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The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am for at-risk/seniors. Curbside is still available.


bugs poetry


There are a lot of books about bugs. There are a lot of books about poetry. But only the best are about both. These 5 children’s books are a unique way to learn interesting facts about insects while simultaneously enjoying the beauty of poetry. Learn about the different parts of a moth, what the praying mantis eats for lunch, or the genealogy of a cockroach. Young readers can easily vocalize these simple verses and will be transfixed by the photography and illustrations of our favorite creepy crawlers.

poems and paintings by Douglas Florian

The poems in this book never contain more than a few words per line and often just one. Youthful and slightly abstract paintings by the author accompany each poem.

poems and paintings by Douglas Florian

By the creator of INSECTLOPEDIA, simple poems are offset by brightly colored paintings in Florian’s signature style. As an added bonus, each poem is followed by an informative paragraph about that insect.

by Jane Yolen, photographs by Jason Stemple

Vibrant fullpage photographs rather than illustrations cover this volume. Like UNBEELIEVABLE, Yolen includes interesting facts about each bug after every poem.

nastybugsNASTY BUGS
Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Will Terry

This book is covered in colorful, cartoony artwork by the talented Will Terry. His adorable artwork moves the reader through poems by a variety of authors. This volume includes an illustrated index in the back with information on each bug mentioned.

facebugsFACE BUG  
poems by J. Patrick Lewis, photographs by Frederic B. Siskind, illustrations by Kelly Murphy

The poetry in this book was motivated by a series of photographs featuring the faces of bugs up close and personal. Each poem is accompanied by the seemingly alien photo that inspired it. As if that wasn’t cool enough, illustrator Kelly Murphy covers the rest of the page in black and white cartoons that take the reader on a comical journey. Like NASTY BUGS this book also includes a simple index with facts about each bug’s life cycle.

historic provo photos


True Confessions of Carla: Old photographs fascinate me.  I know I am not alone in feeling this way.  We often get requests from patrons trying to find historic photographs of Provo.  So, we have created a page on our website to help.  Here you can find online as well as print sources for historic images.  

Provos University Avenue

Here is a quick list of where some of these sources:

Remembering Provo: Historical Photographs Project

Digitized historic photographs of the buildings, people, and history of Provo. Hosted by the Mountain West Digital Library.

Utah Division of State History - Digital Photos

25,000 historic photographs are made accessible here by the Utah State Historical Society.

Parker School Eighth Grade graduating class of 1903

Provo Historical Images

This is the largest collection of digital photographs of Provo with over 800 images scanned from photos in the collection of Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.

Index to Photographs in Books on Provo History

This is an index which includes references to photos and other images from 24 published histories of Provo or Utah County.  These books are all available in our Special Collections for use in our building.

Provo Tabernacle without Tower

Historical Photographs

This database consists of digital images from several collections. Most important for portraits of Utah pioneers are the C. R. Savage Collection (1,000+) and the George Edward Anderson Collection (almost 14,000 photos).

Daughters of Utah Pioneers Photo Index

Name index to 15,000 photographs in the collections of the DUP Museum in Salt Lake City.

View of Provo from Tabernacle Tower

sing a song


Today is a great day to sing a song with a child! Why? Let me tell you!  

May 11, 1888 was the birthday of the famous composer/songwriter Irving Berlin. When I think of classic American music, Irving Berlin is one of the names that come to mind (as I write this I am starting to hum the tune “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”!). However, most little kiddos don’t really know who this amazing composer was. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t teach some great classic songs (such as “Puttin’ on the Ritz” or “God Bless America” by Berlin) to the youngsters in your life. Or, if Berlin’s songs aren’t your cup of tea, sing anything that you enjoy!  

Did you know that music is a great way to help children prepare to read? When children learn songs there are a few things that happen. First, songs often have a different note for each syllable that is sung. Children who sing tend to learn (without even knowing that they are learning) that various sounds (or syllables) make up words. And later they learn that a group of words create a sentence—so those little ones that sing or are sung to tend to figure out how syllables work before they sit down and start to learn how to read.  

Also, many songs have words that are unfamiliar to children. Think of the song “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” How many 1 or 2-year-olds do you know that recognize the word “fleece”? Yet there it is in a song that they sing and hear so often that by the time they are a couple of years older they can sing that song all on their own and most likely will learn what that word means. Singing introduces new language and vocabulary to children.  

A third reason to sing to little ones is that often there are rhymes in songs. Think of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” In the first verse there are the rhymes of “star/are” and “high/sky.” As children sing or hear these rhyming bits over and over again they learn that some sounds and endings are similar. This helps so that when they start reading they will have a head-start on understanding that various sounds can be used for multiple words and how different combinations of letters can make similar sounds (such as the “high/sky” example).  

All in all, there is a lot of early literacy that happens when you sing to or with a child who hasn’t learned how to read yet. So in honor of Irving Berlin’s birthday, sing a song with a little one! It may not be one of Berlin’s own songs that get your toes tappin’—but sing together today and you will help that little one get ahead of the game in learning how to read tomorrow.

what to read in YA May 2016

There are a lot of great YA novels being published in May! We start with two that are the final book in their respective series:

(The Selection #5)
by Kiera Cass

From the publisher: 

Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling SELECTION series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by THE CROWN—the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.

In THE HEIR, a new era dawned in the world of THE SELECTION. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.

Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

(The Fifth Wave #3)
by Rick Yancey  

From the publisher: 

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human.

Next, a novel that is the first book in the series:

(Ruined #1)
by Amy Tintera  

From the publisher:

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined--completely lacking any magic--she is determined to get revenge by infiltrating the enemy's kingdom, posing as the crown prince's betrothed.

And finally, a few that I can’t wait to get my hands on:

by Harriet Reuter Hapgood  

From the publisher:

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide―and someone's heart is about to be broken.

With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

Outrun the MoonOUTRUN THE MOON
by Stacey Lee  

From the publisher:

Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from poverty in Chinatown, and she gains admittance to a prestigious finishing school through a mix of cunning and bribery. She soon discovers that getting in was the easiest part, and must carve a niche among the spoiled heiresses. When the earthquake strikes on April 18, Mercy and her classmates are forced to a survivor encampment, but her quick-witted leadership rallies them to help in the tragedy's aftermath.  

But wait there’s more! Don't miss: 

  1. THE WAY BACK TO YOU by Michelle Andreani  
  2. TRAITOR ANGELS by Anne Blankman  
  3. ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE by Christine Heppermann  
  4. UNRIVALED by Alyson Noel  
  5. THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye  

Find these and other great, brand new YA titles in the Teen Corner!

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