Libraries celebrate Library Lovers Month |

Libraries celebrate Library Lovers Month

Park City LibraryÕs Becca Lael, Jessica Manis and Katrina Kmak have planned a couple of activities to celebrate National Library LoverÕs Month. Those activities include an Anti-ValentineÕs Day Uncelebration and ÒImprov at the LibraryÓ with the Not PC Players, featuring Kmak. (Jake Shane/Park Record)

February is all about love. It’s about Valentine’s Day, where millions of people show and reveal their love and affection to their significant others or crushes. It’s also National Library Lover’s Month.

Earlier this week, representatives from the Park City Library and Summit County Library system have told The Park Record of how they will spread the joy.

Park City Library

"Many people may know in some sense that February is Love Your Library Month," said Jessica Manis, the Park City Library’s adult services librarian. "Really, every day is Love Your Library Day, but it’s great to call out a specific time frame where we can celebrate and ask our patrons to celebrate with us."

The special programs that will be offered this year include an Anti-Valentine’s Uncelebration on Feb. 12 and some live theater on Feb. 17, she said.

"The Uncelebration is for teens and youth and will feature sarcastic, broken-heart crafts and games," Manis said. "This puts a spin on the whole month."

The live theater production that will be held on Feb. 17 is "Improv at the Library," and will feature Park City’s own Not PC Players.

"They are going to perform a Love Your Library-themed set," Manis said.

The troupe features Park City Library’s Youth Services Librarian Katrina Kmak.

"I can’t wait to see what they do," Manis said.

On the subtle end of the National Library Lover’s month, the Park City Library has set up some entry-way displays and is encouraging donors to purchase tiles on their mural.

The black and white mural photograph, which was taken by Park City-based photographer Mark Maziarz, has been divided into squares and donors can purchase and personalize a colored tile that will be placed on the mural.

"This month we are recommending the donors to remember someone who introduced them to books or reading, or something like that," Manis said.

In addition to these special programs, the Park City Library will continue to offer Story Time and Baby and Me sessions as well as training in its You Create Lab.

"We have a sound booth, 3-D Printers, and 3-D printer pens that people can use," Manis said. "And we have a lot of technology you can check out."

All program, including the Anti-Valentine’s Uncelebration and Improv at the Library, are free and open to the public.

"We hope people come in and like the programs and have fun," Manis said. "That’s what this is all about."

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Summit County Library

The Summit County Library System is going all out this year, said director

Daniel Compton.

The three branches — located at Kamas, Coalville and Kimball Junction — will feature author events, writing contests and film screenings.

"We always try to do something the week before or on the week of Valentine’s Day," Compton said. "Since it falls on Sunday this year, we’re doing a bulk of the things on Feb. 10."

On that day, each branch will observe the usual Wednesday Story Time, but there will be a special Story Time with local children’s author and illustrator Robert Neubecker at the Kimball Junction Branch, 1885 W. Ute Blvd.

"He not only writes children’s books, but he also illustrates for some pretty prominent publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times," Compton said. "We had him come a couple of years ago when the Summit County Library had its reading marathon, when we had someone read all day, and he was one of the authors who was generous and donated their time."

During the Story Time, the Summit County Library will unveil a new children’s library card.

"We asked Robert if he would design a children’s library card for us and he graciously said he would," Compton said. "They are a lot more exciting and eye-catching than our old library cards."

On that day, the Kamas Branch, 110 Main St., will present Bill Betenson, author of "Butch Cassidy: My Uncle, a Family Portrait," at 4:30 p.m.

"He will have a discussion about the legendary Butch Cassidy, which I think will be fun for the Kamas Branch patrons," Compton said.

Later that evening at 6 p.m., the Kimball Junction Branch will present its Book 2 Film Club screening.

The film will be Davis Guggenheim’s documentary," He Named Me Malala," rated PG-13, which is based on the book "I Am Malala," by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was attacked and shot in the head by the Taliban, according to Compton.

"That will be a interesting film," Compton said. "We’re looking forward to the screening."

Also on Feb. 10, the Coalville Branch, 82 N. 50 East, will welcome historian Russell Judd, who will give a presentation called "A Journey to the 30s," at 6:30 p.m.

"He’s done quite a few of these talks at the Coalville Branch and they are very well attended," Compton said.

There will also be some more special programs scheduled during the month.

One is for teens, according to Compton.

"We have a teen advisory board at every branch now and we are hosting a writing contest for teens this month and it’s open to ages 13 to 19," he said. "The entries must be under 1,000 words and can be poetry, short stories or a chapter of a larger project."

Submissions are being accepted now, and applications can be downloaded by visiting and clicking on the word Teen in the toolbar.

The deadline is Feb. 29, and winners will be announced on March 14.

"We will select a winner from each branch and we’ll send the winners to the Teen Writers Conference, which is held at Weber State University in the summer," Compton said. "This year the keynote speaker will be Jennifer A. Nielsen, the author of the ‘False Prince,’ which has been popular for young adults.

The last big program will be a free screening of Jerusha Hess’ comedy "Austenland," rated PG-13, at the South Summit Middle School on Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

"This is something we’ve wanted to do for quite some time," Compton said. "We partnered with the Sundance Institute to get something out there in the Kamas Valley."

"Austenland" is based on the book by Shannon Hale and directed by Hess, who produced and co-wrote the script for "Napoleon Dynamite."

The film is about a woman who loves Jane Austen books and goes to a theme park based on the books, Compton said.

"The event is free and open to the public and we’ll serve refreshments and everything," he said. "I’m looking forward to that. This is a great comedy."

In addition to these big programs, the Summit County Library system will host a bunch of smaller events that week.

"We’ll do some crafts for kids and teens that they can come in and do in the library," said Compton. "We’ll also survey our adult patrons to see what we can do to make the library better."

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