Statement from The City Library's Executive Director [Please visit the link in our bio to read the entire statement] . "As the Director of an important public institution, I am aware that our organization has great power to affect change in our City. We have the resources, and a position of trust in the community, which we can bring to bear with great intentionality and purpose to help our community understand and address the impact of structural racism and the inequity that has always flowed from racist policies and practices. We must begin with ourselves... We must commit ourselves and our institution to bringing about a just, equitable, and safe society for everyone." . Peter Bromberg Executive Director Salt Lake City Public Library
3 days until the Super Summer Challenge begins! 📚🌞🎉😄 . All of our Super Summer Challenge digital trackers have overlapping activities, like making dinner together, so the whole family can work on the challenge together. . The Adults digital tracker will get you reading and exploring new titles. You will also have the option to complete activities like mailing someone you love a card or doing a random act of kindness. The Teens digital tracker has lots of opportunities for teens to explore new genres. Teens are also encouraged to step out of the box by dressing up as a mythological character, or playing a board game with a fantasy theme. The Kids digital tracker is filled with great reading challenges and has activity options like making a reading fort under a table with pillows and books! . The Babies & Toddlers digital tracker is filled with opportunities to read with your child and spend time together. There are over 30 fun activities you can do together, like having a dance party or going on a nature walk. Learn more at slcpl.org/supersummer. Link in Bio.
The City Library has made it easier than ever to find your next eBook to read. We’ve added 4,000 public domain titles on the Overdrive app, along with a “Read the Classics” option on The City Library app with no wait time. We have also worked to eliminate long wait times on popular eBook titles. Download the Libby and Overdrive apps and start reading right away.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen local businesses begin to reopen. The City Library has prepared a draft plan for a phased return to library service. Please note that at this time we do not have any set date for fully reopening. Last week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert released version 4.4 of the “Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation.” The City Library’s plan is in accordance with this staged approach. On our latest blog, you will find what to expect during the different stages of COVID-19 risk, and the conditions the Library must meet in order to offer services. Link in Bio.
The City Library is now accepting returns at our outdoor book drops. You may return books, DVDs, CDs, Wi-Fi hotspots, comics, and magazines. Please keep all other items (Discovery Kits, Book Club Kits, etc.) for now. Due dates for all checked out items have been extended to June 30. As always, The City Library will not charge late fees for any overdue items.
The City Library has partnered with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a local nonprofit charity that delivers supplies for free to high-risk individuals. Through this partnership, we now provide free books donated by The Friends of the Salt Lake City Public Library to help those who may not have internet access or e-readers. We wanted to give a huge thank you to the Friends who have been willing to donate hundreds of books to the community during this time. The City Library and the Friends are expanding to also contribute books to Salt Lake Aging Services, Prison Book Project, Salt Lake Regional Medical, Veteran's Home, VOA, Utah Pride Center, and many more local organizations. If you or someone you know could benefit from a delivery please visit Neighbors helping Neighbors website. Link in Bio.