Poetry Books

Are you one of those people who love poetry? Is iambic pentameter your native tongue and do you speak in couplets and sonnets? Splendid.

But maybe, just maybe, poetry is a little intimidating to you? Or maybe you’ve just never had the time to get into it? If so, now is the time to learn to like or even love poetry and the Provo Library is the place to do it! Check out these awesome resources to start your poetic adventure!

4.25 Poetry 101POETRY 101: FROM SHAKESPEARE AND RUPI KAUR TO IAMBI PENTAMETER AND BLANK VERSE, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POETRY
By Susan Dalzell
(2018)

Do you aspire to like poetry, but just aren’t sure where to start? Well, search no further! This is short guide will give you the 411 on the most celebrated voices in poetic history and clue you in to some of the newest and brightest stars in the poetry universe. Poetry doesn’t have to be boring or intimidating. It is as natural as your heartbeat, as familiar as your footsteps.

 

4.25 The Red WheelbarrowTHE RED WHEELBARROW AND OTHER POEMS 
by William Carlos Williams
(2018)

This slim volume holds the very best poems of someone who could be seen as the “original” Instagram poet. Writing in the 1940s and 1950s, Williams was a doctor and sometimes only had a prescription pad to write his poetry on. If you are looking for classic poetry that is short, stunning, and delightful, check out this new edition of his poems.

 

4.25 Fierce FairytalesFIERCE FAIRYTALES: POEMS & STORIES TO STIR YOUR SOUL 
by Nikita Gill
(2018)

These poems aren’t just clever twists on fairytales. They are a celebration of the person reading the book, hopefully that will be you, yes you! The first poem  is an invocation of the importance of learning to love and to hold on to ourselves and to the final poem is a benediction thanking the readers of the world for holding the author when she was in pain, this book is more than just a fairytale gimmick. This is a book about us and what it means to be human.

 

4.25 The Dark Between the StarsTHE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS: POEMS
By Atticus
(2018)

Atticus began his poetry career on Instagram. After garnering 700K followers he was approached with a book deal. Known for his jaw-dropping one liners and epigraphic style, Atticus is ever relatable, ever real. This is his second collection of poetry where he focuses on the connections between the light and the dark and great happiness and deep sorrow.

 

4.25 Milk and HoneyMILK AND HONEY
By Rupi Kaur
(2015)

This book is all about the journey from injury to healing. I think one of the reasons Kaur has become so popular is that she is imminently accessible. She writes about things that we all feel in ways that we could never explain by ourselves.  Her poetry is brief, powerful, and beautiful.

 

Since April is National Poetry Month, it's time to celebrate the richness of the human experience. It’s time to honor those who give words to our most powerful feelings. Whether you are in love with poetry or just trying it out for the first time, this is YOUR month!

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Well, poets, you've nearly finished! With just nine days to go in NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), here are a few prompts to guide you:

Day 22: Take a favorite quote of yours (or at least a part of one) and make it the first and last line of the poem. Try to make the quote mean something different with each use.

Day 23: Make a concrete poem or a visual poem where the poem visually looks like what its describing (for instance, George Herbert’s poem “The Altar” was built to look like an alter) 

Day 24: Poetry. Math. Poetry and Math. Write a poem about math. Whether that makes something in math a metaphor for life or you find a poetry form that is mathematical (like Fibonacci Poetry), let’s try to be inspired by math today.

Day 25: Look at the last photo you took on your phone. Give yourself only two minutes to write a poem that is inspired by that photo.

Day 26: Write a poem where the title has a completely different tone or context than the actual content of the poem. (Example: The title “Summer Fun” and then the poem is about winter) 

Day 27: Write a prose poem about a Greek myth that interests you. 

Day 28: Who do you look up to? Write a poem that is also a letter to an important person in your life.

Day 29: Write a poem that is only 10 words long.

Day 30: Think about poetry and yourself as a poet. Address your reader and discuss what poetry means to you. 

How did #NaPoWriMo go for you? Please share your creations with us!

Hold Shelves

At the Provo Library, we offer a number of different options for holds. Not only can patrons put items on hold when they are checked out, they can also place holds on checked in items. Items are pulled and placed on the self-service hold shelves within a few days of the hold being placed.

When your hold comes in, you'll receive an email or text notification letting you know it's ready. After four days, your hold automatically expires and we remove the book from the hold shelf, so be sure to get here quickly!

Finding the book you've placed on hold can be a little bit tricky the first time you do it, so here's what you'll want to know. The hold shelves are located in the northwest corner of the adult reference section, around the corner from the circulation desk. We organize our hold shelves by the beginning letters of the borrower's last name. The holds are not alphabatized beyond the first letter or two, so look through the entire letter section that applies to you.

Here's the process for finding your hold after you've been notified by email or text that it's ready.

  • First, find the letter marker closest to your name; for instance, if your name is "Rider," find the section labeled "R." If your last name is “Ryder”, find the section labeled “RO.”

  •  Notice that the "RO" section is split between two shelves. If your last name is “Rogers” your hold could be on either of these shelves. If we have lots of holds for a particular letter marker they will continue onto the next shelf.

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  • Once you’ve found the shelf with your last name, look for the title of the item(s) you’ve been notified about. Items are grouped by the date we placed it on the hold shelf, so your holds might not be right next to each other.

  • Check the paper slip in the item for the first four letters of your last name and the last four numbers of your library card. If you have more than one card on your account, the number will correspond to whichever card was used to place the hold.

Can't find your hold? There are a few common reasons for this:

The hold has expired

Double check when you received your hold notification. If it's been more than four days, the item will no longer be held for you. It may not have been checked out or held for someone else yet, though, so check in at the circulation desk to find out.

You placed the hold under another card number

Was the hold placed under the card of a household member with a different last name? Make sure you're checking in the right section.

It's a new or popular DVD

Based on how long waitlists are and the number of people waiting per copy, new and very popular DVDs are held in the circulation department instead of on the hold shelves. If your DVD isn't on the shelves, ask at the circulation desk, and they can bring it out for you.

 

Please be courteous to your fellow patrons; if you remove an item by mistake, take it to the Circulation desk to be re-shelved. If you need any other help finding or checking out your holds, please come to the Circulation desk around the corner from the self-service hold shelves. We’d love to help you!

Lastly, be sure to check out your holds once you've found them! The holds can only checked out to the account they are associated with, so make sure you have the correct card number and pin with you. 

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When I was a young newlywed, it was hard to come up with different and affordable activities for date nights. I wish I had known back then about all the fun (and free) things that the library has to offer!

GAMES 
(15-90 min)

We have many board games available for in-house use. Check out our website for a list of games, how long each game takes, and how many people can play.

WHODUNIT MYSTERY GAME 
(60 min)

Participants travel from room to room in the library trying to solve a mystery, similar to the game Clue, by Parker Brothers. Some of your favorite villains have been causing mayhem in the library. The winner will correctly guess the suspect, location, and the weapon involved in the crime. This game can accommodate anywhere between 3-18 players and would be perfect for double or group dates! Visit our website for more info and to make a reservation (required).

ESCAPE ROOMS
(45-60 min)

Another great option for double and group dates are our escape rooms! Participants are stuck in a room and cannot get out until they solve a variety of puzzles and clues leading to the key that will let them out of the room. There are two different themes to choose from: School of Magic (Medium Difficulty) or Sherlock Holmes (Hard Difficulty). The escape rooms work best for groups of 4-8 people. Go to our website to reserve a room (required). 

PROGRAMS
(45-90 min)

The library hosts a wide variety of programs each month. Some popular programs include our Authorlink series, our Monday Night Performances and our Learn It programs. Most programs are free, though some may require tickets. Visit our online calendar to see what programs are coming up and to view details for specific programs.

DVDS

In the mood for a night in instead? Luckily, we have plenty of movies to choose from! Patrons are allowed to checkout up to 20 movies at a time and can have them out for three weeks. Come in and browse, or take a look at our website for movies that have been added to our collection most recently.

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