* Reading isn't easy to learn, but the Weber County Library can help kids age 5 and younger get a head start with pre-reading skills.
Branches of the library host "Discovery Time," with learning activities that include stories and music. The program is offered at 10:30 a.m. Mondays in the Ogden Valley branch, at 131 S. 7400 East, Huntsville. The Pleasant Valley branch hosts activities at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Mondays, at 5568 S. Adams Ave., Washington Terrace.
Learning fun moves to the main library, 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden, at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Discovery Time is held at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the Southwest branch, 1950 W. 4800 South, Roy; and at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays in the North branch, 475 E. 2600 North, North Ogden.
Participation is free. The current session runs now through July 12, then takes a short break and starts again.
For information, call 801-337-2639.
* Weber County Library hosts an Introduction to eBooks at 7 p.m. Tuesday in its Southwest branch, 1950 W. 4800 South, Roy. Library patrons will learn how to download free e-books with their library account. A selection of digital media equipment will also be available to experience the technology firsthand, or patrons are invited to bring their own. This program is free and open to the public. Call 801-337-2670 for more information.
* Weber State University's Stewart Library and Weber County Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) Museum host a joint event Tuesday celebrating the release the book "Stories from the Collection of the Weber County Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum."
The event will feature photographs from the book, as well as a special exhibit created by WSU history student James Loken, which will highlight Ogden businesses from the late 1800s. Guest speakers will present pioneer stories, including "The Murder of Susan Jones: an 1870 Ogden Crime Drama," "Charles Hancock's Magic Lantern Slide Show" and Jean Rio Griffiths Baker's journey from England to Utah. Loken completed an internship with the DUP last semester, and the exhibit he created is the final product of that internship.
The program begins at 6 p.m. in the Stewart Library Hetzel-Hoellein Room, WSU, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. The exhibits will be on display in the library through the end of June. Copies of the new book will be available for $10 each. The event is free and open to the public.
* Ogden authors Ralph and Judith Vander Heide read from and sign their book "Chris & Louisa" (Xlibris, $29.99, hardback) 7 p.m. Tuesday at Weber County Library Pleasant Valley branch, 5568 S. Adams Ave., Washington Terrace. This novel chronicles the lives of Louisa, a fictional "plural wife" of Joseph Smith who treks to Utah and her great-granddaughter Chris, who is caught up in the turmoil of the 1960s. This is a free event.
* For some people, summer is the time to daydream, but the Davis County Library is encouraging everyone to dream bigger.
"Dream Big ... Read" is the theme of this year's summer reading program.
Each of the library branches is hosting family programs that bring fantasies to life. Puppet Players perform at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Centerville branch, 45 S. 400 West. "The Magic of Timothy" is performed at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Kaysville branch, 44 N. Main St.
On Wednesday, magician Christopher Fair performs at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Central branch, 155 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton. Magician Mike Hamilton shows his skills at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Syracuse Community Center, 1912 W. 1900 South.
The Magic of Timothy reappears at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday at the North branch library in Clearfield, 562 S. 1000 East. Juggler Marcus Wilson entertains at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday at the South branch, 562 S. 1000 East, Bountiful.
A summer calendar and reading tracker is available at each library branch, as are additional activities that can also be accessed in person or through the library's website.
Presentations in July will be made by educational groups, including Clark Planetarium, Mad Science, Scales & Tails Utah, and GPS Challenge.
For more information call 801-451-2322 or visit the website at www.co.davis.ut.us/library.
* Brigham City Library continues its reading series "Rule of Law" at 7 p.m. Thursday with a discussion of "The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court" by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong. Kathryn MacKay, a professor of history at Weber State University, will lead the free discussion at the library, 26 E. Forest St., Brigham City.
* Park City author Samantha Simon discusses and signs copies of her book "Utah 4 Kids" (Connector Publishing, $11.95) 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hastings, 340 E. 525 North, Harrisville. This is a free event.
l Weber County Library hosts a Kindle workshop at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pleasant Valley branch, 5568 S. Adams Ave., Washington Terrace. The workshop includes a general introduction to the library's e-book resources, demonstration on the downloading process and an interactive question and answer period. Library patrons are encouraged to bring their Kindles.
Call 801-337-2690 for more information.
Author events this week at The King's English Bookshop include:
* Utah author Elana Johnson reads from and signs her new young adult novel "Surrender" (Simon Pulse, $17.99) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
* Utah author Bryan Young launches his new novel "Operation: Montauk" (Silence in the Library, $14.99) at 7 p.m. Friday. The book is a time-traveling science fiction novel patterned after the pulp-adventure stories of the 1920s and 1930s.
These are free events at the bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City.