By the Numbers

  • In late summer 2007, we began offering a new online service called Personalized Reading Recommendations. To get a personalized list of reading suggestions, you just fill out the online questionnaire with your reading preferences. Then a librarian sends you five suggestions based on your answers. 

    Ten years later we are still happily offering reading suggestions to anyone who requests them. 

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    Our 2015 was pretty great; how was yours? 

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  • 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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  • As you may know, we love hosting authors here at the Provo City Library! This month we've got visits planned from Julie Berry and Darren Shan, and next month we'll welcome Kenneth Oppel and David Wiesner. Get full event details on our AuthorLink page. 

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  • Our Big Guy, Little Guy celebration for 2017 is in the books, and it was a BLAST! (ha, see what I did there?) Our Space Academy cadet training was a huge success, and we now have lots of little trainees out there who are ready to take on the dangers of deep space: yellow eyes, sausage toes, frozen hearts, and all! The Grand Admiral of the Universe was so impressed with our qualified cadets and their exceptional saluting skills. From our entire crew of lieutenants, lieutenant commanders, commanders, Captain Joella, and Grand Admiral Gene, thank you for helping us save the world from the dangerous Petronium 327! We hope to see you again at next year’s adventure, but until then, here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the logistics of BGLG 2017:

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  • Our next book sale is just one week away! Here are some facts and figures you may have wondered while perusing the thousands of books for sale in the ballroom each time we do one of these sales. 

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  • As librarians, one of our favorite things to do is to help you find your next favorite book. We craft book lists, we talk to you at the desk, and, of course, we blog. Our children's librarians have been posting book reviews on their book review blog since 2007; here's their blog, by the numbers. 

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  • There are three major classic children’s mysteries series: Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and The Boxcar Children. Who hasn’t read at least one of these timeless adventures? They are still hugely popular, and new incarnations are being released on a regular basis.

    Thinking about these great series reminded me of the “Head to Head” books, a series that makes predictions about what would happen if one person/animal/fantasy character went to battle with another. They analyze strengths and weakness of each opponent and make guesses about final outcomes. Just for fun, let’s pretend these mystery series were virtual warriors, and they were locked in literary battle with each other. Which one would emerge as the most “boss” children’s mystery series ever? Here are the stats. You decide.

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    If you haven’t read a Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children or Hardy Boys in a while, why not pick up a copy?


    Hardy Boys #1 : THE TOWER TREASURE

    The Boxcar Children #1: THE BOXCAR CHILDREN

  • Forget Black Friday (seriously, put it behind you. You survived!), the real deals on holiday gifts can be found at the Book Sale! Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 29), you'll be able to peruse thousands of books, dvds, and cds to find great previously loved gifts--everything for $1 or less. 

    Not in a buying mood? We've still got you covered with hundreds of Christmas-y materials. 

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  • Discovery Kits are a curated selection of themed books, toys, and activity ideas appropriate for kids ages 3-5. Each Discovery Kit checks out for three weeks so you have plenty of time to do all the Discovery Kit things included. Curious about Discovery Kits? Here are some of the nitty-gritty details:

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    To make your own Discovery Kit reservation, go here.

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  • Hopefully as you read this you're getting ready to head to our Harry Potter Movie Marathon! We're celebrating Harry Potter this week, and as you'll see, we found out that he's a pretty big part of our collection. 

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    (because I hope you're wondering: the 400s (language and dictionaries) are the only Dewey Decimal category without a book that references Harry Potter in at least a chapter title; looks like you'd better get started on that Parseltounge dictionary). 

  • 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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    As you may know, the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced earlier this week. As you may not know, Joella, our Children's Services Manager, spent much of 2015 listening to audio books as part of the Odyssey Award Committee. 

    The Odyssey Award  is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. This year's prize went to The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle. You can check it out on CD or find it on OverDrive. 

  • Our 2017 Kids’ Summer Reading Program was wildly successful thanks to all of your hard work! We had so much fun reading, creating, and playing with you as we tried to Build a Better World together. Thanks for your enthusiastic participation! Here are some of the highlights of our summer:

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  • In honor of the new King Arthur film coming out in May, check out how many items we own at the library on the subject of King Arthur.

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  • Lego Crew Jr. (ages 5-7) meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month to build fabulous creations using the Library’s Lego bricks! Their masterpieces are then exhibited in the display case for four weeks. Here are some fun facts about our favorite creative building time:

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  • We are very excited about this one! Your Provo City Library card now provides you with free access to, a leading online platform for top-quality video-based tutorials. Access through our Online Resources or by using this portal. What are you waiting for? Start learning!

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    Want to see a schedule of upcoming Monday Night programs? We've got a page for that!

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  • OverDrive is a fantastic way to check out eBooks and audiobooks, all completely free to you! Check out OverDrivein your browser, or download the OverDrive App and get started today! 

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  • Preschool Play is available in the children’s department Mondays from 11:00 am-12:00 pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. Toys are placed in the story circle available for open-ended play, especially suited for preschool-aged children. Curious how many toys we have? (hint: it's a lot)

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  • Ever wonder what a librarian does at the desk all day? We do lots of things, but we spend most of our on-desk time answering questions. Periodically, we count up all those questions. Here are the results from one week in our adult and teen services department this summer!

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  • Happy birthday/deathday, Shakespeare! If you're looking for ways to celebrate Shakespeare today, tune in to THE WONDER OF WILL LIVE  on C-SPAN 2 at 10 AM MST. In the mean time, here's the Bard, by the numbers:  

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  • In honor of the most recent addition to the Star Wars franchise, here's a quick glance at the Star Wars offerings in the Children's Department! 

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  • This summer the children’s department began a brand new coding class for kids ages 8-12 called Code Club. We had done some coding classes before but this new class had a completely different format and allowed kids to progress at their own pace. We began with just one weekly class. However, a few weeks into the summer we realized there was a need for a 2nd weekly class. Here are some numbers that represent what went into the class as well as some of the progress that the kids made. 

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    Children’s Code Club will recommence every Tuesday at 4:00 PM during from September through November. Also, the brand new Teen Code Club will be held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month beginning in September.

  • We've been dropping hints here and there, but now you can't miss them: Summer Reading time is almost here! Our Summer Reading Kickoff and Book Sale will be held June 4 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Each participant that registers for the Summer Reading Program will receive a voucher for a free book at the Book Sale! 

    Here are some numbers to get you excited about the program; these are pretty good, but we think we can do even better this year!

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  • We're about halfway through our annual Summer Reading Program, which means there's still time for you to sign up and start earning prizes! We have programs for all ages. 

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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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  • People often enjoy certain types of books. Publishers like to give books titles that give the reader a clue about what is inside. If a book starts with “Once Upon a…” you know that it is probably related to/or satirizing a fairy tale theme. If you want a book to learn how to do something, chances are you can find one just by searching, “How to…”. As a result, the library has lots of books that start with the same few words. Here are some examples.

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  •  If I Went to the Moon

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