by Meagan, Sweet Branch
It’s a spooktacular City Library Scavenger Haunt for teens! From September 20–October 22, stop by any City Library and pick up a spine-tingling tracker. Inside you’ll find the gory details about hair-raising haunted places in Salt Lake City. Visit at least five of these locations, answer the questions about each one, and then return your tracker for a sticker and your very own paranormal logbook.
Finished the tracker already? Are you hungry for investigating more paranormal occurrences? These places might be harder to visit in person, but we suggest looking them up online and researching some of what makes them so terrifying.
The Silver Fork Lodge
11332 Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Brighton, UT 84121
Originally the location of a miner tent city, the Silver Fork Lodge as it stands today was built in 1947. Guests of the hotel have reported lights and other electronics flickering, cold spots, moving objects, and disembodied moans and whispers.
Which supernatural occurrence scares you the most? The lights, cold spots, moving objects, or sounds?
The Alta Club
100 E S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
According to legend, a man fell asleep while smoking a cigar and died in the ensuing fire. He’s said to wander the upper floors of the club. Another ghost haunts the basement and makes herself known by a faint scent of lilac perfume.
Do you think seeing a ghost or feeling a ghostly presence is scarier?
2510 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401
Built in 1927, this Ogden hotel has a dark history. An employee died by falling down the elevator shaft, and now the elevators have been reported to move from floor to floor with no one inside or on the floors the elevator stops on. Room 1101 is reportedly haunted by a woman who drowned in the bathtub, and Room 1102 is haunted by her son who committed suicide in the room.
Would you ever stay in a room knowing something like this happened there? Why or why not?
Cottonwood Paper Mill
6900 S Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
The Mill has gone through many owners and been used for many things (including as a film set!), but that hasn’t stopped it from being listed as one of the most haunted locations in the state. People have reported doors opening and closing on their own, cold spots, and the lights turning on and off (even though the building no longer has electricity).
Why do you think there are so many reports of old mills or factories being haunted?
912 W Garden Dr, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Weird happenings have been reported from the Pleasant Grove Theater since the 1950s, but the recent stories are more eerie. Staff have reported hearing footsteps on the stage when nobody is there, and signs and mugs have flown across the room on their own. The owner has nicknamed the ghost “Charlie”, but we don’t know who the ghost really is.
Why do you think people name ghosts? Would you name a ghost?
1310 Lowell Ave, Park City, UT 84060
The Snowed Inn was built as a replica of the owner’s grandmother’s Victorian Mansion, and the grandmother’s ghost is now said to haunt the building. Staff have reported seeing floating mist, and an old woman is sometimes seen in the back of photographs taken in the building.
What would you do if a ghost appeared behind you in your photo?
High Uintas, Duchesne County, Utah
Known as “the most haunted campsite in Utah”, Moon Lake is haunted by the ghost of a 7 year old girl who drowned in the lake. The girl is often sighted during the day by hikers or fishers, where she will approach, soaking wet, asking for help. At night, campers will hear loud splashing water, running, and sobs, but when they go out to investigate the lake is calm and there’s nobody around.
Would you be more nervous to see a ghost during the day than at night? Why or why not?
666 W 800 S, Salt Lake City, Ut 84104
The beloved and world-famous attraction has a very dark history. Built in the 1800’s, the Fear Factory used to be an industrial cement factory known as Portland Cement Works. There are two confirmed grisly deaths of factory workers, but other records say more than two men died over the years. The factory closed in 1987 and sat vacant until Fear Factory bought the building in 2010. There are reports of screams being heard outside operating hours when the building is silent, and shadowy figures have been reported looking down from upper levels. Some have even claimed to hear a little girl laughing in the middle of the night, even though there are no reports of children dying in the factory.
Why do you think so many stories about hauntings involve children or the ghosts of children?
270 S Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Ut 84101
The most famous ghost haunting this 1910 train station is known as The Purple Lady. According to lore, shortly after the station was constructed a woman and her fiance were having an argument and her ring ended up on the tracks. When she went down to retrieve it she was struck by the train and killed. Since then there have been countless reports of lights turning on and off, doors locking on their own, and unexplained singing in the ladies restroom (which seems to be an epicenter of activity). There are also reports of the figure of a man seen in the lobby and upper floors.
Would you choose to haunt the place where you died? Or would you rather haunt another location?
The Library’s Teen Ghost Scavenger Haunt runs from September 20th through October 22nd. Booklets can be picked up at any City Library location.
by Christine, Chapman Branch
Calling all teen artists to Make Your Mark!
The City Library is hosting a bookmark design contest exclusive to Lit Loot boxes. Teen artists grades 7 to 12 are invited to make their mark by submitting a bookmark design for Lit Loot! The winning artist will be guaranteed a Lit Loot box in December and receive a gift card. Plus, your bookmark design will be featured on bookmarks that can be found exclusively in Lit Loot boxes for one year, beginning in December.
How does it work?
Beginning September 9, teen artists grades 7 to 12 are invited to pick up a blank bookmark entry form at your favorite Salt Lake City Public Library. Then, on the blank side of the bookmark, create your design and return it to the Library. We will also accept digital art submissions or scans. Just make sure your submission is 2.75 x 8.5 inches and 300 dpi. (about 2550 x 825 pixels). Minimum pixel dimensions: 1700 x 550, at 200 dpi. Send your digital submissions to email@example.com
The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 18th, 2021.
Good luck, we can’t wait to see your designs!
by Stephanie C, Main Library
Some people might scoff at those of us who've already started decorating for Halloween, but those that love the season know it's always a good time for a little (or more than a little) spookiness. The City Library has some fun Fall activities lined up this year and the first event we want you to know about is the Fall Teens Write workshop.
This free virtual program, led by the Community Writing Center, is for teen writers interested in exploring the darker side of fiction writing. Mentors will take participants through six sessions of exploration and exercise around the horror genre, and some of the City Library's teen librarians will even participate with some fun presentations about our favorite media.
Additionally, at the end of the year, all the writing cohorts (Spring, Summer, and Fall) will come together to collaborate on an anthology publication and public reading to celebrate the different texts they have created during the year.
This Fall's workshop runs from October 5th-23rd, on Tuesdays (5-6pm) and Saturdays (11am - noon) on Zoom.
Teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to participate. Check out the CWC's Teens Write Page here for more details and to get registered.
Don't miss this chance to develop your skills and have fun with other horror-loving teen writers!
by Meagan, Sweet Branch
Whether you’re reading the classics on your own or as an assignment for an English class, the classics can be a challenge. Luckily, there is a plethora of retellings, so whether you just want to understand the book from class a little better or if you loved the story and would like to read more, we highly recommend these retold classics.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride - Ibi Zoboi
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Chosen and the Beautiful - Nghi Vo
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy - Bre Indigo
The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
The Last True Poets of the Sea - Julia Drake
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
These Violent Delights - Chloe Gong
One Thousand and One Nights
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renée Ahdieh
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Speak Easy, Speak Love - McKelle George
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Olivia Twist - Lorie Langdon
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This Dark Endeavor - Kenneth Oppel
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
Legendborn - Tracy Deonn
Cursed - Thomas Wheeler
by Saia, Glendale Branch
Now that school is back in session, I want to take some time to tell you about a particular resource that the Library has that can help you in your studies. This resource is called HelpNow. Whether you are just starting middle school or your first year of college, This study resource can connect you with live tutors, writing and math help and prepare you for higher education. As you continue on your learning journey, always be mindful that there are people and resources to help you. This includes The Library and its Librarians. It is our job to help and assist!
Go to slcpl.org
Once on the homepage, hover over EXPLORE on the tool bar and then click on DIGITAL LIBRARY.
Once you have clicked, you will find yourself in the DIGITAL LIBRARY.
scroll down to the very bottom of the webpage until you see the title BROWSE RESOURCES BY TOPIC. You will then locate the HOMEWORK HELP tab and then click on it.
Now you will see all the study resources the library has to offer. Feel free to explore these resources when you have time. For now, lets scroll down till we see the words HelpNow. Once you find it go ahead and click.
After clicking on the HelpNow icon, enter your library card to gain access. If you don't have a library card, you can visit any City Library branch to sign up for one, or apply for a card online here. Its easy and free!
Once logged in, you now have access to HelpNow resources. This includes Expert Help, Study and, Collaborate.
Expert Help is where you can get live virtual tutoring. The writing lab is where you can submit and get feed back on any papers or essays. The skill surfer is a great way to level up on any school subject, you can even take practice tests for AP exams!
The Study column can help you with (you guessed it) studying! clicking on the LEAP Learning platform will take you to online college readiness courses in basic subjects like Math, Reading, and Science. You can also find GED prep courses. Flashbulb is for all things flash cards in any school topic, this is a great study tool to help you memorize vocab and other terms. eParachute can help match your interests and skills to help you discover possible majors and careers options.
In the Collaborate section, you will be able to connect with friends and other teens in virtual study sessions when you click on the MEET icon. Brainwave is a virtual space where you can keep and share notes and ideas.
Don't be shy! Click around and explore. I was not able to talk about all the features that HelpNow offers but I encourage you to investigate and use the parts that make sense for you. Remember, The Teen Librarians are here to help you with any of your scholarly and educational needs. You got this! and happy studying:)
Blog posts are written by our Teen Librarians and, in some cases, teens like you. Visit your About page to learn more about our Teen Librarians.