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The book that I have read (and re-read) more than any other is Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I started reading this masterpiece just over two decades ago and have never stopped loving the text.  This book uniquely captures my attention, tempting me away from reading all the other new, shiny books from the library’s “new” bookshelves. Such is my love for this book that I not only revisit Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s story in the original form—but I also read all the various (many) retellings that are published. Here’s a list of my five favorite Pride and Prejudice re-makes.

1EPIC FAIL
by Claire LaZebnik
(2011)

This young adult retelling has a flair for drama and wit—just like many high school relationships—fitting for fans of a high school Elizabeth and Darcy.  

2THE MAN WHO LOVED JANE AUSTEN
by Sally Smith O’Rourke
(2006)

One part time-travel, one part contemporary fiction, and one part historical fiction, this story truly questions just who Mr. Darcy could be and what truly is the power known as love. 

3AN ASSEMBLY SUCH AS THIS: A NOVEL OF FITZWILLIAM DARCY, GENTLEMAN
by Pamela Aidan
(2003)

Jane Austen does a fantastic job of letting readers know what is going through Elizabeth Bennet’s head. Aidan takes the events of Austen’s novel and shows what might have happened through Darcy’s perspective.  

4ME AND MR. DARCY: A NOVEL
by Alexandra Potter
(2007)

Since Emily has had it with modern-day romance,  she plans for an Austen-inspired guided tour of Europe to see if she can fall in love with the fictional Mr. Darcy.    

5AUSTENLAND 
by Shannon Hale
(2007)

Thanks to a wealthy relative’s bequeathment, Jane heads off to a regency-inspired home to “pretend” to live her Jane Austen-dream. But is period-life all that it is cracked up to be? 

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True confessions of Carla: I hate being cold and winter can be a challenge for me.  I grew up in Utah, so freezing temperatures should be old hat.  But about this time each January, the excitement of Christmas is fading and our “Winter Wonderland” makes me wonder why I live here.   

However, a couple years ago, a friend of mine encouraged me to take up skiing and since then I actually look forward to that first snowstorm and obsessively check the new snow accumulation at Utah ski resorts.  (Side confession: That friend was a cute boy and I wanted him to fall in love me…fortunately, I surprised myself and truly love skiing and he did in fact fall in love with me! So…big win/win!!)  

The moral of this story is that winter becomes a whole lot more enjoyable if you take advantage of the great outdoor activities we have access to during those cold winter months.  So, where to start?  The Provo City Library has created a great list of winter activities and events just for you!  

On our What To Do In the Winter page, after scrolling past all the amazing Christmas activities that you should really check out next year, you will find a whole list of ways and places to have fun in the snow and cold.  You'll find information about: 

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Sleigh rides
  • Sled dog rides
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tubing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Ice skating
  • Hockey  

Don’t get cabin fever this year!  Get out and take advantage of the greatest snow on earth!

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Every January, our children's librarians look forward to the most exciting announcements of the whole year: the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott awards. These two awards honor the best in children's literature and illustration, respectively. 

Last Monday, the American Library Association announced their selections, with Sophie Blackall's illustrations for FINDING WINNIE taking the Caldecott Award, and Matt de la Peña's LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET winning the Newbery.

FINDING WINNIE is a terrific, beautiful book about a very famous bear, and it comes highly recommended by this librarian. But more than just being a great book, LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET is a groundbreaking choice by the Newbery committee. This story about a boy and his grandma taking a ride on their city bus has redefined what and who can stand as the very best in children's literature.

Here are three ways that LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET has shaken up the Newbery tradition, and has people very, very excited:

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1. Matt de la Peña is the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery Medal in the 94 years it has been awarded. Another Hispanic author, Pam Muñoz Ryan, was given a Newbery Honor this year for ECHO

2. The Provo City Library keeps all its Newbery winners in a special section, and in every year past, we have moved the winner from its home in our fiction section to the special shelf. But this year, we'll be moving LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET from a different home -- the picture books section! This book is the very first true picture book to win the medal (an illustrated collection of poetry won in 1982). 

3. Not only is LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET a picture book, but its illustrations are highly acclaimed in their own right. On the same day as the book was awarded the Newbery Medal, it was also awarded a Caldecott Honor. There's hardly room for all the medals on the cover!

The Provo City Library has received many new copies of LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET to celebrate its big victory, so be sure to place a hold and get your chance to experience this very special book.

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