Attend the Inauguration of Owl!

The County Library requests the honor of your presence to attend and participate in the inauguration of Owl as mascot of Salt Lake County Library Services.

DATE: Monday, January 30

TIME: 5:30 pm

Library’s Viridian Event Center,
8030 S 1825 W,
West Jordan, UT 84088

Light refreshments will be served.

Immediately following the inauguration, the public may visit with the Owl, see live owls, and participate in What Every American Should Know: A Community Dialogue.

Watch the original campaign videos

  • Great listener
  • Quiet flapper
  • KnOWLedgable

  • Long-term memory
  • Slow & steady
  • Excellent at the shell game

How to Promote
It's Pretty Cool Too.

When to Vote

Voting Requirements
Anyone and everyone is invited to vote because Every Vote Counts at the County Library. All we ask is that you have an interest in:

Historic Mascot Election Comes Down to the Wire at the County Library

Salt Lake County, UT 12/5/2016 – The polls have closed, the ballots have been tallied and we are pleased to announce Owl as the new County Library mascot.

After sharing the election victory, Owl, delivered this acceptance statement: “I want to thank Turtle for putting up a hard fought campaign these last few weeks. I also want to let the people of Salt Lake County know, Owl be there for you, these five words I swear to you.”

The mascot general election took many twists and turns for Owl and Turtle. Unexpectedly, numerous swing branches were identified during the campaign favoring both nominees. Several write-in candidates were submitted mid-election to spoil their paths to this prestigious position. As the polls closed on election day, hundreds of voters showed their support for a new County Library mascot with some even waiting in line until midnight to cast their vote.

As with most political campaigns, the real work begins now. Owl needs a name and anyone interested in picking their favorite name is invited to vote at their neighborhood "County Library, on Facebook, and through December 31.

In addition to voting, everyone is encouraged to share their vote on social media using the hashtag #VoteCountyLibrary. The winning name will be announced during an inauguration ceremony held in January 2017.

Every Vote Counts at the County Library

Salt Lake County, UT 10/20/2016 – The polls are open at the Salt Lake County Library where anyone and everyone is invited to vote for a new Library mascot.

After years of solid representation, Talula, known for her zany Zumba moves and catchy campaign slogan, "You toucan read," has decided to leave the nest.

"Talula served the good people of Salt Lake County for many years. We appreciate her taking us under her wing and we look forward to having the community elect her successor,” said Library Director Jim Cooper. "Every vote counts at the County Library and our election process ensures that everyone gets a chance, or two, to vote for our new mascot.”

Six initial candidates – Squirrel Turtle, Elephant, Owl, Cat and Dog – were in the running for this prestigious mascot position. During the primary election, held at Library Staff Day on October 10, emotions were high. A write-in candidate, Chinchilla, typically known for being quiet and non-allergenic, quickly proved to be a threat to several candidates. Additionally, mid-primary, an ad aired that didn’t present the Elephant in a very favorable light. In the end, Owl (Libratarian Party) and Turtle (Bibliotecan Party) prevailed and advanced to the mascot general election.

The mascot general election takes place between now and midnight on November 8. Anyone interested in being a part of this historic election is invited to vote early and vote often in the library branches, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and As detailed on the website, the voting requirements are simple: have an interest in the County Library and in mascots.

In addition to voting, individuals and businesses are encouraged to endorse their candidate on social media, using the hashtag #VoteCountyLibrary.

The winning candidate will be announced mid-November and the inauguration will be held in January 2017.

Note: Due to the fact that mascots don’t speak, we will not be hosting debates.