February is also Love Your Library Month, so the Summit County Library System is asking the public to be its Valentine.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, all three branches — Coalville, Kamas and Kimball Junction — will host a Date with the Library, an all-day event that will feature an array of free activities.
"Since it's around Valentine's Day, we thought we would offer some fun activities to bring people in," said Dan Compton, director for the Summit County Library System. "Libraries provide resources to people who may not otherwise afford. It's important that people know that we're here, and that libraries do strengthen individuals, families and communities."
The activities include read-aloud relays, arts and crafts and a Valentine hunt.
The read-aloud relay is like an all-day storytime, Compton said.
"One of our employees heard about an idea to have someone read a book aloud for the whole day," he said. "We're open for 10 hours, so we'll have 20-minute sessions with different readers."
Some stories will be for kids and some will be for adults and sometimes there will be a mix of both, he said.
"We've contacted some local authors to participate, who will read from their own works," Compton said. "We also will bring in some government officials to do some readings. County Council member Kim Carson will be here, as well as Sheriff David Edmunds."
Another activity will be a blind date with a book.
"We are going to wrap books up in brown paper and tell people what the genre of the books are," Compton said. "That's all we'll do, so when people can come in, and want to read one of these books, they can take a chance and pick one."
The wrapped books are going to be the ones that are appealing to a wide range of people, he said.
The libraries will also set up craft tables.
"If people want to create Valentine's for the library, their favorite book or favorite author, they can sit down and make them," Compton said. "We will put the finished crafts on display."
In addition, the libraries will host a Valentine hunt.
"We're going to put special Valentine bookmarks in some of the books that are in the libraries," Compton said. "When people find them, they can bring them up to the front desk and win a prize."
One of the biggest activities during the day will be screenings of William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg's short 2011 animated film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore."
The film is about Morris, who is whisked away by hurricane to a house where the books come alive.
"We received permission from the film studio to screen this film at all three of our libraries," Compton said. "It's a great little film."
Also, those attending the Date with the Library activities at the Kimball Junction Branch can tour the Bookmobile from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
"There will be so much going on and it will be loud, which is not your typical day at the library," Compton said, laughing. "For those who want to read or study in quiet, we'll open some rooms in the building for them."
Date with the Library will also tie in with the Declaration of Libraries, a national campaign spearheaded by the National Library Association (NLA).
"People can come and sign the Declaration of Libraries, which is a document that is in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence," Compton said. "It lists 10 rights about libraries and what they do.
"For example, one talks about the library being the great equalizer that serves people of every age, education level, income level, ethnicity and physical ability," he said. "We'll have that declaration posted at the three libraries for people to sign.
"We believe that libraries build communities and bring people together," Compton said. "They provide programming for all different age groups and provide a venue for people to have conversations and learn from each other."
Compton hopes people will also sign up for a library card.
"Anyone who hasn't taken advantage of that service will be able to do so," he said.
Summit County Library System will present Date with the Library on Wednesday, Feb. 12. For more information, visit www.thesummitcountrylibrary.org.