• 1000words

    Recently we have been evaluating the books in the 700’s to see what is checking out (or not), what is falling apart, and where we may need to order more books on a certain topic. I’ve been working on the photography books and have discovered some really great reads! We have tons of books about taking great photos, editing photos, and books about famous photographers. Here are a few that stood out to me when I took a closer look at this section of our nonfiction collection.

    Digital Photography Through the YearDIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH THE YEAR
    by Tom Ang

    Learn how to capture the moments and moods of every season with all the ideas and inspiration you need for a whole year's worth of photography.  


    by David Hempleman-Adams

    The photographs recorded by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley of two epic Antarctic expeditions are presented along with a narrative which draws on the photographers' writings and other archival material from the Royal Collection.  


    Digital Photography Complete CourseDIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPLETE COURSE
    by David Taylor

    This book helps you to build your photography skills week-by-week. The Digital Photography Complete Course is the perfect one-on-one learning program for any aspiring photographer.  


    by Ruth Thomson

    Explores some of the most famous photographs in history, including Stephen Dalton's "Ladybird Take-off," Charles C. Ebbets' "Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper," and Neil Leifer's "Muhammad Ali versus Sonny Liston."


    by Merry A. Foresta

    The Smithsonian holds more than 13 million images spanning over 150 years of taking and collecting photographs. This largely unknown body of photography (most never before published) represents nothing less than the Smithsonian's effort, in the name of all Americans, to describe and comprehend the world.  


    Ansel Adams Our National ParksANSEL ADAMS: OUR NATIONAL PARKS
    by Ansel Adams

    A collection of work from one of the strongest supporters of the National Park System includes his photographs, letters, speeches, writings, and personal notes about the critical issues facing the parks.

  • armchair


    I don’t know about you, but I’d love to be able to take an extended vacation from my daily responsibilities and travel the world. Unfortunately I’m not independently wealthy, so that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon!

    Lucky for me, we have thousands of books at the library that can transport me to another location just by opening the front cover. And best of all, it’s free with my library card! Below are some of the most memorable trips I’ve taken across the globe, all giving me a new perspective and helping ease my wanderlust just a bit.


    Distance from Me to YouTHE DISTANCE FROM ME TO YOU
    by Marina Gessner

    I read this book just a few weeks before my friend Jake began his 2,659 mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail. I loved following his 140 day journey from Mexico to Canada as he posted updates, videos, and pictures on Facebook. While this book covers the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, many of the elements of a long trail hike were the same. For example, I loved reading about trail angels, and then seeing the acts of kindness Jake benefited from on the trail. Because I’d already spent some time on the trail due to reading this book, I felt like I had a better understanding of what he was experiencing on his own journey across America.



    by Jen Malone

    I went on a Mediterranean cruise in 2008 and have wanted to go back ever since! In particular I’d love to go back to Italy. In addition, I’d love to explore more of Europe, there’s so much to see and such great food to eat! I loved traveling to Amsterdam, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, Venice, Cinque Terre, and Monaco along with Aubree and her busload of senior citizens.  





    by Katie Davis

    While I’ve never been to Uganda, after reading this book I felt like I had a better idea about the country, culture, and people. In the midst of her senior year in high school, Katie and her dad went on a short mission trip to Uganda during her Christmas break. Katie had no idea that this trip would change her life forever. After taking a gap year to spend more time serving the Ugandan people, she eventually decided to not only move to Uganda, but to adopt 13 girls and establish a non-profit organization that helps many more. I was riveted by this story and how Katie found her purpose in life.  




    by Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft

    This biography was an insightful look at the preparation and determination needed to survive on a trek across the South Pole. Although Liv and Ann grew up across the world from each other, both developed a fascination with Antarctica and a desire to be the first women to ski-sail across the continent via the Shackleton Glacier. I enjoyed reading about their chilly adventures from the comfort of my warm home!  



    An Astronauts Guide to Life on EarthAN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH
    by Chris Hadfield

    What better way to end our trip around the globe than to head to the stars?!? I learned so much about what it takes physically and mentally to prepare for life on the International Space Station. I first heard about this book while listening to an NPR story about how food is prepared and eaten in space. Chris has multiple entertaining YouTube videos recorded during his time floating above the earth that helped me get a better mental picture of what it would be like to live in zero gravity.  




    While I still want to explore much more of the world, for now I think I can be satisfied with a good book!

  • Cookbooks

    I love to flip through cookbooks! I like to read through the ingredients and see a picture of the delicious end result. I love it even more if the cookbook is more than just recipes, if it has a narrative to go along with the recipes; I get sucked in and often read the entire book. 

    A few months ago, we were evaluating the cookbook area of the library and I savored spending time looking at these books. Over the few months we were working on this project I began making a list of the cookbooks that I felt were extremely well done. They had gorgeous pictures and intriguing stories behind the recipes. I even encouraged a few of my co-workers to tell me about the cookbooks they saw as standouts. Today I’m sharing just a few of the most beautiful cookbooks in our collection. 

    By Imen McDonnell

    From gorgeous pictures of the rolling hills of Ireland to recipes for Farmhouse Milk Bread, Maple Roasted Parsnips, and Irish wedding cake, this book has it all. Interspersed between the recipes are snippets from Imen’s life and the story of how this American city girl found her way to a working Irish farm. I love that the recipes give the ingredients in both the US and metric measurements. Scullery notes found at the end of many recipes give additional information for the home cook.


    3.20 Breakfast for DinnerBREAKFAST FOR DINNER
    By Lindsay Landis

    I love breakfast for dinner so this book was an instant hit for me! It includes many traditional breakfast recipes like Eggs Benedict but adds a twist to make the recipe a bit more filling for dinner time. Now you can have Steak and Eggs Benedict at the end of a long day. In addition to main dishes, this cookbook includes sides, starters, desserts and drinks. Using breakfast ingredients to make your dinner has never tasted better. 


    3.20 MamushkaMAMUSHKA 
    By Olia Hercules

    This book features recipes from Ukraine and Eastern Europe with stunning photographs. I loved the first paragraph from the introduction, “Mamushka…is not actually real word. My brother Sasha and I watched The Addams Family film for the first time in 1996 (everything came about five years late in post-Soviet Ukraine.) And at some point during the movie, a bunch of American actors suddenly spoke a made-up Eastern European language and danced the mamushka—“the dance of brotherly love” taught to the family by their Cossack cousins. Our whole family found this part of the film irresistibly hilarious and since then my brother and I renamed our mum Mamushka.” With this friendly beginning, I was hooked on taking a closer look at this cookbook. 


    3.20 Cooking with Mary BerryCOOKING WITH MARY BERRY
    By Mary Berry

    As a fan of The Great British Baking Show and DK books this book caught my attention. Mary Berry shares “simple recipes—great for families and friends” and in classic DK style this cookbook shows cooking techniques step by step. I particularly like that there are variations and notes to the cook throughout the book with tips and tricks. 


    By Asha Gomez

    This cover is stunning, as are the end papers! Asha calls her style of cuisine “two souths cooking” with the flavors and dishes being rooted in her home country of India and her current home in Atlanta, Georgia. Each recipe has a story explaining the importance of the featured recipe to. There are many drool-worthy pictures and recipes featured, including the Banana Beignets. Yum! 


    By David Joachim

    Get ready to explore the culinary world! From East Asia to Europe to North and Central America there are delicious foods in each and every country and region. The author challenges home cooks to taste the world in their own kitchen. I like how each chapter starts with a taste of the region being presented sharing the prominent spices and flavors, followed by photo heavy recipes. Each recipe clearly states the hands-on time and total time needed which can be helpful when planning to make the dish. 


    By Julia Rothman

    While this book isn’t a cookbook (it doesn’t have any recipes in the traditional sense at least), I thought it still deserved a place on this list. The books above all have photographs highlighting the food mentioned. This book on the other hand, is filled with hand drawn and colored illustrations. Rothman gives a brief history of food before illustrating fruits, vegetable, meats, spices, street foods, and desserts that can be found the world over. I found this book to be completely captivating!

  • BB 2016 FB

    Each of us has read dozens of teen books in the last year in preparation to share the Best Young Adult Books of 2016. Not everything we read was a contender L. In the end, we along with two other colleagues have compiled our 50 favorite teen reads. Here are five books that ALMOST made the cut, but not quite.

    Darcy Swipes LeftDARCY SWIPES LEFT
    by Courtney Carbone

    Jane Austen meets the smart phone in this fun, modern telling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Told via text messages, emoticons, emails, and more; I really enjoyed this version of the classic. The book was fast paced and less detailed than the original, but the story line was still true to the characters that generations have come to love. In the end, I found that there were just a few other books that I wanted to talk about more than this one.



    by Susan Dennard

    This book is loaded with political intrigue, magic, thrilling fight scenes, mythical creatures, and romance.   Two best friends, both gifted with special magical abilities, are faced with a world on the verge of war.  TRUTHWITCH just barely missed our top 50 list.  The political intrigue and complicated plot (that many people will love) didn’t work for me quite as much as I wanted and other standout novels were able to slide this exciting adventure out of my ‘best of the best’ list.




    Tell Me Something RealTELL ME SOMETHING REAL 
    by Calla Devlin

    When the three Babcock sisters learn something that makes them question everything their tight-knit family is founded on, they all have to come to terms with things in their own way. To be honest, I liked this book better than some of the other books I’m going to talk about at Best Books. It kept me guessing all the way through, the writing was beautiful, and I thought it was really well done.  The thing that held me back from showcasing this one is the setting.  Set in 1976, this book is a little too contemporary for me to classify as historical fiction, but the world has changed a lot since then.  Although I think teens will enjoy this book, it feels more like a book written to appeal to adults who read YA, rather than to teens themselves.


    This Adventure EndsTHIS ADVENTURE ENDS 
    by Emma Mills

    Emma Mills got a lot of praise for her 2015 book, FIRST & THEN, which I haven’t read.  I need to fix this problem immediately, however, because I read THIS ADVENTURE ENDS in almost one sitting.  This book, about a group of friends all dealing with the changes that being a senior in high school brings, was so fun!  I loved how real the characters felt, but they didn’t take themselves too seriously.  It even has a Nicholas Sparks-like character that loses his motivation to write, and finds it again by writing what is basically Vampire Academy fanfiction.  At the end of the day, I had to choose, and I felt like some of the award winners I’d read should be showcased more than this one despite my love for it.


    Holding Up the Universe   Blog SizeHOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE 
    by Jennifer Niven

    Jennifer Niven’s books are always well written with great characters and emotional complexity. She doesn’t shy away from harsh topics and this book is no exception. Libby Strout is overweight, but that seems to be the only thing people know or want to know about her. Jack Masselin is a confident boy despite the fact that he is unable to recognize faces. Jack and Libby are not in the same social class at school, yet the more they get to know each other the more they recognize their similarities rather than their differences. Since we recommended Niven’s ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES last year, we decided to give another author some recognition this year.


     To see what we did make the cut, join us for The Best Books of 2016 on February 22nd!



  • Day in the Life of a Librarian Collage1

    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.

  • Day in the Life of a Librarian Collage1


    Last week, I posted the first half of my day in an attempt to answer the age-old question: "What does a librarian do all day?" The day in question is April 20, 2016; we pick up shortly after my lunch break. 


    • After lunch, I took the materials I’d purchased at Deseret Book to our Tech Services department. They do all of the processing; putting the item on the catalog, giving it all of its stamps and stickers, and all of the other details that go into getting library materials ready for patrons to check out.
    • I updated my Excel spreadsheet tracking all of the books I’ve purchased for the LDS Fiction collection.


    • I got caught up on a few emails.
    • I updated my list of what I need to buy at Deseret Book the next time I go shopping. Some of the books I wanted to buy were not available quite yet.
    • I checked my library account and picked up my holds that were ready for me to take home.
    • I ran into a former co-worker from when I worked at the BYU Library (almost 8 years ago!) and talked with her for a few minutes.
    • I worked on scheduling Summer Reading visits with the middle and high schools in Provo.


    • I went out to the 1st floor reference desk for my last 2 hours of the day. When I come to the desk I always like to straighten it a little bit, putting the stapler and scratch paper holders back where they are easily reached by patrons and librarians alike.
    • I sent a book I’d placed on hold to Tech Services to be re-labeled. It needed the series information added to the spine label.
    • I shelved a Spanish Magazine that had wandered up to the 2nd floor earlier that morning.
    • I am the Serials team leader and have a team of 3 to process the magazines for the library. We check it in on the library catalog, give it the barcode and stickers needed, and then Tech Services adds the RFID tags, stamps, and tape needed before the magazine can go on the shelf. Carla and Erika recently did a blog post all about magazines. If you missed it, check it out here.
    • I had a big pile of magazines today, so it took a while to get through all of them! Of course, my main focus while at the reference desk is answers patrons questions, so that trumps whatever work I’ve brought to the desk with me.
    • When a patron asked about local bookstores, I pointed her in the direction of our Used Book Store and also gave her directions to Pioneer Book on Center Street in Provo.
    • I helped a patron submit a purchase suggestion.
    • I gave a patron a pair of scissors when he asked to borrow them for a moment.
    • I explained Freegal to a patron who saw the poster at our desk. I like to think of Freegal like the better version of iTunes; you get to keep the music you download forever, but you don’t have to pay for the download! You can download 3 songs per week and stream 3 hours of advertisement free music per day.
    • I helped several patrons make reservations for Book Club Sets and pulled a set from storage for a patron.
    • I signed up multiple groups for a study room and signed other groups out when their time was up.
    • I answered a phone call from a patron asking about checking out a Chromebook. We have 20 Chromebooks and they check out for 1 week. They are pretty popular, so you likely will need to place a hold for these.
    • I looked in the circulation room for a few items that had recently returned. The turnaround time for shelving items is pretty quick, but sometimes our patrons are even faster in looking for items that have been checked in!
    • I helped several patrons find their holds on our hold shelves.


    • I kept working on processing the magazines and checked my email once more for the day.
    • I helped a young patron find her mom. Sometimes parents get lost in the library!
    • One of our wonderful volunteers came in to help with a project so I got her started on the task.
    • I placed a book on hold for a patron, looked for some movies in the back room, and placed a few more holds.
    • I made another study room reservation. I answered a question about where to return books and how to pay a late fine.
    • I helped several patrons print from our computers.


    • Time to go home!
  • lds fiction genre

    Are you looking for novels with LDS standards? For the last year and a half, I have been the librarian responsible for purchasing the LDS Fiction books. Since there are so many books published each year, there is no way for me to read everything. So, I rely on publishers to give me a helping hand. The three main publishers of LDS Fiction include Deseret Book, Covenant, and Cedar Fort, along with their imprints. Many of these publishers have stated in their submission guidelines that they only accept books that meet LDS Standards.

    The LDS Fiction market in years past mainly focused on books with LDS characters at the forefront. However, now many of these publishers are putting out books that may not necessarily have LDS characters in the book, but they still follow LDS standards. At the Utah Library Association Conference in May, I attended a session about LDS Fiction where several authors spoke about their experiences writing for the LDS market. Several of them mentioned that one of the reason they like writing for smaller Indie presses is that they are not pressured to make their books edgy; they can adhere to LDS standards and be proud of what they have written.

    So how do you find these books at the library? When you are here at the library it is easy to browse the shelves looking for the LDS sticker.

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    Recently we added an LDS Fiction genre tag to the catalog records for these books and now you can easily browse for titles from home too.

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    You can click on the LDS Fiction genre tag link to browse all of the other titles with that tag.


    Alternatively, you can do an advanced search on the catalog.

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    Type “LDS Fiction” into the “Find items that have: All these words” search bar and click on “Advanced Search."

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    As you can see, we have over 2,000 items with the LDS Fiction genre tag!

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    We hope this genre tag will help our patrons find some great new reads! If there is an LDS Fiction title you would like to suggest we purchase, you can fill out the Purchase Suggestion Form on our website.

  •  Girl Reading

    Earlier this week we excitedly announced that starting July 1st there will no longer be overdue fines for children’s materials! We’ve had some questions about this change and wanted to give the answers here.

    Q: Why are you eliminating fines on children's materials?

    A: It's easy: we want children to read. We know that life with children is hectic and sometimes it's hard to get to the library on time; we also know that it's not unusual for a child to have many books checked out at once and so late fees add up quickly. We would hate for a family to stop using the library because they feel they cannot afford it.  

    Q: But how will you make sure that the books come back?

    A: We will still have due dates on all library materials and we do still expect people to return items on time.  If a book is one month overdue it will be marked lost and the patron will be charged for the full cost of the item. We will still charge for lost or damaged books. If the book is returned, we will waive the "lost" fee. 

    Q: Does this apply to everything for children? 

    A: Almost everything; we will continue to charge late fees for Discovery Kits as they are a high-demand specialty item. But books, DVDs, and books on CD from the children's collection will all be fee exempt.  

    Q: Why just children's materials? Why not go fine free for everything? 

    A: This could be such a long answer, but it boils down to this: our readers of children's materials and our readers of adult/teen materials just behave differently. Our collections move differently. Adults and teens are more likely to want specific titles--the next in a series, the next from their favorite author--and so we find that we have long holds lists for lots of items. We have found that late fees for those materials provide a great incentive to bring things back and help us keep high-demand materials moving. 

    However, many children do not consume books in this way. They might want 50 picture books about dinosaurs, but many times they don't care about which 50 picture books about dinosaurs they have. We have found that having these materials returned a few days late does not negatively impact another patron's ability to enjoy the library (we have enough books about dinosaurs to satisfy many future paleontologists).  

    Q. Won't this make hold lists for kid's chapter books super long?

    A. This is a valid concern and a big part of why the policy change only applies to children's books right now. We've been watching data for several years now from libraries around that country that have instituted similar policies who have found that their patrons still return things in a timely manner. It just gives a little more grace when people forget or have complications come up. Most patrons still want to return their items on time or close to on time because they know other people are waiting. And many libraries have even found people are more likely to bring things back than before, because fear of fines they couldn't afford had previously kept them from ever returning with that book they'd had out too long. We're hopeful that will be the case here.

    We're committed to this not being a system that unintentionally penalizes, in this way, the patrons who always would have returned their materials on time, though. We'll continue monitoring hold lists for popular items, the way we currently do for all library materials, and will buy extra copies as needed to keep the holds/copy ratio low.

    Q: Okay, that makes sense. Do you have anything exciting to announce for adult and teen users?

    A: Thanks for asking! We wanted to talk about this in a previous question above, but that answer was getting too long. We are excited to announce that we're also instituting automatic renewals for library materials.  You have always been able to renew library materials, but we have turned on automatic renewals to save you a step. As long as no one has requested an item, it will automatically renew for you on the due date for an additional three weeks. Since each item may be renewed twice, this means that you could potentially have up to nine weeks to finish that 40-hour epic fantasy book on CD (as long as no one else has requested it). You can see how many times the item as been renewed by logging into your online library account from our website. 

    Q: What if you put a hold on a children’s book, how will that affect the book being returned?

    A: If you put a hold on a children's book that is currently checked out to someone else, that book will not automatically renew to them, and they will be expected to return the book on its original due date. The only change here is that they won't be fined at that point, but they will still receive the usual repeated reminders to return it. Once that book has been overdue for a month, it will be considered lost and the patron will be charged for it. BUT if they return it after that, we'll waive that fine. We're hoping some long-lost books will make their way back home this way.

    Like we mentioned in the last answer, we’ll be watching hold lists carefully and buying more copies as needed when the ratio of holds per copy gets too high. 

    Q: Is this going to affect the library's budget?

    A: Short answer? Yes. It will be a significant budget shortfall. We've made some adjustments; we think it's worth it to keep kids reading.  

  • 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.


    Fat CatFAT CAT
    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

  • 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 that it's hardly surprising that I just can't get enough of them. Here are five more of my favorites, in no particular order (can't get enough either? Here are the first five I recommended!).

    deliciousDELICIOUS!: A NOVEL
    by Ruth Reichl   

    Billie Breslin has moved from her California home to take a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York. When the publication is shut down, Billie is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine's deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the "Delicious Guarantee.” What she doesn't know is that this experience will lead to a life-changing discovery.


    by Alea Milham

    While I have only recently picked up this book and haven’t had a chance to make anything yet, I’m excited to try out several of the recipes. In flipping through the book I’ve already learned a lot, like did you know that you can brown ground beef in a crockpot?!? I’m anxious to try that tip since cooking ground beef is one of my least favorite food prep tasks.

    by Aimee Bender

    Rose Edelstein is able to taste people's emotions in food, which at first discovery is quite shocking. She learns to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds are unable to discern. A full review of this title can be found here.   



    Tips and tricks to help cooks on any level improve their skills in the kitchen. A full review of this title can be found here



    by Molly Birnbaum

    Although I read this book four years ago, I still think about this memoir often. After a freak accident, aspiring chef Molly Birnbaum must figure out how to cope and hopefully continue her career now that she is unable to smell or taste as she once could. A full review of this title can be found here

  • dk books

    Can you have a favorite publisher? I certainly do! DK (Dorling Kindersley) is a British publishing company that specializes in illustrated reference books for adults, teens, and children. They produce (in my humble opinion) the best nonfiction books of any other publisher.

    I’ve loved flipping through DK books since I was a little girl. I’d check the library Juvenile nonfiction shelves for a title that piqued my interest. Then after reading the interesting facts and looking at the awesome pictures, I’d turn to the end pages. On the inside front and back cover (of the Eyewitness books specifically) the end pages show the covers of even more DK books. I couldn’t wait to get more from the library!

    The Provo City Library has 1,499 books published by DK! DK has a book on nearly every nonfiction subject you could want from travel, cooking, arts and crafts to history, science, gardening and more. Here are just five that I think are absolutely fabulous.

    By David Burnie

    This is one of those awesome Eyewitness books! This book talks about the predatory behavior of hundreds of animals and how that behavior has changed over time. Using short blocks of text and plenty of pictures you learn the ways these animals stalk, lure, trap, and store their prey as well as how these animals fit into the food chain. As a bonus, this book has a clip art CD-ROM filled with many of the photographs used in this book.


    By Ian R. Graham

    This book is just what it says it is, all about super cool technology! I had so much fun flipping through this book and telling my co-worker all about the interesting details found in the book. From 3-D printers, and RFID tags in football helmets to an Icehotel in Sweden and self-healing concrete this book is fascinating!

    By Maggie Mayhew

    While I am far past my teen years, this book is awesome! It begins with basic information on healthy eating, food safety and hygiene, and discusses recipe abbreviations and how to weigh your ingredients. Then each recipe takes you step by step on how to make each delicious dish. The recipes have pictures and illustrations to help the reader visualize the process. From soup to dessert, this book is a winner. I’m excited to try out several of the recipes and techniques featured in this book!

    6.23.17.Paper CraftPAPER CRAFT
    By Christy Lusiak, editor

    Feeling crafty? In its brightly colored pages, this book has 50 projects that transform your favorite paper into gorgeous decorations, cards, flowers and more. No matter your skill level, there is a project perfect for you. With step by step photographic instructions, anyone can make something beautiful using this book.


    6.23.17.Big HistoryBIG HISTORY 
    By David Christian

    Bill Gates is quoted on the cover of this book saying, “BIG HISTORY provides a framework for understanding literally all of history, ever…” That’s a pretty big statement! However, after looking through this massive (439 pages to be exact) book, he’s not wrong. This book follows earth’s history from the creation to the present day discussing geology, biology, physics, anthropology, sociology and more to tell the story of human existence. Covering 13.8 billion years of history is no small feat, but this book has done just that in a visually pleasing and interesting way.

    It was so hard for me to choose just five, so be sure to keep an eye out for other great DK books next time you’re in the library.

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    Find them in the catalog: 




  • illustratedya

    When I think about books with illustrations, children’s picture books are the first thing that comes to mind. However, recently I’ve read a few Young Adult novels that not only had illustrations, but illustrations that really added to the story! These are just a few of many illustrated YA novels owned by the Provo City Library.

    A Monster CallsA MONSTER CALLS
    by Patrick Ness; illustrated by Jim Kay

    I’ve recently moved back to Provo after working at a library in Virginia. This title was our 1book 1community read for 2015 and the story has stayed with me since I read it last October. The book itself isn’t very long, but the story is deep and the black and white illustrations contribute to the dark feeling throughout the majority of the book.



    Between the LinesBETWEEN THE LINES
    by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer; illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert and Scott M. Fischer

    I listened to this book (and really enjoyed the narrator!), but about halfway through the book I realized that I needed to take a look at the printed version of the story. This book is told in three voices and in the print version the ink color is different for each character’s voice. The full color illustrations and scattered black and white images add to the fairy tale and contemporary storylines. While Jodi Picoult is largely known for her adult titles, she co-wrote this novel with her teenage daughter. I’m anxious to start reading the sequel Off the Page which came out in 2015!


    by Scott Westerfeld; illustrated by Keith Thompson   

    Although I read this book several years ago when it first came out, the story and illustrations have stayed with me. This is a title (and series) that I recommend frequently, as well as anything written by Scott Westerfeld since he’s one of my favorite YA authors. The artwork is not only beautiful, but the drawings helped me picture the various beasts and machines that make up the bulk of this alternate history book.




    Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar ChildrenMISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
    by Ransom Riggs

    Confession time, I haven’t actually read this one yet. I own a signed copy, but that tends to be the death of me actually reading a book since there’s not a due date! While this book doesn’t actually have illustrations, it does have photographs scattered throughout the book. The photos are a little strange and creepy, but I’ve been told they are essential to enjoying the story. I’m going to move this up to the top of my to-be-read pile as soon as I unpack my boxes of books from my recent move!



    I encourage you to try an illustrated YA novel today, but be aware if you flip through the pictures before starting the book…you might just spoil the story based on what you see!

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    Have you ever wondered how we choose what materials to buy or do you just trust in the magic of books, DVDs, and more appearing on the library shelves? Either way is fine, but if you’re curious about the process read on! Each of our librarians is in charge of at least one collection for the library. I currently purchase the Young Adult Fiction, LDS Fiction, and LDS Nonfiction books. In the past I’ve purchased for the 100’s (philosophy and psychology), 200’s (religion), 600’s (technology and applied science), Biographies, General Fiction, and Hot Young Adult Fiction (super popular titles).


    For the most part we use review journals to help us in the selection of items. Review Journals are magazines that compile reviews for books and media. The reviews are written by people who have evaluated the item in its entirety and then give their opinion about the item. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, you submit an application and then wait to hear if you have been accepted or not. For example, I found the application form for Library Journalvery interesting in regards to what they are looking for. We also take purchase suggestions,  so if you are looking for something we do not currently own, fill out this short form to let us know. Librarians select titles from our various vendors or purchase things locally, particularly for LDS titles. After adding the titles to the weekly purchase order and making sure it is being ordered from the correct collection budget the librarian’s job is complete.  

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    Next, our Technical Services staff submits the order and we wait until the item is shipped to the library. Once the items have shipped to us, the packing slips are checked to be sure that what we have ordered is in the box. The barcode is then attached to the item so that it can be tracked through the rest of the process.



    At this point the item goes down one of two paths. If we don’t already have a copy of the item it is sent to the cataloger. The cataloger will then either download the bibliographic record from another library or create one from scratch. The bibliographic record lists the title, author, genre, and subject headings. It also lists information about the item like the ISBN, number of pages, length of DVD, publisher, etc.



    Once the cataloging is done, or if we already own a copy of the item and this is an additional copy, the item is sent on for processing. This is where the item is given a call number so you can find it on the shelf. This is also the time for the item to get all of its stamps and stickers. Books receive a plastic cover to make sure it lasts through the many times it will be checked out. On average it takes about two weeks for an item to go through the process of receiving, cataloging, and processing. If there is already another copy in the library, the item is on the shelf within a few days. Anything that is ordered as hot (remember that’s the super popular stuff) is expedited and is on the shelf the day after it is received or on the release day.

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    Lastly, the item is checked in ready to fulfill a hold or be put on the shelf! Happy reading, everyone!



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    A few weeks ago as I was straightening up the library at closing time, I came across BRICK SHAKESPEARE: THE COMEDIES. I thought that this was such a fun way to read some of Shakespeare’s plays.

    Then I became curious…how many other books did we have with stories told via LEGO bricks? I was delighted to find the following books in our collection!  

    by Amanda Brack

    Meet the Greek gods as you have never seen them--in LEGO form! Enjoy these fascinating myths, reimagined through elaborate scenes and colorful LEGO bricks in one thousand color photographs!  



    by John McCann

    Presents thirteen tales from the original Grimm's collection, rendered in LEGO bricks, featuring scene-by-scene reenactments accompanied by captioned excerpts from the tales.  



    by John McCann

    Whimsical visual adaptations of four Shakespearean comedies, rendered in LEGO bricks, feature scene-by-scene reenactments accompanied by captioned excerpts from the plays.  



    by John McCann

    Whimsical visual adaptations of four Shakespearean tragedies, rendered in LEGO bricks, feature scene-by-scene reenactments accompanied by captioned excerpts from the plays.  



    by Brendan Powell Smith

    Retells ten books for the Old Testament with illustrations created with LEGO toys.  




    Brick Bible New Testament

    by Brendan Powell Smith

    Images of artwork created out of LEGO bricks recreate scenes to retell each book from the New Testament of the Bible.  



    by Brendan Powell Smith

    A collection of six classic Bible stories for kids and illustrated in LEGO bricks.  

    I checked out THE COMPLETE BRICK BIBLE FOR KIDS to show to my LEGO loving nephews and they thought it was totally awesome! What story would you like to see unfold in brick form?

  • perfect pie

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Gathering with friends and family and eating delicious foods are two of my very favorite things. For me the best part of Thanksgiving is getting a small slice of all of the different kinds of pie!

    When I lived in Virginia, a family I knew from church had a pie party on the morning of Thanksgiving every year. They would invite neighbors and friends to come eat pie before the day’s festivities began. I loved that they had this party and looked forward to it as soon as fall began each year.

    As the holidays approach, I thought I’d share a few of the resources we have to help you make the perfect pie. If you need some help getting started, this four part Pie Making Boot Camp series from Mel’s Kitchen Café will guide you on your pastry making journey (each word links to a different part in the series). These blogposts are filled with lots of pictures to guide you step by step. In addition, here are some great pie-based cookbooks we have at the library! 

    11.20.17 Handheld PiesHANDHELD PIES 
    by Sarah Billingsley

    Features free-form, structured, and jar pies as well as a variety of crust and filling recipes. This book includes both sweet and savory pies.



    11.20.17 Pie and TartPIE & TART
    by Carolyn Weil

    A homemade pie or tart is a great way to make any meal special. Baking is easy as pie when following the recipes in this book!



    11.20.17 Pie SchoolPIE SCHOOL
    by Kate Lebo

    Now this is the kind of school I’d like to attend! The author shares 50 recipes and includes the social history of the pie.



    11.20.17 Cutie PiesCUTIE PIES
    by Dani Cone

    This book includes sweet and savory hand, petite, jar, and full-sized pies. Also pie pops. Pie on a stick? Count me in!



    11.20.17 Art of the PieART OF THE PIE
    by Kate McDermott

    Kate McDermott has taught thousands of people across the country how to make pie at her Pie Camps. This book includes more than a dozen crust recipes, half of which are gluten free.




    11.20.17 Lion House PiesLION HOUSE PIES
    by Brenda Hopkin

    In this book you’ll find more than 70 recipes with easy-to-follow directions and a DVD with baking tips and tricks!





    11.20.17 Teenys Tour of PieTEENY’S TOUR OF PIE
    by Teeny Lamothe

    I read this book a few years ago (and reviewed it last November) and I just keep thinking about it! I love that Teeny wanted to be a lady pie baker and made her dream happen. This book is part cookbook and part memoir, one of my favorite kinds of books to read.


    And in case someone beat you to the punch checking these ones out, search for the following downloadable eBooks on Overdrive to ensure that you’ll always have access to a great book about pie.

    THE MAGIC OF MINI PIES by Abigail Gehring

    THE PIE PROJECT by Phoebe Wood

    PIE by Ken Haedrich

    GLUTEN-FREE & VEGAN PIE by Jennifer Katzinger 

    Also, don’t miss our Holiday Cooking display on the 2nd floor for more delicious cooking resources!

  • As I commute to work I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I can listen to several books back to back, but then I need a palate cleanser of sorts. Sometimes this comes in the form of turning on the radio for a couple of days or listening to a few podcasts before starting a new book. Other times, I can get out of my listening rut by starting a middle grade novel. 

    I have found that middle grade fiction is perfect to listen to in the car because the books are extremely engaging, yet if I miss something while I’m paying attention to the road; it usually it isn’t hard to figure out what I missed. As an added bonus, middle grade novels are often perfect for the whole family to listen to together. 

    Here are seven—it was hard to narrow this list down—of my favorite middle grade audiobooks. Try one out on your next road trip, commute, or errand run! 

    1.30 EchoECHO
    by Pam Munoz Ryan

    This was by far my favorite read of 2016! I sang the praises of this audiobook in this blog post and continue recommending this book to anyone looking for an amazing audiobook.  


    1.30 The Indian in the CupboardTHE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD
    by Lynne Reid Banks

    I remember reading this book in elementary school and feeling captivated by its magical story. I recently listened to the audiobook (read by the author) and again enjoyed this wonderful book. The series has five books in total, so if you like this story, there are plenty more. While I didn’t enjoy the movie quite as much as the book, it’s a pretty good adaptation.  


    1.30 The Wild RobotTHE WILD ROBOT
    by Peter Brown

    I loved the music and sound effects on this audiobook. I’m not usually a fan of too many extra things when listening to a book, but this one was well done. The sound effects added to the story in a very charming way.  


    1.30 Because of Mr. TeruptBECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT
    by Rob Buyea

    I read this book in print form a few years ago and really loved the story. I started listening to the audiobook the other day (maybe so I could make sure this title could be included in this list) and am enjoying the story in audio format as well. I’d recommend this book to those who liked WONDER, since it has a similar feel and both talk about bullying. This is the first book in a trilogy.


    1.30 Gregor the OverlanderGREGOR THE OVERLANDER
    by Suzanne Collins

    I enjoyed HUNGER GAMES and had heard that this book by Suzanne Collins was also very good. I started listening to this series (there are five books total) when I lived in Virginia. I loved every single book in the series and am so glad I gave these books a try.  


    1.30 MatildaMATILDA
    by Roald Dahl

    I loved this movie when it came out in the 90s! This fall I decided that I needed to listen to the book (and then re-watch the movie of course) and it did not disappoint! Kate Winslet does an excellent job narrating, and it’s perfect for all ages. 


    1.30 Mustaches for MaddieMUSTACHES FOR MADDIE
    by Chad Morris

    Add this as another book for WONDER fans. This was a very touching story which had me in tears a few times. Be sure to listen to this one with some tissues at the ready.

  • magazines


    New year, new magazines! From family history to crocheting, getting involved in the maker movement to reading about super heroes and home décor, there is a little something new for everyone.

    I’m especially excited to peruse THE MAGNOLIA JOURNAL and MAKE MAGAZINE! If there is a magazine you think we should consider adding to our collection submit a purchase suggestion and we’ll see what we can do.


    From the publisher: FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE is America’s #1 genealogy magazine, packed with how-to tips and step-by-step guidance to discover, preserve, and celebrate your family history.


    From the publisher: Check out INTERWEAVE CROCHET magazine and take your crocheting to the next level! Enjoy the best crochet projects in addition to expert guidance with techniques and step-by-step instruction. Whether you have a wealth of experience or are just starting your crocheting journey, INTERWEAVE CROCHET magazine is a must read.


    (we haven’t received our first issue yet, but it should be arriving soon)

    From the publisher: THE MAGNOLIA JOURNAL is a quarterly magazine by Chip and Joanna Gaines containing inspiration for life and home. Useful as a resource and a guide to living well, THE MAGNOLIA JOURNAL contains stories, recipes, tips, and useful information you will refer back to again and again.


    MAKE is a bimonthly magazine published by Maker Media that focuses on do it yourself (DIY) projects featuring computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking, and more. MAKE is for anyone who enjoys making things and features complex projects which can often be completed with inexpensive materials.


    Join the MARVEL SUPER HEROES and Supervillains across the Marvel Universe. Enjoy the adventures of the Avengers, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and countless other heroes as they battle the likes of Loki, The Lizard,  and  Magneto!

  • puntastic titles

    I love a good pun. We have recently been evaluating the mystery section and the titles of cozy mysteries, in particular, frequently feature puns. Below are 10 of my favorites. While I haven’t read any of these books, the titles alone make me want to check them out!

    lord of the wingsLORD OF THE WINGS
    by Donna Andrews

    It's Halloween in Caerphilly and the town has come up with another festival to bring in the tourists. Meg Langslow is heading up the “Goblin Patrol,” there's trouble at the Haunted House, and body parts are being found at the zoo. Meg is once again called in to save the day and solve the crime. (Meg Langslow Mystery #19)



    seven threadly sinsSEVEN THREADLY SINS
    by Janet Bolin

    Willow Vanderling has never wanted to be a model, yet surprisingly, here she is voluntarily strutting her stuff in a charity runway show. But the director, Antonio, is making the fashion show a less-than-fabulous affair. After Antonio plays a shocking prank on Willow and her friends, he mysteriously winds up dead—and someone is trying to pin the blame on Willow. (Threadville Mystery #5)




    arsenic and old cakeARSENIC AND OLD CAKE
    by Jacklyn Brady

    Cake shop owner Rita Lucero agrees to help blind trumpet player Old Dog Leg Magee solve a family mystery, and, while undercover at a bed-and-breakfast with Cajun bartender Gabriel Broussard, finds more than one mystery to solve. (Piece of Cake Mystery #3)




    silence of the llamas

    by Anne Canadeo

    The Black Sheep Knitters attend a thread and fiber festival and end up investigating an attack against the local llamas in this fifth title in the charming mystery series, with bonus recipes and knitting ideas. (BlackSheep Knitting Mystery #5)




    rest in pizzaREST IN PIZZA
    by Chris Cavender

    Cozy towns like Timber Ridge—the home of Eleanor Swift's delectable pizzeria, A Slice of Delight—don't take well to prima donna celebrities. So no one is pleased when famous chef Antonio Benet roars into town for a book signing and insults Eleanor, her saucy sister Maddie, and everyone else within earshot.Insults are one thing, however...but a cold dish of murder is quite another. (Pizza Lovers Mystery #4)



    from here to paternityFROM HERE TO PATERNITY
    by Jill Churchill

    Jane Jeffry, suburban sleuth extraordinaire, and her friend, Detective Mel VanDyne, have braved a blizzard to join her friend Shelley at a Colorado ski resort. In spite of having all their kids along, Jane and Shelley imagine a few days of relaxation. But their hopes are dashed on their first attempt to ski when Jane careens into a snowman that hides a very real, and very dead, body. (Jane Jeffry Mystery #6)



    license to quillLICENSE TO QUILL
    by Jacopo Della Quercia

    This is a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. The story follows the golden age of English espionage, the cold war gripping post-Reformation Europe, the cloak-and-dagger politics of Shakespeare's England, and lastly, the mysterious origins of the Bard's most haunting play: Macbeth. You won't want to miss this fast-paced historical retelling!



    freezer ill shootFREEZER I’LL SHOOT
    by Victoria Hamilton

    Trying to escape her overbearing mother, vintage kitchenware enthusiast Jaymie Leighton retreats to her family's cottage. While there she hopes to write an article about the Ice House restaurant, owned by good friends and neighbors. One night, Jaymie overhears an argument and, ever the sleuth, sets out to explore. But when she stumbles upon a dead body her blood runs cold. (Vintage Kitchen Mystery #3)



    crepes of wrathTHE CREPES OF WRATH
    by Tamar Myers

    Magdalena Yoder investigates the murder of Lizzie Mast, the worst cook in peaceful Hernia, Pennsylvania, while coping with an influx of new guests at the PennDutch Inn and a killer who will do anything to stop her from uncovering the truth. (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #9)




    fleece navidadFLEECE NAVIDAD
    by Maggie Sefton

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for the knitters of Fort Connor. Juliet’s new romance has given her an extra reason to be joyful this year. But as soon as she finds happiness, death finds her. Suspicion falls on a newcomer to the knitting group; the crew isn’t convinced of this person’s guilt. It’s up to them to separate the true lion from the lambs before someone else gets fleeced. (Knitting Mystery #6)



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    I don’t know about you, but I love making lists and checking things off. Over the last year or so I’ve noticed many book bloggers writing about their reading goals. Typically these posts surface in January as they set goals for the year. At the beginning of 2016 I choose again to participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set my target for reading 60 books this year.  So far I have read 35 books, so I still have a ways to go to meet my goal. 

    In order to give myself some fresh ideas on what I want to read in the next 6 months, here are 6 reading goals I’ve set to finish out the year.

    Read 10 picture books -  Last year I had a short stint as a children’s librarian (among other duties as the Branch Manager of a neighborhood library in Virginia) and had the opportunity to do story time multiple times a month. I read tons of picture to books to prepare for story time and to just feel out what I liked and didn’t like. There are so many great picture books and even though I’m no longer doing story time and don’t have kids of my own, I’m not going to let these great books pass me by. Besides, I’ve got nieces and nephews that need books as gifts right?!? 

    Read the next book in a series I’ve yet to finish - There are several series I’ve started, but haven’t completed yet.

    Read a book with an awesome cover - That’s right, I’m totally going to judge a book by its cover!

    Read a book I own but haven’t read - I have so many books at home that I need to read but haven’t made the time for because they don’t have a due date.

    Read a book recommended by a family member - It’s time to tackle at least one of the books I’ve had recommended to me.

    Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award- See the 2016 finalists and winners here (

    Additional ideas for reading goals can be found here, here, and here.

    Just because you set reading goals doesn’t mean you have to finish the first book you choose to fulfill that goal. After reading Gretchen Rubin’s BETTER THAN BEFORE: MASTERING THE HABITS OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES  I determined once and for all that I don’t need to feel guilty about giving up on a book that I’m not into. I may decide to pick it up again later, but I may not. I love this quote from Rubin’s book, “I vowed to adopt the habit of putting down a book as soon as I lost interest. What a relief. When I let myself abandon a boring book, I have more time to read what I love, and I feel more energized and happy, because I enjoy myself more.” I agree; my to-read list is too long to keep reading books that don’t interest me!  

    I invite you to join me in these reading goals or feel free to set your own goals. The summertime is a great time to start reading and since we are in the midst of the Summer Reading Program, you might just win some prizes for reading too!

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    Back in June I wrote about my reading goals for the last half of 2016. I really enjoyed having a little structure on what to read! Below are my goals and the books I read (or listened to) to fulfil my goals.


    Do not bring your dragon to the libraryBARNACLE IS BORED by Jonathan Fenske (2016)

    BLOOM by Doreen Cronin (2016)

    DO NOT BRING YOUR DRAGON TO THE LIBRARY  by Julie Gassman (2016)

    FRANKENCRAYON by Michael Hall (2016)

    GRUMPY PANTS by Claire Messer (2016)

    HOTEL BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins (2016)

    THE NIGHT GARDNER by Terry Fan (2016)

    QUEST by Aaron Becker (2014)

    I’M NOT by Pam Smallcomb (2011)

    FANNY’S DREAM by Caralyn Buehner (1996)

    These picture books were so fun! I shared most of them with my nieces and nephews that live nearby and they really liked them as well. While most of what I read was published this year, the older titles were just as captivating as the newly published ones. I look forward to reading more picture books next year.


    Gregor and the curse of the warmbloods

    GREGOR AND THE CURSE OF THE WARMBLOODS by Suzanne Collins (2005)

    GREGOR AND THE MARKS OF SECRET by Suzanne Collins (2006)

    GREGOR AND THE CODE OF CLAW by Suzanne Collins (2007)

    I not only met this goal…I exceeded it! I finished the Gregor the Overlander Series and really enjoyed these audiobooks. I’m not generally much of a fantasy reader, but this series really captivated me.  





    Last true love story


    by Brendan Kiely

    I was drawn to this cover because of the motion portrayed and the colors. This book is the story of a boy who springs his grandpa out of his Alzheimer’s care center to take him back to Ithaca (from Los Angeles) before he is no longer able to remember all of the places he and his wife loved. Along the way he strengthens his friendship with a girl he sort of knew in high school. I liked this book, but it is definitely for older teens or adults.




    One dead spy


    by Nathan Hale

    I’ve had this book since the author came to the library in 2012 and it’s even signed. I’m sad that it took me this long to read the book because it was hilarious! If you have any Hamilton fans at your house, I’d recommend this graphic novel because it covers the years leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.




    A tree grows in Brooklyn


    by Betty Smith

    My mom gave me this book a few years ago for my birthday and I’d not yet picked it up. This is the coming of age story of Francie Nolan. This book was a little slower and didn’t have a clear story arc; it was more a collection of vignettes about her life. While this isn’t my preferred way to enjoy a story, overall I liked this book.




    echo audio

    by Pam Muñoz Ryan

    This was my favorite read (listen really) of 2016! I am recommending it to everyone I know. I think that the only way to experience this book is on audiobook, hence why it won the Audie Award in 2016 and was also an Odyssey Honor and a Newbery Honor. I reviewed this book for BYU Radio’s Worlds Awaiting program a few months ago. You can listen to my review here


    Now that I’ve completed these goals, it’s time to make some new goals for 2017! 


  • sync

     Who doesn’t love a good audiobook? What if I told you that you could download (and keep forever!) two audiobooks a week between April 27th and August 16th?!? SYNC is an audiobook literacy program geared towards teenagers. Their mission is to “develop the audience of teen audiobook listeners by providing free audiobook downloads. Two complete audiobooks—thematically paired—are available each week for listeners.”

    This program has been going on for several years, and there is a great selection again this spring and summer. Most of the titles are young adult fiction, but there are a few nonfiction titles and classics mixed in as well, with a variety of stories being told. Here are a few of the titles I’m most excited about downloading.

    by Donna Jo Napoli

    With the recent release of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson, I’m certain this book is going to be a popular download. This novel elaborates on the original by telling the story from the beast’s perspective, only it is set in Persia instead of France.




    The WitchesTHE WITCHES: SALEM, 1692 
    by Stacy Schiff

    The Salem Witch Trials have always been fascinating to me. I visited Salem, Massachusetts a few years ago and loved learning even more about that interesting time in history. This nonfiction title explores the role of women in the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials and explains how these tragedies came to be.




    by Mark Schatzker

    This book looks like the perfect fit for me! I’ve written a few times about my interest in foodie books on this blog (see here and here). Check it out if you too are interested in books featuring food.

    In this title we’ll learn how, as a nation, we have been led away from nutritious natural foods towards the delicious manufactured flavored chemicals so much of our “food” now contains. Read a review of this book on our Staff Review blog.


    Between Shades of GrayBETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY 
    by Ruta Sepetys

    I read this book in 2014 and gave it 4 stars on my Goodreads review, which means I really liked it! This is the story of 15-year-old Lina, her mother, and her brother as they are thrust out of their Lithuanian home by the Soviets and sent to Siberia. Lina doesn’t know why her father disappeared or why her family is being deported. Her family faces starvation and many other horrors during this time period, yet they also find ways to feel hopeful for their future.

    Although I recall feeling the cold, harsh winter while reading this book and the importance of the story, I don’t remember many of the details. Good thing I can refresh my memory by downloading this title! I know what I’ll be doing the first week in August. Read a review of this book on our Staff Review blog.

    Visit the Teen Corner for the complete schedule. In addition you can go to to listen to a clip of each title. Happy listening!




    We have had an incredible fall! Teen Book Fest has been sooo fun with author visits from Jennifer Nielsen, J. Scott Savage, Matthew Kirby, Jennifer Jenkins, Margaret Stohl, Aprilynne Pike, and (tomorrow) Marissa Meyer. The last stop on our Teen Book Fest Tour is the Wrap Party on Saturday, November 12th.

    This teen only event will feature a book giveaway and activities starting at 6:00 pm. Each teen will go home with a brand new book of their choosing! Then at 7:00 we will be treated to an after-hours concert by the band Festive People.

    Check out their music video “Where We Are Today” to get an idea of the awesomeness we’ll experience on Saturday! 

    Wondering what you've missed? Below you'll find our recap from a recent Teen Book Fest Tour stop with YA author Aprilynne Pike. 


    Aprilynne Pike, author of the Wings series, spoke at Provo Library on Thursday, Oct. 27 about her latest novel, GLITTER, a few of the hurdles she overcame to write it and what she hopes readers will learn. 


    GLITTER is described as Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and the almost-queen, Danica, a desperate teenage girl, turns to drug dealing to save her life. 

    Aprilynne describes how her inspiration for the book started while she was watching Breaking Bad and felt slightly dissatisfied with the direction of the story. 

    “In the way that every author with a little bit of an ego does, I started thinking about how I could do it better,” says Aprilynne. “But I wouldn’t want to write Breaking Bad; I wanted to write a book about a girl with pretty dresses.”

    Thus began her story of a drug dealer and dresses infused with futuristic technology and smothered in decadent fashions from the Era of the Sun King. However, as she tried to sell her story, agents were concerned that her exotic, lavish setting was overpowering her plot. But guidance from one agent help solidify her story. 

    “You need to make your plot and your setting so intertwined that your story could not happen anywhere else except your really, really weird setting,” said the agent. ‘If you do that, we’ll buy your really, really weird setting.” 

    With this advice, Aprilynne set about grounding and making sense of the desperate choices made by her protagonist within the world she had created. In the “really, really weird setting” the protagonist, Danica and her bad choices became more defined. 


    Although Pike considers herself to be a “squeaky clean writer,” GLITTER is about a bad person. While bad characters may be fun and the audience may root for Danica as the protagonist, as an anti-heroine we know she is not admirable.

    “We don’t necessarily read books because there’s someone we want to be like, but simply because there’s a story,” says Aprilynne. “There are choices you get to think about with the protagonist, and you see consequences both good and bad that these characters are making.” 

    Writing about the bad choices made by an anti-heroine allows GLITTER to explore the purpose and moral behind the story of a girl selling drugs. Aprilynne hopes that by the end of the story, readers will learn not that selling drugs is a good choice but that you cannot put your toe into a bad world and expect it not to infect the rest of your life. 

    “It’s like putting your toe into a pond of black ink and think that you can still walk around in a white room and no one will know,” says Aprilynne. 

    To view upcoming visits from authors, check out our fall schedule or subscribe to our AuthorLink Newsletter.

  • Teen Lock In 2017 FB

    Every year at the end of the Teen Lock-In, I ask the teens if they’ve had fun and they always respond with a resounding “Yes!” Then I ask them what they’d like us to do next year at the Lock-In. Year after year, the teens have said that they want to hang out in the library without any kids or adults in the building.

    Well, it’s finally going to happen! This year, the Teen Lock-In will be on Tuesday, June 20th from 7:00-11:-00 pm. We’ll start the evening in the Ballroom with food, games, crafts, Mario Kart Tournament, book giveaway, and more. 

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    After the library closes the teens will get to take over the library! They are welcome to hang out and/or participate in the following activities:

    • Help with the Stuffed Animal Sleepover! This is one of my favorite things we do at the Teen Lock-In each year. It’s fun to be part of the magic and I know that the teens have a lot of fun figuring out what kind of mischief the stuffed animals should get into at the library!
    • Check out library materials—don’t forget to bring your library card!
    • Use the computers on both floors
    • Play Quiplash 
    • Build awesome creations with LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Straws and Connectors, and Magna Tiles
    • Play tabletop games

    This year we will also be having a drawing for over 20 door prizes. We have fidget spinners, mystery bags, robot pens, and other fun prizes to give away!

    Teens ages 12-18 are invited to the Lock-In and need to bring a signed permission slip. Permission slips can be found here or at the 1st Floor Reference Desk. We’re looking forward to another fun Teen Lock-In and hope to see lots of teens on June 20th!

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    It’s that time of year again! This is our 6th year holding the Teen Lock-In and we can’t wait for another fun night! The lock-in will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 7:00 - 11:-00 pm. We’ll start the evening in the ballroom with food, games, and crafts.

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    After the library closes we’ll play mini-golf in the library, participate in group games, help with the Stuffed Animal Sleepover, and more! Teens must bring a signed permission slip to attend the Lock-In. Permission slips can be obtained here or from the 1st Floor Reference Desk.  

    If you are teen ages 12-18, this is a program not to be missed!

  • 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:

    CrownTHE CROWN
    (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.

    Last StarTHE LAST STAR
    (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:

    Square Root of SummerTHE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER
    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 HEREby 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!