Amber

  • 90s rom coms

     

    The 1990’s were a golden age for the romantic comedy. There were so many quotable lines, great couples and first kisses. These are some of my favorite romance movies that I could watch over and over again. Whether you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with your special someone or snuggled up on the couch by yourself, these movies are sure to get you in the mood for love.

    Sleepless

     

    SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
    (1993) PG
    Directed by Nora Ephron Starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks    

    Annie Reed falls in love with a total stranger after hearing him confess his love for his recently deceased wife on a radio call-in show. This normally level-headed woman has the crazy impulse to travel across the country to meet him.

     

     

    IQ

     

    I.Q.
    (1994) PG
    Directed by Fred Schepisi Starring Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins

    This warm-hearted romantic comedy stars Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins and Walter Matthau. We all know that Einstein is a scientific genius but could he be a matchmaker too?

     

     

    Only You

    ONLY YOU
    (1994) PG
    Directed by Norman Jewison Starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.

    Faith lives her life believing that she is destined to marry someone named Damon, but he never appears, until she is about to marry someone else. 

     

     

    While You Were Sleeping

    WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
    (1995) PG
    Directed by Jon Turteltaub Starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman

    A lonely young subway employee is in love with a stranger she only sees from a distance. When she saves his life but is he is knocked into a coma, his family mistakes her for his fiancée and she doesn’t correct the mistake. The mix-up escalates when she meets and falls in love with the stranger’s charming brother. 

     

     

    Emma

     

    EMMA
    (1996) PG
    Directed by Douglas McGrath Starring Gwyneth Paltrow

    Emma Woodhouse imagines that she presides over the small town of Highbury but her incompetent matchmaking creates problems for herself and others. 

     

     

    My Best Friends Wedding

     

    MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING
    (1997) PG-13
    Directed by P.J. Hogan Starring Julia Roberts and Durmot Mulroney

    Jules has always been shy of making commitments but she finally realizes she is in love with her best friend Michael when he tells her that he is about to marry someone else. She will do just about anything to try to steal him back. 

     

     

    10 Things I Hate About You

     

    10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
    (1999) PG-13
    Directed by Gil Junger Starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger

    This adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew takes place in a modern day high school. A popular teenager girl is forbidden to go on a date until her ill-tempered older sister goes out too. 

     

     

    Never Been Kissed

     

    NEVER BEEN KISSED
    (1999) PG-13
    Directed by Raja Gosnell Starring Drew Barrymore and David Arquette

    A newspaper reporter goes undercover as a student to learn about today’s teens. She’s hoping this time she won’t be the geeky nerd who trips over her own feet. She never expects to fall for one of the teachers. 

     

     

    Notting Hill

     

    NOTTING HILL
    (1999) PG-13
    Directed by Roger Michell Starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant

    A small-time bookstore owner’s life is completely changed when he crosses paths with one of the most famous movie stars in the world.

     

     

    Youve Got Mail

     

    YOU’VE GOT MAIL
    (1999) PG
    Directed by Nora Ephron Starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks

    Two business enemies, who loathe each other in real life, unknowingly fall in love through anonymous e-mails. 

     

     

     

  • DVD Player 

    Did you know the Provo City Library has many popular movies that you can check out for FREE? Our entertainment DVD collection is full of old classics, family favorites, and current blockbusters. You can check out up to 20 DVDs at a time and you get to keep them for 3 weeks. Don’t forget that our Children’s library also has a DVD section with lots of great movies for kids. 

    Sometimes it can be a little tricky to find the movie you’re looking for or to know when you can place holds on the newest titles. 

    Here are 5 tips to find your perfect movie! 

    1. CHECK UPCOMING RELEASES

    Want to know what new blockbuster is available this week? Check out our New Audio/Visual page for a current list. It will give this week’s release and what to look for next week. 

    2. PLACE HOLDS EARLY

    Placing a hold on new DVDs is a little different than the rest of the materials in our collection. DVDs are normally released on Tuesdays. You can place a new DVD on hold beginning on the release date. The title may appear in the catalog several weeks before it is released, but it won’t allow you to place a hold. If this is the case, the record will list the release date as a General Note.

    DVDs 1

    3. FIND OUT WHAT'S NEW

    We keep a running list of all the DVDs added to our Adult DVD collection each month. There is a binder by the DVD collection with tabs for each month. The most confusing thing about this list is that we can’t create the new monthly list until the month is over, so it is always one month behind the current month. Feature Films are listed at the top and replacements or older movies are listed at the bottom. We usually try to update this list within the first few days of the new month. This list can also be found on our website under the New Audio/Visual page

    4. KNOW HOW IT'S ORGANIZED

    Ever get confused on how we organize our DVDs? The entertainment DVDs are grouped in alphabetical sections by the first main word of the title. This means words like “The” and “A” don’t count as part of the title. The call number will let you know where to look.

    DVD 2

    Hint: If the collection is listed as J DVD it is in the Children’s Department. We don’t organize the DVDs within the alphabetical section so you may need to look through all the movies in the G section to find Guardians of the Galaxy, for example. 

    Some movies are given subcategories so that all the connected movies will end up in the same alphabetical section. If you are having a hard time finding a movie, check to make sure it is not shelved by one of these categories (the subcategory will come before the title in the call number). The current subcategories that we have are:

    • BOND

    • CADFAEL

    • INSPECTO (Inspector Morse)

    • SHERLOCK

    • STAR TREK

    • STAR WARS

    5. ASK FOR HELP 

    When in doubt, ask a librarian! That’s why we are here. We love to help answer your questions and help you find whatever you are looking for.

  • 6 degrees header 01

    Ever wonder how librarians hone their recommendation skills? Sometimes, our librarians play a game we call the 6 Degrees of reading. The rules are simple: choose six books, each connected somehow to the book above it, with the last book in the list connecting to the first. Periodically, we like the results enough to share them with you.

    This week's recommendations work their way through dragons, fancy shoes, and dancing with abandon. 

    Dragons and Dancing 01

     

    DEALING WITH DRAGONS
    by Patricia C. Wrede
    (1992)

    Cimorene is a princess, but not your typical princess. She is bored with everything that is expected of her and every time she tries to learn something interesting like fencing or magic, her parents put a stop to it and tell her that it is “not proper”. Soon she runs away and encounters some fearsome dragons. She refuses to be rescued by the princes that come for her and instead chooses to stay with the dragons. They finally provide the family and adventure she was seeking

    DRAGON SLIPPERS
    by Jessica Day George
    (2007)

    Creel’s aunt sends her to a dragon’s in the hope that she will meet and marry the knight that comes to save her. Creel refuses to be rescued and instead talks her own way out of the situation. She sets out to create her own future but doesn’t realize that she possesses a pair of slippers that have power beyond her understanding.

    ENTWINED
    by Heather Dixon
    (2011)

    Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters love to dance but when their mother dies they must endure a year of mourning, which includes no dancing. It is more than they can bear. Soon they discover a magic passage that leads to nights of enchanted dancing. Their dance slippers become tattered and worn as what was once fun changes into something more sinister.  

    WILDWOOD DANCING
    by Juliet Marillier
    (2007)

    Jenna and her five sisters live an idyllic life in the Transylvanian woods. Only the sisters know of a hidden passage that leads to nights enchanted dancing with the fey creatures of the Other Kingdom every time there is a full moon. Everything starts to change when their father gets sick and their controlling cousin Cezar comes to watch over them. It is up to Jena to save everything she loves.

    SHADOWFELL
    by Juliet Marillier
    (2012)

    Also by Juliet Marillier, SHADOWFELL is the story of Neryn who develops her magical ability as she embarks on a dangerous quest to find a secret rebel group with the hopes of overthrowing the evil king who wants to rid the kingdom of magic.

    THE HERO AND THE CROWN
    by Robin McKinley
    (1984)

    Aerin does not really fit in and many doubt her ability to inherit the birthright owed her as the daughter of the king. She embarks on a dangerous quest that brings her into close contact with some fearsome dragons and she is able to discover her own strength along the way.

     

  • potty training

    I owe my sanity as a mother to a book I stumbled across at the library. Last spring, I had a few minutes to spare so I decided to take my toddler to the library. It’s sad to say, but because I spend so much of my time working at the library, I don’t bring my kids back as often as I should. I decided to just let her explore. She loved it!  

    After a little while of wandering I decided to find a book about potty training because it is something we had been trying to work on for months and months but with no success. Honestly, I was at the point that I knew I did not have the patience or time to dedicate to getting her potty trained. It was easier to just leave her in a diaper. She had no desire whatsoever to go to the bathroom on the potty.   

    We read through several books and she was mildly interested and then I picked up IT HURTS WHEN I POOP! by Howard J. Bennett. Little did I know that this book would be life changing for us. She was totally engrossed by it. Apparently she related to the little boy who didn’t want to go potty because it hurt when he pooped. He would hold everything inside until he got a stomach ache. This book helped her make sense of the feelings she had and to put words to something she couldn’t express. She studied the pictures and asked me to read it to her over and over. She especially loved the simple drawing of how food goes into our mouth and then through our stomach and intestines and finally ends up in the potty.  

    I’m telling you, she was mesmerized! In the next couple days she totally potty trained herself. I didn’t have to encourage her to get on the potty and she would say she was just like the little boy in the book. I kept waiting for her to go back to needing diapers, but she never had an accident from that point on.  I realize that all of the problems in life can’t be solved by a picture book and that not all potty training will go this smoothly, but for my daughter and me, this book did the trick. It was such a neat process to watch her connect to a book.  

    There is a special spot in the Children’s Picture Book section with all of the picture books that talk about toilet training. Just ask a librarian and we can show you where it is. The library has other great books about potty training that we can recommend if you are in that stage of life. If you are ready to start potty training, don’t get discouraged, you can do it! 

    11.7 Once Upon a PottyONCE UPON A POTTY
    by Alona Frankel
    2007

    This book has been around for a long time and is considered a classic picture book on potty training. It goes through the basics of potty training but some people don’t like that it doesn’t use real names for things. There is a version for boys and a version for girls and also a DVD with the same title.  

    11.7 Potty

    POTTY
    by Leslie Patricelli
    2010

    This is a fun, humorous picture book about potty training. 

     

    11.7 Time to PeeTIME TO PEE
    by Mo Willems
    2003

    Mo Willems is the beloved author of the Knuffle Bunny, Pigeon, and Piggie &Gerald books. In this cute picture book, sign-carrying mice give encouragement and instructions for how to use the toilet.  

    11.7 On Becoming PottywiseON BECOMING POTTYWISE FOR TODDLERS: A DEVELOPMENTAL READINESS APPROACH TO POTTY TRAINING
    by Gary Ezzo
    2005

    This short book has easy to follow steps to help your child learn to use the potty. It also follows the 1-3 day training process.  

     

     


    11.7 Toilet Training in Less than a DayTOILET TRAINING IN LESS THAN A DAY
    by Nathan H. Azrin
    1974

    This classic has been around for a long time. I glanced through it several times, but never had time to dedicate to sitting down and reading the whole thing. I have offered this book to may patrons over the years. This process works, but sometimes takes a little bit longer than a day.

     

     

     

  • dvd collection 01

  • romance collection 01

  • infantloss 

    Editor's note: October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and though we often spend time on this blog highlighting new, interesting, or funny things your library can do for you, we thought we'd also take a minute to show that the library has resources to help you in hard times. Our hearts go out to those coping with these challenges in their lives. 

    During my time as a librarian I have experienced 7 years of secondary infertility and 4 heartbreaking miscarriages. The thing that I discovered is that most people have either experienced a miscarriage themselves or they know someone who has and yet, at the time, I felt utterly alone. When I decided to look for books to help me heal emotionally and spiritually, I didn’t want books that dealt with the medical reasons behind these kinds of losses. I wanted something that would let me know that the emotions I was feeling were normal and that other women had experienced this and survived.

    Here are some books and DVDs that helped me and by sharing them I’m hoping that they just might be able to help someone else.

    BOOKS

    INFERTILITY: HEALTH, HOPE & HEALING
    by Kerstin Daynes
    2010

    Kerstin Daynes experienced firsthand the heartbreak of finding out she was infertile. In this book she offers hope to other couples facing this trial through sharing many of her own personal experiences and helping to guide the reader through the unique ups and downs of grief associated with infertility. 

    FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED: GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A CHILD
    by Camille Whiting
    2009  

    The author shares her own experience of losing two children and takes the reader through her journey of anger, despair and guilt to being able to heal and find peace. This book comes from an LDS perspective and is able to offer hope to those in similar circumstances. There is also good advice for friends and family on how to best help those who are grieving.  

    JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING: A STORY OF HEALING FROM THE LOSS OF A CHILD
    by Fran C. Hafen
    2007  

    This is a very inspiring and uplifting book. Losing a child is excruciatingly painful, but this book helps the reader understand that those feelings are okay and even normal and it doesn’t mean that you lack faith. Again, this is written from an LDS perspective and it shows how grief can evolve into healing through the gospel.  

    EMPTY ARMS: COPING WITH MISCARRIAGE, STILLBIRTH, AND INFANT DEATH; SURVING THE FIRST HOURS AND BEYOND
    by Sherokee Ilse
    2013  

    I actually didn’t read this book as I was experiencing my own struggle, but it would have been very helpful. It offers guidance on the decisions that have to be made after the death of a baby. Another very helpful part of this book is how to handle anniversaries, holidays and the birth of other babies in the parents’ close circle. Each of these things can bring on a whole new wave of grief and often times it is very unexpected.  

    THIS THING CALLED GRIEF: NEW UNDERSTANDINGS OF LOSS
    by Thomas M. Ellis
    2006    

    This book is not specific to the loss of a child, but it does an excellent job of walking you through the crazy ups and downs of grief.  

    DVDs

    FOOTPRINTS ON OUR HEARTS: HOW TO COPE AFTER A MISCARRIAGE, STILLBIRTH OR NEWBORN DEATH
    by Charity Hamilton
    2005

    When a baby dies the agony can be complex and intense. You may experience misplaced guilt, hurt and deep sorrow. Babies aren’t supposed to die and this DVD shows ways to cope with the many feelings you will have as you grieve during the days and weeks that follow such a loss. Mothers and fathers who have suffered a loss share words of hope, understanding and encouragement for the future.  

    AT A LOSS FOR WORDS: HOW TO HELP THOSE YOU CARE FOR IN A MISCARRIAGE, STILLBIRTH OR NEWBORN DEATH EXPERIENCE
    by Charity Hamilton
    2005    

    One of the hardest things to figure out is what to say or do when someone close to you experiences a loss. This DVD teaches you how to help those you care about if they experience a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.    

    OTHER GOOD BOOKS

    Here are some more good books that were very helpful to me. Unfortunately they are no longer in the library catalog, but you may want to find a way to read them if you are looking for more books on the subject.  

    MISCARRIAGE: WOMEN SHARING FROM THE HEART by Marie Allen and Shelly Marks  

    GONE TOO SOON by Serri Devashrayee Wittwer  

    LOST CHILDREN: COPING WITH MISCARRIAGE FOR LATTER-DAY SAINTS by Rachelle.J. Christensen

  • healthy relationships

    When I was growing up I dreamed about falling in love, getting married and living happily ever after. I did eventually meet my prince charming, got married and then realized that the happily ever after part took a lot more work than I first thought. Don’t get me wrong, being married is wonderful, but after 18 years I’ve learned that to have a loving relationship that can weather the storms of life, you have to actually put a lot of work into it.

    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is a good time to think about the relationship you have or the one you hope to have someday. We have a great Learn It class coming up in February that will help teach some skills to improve your relationship.

    I’m really excited for our Learn It class on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 7pm-8pm in the Shaw Programming Room (Room 260). Nevin G. Alderman, MA, CMHC, a relationship specialist will teach an hour-long class called Renew Love. In this class he will cover:

    • How to identify and avoid common relational pitfalls
    • Strategies to increase love, connection, and fulfillment
    • Tools for improved communication and conflict-resolution

    This would be a great opportunity for a free date night!

    If you can’t make it to the class, we have some great resources here in the library to help improve relationships. Here are a few of my favorite talks on CD and one audio book. Sometimes it’s nice to listen to short talks together and then be able to discuss the things you’ve learned.

    AN ENDURING LOVE: FEEDING THE 7 BASIC NEEDS OF YOUR ETERNAL RELATIONSHIP
    Matt Townsend
    (2015)

    Dr. Matt Townsend is a relationship coach and communications expert. He uses the acronym STARVED to help couples look at the seven basic needs that are vital to a healthy relationship. Most relationships are lacking in one or more of these areas, but he teaches how to feed a STARVED relationship and get back on the right path. 

    FOR ALL ETERNITY: A FOUR-TALK SET TO STRENGTHEN YOUR MARRIAGE
    John L. Lund
    (2003)

    Dr. Lund gives four different talks covering the topics of owning our words and behaviors, learning the love languages of others, conflict resolution skills, and apologies and forgiveness. These are great to listen to over and over again. The part on the different communication styles is really helpful. When you get married, you don’t always realize that the person you are married to may have come from a family that communicates very differently than you. Understanding content communication can really help a lot of relationships. 

    I LOVE YOU: SIX TALKS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR MARRIAGE
    John L. Lund, Douglas E. Brinley; Charles Beckert; Lucile Johnson; Bill and Chris Marshall
    (2009)

    This collection of six complete talks by popular LDS speakers provides proven ways to overcome many of the common challenges in marriage. 

    LOVE ONE ANOTHER: A FOUR-TALK SET TO STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
    John L. Lund
    (2005)

    In this talk set, Dr. Lund shares his knowledge on how to improve ourselves and our relationships. He uses humor and examples to make many important points. He mostly teaches to focus on the things that are within our control. 

    THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING MARRIAGE WORK
    John M. Gottman
    (2015)
    Audio book available from Overdrive

    John Gottman has been studying couples for years. This book shares his findings on what makes some marriages work, while others fail. Once you understand the seven principles, you can start using the strategies he shares to more effectively resolve any problem in the relationship.

  • DSC 0355edit

     

    This is the time of year when the nation gears up to celebrate the 4th of July. In preparation, I thought it might be fun to share some popular patriotic movies the whole family can enjoy.

     

    Independence DayINDEPENDENCE DAY
    dir. Roland Emmerich
    (1996)

    This blockbuster is always high on any July 4th movie list. It tells the story of an alien invasion of Earth on July 4th and the ragtag group of humans trying to stop it. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum.

     

     

     
    yankeedoodledandeeYANKEE DOODLE DANDY
    dir. Michael Curtiz
    (1942)

     

    This is a great family movie about the patriotic career of Broadway star and composer George M. Cohen. Jim Cagney gives a brilliant performance with songs and dance that will have you feeling very patriotic and ready to wave your flag.

     

     

    Apollo 13APOLLO 13
    dir. Ron Howard
    (1995)

    This biopic tells the story of NASA mission Apollo 13. It was America’s third attempt to land on the moon but an explosion on-board starts to deplete the ship of its oxygen and power and soon the only focus of the mission is trying to get the astronauts home. The film showcases the American spirit of discovery and the creed of never-leave-a-person-behind. Starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise.

     

     

     

    mr smith goes to washingtonMR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
    dir. Frank Capra
    (1939)

    America at its best, this movie is a great example of how Big Government will not crush the human spirit. This film is as relevant now as it was 75 years ago. Starring Jimmy Stewart.

     

     

     

    national treasure
    NATIONAL TREASURE
    dir. Jon Turteltaub
    (2004)

    Benjamin Franklin Gates is a historian and amateur cryptologist searching for a lost treasure. A lot of history is covered in this movie from Ancient Egypt, to the Knight Templar, to the American Freemasons, to the Founding Fathers and the American Revolutionary War. At one point he even sets out to steal the Declaration of Independence to get to the hidden map on the back. This fun, entertaining movie is great for the whole family. Starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel and Christopher Plummer.

     

  • baseball movies

    It’s that time of year again! The crack of the bat, the cheering crowd, the smell of the ballpark; it is baseball season. In tribute to our national pastime, here are 5 great baseball movies that you can check out from the library!

    The SandlotTHE SANDLOT  (PG)
    directed by David Mickey Evans
    (1993)

    I haven’t watched this movie for years, but I can still quote so many memorable lines. This movie takes place during one summer where a bunch of neighborhood boys play baseball in an empty dirt lot. They face challenges, try to figure out girls, and learn about life as they play ball together. The whole family can enjoy this one.  

     

     

    Field of DreamsFIELD OF DREAMS (PG)
    directed by Phil Alden Robinson
    (1989)

    Iowa famer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice telling him to build a baseball field in his cornfield. As crazy as that sounds, it is a voice that he can’t ignore. He meets some interesting people along the way of turning his dream into a reality. This is a heartwarming film that has been inspiring viewers for over 25 years.  

     

     

    The RookieTHE ROOKIE (G)
    directed by John Lee Hancock
    (2002)

    Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) always dreamed of making it to the big leagues, but a shoulder injury ended that dream. He did the next best thing and became a coach. Years down the road he made a bet with his losing baseball team that if they won the district championship, he would try out for the majors. The team shocked everyone and went from the very worst to the first and Jim had no other choiceother than to go after his dream one more time. This movie is based on a true story, and it just makes you feel good.  

    The Perfect GameTHE PERFECT GAME (PG)
    directed by William Dear
    (2011)

    This movie didn’t get a lot of attention, but my family loved it. It is about a rag-tag bunch of boys in poverty stricken Mexico. They love baseball and eventually convince a man who had once hoped to make it in the major leagues himself to be their coach. They have a dream of playing in the Little Leagues and end up defying the odds and having an unprecedented winning streak which leads to the Little League World Series in America. This is a feel-good movie that will leave you thinking anything is possible.  

    A League of Their OwnA LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (PG)
    directed by Penny Marshall
    (1992)

    Based on a true story, this movie tells of a time when most of the major league players were away at war. Tom Hanks stars as Jimmy Dugan, a washed-up ballplayer, who is hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball League of 1943. He is slowly drawn back into the game as he witnesses the heart and heroics of his all-girl team. Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O’Donnell  also star in this fun movie about a little-known time in American sports history. 

     

  • Learn It hair blog

    I have always struggled with fixing hair. Over the years, I mastered the basic pony tail and called it good. Now I have two daughters and my hair styling skills are lacking. I look around at all the adorable hairstyles and wish I could learn some tips and tricks to make it easier.

    I’m really excited about our Learn It class on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 pm in the Shaw Programming Room. It is Hair 101 and will be taught by students from Paul Mitchell The School in Provo. They will teach us some hands-on braiding techniques and answer general hair care questions. I can’t wait to learn some new or better ways to braid hair. If you are like me and struggle with hair styling, or maybe you already know a lot, but are looking for something new, you should come to our Learn It class on September 19th. 

    If you can’t make it to the class, there are also some great books here in the library. I’ve found a few books that have helped me feel a little braver to try some other styles.

    9.18 Amazing HairstylesAMAZING HAIRSTYLES FROM EASY TO ELEGANT
    By Becky Porter
    (2014) 

    This book has great color pictures that show the hair style from different angels and then a picture for each step, with really easy to understand instructions. One of the other things I love about this book is that each section is color coded, so it’s easy to find. On the first page of the section it has a page with every hairstyle in that section with it’s name and what page you can find it on. It saved me a ton of time to flip to the overview and then straight to the style I was interested in.  

    9.18 HairstyledHAIRSTYLED
    By Anne Thoumieux
    (2016) 

    This book has colored photos with steps and instructions, but I found them a little more confusing than the previous book. Also, there weren’t many styles that I could actually see myself using. It did have specific styles for different types and lengths of hair so it wasn’t just all things that needed long hair to do.

     

    9.18 DIY Updos Knots and TwistsDIY UPDOS, KNOTS, & TWISTS
    By Melissa Cook
    (2015) 

    This book was great because the pictures show steps of the women fixing their own hair which is helpful because I don’t have a stylist at home to do cute things to my hair when I’m trying to get ready for the day. This helped me to see where my hands should be and how I should hold each strand of hair and also where I needed to put the bobby pins.  

     

    I look forward to trying some of these new styles, now I just have to hope that my daughters will sit still long enough for me to figure them out.  

  •  hiking with kids

    I love being outdoors and going on hikes. The sunshine, fresh air and beautiful views rejuvenate my soul. It gets a little trickier to try to enjoy the outdoors and go hiking with little kids because sometimes it turns into a big production and everyone starts whining. I really want to get out and do some exploring with my family this summer and discover some new favorite hikes. We have several great books at the library that can help in the planning.  

    4.24 Families on FootFAMILIES ON FOOT
    By Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis
    (2017)

    This book focuses on the importance of getting out and hiking as a family. This can be through a downtown city, on a paved trail or in the mountains; it doesn’t matter as long as you are walking together. It talks about how to prepare and what to take with you and then some ideas of what to do while you are hiking. Each topic divides up the information into preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school age groups so you can read the information that applies to your family. This is a great resource for families that want to enjoy the outdoors together but be aware that it is not a trail guide. 

     

    4.24 Best Easy Day HikesBEST EASY DAY HIKES SALT LAKE CITY
    By Brian Brinkerhoff and Greg Witt
    (2009)

    This guide covers the Salt Lake Valley and Big & Little Cottonwood canyons. The hikes range from short strolls to full-day dventures. Each entry includes distance, hiking time, difficulty, trail surface, best season, if dogs are permitted, and fees. It also contains a detailed explanation of how to find the trailhead and then some details of what to expect on the hike. Not all of these trails would be appropriate for kids, but the information provided will help you decide what would work for your family. 

     

    4.24 Best Hikes for Children UtahBEST HIKES WITH CHILDREN UTAH
    By Maureen Keilty
    (2000)

    My favorite part of the book is the introduction section because it gives specific information on hiking with children, from how to involve them in the planning and packing to how to get them excited about the hike. It also has recommendations of what to pack. The hikes are organized in the following groups: Wasatch and North, Uinta and Central, Southwest, and Southeast. Each hike has easy to understand symbols and important information for the hike. And the best part is every hike in the book is appropriate for the whole family from toddlers to teenagers to grandparents. 

     

    4.24 60 Hikes60 HIKES WITHIN 60 MILES: SALT LAKE CITY INCLUDING OGDEN, PROVO AND THE UINTAS
    By Greg Witt
    (2012)

    Most of these hikes would be too hard for families, but this is a great resource to find local hikes and get some ideas of things to try. My favorite part of this book is the list of recommended hikes in the front. The author divides his list into categories like hikes of 1-3 miles, hikes near streams and rivers, hikes with waterfalls, best hikes for children, best hikes for dogs, best hikes for wildflowers, best for regular workouts, etc.  

     

    4.24 Take a Hike SLCTAKE A HIKE SALT LAKE CITY: 75 HIKES WITHIN TWO HOURS OF THE CITY
    By Mike Matson
    (2013)

    Again, this trail guide has all level of hikes so you want to make sure you are informed before heading out and look for the easy hikes. There is a section in the front that lists the best 5 hikes for families. This guide includes trails around the Provo area.

     
  • Clean Historical Romance2 01

    Find them in the catalog: 

    THE SHERIFFS OF SAVAGE WELLS

    THE FALL OF LORD DRAYSON

    THE LADY OF THE LAKES

  • desserts 01

    Find them in the catalog: 

    SHEET PAN DESSERTS

    SWEETS & TREATS WITH SIX SISTERS' STUFF

    ILLUSTRATED STEP BY STEP BAKING

  • self improvement nonfiction 01

    Find them in the catalog: 

    DARING GREATLY

    YOU ARE A BADASS

    LEADERSHIP AND SELF-DECEPTION

  •  Life Changing Reads of 2018

    This past year I have been reading a lot of self-improvement books. I don’t know if it is because I’ve finally been converted to reading nonfiction books or because I’m in my 40’s and totally frustrated with my life, but I’m ready for a change. I also realized that my life will not change unless I figure out new ways of doing things and what better way to do that than to read books by experts. I have read some amazing books this year. The little nuggets of information I’ve learned and started to use in my life are beginning to make a difference. If you are ready to make some changes in your life, here are some of my favorite self-help books that you can find at the Provo City Library: 

    1.11 FinishFINISH: GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF DONE
    Jon Acuff
    (2017)

    This book is a game-changer for my life. The author talks specifically about setting goals and why most of us never finish them. One of the things that really resonated with me was when the he said that the most important day of any goal is "the day after perfect". It's what we choose to do the day after we don't get our exercise in, or eat the doughnut, or lose the receipt we needed for our budget. Will we do what the majority of people do and quit because we weren’t perfect or will we find a way to readjust and keep going. I listened to this on Libby and highly recommend it. The author narrates this book in a personable and engaging way. He also added some "bonus" material not found in the printed book.

     

    1.11 The Happiness AdvantageTHE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE
    Shawn Achor
    (2010)

    We tend to think that we will be happy once we find success in life. Shawn Achor is a positive psychology researcher at Harvard and he believes it is the other way around. Happiness actually fuels success. When we are positive our brains are better able to cope with life and can become more productive. Don’t worry if you are not a naturally positive person. He shows, through research and example, ways that we can begin to train our brains to look for the positive first. It can be as simple as writing down three good things that happened to you every day for 21 days. This book is targeted for business readers, but his seven principles can apply to everyone seeking more happiness in life. His suggestions are simple but profound.

     

    1.11 Girl Wash Your FaceGIRL WASH YOUR FACE: STOP BELIEVING THE LIES ABOUT WHO YOU ARE SO YOU CAN BECOME WHO YOU WERE MEANT TO BE
    Rachel Hollis
    (2018)

    Rachel Hollis has built a social media business on the premise of uplifting and inspiring women. In this book she talks about the lies that we tell ourselves and let ourselves believe. Things like: I'm not good enough, I'll start tomorrow, I'm not a good mom, or I will never get past this. These and other lies are all things that Rachel believed in her own life. She examines each one and talks about the things she did to overcome the lie. Each chapter addresses a different lie and at the end of the chapter she summarizes three specific things that helped her. The main point of her book is that each of us is ultimately responsible for who we become and how happy we are. It is empowering to have Rachel say, and to finally start to realize, that I have control of my life. We don't need to wait for the right house, the right job, or the right amount of money to be happy. We need to take control of what happens next and we are capable of becoming so much more than we are right now.

     

    1.11 The House that Cleans ItselfTHE HOUSE THAT CLEANS ITSELF: CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR A CLEAN AND ORDERLY HOUSE IN LESS TIME THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE
    Mindy Starns Clark
    (2013)

    I probably shouldn’t have enjoyed reading this book as much as I did. The author admits that she is not naturally organized or clean. For me, this was a breath of fresh air. Most house cleaning/organizing books are written by people who have a natural talent for being clean. They can’t understand why some of us hold on to things for so long, or live with clutter. The author has written this book for the housekeeping-impaired. I connected to her observations and suggestions and she has a really humorous and engaging way of writing. One of my favorite suggestions was to change my house to fit my behaviors instead of trying to change the behaviors I have had for years. Sometimes we don’t realize our problem areas could be changed with a couple simple adjustments to the house to accommodate our natural tendancies.  

     
  • rakes

     

    I have really big trees in my backyard, which is great in the summer time because they create shade and make it enjoyable to be outside. Unfortunately, I hate these trees during the fall because of the millions of leaves that drop all over our yard. And even when I get them cleaned up, the wind tries to blow them around again. This past week as I was raking up the leaves I got to thinking about rakes and how many fun romance titles I buy that have the word “rake” in them. Whenever I hear these titles, I picture the actual rake that I use to clean up leaves and it makes me laugh. After looking over these titles, I bet you’ll never look at a rake the same way again.

    Here are 10 of the funniest titles about Rakes--those addicting tales about charming bad boys changed by the power of our heroine's love--that we own in our Romance collection at the Provo City Library:

    Whatever your taste in Rakes--rougish womanizer or handy garden tool--I hope you find the perfect one to keep you company this fall. 

  •  Utah

    Summer vacation is right around the corner and I have to be honest and say that part of me is dreading it! I love my kids and I love having them home but after about a week I start hearing, “I’m bored!”, “There’s nothing to do!” or worse, they start bickering with each other. I am determined to make this summer different. I want to make plans to get out and discover fun things to do in the area. There is a great link on the Provo Library website of What To Do In Provo that has lots of ideas for each season. Here are several books that are perfect for planning some fun adventures. 

    5.15 PlaydatePLAYDATE WITH SALT LAKE CITY AND UTAH’S WASATCH FRONT: OVER 200 CREATVIE ADVENTURES FOR UNFORGETTABLE FAMILY FUN
    By Emily Smith Robbins
    (2014)

    This is an amazing book, full of fun color photos and tons of ideas for things to do around the area. It is broken up into the following categories:

    • Museums & More
    • Animal Attractions,
    • Historic sites,
    • Gardens & the Outdoors
    • Playgrounds & Parks
    • Hikes & Nature Walks
    • Performing Arts
    • Indoor Play Spaces
    • Hands-on Experiences
    • Amusement Parks & Fun Centers
    • Splash Pads & Fountains
    • Indoor Swimming
    • Outdoor Swimming
    • Story Time & Libraries
    • Tours!
    • Unique Adventures
    • Ski Areas & Resorts
    • Sporting Events
    • Park City
    • Heber City

    Each entry lists the address, hours, admission, parking, food rules, where to find discounts, what to expect and other nearby attractions. I seriously love this book and plan on letting my kids look through it to help plan our adventures for this summer. 

     

    5.15 Fun with the Family in UtahFUN WITH THE FAMILY IN UTAH
    By Michael Rutter
    (2004)

    This guide is divided up by regions in Utah and then within each section it divides it by cities. There are fun little facts spread throughout the book. This book is a little dated, so it would be good to double check the information on the internet before you head to one of these destinations, but it is still a good resource to get some ideas. 

     

    5.15 Outdoor EscapesOUTDOOR ESCAPES SALT LAKE CITY: A FOUR SEASON GUIDE
    By Robin Norris & Freddie Snalam
    (2003)

    This guide is divided by types of activities. You can find things like bird watching, ballooning, boating, camping, fishing, golf, hang gliding, horseback riding, ice climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, wildlife-watching, and lots of other outdoor activities. Each entry gives basic information and description. This book was published in 2003 so it would be a good idea to double check the information and make sure the venue is still open. 

     

    5.15 Salt Lake CitySALT LAKE CITY: ENSIGN TO THE NATIONS: WALKING TOURS
    By John P. Livingstone
    (2008)

    Downtown Salt Lake City is full of many historical sites. This small guide divides the city into three walking tours: Temple Square, Pioneer Business District, and Capitol Hill and Pioneer Memorial Museum. Colored boxes give the walking directions as you move from one point of interest to another. This book is full of historical facts and colored pictures.   

     

    5.15 Utah CuriositiesUTAH CURIOSITIES: QUIRKY CHARACTERS, ROADSIDE ODDITIES & OTHER OFFBEAT STUFF
    By Brandon Griggs
    (2008)

    This book is full of fun things that make Utah unique. It’s not a guide to the state, but it would definitely make a road trip more interesting.  Divided into 7 geographical areas, the author talks about interesting people, restaurants, museums and natural landforms for each area. It is a fun book to browse! We live in a pretty amazing state.