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  •  Book giving

    Young Adult novels are some of my favorites, from the ones that are old friends to new ones that I can hardly put down. The following are some of my favorites from this year that you could give to anyone without worry or concern. I've made sure to only include books which are at the beginning of the series or standalones so you don’t have to worry about giving someone an entire series.

    12.22 Traitors GameTHE TRAITOR’S GAME
    By Jennifer Nielsen
    (2018)

    After three years in exile, Kestra Dallisor has been summoned back to Antora by her father, right-hand man of the seemingly immortal king, Lord Endrick. She is intercepted and kidnapped by the Coracks who want to use her to get the Olden Blade, which they believe can be used to kill the despot. Simon, one of the rebels with his own grudge against the Dallisors, is assigned to accompany her, but Kestra has her own plans and does not intend to let anyone get in her way.

     

    12.22 Children of Blood and BoneCHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE
    By Tomi Adeymi
    (2018)

    Zelie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. Ever since the reaping, which killed her mother and many of the sorcerers, Zelie and her people have been living on the outskirts of society, praying for survival. That is until Zelie, her brother, and a runaway princess get the opportunity to change the fate of the world.

     

    12.22 Cruel PrinceTHE CRUEL PRINCE
    by Holly Black
    (2018)

    Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans, especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

     

    12.22 The Wicked DeepTHE WICKED DEEP
    by Shea Ernshaw
    (2018)

    Three sisters, drowned as witches in Sparrow, Oregon, in the 1800s, return each summer for revenge, but Penny, seventeen, is determined to stop them to save the boy she loves.

     

    12.22 Sea WitchSEA WITCH
    by Sarah Hennings
    (2018)

    Rendered an outcast in town after her friend Anna's death, Evie befriends a newcomer with an uncanny likeness to Anna. When the girls pursue romances with two charming princes, Evie has a chance at happiness until her new friend reveals a secret.

     

    12.22 SkywardSKYWARD
    by Brandon Sanderson
    (2018)

    When a long-term attack against her world by the alien Krell escalates, Spensa's dream of becoming a pilot may come true, despite her deceased father being labeled a deserter.

     

    12.22 To Kill a KingdomTO KILL A KINGDOM
    by Alexandra Christo
    (2018)

    Lira, a famous siren, must prove herself by stealing the heart of the man, a prince, threatening her race. Will she be able to overcome the obstacles placed before her?

     
    Looking for other holiday giving ideas? Check out our recommendations for adult fiction, more adult fiction, nonfiction, more nonfiction, and picture books.
  • best love stories

     

    So, after Christmas, the next holiday stores go gaga for is Valentine’s Day. Patrons start seeing everything from chocolate to obnoxiously stuffed teddy bears with satin hearts attached to them. Sadly none of this ties back to the myth behind one of the original St. Valentines; it is not well documented which St. Valentines was the original. But one of the myths behind this holiday according to history.com is that during the third century, the Roman emperor Claudius II decided that unmarried men made better soldiers than men with wives and children. So he banned all marriages for young men.  The story goes that even though it was illegal and eventually cost Valentine his life he continued after the edict to marry the young couples in love. Read story here

    In honor of all those lovers who got to be united in matrimony all those centuries ago, I and some of my co-workers have compiled a list of some of our favorite love stories captured by books. This is by no means a complete list but hopefully it gives some amazing stories for you to consider reading this upcoming Valentines season.

    Benedict & Beatrice
    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
    by William Shakespeare
    1600

    I love the relationship between these two. Confirmed bachelor and bachelorette who hate each other end up finding something to love about the other after their friends set them up. This is my favorite Shakespearian comedy.

    Anne & Gilbert
    ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
    by L.M. Montgomery
    1908

    Proof relationships aren’t always about first impressions. My favorite memory will always be Anne smashing her tablet over Gilbert’s head. As time passes she eventually forgives him for humiliating her in class. I love watching the dynamic develop between these two as they grow up and mature into adults. This is an amazing series with beautiful scenes all throughout the books.

    Wesley & Buttercup
    PRINCESS BRIDE
    by William Goldman
    1973

    Relationships start with someone being kind. I love how they show that it takes work to not only begin a relationship but it takes fighting for what you want and sacrifice, to keep a relationship going. Not to mention this book is dripping with humor and hilarious situations, which makes it an all-around amazing read.

    Hazel & Gus
    FAULT IN OUR STARS
    by John Green
    2012

    Love can make a difference even if only around for a short time.  I like this love story because it is so much more real than the immature Romeo and Juliet where they promise to commit suicide together and then never get to actually know what love is like because they are dead. There are so many things wrong with Romeo and Juliet I won’t get started. What I love about Gus and Hazel is that they do make a difference in each other’s lives. They are there for each other even when life is knocking them upside the head and they don’t feel like being strong anymore. 

    Jane & Mr. Rochester
    JANE EYRE
    by Charlotte Bronte
    1847

    Everyone deserves a chance at true love even if you didn’t know what you were doing the first time around. I have heard a lot of people give Mr. Rochester grief because he was hiding his first wife in his attic. Which okay, taken in or out of context is not an honest thing to do.  But I love how this story allows for second chances and for there to be growth and a happy ending even if things go terribly the first time around.

     

     

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    Fun fact! Did you know the library has board games that you can come in and play? We do! And not just the same old Monopoly, Clue, and Risk games that you grew up playing as a child, but new and improved games.

    Do you avoid playing board games with your family because they are too competitive? Maybe you should try a game with a more cooperative board style. Instead of getting mad because your game mates sabotaged you, the board is the element that is trying to kill you.

    On the 20th of April we are having an adult event to help you learn to play a bunch of different board games, such as DiXit, Pandemic, Avalon, Bang! The Dice Game, and so many more! Please come join us for a game filled evening.

    To give you a better idea of why you will definitely want to play them, here are five of my favorite board games the library recently purchased.

    PandemicPANDEMIC

    You are a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) trying to save the world from disease. There are four strains trying to kill off the planet. Each player has a special ability which will help you cure the disease. This is one of my favorite cooperative games, since it encourages team building as you work together to discover the cures to various strains. It gives everyone playing a common enemy that isn't a person, which is so nice.

     

     

     

    BangBANG! THE DICE GAME

    This is an Old West themed dice game. A sheriff is identified and then each other player has a secret identity as a deputy, an outlaw, or a renegade. The deputies win if the sheriff wins. The outlaws win if the sheriff dies. And the renegades win if the sheriff is the last person standing. The dice are my favorite element. You get three rolls and your available actions are really straight forward, which makes teaching this game really easy.

     

     

     

    Cockroach PokerCOCKROACH POKER

    This game of creepy crawlies is so much fun. The cards depict eight critters and there are eight of each one. The point of the game is to stick one person with four of the same critter i.e. four scorpions. For example, person A passes a card to person B and says “This is a bat”. Person B has to determine whether person A is lying or not. If person B is right, person A gets the card; if person B is wrong, they get the card. This game is a fun challenge to see how well you can tell whether or not someone is lying.

    SpyfallSPYFALL

    This is an awesome variation on 20 questions. In the group everyone gets a card identifying the same location, except for one person who receives the spy card. The point of the game is to ask each other questions till you figure out who the spy is, or in the spy’s case finding out everyone else’s location. Imagine having everyone’s location be at the mechanic’s and then someone asking you what kind of food is served there. Everyone else will know who the spy is and answer that there are “all sorts of food," when there are obviously not all sorts of food at a mechanic's shop. Hilarity ensues. 

    DixitDIXIT

    This has some of the craziest art work I have ever seen in a game. In DIXIT everyone has a hand of cards and the first player picks one and gives some clue about it. Everyone else puts in a card they think fits that clue. The first player will shuffle the cards and lay them out randomly. Then everyone else votes which card they feel was the original. This is an amazing game for friends to play together. It is really lighthearted as earned points move bunnies around the score board for the win.

     

     

     

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  • board games

    So hopefully you all know that the Provo City Library is amazing and has over 60 board games that you are welcome to use inside the library. Board gaming is amazing and is something of a passion of mine. I love how far board games have come since the eight that I remember in my parent’s house … long story short neither Monopoly or Risk are my favorite. While Clue and Sorry are fun, they are not what I want to play all the time. So if you need inspiration for a family activity please come and see what we have at the library.

    Here are my top 5 if you would like any ideas, but this list was harder to pick from than I thought it would be. If you go to http://www.provolibrary.com/games you can see a complete list of all the awesomeness we have at the library.

    PANDEMIC: This is a Cooperative board game, meaning everyone is trying to beat the board that is metaphorically trying to kill you. So in this game, players are members of the CDC trying to cure the world of disease. This game throws in a twist when the disease outbreaks and spreads to adjacent locations on the board.

    TAKENOKO: Think Zen Settlers of Catan (which we also have). This game is set in Japan where you are trying to complete your card objectives by cultivating a beautiful garden, grow bamboo, and feed your panda, all while the other players are trying to complete their secret objectives.

    PLAYING CARDS: I know what you are thinking - what am I going to do with a deck of cards? Well the answer is there is a whole bunch of fun you can have (other than 52 pickup, which I will be the first to say is not very fun).  If you don’t come knowing how to play Speed, War, or Egyptian Rat Screw, we have a book with various games one can play with this super mobile deck.

    DIXIT: This is an amazing game with awesome artwork. Throw out clues and try to get people to guess what card you picked but if you make it too easy you get no points and if you make your clue too hard you get no points. I absolutely love the artwork in this game and it is really fun to see the players interpretations of the clues that are given by the clue giver.

    TSURO: The game of the path, this game is really easy to learn and accommodates up to 8 players. Everyone tries to stay on the board for as long as possible; if your paths collide and you run into another player, you die. If your piece falls off the board you also die, and you must follow the path you are on. Super simple rules and really fun at the same time.

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    We all… well, at least I personally, have a list of Christmas Movies where it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without them. I have many fond memories of movies recorded onto VHS tapes with the commercials in them and everything. It is crazy how nostalgic I can be over an old television commercial.

    Here is a list of my five favorite Christmas films. So have fun, snuggle up with a comfy blanket, pop your favorite style of popcorn, and enjoy.

    12.15 A Christmas CarolA CHRISTMAS CAROL
    Directed by David Jones
    (1999)

    This is my favorite version of A Christmas Carol. I love Patrick Stewart, I love the Ghosts, and I love the score. The only thing I like better on any other edition is the song “Thank you very much” from the musical Scrooge.

     
     

    12.15 The Santa ClauseTHE SANTA CLAUSE
    Directed by John Pasquin
    (1994)

    This is my favorite out of all the following sequels I loved Charlie and the line where he accuses his dad of killing Santa. I love when Tim Allen shaves and it immediately grows back and he looks in the mirror and just says “I’m in big trouble mmhmmm”. 

     
     

    12.15 Home AloneHOME ALONE
    Directed by Chris Columbus
    (1990)

    The first two in this series are my favorite; I actually watch them both every year. Three and four I pretend don’t exist.

    Can you tell I am a 90’s child yet?

     
     

    12.15 How the Grinch Stole ChristmasHOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
    Ron Howard
    (2000)

    I love the story HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS by Dr. Seuss - it is one of my favorites.  I love both the animated version as well as the live action version.

     
     

    12.15 Miracle on 34th streetMIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
    Directed by Les Mayfield
    (1994)

    I like this story a lot. I love the relationship between Kris Kringle and all of the other characters. It is so much fun to watch the magic between them.

     
  • christmas music

    As the holiday season comes around, much to the dismay of my husband, I am that person who starts listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween. I must admit this is my favorite time of year. I love the lights, wassail, cinnamon pinecones, my living room lit by the glow of a Christmas tree, and especially the music. So I thought that I would share my five favorite Christmas songs / albums and I hope that I can help you find some new favorites to spice up your Christmas Season.

    home for christmasHOME FOR CHRISTMAS
    by Celtic Women
    (2012)

    This album is a lyrical arrangement of some good Christmas Classics.

    thats christmas to meTHAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME
    by Pentatonix
    (2015)  

    I love this whole album but if you want something extra special, “Mary Did You Know” is amazing. Keep your eyes peeled for their new Christmas album which is also good.

    denver muppets christmasA CHRISTMAS TOGETHER
    by John Denver and the Muppets
    (1990)  

    I love this entire album but I will admit I pretty consistently have “Christmas is Coming” stuck in my head. There is nothing like listening to Miss Piggy sing Christmas songs.     

    josh groban noelNOEL
    by Josh Groban
    (2007)

    I really like this CD full of beautifully arranged classics. My particular favorite is the duet he does with Faith Hill “The First Noel”. 

    wintersongWINTERSONG
    by Sarah McLachlan
    (2006)

    I personally love the song Wintersong out of this assortment. Sarah McLachlan has a beautiful voice and her arrangements are very original and I like the changes she makes to the music.

  • fairtyaleretellings

    I love fairy tales. I especially love the quote by G.K. Chesterton, “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.” I personally think that this applies to everyone. We all have our dragons in our lives from paying bills to family drama, and sometimes it is overwhelming facing our personal dragons. Even though real life is not a fairy tale it is nice to have the hope that our own personal dragons can be conquered, and the belief that we can be the hero of our own story.

    EntwinedENTWINED
    by Heather Dixon Entwined
    (2011)

    ENTWINED is a retelling of the “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”. Left alone in mourning after their mother’s death, and their father gone off to war, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters spend night after night dancing with Keeper, someone trapped in a magic passageway in the walls of the castle. The dances start out fun enough but soon become a nightmare.

    Golden BraidTHE GOLDEN BRAID
    by Melanie Dickerson
    (2015)

    The Golden Braid is a fun retelling of “Rapunzel”. In this story as Rapunzel and her mother are moving once again they are set upon by bandits, and are saved by a passing knight. Later down the road, Rapunzel get the opportunity to save the very knight who previously saved them. In exchange for saving his life Rapunzel makes him promise to teach her how to read. As the story goes on a lifetime of secrets are revealed. Will Rapunzel be able to free herself from a lifetime of lies and help save her kingdom?

    BeautyBEAUTY
    by Robin McKinley
    (1978)

    Beauty is a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”. In this particular retelling of the fairy tale Beauty’s father is a merchant who has recently lost everything in a storm at sea and they go west to make a new future for themselves. One day her father receives word that one of his ships survived the storm and he travels back to the city to discover what is to be recovered. On his way back to his family he gets caught in a blizzard and stays in a mysterious castle in the woods near his home. As he leaves his refuge once the storm has stopped he picks a rose from the garden of the mysterious castle igniting the Beasts anger.  For picking the rose the merchant must give up one of his daughters to live with the Beast forever. Beauty volunteers.  What will happen while Beauty is living with a mythical beast, and what will become of her?

    Saphyre SnowSAPHYRE SNOW 
    by Marci Lynn McClure
    (2009)

    Saphyre Snow is a retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”. Princess Saphyre is running for her life when her stepmother’s huntsman is ordered to kill Saphyre and rip out her heart. When she gets lost in the woods she comes across a band of seven misfits. Will they give her refuge or send her back to be subject to her stepmother’s cruelty?

    Princess of the Silver WoodPRINCESS OF THE SILVER WOOD
    by Jessica Day George
    (2012)

    Princess of the Silver Wood is a fun retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Robin Hood”. Petunia, the youngest of the dancing princesses, gets ambushed by bandits in wolves’ costume on her way to visit an elderly neighbor. Will she and her sisters finally get the chance to break the curse over their family?

  • BW Comedies

     

    In the words of Uncle Albert in MARY POPPINS, “I love to laugh”. Comedies are some of my favorite films to watch. I remember being a little kid and just loving to watch the Three Stooges on my dad’s lap. I think this is where my love of black and white films and comedy started. So in the spirit of April Fools and April being National Comedy Month, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite black and white comedies.

    Arsenic and Old LaceARSENIC AND OLD LACE
    Directed by Frank Capra
    (1944)

    This comedy follows the story of Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a confirmed bachelor who has written many books on the evils of marriage, on his wedding day. He comes home to find his two old maid aunts have killed a Mr. Hoskins and hidden him in the window seat until they could hold a proper Christian funeral in the basement where they keep the other bodies. 

     

     

    Malice in the PalaceMALICE IN THE PALACE
    Directed by Jules White
    (1949)

    MALICE IN THE PALACE is a beautiful slap stick comedy where the Three Stooges are running a restaurant in the middle of the Arabian Desert. My favorite scene of the entire short is when they are trying to eat sausages and there is a cat and a dog under the table coincidentally reacting perfectly with what is going on in the room. It makes me laugh every time.

     

     

    Duck SoupDUCK SOUP
    Directed by Leo McCarey
    (1933)

    Freedonia goes bankrupt so who better to run the country than Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx)? All mayhem ensues when Chicolini and Pinky are unable to find incriminating evidence against Firefly. DUCK SOUP is a beautifully ridiculous comedy, and as honestly as I love Groucho Marx, for me Harpo is the one who steals the show in this particular case. He never has any lines, but he does a beautiful job making a crowd laugh based only on his antics.

     

    Some Like it HotSOME LIKE IT HOT
    Directed by Billy Wilder
    (1959)

    This is the story of two musicians who see too much of a mob hit so they join an all female jazz band bound for Florida. This story is so funny as you watch these two men trying to behave like women. Of course they have the classic scenes where they have a rich gentleman who finds one of the guys attractive. The other snag is one of the musicians is trying to get Sugar ( Marilyn Monroe) to fall in love with him. Such a funny movie.

     

    HarveyHARVEY
    Directed by Henry Koster
    (1950)

    HARVEY is the story of a gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, who insists that his best friend is a six foot tall white rabbit. EIwood lives with his sister Veta and his niece. Veta is trying desperately to get her daughter married and so she is trying to get her brother committed to get him out of the way. This story is so fun  and one of my favorite scenes is when they have the cab driver look up the definition for a Pooka. 

     

     

     

  • great musicals

    So anyone who knows me knows that I love most every musical that I have come across. The only one I have seen so far and do not like is Carousel. I love the signature song but hate the plot. Musicals have a lot of different backgrounds for their stories. There are musicals like MAMMA MIA that were written to fit the music, or there are some like SHREK and THE ADDAMS FAMILY that were based off of a movie or a television show, and there are some like THE MUSIC MAN that are a representation of life experiences.  But did you know that there are many musicals that are either loosely or strictly based off of a book? Oh yes! This makes me so happy because it combines two of my most favorite things. So let me share with you some of my favorite book to musical adaptations.

    9.15 Oliver TwistOLIVER TWIST
    By Charles Dickens
    (1838)

    OLIVER!: This is one of the few cases where I loved the musical more than I liked the book. I think that Charles Dickens helped try to start a revolution of change that sadly did not really start rolling until much later, but it is such a sad story with not a particularly happy end. I love how the musical keeps the spirit of how desperate things are and then brings hope for Oliver at the end.

     

     

    9.15 Alexander HamiltonALEXANDER HAMILTON
    By Ron Chernow
    (2004)

    HAMILTON: So weirdly enough I loved this musical. I say weirdly because 99.99% of the time I HATE Rap music. It does absolutely nothing for me and I don’t enjoy it. But I love the story/ tragedy of Alexander Hamilton. Even more than his story I love the story of his wife Eliza. She was the one who really worked to make sure that her husband’s legacy lived on and that he was a name that people would recognize in the history books.

     

     

    9.15 A Little PrincessA LITTLE PRINCESS
    By Francis Hodgson Burnett
    (1905)

    A LITTLE PRINCESS: My favorite song from this Musical is "Good Luck, Bonne Chance." I love how they bring out the storytelling talent that Sarah Crew has in the book paring it with a fun, catchy tune. I love this story so much! I like stories where people are still good and kind even when life kicks them while they are down, then karma comes and bites everyone else, and then good things happen to the main character.

     

    9.15 The Wizard of OzTHE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
    By L. Frank Baum
    (1900)

    THE WIZARD OF OZ: So if you didn’t know The Wizard of Oz is an entire series of books. There are 14 books written by L. Frank Baum which all provide a different facet of the world of Oz. The first book came out almost 40 years before Judy Garland played as Dorothy. I love the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." It has always been one of my favorite songs.

     

     

    9.15 The Scarlet PimpernelTHE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
    By Baroness Orczy
    (1905)

    THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL: This is one of my all-time favorite stories in almost every single version I have ever seen. Each version is slightly different, but consistently my favorite part is when Percy finds out that Marguerite loves him and never betrayed him. I love how they adjust that part of the story every time.

     

     

  •  Journals

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love to read journals and diaries. I grew up reading every single Dear America book I could get my hands on as well as any of the Royal Diaries books. I learned the other day what the difference is between a diary and a journal - technically a diary is simply a record of events as they happen in someone’s life, where a journal is a book that is a bit more personal and goes through a person’s thoughts and feelings and the evolution thereof. Super cool! Who knew? 

    I personally love the perspective a journal gives about a person’s life and what they were going through.The following are a few books which are written in a journal or diary format. What are some of your favorite journals and diaries to read?

    7.6 Book of a Thousand DaysBOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS
    by Shannon Hale
    (2007)

    Dashti is a fifteen year old who is sworn to obey her sixteen year old mistress, the Lady Saren. This story records the years of Saren’s punishment locked in a tower, then records her going to another's lands and posing as a kitchen maid in order to stay alive.

     

    7.6 Diary of a Young GirlTHE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL
    by Anne Frank
    (1947)

    This is the record of a wonderful young Jewish girl, who was triumphantly human and herself through the ordeal of life before her family was taken to a concentration camp.

     

    7.6 The Perks of Being a WallflowerTHE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
    by Stephen Chbosky
    (1999)

    This book follows the life of Charlie, who is a freshman in High School. Though he is not the weirdest kid in town, he is not popular. This book discusses the unique perspective of a life lived on the fringes, but then learning to step away from the wall and live on the dance floor.

     

    7.6 These is My WordsTHESE IS MY WORDS
    by Nancy Turner
    (1998)

    This story follows Sarah Agnes Prine, beginning in 1881, when her father decides the family needs to move their horse ranch from Arizona to Texas. Sara is 17 and is a tomboy, though she would love nothing more than to be gracious and beautiful like other women. Follow the story of Sarah’s family as Sarah is the one person that often saves them from certain death.

     

    7.6 Go Ask AliceGO ASK ALICE
    by Anonymous
    (1971)

    This book follows the story of a 15 year old girl who develops a drug habit and runs away from home.

     
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    HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE came out in June 20 years ago. It is crazy to think how much time has passed since then. This post is a little late to be a 20th year anniversary post, but in light of our Harry Potter Escape Room I wanted to write a little something to showcase this wonderful series.

    If we rewind to my second grade year, I hated to read. I have a vivid memory of sitting at my desk in the mobile classroom, staring at a copy of THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, absolutely hating it, and wondering what they were talking about. Around that time, my teacher started reading HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS to the class. I must have mentioned something to my mother and she ended up getting a copy of the first book and reading it to us at night as we went to sleep. I remember being frustrated that she only read a chapter or so at a time, and it was even worse if I fell asleep during the reading of the story. I would take the book and then read until I caught back up. Then I was impatient to find out how the story ended, so I took the book and finished it; my mother was not thrilled.

    This started sort of a tradition with my mother and I as we stole the books back and forth from each other as we read these fun stories. As I had to wait the agonizing amount of time for the next books to be published, I started to pick up other books and find other incredible authors. I even grew to love the Boxcar series, and read many of them.

    In addition to the book's fun plots, I love the quotes of wisdom passed down from Professor Dumbledore, including:

    • "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that."  ~ HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE 

    • "As much money and life as you could want!  The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them."  ~ HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
       
    •  “It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.”  ~ HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Now that I have started grad school, this quote seems even more pertinent than usual)

    I will always be grateful for the grand introduction that the Harry Potter series gave me to the world of reading. In addition, it has impacted my desire to help other people find the book or series that will unlock that door for them. Talking books is one of my favorite things, and I am grateful for the opportunity that my job provides to do just that.

    Back to the Escape Room. If you did not get a time slot, don't despair. We are planning to make this an ongoing program, hopefully an on-demand one that you can schedule at any time. Keep your eyes peeled for new information!