Monthly Archives: October 2013

Podcast #015–Wanda Huffaker, Salt Lake County Librarian and Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair


We are talking Intellectual Freedom and Privacy today with Wanda Huffaker. This is an issue that we all feel strongly about and hope that all librarians will take the lead on.

We will be releasing a new podcast every Tuesday!

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Here is a link to one of the best cultural and archival projects that I have seen in a long time. This archive is relevant to Utah culture and history, Western culture and history, and just about anyone who loves to get in a car and drive. This archive focuses on US Highway 89 that spanned from Canada to Mexico and cut right through the state of Utah. If you have any collections or information relevant to this collection please contact the people at We are in the process of creating a permanent links page and will be included.


Copyright: The Highway 89 promotional flyer is not released under public domain. Copyright for Highway to Grandeur by John Clark is shared between John Clark and Utah State University.

Utah Author


Utah Author is making sure you always know which authors are in Utah and where and when you can meet them. Never miss your favorite author again!

This site puts together a comprehensive and dynamic calendar to keep all Utah residents informed of when and where authors are meeting the public. No home addresses of authors, sorry; just public events.

Utah Author

Make sure and report Challenged Books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Creative Libraries Utah and Wanda Mae Huffaker, Librarian for Salt Lake County Library and Chair of the Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, want to make sure librarians are taking the time to report Challenged Books in the state of Utah. The easiest place to report is through ALA:

ALA Challenged Materials

Reporting is essential for protecting the Constitution, intellectual freedom, and the right to read. ALA and ULA have expertise and resources to help librarians through challenges small and large. Too often we only discuss challenges that become media circuses. Truthfully though, challenges happen everyday in the state of Utah formally and informally. If you have any questions contact the ULA Intellectual Freedom Committee

ULA Intellectual Freedom Committe

You can also find them on Facebook by searching for the ULA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

A Slew of Story Time Ideas


We just got a huge contribution of Story Time plans from Jess, a Library Assistant at the Park City Library.


Audrey Wood




Dance and Move




New books






Stuffed Animals

We are all alike

Program Ideas and Decorating Images from Lauren Zachary of the Cedar City Library


“For banned books week, we placed black ribbons on the banned / challenged books and left them shelved among the collection. Patrons were encouraged to browse through the library and try to find them. This worked semi-well, but the black blended in with a lot of books and didn’t stand out as much as we hoped. Next year, we might try and do a different color to make them stand out more. Like red ribbon or caution tape.

Every March, we have an annual Leprechaun hunt for the kids. We hide as many as 20-30 different leprechauns throughout the library and when a patron finds a leprechaun, we give them a color book to write their name on, and all the books are taped to our wall and create a rainbow.

Last year, for Halloween, we placed the web decoration of haunted book reads, and also hid various Halloween creatures all around the library.

One of our best wall displays is our “I can’t remember the title but….” and we have different groups such as “red cover” or “fairytale” or “like hunger games” or “main character was a boy” or “was made into a movie” and we printed off covers of books and taped them in that category. We did four or five different displays and everyone really loved looking at the display and getting new book ideas.

Right now, our display is the Clau Books Nominations. We have each of the categories up, and a picture of the cover along with a summary of the book. Then next to the book, we have the current poll count: green for yes, yellow for ok, and red for no. We have gotten more votes this year on these books than we have in the past.

For the adult reading program this year, we did a bingo game. Each patron had to do five different things on the bingo card, and then on the back give a review about each of the five things.

Every so often, we do a game night with the Youth Advisory Council and every one brings games, and we bring out the Wii and everyone comes and just has a good time. Lots of families join.

Finally, for the last one, we have done a “Write someone a letter day” and printed off our very own postcards and gave them out to patrons to send to someone for “Write a Love Letter Day.”




Podcast #013–Trish Hull, Utah Library Association President


We have Trish Hull, Utah Library Association President, on the phone and she is getting work done. Trish talks about what is changing at ULA and gets us excited for next year’s conference.

We will be releasing a new podcast every Tuesday!

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