It's official, Kids’ Café has started back up for this school year! Pictured above is Children's Librarian, Scott, convincing teens that hummus actually does taste good. 😀 Every weekday, The City Library’s Glendale Branch, Marmalade Branch, and Main Library host Kids’ Café, an after-school meal program. This program was conceived as a way to give children and teens tasty, accessible food during the nutrition gap that exists during out-of-school hours. Last year, the Utah Food Bank used this program to provide 326,080 meals at schools and community centers.Now, in partnering with the Library — a place where kids and teens already hang out — Kids’ Cafés create a free-wheeling, snack happy clubhouse that’s fun for everyone in the neighborhood. Families with children and anyone 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a free snack at all three locations: Glendale Branch: Mon–Fri, 4pm–4:30pm Main Library : Mon–Fri, 3:30pm–4:30pm Marmalade Branch: Mon–Fri, 3:30pm–4pm The Kids’ Café program is hosted in partnership with The City Library and the Utah Food Bank.
Work has started on the community murals at the Sprague Firehouse Express. Kids from the Boys and Girls Club have been painting murals which include characters from classic children’s books. The artwork has been created by local kids and teens, and then compiled and blocked onto the walls by artist Roger Whiting. The murals will line the halls of the access hallway in the old fire truck bays of the building. We are holding a community painting day on Sat, August 24th, 10-6pm at the Sprague Firehouse Express (1085 East Simpson Ave). All ages and levels of experience are welcome to come grab a brush and fill in sections of the murals.
The final Chapman Raps event of the summer features Salt Lake City’s own Poet. In addition to his performances, touring, and three album releases, Poet serves on The Salt Lake City Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board. Find out what he’s all about this Saturday at the Chapman Branch! slcpl.org/events
With over 300 attendees, along with the wonderful performers and partners, the first Pacific Islander Art Festival was a success! Jeneanne, the event organizer said that, between starting an indigenous language class, an indigenous performing arts class, and planning the City Library's 1st Annual Pacific Islander Art Festival, I can see the public library moving towards being that gathering place where ALL will feel welcome and where ALL can thrive. A major thank you to everyone who made this event possible.
In celebration of Eid al-Adha this month, enjoy a curated set of biographies, music, movies, and children's books that explore Islam from many angles. #slcplpicks Link can be found in our bio or at slcpl.org.