Following the counsel of Governor Herbert and under the direction of Mayor Kaufusi, Provo City Library will be closed until further notice. No fines will accrue while we are closed. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
Following the counsel of Governor Herbert and under the direction of Mayor Kaufusi, Provo City Library will be closed until further notice. No fines will accrue while we are closed. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
 

 

Curved Shelves

The Dewey Decimal System is a great organizational tool for many libraries. 

You want a cook book? Check out the 600s!

Do you want to look into some self-help? Let’s mosey on over to the 100s shelf.

What’s that you say? You’re going on a trip to Prague and want a travel guide? Just visit the 900s and we’ll find what you need. 

Yes, the Dewey Decimal System is wonderful.  However some sections don’t get as much love because it’s unclear what they have to offer. Take the 000’s section for example: It’s known as the “generalities.” What does that even mean? 

If you want to know what the 000’s have to offer, then allow me to introduce you to some interesting books. 

01.13 Field Guide to the SasquatchFIELD GUIDE TO THE SASQUATCH
By David Gordon
(1992)

This read covers all of the Sasquatch basics: identifying footprints, family trees, the Bigfoot profile, how to confirm a sighting and more. This field guide is complete with maps and several brief accounts of Sasquatch sightings.  

 

01.13 The Library BookTHE LIBRARY BOOK
By Susan Orlean
(2018)

Interested in a mystery mixed with a love note to libraries? Then this is the book for you. Orlean explores the Los Angeles Public Library fire that occurred in 1986. She unpacks the sequence of events, evidence, and repercussions that the fire caused for the community. Sprinkled in this account are some of Orlean’s personal experiences of books, reading, and libraries that give the story a personal flare.  

 

01.13 No More RejectionsNO MORE REJECTIONS
By Alice Orr
(2004)

Aspiring Authors are sure to glean valuable knowledge from this book. Orr teaches how to develop a story idea, hook readers with first lines, craft fabulous characters, and how to pitch an idea to publishers. If you’re tired of having your manuscripts rejected, then take a look at NO MORE REJECTIONS. 

 

01.13 Asking for a FriendASKING FOR A FRIEND
By Jessica Weisberg
(2018)

We all need advice once in a while. How can I get this soda stain out of the carpet? How can I get John to notice me? How can I stop my cat from eating rubber mats? Weisberg cleverly crafts centuries of advice columns to create a read that is equal parts history, journalism, and entertainment. 

 

01.13 Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 2018
By John Evans
(2018)

Learn how to fix lighting, erase pimples, combine images, and more with this how-to guide. If you have dreams of becoming a Photoshop wizard or you just want more followers on social media, then give this book a chance. You can teach yourself the skills necessary to further your professional and personal goals. 

 

Additional computer software and coding guides can also be found in the 000’s. If you’re a visual learner, then you may want to use our Lynda database. You can access video trainings on Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Excel, coding languages, and many other computer based skills. It’s free with a library card!

Book Blind Date

It’s been a while since my last segment as I was hoping to leave you with some nice alone time with your book. But love is, after all, a fickle thing and perhaps you are again on the search for a great night out (or in).

Below are four eligible and mysterious book-bachelors.  If one interests you, just scroll down and go ahead and check it out (in more ways than one perhaps).

Please check out Blind Date with a Book round one and two for more enjoyable reads.

BLIND DATE #1

  • Science Fiction
  • YA novel
  • Teenagers in space.
  • Dystopian premise, often compared to The Hunger Games.
  • Complex female protagonist.
  • Romance, betrayal, intrigue.
 

BLIND DATE #2

  • Internationally acclaimed realistic fiction.
  • Historical fiction spanning from World War I to the present.
  • Contemporary take on PTSD.
  • Moving and memorable characters 
 

BLIND DATE #3

  • Historical fantasy
  • Brings two distinctly different cultures together
  • Magical, a bit scary, unforgettable
  • A woman attempting to find her destiny in a man’s world.
 

BLIND DATE #4

  • A book about books.
  • Focused on an important British figure.
  • Utterly charming and humorous.
  • Written by a Tony award winning playwright.
 
 
 

01.10 Glow#1: GLOW
By Amy Kathleen Ryan
(2011)

 

01.10 Birdsong#2: BIRDSONG
By Sebastion Faulks
(1993) 

 

01.10 The Enchantress of Florence#3: THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE
By Salman Rushdie
(2008) 

 

01.10 The Uncommon Reader#4: THE UNCOMMON READER
By Alan Bennett
(2007) 

 

Grpahic Novels

Just like there are great graphic novel adaptations of classic literature, the library also has a host of modern classics that combine word and image. These adaptations can make a moving story even more powerful with the addition of illustrations. Here are just a few examples from our adult and teen collections.  

01.08 Wheel of TimeEYE OF THE WORLD
By Robert Jordan and Chuck Dixon
Artwork by Chase Conley
(2011) 

In this first volume of the WHEEL OF TIME SERIES, Ran al’Thor and his friends flee their home village, and are barely ahead of the pursuing Trollocs and Draghkar. Will the young people learn what they need to know in order to survive this dangerous world? 

 

01.08 Enders Game Battle SchoolENDER’S GAME : BATTLE SCHOOL
By Orson Scott Card and Christopher Yost
Artwork by Pasqual Ferry and Frank D'Armata
(2009) 

The Earth is in a desperate fight against a deadly alien race, and one child, Ender Wiggin, may be the key to saving mankind. 

 

01.08 SpeakSPEAK
By Laurie Halse Anderson
Artwork by Emily Carroll
(2018) 

Melinda starts her freshman year at Merryweather High School friendless and an outcast, all because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now, no one will listen to her, but what secrets could Melinda be keeping inside?  

 

01.08 Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen, and Tony Lee
Artwork by Cliff Richards
(2010) 

A plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton that causes the dead to return to life. Heroine Elizabeth Bennett is determined to wipe out the zombies, but will a haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy distract her from her mission?  

 

01.08 The AlchemistTHE ALCHEMIST
By Paulo Coelho and Derek Ruiz
Artwork by Daniel Sampere
(2010) 

Shepherd boy Santiago travels from his homeland of Spain to Egypt in search of a treasure in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets several interesting individuals who help Santiago in his quest. Soon his quest becomes more than a search to find worldly goods and turns into a discovery of self-discovery and worth.  

 

01.08 KindredKINDRED
By Octavia Butler and Damian Duffy
Artwork by Nnedi Okorafor
(2017) 

A young black writer from 1970s California finds herself transported through space and time to antebellum Maryland. She soon discovers that her very existence depends on protecting Rufus, a conflicted white child, slaveholder, and progenitor. This is a powerful look at the disturbing effects of slavery on all who it chained together. 

 

What are some of your favorite books that have graphic novel adaptations? Share them in the comments and be sure to look for our favorite nonfiction and classic fiction posts.

clements

I was really saddened to hear of the passing of Andrew Clements on November 29, 2019. In his career as an author, Andrew Clements wrote more than 80 books for young people including picture books, young adult novels, and, of course, his school stories. 

When I was in elementary school, I started reading school stories. I loved reading books about real kids in real situations having believable adventures. As a child, I was a reader who disliked book series, didn’t enjoy fantasy novels, and longed for a little more reality in my books. I still read a lot of realistic fiction, but for me there will always be one author who wrote these stories better than anyone else, and that is Andrew Clements.

frindle The first time I read FRINDLE I was instantly hooked. Here was a book about real kids who were funny, smart, and clever and made the smallest silliest change in the world just by changing the word pen to frindle. As a kid, I was too much of a teacher’s pet to even think about pulling pranks like Nicholas Allen – but I knew if he was in my class I would have started calling all of my pens frindles.

Though I’m sad to hear of the passing of one of my favorite authors, I’m so glad for a chance to look back on his career with gratitude for the role he played in building my love of learning. One of my favorite quotes from Andrew Clements is about why he likes to write stories even though he admits it’s difficult for him to do:

“Three days ago on a windy, drizzly day in New England, I stacked firewood for five hours straight, three cords of wood — had to be a couple tons of the stuff. It was difficult, but all winter now, there will be a cheery fire in the fireplace, and toasty warmth from the stove in my writing shed in the back yard. I like cheery fires and toasty stoves enough to want to do the hard work of stacking wood.

"I know from my own experience that reading a good book can be a life-changing event. So I'm willing, actually happy, to do the work of stacking all those words so they'll give off some heat and light in another's life on a winter afternoon or a summer night. And if I have the ability to perhaps make that happen, then the work becomes fun.”

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