The Provo City Library will reopen June 1 with limited hours. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
The Provo City Library will reopen June 1 with limited hours. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
 

 

Spring

  • spring cleaning

    We librarians here at Provo City Library have been abuzz about Marie Kondo's 2014 book, THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP, the #1 New York Times best seller that has been inspiring people to declutter their homes so much that thrift stores across the nation have been flooded with donations.

    If you’re like us and you’ve been inspired by the Konmarie method, or you’re simply raring to tidy up, improve your home, and prepare for a busy summer ahead, check out our librarians' favorite home care books!

    Breanne recommends:

    100 things100 THINGS EVERY HOMEOWNER MUST KNOW
    by Gary Wentz 
    (2015)

    This is an invaluable book for anyone who owns their own home and wants to care for it properly.  It covers all areas of your home, including things from how to keep your faucets drip-free, to growing the best lawn on the block, to preparing your home before you go on vacation.  It also includes easy repairs for appliances, plumbing, flooring, walls, furniture, driveways, and more.

     

     

    Shaina recommends:

    home comfortsHOME COMFORTS: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF KEEPING HOUSE
    by Cheryl Mendelson
    (1999)

    This book is a great reference, and, because I'm kind of strange, I'll also sit down and read it for fun sometimes.  The writing is surprisingly engaging, and HOME COMFORTS includes thorough instructions for caring for just about every aspect of the home (including deciphering those little hieroglyphics on clothing tags).  Relying on thorough research, Mendelson describes not only how to keep house, but the scientific and historical reasons for why we do.  Since the author is a lawyer, she even includes a section on laws that might affect homeowners.  You'd be hard pressed to come up with a question about housekeeping that this book doesn't answer. 

     

    Rikki recommends:

    lawngoneLAWN GONE! LOW-MAINTENANCE, SUSTAINABLE, ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR YARD
    by Pam Penick
    (2013)

    If you hate mowing the lawn as much as I do, LAWN GONE! is the book to alleviate your woes. While short, it is considerably broad in range, spanning the pros and cons as well as tips and tricks for a yard with little to no lawn. Whether you have a small or large yard, are looking to replace grass with gravel or mulch, flower beds, garden space, shrubs, or sitting areas, the ideas in this book are sure to inspire. I particularly found the numerous color photos, before and after examples, and lists of regional plant recommendations to be particularly useful for a novice landscaper like myself. 

    Breanne recommends:

    dinnerreadyDINNER IS READY! A COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREEZING 30 MEALS IN JUST ONE DAY!
    by Deanna Buxton
    (2007)

    This amazing book is a quick read, as about a third of the book talks about how to actually get everything done in one day, and the rest is filled with 150 recipes. I especially liked the recipes because they are quick and easy to do - you won't find too many with more than 5 or 6 ingredients and steps. I pared it down to 10 meals for my first trial-run. I spent about $50 on the groceries, two hours in the kitchen, and packed 9 meals away in the freezer (we ate the 10th that night). I actually found the process kind of fun, and the tips and guidelines she gives in the instructional part of the book really did help a lot as I put this all together. Plus, what I've eaten so far was yummy!

     

     

    Shaina recommends:

    organichouseORGANIC HOUSEKEEPING: IN WHICH THE NONTOXIC AVENGER SHOWS YOU HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND THAT OF YOUR FAMILY, WHILE YOU SAVE TIME, MONEY, AND, PERHAPS, YOUR SANITY
    by Ellen Sandbeck
    (2006)

    I look at this as the nontoxic equivalent of Mendelson's HOME COMFORTS book.  Sandbeck points out that we use harsh chemicals so often in our homes that they are actually more polluted than the outdoors.  In our obsessive effort to rid our homes of germs, we have actually compromised our immune systems and created "super bugs" that are resistant to disinfectants or antimicrobial medications.  Sandbeck discusses how to prevent messes as well as clean them, and she offers a few green, nontoxic formulas to replace traditional cleaners.

  • bring spring

     

    Spring is upon us, and I don't know about you, but I suddenly find myself invigorated and ready to get some things done! There are many things I have been neglecting over the winter, and now that the sun is shining and I don't have to wear my heavy winter coat outside, I think I'm just about ready to tackle them. Here's my list of biggest things to tackle over the next few weeks and the books I’m going to use to get them done.

    pruning plant by plantPRUNING PLANT BY PLANT
    by Andrew Mikolajski
    (2012)

    My yard feels like a wild forest sometimes, and it seems like the reaching branches sneak up on me each season. For many plants, the end of winter and beginning of spring is the right time to prune and get them ready for the new growing season. This book is a DK publication, which means it is especially gorgeous to flip through, and the many photographs are sure to perfectly illustrate just what you need to know to get your garden ready for the warm weather.

     

    joy of lessTHE JOY OF LESS: A MINIMALIST GUIDE TO DECLUTTER, ORGANIZE, AND SIMPLIFY
    by Francine Jay
    (2016)

    I don't know what it is about cold weather, but I can't help but accumulate growing piles of things that need to be organized.  Stray junk mail, art projects from my kids, and thank you letters seem to find their way into a box that I always intend to “go through later.” Somehow, the warm weather of spring always manages to inspire me to unpack my piles and get organized again, and this book has many helpful tips and hints to inspire anyone like me.

     

    lower your taxesEASY WAYS TO LOWER YOUR TAXES: SIMPLE STRATEGIES EVERY TAXPAYER SHOULD KNOW
    by Sandra Block  
    (2008)

    Tax season always seems to sneak up on me, and each year I promise myself that I'm going to pay more attention to saving receipts throughout the year and looking for ways to lower my taxes. This book is a great resource for just this endeavor!

     

     

     

    hands on homeTHE HANDS-ON HOME: A SEASONAL GUIDE TO COOKING, PRESERVING & NATURAL HOMEKEEPING
    by Erica Stauss
    (2015)

    Each spring I get so inspired by things growing everywhere that I recommit to eating produce in season. We have a few seasonal cookbooks that are committed to showing which recipes will make the best of each season, and I especially like this book as it includes information on preserving and homekeeping as well.

     

    complete home repairCOMPLETE HOME REPAIR: WITH 350 PROJECTS AND 2,300 PHOTOS
    Black & Decker Corporation
    (2008) 

    These Black & Decker books are amazing in their ability to help novices like me understand what to do. From patching part of my driveway concrete that chipped from the ice in the winter, to touching up the caulk in my bathroom, to improving the efficiency of my appliances, this book is a gold mine for homeowners who need to do small repairs or simply making things work better.

    We also have an online resource for home improvement just like this book except that it also includes videos and magazine articles, through our Home Improvement Reference Center database. 

    Looking for more springtime recommendations? You're in luck!