and meet many local authors. They will be leading writing workshops, reading from their work and signing books. There will be adult, teen and children's authors including Robison Wells, Camron Wright, Lisa Mangum, Bobbie Pyron, Ka Hancock, Jennie Hansen, Peggy Eddleman, Kristyn Decker, Julie Daines, Kristyn Crow and many more.
Hunter Library, located at 4740 West 4100 South in West Valley City, has been completely refurbished and will have a Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the significant rennovations. “We’re very excited to share the improved library with our community,” said Library Manager Jan Elkins. “Our customers are going to love the improved new teen area with four dedicated computers, the newly-designed kids’ area with more seating and the two conference rooms.” Other upgrades to the kids’ area include iPads and an outside space for events, a small business area with a copier and faxing ability, a new holds area with its own self-checkout station, a reading area with more seating and desks with convenient electrical outlets for laptops or other devices.
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.