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.
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.


food books


Food and books…these are a few of MY favorite things! There are so many great food memoirs, cookbooks, and novels where food is the main attraction. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order.

food love storyFOOD: A LOVE STORY
by Jim Gaffigan

Looking for an awesome audiobook? Look no further! Jim Gaffigan loves food and will make you laugh the entire 7 hours and 17 minutes you listen to this book. I’m sure the print version is funny, but the narration by the author is the only way to go, I think. A full review of this title can be found here.   


The Sharper Your Knife the Less You CryTHE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE THE LESS YOU CRY
by Kathleen Flinn

Kathleen Flinn writes about her experience attending the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. She gives an insider’s look at the program’s intense teaching methods, competitive students, and interweaves over two dozen recipes along the way.


by Robyn Brande

Overweight teenager Cat embarks on a high school science project, using herself as the test subject. She chooses to emulate the ways of hominins, the earliest ancestors of human beings, by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology, not an easy feat!  A full review of this title can be found here


by Drin Gleeson

This beautiful cookbook has yummy recipes and is a feast for your eyes with its multi-media artwork. A full review of this title can be found here


Relish My Life in the KitchenRELISH: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN
by Lucy Kinsley

Lucy has loved food all her life, the daughter of a chef and a gourmet, she didn’t really have much of a choice. Now a cartoonist, she traces key experiences in her life revolving around food and the lessons she’s learned about cooking and life. Each chapter includes an illustrated recipe. A full review of this title can be found here

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Have you ever wondered what librarians do all day? Well here is an inside look at what I do day to day. Working with the public ensures that no two days are alike and that’s one of the things I like best about being a librarian. So while there is no “typical” day, this represents what an average day looks like for me. The day in question was April 20, 2016; this post will be posted in two parts, so be sure to check back next week to see how I spent the rest of my day!

(Pssst….notice that I didn’t get paid to sit and read quietly at any point during the day!)


  • I went to the Wellness Screening for Provo City Employees held at the Rec Center. I had my BMI, blood pressure, and cholesterol checked. I’m healthy, yay!
  • I opened the 2nd floor desk by turning on the lights, counting the money into the cash register, and checking in and shelving the daily newspapers.  I re-shelved some of the current magazines that had been read yesterday, put some review journals in my co-workers mailboxes so they can select books to be purchased for the library, logged into the computers at the reference desk, and turned on the copy machine.


  • I made sure we had enough paper in the copy machine and our printers, straightened up the reference desk, logged into Mosio(the program we use to answer your questions when you click on “Ask a Librarian” button on our website), stocked the scratch paper holders at the catalog stations and helped a co-worker locate a flyer for an upcoming program.
  • I helped a patron on the phone who asked about a book on Yellowstone.
  • I put a book on display in the Oversize area, checked my email, and chatted with a few of our regular patrons.
  • I worked on adding some series information to our website.


  • I put new phone lists at the desk and worked on magazine claims and deletions.
  • A patron asked at the desk about Steve Jobs’ biography on CD. I directed him to the Book on CD area on the 1st floor.
  • A patron asked if we had a vending machine at the library…the answer is no.
  • I did a walkthrough of the 2nd floor picking up stray papers and books and straightened a few bookshelves.
  • I helped a co-worker get some colored paper for some signs she is making in the Children’s area.
  • I answered a question about our lab instruction time.
  • I helped a patron submit an Interlibrary Loan request and answered a question she had about items she had placed on hold.


  • I chatted with my boss Carla about a few questions I had regarding magazines and such.
  • I went to our Administrative offices to pick up the Sam’s Club card so I could run a few errands for the library.
  • I stopped at Sam’s Club to purchase candy for our upcoming school visits to promote the Summer Reading Program.
  • I picked up a framed picture from Michaels Craft Store that will be given to a librarian who has recently retired.


  • I went to Deseret Book to buy books and a book on CD to add to our collection. Most of the materials we purchase for the library come from a library vendor, Baker and Taylor. However, some things aren’t available through that resource. I purchase for the LDS Fiction collection and most of what I get for that collection comes from Deseret Book and other local publishers.
  • After I returned from my shopping expedition, I copied and turned in the receipts for the items I’d just purchased.
  • I straightened the Teen Book Display on the 1st floor. This month in celebration of National Poetry Month, it is filled with novels written in verse.

And that takes me to lunch! Look forward to part two to see how I spent the rest of my day! Did anything surprise you about my day so far? Is this what your mental picture of a librarian’s day looks like? I’d love to hear in the comments what you thought librarians did every day before reading this post and if your perspective has changed.

kenneth oppel things


In case you haven't heard, award-winning author Kenneth Oppel will be here at the Provo City Library on Wednesday, May 4 (that's one week from today!). You can get tickets at our First Floor Reference Desk, or online. While you're waiting, here are 10 things you might not have known about Kenneth Oppel!

  • He was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
  • He decided to be an author when he was 12 and when he was 18 got his first novel published.
  • His first novel was published because he had a friend who was the friend of Roald Dahl.  Dahl read his manuscript and sent it on to his own publisher.
  • He double majored in college in Cinema Studies and English.
  • He has lived in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Oxford, England (while his wife was doing a PhD in Shakespeare Studies); and Dublin, Ireland.
  • It took about 8 months for him to write each of his Silverwing books, but 18 months to write Airborn.
  • All the different kinds of bats in his Silverwing series are based on real bat species.
  • He has written 14 novels, 9 early readers/chapter books, and 6 picture books.
  • When he is not writing he likes to travel, often by train.
  • Every morning when he wakes up, he tries to write down what he dreamed during the night. He uses material from his dreams in some of his books.

Pick up Kenneth Oppel's books at the library, and then come and meet him next Wednesday!

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It seems like superheros have taken the world by storm!  These larger-than-life characters fight crime, save lives, and somehow we still relate to them at the end of the day.  If you're a superhero fan, I have a list that will satisfy your need for justice in between movie and comic book releases:

by Mike Lupica

Zach's father was a confidante of the president until he was killed by "the bads."  Now Zach is starting to feel changes: sharpening of his senses, incredible strength and speed, and he's beginning to realize his father was no ordinary man. 


by Brandon Sanderson

This inventive book by rockstar Brandon Sanderson turns the notion of Superheroes on its head, asking the question, "What if people got superhero powers and didn't do good with them?"  David Charleston watched his father die when he was young, all at the hands of a heartless but incredibly powerful "epic."  David wants nothing more than to stop Steelheart, but what chance does he stand? 


by Austin Grossman

Experience the superhero story from the side of the villain this time!  Doctor Impossible is the world's smartest man with deep thoughts and observations on the world and the people around him, but he won't hesitate to shout, "You'll never take me alive, fools!" when the situation calls for it. 


falsememoryFALSE MEMORY
by Dan Krokos

Miranda wakes up on a park bench with no memory, and in her panic she releases an energy that incites terror in everyone around her.  Except one boy who doesn't look surprised at all by her ability.  She must trust him in order to find out what has happened to her.


by Marie Lu

June is a prodigy who has been groomed for success in the highest military circles.  Day is the country's most wanted criminal.  When their paths cross and they are forced to work together, they realize they have more in common than meets the eye.

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