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It started with a storage room and an idea. 

Several years ago, the Library put out a survey asking for your input about what direction you'd like us to go next. One theme that emerged from that survey was the call for some kind of makerspace at the Library. Well, we listened. We researched. And after years of research and planning, we are thrilled to open our newest Library space, the Basement Creative Lab. 

Located in the west parking garage tunnel, the Basement Creative Lab is a new audiovisual production studio space available free to Provo residents for sound and video recording. 

The mission of the Basement Creative Lab is primarily educational; it is a place for residents to learn and practice video and audio production skills. With a host of cameras, lights, microphones, and other equipment available to them, Provo residents can create a variety of media projects in the lab.  

In addition to the studio space, the Basement Creative Lab will also offer two more production tools for our patrons: first, we will offer a small collection of equipment that Provo residents can check out to use outside of the Library. Second, we will offer two editing stations with Adobe Creative Cloud and other software for video, audio, and graphics editing. These editing stations will be located on the first floor of the Rogers Wing and will operate on an electronic reservation system. 

Classes are now available; we will begin allowing patrons to reserve studio space on July 2. 

Here are answers to a few questions you might have about the Basement Creative Lab. If you are interested in reading more of our policies for use or in viewing a calendar of classes and reservations, you can find them over on the Basement Creative Lab page (find it under the "Learn" tab of our website). 

Q: Who can use the Basement Creative Lab?

A: This facility is exclusively for Provo residents ages 13 and up. Children younger than 13 may use the lab if they are part of a Library program or if they are accompanied by an adult. Teens ages 13–18 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. A current Provo City Library card is required.

Anyone who wishes to use the studio must take our basic “Introduction to Studio Production” class, taught weekly at the Library. This applies to all users, regardless of their stated level of experience. Once the class is finished, our lab technicians will add Basement Creative Lab privileges onto the user’s library card.

Anyone who wishes to check out a GoPro camera kit to use outside the Library needs to complete our GoPro camera tutorials, available on our website. Upon completing the course, users can bring in a certificate of completion and they will then be allowed to reserve equipment. 

Q: How do I reserve studio time or equipment?

A: The studio and our circulating equipment operate on a reservation system. Requests can be made on our website and must be made at least seven days in advance of the request. Creative Lab Technicians will verify that you have all the necessary privileges and will contact you to confirm your reservation.

Q: Is there a limit to how much I can use the Lab?

A: To make sure that the most people possible have access to the studio, users and user groups are limited to 8 hours of studio time per month and may only have one reservation scheduled at a time. 

Q: How is the Basement Creative Lab funded?

A: Funds for the ongoing operation of the Basement Creative Lab will come from the Library’s budget. Construction costs were supplemented by the RAP tax; equipment for the Lab was purchased through the Community Library Enhancement Fund from the Utah State Library. 

Hidden Section 1

There is a not-so-secret hidden section of the Children’s Department of the library that no one really knows about. Set comfortably between Spanish and 000 information lies a bay of books grossly disregarded. And in that bay are all the NEW informational books that have arrived in Children’s Department. (To be honest, I only became aware of it because I was put in charge of it.)

I am fully aware that when people go to the informational section, they’re going for a purpose. It’s not a place that people tend to linger to see what treasures are held there. It can be so overwhelming because everything, except biographies, is categorized by numbers. What does this mean!!?? (Feel free to ask your friendly neighborhood librarian and they will happily guide you.)

But this isn’t about the whole informational section. It’s about my bay of New Informational books. There is such an array of new treasures that arrive. For about 3 months, these new books are kept in that section until they resume their place with the rest of the informational books.

I wanted to take the time to let you know about this section, because I realize that the whole informational section can be a daunting task to just browse through. But here there is an array of beautiful, new informational books that you should really check out.

Here are some examples:

By Brian Boone and Amanda Black

Who doesn’t like a good joke book? And a Harry Potter themed one? Yes, please. Here are a few jokes to wet the whistle.

Q: What’s a good name for a quidditch player ?

A: Chason

Q: What’s a dark wizard’s favorite candy?

A: Bella-Twix

Q: What did one basilisk say to the other ?

A: Ssssssssssssssssssssssssss…………


6.15 Voices in the OceanDOLPHINS: VOICES IN THE OCEAN
By Susan Casey

This book explores the connection between humans and dolphins. Susan, the author, shares her encounters with dolphins and her descriptions are so vivid you feel like you’re right there with her. This book is a fun way to learn out dolphins from personal experience rather than a book of facts. It also has some real pictures of dolphins in the center as well as early artwork of dolphins on pots from ancient Greece.


By Jon Woodcock

A step by step guide to coding your own animations, games, simulations and more. I am absolutely new to coding and I really appreciated the step-by-step instructions that included images of those steps.


By Sara Levine Illustrated by TS Spookytooth

This cool book shows kids going through a dinosaur museum and shows, while dinosaurs are different from people, there are a lot of bones inside us that are the same bones as dinosaurs. Yes. That IS very cool. Yes, you should check out the book.


6.15 In the PastIN THE PAST
By David Elliott Illustrated by Matthew Trueman

I dare you to open this book and not be able to take it home with you or at least explore its pages. It is a book of poetry highlighting creatures in the prehistoric era and going through time. The illustrations are absolutely fantastic and beautifully scary at times.


By Ashley N Mays

This is a collection of over 50 crafts from Book Page Embroidery to a Paint Chip Word Banner. Each craft has a photo example craft and the supplies are probably already around your home. It’s a fun book, definitely worth taking a look at.


6.15 JabberwalkingJABBERWALKING
By Juan Felipe Herrera

“And, as in ufffish thought he stood, The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, came whiffling through the tulgey wood, And burbled as it came!” -from Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll. Juan Felipe Herrera was the US Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. He wants you to go on a walk with him, not any walk but he wants you Jabber Walking. It’s okay, he’ll tell you how.


By Jennifer Swanson

This is a really cool book comparing and contrasting the ups and downs of space science and sea science. It’s a fun an interesting ride between the two. A lot of pages had side by side comparisons which was fascinating to see how similar they are. It also has activities throughout that enhances what is being learned.


6.15 The Coral KingdomTHE CORAL KINGDOM 
By Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber

This beautiful book takes you through the coral reef to the beautiful plant and animal life under the sea. The illustrations are beautifully vibrant.



Have you always wanted to learn the ways of playing the “uke”? I know that I have. My friends from Hawaii love to get together, jam, and try experimenting with renditions on the ukulele. It is nice to have musical friends to play for us, but we are all capable of learning more about music ourselves.

Knowing that I wanted to get some beginner’s help to learn the ukulele, I thought it would be great to make this an event everyone can enjoy at the library to go along with our musical Summer Reading Program theme, “Libraries Rock!”

This event will be held on Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00 PM in the Bullock Room #309We will focus on learning a few simple songs and chords on the ukulele for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome to come and strum.

An interesting back story about the ukulele is in its name.  Although we associate the ukulele with Hawaiian culture, it originated in Madeira and was called, machete. Portuguese immigrants brought over the machete, and Hawaiians rechristened it, the ukulele, as it gained popularity.   

Be sure to check out some of these famous ukulele players on YouTube to gain some inspiration before our Family Music Night.

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Jake Shimabukuro

Julia Nunes

Zee Avi 


Librarian Sleuths

You can be quite sure that librarians love books. For most of us, books are what drew us to a library career in the first place. We like to read books, talk about books, recommend books, and find great books to buy for the library. If you read the bios of Provo City librarians, you can see that we have a lot of other interests, too: we travel, sew, play Minecraft, cook, go to Comic Con, love pets. 

Most of us also find that hunting down a hard to find piece of information is part of the thrill of being a librarian, too.  The information age has made research even more interesting and challenging. With so many resources available librarians have an essential role in sorting through the 2,900,000 Google results you get from a query like “What happens when you swallow a piece of gum?” And we can provide access to high quality information in resources the library subscribes to on behalf of our patrons and teach search strategies for using them.

Since librarians are such interesting people, with skills for hunting down information from a variety of sources, it’s no wonder that a few smart authors have turned librarians into crime solvers.  Combine all our interests and talents with stumbling onto a crime scene and suddenly your local librarian can become a private investigator, too. Here are some of my favorite librarian sleuths:

by Jenn McKinlay

Author Jenn McKinlay has a degree in library science. So she isn’t making it up when she puts in details about libraries and the work librarians do.  Lindsey Norris, the star in McKinley’s Library Lover’s mystery series, is director of Briar Creek Public Library in Briar Creek, Connecticut.  She loves crafts, has a dog named Heathcliff who eats cookies, and her best friend is Beth, the Teen and Children’s librarian. She uses long words like pteromerhanophobia and makes insider jokes about being a librarian such as “working in a library must be lovely because it is so quiet.”

by Elizabeth Lynn Casey

Elizabeth Lynn Casey features librarian Tori Sinclair in her Southern Sewing Circle series. Tori is a recently divorced Yankee transplant to Sweet Briar, South Carolina and works at the Sweet Briar Public Library.  She is slowly getting to know members of the community as they come in to the library. And her new friends in the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle fill her in on local gossip and help her solve mysteries. 

by Charlaine Harris

Librarian “Roe” Teagarden is the sleuth in Charlaine Harris’ Aurora Teagarden series. Recently widowed, she keeps her house immaculate since the death of her husband. She is famous for helping solve the mystery of a serial killer in Lawrenceton, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. She is a member of a local club called Real Murders, which meets once a month to discuss famous crimes.

by Laurie Cass

Laurie Cass portrays librarian Minnie Hamilton as kindhearted, loyal, and resourceful in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Minnie has a degree in Library and Information Science and works as the assistant library director in Chilson, MI. She lives on a houseboat. One of her secret hobbies is spending time in cemeteries where she encountered a stray cat she named Eddie after he followed her home. Because of her passion for sharing books, the library now has a new bookmobile to serve areas outside of the town. Eddie sneaks into the bookmobile, obviously determined to come along for the daily ride. Without Eddie, Minnie would probably never have become involved in murder cases.

by Sofie Kelly

In author Sofie Kelly’s Magical Cats mysteries, librarian Kathleen Paulson leaves Boston and moves to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, where she is supervising the restoration of the Mayville Heights Free Public Library, a Carnegie Library built in 1912. Along with the building restorations she is updating the collections and computerizing the card catalog. Lucky for her, stray magical cats, Owen and Hercules have insinuated themselves into her life, or she might have found herself behind bars for murder.

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