It's there, in your closet: a shoebox full of old audio cassettes. In your storage room: a box of VHS tapes. You haven't even had a working VHS player for at least 5 years. But in those boxes are a hodge podge of silly things you recorded from radio and TV in the 90s, notes to yourself you thought you were going to listen to later, and most importantly, moments from your life with your friends and your family that you can't just throw out.
I understand! I have these boxes, too. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I found out our library was going to get media transfer devices, and that anyone could use them for free! We have devices available for audio cassettes, LPs, VHS tapes, and even a photo scanner. These devices record the orignal material as it is played and then sends it to the computer in a digital format, so you can save it to a thumb drive or even upload things to the internet.
I've already brought in several audio cassettes and VHS tapes (starting to unload those boxes I thought I could never get rid of), and tried out the digital transfer devices. Everything worked perfectly, and it was a lot simpler than I was expecting. I've also been amazed (and amused) at the things I've been finding on these devices. The sounds of my sisters playing piano in our house as we grew up, reports I did in school as a kid (seen to the left here), even just the sound of my own voice from those years is crazy to hear.
Come in and preserve your memories with our media center devices (and also clear out some valuable closet space)! You can make a reservation to use the equipment by calling 801-852-7681.
In a recent conversation with a patron about films, I mentioned that I LOVE Classic Hollywood films; she responded, “Me, too! I love films from the ‘80s and ‘90s.” Chuckling internally—and feeling a bit old—I went to explain that the films I was talking about were made in the ‘40s-‘60s. This got me thinking about how so many great films have not been viewed because they are considered old and parents think their children being raised in the high-tech age would not enjoy them. Here are a few films I think will change your mind. I even made sure to pick films in color, so you can take baby steps to introduce kids or even adults who have missed out on these treasures.
In 12th century England, the infant king is usurped by the wicked King Roderick. Black Fox and his band attempt to restore the rightful king to the throne by having a member of their group infiltrate the court by posing as the jester. Danny Kaye, playing the jester, is at his comedic best. The supporting cast is really who’s who in character actors of the day and they all come together for a hilarious adventure that will have the family rolling in their seats.
A group of actors who have only done silent films before are caught in the very bumpy transition to talking pictures. Don’t shy away because this is a musical, remember Disney Animations are musicals, so your kids are used to people breaking out in song. Gene Kelly’s and Donald O’Connor’s physical dancing, using props and comedic style, will have you jumping out of your seats to join them in dancing—that is, if you’re not laughing too hard. Here’s a fun fact to share: they used diluted milk in the famous “Singing in the Rain” scene so the camera would pick up the raindrops better. Yeah, I felt kinda bad for Gene after hearing about that.
Rebel outlaw Robin Hood outwits the Sheriff of Nottingham and saves the throne for the absent King Richard I. This has something for everyone—action/adventure, comedy, a little bit of romance, and sword fights! This is the sword fighting film, the one that all the other films have tried to match but it was not until THE PRINCESS BRIDE (in my opinion) that another film achieved it. You do not want to miss this classic.
Here at the library, we love having authors come to speak with our patrons about the books they've written. But one thing I've noticed at almost every single author event is that they also talk about the act of writing, and they give advice to others on how to improve their writing experiences. It strikes me as an incredible opportunity to hear from people in the trenches, who have a lot of experience and knowledge to share.
Libraries would be nothing without writers and authors, and we try to support them here at the Provo City Library. I know several writers who come here regularly to write on our quiet floor. Each November we host a series of NaNoWriMo events to encourage and support writers in our community. Our Authorlink events are a great opportunity to meet with professional writers and get advice and maybe even a little cheerleading from them.
We also have a few items in our collection that may help you on your path as a writer. I'd like to recommend these titles if you're looking to improve your craft or even turn your work into a profitable creation:
THE WRITER'S MARKET
(note: we also have Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, and even Poet's Market)
These amazing books are published yearly, and have thousands of listings for book publishers, magazines, contests, and literary agents. They also include interviews, articles, and advice from top writers and instructors.
The founder of NaNoWriMo has written the definitive handbook for extreme noveling. It's a mix of optimism and practical solutions that are perfect for both first-time novelists and seasoned writers. It's the perfect kick-start to get your next novel written.
READING LIKE A WRITER
by Francince Prose
Reading is a key tool for writers. Prose invites you to take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of master authors. A heightened appreciation and understanding of their work not only leads to better reading, but better writing as well!
This picture is from a signing that Maggie Steifvater did. I loved her advice and it's one of the best things I can recommend for up-and-coming writers! Best of luck!
Do you like fairytale retellings but are tired of the same old Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast storylines? There are lots of wonderful retellings inspired by lesser-known stories from Europe to the Middle East to Asia.
FIND THEM IN THE CATALOG: