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    True Confessions of Carla: I became a librarian by accident.  Not to say my ending up in this career ever surprised anyone.  I always loved reading and may have spent hours as a child organizing and reorganizing our family’s collection of movies recorded off television complete with an index and card catalog.  But, I planned on being an accountant…until my Tax Accounting class almost killed me.  Basically, at the time I was making the decision to go to graduate school, becoming a librarian just seemed like a good idea.

    Fortunately, it has been.  As I was thinking about that decision, I came across an article posted on the American Library Association website listing one librarian’s Top 10 Reasons for Becoming a Librarian.  I thought he had a pretty good list so I thought I’d steal her reasons and see how they fit with my career choice.  Here goes:

    10: EVER-CHANGING AND RENEWING

    I do love the fact that my job is different every day.  I meet different people, I work on different projects. I solve different problems.  We often joke that this job gives people Acquired ADD, which is totally not a thing.  But I think we do become very used to the variety and the expectation that you will never finish learning or growing into the job.  Being the perfect librarian is a moving target I love to chase!

    9: ROMANCE

    The original author of this list married another librarian. So that works for her.  I did not find my husband in a library.  But did find Captain Jack Elliot (THESE IS MY WORDS by Nancy Turner), Benjamin Weaver (CONSPIRACY OF PAPER by David Liss), David Martin (THE ANGEL’S GAME by Carlos Ruiz Zafon), and a host of other literary crushes.  Romance is alive and well at the library and working here makes me very susceptible to it!

    8: USEFUL SKILLS

    I feel like I should be better at Trivial Pursuit.  But I am really kind of terrible at it.  I learn stuff and then I promptly forget it. However, I can find almost anything if you give me a chance to look it up.  Seriously, I am pretty good at it.  Also, I can multi-task most other people under the table, organize the crap out of almost anything, and carry a wicked stack of books without dropping any.  Skilled?  Yes!  Useful?  Sometimes.

    7: GREAT CONFERENCES

    Um…not sure I agree with this one.  I’m not really a conference kind of person in general.  So I will instead interpret this as Great Interactions, because I do absolutely love that about my job.  Not every interaction is, admittedly, the best.  But, I have so many positive and fun exchanges with people!  Every day I get to talk with patrons about all types of things and 95% of the time, that conversation is delightful.

    6: TIME OFF

    I don’t think this is a universal reason to love being a librarian.  I do enjoy a healthy amount of vacation time, but I think what I love most about my time off is that I can usually leave the stresses and troubles of my job at work. Time off is just that.  I do, however, tend to take home a lot of books, audiobooks and movies, so I guess I don’t actually leave it all at the office.  But I choose to bring home only the good stuff.

    5: A JOB WITH SCOPE

    While much of my job is about books and reading, it is also about much more than that.  It’s about enriching people’s lives.  We definitely do that through books but we also do that with programs and services.  People would be surprised at how much time their public librarians spend trying to figure out what their community needs.  Our efforts cover a lot of ground but are all focused on helping, which is fantastic!

    4: IT PAYS THE RENT

    Being a librarian will never make anyone rich.  But it definitely pays the bills and for that I am very grateful.  I also love that my career choice brought me to Utah County because I love paying rent in this community!

    3: GOOD WORKING CONDITIONS

    Once, while interviewing a young girl for a job at the library, I asked her why she wanted the job.  Her reply was awesome.  “I want a job that requires I shower before coming to work, instead of after.”  I hired her.  She had previous worked at her university as a custodian or grounds crew, which explains her answer, but I’ve never forgotten it.  Some days, like when we are setting up a book sale, I work up a good hard sweat and need a shower right after work.  But in general I work in a very comfortable, not to mention beautiful, place.

    2: COOL COWORKERS

    I wholeheartedly agree with this reason to be a librarian.  I have worked with some of the most amazing people you will ever meet.  Libraries attract employees that really care about what they are doing.  They are dedicated, creative, loyal, and love books and learning! Also, we are all at least a little bit nerdy which makes for a very fun environment.  Probably there are great people working in every library….but I’m fairly positive Provo City Library has the best!

    1: GRAND PURPOSE

    Honestly, I would rather stay at home in bed most mornings.  Unfortunately, that will not pay the bills.  I love being a librarian because, if I have to get out of bed in the morning, there is no place I would rather be or work I’d rather be doing!  I get to devote my efforts each day towards helping the people in my community!  I get to work with tremendously devoted people, in a beautiful building, in a fantastic community.  I’m not working to increase our profits; I’m working to improve quality of life.  That is definitely worth getting out of bed for, and so I do!

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    Ever wonder how librarians hone their recommendation skills? Sometimes, our librarians play a game we call the 6 Degrees of reading. The rules are simple: choose six books, each connected somehow to the book above it, with the last book in the list connecting to the first. Periodically, we like the results enough to share them with you.

    This time around: time limits and tempests. 

    FIVE DAYS LEFT
    by Julie Lawson Timmer
    (2014)

    Two stories run parallel in this novel of heartbreak and hope.  Mara has five daysleft before she plans to kill herself before her Huntington’s Disease becomes more than she can bare.  Scott has five days left as guardian to an 8-year-old foster son whose mother is being released from prison and plans to take custody.  This book chronicles the five days that each has left with the ones they love.

    A MAN CALLED OVE
    by Fredrik Backman
    (2014)

    A lonely old man is planning to kill himself now that his wife is gone and he finds he has little to live for.  But the annoying new neighbors, old estranged friends, and a stray cat all interject themselves into his life and, unintentionally, find ways to foil his suicidal plans. While it sounds depressing, it is actually very funny and heartwarming.

    THE HISTORY OF LOVE
    by Nicole Krauss
    (2005)

    Leo Gursky is a lonely old man who survived the holocaust but is now nearing the end of his life and worries that no one will notice when he is gone.  Alma Singer is a fourteen-year-old trying to help her mother fight loneliness and depression. An obscure novel helps to bring these two strangers together where they may find salvation and peace.

    THE SHADOW OF THE WIND
    by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    (2004)

    Daniel Sempere is the son of a bookstore owner during the 1950s in Barcelona.  He discovers an obscure novel, and begins a quest to uncover the many mysteries surrounding the book and its author.  Zafon vibrantly creates a dark and mysterious Barcelona with a magical world lurking beneath the surface.

    ALL TOGETHER DEAD (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood #7)
    by Charlaine Harris
    (2007)

    Sookie Stackhouse has a telepathic gift.  But as a small-town waitress in Louisiana, her gift really only gets in the way.  In this 7th book in the series, Sookie gets entangled in vampire politics which are especially dangerous since the local vampire queen has been weakened by the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.  Harris presents a supernatural South where magic lurks beneath the surface.

    FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL: LIFE AND DEATH IN A STORM-RAVAGED HOSPITALF
    by Sheri Fink
    (2013)

    An investigative journalist delves into what happened at New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital during Hurricane Katrina.  Inadequate planning left doctors and nurses without power, leadership, or a way to getting patients and personnel to safety.  Over the five days they survived in the aftermath of the storm, life and death decisions had to be made.  The fallout from those decisions eventually caused several of the staff involved to be charged with second-degree murder. 

  • freegal halloween

    There are two holidays that stick out in my mind as having the best music. Christmas, of course, and Halloween. Nothing gets me in the haunting mood like a creepy minor chord.  Freegal, which allows you to download 3 songs a week with your Provo City Library Card, has a wonderful collection of those classic creepy tunes you are looking for.

    Here’s a list of some of the best for your spooky playlist!

    THRILLER
    By Michael Jackson
    (1984)

    MONSTER MASH
    By Bobby Boris Pickett
    (1962)

    GHOSTBUSTERS
    By Ray Parker Jr
    (1983)

    I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
    By Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
    (1956)

    LOVE POTION #9
    By The Clovers
    (1959)

  • Book giving

    Nothing makes me happier than giving someone the absolute perfect gift. I don’t manage it all the time, but it is something I take pride in. Whenever I’m asked for gift giving tips, I always say the same thing. It takes time. It can seldom be achieved last minute. You have to pay attention to what people say and do all the time and then pick up on the little clues that tell you what they need that they don’t even know they need. Then, and this is very important, you have to write it down somewhere so that you remember what it is when a gift giving holiday or event presents itself.

    Basically, being a great gift giver is hard work! Unfortunately, we don’t always have that kind of time to spend and, without fail, Christmas just tends to sneak up on us so that here we are, just a few weeks from the big day, and we have no idea what to get all those amazing people on our lists. They deserve the best! We want to give them the best!  But what is that best thing?

    It’s a book! Obviously! But which book can sometimes be the kicker. So, I’ve put together a Librarian’s Guide to Book Giving this holiday! I hope it helps!!

    For your fiction reader who:

     

    Watched A QUIET PLACE in the theater 4 times-

    12.13 The Woman in the WindowTHE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
    By A.J. Finn 
    (2018)

    Anna Fox lives alone, drinks too much, and likes spying on her neighbors. Then one day she thinks she sees something horrible happen in the house next door and her sanity comes under scrutiny to the point that she questions her own memory. Who is really in danger?

     
     

    Loves to read about manly men living in the woods-

    12.13 BearskinBEARSKIN
    By James McLaughlin 
    (2018)

    Rice has a new job protecting the Virginian Appalachia. It’s lonely, hard work but when he finds the carcass of a bear killed on his territory he begins a dangerous search for the poachers.

     
     

    Loves mythology-

    12.13 CirceCIRCE
    By Madeline Miller 
    (2018)

    This lovely novel follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings.

     
     

    Loves historical fiction involving doomed romances-

    12.13 Love RuinLOVE & RUIN
    By Paula McLain 
    (2018)

    This is the story of the passionate, stormy marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, a fiercely independent and ambitious young war correspondent. 

     
     

    Enjoys a creepy little mystery with an endearing protagonist-

    12.13 The Death of Mrs. WestawayTHE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY
    By Ruth Ware 

    Hal is in desperate need of money, and when a strange letter arrives telling her she has inherited a substantial fortune, she decides to take advantage of the executor’s mistake. Unfortunately, lying was never her strength and she quickly finds herself in far over her head.

     
     

    Likes politically charged adventures (co-authored by former U.S. Presidents)-

    12.13 The President is MissingTHE PRESIDENT IS MISSING
    By James Patterson & Bill Clinton
    (2018)

    How can a U.S. President be kidnapped from the most guarded residence in the world? This is a thriller that confronts the darkest threats that face the world, with the highest stakes conceivable.Loves an engrossing, heart wrenching story of survival-

     
  • Book giving

    Not sure what gifts to give this holiday season? We've got you covered. This week and next, be on the lookout for book recommendations for every type of reader.

    Yesterday, we shared some of the best new fiction books for adult readers, and today we have a few more to suggest.

    For your fiction reader who:

     

    Loves an engrossing, heart wrenching story of survival-

    12.13 The Great AloneTHE GREAT ALONE
    By Kristin Hannah 
    (2018)

    At the age of 13, Lenora’s unconventional parents move the family to an isolated homestead in Alaska. They are ill prepared to weather the long, cold winter but are able to lean on their new community and their own endurance to build a new life for themselves.

     

    Needs a new version of a classic fairy tell-

    12.13 Spinning SilverSPINNING SILVER
    By Naomi Novik 
    (2018)

    This is a fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairtale. Miryem, the daughter of a moneylender attracts the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood. Quickly she learns that words have power, and the fate of a kingdom lies in her golden touch.

     

    Enjoys a story that can change your perspective-

    12.14 UnshelteredUNSHELTERED
    By Barbara Kingsolver 
    (2018)

    How could two hardworking people do everything right in life, and still end up destitute? This question is asked as the novel shifts between two stories tied together by a piece of land and the need for a roof to shelter from the storms. 

     

    Loves a heartwarming stories of the fragility and wonder of life-

    12.14 Virgil WanderVIRGIL WANDER
    by Leif Enger 

    This is an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.

     

    Misses THE HIGHLANDER and loves the thought of living forever-

    12.14 How to Stop TimeHOW TO STOP TIME
    By Matt Haig 

    Tom may look like an average 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. What does a man who can live forever learn in life?  To carefully guard his identity and his heart. This is a wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself and the inevitability of change.

     

    Needs a little proper romance-

    12.14 Promises and PrimrosesPROMISES & PRIMROSES
    By Josi S. Kilpack 

    When Elliott undertakes a ‘marriage campaign’ to see his wayward nieces and nephews securely married, he has no idea it will lead to a reunion with his own lost love.

     
  • best books 15 adults

    Fifty seems like such a huge number but when I looked through my list of books read last year, whittling it down was brutal! There were so many amazing titles published in 2015 and I was able to read a whole bunch of them thanks to my recent attempts to limit my television time….possibly a case of trading one vice for another?

    Hopefully we will have a lot of people attend our “Best Books of 2015” event next week as we share our favorites.  With this post, I decided to give you my top five 2015 books that did not make it to my list of 20 I get to share at the program.  These books were very enjoyable and just barely missed the cut.

    Secret ChordTHE SECRET CHORD
    By Geraldine Brooks

    As with all Brooks’ novels, this is a richly detailed piece of historical fiction which presents a unique twist on events or people already familiar.  THE SECRET CHORD tells of King David’s rise to power and subsequent fall from grace.  While I enjoyed the novel, I did not love it as much as I have some of the author’s previous works such as YEAR OF WONDERS and PEOPLE OF THE BOOK (which I recommend frequently).

     

     

     

    Other DaughterTHE OTHER DAUGHTER
    By Lauren Willig

    Another favorite author of mine, Willig writes mainly historical romances.  Her PINK CARNATION series first caught my attention years ago.  However, she also writes stand-alone novels that I look forward to reading.  They are light and fast-paced with fun, relatable characters. THE OTHER DAUGHTER tells the story of Rachel Woodley, the illegitimate daughter of an English Earl, and her attempts to confront her father with his abandonment of her and her mother.

     

     

     

    Precious OneTHE PRECIOUS ONE
    By Marisa De los Santos

    THE PRECIOUS ONE is also a book about a daughter looking to come to terms with her father’s abandonment.  Taisy hasn’t been in contact with her father in over a decade, so when he calls her and asks for her help in writing his memoir she reluctantly agrees.  The story is told with alternating narratives between Taisy and Willow, Taisy’s teenaged half-sister who seems to have all the love and attention Taisy’s father was never able to give her.  A great novel about family and forgiveness. 

     

     

     

    NeurotribesNEUROTRIBES: THE LEGACY OF AUTISM AND THE FUTURE OF NEURODIVERSITY  
    By Steve Silberman

    This is a groundbreaking book about the history and future of autism.  What I really admired about this book was the author’s ability to present the science and history of the topic in a very personal and conversational manner.  He tells of people and their stories which made it a riveting read.

     

     

     

     

    Natural Born HeroesNATURAL BORN HEROES: HOW A DARING BAND OF MISFITS MASTERED THE LOST SECRETS OF STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE  
    By Christopher McDougall

    McDougall is best known for writing BORN TO RUN which seemed to start an entire movement of barefoot running.  In this new book he searches other areas of history to find the secrets to history’s greatest heroes and athletes.  With a bit of World War II history, a fascinating look at the island of Crete, and inspirational stories of amazing physical abilities, this is a great choice for armchair athletes like me.

    Please join us next week for even more recommendations from 2015! Plus, there will be cupcakes. Come for the books, stay for the cupcakes. 

  •  BB 2017 FB

    One of our favorite events of the year is fast approaching! On Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00, join us to hear our librarians favorite reads of 2017 at our annual Best Books event. We'll have treats and books to give away, and you'll leave with some great recommendations for children's, teen, and adult books.

    While we can't give away our top picks just yet, we wanted to whet your appetite by sharing a few of the reads that just barely made the final list.

    2.15 Lincoln in the BardoLINCOLN IN THE BARDO
    By George Saunders

    Lincoln in the Bardo is just bizarre.  I struggled to listen to the first third and just couldn’t enjoy it.  I was a confused and a bit offended.  But I persevered and actually picked up a physical copy of the book to “quickly scan through to the end”.  Half way through the book I was hooked.  In a nutshell, this is a book about the afterlife and how it intersects with the living world.  It’s curious format and odd characters help the reader explore what it means to let go of life and move on in a way that is a bit breathtaking.  I put it down with a sigh and a smile, but the journey getting there was a bit rough.  I just couldn’t recommend it as universally as I’d like. 

     

    2.15 My Absolute DarlingMY ABSOLUTE DARLING
    By Gabriel Tallent

    This is a fantastically written book about a fourteen year old girl searching for herself.  She runs wild through the woods of the California coast but her social existence is confined to school and home with an abusive, but charismatic father.  A chance meeting in the woods introduces her to a boy and her first glimpses of life with possibilities.  This book is mesmerizing.  It is also extremely violent and I feel a need to be extremely selective of who I recommend it to.  It could be very upsetting to many people, but a gripping novel for those who can stomach the described abuse. 

     

    2.15 A Piece of the WorldA PIECE OF THE WORLD
    By Christina Baker Kline

    I was on the fence for weeks about whether to include this book in my final 25, and ultimately decided to go with another book with a similar premise instead. A PIECE OF THE WORLD is gorgeously written and received rave reviews, which is a big part of why I thought about calling it one of my Best Books of 2017. The deciding factor, though, was that I simply enjoyed reading the other book more. While A PIECE OF THE WORLD is beautiful and meaningful, it isn’t a particularly fun read, and I think I wasn’t quite in the right frame of mind when I chose to read it. 

     

    2.16 The River at NightTHE RIVER AT NIGHT
    By Erica Ferencik

    This was another tough call, because I liked the idea of including a book with adventure and thriller elements to add variety to my Best Books list. It tells the story of four female friends who end up trapped in the Maine wilderness after a rafting trip goes awry. Great premise, right? Kind of a HATCHET for adults vibe? In the end, though, THE RIVER AT NIGHT wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. I struggled to connect with the characters, and I was bothered by the unkind, stereotypical depiction of people who live in more rural areas. Having grown up in Montana in an outdoors obsessed family, that didn’t jive with me.

     

    2.15 The Simplicity of CiderTHE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER
    By Amy E. Reichert

    The Simplicity of Cider didn’t blow me away in a way that earned it a Best Books spot, but I’d still recommend it. If you’re looking for an easy, sweet, clean read with a cute love story, this is an excellent choice. I liked it enough to read from beginning to end in one sitting.

     
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    On Wednesday, February 22nd we will present our annual Best Books event!  This consists of three presentations (though participants only have time to visit two) on the best children’s, teen, and adult books our librarians read in 2016.  We’ve been reading furiously all year to compile our lists and are so excited to talk about them.

    For the next few days we will be giving you a little preview. Below is a list of five books that ALMOST made it into my best adult books of 2016.  Last year I read over 100 books and so many of them were amazing.  These five books were great….just not as great as the 20 I will be talking about on the 22nd.

    The DollhouseTHE DOLLHOUSE 
    by Fiona Davis
    (2016)

    I love books that weave stories from history with those in present times.  THE DOLLHOUSE is a wonderful example of this popular writing style.  Here a journalist becomes obsessed with the life of a neighbor in her rent controlled New York apartment building. The more she learns about the building, its history, and its tenants, the more desperate she becomes for more and more personal details.  The mystery, drama, and history of the story kept me reading to the last surprising twist.

     

     

    Curious Charms

    CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER
    by Phaedra Patrcik 
    (2016)

    Arthur Pepper’s life is precisely orchestrated just as it was before his wife Miriam died. However, on the one-year anniversary of her death, Arthur discovers a charm bracelet he’s never seen before and begins a journey of hope and healing.  This is a great choice for those who loved THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY and A MAN CALLED OVE.

     

     

    City of Mirrors

    CITY OF MIRRORS
    by Justin Cronin
    (2016)

    This is the last volume in THE PASSAGE trilogy.  I have loved every installment of this epic post-apocalyptic horror series.  The final volume was an exciting and satisfying conclusion.  Since I already talked about this series in previous years’ Best Books events, I decided to leave it off this year to be able to highlight other stellar 2016 publications.  But for horror readers, this really was a standout conclusion and shouldn’t be missed.

     

    Lab GirlLABGIRL
    by Hope Jahren 
    (2016)

    I agonized over not including this specific title in my list because it really is a wonderfully written memoir.  Jahren tells about her adventures as a female scientist in a very male dominated academic environment.  She talks about her special friendship and collaborative relationship with lab partner, Bill.  Add to that an amazingly honest and revealing description of her struggles with mental illness and you begin to see why this is such a special book.  Maybe I should swap it out on my list….ahhhh, I can’t decide!!

     

    Frontier GritFRONTIER GRIT: THE UNLIKELY TRUE STORIES OF DARING PIONEER WOMEN
    by Marianne Monson 
    (2016)

    Twelve amazing women who helped to settle the west are spotlighted in this cumulative biography.  Two of my favorite sketches were about Nellie Cashman who, in her 80s, mushed a dog sled 750 miles in seventeen days and Martha Hughes Cannon who became the first female State Senator in the United States, defeating her own husband who was also on the ballot.  These women are inspiring and I loved reading about their nonconventional lives and pioneering spirits.  

      

    It is so hard to pick favorites with so many talented writers supplying us amazing books for every taste.  Hopefully you can join us on the 22nd to see our complete lists.  We will have delicious cupcakes and exciting door prizes as well, so bring a friend or two!

     

     

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    True confessions of Carla: I love vampires!  Well, I love books about vampires and a few years ago a little book titled PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES introduced the world to an amazing new genre of mashups mixing fantastic horror with established classical novels.  With the film version of Grahame-Smith’s best-seller screening this weekend, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a few of my favorite classic/horror parody titles.

    wutheringbitesWUTHERING BITES
    by Sarah Gray
    (2010)

    Be honest.  Heathcliff as a vampire just makes sense!  His brooding, mysterious nature lends itself perfectly to a reimagined WUTHERING HEIGHTS where his brutal thirst wars with his love for beautiful Catherine Earnshaw. And then there’s the part where he digs up her corpse…

     

     

     

    alicezombielandALICE IN ZOMBIELAND
    by Gena Showalter
    (2013)

    This is the first book in an imaginative young adult series which follows poor Alice as she falls into an open grave.  Finding herself in a nightmare of death and decay she must learn to fight the monsters that inhabit this strange, mad world.  Admit it, Carroll’s Wonderland was a little creepy even without zombies.

     

      

     

    janslayreJANE SLAYRE
    by Sherri Browning Erwin
    (2010)

    This is actually my favorite mashup to date.  I love the thought of young orphan Jane escaping her vampyre relations (and that creepy red room) and learning to fight the evil in her world.  Taking a governess job for the mysterious Mr. Rochester introduces our brave heroine to romance though true love may yet be thwarted when Jane discovers Mr. Rochester’s first wife, a mad werewolf, locked up in the estate attic.  JANE SLAYRE is a fantastic twist on beloved story.

     

      

    darcyvampyreMR. DARCY, VAMPYRE
    by Amanda Grange
    (2009)

    Instead of retelling Pride and Prejudice, MR. DARCY, VAMPYRE picks up after Elizabeth and Darcy have tied the knot.  Now part of the family, Elizabeth becomes aware of their well-kept, deadly secret.  Danger and darkness  face the newlyweds as they travel across the Continent in attempt to break the curse and assure their future happiness.

     

     

      

    pemberleyDEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY
    by P.D. James
    (2013)

    If you are not quite sure about the supernatural spins on these well-known classics, you may want to try something on the lighter side.  P.D. James has written a delightful murder mystery picking up six years after Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage.  An autumn ball is violently interrupted with Lydia’s unexpected and hysterical entrance proclaiming that Wickham has been murdered.  What follows is an excellent crime drama perfectly recreating Austen’s beloved characters and atmosphere.

     

  • Our next book sale is just one week away! Here are some facts and figures you may have wondered while perusing the thousands of books for sale in the ballroom each time we do one of these sales. 

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  • Forget Black Friday (seriously, put it behind you. You survived!), the real deals on holiday gifts can be found at the Book Sale! Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 29), you'll be able to peruse thousands of books, dvds, and cds to find great previously loved gifts--everything for $1 or less. 

    Not in a buying mood? We've still got you covered with hundreds of Christmas-y materials. 

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  • Hopefully as you read this you're getting ready to head to our Harry Potter Movie Marathon! We're celebrating Harry Potter this week, and as you'll see, we found out that he's a pretty big part of our collection. 

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    (because I hope you're wondering: the 400s (language and dictionaries) are the only Dewey Decimal category without a book that references Harry Potter in at least a chapter title; looks like you'd better get started on that Parseltounge dictionary). 

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  • OverDrive is a fantastic way to check out eBooks and audiobooks, all completely free to you! Check out OverDrivein your browser, or download the OverDrive App and get started today! 

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  • Ever wonder what a librarian does at the desk all day? We do lots of things, but we spend most of our on-desk time answering questions. Periodically, we count up all those questions. Here are the results from one week in our adult and teen services department this summer!

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  • Happy birthday/deathday, Shakespeare! If you're looking for ways to celebrate Shakespeare today, tune in to THE WONDER OF WILL LIVE  on C-SPAN 2 at 10 AM MST. In the mean time, here's the Bard, by the numbers:  

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  • historic provo photos

     

    True Confessions of Carla: Old photographs fascinate me.  I know I am not alone in feeling this way.  We often get requests from patrons trying to find historic photographs of Provo.  So, we have created a page on our website to help.  Here you can find online as well as print sources for historic images.  

    Provos University Avenue

    Here is a quick list of where some of these sources:

    Remembering Provo: Historical Photographs Project

    Digitized historic photographs of the buildings, people, and history of Provo. Hosted by the Mountain West Digital Library.

    Utah Division of State History - Digital Photos

    25,000 historic photographs are made accessible here by the Utah State Historical Society.

    Parker School Eighth Grade graduating class of 1903

    Provo Historical Images

    This is the largest collection of digital photographs of Provo with over 800 images scanned from photos in the collection of Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.

    Index to Photographs in Books on Provo History

    This is an index which includes references to photos and other images from 24 published histories of Provo or Utah County.  These books are all available in our Special Collections for use in our building.

    Provo Tabernacle without Tower

    Historical Photographs

    This database consists of digital images from several collections. Most important for portraits of Utah pioneers are the C. R. Savage Collection (1,000+) and the George Edward Anderson Collection (almost 14,000 photos).

    Daughters of Utah Pioneers Photo Index

    Name index to 15,000 photographs in the collections of the DUP Museum in Salt Lake City.

    View of Provo from Tabernacle Tower