President Invite

To all Utah school librarians and those who support library programs. Studies show school libraries impact all students for success. The 2020 UELMA Conference theme, Libraries Are For Everyone, spotlights what we do to assure our students see themselves in the library. On behalf of the UELMA Board and UELMA 2020 Conference Committee, I invite you to join us in Ogden at Weber State University on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Don’t miss:

  • Amazing Keynotes including Ellen Oh, author and co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, and Karl Beckstrand, author/illustrator of 21 multicultural/multilingual books.
  • Engaging Breakout Sessions elaborating ways the National School Library Standards are implemented for our students to have the best opportunity to Think, Create, Share, and Grow.
  • Awesome Networking Opportunities with your Personal Learning Network of fabulous Utah school librarians.
  • Incredible Exhibitors of everything library!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at UELMA 2020!

Ann Riding
UELMA President, 2019-2020


Hi All –

ALA has released a grant opportunity for $2000 to help libraries build their community engagement, the Libraries Transform Communities: Engagement Grant.  The application is due February 3, 2020 at 11 am MST.  More information can be found at this link.
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Grant Description

The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant is an annual grant to recognize, promote and support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students or local organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community.

The intent of the grant is to provide support for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand their community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. Proposed projects should focus on creating innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts.

Project activities may include:

  • Developing direct/sustained/innovative community engagement programs and services
  • Partnering with a community agency/organization/department that builds the capacity of the community to address an important concern/issue
  • Executing an innovative community engagement program
  • Creating a program or event that connects the library to a community-identified aspiration or concern
  • Creating and publishing educational or promotional materials for the greater library community and/or presenting an innovative/model program at conferences

YALSA Grant list


Hello Librarians!

We hope you well as you are busy being a librarian! We would like to share some free STEM and Maker resources for your upper elementary and middle school libraries. We have developed easy to follow program guides and tips & tricks for several STEM-rich Making activities such as paper circuits, squishy circuits, Scratch, e-textiles, and more. They have been tested and vetted in Utah school libraries, the librarians found them to be usable and manageable activities. We’ve also included shopping lists and links to sites with the best prices for purchasing STEM/Maker supplies.  We hope you find them helpful when planning activities in your library.

These free online resources can be found at If you have any questions, please reach out. We’d love to help!