• 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.

  • To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Thomas Campbell

    Salt Lake area youth (up to age 19) are encouraged to submit artwork for the 2016 Rose Park Día de los Muertos Festival, taking place November 1 at the Day-Riverside Branch. Accepted entries will be placed on display during the festival. Ten entries will be selected as finalists and one entry will be chosen as the winner of the Youth Art Contest. Submissions must be received by Tuesday, October 25 at 6pm.

  • Programming is just logic-based creativity. John Romero

    Develop computer coding skills at your own pace in a creative and collaborative environment. Kids and teens ages 8–18 can take part weekly workshops where they’ll be able to work through a self-guided programming curriculum with the help of Library staff.

  • Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar degas

    CUAC, a non-profit contemporary art organization operating in downtown Salt Lake City, combines forces with The City Library to offer unique, free art workshops for preschoolers (ages 3–5) and elementary school students (ages 5+). Each week presents a new experience and new information, and participants can attend as many or as few sessions as their schedule allows—no registration necessary.

  • OneClickDigital
    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde


    OneClickDigital makes kids' fiction and nonfiction audiobooks available for download.

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

    Introducing 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.

  • Collect Resources, Craft Tools, And Survive the Hostile Creepers and Skeletons

    Explore Minecraft with 10 of your peers! Kids ages 8–12 will meet weekly for three weeks to create a world from scratch in Minecraft's Survival Mode. The next session at the Anderson-Foothill Branch starts October 15 and runs through October 29. Space is limited. Registration is required and opens on October 8 at 10am.

  • Talk to a Librarian today to begin exploring!

    The City Library offers themed kits filled with all sorts of activities, games, books, and tools to help kids explore and learn about the world around us.

  • Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. William Wordsworth

    Transform paper into a variety of fun and fascinating objects with Karah Pino. Kids will learn how to create origami in this monthly workshop, taking place at 2pm on the 3rd Friday of each month at the Sprague. Branch

  • Everything seems far more spooky at night. Jo Brand

    Celebrate Halloween at this spooky after-hours event at the Marmalade Branch. Kids and their families can enjoy Halloween-themed crafts and games as well as face painting, a photo booth, and sweet treats. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume!

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.


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.


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.