Sign-ups for the Weber County Library's summer reading programs begin on Tuesday.
Activities will be held at all branches of the library.
The children's reading program, "Summer Adventures," introduces participants to the adventure opportunities available in Utah. Children will receive small prizes for reading at least three hours a week at home, and be eligible to enter a weekly raffle. There will be outdoor activities, and a final party.
The teen program, "SOS: Summer of Survival," focuses on survival skills for everything from a "zombie attack" to getting and keeping a job. Teens submit short book reviews, and can enter weekly prize raffles and the final drawing for a $50 gift certificate.
To register, visit your local library.
The library is also hosting the "Ultimutt Readathon," inviting children to practice their reading skills by sharing a book with an Intermountain Therapy dog.
Dogs will be at the main library, at 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays in June.
The program is free, but preregistration is required.
For more information about reading programs, or to register for the "Ultimutt Readathon," call 801-337-2639.
* Consider a world where Hawaii is void of pineapples, Italy lacks tomatoes, and chocolate never made its way to Europe. While some of the impacts Christopher Columbus' famous 1492 voyage to the New World had on native populations are widely known, the ecological, economic and environmental influences extend far beyond what is taught traditionally in classrooms.
Charles C. Mann, author of "1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created" (Knopf, 2011), will speak on the subject and what he calls "the greatest event in the history of life since the death of the dinosaurs" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the main auditorium at City Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City. This is a free event.
* Former Willard residents Mike Holmes and Steve Holmes will discuss their book "Sierra Madre West" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Brigham City Library, 26 E. Forest St., Brigham, and at 7 p.m. Thursday at Willard City Community Center, 80 W. 50 South, Willard. Since1992, the duo has explored and researched the mostly forgotten mines and people of the Sierra Madre Mining District. Their book documents the history of the area, located in the steep and rugged canyons below Willard and Ben Lomond peaks. The book will be available for sale at these free events.
* Utah authors from the Eden Writers Group will discuss and sign copies of "Tales From Two Bit Street And Beyond ... Part 1" (DMT Publishing, $10.99) during a special book launch event 6-8 p.m. Friday at Gallery 51, Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. This is the second book in the "Tales" series, co-edited by Drienie Hattingh and Lynda West Scott. Like their first book, "Tales from Huntsville, Eden, Liberty and Beyond," the editors challenged local authors to write ghost stories about spooky legends -- this time based on so-called hauntings of Ogden's Historic 25th Street.
"These stories present plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning pages. But they also give the reader a unique look at a single place through many incarnations," wrote New York Times best-selling author Susan Squires of the book. "(Historic) 25th Street is a living character in this anthology. We see it in its violent youth, its seedy downfall, and its resurrection as the historic center of a vibrant present."
Authors featured in the book will also be signing and discussing their stories 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Planet Rainbow, 1833 Valley Drive, Ogden, and 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Hastings, 340 E. 525 North, Harrisville. These are free events, where the book will also be sold.
Author events this week at The King's English Bookshop include:
* Young adult author Alyson NoA'l reads from and signs her novel "Fated" (St. Martin's Griffin, $18.99) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
* Wyoming author Alyson Hagy reads from and signs her novel "Boleto" (Graywolf Press, $24) at 7 p.m. Thursday.
These are free events at the bookstore, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City,
Author events this week at Weller Book Works include:
* Former University of Utah president Chase Peterson reads from and discusses his autobiography "The Guardian Poplar" (University of Utah Press, $39.95) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
* Utah author Charlotte Bell reads and signs "Yoga For Meditators" (Rodmell Press, $14.95) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
These are free events at the bookstore, 607 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City.