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 The Summer Reading Program theme this year is “Build a Better World”. As librarians, we’re a little bit biased because we already know what an impact the many amazing programs, services, and resources we provide can have on our community and by extension the world. It’s getting the word out that has always been a little difficult for us.

Since most of Provo City Library’s many great services can be found on our website, we created a Summer Reading challenge to browse the library website and discover something you didn’t know. As a result, we’ve been getting many fantastic and excited comments from our summer reading participants about cool things they had no idea the library offered. We thought we would share some of them here and maybe inspire you to discover something awesome too.

“I didn’t know that the 4th floor is called “The Attic” and that it has an exhibit space that changes every couple of months. Right now the Little Builders Exhibit is in the space.”

“I learned that the library has book club sets that can be checked out by book groups.”

“I learned about the Teen Volunteer Board. I love the library and have always wanted to be a librarian or author when I grow up. This sounds like so much fun and I will for sure do it!”

“I found the Provo Historic Tours App. I think we will try it out as a family this summer.  That looks like a fun activity to do together.”

“I didn’t know there was an app called Bookmyne where I can browse and hold books, renew stuff, and manage my account. So cool!”

“I didn't know you had career databases. Now I've got to check them out!”

“That you have access to Academic Search Premier. Since I graduated school, I haven’t searched academic articles, since I didn't have a university ID. But now when I do research on my family history I know I gain access online again, without going to a university library.”

“I learned that you have an online calendar that is packed with activities! I never knew so much went on at the library.”

“I didn't know that you can get personalized reading recommendations according to your interests.  That's pretty cool...I'll be using that.”

“I didn't realize the library website had such an extensive list of things to do in Provo and nearby cities. Good resource–wish I knew about it earlier.”

“That I can register my one-year-old son for an early literacy program called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.”

Finally, there were good number of people astonished to learn of the many, many programs we offer. The comments we received looked something like this:

“I didn’t know the library has…”

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