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Deep Dive into Device Lending

Deep Dive Into Device LendingMore and more libraries are lending devices such as WiFi hotspots, Chromebooks, and tablets. This webinar will take a deeper look at the nitty gritty details of device lending, such as device security, policies, budgeting, and vendors.

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Presenters: Stacy Vincent, Amy Purdy, Cristina Graham, & Karen Barton

Sponsors: Utah State Library

Date: June 18, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars

Effective Workplace Communication Skills

Effective Workplace Communication Skills

Experts suggest that we are communicating in one way or another more than 90% of the time we are awake! Communication can be positive or negative, verbal, non-verbal or in writing. Communicating effectively is a learned skill that requires practice, patience and a desire to be more effective every day.

This interactive and informative webinar program will give attendees the tools that they need to more effectively communicate with others, including those people that we see as difficult or just different. We will focus on the do’s and don’ts of effectively communicating with others, including your boss!

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Presenter: Andrew Sanderbeck

Sponsors: Utah State Library

Date: June 5, 2018

Categories: 2018 WebinarsPersonal Growth & Development Webinars

Letters About Literature 2018

Results from Utah’s 2018 Letters About Literature

Level 1 (Grades 4, 5, and 6)

First place
Cami Carver, Bountiful
Letter to Brandon Mull about the Fablehaven series
Second Place

Renee Craddock, Salt Lake City
Letter to Alex Morgan about The Kicks Under Pressure
Third Place (tie)

Bethanne Matheson, Salt Lake City
Letter to John Bytheway about You’re Gonna Make it Through Junior High


Isaac Ahn, Holladay
Letter to Eleanor Coerr about Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Level 2 (Grades 7 and 8)

First Place

Aaron Wang, Salt Lake City
Letter to Kate DiCamillo about The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Second Place

Pamela Worthen, Herriman
Letter to R.J. Palacio about Wonder
Third Place

Julene Cox, American Fork
Letter to Richard Adams about Watership Down

Level 3 (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)

First Place

Sydni McAllister, Herriman
Letter to Sharon Draper about Out of My Mind
Second Place (tie)

Abigail Dewsnup, Herriman
Letter to Antoine de Saint-Exupery about The Little Prince


adalyn White, Herriman
Letter to Norman Vincent Peale about The Power of Positive Thinking
Third Place

Madilyn Mounteer, Riverton
Letter to Elie Wiesel about Night



Digital Inclusion, Policy Change, and Volunteers

Digital Inclusion, Policy Change, and Volunteers WebinarJoin us for a webinar about the challenges and opportunities of using volunteers in digital inclusion programs, and developing digitally inclusive policies. Special guest Vikram Ravi will talk about the International Rescue Committee’s partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Library to provide tech mentorship and refurbished devices to refugees in the community.

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Presenter: Vikram Ravi, Shauna Edson, & Stacy Vincent

Hosted by: Utah State Library

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars | Digital Inclusion Webinars

Digital Inclusion Resources

Digital Inclusion Resources WebinarJoin us for a webinar about resources for affordable broadband, device, and technology education resources for libraries and patrons. Special guests Liesl Seborg and Emma Hernandez with discuss digital inclusion resources used in their libraries.

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Presenter: Emma Hernandez, Liesl Seborg, Shauna Edson, & Stacy Vincent

Hosted by: Utah State Library

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars | Digital Inclusion Webinars

Digital Inclusion 101

Digital Inclusion 101 WebinarJoin us for an introduction to Digital Inclusion. Learn about what Digital Inclusion is and why it matters to libraries. Special guests Nicole Umayam, Technology Outreach Specialist with Arizona State Library, and Marion Christmon, Digital Inclusion Program Manager with Nashville Public Library, will talk about the digital inclusion work happening in their libraries.

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Presenter: Nicole Umayam, Marion Christmon, Stacy Vincent, & Shauna Edson

Hosted by: Utah State Library

Date: May 7, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars | Digital Inclusion Webinars

Engaging Youth: Establishing Positive Relationships to Build Mutual Understanding

Engaging Youth WebinarIn this session we’ll be discussing the developmental relationship framework and different strategies that can be implemented to build strong relationships with youth in small doses.  Participants will leave with tools that can be utilized to establish expectations and boundaries while empowering and encouraging youth through positive interactions.

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Presenter: Ben Trentelman, Utah Afterschool Network

Hosted by: Utah State Library

Date: April 30, 2018

Categories: 2018 Webinars | Youth Services Webinars

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

By: Mark Sullivan
Published:  ©2017
Pages: 509
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Historical Fiction | War, WWII | Regional, Europe

Description: Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

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Watership Down

By: Richard Adams
Published: ©1972
Pages: 474
Total Copies: 11
Genre:  Fiction | Young Adult | Science Fiction & Fantasy

Description: Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.