This summer, we encouraged everyone to get busy and read with the summer reading program “On your mark, get set, READ.” Now, nearly halfway through our program, we’re celebrating all your hard work. Starting July 5, when you have finished 50% of your reading goal, halfway prizes for those registered in the Children’s program can be claimed at the Children’s Reference Desk. Library patrons from all programs have already claimed 1,340 prizes with many more to come.
Curious about who else is participating in the Summer Reading Program?
Adults – 1,023
Teens – 383
Children – 1,812
Total – 3,218
Adults – 5,607
Teens – 25,60
Children – 17,076
Total – 25,243
Adults – 2,231
Teens – 904
Children – 2,826
Total – 5,961
Adults – 1,445
Teens – 897
Totals – 2,342
Children – 24,347
Want to join the fun? You can still sign up on our Summer Reading page.
We still have more activities to explore reading, highlight library resources, and have fun.
Movie Night: Cool Runnings
July 8 | 6:30 pm
Retro Video Game Day
July 9 | 2:00 pm
Teen Game Extravaganza
July 11 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
July 20 | 7:00 pm
AuthorLink with Julianne Donaldson
July 21 | 7:00 pm
Teen Movie Night: The Sandlot
July 22 | 8:00 pm
End of Summer Reading Party
For participants who meet their Summer Reading goal
July 30 |10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Provo Recreation Center Outdoor Pool and North Park
450 West 500 North, Provo
After reaching the summer reading goal, you will earn admission for yourself and your immediate family to the exclusive kid’s pool party. After swimming and treats, head over to North Park (right next to the pool), to play Olympic themed lawn games and make crafts. Admission tickets can be picked up beginning July 26 through the morning of July 30.
It’s called Imposter Syndrome. The feeling that you’re not actually good at what you do, and you’re going to be found out. Even the most expert professionals can have this feeling, and librarians are no different. The key is to just smile and pretend to totally know what the heck is going on. Sometimes my time at the library feels like a string of conversations similar to these:
Child: “Who is the author of [insert super popular book I haven’t read but should totally know] ?
Me: Smiling so wide my ears touch at the back of my skull “Oh that’s one of the best books in the whole world! The author is..” frantic surreptitious googling “... Jones!”
Parent: Can you tell me where this [insert name of super popular library program I’ve never heard of but should totally know] program is?
Me: The person who nows that information is away from the desk… I’ll just stall.“That’s an excellent hat you’re wearing today. They will love that up at [said program]. You know, I think that you’re going to enjoy [said program] so much when you go. It’s so popular! And I’m going to tell you where it’s at… right…. now…
Teen: “The computer is broken.”
Me: I have a degree in literature¨ and it takes me 15 minutes to sign into Twitter. Big smile.“I’ll come turn that off and back on for you.”
Parent: “Can you recommend your favorite book for a 10-year-old boy who likes legos but hates baseball and I think liked Harry Potter and has read everything you could possibly recommend but he’s super picky so make sure there’s no girls in it unless they have red hair and a talking pet mouse and the boy needs to be 4’11” and and a technology genius no more than 12 years old unless he’s the apprentice to a pirate king.”
Me: I just read a cinderella knockoff about a 15-year-old girl… but it did have a talking mouse...
Child: “I read a book about dogs once.”
Me: “How wonderful!”
Child: “I want to read it again.”
Me: “I think you should.”
Child: “Where is it?”
Me: Ah. Now we come to the heart of the problem.
However, no matter the questions or confusion, the right programs get found and the right books get recommended. It’s not a seamless process, but I take it a day at a time.
I don’t know about you, but I love making lists and checking things off. Over the last year or so I’ve noticed many book bloggers writing about their reading goals. Typically these posts surface in January as they set goals for the year. At the beginning of 2016 I choose again to participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set my target for reading 60 books this year. So far I have read 35 books, so I still have a ways to go to meet my goal.
In order to give myself some fresh ideas on what I want to read in the next 6 months, here are 6 reading goals I’ve set to finish out the year.
Read 10 picture books - Last year I had a short stint as a children’s librarian (among other duties as the Branch Manager of a neighborhood library in Virginia) and had the opportunity to do story time multiple times a month. I read tons of picture to books to prepare for story time and to just feel out what I liked and didn’t like. There are so many great picture books and even though I’m no longer doing story time and don’t have kids of my own, I’m not going to let these great books pass me by. Besides, I’ve got nieces and nephews that need books as gifts right?!?
Read the next book in a series I’ve yet to finish - There are several series I’ve started, but haven’t completed yet.
Read a book with an awesome cover - That’s right, I’m totally going to judge a book by its cover!
Read a book I own but haven’t read - I have so many books at home that I need to read but haven’t made the time for because they don’t have a due date.
Read a book recommended by a family member - It’s time to tackle at least one of the books I’ve had recommended to me.
Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award- See the 2016 finalists and winners here (https://www.audiopub.org/winners/2016-winners-circle)
Just because you set reading goals doesn’t mean you have to finish the first book you choose to fulfill that goal. After reading Gretchen Rubin’s BETTER THAN BEFORE: MASTERING THE HABITS OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES I determined once and for all that I don’t need to feel guilty about giving up on a book that I’m not into. I may decide to pick it up again later, but I may not. I love this quote from Rubin’s book, “I vowed to adopt the habit of putting down a book as soon as I lost interest. What a relief. When I let myself abandon a boring book, I have more time to read what I love, and I feel more energized and happy, because I enjoy myself more.” I agree; my to-read list is too long to keep reading books that don’t interest me!
I invite you to join me in these reading goals or feel free to set your own goals. The summertime is a great time to start reading and since we are in the midst of the Summer Reading Program, you might just win some prizes for reading too!
I love superheroes. I especially love Spider-Man. In fact, I can’t remember a time in which I did not love Spider-man (though I assume there was a year or two after birth). With his appearance in the most recent Captain America movie and future movies in the works, he is being talked about quite a bit again (as if Spider-Man is ever not talked about. I mean come on, he’s Spider-Man). I decided to think about what books, adult and children’s, would benefit the Wall Crawler himself. I think that these 5 books would be right up Spidey’s alley.
Does anyone know New York City better than Spider-Man? This guy might. They should at least meet to compare notes. Spidey could always use another route for getting from one end of the city to the other quickly and discretely.
Peter Parker is definitely a witty guy, especially when battle villains as Spider-Man. But, with how often he has to come up with a clever or snarky comment, I’m sure he could use some advice from Pulitzer Prize-winning William Safire as he discusses various elements of the English language.
Our Web Slinger spends a lot of time at great heights as he swings from building to building. Perhaps this picture book could help him see how another man got from one building to another at a great height without suffering from overwhelming vertigo.
Like many good superheroes, Spider-Man goes to great lengths to keep his identity secret. Princess Magnolia is also a masked hero and, thus far, she has managed to keep her identity a secret. Spidey might want to see how she does this.
Come on, with a title like that, I had to throw this one in there! I think Spidey would approve of the wit here. Plus, it’s a great book about why some ideas stick, without the use of webs.