Attic Exhibits

  • The Art of Sport is an exhibit curated by the Provo City Library from the collection of a local sports enthusiast. This is the last week to view the exhibit; if you're longing to relive great moments in sports history, now is the time to come and visit us in The Attic! 

    The Attic is open every weekday from 5-9pm and Saturday from 1-6pm, and is located on the 4th floor of the Academy Wing (accessible only by elevator). 

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  • Have you visted our Homegrown Art Show yet? It's on display in the Attic and in the Anderson Art Gallery; the Attic is open every weekday from 5-8 and on Saturdays from 10-6. 

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  • The Attic at Academy Square sometimes feels like a secret--you can only access it by elevator in the Academy Wing, and in terms of this building's rich history, the Attic is still relatively new. However, we don't want it to be a secret--we want everyone to come! We've got some exciting exhibits planned for this next year, including our second annual Homegrown Art Show (now accepting entries!). Our next exhibit will open on February 16; come and find us on the 4th floor of the Academy Wing. 

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    The perfect last second catch in the end zone or the daring arc of the 3-point shot made at half-courtmay not have much practical purpose outside the arena, but certain moments that steal our breath away, that catch our eye and make us stop and stare—these moments change us and become works of art themselves.

    In the book IN PRAISE OF ATHLETIC BEAUTY, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Professor of literature at Stanford University, laments that much of the popular perspectives of sports tend to be socially patronizing anddismissive of the fans who have fallen for modern-day version of “bread and circuses.”

    “Something does not need to have purpose in order to be beautiful,” says Gumbrect. “Whatever we findbeautiful looks as if it had purpose.”

    At the Provo Library, The Art of Sport Exhibit (on display now in the Attic) celebrates the intriguing intersection between art and sports while reminding us that sports are made beautiful by us.

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    Athletes are not just people who play games well, they are those who can accomplish the impossible. When we watch sports, we don’t just see the game; we see a story. We see the athlete; poised and self-disciplined, the body; pushed to its limits, the personality; where perfection is the only possibleoutcome. In athletes, we see something more than humanity: we see the possibility of greatness.

    Art and sports are interdependent. They inspire each other because since ancient times, we’ve found that merely telling the stories of athletes isn’t enough. The human form demands more than description; it demands depiction. This is why sports seems to live both in the arena and in our backyards.

    Noticing art in sports requires more than just what we look at, it requires us to see. More specifically the art of sport asks us to see ourselves, our possibility for greatness.

    The Art of Sport Exhibit
    On display June 27 - August 27
    4th floor, Academy Wing

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 5-9 PM
    Saturday: 1-6 PM
    Other hours by appointment: 801-852-7685

  •  LB FB event

    If you’ve visited the library this week, you’ve probably noticed something new – a children’s play area tucked away in a corner of the children’s department! Kids can climb, peer out windows, build a brick wall, and play with paint rollers, but this fun play area is just the beginning.

    Just in time for our “Build a Better World” themed Summer Reading Program to begin, we have a children’s exhibit opening in The Attic. Starting today, the youngest visitors to the Provo City Library will become movers and shakers in the new Little Builders exhibit. Donning little hard hats and construction vests, children ages 2-7 will create, play, and learn as they explore the concepts of construction, motion, and simple machines. Visitors have the exciting opportunity to:

    • Hand-operate a pulley and conveyer belt to explore cause and effect

    • Operate a child-size crane to hook, lift and move objects and materials
       
    • Build structures with blocks, pipes, Duplo® blocks (toddlers’ large snap-on blocks) and gears

    • Insert balls into air chutes and see them shoot through clear pipes to experiment with aerodynamics

    Little Builders challenges and entertains the mind of a child helping to develop intellectual, physical, emotional and social skills. It uses scientific processes, mathematical concepts, sensory development and communication to promote self-confidence, coordination, control, strength and self-expression.

    The Exhibit includes five themed areas:

    Construction Site - Visitors learn the physics of movement and cause-and-effect in the Construction Site, which is located in the Children’s Department. They can start their workday by turning gears, and then climb in, out, over and under the four levels of the Construction Site. On the pattern wall they can design and build a “brick” wall with large interlocking plastic blocks in a variety of sizes and colors.  Visitors can also pretend to paint a wall with real painting equipment to master the craft. They can use fuzzy paint rollers and dip them into trays that are pre coated with “paint.”  

    Structures - Visitors discover the concepts involved in building: size, weight, shape, balance, gravity and stability as they design and build structures. Visitors can build a mini-community on a soft carpet covered with city streets or build three-dimensional structures using a variety of PVC pipe pieces and connectors at the four-sided PVC Pipe House. They can even crawl into miniature Latch Houses and practice fine-motor skills by hooking and unhooking latches while opening and closing doors and shutters, and build pathways, houses, or anything else imaginable with soft oversized blocks.  

    Aerodynamics - Visitors experience and play with the characteristics of air and wind, and how they affect objects. Visitors can insert balls into vertical air chutes and watch them shoot through the clear pipes and pop into a basket. Visitors will watch in amazement as plastic balls mysteriously float, bobbing up and down, above a large orange cone. At the Bernoulli blower, they can feel the force and pressure of air by experimenting with balls and the stream of air that flows up through the hollow cone.  

    Cranes - Young visitors will have opportunities to discover mechanical physics at work —at the mini crane visitors can turn a crank to operate a pulley system to raise and lower objects, use a friction brake to hold or release lifted objects, and use a set of pedals to rotate the crane on its base. Visitors can discover how the crane enables workers to move objects around the construction area and move block cargo to a waiting flatbed car using a gantry crane.  

    Simple Machines - Visitors can pound over-sized nails, turn over-sized screws, and twist over-sized bolts with plastic hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches.  Dropping plastic balls through a series of clear pipes, visitors will watch as the balls travel down a twisty path.  Also, they can work with pipes, balls and levels to explore the fundamentals of plumbing and gravity.  Visitors can work together to move materials back and forth by manipulating a hand-operated conveyer belt.

    Little Builders was created and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon. It will run in the attic through September 2 and will be open Monday through Friday 10-6 and Saturdays from 1-6. We’re excited for children to learn, grow, play, and Build a Better World with this fun new exhibit!

  • WOP FB event

    Provo City Library visitors will get to view the art, creativity, and engineering behind some of their favorite pop-up books with the traveling exhibit Wizards of Pop: Robert Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart. This exhibit will be open at The Attic at Academy Square (located on the 4th Floor of the Library) from January 16 to March 27.  

    Showcasing the works of Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, this is the only traveling exhibition featuring the art of children’s pop-up books. An exciting balance of process pieces, initial sketches, concept pieces, preliminary art, prototypes, dummies, cut-paper collage artwork and nesting sheets, The Wizards of Pop: Sabuda & Reinhart, offers a great window into the world of pop-ups, and the precise engineering and detailed production techniques used to create them.  

    Renowned for the extraordinary range and depth of their talents, and paper engineering skills, artists Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart have created many bestselling books together, as well as separately, some of which are featured in this show. No matter where you are from or how old you are, these books are sure to capture your attention. From Sabuda & Reinhart’s first collaboration on YOUNG NATURALISTS POP-UP HANDBOOK: BEETLES, and their last collaborative Encyclopedia series, to their solo pop-up book works such as Sabuda’s THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, PETER PAN, and ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and Reinhart’s STAR WARS, CINDERELLA and THE JUNGLE BOOK, this exhibition has something for everyone.  

    Transforming the gallery into a magical land of pop-ups, fantasy and wizardry, pop-ups in plexiglas display cases in between the sketches, dummies, paper collages and trial pieces that the duo have engineered, this exhibition showcases creations that you can only dream of and draws you into adventures that you can only imagine. 

    This exhibit will opened on January 16 and will remain open until March 27. Venue hours are Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm until 9:00 pm. The Attic at Academy Square is located on the 4th Floor of the Provo City Library, accessible only by elevator.  

    This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.