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Become inspired and informed with this series of independently organized TED events featuring talks from local speakers, TED Talk videos, and conversations with your community.

x = independently organized TED event

Sat, Mar 21, 7–9pm

Jamaica Trinnaman (Hello! Bulk Markets)

Jamaica Trinnaman, founder of Hello!Bulk Markets, likes to say that her store is the new old-fashioned way to shop. It’s a bulk goods store where you are encouraged to bring your own containers from home and refill rather than purchase packaging. This concept, often called Zero Waste Shopping, has gained popularity in response to the plastic pollution burdening our planet. In May of 2018 Jamaica took a leap, backed by her extensive experience in the grocery industry, and opened her first version of Hello!Bulk in the back of a quirky warehouse in west SLC. Jamaica believes that Hello!Bulk is only as strong as their community and she’s grateful, every day, for her extraordinary customers…people who are willing to not only challenge the status quo, but more importantly, change their habits.

Nora Abu-Dan (Founder, Emerald Project)

Nora Abu-Dan is Utah born but both her parents are from the holy land of Palestine. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in Spanish. Nora is also a former reigning Miss United Nations USA and used her platform to educate youth on using their voice to make a difference. In 2016, Nora went on to become an Arabic Interpreter for refugees who were seeking safety from their war-torn countries. She found her passion in helping others establish a new life in America with the promise of hope and peace. In 2017, Nora co-founded and is Chief Operating Officer for a nonprofit in Utah called, Emerald Project.

Brooklyn Kohl (Performer/Singer)

Brooklyn Kohl is a singer-songwriter who transforms her daily observations into sultry, soulful moments through smooth, dynamic pop with a twist of R&B and jazz. A reflective entertainer, she inspires an environment of intimacy and inclusivity among audiences no matter where she performs, e.g., Craft Lake City Fest, a Sofar Sounds show, or in front of 15,000 people at the Vivint Arena. Brooklyn was born and raised in the Midwest, and grew up on Motown and Gospel (which she still has love for and is influenced by to this very day). Having lived in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, her musical and artistic voice continues to evolve as she tries to make sense of the craziness that is life, hoping her music genuinely connects with others who feel the same. She is passionate about giving back, diversity in her industry, and creating peace in our divisive world through music. Her first EP, 5PM, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services now.

Sat, Apr 18, 7–9pm

Joy Pierce (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Utah College of Humanities)

Joy Pierce is Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. She is also a Presidential Leadership Fellow, Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, and an affiliate in Latin American Studies. Her research foci are digital divides and digital literacy. She employs cultural studies and contemporary social theory through a critical pedagogical lens to study underrepresented populations coming to information communication technologies (ICTs). She has studied the theories of qualitative research methods extensively and is a methodologist specializing in ethnographies (auto, performative, participatory action research). Her work has led to guest speaking at professional meetings and in the media.  Dr. Pierce has presented research papers at regional, national and international conferences; published in communication, sociology, and qualitative research method journals; and published a book titled Digital Fusion: A Society Beyond Blind Inclusion (Peter Lang, 2015). Her next book, titled Autoethnography: Beyond the Self, is in the works.

Billy Palmer (Associate Producer, KRCL RadioActive)

Billy Palmer is Co-Host and Associate Producer of RadioACTive, community affairs show that highlights grassroots activists and community builders weeknights at 6 p.m. on Salt Lake City-based 90.9fm KRCL. The Society of Professional Journalists-Utah Chapter named RadioACTive the top Public Affairs show in 2018. For more than 15 years, Billy has been a community organizer and advocate for youth empowerment, civil rights, and neighborhood reinvestment. He is the chairperson for the YouthWorks Steering Committee at NeighborWorks SLC where he also sits on the board of directors as the outgoing president. His community engagement also includes organizing for the Utah Poor People’s Campaign, and he is a member of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands board of directors. Now a public affairs journalist, the father of three has enjoyed several careers, including dancer and choreographer, music promoter and filmmaker. 

Marmalade Branch

Phone: 801-594-8680

Mon, Jan 18 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Tue, Jan 19 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Wed, Jan 20 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Thu, Jan 21 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Fri, Jan 22 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jan 23 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jan 24 Closed

About the branch

The Salt Lake City Public Library's Marmalade Branch is the anchor of a mixed-use project developed as a key part of the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) of Salt Lake City's master plan for the Marmalade/West Capitol Hill area of the city. The neighborhood serves as a gateway to Salt Lake City from the north, and the Marmalade Branch is both a hub for neighborhood gatherings and an important welcome for visitors, highlighting a focus on development in the area. On-street parking is available on 500 North and 300 West, and UTA routes offer service with stops immediately in front of the Library on 300 West.

The two-story Marmalade Branch, designed by Blalock & Partners Architectural Design Studio and completed in early 2016, provides 18,600 square feet of new construction to support a thriving and growing community. The first floor includes the Moka Cafe, featuring local coffee and chocolate; a Creative Lab with the latest maker technologies like 3D printing and music-making software as well as "old school" tech such as sewing machines and a turntable; a flexible Children's area; and the very popular Music and Movies collection. The second floor includes the Adult collection, study rooms for a range of group sizes, and a large, flexible multi-purpose room with tiered seating to allow for a wide variety of events. The multi-purpose room has already been very popular with the community, hosting community feedback sessions, film screenings, TEDx events, music recitals, and the highly-popular Coffee and Chocolate Society. The second floor also features a wrap-around terrace offering views of the Capitol Building to the east, Salt Lake City's picturesque skyline and landscape to the south and, to the north, views to a public plaza and open green space as part of a new mixed-use development.

The project utilizes an exterior shading device along the west-facing glass to minimize solar heat gain yet still promote a dynamic interaction with the street and passersby. Its compact footprint reduces land use and allows for a high-performance building envelope. The use of LED lights, lighting control systems, occupancy sensors, and daylight harvesting reduce the amount of electrical energy consumption while the flood of natural light creates an inviting interior environment for patrons and an efficient, balanced workplace for staff. In honor of these sustainability features, the Marmalade Branch was awarded the LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Upcoming events

Tue, Jan 19, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Mon, Jan 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Thu, Jan 28, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mon, Feb 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Thu, Feb 04, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mon, Feb 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Thu, Feb 11, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Tue, Feb 16, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Thu, Feb 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm