Sunday, May 01, 2011

Salt Lake County and City Library Events - May

The Salt Lake City and County Libraries always have tons of events going on for families of all ages! Below is a description of special events. Find the address for each library in the link following each event description.

Additional information can be found here:

Mothers' Day Make and Take
Make or pick up and take home a beautiful craft for Mom at the library!
May 6th and 7th - Kearns Library (ages 3-12)
May 7th - West Jordan Library (all ages)

Learn To Ballroom Dance
The City Library is expanding our popular How to Ballroom Dance program with more classes at more locations. All levels of dancers are encouraged to participate.
May 9, 7:30 p.m., Sprague Branch, Cha Cha
May 10, 7:00 p.m., Main Library, Cha Cha
May 24, 7:30 p.m., Main Library, Foxtrot

Viva Vegetables: Asparagus
Adults. Have you ever wondered how to pick good asparagus or wondered what else to do with it other than drown it in hollandaise sauce? Come learn how to nourish your body with asparagus. We will discuss the health benefits of asparagus, and how to select and prepare asparagus. Class includes a food demonstration and sample.
May 11th 7pm - West Jordan Library

Pajama Time
For kids of all ages with a participating adult. "Pajammy to the left. Pajammy to the right.-Everybody's wearing them for storytime tonight." Join us for stories, songs and fun (with or without your jammies).
May 16th 7pm - West Jordan Library

Science Movie Night
Is It Real Science Or Reel Science?
Join us for free movie screenings followed by lively discussion with an expert in the field, cosponsored by the Utah Museum of Natural History (UMNH). All films begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Library auditorium. Visit for more information. 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Wednesday, May 11, In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
Between 1968 and 1972, the world watched in awe each time an American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon. Only 12 American men walked upon its surface, and they remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. Join Robert Bigelow, Education Program Specialist at the Clark Planetarium, for discussions on space exploration

May 11th 6:30pm - Main Library

Make Friendship Bracelets
The school year is nearing its end and you may not being seeing your best buds everyday during the summer. Come join us for Frienship Bracelets and give one to your best bud!! Better yet, bring your BFF along!!
May 20th 3pm to 5pm - West Valley Library

Tarantulas, Frogs, Pythons, Scorpions, and More!
The Living Planet Aquarium brings its popular interactive Rainforest program to the library. See and touch numerous tropical rainforest animals,learn their characteristics and how they interact with each other. This may be your only chance to see a Rainbow Boa Constrictor. Don't miss it!
May 26th 4pm - Sandy Library

Budgeting 101
Adults. Learn the basics of budgeting, how to track spending, save with coupons, building good credit, pay down your debt and protect yourself from fraud with Marilyn Albertson of the USU Extension Service. To register a spot call 801-468-3179 or register online. 
May 3rd 7pm - Taylorsville Library

Special Needs Sensory Storytime
A unique storytime for children with special needs. These storytimes will be geared to autistic children but any child of any age is welcome. The attendance of a participating adult is required. Attendance is limited. Please contact Carrie Rogers-Whitehead at Kearns Library for more information. Attendee must be between the ages of 1 Month and 18 Years old. Attendee MUST give 24 hour cancellation notice to allow others on the waiting list to attend.
May 21st 10:30am - Kearns Library REGISTER HERE

The Three Wishes Puppet Show
Families. Puppet show. This tale has a mysterious magic lantern, three wishes, a sultan, and a very spoiled princess. Presented by the Utah Puppet Theater.
May 2nd 7pm - Bingham Creek Library
May 3rd 11am - Holladay Library
May 9th 7pm - South Jordan Library
May 16th 7pm - Riverton Library
May 17th 11:15am - Draper Library
May 17th 1:15pm - Draper Library
May 21st 2pm - Ruth Vine Tyler Library

Ladies' Lock-In
You asked for it, you got it! Leave the children at home and join us for fun and friendship at our first-ever Ladies Lock-in! Learn how to organize your closets with help from Donna Harper, with Clear & SIMPLE. There will be other fun activities, including a craft and a recipe exchange (bring one to share). For women age 18 and over. No children admitted.
May 13th 7pm to 10:30pm - Herriman Library REGISTER HERE

Pirates Of The Caribbean Teen Movie Marathon
For teens 12-18 only
Approximate Showing Times:
- Curse of the Black Pearl 10:00am to 12:30pm
- Lunch (on your own)
- Dead Man’s Chest 1:30pm to 4:30pm
- Dinner (library will provide Pizza) 
- At World’s End 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Signed Permission slip REQUIRED! Please be aware, the 3rd movie will be considered a lock-in. Once the movie has begun,teens will not be able to leave the library until 9pm.

May 7th - South Jordan Library

Pirate Art Activity
Kids and Teens. Arrr! Calling all Pirates of the Caribbean! Drop by the library and pick up a Pirate Art Activity. Color, decorate and return to the information desk at the Taylorsville Library. Completed entries will be displayed in the library during April and May. All participants will receive a swashbuckling prize.
May 2nd through May 28th - Taylorsville Library

Wild About Books: Scales and Tales
Families.Meet different exotic animals from around the world. Ask questions and learn animal facts in an entertaining and interactive way.
May 9th 7pm - Bingham Creek Library
May 16th 7pm - Holladay Library'
May 23rd 7pm - South Jordan Library

Family Time at the Library
A selection of various family activities. Check with each individual library for specific activity information.
May 2nd 7pm - Sprague Branch
May 2nd 7pm - Main Library
May 16th 7pm - Bingham Creek Library
May 18th 6:30pm - Ruth Vine Tyler Library (movie night)
May 23rd 7pm - Bingham Creek Library

Perennial Planting For Continuous Color
Whether you're a green thumb or all thumbs, the Perennial Planting for Continuous Color workshop is a great event for you. Local plant expert Barney Barnett of Willard Bay Gardens will reveal the secrets of making your garden vivid, thriving, and water-wise. Part of The City Library's Water Week events. For a full schedule of Water Week events in Salt Lake City, visit
May 4th 6:30pm - Main Branch

Teen Craft
Teens can come to the library and enjoy a fun craft.
May 19th 4pm - Bingham Creek Library

Remember Mom
Children are invited to come to the Columbus library during library hours and create a special gift for their mother for Mother's Day.
May 2nd through 7pm - Columbus Library

Writing Coaching
A free public service program provided by the Community Writing center at the Salt Lake Community college.Help for all ages, bring something to work on. No appointment necessary.
Every Monday 6pm to 8pm - Columbus Library
Every Saturday 12pm to 2pm - Columbus Library

Do You Know Alex and Bella? Trivia Contest!
This month the Draper Library is giving away a complete set of the Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz and a complete set of the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer. Pick up a copy of either the Stormbreaker or the Twilight trivia questions. Or try them both! You will find the trivia questions at the Adult Information Desk or in the Teen area. The person with the most correct answers will be the winner. (We will have a drawing for the winner if there is a tie.) For teens grades 6th-12th. Last Day to enter is May 31st.May 2nd through May 31st - Draper Library

Bricks For Kidz
Reinforce essential preschool skills with a fun, new approach based on the time-tested popularity of LEGO® bricks! Introduce your preschoolers to the fun of learning, building and playing the Bricks 4 Kidz® way! Watch their eyes light up as kids dig into a pile of brightly colored DUPLO® bricks to create fun, simple sculptures based on the ABC’s. For children ages 3 - 5 accompanied by an adult. Registration is limited and begins May 2nd at 10:00 a.m. You can register in person at the Whitmore children's desk,online, or by calling 801 944-7539. (We went to this a few times and my kids LOVED it! Read about our experience HERE.)
May 10th 10:30am - Whitmore Library REGISTER HERE
May 13th 4pm - Whitmore Library REGISTER HERE
May 17th 10:30am - Whitmore Library REGISTER HERE
May 20th 4pm - Whitmore Library REGISTER HERE

Ready Race Lego Party
For ages 5 and up. Come by anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Experience the thrills of the Indy 500! Ready Race provides legos to build your own super race car then race it down one of two deluxe race tracks. (You don’t get to keep the legos.)
May 11th 4pm - Kearns Library
May 13th 3pm - Draper Library
May 25th 4pm - Sandy Library

Rubber Ducky Races
Decorate your own rubber ducky and race it against others. You get to keep your own rubber ducky.
May 16th 4pm - Kearns Library

Let's Play Music
This special music program is for ages 3-5, accompanied by a caring adult (it's okay to bring siblings.)Tickets are required, pick up your tickets at the information desk, 15 minutes before the program begins.
May 12th 10:30am - Herriman Library
May 12th 11:30am - Herriman Library

Princess Amerah Royal Storytime
Princess Amerah reads the story of Princess Amerah and the Magic Dress and sings four original songs. Royal games and a surprise visit from Sadie the trained miniature dachshund. You can wear your own princess regalia for a photo opportunity with Princess Amerah after the Royal event. Online Registration is required for every child attending.
May 7th 2pm - West Valley Library
May 21st 11am - Herriman Library REGISTER HERE

Dog Tales
Come meet and read to Lucy, a Therapy dog in training.
May 14th 11am - Holladay Library
May 28th 11am - Holladay Library

Dog Day Afternoons
The City Library and R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) offer children the opportunity to practice reading with a fuzzy friend in a positive, non-threatening environment.
Bocca, a Great Pyrenees, will visit Foothill (2nd Saturday of the month, 1-2:30pm);
Harvey, the goofy dog, will visit Main (1st Saturday of the month, 1-2:30pm);
Dare Devil the cat will curl up at Chapman (1st Saturday of the month, 1-3pm).

Bracelet and Earring Make And Take
Tweens and teens- Make either a cute bracelet or a pair of earrings. Sign up at the desk to register. No charge!
May 9th 3:30pm to 5pm - Hunter Library

Teen Craft: Ductigami
Teen craft: ductigami. Come celebrate the opening of the new Magna Library in our new building by making original duct tape origami creations! Make your own wallet out of duct tape and have yummy treats. No registration needed, come anytime between 6-8pm
May 24th 6pm - Magna Library

Duna International Folk Dance
For Families. Duna International Folk Dance Company performs dances from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. Come enjoy an evening filled with lovely folk costumes and beautiful choreography.
May 31st 7pm - Hunter Library

Second Saturday Crafts
Get crafty the second Saturday of every month. For kids and their families.
May 14, Little Golden Book Magnets, Main Library

I Want To Be A Ballerina
If you want to be a ballerina,let Miss Carolyn teach you some fancy ballet moves so you can perform a beautiful dance. Stories and craft included. Ages 3-6
May 4th 10:30am - Riverton Library
May 5th 10:30am - Riverton Library

Make Your Own Bookmark
Celebrate Children's Book Week by making your own special bookmark. Pick up the bookmark at the library.
May 6th to May 7th - Riverton Library

Let's Make Music: Introduction To Woodwind Instruments
Come hang out with the library and the American West Symphony of Sandy as they introduce us to stringed instruments. Learn how to tell the difference between instruments and discover how they work. Children are very involved throughout the entire class.
May 3rd 7pm - Sandy Library

When Ninjas Attack
Ages 8 and up. Meet Jon Ninja. He dresses as a Ninja, has all the Ninja weapons and knows a lot about Ninja history. He is all Ninja, all the time!
May 11th 4pm - Sandy Library

Meet A Fireman!
Do you want to meet a firefighter? If so, come hear about fire safety and meet your local fireman. The firefighters will also bring their truck along for the kids to explore.
May 16th 10:30am - Sandy Library
May 17th 10:30am - Sandy Library

Movie and a Craft
Kids, join us for a short movie, 30 mins., and a craft afterwards. The movie is "Mickey And The Beanstalk".
May 23rd 10:30am - Sandy Library
May 24th 10:30am - Sandy Library

Read Rover A Story
Come read to a dog! Wonderful Intermountain Therapy dogs will be here to give kids a great, low-stress reading experience. Space is limited so registration is required. Register at the Tyler Library information desk or call 944-7642. 
May 7th 11am - Ruth Vine Tyler Library

Ventriloquist, comedian and magician Darren Griffin will make you smile. Some of Darren’s friends include a signing cockatoo, Marlin the magician(a distant cousin of Merlin)and a talking drawing board.
May 2nd 7pm - West Jordan Library

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