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May 23, 2017

County Librarian Receives Utah Library Association Community Engagement Award

Kelsy Thompson - Email
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SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – Salt Lake County Library Youth Outreach and Programming Librarian Stephanie Anderson was named the recipient of the 2017 Utah Library Association (ULA) Community Engagement Librarian Award. The award follows Anderson's years of work promoting literacy and library outreach through the South Main Clinic, Primary Children's Hospital, the Boys and Girls Group Home, and refugee community centers Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center and Bud Bailey apartments.

Anderson's outreach efforts began in 2013, as a library assistant at the Byington Reading Room, a County Library outreach site located at the South Main Clinic. By 2016, Anderson created a summer reading program for the refugee youth at Sunnyvale and was offering weekly programs at the Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center and Bud Bailey apartments, bi-monthly storytimes at Primary Children's Hospital, and monthly programs for the Boys and Girls Group Home.

"Stephanie embodies the spirit of outreach," says Nyssa Fleig, library program manager. "She takes library services into the community and reaches populations that are either unable to come into a library, or facing barriers to using the library. She does not expect the groups to come to her, or to find their library on their own, instead she takes library services to them."

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Salt Lake County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.