Covering the Artists 

Book illustration has always been a great love of mine. As I child, I was always taken in by these drawings, especially in the fairy tales I read. As I got older, and the books I read had less and less pictures, but I was still fascinated by the pictures found on the covers of the books I read. To this day, I definitely have a weakness for “judging a book by its cover.” Part of that weakness is because some of my favorite books had covers illustrated by the same artists who created the picture books I read as a child. In celebration of these books, I have compiled a list of the best illustrators whose work is enjoyed by readers of all ages.  

Kinuko Y. Craft

8.2 Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the BraveBABA YAGA AND VASILISA THE BRAVE
By Marianna Mayer
(1994) 

 

8.2 Winter RoseWINTER ROSE
By Patricia A. McKillip
(1996)

Also known professionally as K.Y. Craft, Kinuko studied fine arts in Ishikawa, Japan. After graduating in 1962, she moved to Chicago, studying and working at local design studios. Her work is heavily influenced by traditional European masters, as well as 19th century Romanticism and Symbolism. In addition to being published in magazines like Time, her work has also been displayed at the The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  

 

Trina Schart Hyman

8.2 Hershel and the Hannukah GoblinsHERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS
By Eric A. Kimmel
(1989) 

 

8.2 A Hidden MagicA HIDDEN MAGIC
By Vivian Vande Velde
(1985)

One of the most applauded illustrators of her generation, Trina was awarded the Caldecott medal in 1984, the highest achievement for illustration in the U.S. She would go on to win three additional Caldecott awards for her work. Though she would also study at institutes in Boston and Stockholm, she was originally born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sadly, she passed away in 2004, but not without leaving a legacy of revered work.  

 

Leo and Diane Dillon

8.2 The People Could FlyTHE PEOPLE COULD FLY
By Virginia Hamilton
(2004) 

 

8.2 AbhorsenABHORSEN
By Garth Nix
(2003)

This husband and wife have worked together to create award-winning illustrations. Also awarded the Caldecott, they have the distinction of being the only consecutive winners — in 1976 and 1977. Each of their works is a collaboration between their styles. Occasionally, Lee Dillon, their son, a gifted sculptor, painter and craftsman, is also featured in their works.

 

second floor

Some of our patrons don’t even realize that the library has a second floor and boy, are they missing out! We have a lot of cool resources available for patrons and visitors alike and some of those resources can only be found on the second floor.

NONFICTION

All of our young adult and adult nonfiction books are upstairs. They’re organized by the Dewey Decimal System (000-900s) with Biographies on the end. YA and adult books are shelved together, but you can easily tell which titles are YA by the green dot on the spine. If you ever have trouble finding where something is shelved, please ask the librarian at the reference desk!

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ROOMS

Our Special Collections room is filled with books that are significant to Provo, Utah County, and the state of Utah. Unfortunately, these books can’t be checked out, but patrons are welcome to use them within the library and make photo copies as allowed by current copyright laws.

MAGAZINES/PERIODICALS

We have several shelves dedicated to current magazines and newspapers. Current issues cannot be checked out, but past issues can! Feel free to browse our current or past selection anytime.Study carrels/computer stations – The second floor is our dedicated quiet floor. We ask patrons to not engage in conversation, talk on their cell phones, or make other disruptive noises. This combined with our study carrels and computer stations makes the 2nd floor an ideal study area!

MEDIA CENTER

In addition to our regular computers, we also have four computers dedicated to our Media Center. We have an audio transfer station, a video transfer station, a high-resolution photo scanner, and a desktop magnification system. These stations are on a first come, first served basis so feel free to call ahead if you’d like to know if one of our stations is open!

REFERENCE

While both reference desks have a few reference books, upstairs is where we keep the bulk of our reference materials. We have dictionaries, college handbooks, a variety of subject specific encyclopedias, and much more! These reference materials cannot be checked out, but can be used within the library.

MAPS

While researching for this post I discovered that we have a selection of large maps including continent, Utah, topographical, and Provo Cemetery maps. Who knew?

SHAW PROGRAMMING ROOM (#260)

If you ever see a flyer for an event that is in the Shaw Programming room or room #260, you’ll want to head to the second floor! We host many programs at the library and a lot of them (like our popular Learn It! series or most teen programs) are held in this room.

So the next time you’re in the library, maybe wander upstairs to take a look at all of the additional resources that we have. Just don’t forget that it’s the quiet floor!

grilled cheese

I recently came upon a few books with a surprising commonality: grilled cheese. Who knew that grilled cheese was the comfort food of choice? These books are of different tones and genres but all of them will leave you with a desire to experiment with different grilled cheese recipes. 

7.24 The listTHE LIST
By Melanie Jacobson
(2011)

Ashley Barrett has a list of things she wants to accomplish before she gets married. One thing on that list is a summer fling. What better way to a man’s heart than through his stomach? Will Ashley’s grilled cheese seal the deal? Featured grilled cheese secret: sourdough bread. 

 

7.24 The Optimists Guide to Letting GoTHE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO
By Amy E. Reichert
(2018)

When Gina’s husband passed away he left her with a mopey teenage daughter, a cranky mother, and a grilled cheese food truck. Will Gina’s optimistic attitude be enough to keep her relationships and business afloat? Featured grilled cheese secret: cream cheese 

 

7.24 Dont Worry It Gets WorseDON’T WORRY, IT GETS WORSE: ONE TWENTY SOMETHING’S (MOSTLY FAILED) ATTEMPTS AT ADULTHOOD
By Alida Nugent
(2013)

In this autobiography you’ll meet Alida. She’s a college graduate attempting (and failing) to transition to adult life. Good thing she has good friends, great parents, and a life-altering grilled cheese sandwich. Featured grilled cheese secret: grease and insatiable hunger. 

 

7.24 Grilled Cheese and DragonsGRILLED CHEESE AND DRAGONS
By Nancy Krulik
(2018) 

Princess Serena doesn’t want to be a pretty little princess. She wants to be a knight. But she has to accomplish a quest before her father will let her go to knight school. Along the way she learns about teamwork, kindness, and how delicious grilled cheese can be. Featured grilled cheese secret: Eat it with a dragon! There you have it! A compilation of my recently read books that feature grilled cheese. If these books inspired you to make your own grilled cheese sandwich, then may I recommend one more read: 

 

7.24 Grilled Cheese KitchenGRILLED CHEESE KITCHEN: BREAD + CHEESE + EVERTHING IN BETWEEN
By Heidi Gibson
(2016)

This cook book contains recipes for grilled cheese, mac and cheese, soups, and more!

 

Book Blind Date

Hello my fellow readers! This is book-dating guru McKayla back for another Blind Date with a Book! If you missed the first in this series, I suggest checking it out as well! After all, you never know when you’ll find love.

That’s why I’m here.

It works like this: I’ll use some-what vague identifiers for four books below. If there’s one that intrigues you, all you need to do is scroll down, click on the catalogue link, and reserve your next date. Make sure you plan a quiet night; you’ll want to invest sometime.

Blind Date #1

  • Middle Eastern
  • Fantasy
  • Female protagonist
  • Switching view-points
  • Political intrigue

BLIND DATE #2

  • Time travel
  • A history buff’s dream
  • Movie adaptation
  • Successful, well-known author 

BLIND DATE #3

  • A classic you’ve heard of but maybe never read 
  • Several movie adaptations 
  • Origin of one of the most famous lines in history 
  • Lots of dueling. What more could you want?

BLIND DATE #4

  • A collection of essay revolving around a single topic
  • Wide range in writing styles
  • Touching and vulnerable anecdotes
  • Variety of topics ranging from relationships to reality television to disease

7.26 City of Brass#1: THE CITY OF BRASS
By S. A. Chakraborty
(2017)

 

7.26 Timeline#2: TIMELINE
By Michael Crichton
(1999)

 

7.26 The Three Musketeers#3: THE THREE MUSKETEERS
By Alexander Dumas
(1844)

 

7.26 The Empathy Exams#4: THE EMPATHY EXAMS: ESSAYS
By Leslie Jamison
(2014)

 

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