Friends of the Library says thanks with a luncheon |

Friends of the Library says thanks with a luncheon

Friends of the Park City Library, a nonprofit organization, works hard all year to get people interested in the library.

They host used-book sales and maintain the library’s Friends Corner that is designed to collect book and other important library donations.

As a reward to its members, the Friends of the Library presents an annual author luncheon, said Marlene Peacock, who, along with Jean Daly, are co-presidents of the nonprofit.

"This is also a way for us to get all of our friends in one location, once a year, and give them an opportunity to hear a great speaker and enjoy a lovely lunch," Peacock said during an interview with The Park Record. "And it’s not just geared to members, but to anyone who is interested in the Park City Library. Of course, we would like people who aren’t members to come to the luncheon and join, because we will fill memberships there."

This year’s luncheon will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Park City Marriott. Doors will open at 11 a.m.

This year’s speaker will be Jim Steenburgh, author of "Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth" and creator of the blog "Wasatch Weather Weenies," according to Peacock.

"Jim has been featured on The Weather Channel, in the New York Times, USA Today and in the Salt Lake Tribune," she said. "He will speak for about 45 minutes and we’ll have some time for a Q and A and wrap up by 2 o’clock."

In addition, representatives from Dolly’s Bookstore will also be at the luncheon, selling Jim’s book, and Jim will sign the book for people who buy it, Peacock said.

Finding an author to speak at the luncheon starts in the early spring.

"Ann Whitworth, who is our speaker coordinator, does a lot of research early on in the year and we usually bring four or five authors to the table for discussion," Peacock said. "It’s amazing how many authors Ann comes up with and how many our board comes up with."

The biggest challenge is finding an author who is compatible with a mountain community like Park City, Peacock explained.

"A couple of years ago, we found that people who come to our luncheon are drawn to topics that have to do with the outdoors and mountaineering," she said. "We also try to get an author who is regional, meaning from Utah.

"It’s important for us to expose people to different topics," Peacock said. "We’re such an outdoorsy community that loves outdoor lifestyles. We found that topics that relate to recreation, or to an aspect of our economy, are particularly interesting to our members."

In the past, the Friends of the Park City Library booked authors from around the country and that got to be expensive.

"The reason was that we pay for their traveling expenses and lodging," Peacock said. "So, for the past few years, we have tried to mitigate our cost by finding a regional author and have, up to this point, been successful."

Steenburgh was the perfect match, according to Peacock.

"He not only wrote about snow, but about the Greatest Snow on Earth, which is Utah," she said. "He’s also a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah, and an authority on mountain weather and snowstorms. So, we’re excited to have him because of his great connections. Also, even though he is a scientist and an academic person, he’s easy to listen to and explains his topics in ways that everyone will understand."

Prior to Steenburgh’s speech, the luncheon will include a full cash bar, non-alcoholic drinks and a sit-down plated meal.

The menu will include pork loin, roasted potatoes, a chef’s selection of vegetables, salad, tea, coffee and a dessert, Peacock said.

This will be the first year the Friends of the Park City Library author luncheon will be held at the Park City Marriott.

"We have moved from Deer Valley and the staff at the Marriott is very excited to have us and [has] been very accommodating," Peacock said. "The hotel underwent a remodel a year ago and the banquet room is lovely and geared to a large group like us. We’re excited that we can change things up for our guests."

In addition to the large banquet hall, the Marriott provides free convenient parking.

"There is no valet, but people can park on site or across the street," Peacock said.

Tickets, which cost $36 apiece, will be sold until Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Park City Library’s circulation desk, and there are also tables of eight available, Peacock said.

"We will be able to accommodate a certain number of walk-ins the day of the event, but for planning purposes, we would appreciate if people buy their tickets ahead of time," she said.

The deadline to purchase Friends of the Park City Library’s Annual Author Luncheon tickets is Saturday, Oct. 17. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Park City Marriott, 1895 Sidewinder Dr. Tickets cost $36 and are on sale at Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave.

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