Summit County Library starts up 2015-16 youth programs |

Summit County Library starts up 2015-16 youth programs

The main goal of libraries is to support literacy in their communities and the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch has developed some programs over the years to do just that.

The branch, located at 1885 W. Ute Blvd., presents story times, clubs, special events and films for children throughout the month and the new 2015-16 season has just begun, said Kirsten Nilsson, Summit County Library Kimball Junction youth services librarian.

"We love offering these programs and hope the public will take advantage of them," Nilsson said during an interview with The Park Record.

Story times

One of the main activities is children’s story times and the Kimball Junction Branch offers six every week.

Two are for preschool and kindergarten students ages 4 to 6 that are on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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"These story times, which last about 30 minutes, include stories, songs, puppets and a craft at the end of each session," Nilsson said.

Wednesday’s story times are called the Busy Bee Toddler Time and are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

"These events are designed for babies ages 3 months to 2 years old and their grown-ups, and include rhyming, dancing, rhythms and a craft they can take home for their parents to help them with," Nilsson said.

Thursday story times are known as Baby Rhyme Time.

"This is a popular story time where babies between 2 months and 2 years come with their adults and sing songs and hear and see flannel-board stories," Nilsson explained. "We pass out a lyric sheet of the songs we do every month, so the parents can sing the songs at home."

Magic Tree House Club

The Magic Tree House Club is held the third Thursday of each month, except for Thanksgiving, and is offered for boys and girls in grades one through three, Nilsson said.

The program includes reading a book, enjoying snacks based on the book’s theme and having a discussion.

"The next Magic Tree House Club will meet on Sept. 17, from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.," Nilsson said. "The book is ‘Dinosaurs Before Dark’ by Mary Pope Osborne. And after we talk about the book, we will do some dinosaur activities."

Next month’s book will be announced in a few days.

Mother Daughter Book Group

Last year, the Summit County Library started the Mother Daughter Book Group.

"These are held on the second Thursday of the month and are for girls in grades fourth through sixth and their moms and grandmas, but sometimes dads or other adults who accompany the girls to the group," Nilsson said. "They read a book ahead of time and come discuss the book and these discussions are so much fun, because the girls are so bright and interested and have all kinds of insights of these books."

Major monthly event

Once a month, the Summit County Library presents a big community event, Nilsson said.

"This month, we will host Hooray for Babies, on Friday, Sept. 18," she said. "This is a drop-in event at the Richins Auditorium and parents and their kids can come anytime between 10 a.m. until noon."

Parents and kids will meet guests from the Help Me Grow program.

"Help Me Grow is affiliated with the United Way and do assessments for parents to help parents know whether or not their children are on track developmentally," Nilsson said. "We will also have a dentist come in to answer any questions about dental health."

The library is working on scheduling a representative from the Summit County Health Department as well.

"Whole Foods has donated some gift baskets for an opportunity drawing and we’ll have a bunch of items that stimulate babies’ senses," Nilsson said. "It will be fun for people to bring their babies in and hang out for some time."

Books 2 Film Series

Each month the Summit County Library partners with the Park City Film Series and the Park City Library to present a children’s Books 2 Movies screening.

The next one will on Saturday, Oct. 3, and will be "Charlotte’s Web," an animated film, directed by Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamoto, that was released in 1973. The film will start at 3 p.m. in the Richins Auditorium.

"We are encouraging people to read that book before they come," Nilsson said.

The film will also be screened in the Summit County Library Coalville Branch on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.

Complementing the children’s films, the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch also offers a Books 2 Movies screening for older audiences.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the library will screen "Love and Mercy," director Bill Pohlad’s biography about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

"There isn’t really a book for that one, but we do have Brian Wilson biographies for people to check out," Nilsson said.

Coalville and Kamas Branch programs

In addition to the Kimball Junction Branch, the Summit County Library Coalville and Kamas branches also offer community programs. Visit for a full schedule.

"As you can see, there is a lot happening," Nilsson said. "The library is a vibrant place to be."

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