Utah is in a drought. Most of the state still remains under extreme or exceptional drought, according to DROUGHT.GOV. While more than half of our water is used for agriculture, there is still quite a bit we can do on our own to manage our household water consumption.
One of the ways you can save on water is through XERISCAPING. Xeriscaping focuses on using plants native to desert climates and can completely remove the need for irrigation or watering. In addition to the resources available at the UTAH WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM website, we have several books on the topic of xeriscaping and conserving water that you can use for your home's landscaping and gardens.
Drought is not a new concept in the West and this book focuses on building gardens with these drought conditions in mind. From clay-pot irrigation systems to gravity wicks, there is bound to be a type of watering system that benefits your garden and minimizes your water bill.
This water-wise gardener's resource covers dry gardening how-to, as well as the color and design elements needed to implement a functioning and beautiful space. Filled with bright images and a plant directory, this book provides a great starting point for embarking on a xeriscaping project.
Written by the co-founder of Greywater Action, THE WATER-WISE HOME provides tips and tricks for both inside and out to reuse your water. With discussions on how to target irrigation issues and maximize greywater reuse for your landscape, this user-friendly guide covers all questions and methods to make a water-wise landscape a reality.
A classic method of gardening that has been gaining popularity, ROCK GARDENING covers ways to garden among rocks that focuses on highlighting the climate you're in. From alpine gardens to desert-scaping, this book covers plants, soil, and construction with vibrant photos and down-to-earth writing.
More books on xeriscaping and climate-wise gardening can be found in our upstairs nonfiction section or in our CATALOG.
Finding books to help your child learn to read and eventually be a successful reader can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. If you’re not sure what books to start with, the library can help. We have a section of very easy reader books that help children who are just starting out on their reading journey. These books take a step-by-step approach with simple illustrations and simple words that focus on repetition. This helps build reading confidence as they practice short vowel sounds, blending, and important sight words. Eventually the books begin to introduce longer and more complex words as readers become better and more confident in their abilities.
Reading is fun and everyone should have a good experience learning to read. So, check out the very easy reader section at the library as you launch into an enjoyable reading adventure.
In these books, short vowels and single consonant words are introduced with very basic three-letter words. All the letters of the alphabet (except Q) are introduced in these engaging books that help build confidence. These little books bring big success.
Learn all about mixed-vowel sounds with a hot yak, a sniffing sloth, a pet bat, and other clever critters in this collection of early reader tales. These simple sentences with clear text and a building block approach, help beginning readers have fun while learning key words.
Jump-start reading success with this collection of motivating stories. Most pages feature just one line of simple, repetitive text to help children learn to read with ease and confidence.
These fun little books contain fifty common sight words that are some of the most frequently used words in print. Kids love these playful stories that help build their reading skills and confidence as they master sight words.
Have you ever heard of Novelist? If you haven’t, get ready to learn about one of the best hidden gems your library card can access. Novelist is an amazing database filled with both fiction and nonfiction books and is one of my favorite ways to find book recommendations 24/7.
You have free access to Novelist with your Provo City Library card. To access, go to https://www.provolibrary.com/find-a-book. If you scroll down you will find a link to Novelist Plus and Novelist K-8. Both databases are awesome, but Novelist K-8 is helpful if you’re only looking for children’s and YA books.
Novelist has a lot of content so it can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. One place I like to look is the Recommended Reads Lists on the left side of the page. You’ll find a bunch of different booklists on different topics including my current favorite “Reading During Pandemic.”
Pick your favorite poison, and Novelist will pull up a list of recommended books for you based on the parameters you chose. I decided I wanted a list of “funny and lighthearted” fiction and Novelist provided.
Since I tend to read a lot of lighthearted fiction, I have already read a lot of the books that Novelist recommended to me. Personally, I love when this happens because it makes me feel like Novelist is on the right track. It can also help me find more titles I love. Novelist recommended THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman which I read last year and loved, and I’d really like to read a read-alike. You’ll notice you can also search by author read-alike or series read-alike.
By clicking on “Title Read-alikes” I’ll get a printable list of title-specific recommendations that include a short explanation of why Novelist is recommending the title.
As you’re browsing, you can have Novelist keep track of the titles that catch your eye by clicking the “plus” sign at the top of a title entry.
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Then you can go to your folder to see the complete list of titles you found.
This barely scratches the surface of all you can do with Novelist, but if you are in need of a quick book recommendation try your hand at Novelist to find a new read!
As a fan of both folklore and Utah history, I’ve always loved the Legend of Timpanogos. Last summer, I was excited to revisit the story as I prepared the text of the Story Trail we placed at Kiwanis Park. In my research, I discovered that there are actually multiple versions of the Legend of Timpanogos.
The legend that’s probably the best known was written by Eugene L. Roberts around 1912. This is the story of star-crossed lovers Utahna and Red Eagle, whose hearts fuse together when they die, forming the Heart of Timpanogos, the famous heart-shaped stalactite in the middle of Timpanogos Cave.
Another popular version recorded by Calvin Walker focuses on star-crossed lovers Timpanac and Ucanogos, who are turned into both a lake and a mountain, so they can lie side-by-side forever. The lake and mountain together are called Timpanogos in a blending of their names.
I also ran into the story of Norita by M.M. Warner, which is somewhat similar to the stories of Timpanogos. Norita is the daughter of a Uintah chief. When the neighboring Paiute tribe attacks, they chase Norita to the top of Bridal Veil Falls, where she jumps to her death. Alas, Norita doesn’t have a steady love like Timpanac or Red Eagle to mark her death with their own act of undying love.
We have three different books at the library that tell these stories:
This slim volume contains eight different versions of the Legend of Timpanogos. Some are serious, some are humorous, and some are even written as poems.
This book only shares one version of the Legend of Timpanogos, but it’s filled with beautiful illustrations of mountain scenery throughout.
This booklet is a compilation of poetry, natural history, essays, and yes, legends about Mount Timpanogos. The story of Norita is published here as well.
The story of Norita is actually a three-page poem that was published in the Relief Society Magazine in 1920. The Provo Library has a little booklet made of just the pages of the magazine that had that poem on it.