Since I have been reading a lot of memoir, I have been thinking about how you write a memoir. I have been an obsessive journaler since I was thirteen. In my early twenties I wanted to do something more than just journal. A writing mentor introduced me to Natalie Goldberg’s WRITING DOWN THE BONES and I was hooked. I didn’t know there were books about writing books!
The most important thing I learned from this book was to get in the habit of writing every day in my writer’s notebook. This is the first tool in your toolkit. So, I set the goal that I was going to write in my notebook for ten minutes every day. Soon, I discovered that I was writing for thirty minutes every day. My notebook turned into notebooks! These notebooks gave me the building blocks that I needed to translate messy journal passages into thoughtful, personal essays (more on that, later). If you are interested in starting a writing practice or enriching your journaling process, check out these books from our catalogue.
This is the book that started it all. Goldberg is full of energy and excitement. Go get a notebook! Sit down! Breathe! Write! But she doesn’t leave you hanging. Every chapter is about an aspect of writing. Say you want more help with wordiness; she has a chapter for that. Maybe you have writer’s block; there’s a chapter for that. You can either read straight through, or focus on different aspects of your writing.
Julia Cameron’s first book THE ARTIST’S WAY introduces the idea of morning pages. That you roll out of bed and walk over to your desk and write for thirty minutes to an hour. In this book , every chapter introduces a myth that we have been taught about writing and ways to give away those myths and keep writing. Then she gives an invitation to write. These prompts are really fun and insightful. I really enjoyed them.
If you want practical advice and prompts for what to write about, this is your book. Building off the ideas that you will see in Cameron and Goldberg, Heffron gives you pages and pages of writing prompts that range from the tender to the hysterical (you wake up and find a clown in your room, what do you do?)
Lamott weaves stories of her childhood throughout solid, step by step writing advice. She is inspiring in her advice to get the first draft out in your notebook and then build from there. She also encourages you to keep your heart and your eyes open because writing is everywhere and anywhere and always within us.
Don’t be scared. This book is amazing. For those who love King’s stories, he does talk about how he wrote his books; for those who are a leery, he focuses on the tools of the craft more than the scary details of his demented tales. King’s biggest piece of advice is to read. Read, read, read. “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t the time or the tools to write.”
With school starting up again we all know that homework has once again become a part of our evening ritual. Sometimes the homework regimen can be quick and effortless and sometimes it can literally be a painful process specifically when one does not know how to go about completing it. As parents we are not present in the classroom when the steps and procedures are explained, so we find ourselves at a loss as far as how to help our children. I remember this being the case many times at my house especially when math was involved. It’s a helpless feeling when your child is struggling to understand a concept and you want to help but aren’t sure how to go about it.
This is when the Library can step in and save the day. Many people don’t know about the FREE resources available to them through the city library. Yes, we do have homework helps! You can access these resources online if you go to our website and under the Kids Corner tab you will find online resources. These resources vary from Encyclopedias to auto repair to homework help for elementary school through high school. So go to our webpage and look at what’s available. You may find just what you need to help your children succeed in school this year. Here are a few examples of what you will find.
A mainstay to meet the research needs of students in primary/elementary and middle school with thousands of articles and multimedia.School Center:
The resources in Learning Express Library’s Student Center can help students prepare for important test, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects. Resources are organized by grade levels for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Full text magazines for elementary school research plus encyclopedia, dictionary, photos, maps and flags.
A powerful collection of homework resources provided by the Utah State Library and UEN. Contact your school or the library for login information.
My husband and I try to take a vacation at least every other year, but we haven’t had much money to do so and usually end up going somewhere close by for a few days. Don’t get me wrong, that’s still nice but sometimes I wish we could afford to go somewhere a little more exotic.
Because of this, I often find myself reading as a way to travel instead. Luckily, the library has a great selection of travelogues! While travelogues aren’t the same as actually travelling the world, they’re definitely a lot cheaper (especially if you check them out from the library). Here are a few of the library’s most recent travelogue purchases:
For five years, author Ben Coates lived alongside the Rhine River. In this book, he details his journey by bicycle along the river. He explores the impact that the Rhine has had on European culture and history, particularly those who live alongside it.
Twenty-five years ago, Peter Mayle and his wife went on a vacation. When their original vacation destination fell through, the ended up in Aix-en-Provence. While there, they fell in love with town and decided to uproot their lives in England to move there.
For some travel a little closer to home, this book is about Julia Reed traveling through the American South where she grew up. With humor and affection, she explores the highs of Southern life while also shining a light on some of the region’s more embarrassing tendencies.
Do you dream of making it big as a musician? Do you enjoy singing or playing an instrument and want to share your talents? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun, free weekend activity? Well here’s your opportunity!
The Provo Library is now hosting a monthly open mic night in The Attic. Every first Friday, join us at 7:00 on the fourth floor of the Academy Wing for Friday Night Live, a free evening of song by local musicians. If you’re interested in performing, sign-ups start at 6:30 pm. We provide the sound system, piano, and acoustic guitar, and anyone is welcome to participate.
The best part of Friday Night Live is that it’s totally free. Unlike many open-mic venues, there’s no cover charge for musicians or audience members, so bring as many friends as you’d like to cheer you on!
This Friday we’ll also be opening a new exhibit, The Image Hunter, in The Attic, so come a bit early to check out the artwork. In late 2015, Italian artist Hitnes embarked on a road trip throughout America with the goal of retracing the endeavors of John James Audubon to document all of the birds in North America.
Audubon’s ambitious goal was to document all of the birds in the country, and these well-known drawings made up his book THE BIRDS IN AMERICA. Captivated by the enormous scope of Audubon’s goal, Hitnes traveled across the country, aiming to cover in three months what Audubon did in as many decades.
Along the way, Hitnes created sketches, paintings, murals, collages, and etchings of the beautiful natural scenes that inspired Audubon. This is one of the most stunning art exhibits we’ve ever hosted, so be sure to see it before it closes at the end of November. In addition to Friday nights, the exhibit is open Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 9:00 pm.
So, if you’re looking for a great date night, family activity, or just a fun evening for yourself and friends, join us this Friday, October 7th for Friday Night Live and fantastic art!
If you have any questions about Friday Night Live, call Dave at 801-852-7691. For questions about The Image Hunter Exhibit or to schedule a tour outside of normal Attic hours, contact Erika at 801-852-7685.