• For the most distinguished contribution to american literature for children newbery medal

    In time for the announcement of the 2018 Medal-winning book, The City Library is hosting a Newbery Reading Challenge. From January 2 through February 28, kids, teens, and adults who read one Newbery Medal-winning book will receive an Honor pin. Participants who read five books will receive a Medal pin and can enter a drawing to win four tickets to the Tumbleweeds Film Festival.

  • Sensory Storytime

    Stories, songs, and specially-designed sensory experiences for children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related sensory processing challenges. Loving and supportive siblings, family members, and friends are welcome.

  • Explore Spiral Jetty
    Nature does not proceed in a straight line, it is rather a sprawling development. Robert Smithson

    Explore Spiral Jetty

    Learn about the history, art, and science behind the artwork at the Spiral Jetty with backpacks provided through the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Each pack includes science tools, a sketchbook, materials to make a mini jetty, and more.

  • Library Elf is here to help
    Joy is a subtle elf; I think one's happiest when he forgets himself. Cyril Tourneur

    Library Elf is here to help

    The City Library offers Library Elf, a web-based service to help keep your whole family's library accounts in order, with options for text message alerts when items are due and much more.

  • Newbery Film Festival Screening
    90-Second Newbery Film Festival Screening Sat · feb 24, 2pm · Main Library

    Newbery Film Festival Screening

    Come discover the next Steven Spielberg at this celebration of young filmmakers! Kids all over the country from kindergarten through grade 12 were invited to create short film adaptations of Newbery Medal-winning books. Watch these classics reimagined with hilarious twists by national and local winners at this film festival hosted by award-winning authors for young readers.

  • Family Yoga

    Relax your mind and connect with your body with an hour of yoga for all ages and all experience levels. Children and families are welcome at these professionally-led yoga sessions.

  • Kidding Around Yoga with Sarah Bly

    Kidding Around Yoga combines traditional yoga techniques with music, games, and other activities. It helps kids stay active, build confidence, and manage their day-to-day emotions.

  • Beanstack
    Make your child's early reading experience a success.

    Beanstack

    A new offering from The City Library, Beanstack helps you discover books based on your child's interests, allowing you to explore deeper into The City Library's catalog of children's books. Sort and filter titles by genre, topic, age range, even the type of main characters in the book! Track your child's reading progress with badges and Learning Tracks.

  • MUZZY ONLINE
    Before I speak, I have something important to say. Groucho Marx

    MUZZY ONLINE

    Available in seven languages (English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, and South Korean), MUZZY is a captivating and entertaining way for kids to learn another language.

  • Flex your creativity and learn a variety of new crafts.

    Kids can take part in weekly creative workshops at the Day-Riverside Branch with supplies provided by the Library.

Prepare your little one for kindergarten through the world of books. This program invites you to read 1,000 books during the first five years of your child's life. For each milestone you reach in your journey (100, 250, 500, 750, and 1,000 books), you will receive a prize.

Start tracking your progress today by picking up a reading log at any City Library location or through Beanstack at slcpl.beanstack.org.




The Children's Librarians at The City Library are pleased to be able to share their expertise in the form of these thoughtful and timely booklists.

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The City Library is a proud partner in Salt Lake County's Talking is Teaching initiative, which offers support to families with young children to help them learn together in any language through talking, singing, reading, writing and playing every day.

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Kids Databases


The City Library is pleased to provide several databases with streaming and downloadable content tailored for kids. Get started exploring by browsing the databases below.













Talk, sing, read, write, and play! We all have a role in getting Utah kids ready to read!
Utah Kids Ready to Read is the Utah State Library Division's early literacy initiative.