Mount Timp

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:

By Effie W. Adams

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.

By Richard C. Peacock

This book only shares one version of the Legend of Timpanogos, but it’s filled with beautiful illustrations of mountain scenery throughout.


By Various Authors

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.


By M.M. Warner

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.


 Search binoculars

Have you ever been searching for something in the library catalog and just can’t seem to find exactly what you are looking for? Here are 5 tips to help you find what you’re really searching for:


Under the “Collection” filters on the left side of the screen, select “View All.” In this particular search, we will select “J Informational” to find all Minecraft books that are in our Juvenile Informational Collection.

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A search for titles written in a certain language can be done by filtering by language. 

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When searching for all titles by a particular author, search for the name with the last name first. To locate all books by Gordon Korman, we would type, “Korman, Gordon.”

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The “Format” filter can be used to narrow your search to just items that are particular format. This is helpful in narrowing your selection to just DVDs, audio books on CD, etc.

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The “Subject” filter can be very helpful in narrowing results to items that have a particular subject heading assigned by the Library of Congress. To do this, you would first select the type of format you need under “Format.” Next, select the desired collection from the “Collection” list. Finally, you can view the subject options under “Subject” to narrow your search further.

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Here’s an example of how you can use these tips all together to narrow your search further. In this search, we typed “World War II” in the search bar and limited our results in “Language” and “Collection” in order to locate a Spanish picture book on the topic of World War II.

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Board Games

For the past few years, we’ve been leaving a cart full of board games out near the Teen section for groups to play here in the Library on Friday nights. We haven't been able to do that during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we miss seeing groups gather together and learn to play new games. Fortunately, you can now check out board games and take them home! Here are a few things you’ll need to know:

There’s a binder at the 1st floor Reference desk that lists all of our available games, or you can find a list online here. You can also find the games listed in our catalog. Unfortunately, right now the games aren't displayed somewhere in the library for you to browse the collection yourself (although we hope to change that soon!).  For now, you’ll need to ask one of the librarians at the 1st floor Reference desk to get you the game you want to check out.

Games check out for three weeks, just like our books and A/V collections.

Board Games should not be returned in the book drops.  They’ll need to be returned directly to the Circulation Desk, like Chromebooks.

Here are a few of the games we have at the Provo Library that I especially enjoy playing:

2.10 PandemicPANDEMIC

This probably seems like an odd choice given the times we're living through, but who knows? Maybe you'll find it cathartic! Pandemic is a cooperative board game; players try to work together to save the world from the spread of disease and world panic. To be honest, my team has died every time I’ve played this game, but I love that it’s a collaborative game instead of one that pits everyone against each other.


game Pass the PigsPASS THE PIGS

Pass the Pigs is a dice game using miniature pigs as the dice.  The object of the game is to be the first player to reach 100 points.  This game has a really simple concept, but I still love to play it.  Getting the pigs to land snout-first, or leaning on just one leg is oddly satisfying.


2.10 Ticket to RideTICKET TO RIDE

In Ticket to Ride, each player builds train lines to various destinations.  You earn points for the number of train lines you build, and for having the longest route.  My brother-in-law is amazing at strategy games, so he usually wins this one, but someday, I will build the longest route. I just know it!


game sneaky snacky squirrelTHE SNEAKY SNACKY SQUIRREL GAME

For those hoping for games for young children, we have those too!  The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game is meant for children ages three and older.  It’s designed to help children practice things like fine motor skills, matching skills, strategic thinking, and taking turns.  Plus, it’s just so cute!  The idea is that each player is a squirrel who needs to gather five acorns of a specific color.


We hope this will allow families a chance to have a good time together and build relationships.  Come check out a board game from the Library!



Browsing Spanish books in the library catalog can be a bit tricky. One wrong click and you end up in the dangerous culinary confection section and your search is thwarted. Luckily, we’ve provided this quick guide to help you navigate your search to the Children’s Spanish materials of your dreams. 

First, go to our home page here (

Once there, you can access our catalog by clicking on the Search Catalog in the upper right hand corner. 


Click on the Search button and you will arrive at our general catalog section for every book in the library.Here you can either search for a specific book title in the box on the right. Or you can change the far left drop down menu from Everything to Español. 

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Click Enter and you will only see the materials we have in Spanish. This trick is nice if you are okay with browsing the adult and children’s materials simultaneously. However, if you want to narrow your search to only children’s materials, please read on.

First, make sure nothing is typed in the text field on the right. Next, notice the column titled Limit Search Results on the far left. This section has subheadings such as author, format, Language, etc. 


Scroll all the way down to the last option labeled Collection.


Once you find the collection section go ahead and click on the View All button. 


A box should pop up with options for all the collections in our library. 


*Hint: When looking for Children’s Spanish materials, most of them are in the same section labeled J Spanish _______. However, there are two exceptions. 1) 1:JRSP is for the Children’s Spanish Playaway books and 2) 1:JSPANC is for the Children’s Spanish comics and graphic novels. 

Scroll down until you find the name of the collection you want to browse and then click on the square to the left (you can choose more than one collection to browse at once). In this case, I chose J Spanish Early Reader and J Spanish Intermediate 


A little check mark should appear next to the ones you would like to look at.Next, click the Include button. 


Now everything in the collection(s) you selected should appear in your search like the one below. 


Happy browsing!

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