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  • Avatar the Last Airbender 

    Water, Earth, Fire, Air. Long ago, Nickelodeon created a series that inspired many around the world. Then, everything changed when a pandemic hit. Only Netflix, a streaming service, could bring people together by airing the series. And when the world needed that the most, they did it. Old fans rejoiced while a new generation was inspired. And I believe it saved us all…. from boredom.

    For fans of Avatar the Last Airbender that opening will sound familiar. It was a series that could be watched and entertained by multiple generations. It had great life lessons for kids to grow up with - thank you Uncle Iroh - while also having deeper elements for adults to enjoy - Ba Sing Se am I right?

    Many have binged the series since it started streaming on Netflix this past Spring during shutdowns caused by COVID-19. But with it only having three seasons the binge can be short lived and it is always sad to see the end of such an amazing series. It had an amazing plot, deep characters, and wonderful world building that included power over the elements. If you are anything like me and can’t get enough of this remarkable world then here is a list of books that have similar themes so that you can continue your ATLA love.  

    10.30 RoarROAR
    By Cora Carmack
    (2017)

    Aurora, the sole heir of Pavan, is on her way to becoming the perfect queen. But despite being brave, honorable, and intelligent, she has a rather large and an important secret. She has yet to show any trace of magic and she will need that in order to protect her people. Will she fall into ruin, have to marry, or find a third option that will help her be who she was born to be.

     

    10.30 A Song of Wraiths and RuinsA SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN                                                                                
    By Roseanne A. Brown                                                                                                                    
    (2020)

    It was supposed to be a chance for him and his sisters to escape their war-stricken home and start a new life. But then Malik’s sister was abducted by a vengeful spirit. Now the price for her freedom is for Malik to kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran.

     

    10.30 Three Dark CrownsTHREE DARK CROWNS
    By Kendare Blake
    (2016)

    Three queens are born as heirs to the thrown and each one is the possessor of special magic. There is the elemental, the poisoner, and the naturalist. In order to become the Queen Crowned the sisters have to fight for it and it is a game of life and death.

     

    10.30 FurybornFURYBORN
    By Claire Legrand
    (2018)

    Rielle Dardenne may be one of the prophesized queens, the Sun Queen. But first she will need to prove herself in seven trials that involves elemental magic. A thousand years later a bounty hunter named Eliana must find her mother. As both women fight in a war a millennia a part their paths will intersect.

     

    10.30 Kingdom of SoulsKINGDOM OF SOULS
    By Rena Barron
    (2019)

    All Arrah wants is magic of her own, but each year, with growing disapproval from her mother, she fails to call forth her ancestral powers. As a last resort she could trade years of her own life for scraps of magic. But then children start disappearing from the kingdom and the demon king is stirring.  

     
  • Covid Date

    Covid-19 has made it so couples can’t go out dancing, to the movies, parties, or go on romantic getaways together. But let’s not have a pandemic get in the way of love! The library is here to help in the romance department by offering many fun and free resources. Whether it is a first date or a 50-year anniversary, we have you covered!

    MOVIE NIGHT IN

    Pop some popcorn and cuddle up with a movie. We have a wide range of movies that can be checked out whether you are in the mood for action, a classic, or a good Rom-Com. We also have a streaming video service called Kanopy that you are able to access with your library card. They specialize in classic and Indie films.

     

    LET'S GET CRAFTY

    Being quarantined has given people a lot of time to try new things and learn new hobbies. Whatever you are looking for, we have you covered. We have books that give you instruction on how to draw, paint, garden, or even cosplay. Along with our books we have what we call “Let’s Learn Guides” that have been written by our librarians. They have links to different sources and include activities that can be done in groups. We also have CreativeBug that has wonderful tutorials on journaling, painting, drawing, and more.

     

    COMPETITIVE SPIRIT

    If you are not that crafty and you want to do something more active together then just watch a movie then be sure to check out our board games. Our games are fun and varied and can be checked out like our books and DVDS. Check out our website for a list of games.

    Sweet or Salty

    Whether you are watching a movie, playing a game, or doing arts and crafts it’s always a good time to eating something yummy. Make a delicious candlelight dinner for two or make each other’s favorite dessert. We have countless cookbooks to fit your needs, whatever they are.

     

    PACK YOUR BAGS

    It’s been a rough year where traveling has been grounded. But do you dream about seeing the Great Wall of China? Maybe a romantic gondola ride in Italy? Or maybe you want to go on an African Safari. Although you may not be able to travel there physically you can at least travel virtually. Not only are our books on travel and countries available but we also have a wonderful resource called Global Road Warrior that you can access with your library card. On this site you can pick a place anywhere in the world and dive into the history, religion, culture, Holidays, and food. The site gives recipes to the most popular food from the country. You can also learn about the language spoken and learn some phrases. If you want to study the language even more so you can be ready when you actually go there then we have another resource, Pronunciator, that can give you daily lessons.

     

    It doesn’t matter what you do, whether it’s a movie, game, or craft, it is always important to make time for those you care about and spend time with them by learning new things, having fun, and creating memories.

     
  • Bryce Canyon 

    Summer's looking a bit different this year, isn't it? While we might not get to enjoy our usual summer camps, family reunions, or city festivals, there's still plenty we can safely do in the time of COVID-19, especially outdoors. After a few months cooped up in our homes, it feels especially good to get out and soak up some vitamin D.

    Luckily for us, the beautiful state of Utah offers so many options, both for long getaways or to simply get out for the day. For longer trips with plenty to explore there is Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands. If you are looking for something that is closer and more of a day or weekend activity then there are the beautiful state parks. Some of which we may not think about or even know. To name just a few there is Antelope Island, This is the Place, Jordanelle, Bear Lake, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah Lake, and Deer Creek. T

    he list of state parks does not even include local hikes that we can go on with family and friends. For more aggressive hikes there is Mt Timpanogos Summit and for easier hikes that are kid and pet friendly there is Timpanogos Falls and Devils Kitchen. To help you plan your fun adventures the Provo Library has you covered with some great books to check out. Here are a few to help you get started.  

    7.8 50 Best Short Hikes50 BEST SHORT HIKES 
    By Greg Witt
    (2014)

    An in depth look at the best hikes in Utah’s National Parks. Each chapter is a National Park that describes the hike from location, distance, and highlights about the trail. It includes some pictures of what you will see and some helpful tips for hiking.

     

    7.8 60 Hikes within 60 Miles60 HIKES WITHIN 60 MILES: SALT LAKE CITY, INCLUDING OGDEN, PROVO, AND THE UINTAS
    By Greg Witt
    (2012)

    The book is broken up into sections based off county and each chapter is a specific hike with details. It has key at-a-glance information as well as a description of the hike and a map. Some hikes include pictures, sights to see, and nearby activities.

     

    7.8 100 Classic Hikes Utah100 CLASSIC HIKES UTAH: NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS/NATIONAL WILDERNESS AND RECREATION AREAS/ STATE PARKS/ UINTAS/WASATCH
    By Julie K. Trevelyan
    (2016)

    The best and most popular hikes from Utah are described and includes full-color photographs and topographical maps to help hikers get started. The hikes range from easy day hikes to challenging backpacking trips.

     

    7.8 Southwest USA and National ParksSOUTHWEST USA & NATIONAL PARKS
    By Randa Bishop
    (2018)

    This book goes through areas in Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona and the National parks and activities to do in each state. It has beautiful pictures, maps, history, and even traveler’s information including where to stay and where to get food.

     

    7.8 Best Easy Day Hikes Zion and Bryce CanyonBEST EASY DAY HIKES. ZION AND BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
    By Erik Molvar
    (2014)

    A guidebook to the best and easy day hikes in the beautiful Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Includes maps and mile-by-mile hike descriptions including distance, difficulty, hazards, and what to look for.

     
  • Spooky House and Man in Fog

    BOO! It’s that time of year, my favorite time of year, with cooler weather, pumpkins, hot chocolate, and of course ghosts and ghouls. As human beings, many of us have a weird fascination with the strange and macabre. We tell stories around the campfire, go on haunted tours or visit haunted houses, and watch movies that scare us to the point that sleep is just not an option.

    There are of course many things in the paranormal and horror realm that can capture our attention. There are skeletons, witches, vampires, serial killers, and monsters such as Big Foot or the Wendigo. The most popular of the paranormal that we often dive deep and become detectives is that of ghostly visitations. There are countless people through the ages that have experienced their own ghostly visitor - maybe you have your own experience - and have shared the creeks, the chills, and the apparitions in various stories. Some places even become landmarks as must-see attractions when visiting a city.

    The most interesting part of telling or reading ghost stories is being invested in a person’s life when you otherwise have no connection. It’s genealogy with a spooky twist. With many stories we not only learn about the dead’s active spiritual life but we dive deep into their mortal lives as well. We learn about where they were from, what they were like in life from family or friends, read journals and notes, learn about loss and illness they went through, and look at old photographs as we paint a picture in our heads of who these people were and why they are not resting in the afterlife. If this is something that interests you and you are wanting to get into the Halloween spirit then do we have you covered. To get started, check out these books that have some fascinating and spooky tales. They range from ghostly love affairs to performers who can’t let go of the spotlight. Get caught up in the ghosts of our past.          

    10.5 Haunted Universal StudiosHAUNTED UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
    By Brian Clune
    (2018)

    Talented entrepreneur Carl Laemmle led and won the fight against Thomas Edison's filming monopoly and built Universal City out of the dirt of Hollywood. He created a place of wonder and imagination, and now, decades later, Universal Studios is filled with rumors of ghosts.

     

    10.5 Haunted Salt Lake CityHAUNTED SALT LAKE CITY
    By Laurie Allen
    (2018)

    Uncovering ghost stories in Salt Lake City leads to a spooky mixture of legend, lore, and local history. The guides of Story Tours' Salt Lake City Ghost Tour reveal characters who just can't seem to leave the valley.

     

    10.5 Haunted LoveHAUNTED LOVE: TALES OF GHOSTLY SOULMATES, SPOOKY SUITORS, AND ETERNAL LOVE
    By Chris Gonsalves
    (2010)

    Romance is undeniably otherworldly. Heart racing, breath quickening, senses ablaze -it’s all apart of what makes love so frighteningly grand. As the French writer Francois de La Rochefoucauld said four centuries ago, “it is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.” And yet, there are those who have seen both. Welcome to HAUNTED LOVE. 

     

    10.5 Haunted TheatersHAUNTED THEATERS: PLAYHOUSE PHANTOMS, OPERA HOUSE HORROS, AND BACKSTAGE BANSHEES
    By Tom Ogden
    (2009)

    Thirty-five gripping tales of ghostly goings-on and other worldly encounters in theaters across North America and London. The hard part isn't finding theaters that are haunted-it's finding theaters that aren't!

     

    10.5 National Geographic Guide to the Worlds Supernatural PlacesNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S SUPERNATURAL PLACES: MORE THAN 250 SPINE-CHILLING DESTINATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE
    By Sarah Bartlett
    (2014)

    Packed with rich illustrations, National Geographic's first-ever guide to the world's supernatural places showcases more than 250 spooky destinations around the globe, revealing a dazzling array of haunted castles, forbidden hideaways and otherwise eerie landmarks.