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January 18, 2017

One Night, Two Historic Events at the County Library: What Every American Should Know and Inauguration of Owl

Mike Varanakis - Email
(801) 944-7521

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – The County Library, in collaboration with the Aspen Institute, is hosting an interactive civic discussion about what it means to be an American on January 30, at the Library’s Viridian Event Center. The What Every American Should Know Library Series is designed to bring local dignitaries, policy makers, thought leaders and community members together for one evening to explore local perspectives of how this country can cultivate a sense of shared destiny and common civic purpose. The County Library is one of seven libraries in the nation selected to participate in this unique and timely community dialogue, which will be hosted by Ken Verdoia.

On the same evening, just prior to the community dialogue, Owl (name to be announced at the event) will be officially inaugurated as the County Library’s new mascot. A local celebrity mascot will swear in Owl and live owls will be in attendance. In addition, a flag ceremony will be presented by West Jordan Fire Department’s Honor Guard.

The public is invited to attend both events. Tickets are not required for either event; however, individuals interested in attending What Every American Should Know are encouraged to register online to reserve a spot.

Inauguration of Owl
5:30 pm
Library’s Viridian Event Center
8030 S. 1825 W., West Jordan, Utah 84088

What Every American Should Know:
A Community Dialogue

6:00 pm
Library’s Viridian Event Center
8030 S. 1825 W., West Jordan, Utah 84088

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About Salt Lake County Library Services

More than 4.5 million children, teens, adults and businesses visit our 18 Salt Lake County Libraries, and the Library’s Viridian Event Center, where thousands of free programs and millions of complimentary resources and materials are available to them. We are an innovative community hub that provides equal access to information, technology and resources. In addition to our 18 community libraries, we also offer library services in the Salt Lake County Jail and in the Byington Reading Room at South Main Clinic. Our online library, slcolibrary.org, provides library card holders the opportunity to manage their account, check out books, audiobooks, eaudiobooks, movies, television shows and music or access one of our many free databases – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Library membership is free to Salt Lake County residents and is an excellent return on investment for the community.

About What Every American Should Know

"What Every American Should Know" (WE-ASK) is a project of the Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Identity Program, and grew out of an essay by Executive Director Eric Liu. Created in 2014, the series explores how, in an age of increasing diversity and widening inequality, this country can cultivate a sense of shared destiny and common civic purpose. Follow online by searching #WeAsk.



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