Following the counsel of Governor Herbert and under the direction of Mayor Kaufusi, Provo City Library will be closed until further notice. If you have materials checked out, please hold onto them until we reopen. No fines will accrue during this time.
 

 

 Writing

The best writers are, first and foremost, readers. Books inspire their readers to walk away with some new idea that morphs their way of thinking. In some cases, those ideas lead to the desire to write your own tale. But where do you start? 

You can spend your days pouring over all the New York Times Bestsellers that you can get your hands on, but at a certain point, a new writer needs to focus on the principles of writing. It takes practice to perfect your plot, dialogue and character development. These books will help you get started and learn a few lessons about how to take your next steps as a writer. 

3.27 Reading Like a WriterREADING LIKE A WRITER: A GUIDE FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BOOKS AND FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO WRITE THEM
By Francine Prose
(2006)

This book looks at well-known authors and analyzes their writing styles and devices. Prose discusses the elements of style of writers including Flannery O’Conner, Jane Austen, and John Le Carre. Rather than teaching how to write, this book focuses more on developing the writer mindset—to look at books critically and to consider how an author shapes their book. Read this book to practice your observation skills and take that first step towards your creating your own content. 

 

3.27 On WritingON WRITING
By Stephen King
(2000)

Stephen King is one of the most prolific modern writers. You could say he has writing down to a science. One method he uses to create good content is to write every single day, even if it’s garbage, even on Christmas or vacation. In this book about his experiences and advice on the writing process, King does not hold back from telling us exactly what he thinks every writer must do. He offers readers nothing less than tough love. That being said, before you dive into this book, you should be aware that his language isn’t exactly clean. If you aren’t comfortable with the strong words he uses in his fiction, this book may not be for you. 

 

3.27 The War of ArtTHE WAR OF ART: BREAK THROUGH THE BLOCKS & WIN YOUR INNER CREATIVE BATTLES
By Steven Pressfield
(2012)

Though similar, this book is not to be confused with Sun Tzu’s famous book, THE ART OF WAR. Pressfield teaches method to combat the resistance in your mind that stops you from creating. We all have our own internal road blocks that stop us from writing content freely and honestly. Reading this book will give you definitive tools to beat down the enemies keeping you from your craft. 

 

3.27 Story GeniusSTORY GENIUS: HOW TO USE BRAIN SCIENCE TO GO BEYOND OUTLING AND WRITE A RIVETING NOVEL
By Lisa Cron
(2016)

It’s not often the first reaction of creatives to look at writing next to scientific research, but Cron does so in an easy-to-understand way. She provides blueprints and tells us what really works, based off her experience as a Creative Writing teacher and the science behind why people are drawn to stories. This book is a system that walks you through the process of creating a character-driven story.

 

When Book Groups Cant Meet 

Being stuck at home can disrupt a lot of day-to-day life, and book clubs are no exception!  If you need to stay home, but are missing the ability to meet and connect with others (especially to discuss books!), there are a few tools that can help.

Group Chat and Videoconference Software

There are a few free products that allow groups to communicate together instantly without the need for long email threads.  Both Slack and Facebook, among others, have instant messaging service that can be used on devices or computers, and instant message groups can be created that can chat together.  There are also several videoconferencing software options, although many of them will only facilitate one-to-one video calls.  Skype can broadcast free video calls to groups of up to 25 individuals, and can also be used for group chats and photo and file sharing.  For multiple video streams, Zoom can pull in up to 50 streams at the same time.  It offers video, audio, and screensharing, as well as group messaging, although there is a time limit for the free version.  Freeconferencecall also provides teleconferencing for up to 24 people, and as an added bonus, calls can be recorded for viewing later on.

What about reading a book together?

Getting enough copies of a book can be difficult when supplies and mobility are limited, but thanks to Overdrive's Always Available Audiobooks, everyone in your book club can still access books!  "Always Available" means that there are no waiting lists and no check-out limits on individual titles.  Everyone in your group can check them out and start listening right now!  Overdrive maintains 75 Always Available Audiobooks (the list changes periodically to allow for fresh titles).  Currently, 10 of those titles are books included in the Provo City Library’s book club collection, and following is a list of those titles and links to our discussion guides with questions that can help facilitate your group’s discussion.

3.18 The Goose GirlTHE GOOSE GIRL
By Shannon Hale
(2003)

The Goose Girl Discussion Guide

 

3.18 The Screwtape LettersTHE SCREWTAPE LETTERS
By C.S. Lewis
(1942)

The Screwtape Letters Discussion Guide

 

3.18 The Count of Monte CristoTHE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
By Alexandre Dumas
(1844)

The Count of Monte Cristo Discussion Guide

 

3.18 The Hiding PlaceTHE HIDING PLACE
By Corrie Ten Boom
(1971)

The Hiding Place Discussion Guide

 

3.18 Next Year in HavanaNEXT YEAR IN HAVANA
By Chanel Cleeton
(2018)

Next Year in Havana Discussion Guide

 

3.18 Nothing to EnvyNOTHING TO ENVY
By Barbara Demick
(2009)

Nothing to Envy Discussion Guide

 

3.18 Little WomenLITTLE WOMEN
By Louisa May Alcott
(1868)

Little Women Discussion Guide

 

3.18 The Life changing Magic of Tidying UpTHE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP
By Marie Kondo
(2014)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Discussion Guide

 

3.18 The Year of LessTHE YEAR OF LESS
By Cait Flanders
(2018)

The Year of Less Discussion Guide

 

3.18 Pride and PrejudicePRIDE AND PREJUDICE
By Jane Austen
(1813)

Pride and Prejudice Discussion Guide

 

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In order to help fight the spread of COVID-19, the library will be closed from March 16 until further notice. 

Staff will be available from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday to answer questions by phone; they will also answer questions through live chat on our website, provolibrary.com. 

If you have library materials checked out, please keep them until after we reopen. Late fees will not accrue while we are closed. If you had materials on hold that you were not able to pick up before the closure, they will be waiting for you when we reopen. 

The library offers a number of digital resources available for free with your library card. If you do not currently have a Provo City Library card but would like to utilize digital services, please call 801-852-6661 and we can issue you a card with digital privileges. 

We remain committed to our mission of providing information, instruction, learning, leisure, and cultural opportunities. We encourage all users to utilize our digital services: read books with OverDrive, find great music with Freegal, stream movies with Kanopy. Learn new skills with Lynda.com or CreativeBug.

These and more digital services can be accessed here. 

More information about Provo City's response to COVID-19 can be found here

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Download best-selling audiobooks, eBooks, and videos from OverDrive 24/7 to your computer or mobile device from home, in the office, or from anywhere in the world.

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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RBdigital from Recorded Books provides access to thousands of downloadable audiobooks. Many items can be checked out by more than one person at the same time.

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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Freegal - Downloadable Music

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Freegal Music is a downloadable and streaming music service that gives you access to about seven million songs in MP3 format and fifteen thousand music videos in MP4 format, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. Freegal Music limits song downloads to THREE per library customer per week and up to FIVE hours of streaming music each day.

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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Kanopy - Streaming Video

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Kanopy specializes in classic and indie films. They also offer The Great Courses and a wide selection of content for kids.  Each cardholder may watch 10 films per month. Beyond that, you may enjoy unlimited streaming of kids’ content and The Great Courses. 

Stream on your preferred device, including most computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.  

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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Lynda - Learn Anything

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Learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.   

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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Make Something

Find thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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Following the counsel of Governor Herbert and under the direction of Mayor Kaufusi, all library-sponsored programs at the Provo City Library will be suspended until further notice. This includes story time, Learn It programs, computer help lab, and Monday Night concerts. 

To be cautious, we are also suspending all room reservations including use of our study rooms and the Basement Creative Lab until further notice. Any previously contracted private events will be evaluated on an individual basis with private parties. 

We encourage users to practice good hygiene habits and social distancing while in the library. We ask that individuals who are sick please refrain from using the library.    

This is an evolving situation, and our library staff members are actively brainstorming ways that we can provide services while also encouraging public health and safety. 

We remain committed to our mission of providing information, instruction, learning, leisure, and cultural opportunities. We encourage all users to utilize our digital services: read books with OverDrive, find great music with Freegal, stream movies with Kanopy. Learn new skills with Lynda.com or CreativeBug. These and more digital services can be accessed under the “learn” or the “books and reading” tabs of our website. 

 

OverDrive

OverDrive

Start Reading

Download best-selling audiobooks, eBooks, and videos from OverDrive 24/7 to your computer or mobile device from home, in the office, or from anywhere in the world.

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

downloadables rbdigital

RBdigital

Start Listening

RBdigital from Recorded Books provides access to thousands of downloadable audiobooks. Many items can be checked out by more than one person at the same time.

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

digital collections freegal

Freegal - Downloadable Music

Start Listening

Freegal Music is a downloadable and streaming music service that gives you access to about seven million songs in MP3 format and fifteen thousand music videos in MP4 format, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. Freegal Music limits song downloads to THREE per library customer per week and up to FIVE hours of streaming music each day.

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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Kanopy - Streaming Video

Start Streaming

Kanopy specializes in classic and indie films. They also offer The Great Courses and a wide selection of content for kids.  Each cardholder may watch 10 films per month. Beyond that, you may enjoy unlimited streaming of kids’ content and The Great Courses. 

Stream on your preferred device, including most computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.  

Free access is granted with your Provo City Library card.

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