May 22, 2019
Summer Reading Kickoff
Jeff Buydos -
|Readers Blast Off for a Universe of Stories at the County Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff|
SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah—Blasting rockets, spaceship flight simulators and space floats are pretty entertaining.
The County Library will be celebrating the start of its Summer Reading Challenge on Friday, May 31, from 6–9 pm. The Kickoff will include family friendly activities and entertainment, and delicious dining options from local food trucks. Reading records will also be available at the event, at any County Library branch or online at thecountylibrary.org/summer.
“Like Summer Reading, this event is meant for everyone,” said Tyler Curtis, manager of the Library’s Viridian Event Center. “Food trucks will line the road near the amphitheater. We’ll have karaoke, face painters, a dunk tank, trivia, a K9 demonstration, a miniature planetarium and tons of other fun things to do. And, of course, we’ll have Summer Reading sign-ups.”
Other planned activities include roving entertainment from Yo-Yo Man and magician Amazing Adam, laser tag and Operation Cosmic Quest. The night will wrap up with a dusk showing of WALL-E in the park.
In addition to these prizes, finishers receive discounted vouchers for Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Centers and Pools this summer and Utah Grizzlies games this fall.
One more opportunity to win this summer is the my529® and Utah State Library Book Your Summer program. Readers under 18, who participate in a library summer reading program, may enter for a chance to win a $1,000 my529® scholarship.
This year’s Summer Reading theme is “A Universe of Stories.” A promotional video, titled Librarians in Black—based on the Men in Black music video—is available for viewing on Youtube and the Summer Reading homepage.
Find more out-of-this world library events and programs: thecountylibrary.org/calendar.