Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party

Main Library

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  • Kick-Off

Bring the whole family to the Kick-Off Party to sign up for the Summer Reading Program for kids, toddlers, teens, and adults, each with their own challenges and super cool prizes! With cool science-themed events from May 31 to August 2, kids, their parents, and their older siblings can engineer the best summer ever! Chemistry, robots, exotic animals, magic, puppets, reading, and so much more! Be sure to pick up a reading tracker on May 31, and plan your summer around these great events.

12:30pm • Main Library Auditorium

The party gets started with a presentation by Grant Imahara, robot expert from the popular Mythbusters TV show! Imahara’s prior visual effects and modelmaker credits as an animatronics engineer with Industrial Light & Magic include working on the new Star Wars Trilogy Episodes I–III, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, among others. He updated the electronics in R2-D2 to modern standards for Star Wars Episodes I and II, and is one of only three official R2-D2 operators in the United States. He even suited up as C-3PO during his tenure at Lucasfilm for character appearances at publicity and press events! Anticipating the decline of model building and the rise of computer-generated imagery (CGI) and computer animation in the movie industry, Imahara jumped headlong into Discovery’s Mythbusters in 2005. Grant Imahara will be available for photo ops outside in the Science Festival on Library Square immediately following his presentation.

1:30–4pm • Library Square

Head outside for cool demonstrations by local science experts, music by Doc Young, and of course to visit the sign-up table for The City Library's Summer Reading Program! Science festival booth exhibitors and presenters include:

Music by Doc Young American Chemical Society U of U Dept of Chemical Engineering
Clark Planetarium SLC Fire Department SLCC Community Writing Center
Discovery Gateway Mad Science NHMU and the LEAP Into Science program
The Leonardo Thanksgiving Point Salt Lake County Library Services
Zaniac U of U College of Engineering KUED 7 feat. an appearance by Curious George! (photo ops)

2:30pm • Main Library Auditorium

Join us back in the Auditorium for a delightful reptile show presented by Scales and Tails. They’ll bring creepy crawlies like spiders, scorpions, and roaches, along with snakes, lizards, and tortoises. Even a baby crocodilian! Stick around after the show for a chance to handle some of these animals!

All Library Locations

Teens, their parents, and their younger siblings can sign up for the Summer Reading Program at any City Library location starting May 31, or at any time during the Summer. The Kick-off party is a fun way for the whole family to get signed up at the Main Library, but don't worry if you can't make it; it's never too late to sign up!

The Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party and related library programming all summer long are provided in part by funding support from the Friends of the City Library. Our thanks to them for all they do in helping support City Library programming. search enhance: KSR2014

Location: Main Library Auditorium and Library Square

Contact Information: 801-524-8200