Park City Library

Cada Domingo - Daniel Thurston - 05-30-21

May 31, 2021

Park City Library has a new Spanish Services Librarian. Daniel Thurston joins us to talk about his position, and the many services and resources available to the public through the library. We also talk about the importance of places like public libraries have in bringing communities together.

More than a year after the Park City Library closed, it will resume its pre-pandemic hours next Monday, April 25, while the Summit County system has set a tentative date of May 3 and the Wasatch County system has not yet announced its reopening plans..


The Park City Library has been operating on a partial schedule since it reopened its doors to the public last month.


Each year the Park City Library hosts a “Wasatch Back Local Author Celebration” highlighting authors who either live in the Wasatch Back or have written content pertaining to the Wasatch Back, which is defined as Summit and Wasatch counties.  Applications close July 1st, 2021. Please apply at 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 04:42) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 19:43) Carolyn Murray reports on the Wasatch Interlocal Meeting with Heber City and Midway City. 

( 21:57) Park City Library Director Adriane Juarez talks about the re-opening of the library.

( 33:28) Extreme Skiing Pioneer Dan Egan talks about his career, his connection to Warren Miller and his new book, "30 Years in a White Haze."

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Park City’s newest librarian, Daniel Thurston, will be bringing Spanish language services to the local library. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has a look at what Daniel will be offering to Park City’s Spanish speaking community.


Daniel Thurston’s first official day as Park City’s Spanish services librarian was January 4th, but he has been hard at work translating library information and programming out what he’ll be offering the city’s Spanish speakers in 2021.


Topics during Thursday night's City Countil meeting included talks on future plans for opening the Park City Library, and updates on affordable housing and parking for the proposed Arts & Culture District. 

Council Member Becca Gerber provides an update on these topics and others discussed in the meeting. 

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With 2020 now closed, people turned to forms of art and culture to get through the tumultuous year. Park City's librarians offered insights on which books were last year's most turned to.



While some people turned to escapism for help with the unprecedented year, others wanted to embrace some of the hardships that 2020 presented. 

Kate Mapp, the adult services librarian at the Park City Library, said they saw an increased demand in print and ebooks particularly with hot selling titles, which comes as no surprise. 

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Mountain Money co-hosts Doug Wells and Roger Goldman interview (1:21) Timothy Moser, creator of Master of Memory.  Timothy will take us through how he built a successful on-line business based on teaching others how to learn Spanish.

One of the lesser known migrations in modern history was that of refugees from the Spanish Civil War to Chile in 1939.  South American author Isabel Allende tells an engrossing tale of two refugees who make the trip halfway around the world, only to become embroiled in Chile’s own internal upheaval.  Amy Mills reviews Allende’s latest book, A Long Petal of the Sea.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. (05:45)

Executive  Director of  Mountain Town Music Brian Richards has a look ahead at how they’re planning for the summer concert season. (22:04)

Executive Director of Summit Land Conservancy Cheryl Fox has details on their virtual breakfast as well as open space issues (31:19) and Park City Library Director Adriane Juarez has details on the partial reopening of the county libraries using curbside pickup. (41:10)

This year’s One Book One Community choice has been announced - and features the memoir of a former Park City resident.

The 2020 One Book One Community read is Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. It was written by Pam Houston and published in 2019. The One Book One Community program is a partnership with Park City and Summit County libraries, along with Dolly’s Bookstore and Utah Humanities. Park City Adult Services Librarian Kate Mapp says Houston’s newest book is very appropriate for today…

More than a dozen librarians wave to the camera on a Zoom call
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The Park City Library was one of the first municipal facilities to close in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. But that hasn’t kept librarians from connecting with kids. 

Under normal circumstances, the Park City Library hosts programs for children almost every day of the week, including story times, sing-a-longs, and more. Youth Services Librarian Katrina Kmak says the programming draws anywhere from 20 to 70 children and adults on a typical day.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Wasatch Trails Foundation President Eric Porter talks about new trails projects in Wasatch County. Recycle Utah Director Carolyn Wawra has the latest on their new location and Park City Adult Services Librarian Kate Mapp has details about the free tax assistance and writing workshop available at the library. 

Nearly 70 public libraries in Utah including those in the Wasatch Back have joined a boycott of a publisher distributor.

The Park City Library is hosting a health fair Saturday geared toward supporting the wellbeing of all Park City community members, with a special focus on Latinx residents. 

Park City Library Spanish Services Coordinator Bianca Carrasco worked with the Mexican Consulate of Salt Lake and Latinx advocacy organization Comunidades Unidas to bring Saturday’s Latino Health Fair to all Park City community members.