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Bridges to Citizenship

Bridges to Citizenship

This webinar was conducted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) to teach librarians how to expand and enhance their services for immigrants in Utah.

In this 1 hr. training Amber Vasek, USCIS Community Relations Officer, will explain (1) the unlawful practice of immigration law and how it could affect librarians, (2) resources available to librarians and patrons, and (3) how to create a partnership between the library and USCIS.

USCIS understands that libraries play a critical role in serving immigrant communities.  In fact, more than 55% of new Americans use the public library at least once a week. There, they find a trusted environment, resources, and community connections. For many people new to the United States, libraries serve as a gateway to citizenship. Since 2013, IMLS has worked with USCIS to help libraries provide accurate and useful information about immigration and citizenship benefits, promote an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensure the integrity of the immigration system.

View Archived Webinar: Online

Presenter: Amber Vasek

Sponsors: Utah State Library

Date: June 8, 2017

Categories: 2017 Webinars | Immigration & Citizenship Webinars

Engaged Planning for Rural Libraries

Engaged Planning for Rural Libraries

Which communities are served by your library? What are the aspirations of those communities? How can your library help them get there? These answers can be found via your planning process. Cindy Fesemyer will walk you through the steps you might take as you begin planning for your rural library and the community it serves. Starting with a brief peek at data collection options, the webinar will focus on what it means for your library to “turn outward” and secure its place at the heart of your community.

View Archived Webinar: Online

Presenter: Cindy Fesemyer

Sponsors: Utah State Library

Date: June 13, 2017

Categories: 2017 Webinars | Planning Webinars

Christmas Bells

By: Jennifer Chiaverini
Published: ©2015
Pages: 317
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Holiday Stories | Historical Fiction | Regional, American Northeast

Description: In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, MA. The publication of Longfellow’s classic Revolutionary War poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” was less than a month hence, and the country’s grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed. In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia’s music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children’s choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss.

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Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

Utah State Library joined CSLP in 1997 and is the state representative. By way of the State Library’s membership, all Utah public libraries are members of CSLP.

The State Library provides CSLP summer reading manuals, promotional materials and training to certified public libraries throughout Utah. Funding for these materials and training is supported by grant funds under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).


  • 2017: Build a Better World (all ages)


  • 2018: Libraries Rock (all ages)
  • 2019: A Universe of Stories (all ages)
  • 2020: Fairy tales/Mythology/Fantasy theme



Visit the CSLP website and register to receive updates, additional clip art, and other great resources for your Summer Reading Program. School libraries and other organizations in Utah that wish to use the CSLP summer reading program theme, slogan, or resources must contact their local public library.

Copyright and Rules of Use All materials for the summer library program (including art, manuals, and DVD materials) are subject to copyright restrictions and certain rules of use. Please refer to the Rules of Use section on the CSLP website for current guidelines.

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

By: Melanie Dickerson
Published: ©2015
Pages: 310 (Includes Discussion Questions)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  FictionYoung Adult | Historical Fiction | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Love & Romance

Description: The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.  For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher. When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries. The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

By: Jeannette Walls
Published: ©2009
Pages: 272
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Fiction | Historical FictionRegional, West

Description: “Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town—riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one who is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle. Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds—against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night.

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The Sheriffs of Savage Wells

By: Sarah M. Eden
Published: ©2016
Pages: 322 (Includes Discussion Questions)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Historical Fiction | Love & Romance | Regional, West | Uniquely Utah

Description: The small town of Savage Wells is barely big enough for the people who call it home; it certainly isn’t big enough for more than one sheriff. Yet when famed lawman Cade O’Brien rides into town, he finds he’s not the only man ready to take on the job. What’s more, one of his competitors is a woman. Paisley Bell loves her town and the eccentric people in it. She’s been the acting sheriff for months and isn’t too keen on relinquishing the job to anyone else. Not only does she love the work, but she also needs the income to take care of her ailing father. It’s a true battle of the sexes, and sparks fly. But when Paisley’s former beau shows up, along with a band of bank robbers, Savage Wells is suddenly faced with the kind of peril that only a sheriff can manage. Who will be man enough—or woman enough—to step up, claim the badge, and save the town?

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