Mark Eaton, former Utah Jazz center, retired in 1994 but didn't drift far from the spirit of the game. He worked in broadcasting and was often asked to speak to various groups which led to his transformation into a motivational speaker and now an author.Read More
An unexpected find tucked away in her parents' closet was the first step of Bonnie Park's journey to becoming a memoirist and author. Her parents passed away shortly after celebrating 70 years of marriage. In April of 2012, while cleaning out their apartment, a box surfaced, filled with correspondence and the details of their courtship over distance and time.Read More
Shannon Bahrke Happe, Olympic medalist in freestyle skiing, founder of Team Empowerment Hour, motivational speaker and entrepreneur has added another accomplishment to her resume — author.
Shannon's trademark “hot pink hair” has long inspired her determination for success and now given rise to the theme of her new book.Read More
After years of working for various Fortune 1000 companies, Bill Mullen longed to get out of the corporate scene and move where he wanted to live as opposed to where a company wanted to move him.
No stranger to a small-town scene, since there were only 24 in his high school graduating class, Park City seemed a good match. Bill and his wife Carole, put down a payment on a house in Prospector during a Christmas ski trip in 1988. “We have celebrated Christmas in that house since 1989. My wife Carole & I moved here permanently in July 1994 to the house in which we live in Hidden Cove.”Read More
The late Jim Powell, resident and generous patron to Park City Library, built a bridge between our local library and the Bimal Library in Dharan, Nepal. A soldier during WWII in the 10th Mountain Division, Jim came to know the Ghurka soldiers from Nepal. Years later, he reconnected via the internet and visited Dharan, Nepal.Read More
Local author, Amy Roberts began her career as a journalist working in TV news and transitioned into writing features and travel articles for magazines. “The economy crashed in ’08 taking the print media industry down with it. I had to get a ‘big girl’ job and began working on the opposite side of the business in PR and communications.” Today, in addition to her magazine articles and a weekly newspaper column, she is the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for the Kimball Art Center.Read More
The summer is a great time to challenge yourself to embrace the power of stories. Stories can be told in many different ways that can be fun and playful. The Park City community can embrace the power of stories at the Park City Library this summer through singing, reading, talking, reading, writing, and playing.Read More
Debbie Leaman, a freelance writer and writing coach, is someone who is passionate about writing, aware of it's challenges, and wants to share her personal experiences to promote the benefits of writing to help others.
When approached with the topic of writing, many people say that they can't write. It's not for them. Debbie notes that "my experience as a freelance writer, writing coach, and developmental editor has taught me that everyone can write. Sometimes all we need is a little help."Read More
Local author Bobbie Pyron made a giant leap from being a working librarian who loved to write, to getting that first book published. A life-long passionate reader who considered books her best friends, Bobbie always knew she wanted to be a writer. “I couldn’t imagine anything more wonderful than writing a book, seeing it on a library shelf, and into the hands of a reader like me.”Read More
Having been raised in the Kamas Valley, I was THRILLED to hear about the construction of the new library in Kamas. I have fond memories in the old library building, and am looking forward to creating memories in this new library.Read More
I discovered through my 'Nextdoor' online neighborhood website that I have an author living across the valley. Fifteen year old author, Nora Wall, has lived in Park City for almost 2 years after living for 5 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She's enrolled at Treasure Mountain Junior High but also takes classes at the high school.Read More
Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming increasingly popular in libraries across the nation and the Park City Library is no exception. Kate Mapp, Adult Services Librarian, and Katrina Kmak, Youth and Spanish Services Librarian, first got the idea to offer virtual reality when they visited the University of Utah Marriott Library’s virtual reality drop in program. After taking a few turns on the virtual reality headset, Mapp and Kmak were sold and started making plans on how they could bring VR to the Park City Library.Read More
Park City Council hosted a Social Equity Innovation Challenge during their retreat in March. The challenge invited city staffers to come up with innovative ideas for a social equity project that is not currently funded. $50,000 was budgeted to fund the top ideas that will fill a need in the community. There were 13 total proposals submitted to the challenge.
The two winning ideas were presented by Katrina Kmak, Youth & Spanish Services Librarian at the Park City Library. Both proposals focused on literary arts and the latino community.Read More
The Book to Film Club is the brainchild of Library Director, Daniel Compton and Kimball Junction Branch Manager Joe Frazier. It was started in February 2014. Compton and Frazier had been trying to host a book club for about a year, but it had been unsuccessful. Eventually, they pitched the idea of a a Book to Film Club, in which participants would first read the book on their own, then come together a the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch to watch the movie and discuss the story. The club has been a “great success” since, with 10-20 participants each month.Read More
Not every 'wannabe' author gets the benefit of having a Pulitzer Prize winning author as a high school english teacher. Scott Zuckerman was mentored for three semesters by Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, at Stuyvesant High School. "He was a wonderful teacher. Colorful. Memorable. When I write, I can still hear his voice in the background as he looks over my shoulder." McCourt was among the first to encourage Scott to continue his writing, but then a medical career got in the way.Read More
Do you have a story to tell? Share your personal essay on aging, be it quirky or serious, funny or poignant. Salt Lake City-based writer Debbie Leaman has launched a blog to provide an online space for many voices to be heard.Read More
Katie Mullaly is a local author whose writing projects led her down a business path. In order to produce her first books, she started Faceted Press which allowed her to publish her own work including a “How To” book on self-publishing children's books, and a coloring book.Read More
Many of us Utahns felt the disappointment when tickets to Hamilton sold out in a few hours last week, but there is still a chance for a high school student in our community to attend. The State of Utah, in an incredible public/private partnership, is sponsoring students from every corner of the state to attend a performance of Hamilton through The New Nation Project letter writing competition.The competition gives high school students (grades 9-12) an opportunity to write to their legislator about an issue they care about and propose a solution.Read More
Park City Education Foundation rings in the new year with a new program name and time for their popular Author-in-Residence program. Sara Hutchinson, Programs Manager, explains why. “We changed the name from ‘Author-in-Residence’ to ‘One Book One Community presented by PCEF’ because that is a national program with great name recognition. Over the past nine years, it has morphed from a student-only program to one in which the local libraries and many book groups took part. We appreciate the support of our local libraries and love the idea of the entire community reading one book.”Read More
A manicurist, by trade, Carly Stenmark was living and working in Salt Lake City. She discovered many of her clients enjoyed chatting during the process with her on the receiving end of interesting and entertaining stories. Funny tales and tidbits she wanted to remember were jotted down on scraps of paper and tucked away.Read More