Libraries celebrate Library Lovers’ Month |

Libraries celebrate Library Lovers’ Month

Scott IwasakiFebruary is a special month.

It not only features Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day weekend, but also Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, Create a Vacuum Day, Do a Grouch a Favor Day and Thank a Mailman Day, to name a few.

The month as a whole is known by different celebrations as well. American Heart Month, Black History Month, Great American Pie Month and National Grapefruit Month are all on the list.

It’s also known as Library Lovers’ Month.

To observe, the Summit County Library System and the Park City Library have planned some special events.

Park City Library

The Park City Library, temporarily located at Miners Hospital at 1354 Park Ave., also offers various programs for the public, said Candy Markle, youth services librarian.

"We have a special display in honor of Library Lovers’ Month, and we are rolling out a new online service that we’re very excited about, IndieFlix," she said. "You can use IndieFlix to stream independent movies through the library’s website. We think it’s the perfect fit for Park City’s film culture."

While the library will continue to host its Music and Movement and various story times. the library staff is looking forward to its return to the remodeled library at 1255 Park Ave., in a few months.

"Mostly for Library Lovers’ Month, we are working hard on our renovated library," Markle said. "We are eagerly anticipating opening this summer, and you can see all the latest pictures of the construction progress on our facebook page."

That page can be found at .

Summit County Library

While the Summit County Library system, which include the Kimball Junction, Kamas and Coalville branches, will continue offering their regular preschool and kindergarten story times, Busy Bee toddler and baby rhyme times, it has added more programs that encourage literacy, especially in children.

"We’ve got a lot of fun stuff in the works," said Daniel Compton, director of the Summit County Library system. "One of the most exciting things for us will be three authors of young-adult books who will come in on Thursday, Feb. 26."

The authors are J.R. Johansen, Natalie Whipple and Courtney Alameda.

"They are billed as the young-adult ‘scream queens’ because they write thrillers and horror stories for teens," Compton explained. "In fact, J.R. Johansen was nominated for the Beehive Award for her book ‘Insomnia.’"

The Summit County Library is partnering with Treasure Mountain Junior High School to have these authors speak to some of the ninth-grade classes during the day.

"We’re also working with Dolly’s Bookstore to have some of their books available at the event and we’ll host a book signing after they talk," Compton said. "The authors will discuss the writing process and talk about why they write and what they write about."

Another author event, this one designed for older readers interested in Utah’s historical fiction, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Kamas branch, 110 N. Main, when Barbara K. Richardson, winner of the Utah Book Award, will sign her book "Tributary."

On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Coalville branch will host "Birds of Prey Up Close," a presentation given by Kathy Donnell from Wasatch Mountain State Park, at North Summit Elementary, 240 Beacon Hill Dr. The program will feature Donnell showing and talking about various live birds of prey.

Throughout the month, the Summit County Libraries will offer workshops designed to help children write a story that involves a library.

"They can write about a library in space or anything like that and at the end of the month, they will share their stories," Compton said.

In addition to the different activities, the Summit County Library is asking its patrons and the public to fill out an online survey regarding an upgrade to the Kamas branch by visiting .

"We are in the very early planning stages of this project and want to make sure we hear what our patrons are looking for in a new or remodeled facility in Kamas," Compton said.

For more information about the Summit County Library programs, visit

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