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  •  Sparklers

    If you’re anything like me, you have a million books that you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten to yet. The New Year is the perfect time to recommit to reading those books that you’ve always meant to get to, and the library is here to help! We’ll have a display all month stocked with various classics, best sellers, and other books that might be outstaying their welcome on your “to read” list. Listed below is just a small sample of our offerings:

    Classics

    1.4 Wuthering HeightsWUTHERING HEIGHTS
    By Emily Brontë
    (1847) 

    Cathy is fascinated with the orphan that her father has taken in. While her brother Hindley despises him, Cathy becomes Heathcliff’s constant companion, and he falls wildly in love with her. Despite their feelings for each other, Cathy will not marry Heathcliff and this proves to be their downfall. 

     

    1.4 The Great GatsbyTHE GREAT GATSBY
    By F Scott Fitzgerald
    (1925) 

    Jay Gatsby is as mysterious as his parties are wild. His Long Island mansion is filled day and night with young people drinking and dancing and discussing their host. Gatsby always seems to be alone, waiting for something—or someone. 

     

    Best Sellers

    1.4 All the Light We Cannot SeeALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
    By Anthony Doerr
    (2014) 

    Marie-Laure is a blind girl who lives in Paris with her father. Werner Pfennig is an orphan in Germany who is fascinated by the radio. As World War II strikes, both children will have to figure out how best to survive. 

     

    1.4 Go Set a WatchmanGO SET A WATCHMAN
    By Harper Lee
    (2015) 

    Twenty years after the events in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch returns to her hometown to visit her father. While her town struggles to adjust to the civil rights movement, Scout struggles with her own personal issues as she learns things about her family that she never knew. 

     

    Books-to-Movies

    1.4 Ready Player 1READY PLAYER ONE
    By Ernest Cline
    (2011) 

    The year is 2044 and the entire world pretty much lives in the OASIS, which is a massive online game. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he releases an OASIS-wide scavenger hunt. Whoever can find his easter eggs will inherit the OASIS and all the money that comes with it. When teenager Wade Watts solves the first riddle, he’s thrown into the spotlight—and not necessarily in a good way. 

     

    1.4 Crazy Rich AsiansCRAZY RICH ASIANS
    By Kevin Kwan
    (2013) 

    Meeting your boyfriend’s family is hard enough, but when he didn’t tell you that his family is worth millions if not billions of dollars, it can quickly turn into a disaster. Rachel Chu is about to find out how hard it really is to fit in with people who regularly spend millions of dollars on jewelry. And that’s nothing compared to winning over her boyfriend’s mother.

     
  • crazy rich asians

    CRAZY RICH ASIANS took the world by storm this summer. It was the first movie from a major studio in 25 years to have an all Asian main cast. While just one in a long line of book-to-movie adaptations, Crazy Rich Asians has become popular mainly due to its portrayal of the lifestyles of the extremely rich and its depictions of family drama. The entire series is extremely addicting, so here are five other books that may fill that “crazy rich” hole in your heart. 

    2.11 The NestTHE NEST
    By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
    (2016) 

    The Plumb siblings have been watching the trust fund that their father left them soar in value. What was originally meant as a modest mid-life supplement has now become something that the siblings are counting on to solve multiple self-inflicted problems. When their trust fund is endangered, the siblings must come together to make sure the futures they’ve envisioned stay intact. 

     

    2.11 Family TrustFAMILY TRUST
    By Kathy Wang
    (2018)  

    Stanley Huang has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years he’s been telling his family that he’s worth a small fortune. Stanley’s son, daughter, and first and second wives are all interested in how much he’s worth for various reasons, and with this diagnosis, it looks the details of his estate are finally about to be revealed. 

     

    2.11 What We Were PromisedWHAT WE WERE PROMISED
    By Lucy Tan
    (2018) 

    After spending some time in America, the Zhen family has moved back to China. As they settle into their luxurious apartment in Shanghai, they also join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals. Each member of the Zhen family struggles with aspects of their new life and what they’ve left behind.

     

    2.11 Wangs vs. the WorldTHE WANGS VS. THE WORLD
    By Jade Chang
    (2016)

    The Wangs used to have it all, but then the financial crisis hit and they lost everything. The father, Charles Wang, wants to start over in China in an attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride. His family, however, are proving to be less than cooperative. 

     

    2.11 Sarong Party GirlsSARONG PARTY GIRLS
    By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
    (2016) 

    Brand-obsessed Jazzy is determined to find herself and her best girlfriends husbands by the end of the year. And not just any husbands, rich ang moh or Western expats. As she pursues her quest to find a white husband, Jazzy faces the troubling incongruity of new money and old-world attitudes as well as gender politics and class tensions.

     
  • Hearts

    When I was a young newlywed, it was hard to come up with different and affordable activities for date nights. I wish I had known back then about all the fun (and free) things that the library has to offer!

    GAMES 
    (15-90 min)

    We have many board games available for in-house use. Check out our website for a list of games, how long each game takes, and how many people can play.

    WHODUNIT MYSTERY GAME 
    (60 min)

    Participants travel from room to room in the library trying to solve a mystery, similar to the game Clue, by Parker Brothers. Some of your favorite villains have been causing mayhem in the library. The winner will correctly guess the suspect, location, and the weapon involved in the crime. This game can accommodate anywhere between 3-18 players and would be perfect for double or group dates! Visit our website for more info and to make a reservation (required).

    ESCAPE ROOMS
    (45-60 min)

    Another great option for double and group dates are our escape rooms! Participants are stuck in a room and cannot get out until they solve a variety of puzzles and clues leading to the key that will let them out of the room. There are two different themes to choose from: School of Magic (Medium Difficulty) or Sherlock Holmes (Hard Difficulty). The escape rooms work best for groups of 4-8 people. Go to our website to reserve a room (required). 

    PROGRAMS
    (45-90 min)

    The library hosts a wide variety of programs each month. Some popular programs include our Authorlink series, our Monday Night Performances and our Learn It programs. Most programs are free, though some may require tickets. Visit our online calendar to see what programs are coming up and to view details for specific programs.

    DVDS

    In the mood for a night in instead? Luckily, we have plenty of movies to choose from! Patrons are allowed to checkout up to 20 movies at a time and can have them out for three weeks. Come in and browse, or take a look at our website for movies that have been added to our collection most recently.

  • second floor

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

    NONFICTION

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

    SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ROOMS

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

    MAGAZINES/PERIODICALS

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

    MEDIA CENTER

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

    REFERENCE

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

    MAPS

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

    SHAW PROGRAMMING ROOM (#260)

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

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

  •  shelves with stack on table

    Best Fiction of 2018”, “Chilling Books”, and “YA Award Winners” are just a few of our booklist titles. I, myself, have found some great reads from these lists, but I would be willing to bet that almost every other library in the country has similar booklists. While we still have your typical booklists like Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Historical Romance, we also have some that are a little…different. Even if you’ve seen booklists before, you might not have seen booklists that are quite like these. Here’s a list of 10 of our more unique booklists:

    SELF-HELP FOR ENTREPENEURS OR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

    Looking to start your own business? Here are some books to help keep you motivated! These books are not exactly “how-to” manuals, but talk more about how to have the right mindset, be successful, and work effectively.

    JANE AUSTEN ADAPTATIONS

    Have you burned through all of Jane Austen’s books (even Lady Susan)? Most of these books take inspiration from Pride and Prejudice, but there are some retellings of Austen’s other works as well as some titles that feature Jane Austen as a character.

    FRACTURED FAIRY TALES

    Fairy tales aren’t just for bedtime with these books. We have lists for both Adults and Young Adults featuring characters that might seem a little familiar…

    ASSASSINS, SPIES, AND THIEVES

    Secret agents and heists abound in these books. Whether you like rooting for the “bad guy” or enjoy following rogue government agents, these books are sure to have plenty of action and intrigue.

    ACCLAIMED AUDIOBOOK NARRATIONS

    These audio books might be even more enjoyable to listen to than the book is to read. Perfect for those who have long commutes or simply don’t have time to sit down with a book.

    READING WITH THE STARS (BOOKS WRITTEN BY CELEBRITIES)

    While you can’t trust tabloid headlines these books are written by celebrities themselves.

    KICK-BUTT GIRLS IN YA FICTION

    Katniss Everdeen was just the beginning. This is a list full of female main characters that could definitely hold their own in the Hunger Games.

    SO YOU LIKE BRANDON SANDERSON

    Brandon Sanderson is one of our most popular authors, but what do you do when you’ve read everything he’s written? Luckily, we have this list of read alike books and authors.

    STAR WARS NOVELS

    Did you know that the Star Wars series was turned into books? We have the original series based off the movies, but then other books that are considered canon or are licensed by Lucasfilm. Overall, there are dozens of Star Wars books, so if you’re a fan of the franchise, you’re welcome.

    SO FRESH, SO CLEAN (CLEAN READS)

    Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a nice, clean read. We have lists for both Adults and Young Adults, so help yourself!

    YA ROAD TRIP AUDIOBOOKS

    Road trips can feel agonizingly long sometimes, but with these audio books hopefully the time can pass a little faster.

    Many of our booklists for Kids, Teens, and Adults can be found online. We also keep physical booklists at the first and second floor reference desks. The first floor reference desk even has a binder where we keep all of our past booklists for your browsing pleasure! No matter what you’re in the mood to read, we probably have a booklist for you. So the next time you’re in the library, don’t forget to stop by a reference desk and see what booklists you might be interested in!

  •  Passport

    My husband and I try to take a vacation at least every other year, but we haven’t had much money to do so and usually end up going somewhere close by for a few days. Don’t get me wrong, that’s still nice but sometimes I wish we could afford to go somewhere a little more exotic.

    Because of this, I often find myself reading as a way to travel instead. Luckily, the library has a great selection of travelogues! While travelogues aren’t the same as actually travelling the world, they’re definitely a lot cheaper (especially if you check them out from the library). Here are a few of the library’s most recent travelogue purchases:

    10.4 The RhineTHE RHINE 
    By Ben Coates
    (2018)

    For five years, author Ben Coates lived alongside the Rhine River. In this book, he details his journey by bicycle along the river. He explores the impact that the Rhine has had on European culture and history, particularly those who live alongside it.

     

    10.4 My 25 Years in ProvenceMY TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN PROVENCE
    By Peter Mayle
    (2018)

    Twenty-five years ago, Peter Mayle and his wife went on a vacation. When their original vacation destination fell through, the ended up in Aix-en-Provence. While there, they fell in love with town and decided to uproot their lives in England to move there.

     

    10.4 South Toward HomeSOUTH TOWARD HOME 
    By Julia Reed
    (2018)

    For some travel a little closer to home, this book is about Julia Reed traveling through the American South where she grew up. With humor and affection, she explores the highs of Southern life while also shining a light on some of the region’s more embarrassing tendencies.