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2018 Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading

The County Library's Summer Reading Program is rockin’ with challenges and prizes from June 1-July 31. This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!"

Participation is simple: pick up a reading record from any County Library branch or online at, complete activities from any of the categories (Read, Create, Play, Learn, Connect) and earn these rewards: a free book, free admission to Library Days at the Natural History Museum of Utah and an entry into a prize drawing.

Library Days at NHMU
Library Days at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Summer Reading Challenge finishers receive one free admission to Library Days at the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Wednesday, August 15, 5-9 pm (Adults Only)
Saturday, August 18, 10 am-5pm
Sunday, August 19, 10 am-5 pm

ALL Summer Reading Challenge participants receive $2 off admission to the Natural History Museum of Utah from June 1-September 30, 2018 (show your County Library card to receive the discount).

Learn more about the Natural History Museum of Utah

Timpanogos Big Band and End of Summer Dance
Ray Smith's Timpanogos Big Band

Enjoy the big band sounds and come ready to dance to live music, provided by Ray Smith's Timpanogos Big Band. Dance instruction with Ballroom Utah starts inside at 7:30 pm, and the concert will begin at 8:30 pm under the stars.

Time: 7:30 pm
Date: Saturday, August 11
Place: Library's Viridian Event Center
8030 S 1825 W

An Evening with Ishmael Beah
Ishmael Beah

Come join us for an exciting and inspirational evening with the acclaimed New York Times Best Selling author and storyteller Ishmael Beah, author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" and "Radiance of Tomorrow, a novel."

Event parking is available below the LDS Conference Center. Parking is first come first serve. Parking is not guaranteed and additional paid parking is available in and around Salt Lake City.

For more information, email

Date Friday, August 17
Time 7-8 pm (must be seated by 6:45 pm)
Location LDS Conference Center Theater (60 W North Temple)

Resume & Writing Classes
SLCC Writing Classes

Learn the writing skills you need to succeed at writing classes hosted by various County Library branches and presented by the Community Writing Center.

July 21: Resumes & Cover Letters, Smith, 10:30 am
July 31: Creative Writing Basics, Tyler, 12:30 pm
August 11: Resumes & Cover Letters, Taylorsville, 10:30 am
August 20: Scholarship Essays, Columbus, 10:30 am
August 22: Creative Writing Basics, Bingham Creek, 6:30 pm

Robotics at the County Library
Robotics at the County Library, presented by Clark Planetarium

A STEM program, presented by Clark Planetarium, with hands-on activities that explore complex concepts and principles through simulations of robotic missions.

Each visit will involve learners in authentic STEM-focused activities that exercise group work to build robots, collect and analyze data, and solve problems. Simulating NASA mission procedures of identifying an object and designing a robotic exploration mission, our program will provide a playful approach to STEM activities.

Find a robotics program near you: 

Summer STEM Camps
STEM camps

A variety of STEM day camps presented by Salt Lake County’s Utah State University Extension Services 4H. A great way for curious minds to spend the day.

Registration at the branch may be required. Open to kids from 8-18.
Find a camp:

Diagon Alley
Diagon Alley

Hogwarts may not accept students under 11 years old, but every aspiring witch or wizard is welcome in Diagon Alley. Our shops are open for you to identify and create your animal familiar, explore magical book art, build a wand and more. 

Some events may require registration. For additional details, including registration, search for "Diagon Alley" in our calendar

More information:

N.E.W.T University
NEWT University

A unique experience for adult wizards and witches. Proof of passing the N.E.W.T. Certification not required. Wizard attire suggested, muggle attire acceptable.

Find classes and events by searching for "NEWT University" in our calendar. Registration may be required.

More information:

Chalk the Walk
Chalk the Walk

Spend the day watching artists fill the sidewalks with unique and exciting artwork at the County Library’s second-annual Chalk the Walk Art Festival.

A free, day-long sidewalk art event where artists will get to spend the day filling the sidewalks surrounding the Library’s Viridian Event Center with unique and exciting artwork while family and friends enjoy the art, music and other festivities during the event.

Don't miss out on the fun! Anyone can attend. Artists much register in advance to participate. Space is limited, so register today.

Artist registration closes when we reach 50 artists/teams or on August 1, whichever comes first.

Time: 9 am-7 pm
Date: Saturday, September 1
Place: Viridian Event Center
8030 S 1825 W

Silver Pen Writing Contest
Silver Pen

Inviting all seniors! Enter the 2018 Silver Pen Writing Contest by writing and submitting your own essay or poem. This year's theme is "Joy."

The deadline is Monday, September 3. For contest rules, tips and entry, visit

This contest is made possible through a partnership with the County Library, Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services, and Salt Lake Community College's Community Writing Center. 

Year of Inclusion - inclusion tree image

It’s about ALL of us at the County Library. We are committed to increasing awareness, and promoting equality and acceptance among employees and Library users. Programs and events highlighting specific topics and populations are offered, free of charge, each month.

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

Early Learning Text Messages
Early Learning 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).

Carrier rates may apply