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"The Gold Medal Magic of Paul Brewer" continues three more times in the Salt Lake County Library system as the Winter Olympic Games approach.

This family-oriented event is a magic variety show, also including juggling, dance, comedy and prizes. It keys on catching the magical spirit of the Olympic Games.

Brewer is a 20-year veteran entertainer, having performed in Las Vegas, Korea, Japan and locally at the 49th Street Galleria.

He's already performed this program in some Salt Lake County libraries and still has three more stops. Children 8 or younger should be accompanied by an adult.

The "Gold Medal" show will be performed Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., at the Hunter Library, 4740 W. 4100 South. The next program will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m., at the Sandy Library, 10100 S. Petunia Way. The final "Gold" event is set for Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Holladay Library, 2150 E. Murray-Holladay Road.

Over at the Salt Lake City Library, all the regular family and children's reading programs will continue as usual. The next big event for that library system is a Valentine-making program on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., in all six libraries. Children can make their own handmade Valentines free. All materials are provided. Call 524-8200 for more information.

"Books to Die For," a mystery book discussion group, will meet at the Day-Riverside Library, 1575 W. 1000 North, on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

Here are some of the books available for fifth-grade readers at local libraries:

"Ghost Upstairs," by Lila McGinnis. Albert Shook is fascinated to find out his house is host to a ghost who is fascinated by modern inventions.

"If I Had One Wish," by Jackie French Koller. Alec wishes his little brother had never been born. However, when that wish somehow comes true, his whole life changes and not necessarily for the better.

"Journey to America," by Soria Levitin. Lis Platt and her Jewish family flee Nazi Germany, facing the problems of their journey with courage.

"Nightmare Mountain," by Peg Kehret. Twelve-year-old Molly's visit to her aunt and uncle's llama ranch in Washington state leads her into unexpected danger and suspense.

"Our Teacher is Missing," by Mary Francis Shura. When Miss Dixon suddenly disappears, the adults don't take it seriously. However, Eliza, a student, does and knows she must find her teacher.

Here are some other youth-oriented library events during the next month along the Wasatch Front:

Mondays, 7 p.m.: "Family Storytime" at the Sprague Library, 2131 S. 1100 East.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Spanish Storytime at the Provo City Library, 550 N. University.

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.: "Preschool Storytimes" at the Davis County Main Library, 38 S. 100 East, Farmington.

Fridays, 11 and 11:30 a.m.: "Mother Goose Time" at the Provo City Library, 550 N. University. For ages 13-24 months.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m.: "Book Baby" for babies up to age 2 at the Sweet Branch, 455 F St. Also on Feb. 6 at the Day-Riverside Branch, on Feb. 6 and 20 at the Main Salt Lake City Library, and on Feb. 13 at the Sprague Branch, all at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 10:15 and 11 a.m.: "A Day at the Beach!" This is a fun in the sun on a cold winter day event for children, ages 2-6, and their caregivers at the Bingham Creek Library, 4834 W. 9000 South.

Monday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.: "Jammie Time" at the Main Salt Lake Library, 209 E. 500 South. Wear PJs and bring a favorite stuffed friend to this family storytime.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.: Bilingual stories for children at the Sprague Library, 2131 S. 1100 East. (Also Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Day-Riverside Branch.)

Tuesday, Feb. 5, and also Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10:15 and 11 a.m. both days: "Let it Snow!" This is a winter event for kids, ages 2-6, with an adult at the Bingham Creek Library, 4834 W. 9000 South.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m.: "Frog and Toad Fan Club" at the Whitmore Library, 2197 E. 7000 South. Stories, songs, games and art for young readers, ages 5-6. (Also on Feb. 13, 20 and 27.)

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 3:30 p.m.: "Kid's Club Encounters the World" at the Whitmore Library, 2197 E. 7000 South. Children learn about countries around the world through songs, games and art activities. (Also on Feb. 13, 20 and 27.)

Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m.: "It's a Mystery" at the Sandy Library, 10100 S. Petunia Way. Read from a "Casebusters" book and help solve a mystery. (Also on Feb. 14, 21 and 28.)

Friday, Feb. 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: "Chinese New Year." For children ages 3 1/2 and older to celebrate the Chinese New Year with stories, songs and crafts at the Holladay Library, 2150 E. Murray-Holladay Road. Register at the reference desk or call 944-7627.

Saturday, Feb. 9,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: "Valentine Make-N-Take" at the East Mill Creek Library, 2266 E. Evergreen Ave. Kids can drop in an make a free, fun Valentine to take home. Also 2-4 p.m. at the Kearns Library, 5350 S. 4220 West.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m.: "Super Fine Valentine" at the Sandy Library, 10100 S. Petunia Way. Celebrate Valentine's Day with stories and a chance to make your own Valentine.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m.: "Homeschool Explorers" at the Whitmore Library, 2197 E. 7000 South. Stories and activities for homeschoolers, grades 1-6. Register at the children's desk, or call 944-7539.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.: "Teen Poetry Night" at the Riverton Library, 12860 S. Redwood Road. Open forum for poetry reading, ages 12-20.


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