On the morning of Monday, May 3, visitors walked through an archway of balloons and into the The City Library’s Sprague Branch. For the first time in a little over two years, this historic library was open to the public—refreshed, remodeled, and stocked with brand-new books!

The main reading room.

Since opening in 1928, Sprague has remained a constant in the ever-evolving Sugar House neighborhood. Many generations have called this library home. A devastating flood in July 2017 made the renovation necessary, but also offered an opportunity to update the building while still honoring its legacy. …

Salt Lake City Public Library Executive Director, Peter Bromberg, has resigned, effective May 2. Bromberg’s announcement comes days after The City Library made public its plans to reopen for Express Services on Monday, March 15. Bromberg says, “For me, opening for Express Services, the significant lowering of COVID transmission, and the great pace of vaccinations in Utah, are indicative of the light at the end of the tunnel.” Bromberg is taking on the role of Program Director with EveryLibrary, a national nonprofit with a mission to ensure stable funding and access to libraries for generations to come.

In a letter…

What a year! Looking back on 2020, The City Library would like to share our immense gratitude for our thoughtful, dedicated, and resilient staff. They continue to work so hard to meet our communities’ needs during these challenging times. Learn more about your City Library’s resources and services at slcpl.org/hereforyou.

The story of America is incomplete without Indigenous voices. Nancy, one of our Children’s Librarians, has compiled this list of picture books with stories by Indigenous authors and illustrators. These books can be found in The City Library’s catalog: https://catalog.slcpl.org/default.aspx


Younger Readers:

From the archives: photos of City Library staff in costumes throughout the years! How many of you recognize the old Main Library building? Many of the building’s features have been preserved by its new resident, The Leonardo Museum.

Halloween 1976 · Left to Right pictured: Marion Carter, Paula Hock, Ranae Pierce, Janice Derbyshire.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our community in many ways, and has had major impacts on schooling for Salt Lake City’s students. Low-income youth are at a particular risk of falling behind because of obstacles in accessing online resources. The Friends of The City Library and The City Library have launched the new Books For Children program to get books into the hands of young students. By encouraging kids, tweens, and teens to read through book ownership, we hope to help fill the education gap the students may be currently experiencing.

The free books were distributed August 4–6, 2020, at…

Although The City Library’s buildings have been closed to the public for the last three months, we’ve been as busy as our rooftop bees! The COVID-19 pandemic led to some temporary — but necessary — changes to the way we handle Library services, programs, and events. Library Staff are working hard to adapt our services for social distancing, offer new services, and help keep the community connected. Here are just some of the things the Library has done since March.

Audiobooks and eBooks
When we first closed our doors on March 15, digital apps like Libby and RbDigital became the primary…

Edit, August 11, 2020: We have updated this post to reorganize all the recommendations by age group. Keep reading to find The City Library’s Black Lives Matter Statement along with book, movie, TV, and music recommendations.

Our Salt Lake community is suffering. Black residents make up 1.06% of Utah’s population, yet represent 10% of the police-related deaths [Mapping Police Violence, 2020], and experience the impact of systemic racism in everything from housing to equitable wages. This isn’t a matter of politics, this is about people’s lives. As an organization that has a mission to serve our city, to be a…

[Note: I recently shared this personal message with City Library staff. I have decided to share it publicly because, as Desmond Tutu once said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” The City Library stands with our community against injustice and racism.]

It is difficult to find any words adequate to express the mix of deep sadness, of anger, of exhaustion, I am feeling in response to the killing of George Floyd. Mr Floyd’s death is yet another in a long line of tragic killings of Black Americans in our country…

Prepared by The City Library Administration — May 21, 2020. Updated August 20, 2020.

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen local businesses begin to reopen. The City Library has prepared a draft plan for a phased return to library service. Last week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert released version 4.4 of the “Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation.” The City Public Library’s plan is in accordance with this staged approach. Here you will find what to expect during the different stages of COVID-19 restrictions, and the conditions the Library must meet in order to offer services.

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