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USL Quarterly

The staff of the Utah State Library are excited to bring you the USL Quarterly newsletter to help keep you informed of the services, training, and resources that are available to you to help you serve your communities better. The main distribution channel will be through the Utah Library Network (ULN) listserv.


USL Quarterly – Previous Year

Other Utah State Library Newsletters

For more information or to suggest content:

Char Newbold
Phone Number (801) 715-6740or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
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Book Buzz

Book Buzz lends book sets to book clubs, book groups, libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers. The Utah State Library acquired the Book Buzz lending program from the Utah Center for the Book, Utah Humanities Council in 2012. Please read our Policies before requesting any books.

Featured Collection

Ghost & Horror Stories

Newest Book Buzz Additions

How to Request a Book Set

  1. Choose a Title
  2. Check Availability
  3. Request a Title

Book Buzz Title Lists

Promotional Materials

For questions or problems contact:

Linda Roholt
Book Buzz Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6754 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
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Library Statistics Dashboard

The Library Statistics Dashboard visually shows the use and activity of Utah State Library programs. Our Dashboard will be evolving over the coming weeks. Check back soon.

Summer Reading Program

Register for the 2018 CSLP Summer Reading Program Workshops

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About Summer Reading Programs

Summer reading programs in libraries began in the 1890s. Through summer reading programs and other library activities for children and teens, public librarians support literacy by encouraging lifelong reading. Public libraries provide access to not only to books, but also to eBooks, audiobooks, internet, computers and literacy based programming during summer and all year long.

Importance of summer reading programs in public libraries

  • Helps children and teens retain and enhance their reading skills over the summer
    • Studies show that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
    • Summer reading loss is cumulative. Non-readers don’t “catch up” in fall because readers are moving ahead with their skills.
  • Fosters a love of reading through public library programs and services
  • Increases successful reading experiences by encouraging reading for pleasure
    • Reading for pleasure, whether it be books, graphic novels or magazines and/or audiobooks, builds children’s confidence as learners and enhances their formal education.

Summer Reading Program Resources

Best Practices/Planning

Books available through Interlibrary Loan from the State Library

  • Children’s Services Today: A Practical Guide for Librarians by Jeanette Larson. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  • Complete Summer Reading Program Manual: From Planning to Evaluation. Young Adult Library Association, 2012.
  • Running Summer Library Reading Programs: A How To Do It Manual by Carole D. Fiore. Neal-Schuman, 1998.
  • Sizzling Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults by Katharine Kan. American Library Association, 1998.

Other Resources

  • Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Utah State Library is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).
  • Early Literacy and Summer Reading Ideas from Oregon Libraries (PDF)  is a compilation of good ideas proposed by Oregon public librarians.
  • ¡Colorín Colorado! serves educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12 and provides free research-based information, activities, and advice to parents, schools, and communities around the country.
  • National Summer Learning Association’s vision is for every child to be safe, healthy, and engaged in learning during the summer. The NSLA connects summer learning program providers and stakeholders with tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation.
  • Reading Rockets provides information about summer reading and summer learning loss, including tips for parents as well as resources for teachers and librarians.


Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to offer nutritionally balanced, high quality meals to children during summer vacations, interim, and off-track periods. The program is particularly targeted to low-income children who may not have adequate nutrition when schools are not in session. Public libraries can partner with other local organizations and be sites for the program.


In partnership with the Utah Educational Savings Plan, BookYourSummer is a sweepstakes that encourages children to participate in the summer reading program and parents to save for their children’s college education.


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

Letters About Literature: Annual Writing Contest for Young Readers

25th Annual Writing Contest 2017-2018

Theme:  How did an author’s work change your view of the world or yourself?

2017-2018 Guidelines & Application (pdf)

Deadlines & Length of Letters:

Level 3: Grades 9-12
Postmarked by: January 12, 2018
Level 2: Grades 7-8
Postmarked by: January 12, 2018
Level 1: Grades 4-6
Postmarked by: January 12, 2018

About Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is an annual national reading-writing contest for students in grades 4-12. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author (living or dead), stating how reading his or her work changed the reader or the reader’s view of the world. Letters About Literature is a program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Read Winning Letters from Past Competitions

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