The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am for at-risk/seniors. Curbside is still available.
The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am for at-risk/seniors. Curbside is still available.
 

 

Nicole

  •  microhistory

    Despite being a lifetime book lover and professional librarian, I just recently discovered my favorite book genre, microhistories.

    Microhistories give the reader what I call an “ant’s-eye view,” or in other words, a view of something from the ground up. I love to dive deep into one specific topic and explore every nook and cranny history has to offer.

    It’s so refreshing to learn about a topic with a more focused perspective. Luckily for me the Provo Library offers plenty of options when it comes to microhistories. If you need a place to start, the library has you covered. Listed below are some of my favorite microhistory reads.

    1.24 The Big OysterTHE BIG OYSTER: HISTORY ON THE HALF SHELL
    By Mark Kurlansky
    (2006)

    In my eyes, Mark Kurlansky is the king of microhistory. If you’re new to the microhistory genre, you can’t go wrong with any books by Mark Kurlanksy, but I highly recommend starting with this book. Kurlansky gives the readers a history lesson on The Big Apple (New York) when it was the Big Oyster, and how this salt-water bivalve influenced its economy, culture, and food scene.

     

    1.24 The Disappearing SpoonTHE DISAPPEARING SPOON
    By Sam Kean
    (2011)

    Imagine chemistry class spun into a series of delightful short stories and you’ve got a fun, new way to learn about the periodic table. You’ll walk away from this read feeling like a genius and wondering why it took you so long to find chemistry funny.

     

    1.24 StiffSTIFF
    By Mary Roach
    (2004)

    Talk about digging deep! This book explores the many uses of human cadavers. What role do cadavers play in space exploration? You’ll have to read the book to find out. WARNING: If you’re squeamish, you may have a hard time getting through this one (but please try, I promise its worth it!).

     

    1.24 Just My TypeJUST MY TYPE
    By Simon Garfield
    (2010)

    Where do fonts come from? This book answers that question along with many other questions you might not even know you had about fonts. You’ll learn about the typographers behind the typefaces and find yourself thinking twice about the font you choose for your next school assignment (that is, if your teacher hasn’t assigned Times New Roman 12 pt.).

     

    1.24 BananaBANANA
    By Dan Koeppel
    (2007)

    There’s so much more to the banana than meets the eye. Split ways with any preconceived notions of your favorite yellow fruit and learn about origin of the banana. The combination of science, history, and politics makes for an informative and entertaining read. Quite appealing, right?

     
  • Mandalorian

     It’s been a few months since the Disney+ streaming service graced our television sets, and almost everyone agrees that the shining star in the midst of many classic movies and beloved TV shows is a new series titled, The Mandalorian.

    I’m a huge fan of The Mandalorian (Baby Yoda, anyone?). I want more and I want it NOW! I’ll have to wait a few more months for Disney+ to deliver, however, there is something I can do while I wait. I can read books that keep me connected to The Mandalorian! Allow me to show you some of the great books that can be found at the Provo City Library.

    5.15 Mandalorian ArmorTHE MANDALORIAN ARMOR
    By K. W. Jeter
    (1998)

    He's the most feared and successful bounty hunter in the galaxy. He is Boba Fett, and even the most hardened criminals tremble at his name. Now he faces the deadliest challenge of his infamous career--an all-out war against his most dangerous enemies.

    We don’t know too much about Mando, but we do know about another bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Why not follow along with him and his dangerous expeditions.

     

    5.15 AngelfallANGELFALL
    By Susan Ee
    (2012)

    After eons of fighting his own battles, angel warrior Raffe finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

    If you like the relationship between Mando and The Child, you’ll enjoy books that include characters with a mentor-apprentice relationship. Angelfall has that and so much more!

     

    5.15 SerenitySERENITY: THOSE LEFT BEHIND
    By Joss Whedon
    (2006)

    In a universe filled with hearts and minds as cold and dark as the reaches of space, one small Firefly-class starship named Serenity takes its ragtag crew of mercenaries, outlaws, and fugitives in search of a job, any job, that'll earn them enough cash to afford that most elusive commodity, peace.

    The Mandalorian is a space western. If you like the good guy vs. bad guy theme, new frontiers in space, and a ragtag gang of characters, this is the book for you.

     

    5.15 Fortunes PawnFORTUNE'S PAWN
    By Rachel Bach
    (2013)

    Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day-but not just yet. That is, until she gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises.

    “Girls, come on. Leave the bounty hunting to the men? I don’t think so!” – Elastigirl if she was a bounty hunter…probably…

    Anyway, women can be tough, brilliant, bounty hunters too, and Devi Morris seems like the best of the bunch. This book has a unique supernatural atmosphere, exciting, advanced technology, and plenty of mystery to keep you interested.

    You can listen to the audio book or read the ebook on the Libby app

     

    5.15 The Bounty Hunters CodeTHE BOUNTY HUNTER CODE: FROM THE FILES OF BOBA FETT
    By Daniel Wallace
    (2014)  

    Legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett bound together two volumes of great personal significance: an edition of The bounty hunter's guild handbook, and a recruiting booklet issued by Death Watch, a secretive splinter group of Mandalorians. Together, these volumes make up The bounty hunter code, detailing the skills needed to make a living beyond galactic law as well as the little-known history, philosophy, and gear of Death Watch. 

    Suppose you want to learn more about the bounty hunter’s guild and what what it takes to be a bounty hunter?  Look no further. Our good pal Boba Fett compiled plenty of information to quell your curious mind.

     
  • Winter Hobbies

    Are you looking for a productive way to spend your time indoors while winter rages outside? Are you all worn out from finishing yet ANOTHER Netflix marathon? Consider learning a new hobby! Not sure where to start? Take a look at some of these books found at The Provo City Library

    01.03 20 Minute Whittling Projects20-MINUTE WHITTLING PROJECTS: FUN THINGS TO CARVE FROM WOOD
    By Tom Hindes
    (2016)

    Why not whittle away those long, dark winter days by whittling away at a small piece of wood? This is a hobby you can take anywhere with you.Bonus: If you feel confident enough you can use your creations as gifts for the holiday season! 

     

    01.03 Get CodingGET CODING!: LEARN HTML, CSS, AND JAVASCRIPT AND BUILD A WEBSITE, APP, AND GAME
    By Duncan Beedie
    (2017)

    If you find yourself getting bored with the same old computer games over and over again, you might want to consider creating your own. Make your dreams become (virtual) reality by learning how to code! 

     

    01.03 Beeswax AlchemyBEESWAX ALCHEMY: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CANDLES, SOAP, BALMS, SALVS AND HOME DECOR FROM THE HIVE
    By Petra Ahnert
    (2015)

    Spending a lot of time indoors during the winter might also mean spending a lot more money on your electricity bill. Help yourself out by learning how to make candles. You’ll save yourself some green and at the same time create a warm, cozy atmosphere to be enjoyed. 

     

    01.03 Why KnotWHY KNOT?: HOW TO TIE MORE THAN SIXTY INGENIOUS, USEFUL, BEAUTIFUL, LIFESAVING, MAGICAL, INTRIGUING, AND SECURE KNOTS!
    By Philippe Petit
    (2013)

    If you really want to make the most of your time indoors “why knot” learn how to tie different types of knots?Okay, okay. Moving on past my failed humor, this is a hobby that can save your sanity and your life. Talk about productivity! 

     

    01.03 37 Houseplants Even You Cant Kill37 HOUSEPLANTS EVEN YOU CAN'T KILL
    By Mary Kate Hogan
    (2006)

    If you find that your surrounding landscape is bleak, and bare, and dead, why not bring some colors and life into your living space by caring for a houseplant? Mary Kate Hogan guarantees that even YOU can’t kill the plants she mentions in this book, and besides, plants are pets that you don’t have to take outside in the snow at 5 am to “do their business” (looking at YOU, household dog of 17 years!).