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11.27 Raising Readers

Reading aloud to children leads to children being able to read themselves. It is necessary to have books available at home for children to pick up on their own to read and explore. 

It may be obvious to state, but each child has different books that interest and engage them. My son loved the MAGIC TREE HOUSE series by Mary Pope Osborne, so I bought the first half of the series. When my daughter got to the age of beginning chapter books I tried to convince her to read the Magic Treehouse books (since we owned the numbers in order!), but she was just not interested. She was obsessed with JUNIE B. JONES by Barbara Park instead. Her twin sister would have nothing to do with Magic Treehouse or Junie B Jones. She would only read the PRINCESS IN BLACK series by Shannon Hale 

I decided buying books for all of my children wasn’t going to work. They are unique individuals interested in completely different books. There are times they get in a groove and read multiple books in a day. My budget can’t keep up. I would be so bold as to say, to raise an avid reader without the library would be nearly impossible. 

Thank you to the library. We have literally checked out hundreds of books and plan to check out thousands more.

Were Thankful for You

This blog has been a wonderful way for us to promote library resources and services, but today, in honor of Thanksgiving, I’d like to turn things around a bit. This year and every year, I’m grateful for the library patrons of all types who make the Provo Library the magical place that it is, including:


We have a few families and individuals who come to EVERYTHING – getting every last drop of use out of the library. They check out books every week, regularly ask for recommendations, meet every visiting author, attend almost every program, and fight to finish every last summer reading challenge. Library users like them are a librarian’s dream, and their familiar faces are always so welcome.


You don’t even have to enter the building to get great use out of our library. Some of our most dedicated patrons exclusively use digital resources like Libby and Lynda. Digital usage has gone up dramatically in recent years, and we’re so happy that people have found new ways to prioritize reading and information in this busy world.


Kids looking for a place to hang out after school, stay-at-home parents who badly need a break from the house, low income patrons seeking a warm place to hang out and read or use the internet, elderly individuals wantinga  little extra help learning to use social media to connect with their families - these are some of our most regular visitors. We’re so thankful for the patrons of all types who feel welcome here, making libraries the beautifully democratic places that they are.


By the end of this year, we will have hosted 39 authors, 18 performing groups, and 14 learn-it instructors. Each of these individuals brought a diverse audience through our doors, and as staff we certainly can’t complain about being paid to attend their events!


Whether its businesses, families, motivational speakers, politicians, or oh so many brides and grooms, the people who rent our rooms for private events bring a special energy to the library. They fill the Academy side of the building with music, happy voices, flowers, delicious food smells (which regularly make me jealous), and sometimes even camels or bagpipers. They often introduce the library to people who have never been here before, but who end up coming back.


We have around 25 regular volunteers who help run our teen events, restock the book store, clean books and shelves, organize books for our ballroom book sales, assist with special events, teach computer classes, and so much more. We couldn’t accomplish all that we do without them.


No matter which kind of library patron you are, thank you for your support. As much as we’d like to take credit, as staff, for how awesome the Provo Library is, this is your institution, not ours. Your participation, tax dollars, and love for this building and the information and entertainment it provides are what make it incredible. The people of Provo saved this building from the wrecking ball more than 20 years ago, and they keep it a vibrant, ever-evolving place today. You motivate us to be better, and we’re so grateful for you.

 Choose Your Own Adventure

Before there were video games there were Choose Your Own Adventure books.

I remember the thrill I got as a kid coming to the end of a chapter and having to decide, do I go down the shadowy path (turn to page 25), or knock on the heavy oak door (turn to page 56). There was something delightfully delicious about being able to choose how the story would turn out.

I am happy to say that even with modern computer adventure games Choose Your Own Adventure books are still popular. Now readers have a variety of adventure options in both the fiction and informational sections. 

Choose Your Own Adventure

11.19 Abominable SnowmanTHE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
By R. A Montgomery

This is the classic series that you may have read as a child.  Still kind of silly, but guaranteed to be fun.The library has over 30 different titles in this series, including some featuring popular super heroes. 


Choose Your Own Adventure JR.

11.19 CaravanCARAVAN
By R.A. Montgomery

This is a version of the original series for a younger (2nd-3rd grade) reader.  It is even more silly, and has fun cartoonish illustrations. 


Interactive History Adventure

11.19 Ancient ChinaANCIENT CHINA
By Terry Collins

Do you have a kid who loves the I Survived series?  This is an informational series that has interactive adventures based on real historic events.  The library has more than 50 titles in this series, but they are scattered throughout the informational section.  The best way to find them is to type “interactive history adventure” in the search box in the online catalog. 


Midnight Arcade

By Gabriel Soria

When some kids get trapped in a haunted 80's era video arcade, the Midnight Arcade, they must play their way out of danger, ultimately controlling whether they live . . . or die!  This is a new series in the Choose Your Own format.  The second in the series comes out in September. 


 Spanish Audiobooks 628

I am so excited that we recently obtained thirteen new books on CD in Spanish for Children! This brings our JSPANBCD collection to 42. The majority of these are picture books, including favorites like:

11.14 Clic Clac MuuCLIC CUAC MUU, VACAS ESCRITORAS (Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type)
Por Doreen Cronen
Illustrado por Betsy Lewin


11.14 Dont Let the PigeonNO DEJES QUE LA PALOMA CONDUZCA EL AUTOBUS (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus)
Por Mo Willems


11.14 Chato y su cenaCHATO Y SU CENA (Chato’s Kitchen)
Por Gary Sato
Ilustrado por Susan Guevara


In addition to the picture books, there are also the first five books about Los Chicos del Vagón de Carga  (Box Car Children) and several collections of folk and fairy tales.  These are great for Spanish speakers and Spanish learners of all ages. Why not check out some for your next road trip? 


Estoy tan feliz que hemos adquirido trece audiolibros nuevos en español para niños. Este lleva nuestra colección JSPANBCD a 42. La mayoría de estos son libros ilustrados incluyendo cuentos favoritos como

Por Doreen Cronen
Illustrado por Betsy Lewin


Por Mo Willems


11.14 Chato y su cenaCHATO Y SU CENA
Por Gary Sato
Ilustrado por Susan Guevara


Además de los libros ilustrados, también tenemos los primeros cinco libros sobre Los Chicos del Vagón de Carga y varias antologías de cuentos populares y de hadas. Estos son excelentes para hispanohablantes y estudiantes de español de todas las edades. ¿Por qué no sacar algunos para su próximo viaje por coche?

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