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December 27, 2016

Salt Lake County Library Staff Member Recognized as American Graduate Champion

Mike Varanakis - Email
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SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – Mentorship, education, pursuing goals and leadership; each of these statements come naturally to April Townsend, director of Finance and Operations at the County Library.

Townsend was recognized as one of Utah's American Graduate 2016 Champions for her mentorship efforts and for founding The Women’s Leadership Forum in Salt Lake County. The Forum provides women opportunities to learn from prominent female leaders.

“Being a mentor and having a mentor is about instilling confidence,” said Townsend. “I feel strongly about encouraging other women to become leaders and pursuing their dreams.”

As a mentor, Townsend steered Bev Uipi, former Salt Lake County Senior Center Manager and current Deputy Director of Board of Pardons and Parole for the State of Utah, through the ins and outs of office culture. Townsend stressed the importance of Uipi continuing her education, just as Townsend did, as an employee of the County. Uipi quickly adhered to Townsend’s guidance in her career and, subsequently, pursued a successful campaign for Millcreek City Council.

“The mutual respect that April and I share motivates us to synergize solutions to any challenge we’re facing,” said Uipi. “She’ll always be my mentor and a really close friend to call upon.”

“April continues to lead our staff, colleagues and customers on a path to greatness,” said County Library Director Jim Cooper. “Her leadership qualities are an inspiration and are demonstrated daily as she carries out the County Library mission.”

For more County Library information, resources and services, visit or call 801.943.4636.

About Salt Lake County Library Services

Each year more than 4.5 million children, teens, adults and businesses visit our 18 Salt Lake County Libraries and the Library’s Viridian Event Center. The County Library provides free educational resources, online courses and tutorials, and lifelong learning programs which are essential to our commitment to expanded opportunities and professional development. Library membership is free to Salt Lake County residents and an excellent return on investment for the community.

About Utah’s American Graduate Program

Utah’s American Graduate Champion program connects individuals to resources that support academic and career success and demonstrates there are many pathways to accomplishing goals. It is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s national project American Graduate, which partners public television and radio stations with at-risk schools to improve high school graduation rates.