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    There is probably no summertime activity more iconic than hanging out under the night sky and stargazing. In our Utah desert, you have a great view of the Perseid Meteor Shower in August, as well as general constellations, and maybe even the Milky Way if you are lucky. If you are not up for camping under the stars, check out the BYU Planetarium ( for their Friday night shows. At the library, we have lots of books on astronomy and astrophysics in the 520s. Check out some of the titles from our collection to prepare for your big night out under the stars! 

    8.8 Stargazing for DummiesSTARGAZING FOR DUMMIES 
    By Steve Owens

    This is a great place to start if you know nothing about stargazing or astronomy in general. This guide teaches you how to read star maps, a little of the history of astronomy, and an overview of any equipment you might want.  




    8.8 StarfinderSTARFINDER
    By Carole Stott

    This one is by far my favorite star book in our collection because it has a moveable star map right on the front cover! There are also great photos and illustrations in the first half with more details monthly star maps in the second half. Definitely check this one out just for the novelty! 

    Some people prefer to stargaze in the peace and quiet of nature, but I prefer to have a little background music. I like to think of it as part of the soundtrack of my life. If you want some nice instrumental stuff, go to Gustav Holst’s iconic THE PLANETS album. For something more modern, check out anything by Coldplay. Really, I think that most albums by Coldplay have a sort of cosmic, I-feel-connected-to-the-universe vibe, but I may be biased. Definitely listen to A SKY FULL OF STARS, YELLOW, and the SPEED OF SOUND. If you are feeling adventurous, try THE RACE FOR SPACE by Public Service Broadcasting. All of these titles can be found in our catalog by clicking on the links provided.  

    No matter how you prepare for your fun night under the stars, be sure to take some flashlights, blankets and pillows, bug spray, and have fun!



    Summer.  Summer.  Summer.  We can hear it whispering on the breeze, feel it pulsating through the growing grass, and sense it drifting off the blossoming trees.  It seems to be all we can do to survive the next four weeks until that blessed last school bell rings, propelling both kids and parents alike into 11 weeks of homework-free bliss. 

    For many, it’s the best time of the year:  vacations, family reunions, days at the pool, moonlit night games, and glowing fireflies.  Unfortunately with all of that fun comes the dreaded “summer slide” – a research-proven loss of math and reading skills in our kids.  Children from low-income households fare worse than average, losing “more than two months in reading achievement” over the summer when they no longer have access to the academic resources available through their school (National Summer Learning Association). 

    The good news is that, together, we can beat the summer slide! Scholastic offers the following three tips to prevent loss of reading skills over the summer (follow the link for more in-depth descriptions):

    1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing.  Take advantage of your local library.  (That’s us!) 
    2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read.  Find opportunities throughout the day in the comics, the weather report, a recipe, or even online. 
    3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle.  One benefit is that you can read books your children can't, so they will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books.

    The Provo City Library is here to help your children have fun AND keep reading this summer.  Our Summer Reading Kickoff event will be on Saturday, June 4 from 9 am to 5 pm.  Come sign up and get a jump start on our 2016 Summer Reading Program.  Parents, you too!  Register for the adult program and be a great reading model for your kids.  The Children’s Department will be hopping with lots of fun programs and challenges throughout the summer, so let’s work together to beat the summer slide!

    *The Children’s summer program schedule is now available at the Children’s Reference Desk.*

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     Summer is upon us, and the excitement of days filled with constant sunshine and homework is a thing of the past. Kids love summer break, but the infamous words “Mom, I’m bored” will slowly begin to creep into the day. There is a strong contrast between structured school days and hours of open-ended possibilities.

    In this Huffington Post article, Dr. Lapointe explains how we should embrace the bored. Children need to be bored: it is where creativity and imagination are born. Children need to delve into the freedom of time and space and discover their true interests. They need to decide what drives them and makes them happy. Caregivers and parents should allow large blocks of time for children to play because this is when they form new ideas, create, experience, and discover.

    I can’t think of a better place than the library to help children discover their hobbies and interests. There are books about origami, crafts, photography, acting, outdoor activities, calligraphy, and weird facts most kids find amazing. The library also provides a never-ending supply of books to read, letting the reader become lost in the new world they find. Children need summer to be unencumbered by scheduling—filled with time and space to play. Here a few books to inspire your summer play: 

    6.28.17 RoxaboxenROXABOXEN
    By Alice McLerran. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney

    There was a time when children played outside and created cities and towns with dirt, rocks, and sticks. McLerran describes childhood memories like these in this story. The nostalgia felt will inspire adults and children to allow for the time to create these outdoor play experiences. 

    6.28.17 Out of the BoxOUT OF THE BOX
    By Jemma Westing

    The cardboard box has always been the classic open-ended play material. With colorfully painted engineering masterpieces, Westing gives pages of ideas illustrating what can be done with a simple cardboard box. The ideas include step by step instructions and templates in the back to trace.


    6.28.17 Unplugged PlayUNPLUGGED PLAY
    By Bobbi Conner

    This book provides more than 710 games and play ideas for children, and none of the ideas include electronics or batteries! This book is divided into three different sections based on age. It’s a great resource to help children who need play tutoring as they get used to having open-ended time for creating and coming up with their own ideas.


  • book swap

     Have you ever looked at your bookshelf and thought, “I wish I could trade some of these for different books?”

    Give your neglected books another chance to bring someone happiness!

    On Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 pm we will be having our annual summer Book Swap. We’ve been collecting books all year so that patrons can come and swap their gently used books for something new, as well as swap books with each other!

    Just for coming to the event, each person age 10 and up will get to choose one book to take home, even if they didn’t bring anything. If you do bring books to swap, you can bring up to 10. That means you can get up to 11 new (to you) books to take home and keep forever!

    So that we can make sure we’re swapping books in decent condition, we will not accept books with mold or mildew, any type of water damage, or with pages falling out. Please bring books in a condition that someone else would like to take home.

    Also, since this event is for ages 10 and up, we will only be accepting books that are junior through adult level. We will not accept easy readers, intermediate, or picture books. We also will not accept text books or audio books.

    On July 11th, come swap some books, get a small treat, and pick up a secret code for the summer reading program! We’ll see you then!

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    At Provo City Library our 2017 Summer Reading theme is “Build a Better World." Many people might think the world can only be changed by grand gestures or by people in positions of power, but we all have the power to profoundly affect the world around us. You do this simply by how you choose to interact with your world and those in it. Being a good family member, neighbor, or community member can often have more impact because you have the greatest knowledge and influence in your own sphere.

    To make real changes in your world, you don’t have to take on everything at once. Start small and just take the first step. A small act of kindness creates a ripple effect that can carry from person to person, brightening many lives, and maybe those people will choose to pay it forward to someone else.

    For our Summer Reading Program, we wanted to help initiate this ripple effect by offering “Challenges” to help motivate people to take those first small steps to build a better world. Some of the Challenges include “Make Someone’s Day,” “Offer a Service to Someone,” or “Give a Thoughtful Compliment.”

    The responses we have received from these Summer Reading Challenges have been so heartening to our staff that we thought we would share a few here. Maybe it will spark you to look for ways to help others.

    “My neighbors are getting their kitchen redone so they can't cook anything, so my family and I invited them over and made them dinner.”

    “I saw an old man that is homeless, and I bought him a hot meal and gave him a comforter to sleep with.”

    “I made brownies and brought them over to a family member who is going through a hard time.”

    “There was this elementary school kid at the Dollar Tree. He bought two poster boards for $2.14. He only had $2.00. He was going to put one board back, but I gave him the $0.14, so he could get the two boards. I remember being a kid shopping in a store and not understanding taxes, so I was always short.”

    “I cleaned all of the living room and vacuumed it because we had visitors coming, and I knew that my mom wouldn't have enough time to do it.”

    “As a family, we weeded a neighbor’s flower bed.”

    “My sister and I took our friend out to get a treat at Yogurtland and we decided to pay for someone’s order. So we made a deal that the next person to walk into the room we would pay for them. An old man with his daughter and her son came into the store. I walked up to the cash register and explained that when they came to pay for their treat to use the money I handed her to pay for their order. I also told her to keep it a secret. So, when they came up to the front the man was reaching in his pocket to pay for the frozen yogurt and the lady told him that it had already been paid for. The old man was surprised and it made my day. Service is really awesome and I hope that I can have other experiences where I can serve others and get to see them smile after it.”

    One final note. Many studies have shown that helping others has a positive impact on your own life such as developing stronger relationships, having a more positive outlook in a world where we are bombarded daily with fear and anger, establishing a stronger sense of belonging, and feeling more gratitude in your life. Some people have even said it is the secret to happiness and a more fulfilled life.

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     One of the challenges in our Summer Reading Program is the “Ask a Librarian” Challenge.  Patrons can click on the blue "Ask a Librarian" tab on the right side of every Provo City Library web page, and either send us a question or tell us their favorite joke.  We have gotten so many interesting questions over the past few weeks, it’s allowed us to flex our librarian muscles!  But I have to admit – my personal favorite has been seeing all of the jokes submitted by our hilarious patrons!  Below is a collection of the jokes submitted so far. Thanks for all the laughs! 

    What do you call a camel with three humps?
    What did the right eye say to the left eye?
    Between you and me, something smells!  
    Why did Adele cross the road?
    To say hello from the other side. 
    How did the hipster burn his tongue?
    He drank his coffee before it was cool 
    What did the ocean say to the other ocean?
    Nothing, it just waved. 
    What happens to a frog's car when it breaks down?
    It gets toad away 
    What are bears without bees?
    What do you call a cow with 5 legs?
    A Moo-tant 
    What do you call a pig that knows karate?
    A pork chop! 
    Why can't you give Elsa a balloon?
    Because she will Let it go...  
    Knock knock.
    Who's there?
    Rita who?
    Rita lot of good books! 
    When the pig ate the mole, the mole and the pig ran away! 
    What do you say to comfort a grammar nazi?
    There, Their, They're. 
    What do you call a reptile that works as a detective?
    An investigator 
    Why did the Chicken cross the playground?
    To get to the other slide! 
    What is Darth Vader's favorite dessert?
    Do you know why elephants paint their toenails Red?
    So they can hide in Cherry trees.Have you ever seen one in a cherry tree? Good Camouflage isn't it? 
    If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
    What kind of dog can tell the time?
    A watchdog. 
    If a fly did not have wings would we call it a walk? 
    What's green and has wheels?
    Grass!!! I lied about the wheels. 
    Why did the chicken cross the möbius strip?
    To get to the same side! 
    What do you call a fish with no eyes?
    A fsh. 
    What do you get when you divide a jack-o-lantern’s circumference by its diameter?
    Pumpkin Pi  
    Knock, knock...
    Who's there?
    Boo, who?
    Don't cry, it's only a joke! 
    Knock Knock
    Who's there?
    Doctor who?
    Why was the tomato blushing?
    Because it saw the salad dressing!  
    What kind of food does a racehorse eat?
    Fast Food! 
    Why did the cookie go to the doctor?
    Because he was feeling crumby!    
    Why did the Invisible Man turn down the job?
    He just couldn't see himself doing it. 
    What do you call an elephant that doesn't matter?
    Where is Flash's (superhero) favorite place to eat?
    At a fast food restaurant.  
    How do you make an elephant float?
    1 scoop of ice scream, 2 squirts of soda, and 3 scoops of elephant 
    And God said to John, come forth and you shall be granted eternal life.
    But John came fifth and won a toaster. 
    What do you call cheese that is not yours?
    Nacho cheese! 
    Knock Knock
    Who"s there?
    Pizza Who?
    Pizza really great guy 
    Why does a chicken coop only have two doors?
    Because if it had four, it would be chicken sedan. 
    How do you get Pikachu on a bus?
    You poke him on. 
    Knock, knock. 
    Who's there? 
    Banana who?
    Knock, knock. 
    Who's there? 
    Banana who?
    Knock, knock. 
    Who's there? 
    Banana who?
    Knock, knock. 
    Who's there? 
    Orange who? 
    Orange you glad that I didn't say banana anymore?  
    Knock Knock.
    Who's there?
    Boo who?
    Is your tummy hurting? Is that why you said boo who? 
    If you are annoyed and I am annoyed, does that make us paranoid?!!  
    Why do cows wear bells?
    Because their horns don't work!  
    Why didn't the skeleton go to the dance?
    Because he had no body to go with. 
    I will be telling you a Spanglish joke.
    What do you call Dora con tualla?
    What is the difference between a gross transit terminal and a lobster with plastic surgery?
    One's a crusty bus station and one's a busty crustacean.
  • SR 2017 FB 1

     The Summer Reading Program theme this year is “Build a Better World”. As librarians, we’re a little bit biased because we already know what an impact the many amazing programs, services, and resources we provide can have on our community and by extension the world. It’s getting the word out that has always been a little difficult for us.

    Since most of Provo City Library’s many great services can be found on our website, we created a Summer Reading challenge to browse the library website and discover something you didn’t know. As a result, we’ve been getting many fantastic and excited comments from our summer reading participants about cool things they had no idea the library offered. We thought we would share some of them here and maybe inspire you to discover something awesome too.

    “I didn’t know that the 4th floor is called “The Attic” and that it has an exhibit space that changes every couple of months. Right now the Little Builders Exhibit is in the space.”

    “I learned that the library has book club sets that can be checked out by book groups.”

    “I learned about the Teen Volunteer Board. I love the library and have always wanted to be a librarian or author when I grow up. This sounds like so much fun and I will for sure do it!”

    “I found the Provo Historic Tours App. I think we will try it out as a family this summer.  That looks like a fun activity to do together.”

    “I didn’t know there was an app called Bookmyne where I can browse and hold books, renew stuff, and manage my account. So cool!”

    “I didn't know you had career databases. Now I've got to check them out!”

    “That you have access to Academic Search Premier. Since I graduated school, I haven’t searched academic articles, since I didn't have a university ID. But now when I do research on my family history I know I gain access online again, without going to a university library.”

    “I learned that you have an online calendar that is packed with activities! I never knew so much went on at the library.”

    “I didn't know that you can get personalized reading recommendations according to your interests.  That's pretty cool...I'll be using that.”

    “I didn't realize the library website had such an extensive list of things to do in Provo and nearby cities. Good resource–wish I knew about it earlier.”

    “That I can register my one-year-old son for an early literacy program called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.”

    Finally, there were good number of people astonished to learn of the many, many programs we offer. The comments we received looked something like this:

    “I didn’t know the library has…”

  • 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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  • Reading in Sun

    With summer in full swing and temperatures rising, the best way to beat the heat is to curl up in your air conditioned room with a good book. These five books are stories about children in summer who go on adventures and face all kinds of mythical and very real problems. Check out any of the following books to stop sweating the heat and be sucked into a summerland tale. 

    8.5 The Remarkable Journey of Coyote SunriseTHE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF COYOTE SUNRISE
    By Dan Gemeinhart

    Coyote is a twelve-year-old girl who has been living on the road with her father, Rodeo, for the past five years. They travel all around the U.S. in motorhome converted from an old school bus. They drive for adventure, but also to escape the home where her mom and two sisters were lost in a car crash. But when a park is planned to be demolished in their hometown, the park that holds a buried memory box their whole family hid, they must make the trip back to rescue it. Their fun, care-free lifestyle embodies the feel of a summer vacation and makes the book a captivating read. 


    8.5 The Last Last Day of SummerTHE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER
    By Lamar Giles

    With the last day of summer bringing that feeling of dread, Otto and Shead, cousins who can’t help their desire to spy and uncover the secrets in their little town in Virginia, mistakenly stop time. While frozen in the last day of summer, they meet strange people and creatures and roll off into the adventure of a lifetime. But having a perpetual summer day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If they don’t unfreeze time, time could stop for good. 


    8.5 Where the Watermelons GrowWHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW
    By Cindy Baldwin

    Della discovers her mother picking black seeds out of a watermelon one summer’s night and can tell something isn’t quite right. Her mother has struggled with mental illness in the past to the point of hospitalization. With her father’s farm in trouble, Della sees that she needs to be the one to help her mama heal before her home falls apart. What does she use as medicine? Her neighbor’s magic honey. It may just heal the heartache in her life. 


    8.5 Counting to PerfectCOUNTING TO PERFECT
    By Suzanne LaFleur

    All of Cassie’s problems seem to be because of her sister, Julia, who is the favorite daughter and receives all the attention now that she has a daughter of her own. It seems no one cares about her competitive swim meets and collapsing group of friends. So when Julia tells Cassie that she’s going on a road trip with her daughter and isn’t telling their parents of her plans, Cassie forgoes her summer plans and hops in the car with her sister for a road trip that will change her perspective completely. 


    8.5 SummerlostSUMMERLOST
    By Ally Condie

    After the devastating death of her father and brother, Cedar’s family packs up to spend the summer in Iron Creek. While settling into their house, Cedar sees a boy dressed randomly in a costume riding his bike through town. When she follows him, she finds herself at the town’s Summerlost theatre festival. She gets a job in concessions, makes new friends, and discovers the mystery that shrouds the festival and follows her. 

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    This is the time of year when the nation gears up to celebrate the 4th of July. In preparation, I thought it might be fun to share some popular patriotic movies the whole family can enjoy.


    Independence DayINDEPENDENCE DAY
    dir. Roland Emmerich

    This blockbuster is always high on any July 4th movie list. It tells the story of an alien invasion of Earth on July 4th and the ragtag group of humans trying to stop it. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum.



    yankeedoodledandeeYANKEE DOODLE DANDY
    dir. Michael Curtiz


    This is a great family movie about the patriotic career of Broadway star and composer George M. Cohen. Jim Cagney gives a brilliant performance with songs and dance that will have you feeling very patriotic and ready to wave your flag.



    Apollo 13APOLLO 13
    dir. Ron Howard

    This biopic tells the story of NASA mission Apollo 13. It was America’s third attempt to land on the moon but an explosion on-board starts to deplete the ship of its oxygen and power and soon the only focus of the mission is trying to get the astronauts home. The film showcases the American spirit of discovery and the creed of never-leave-a-person-behind. Starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise.




    mr smith goes to washingtonMR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
    dir. Frank Capra

    America at its best, this movie is a great example of how Big Government will not crush the human spirit. This film is as relevant now as it was 75 years ago. Starring Jimmy Stewart.




    national treasure
    dir. Jon Turteltaub

    Benjamin Franklin Gates is a historian and amateur cryptologist searching for a lost treasure. A lot of history is covered in this movie from Ancient Egypt, to the Knight Templar, to the American Freemasons, to the Founding Fathers and the American Revolutionary War. At one point he even sets out to steal the Declaration of Independence to get to the hidden map on the back. This fun, entertaining movie is great for the whole family. Starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel and Christopher Plummer.


  •  summer movies

    Summer is approaching, and while Utah weather makes you want to hold off on putting your jackets away just yet, you can check out some awesome movies to get you ready for a great summer. Here are some of my favorites:  

    Summer MagicSUMMER MAGIC
    directed by James Neilson

    A widow (Dorothy McGuire) moves her family to a farm house in Maine only to find it’s not quite like she pictured. Hayley Mills shines as the teenage daughter and I rank this film right up there with Pollyanna and The Parent Trap



    State FairSTATE FAIR
    directed by Walter Lang

    A family takes their annual trip to the Iowa State Fair, determined that this year it will be different and that they each will find what they are looking for. There are many renditions of this film, but this is my favorite, not only because it has Dana Andrews, who makes the perfect rugged leading man, but because the entire cast play their characters well, bringing out the subtle humor that just makes this film delightful.  


    Blue HawaiiBLUE HAWAII
    directed by Norman Taurog

    Chad (Elvis Presley) returns home to Hawaii from the Army and decides to go into business for himself as a tour guide instead of working in the family’s pineapple business. You might think, really an Elvis film? But this film is at the peak of his career (and his looks) so there is actually plot and a great soundtrack that includes the hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Plus, you do not want to miss Angela Lansbury playing Elvis’s mother, which is hilarious.  


    Mr. Hobbs Takes a VacationMR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION
    directed by Henry Koster

    Mr. Hobbs (James Stewart) decides to plan a quiet getaway with just his wife (Maureen O’Hara)--but she decides that it should be a family vacation with all the kids and grandkids. Mr. Hobbs will need a vacation from his vacation as things go wrong with so many people crammed into a rundown rental home. There are many memorable scenes, but my favorite is when the family goes to a community dance and Stewart figures out a way to get his shy teenage daughter dancing. 


    The Music ManTHE MUSIC MAN
    directed by Morton DaCosta

    When Professor Harold Hill (Robert Preston) hears that no salesman can make a profit in Iowa he decides to take his con as a boys’ band leader to one of their small towns. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love with the town librarian (Shirley Jones) and having to account for himself. Great musical to get your feet stomping, and seeing Ron Howard so young is a plus.  What are some of your summer favorites?

  •  Gardening

    Sometimes I feel like the best way to describe me is: A Food Moron. I grew up in a metropolitan area, in an era when convenience foods were the new miracle of the food industry, and dinner came more often from a can or a box or even a window than it did from the ground. Now that I am in our lovely community here in Provo, I have felt often that I have a huge amount of catching up to do. So many people around me seem to already have a grasp on how to grow your own food and put it on the table for your family without any cardboard boxes involved at all!  And while I don't feel like I have the benefit of a lifetime of knowledge of good food practices, I am trying to learn now as an adult so that I can improve my life and the lives of my family. 

    But food is becoming an increasingly tricky subject, almost as perilous to navigate in social settings as politics and religion.  You can find as many different opinions on food practices as there are people in the room. The publishing industry reflects this trend as well, with a new food-related book coming out almost every day prescribing one method or another.

    While I don't claim to have any more answers than the next person, I have read several interesting books recently that have helped me to learn about the food industry, and more importantly, that have inspired me personally to make changes. Which is why I've spent the last two months digging through the dirt in my backyard, pulling up roots, hammering and drilling: things I never thought I'd be doing when I was growing up!

     Garden 1.1
    My yard in February 2018

    Garden 2
    Versus April 2018

    I heartily support anyone who's trying to make their life better with better food practices, whatever they are! But these are the books that have educated me and inspired me to get out the shovel and do something.  

    Michael Pollan

    Michael Pollan has been a critical player in our national conversations about food for the better part of two decades.  While he's written many important books on the subject of the environment and agriculture, Cooked was a culmination of sorts where much of his knowledge and research was encapsulated in practical application. 


    By Michael Moss

    This book takes an in-depth look at major players in the food industry, and examines how research and development of their products is done to help it become as desirable as possible to consumers today.  It's a fascinating look at how food products are specifically designed to keep people eating ("bet you can't eat just one") while no real attention is paid to nutrition unless it can be used as a market appeal.   


    6.20 The Dorito EffectTHE DORITO EFFECT
    By Mark Schatzker

    While part of this book covers similar ground as the book above, Schatzker takes it another step further to examine agricultural practices over the last century as well.  Many varieties of grown food have been bred for decades for its resistance to disease and bigger yields, but practically no consideration for taste.  As a result, many grown foods have lost much of their true flavors and intensity, and people increasingly turn to the processed food industry to provide flavor, at the expense of nutrition. 


    6.20 Animal Vegetable MiracleANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE: A YEAR OF FOOD LIFE
    By Barbara Kingsolver

    Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family moved from Tuscon to Virginia to live for one year eating only what they produced themselves or what they could find locally produced.  Kingsolver's mindfulness of the world around her and passion for responsible eating are incredibly inspiring.  I haven't yet found someone who wasn't motivated to make even a small change after reading this. 


    By Dan Barber

    Written by the renowned chef of the Blue Hill restaurant and one of the original chefs of the farm-to-table movement, Dan Barber explores the evolution of American food, its effect on our environment, and most importantly the environment's effect on food.  This is a fascinating discussion of true sustainability, and how the practices that will benefit our environment the most will also help to provide us with the most delicious food possible. 

  •  SR 2020 FB

    It’s that time of year, and our Summer Reading Program is in full swing! Once again, this year we’re using the super fun software from Beanstack to track reading and activity badges. And whether you’ve been doing reading challenges with us on Beanstack for a few years, or whether this is your first rodeo with online tracking, we have some tips and tricks we’re excited to share with you for the free and easy Beanstack mobile app! 


    First, to download the app, simply search Beanstack Tracker in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. 

    01 Beanstack App Store

    Type in Provo City Library, and then sign in just like you would on the Beanstack website. 

    02 Beanstack App Welcome



    03 Beanstack App Choose Library



    04 Beanstack App Sign In

    If you haven’t already, you can also set up your account right on your phone.  From that point you can click on the Account gear icon on the right of your bottom screen menu, and then on Readers. 

    05 Beanstack App Bottom Menu

    If your account was created previously on the website, all of your readers should show up here (don’t forget to add some cute profile pics!).

    06 Beanstack App Account Readers

    If you’re just setting up your account, start adding readers from this screen by tapping Add a Reader.  Once your readers are all entered, it’s time to head back to the home screen to register for a reading challenge! 


    Choose the reader you want to register for a challenge.  You can change readers by tapping the profile pic (or circle with reader’s initials) at the top right on your home screen.

    07 Beanstack App Change Readers

    You can then search for that reader’s available reading challenges by tapping the Discover compass icon at the bottom of your screen.  If your reader has not registered for any challenges, you’ll have the option to see any available challenges. 

    08 Beanstack App See Challenges

    If your reader was previously registered on the website, you’ll see a list of their current and past registrations, any available new challenges, as well as their logging status. 

    09 Beanstack App Challenges

    Tap on Register to get started in a new challenge! 


    Logging is where the Beanstack mobile app shines!  On the website you have two options when logging – you can log for a single reader, or you can log for all readers on your account.  However, on the mobile app, you can log for a single reader, all readers on your account, or any combination of readers, AND you can also log reading in multiple, concurrently-running programs like Summer Reading and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!  But first things first…  To log reading in the mobile app, tap the giant plus icon on your bottom menu and tap Reading.  You’ll then be prompted to choose which readers you’re logging for.  If you’ve done a family read aloud, choose them all! 

    10 Beanstack App Choose Readers   

    Next comes the logging method, another place where the app excels.

    11 Beanstack App Logging Method 

    You can type in a title or ISBN, select a recently logged title if it’s a repeat read or a continuing read, or simply log minutes without a book title attached.  However, the easiest, quickest, and most fun option is the Scan ISBN feature.  Just tap it, flip that book over, and hover the red line over the book’s barcode – that book is in! 

    12 Beanstack App Scan ISBN

    You can choose whether or not to Track Progress by tapping the toggle, which would end up looking like this:

    13 Beanstack App Progress

    Then you have a few choices:   

    Start a Reading Session starts a timer right within the app. 

    14 Beanstack App Timer

    When you stop the timer, the minutes will automatically be logged for the readers you chose previously.  Slick!  Be sure to say yes if you finished the book to log it as completed!   

    Log Past Reading gives you the opportunity to log reading for any previous days or if you choose not to use the app timer.  Simply enter the date if you’d like, the number of minutes read (required), the number of pages (optional), and whether or not the book is finished.  Bam – logged! 

    Quick Log as Complete will quickly log a book read.  However, all but one of our reading challenges tracks minutes, so the only program this would be currently useful for is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. 

    15 Beanstack App Quick Log Error


    Logging Activities is easy peasy – tap the giant plus icon on your bottom menu and click Activity.  Choose your readers, and tap on the appropriate category!  Or to see available activities, tap the Discover compass icon on the bottom menu and click on the Activities tab at the top. 

    16 Beanstack App Activities


    Logging 1000 books sounds pretty daunting.  However, chances are you’re reading many of the same books over and over.  My top tips for you:

    1. Use the scan ISBN feature when logging a book.  It’s super quick and easy to scan the stack of picture books when you’re done reading together.

    2. When re-reading a book you’ve already logged – IF YOU’RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT TRACKING MINUTES FOR A SEASONAL READING CHALLENGE– tap Log in your bottom menu. Scroll until you find the book, then swipe left on the title and click the green Quick Log As Complete.  It will complete it a second, third…or seventeenth…time.

    17 Beanstack App Quick Log

    18 Beanstack App Reading Log


    All of our seasonal reading challenges (Summer Reading, Winter Reading, Spring Reading, etc.) track MINUTES for completion.  However, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten tracks BOOKS.  If you have a child registered for BOTH of these programs, the mobile app is your magic wand.  It is the only way to log one time and have it applied to BOTH PROGRAMS.  The Beanstack website does not have the functionality for this.  Just make sure that when you’re logging reading for a child enrolled in 1000 Books that you log minutes, as well as the title of the picture book, and mark the book as complete.  If logged this way in the mobile app, the reading will automatically be applied to both programs! 

    All in all, the Beanstack mobile app is an incredibly convenient and powerful tool for logging your family’s reading, particularly if you’re reading aloud to multiple kids, doing a family read aloud, or logging for concurrent programs.  So be sure to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with it.  If you have questions or need help, we’re here for you – give us a call or come to one of our reference desks.  And as always, Happy Reading!

  • SR 2019 FB

    It’s summertime and that means the Summer Reading Program is upon us. Did you know that Summer Reading isn’t just for kids and teens? All you need is a library card and you can sign up and enjoy a summer full of fun activities, movies, and of course—reading!  Everyone who reads four books earns a free tote bag. After that, the more you read the more prizes and chances you get to enter the online drawings at the end of July. Drawing prizes this year include:

    • Celestron Travel Telescope

    • Amazon Echo

    • Lego Apollo Saturn V Model Rocket

    • Kindle Paperwhite eReader

    • Provo Rec Center Pass (2 available)

    • Star Trek Catan

    • Beats Headphones

    • Gift Cards

    The Grand Prize is a $300 Amazon gift card! So it’s time to get your reading on and start winning some prizes! If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some fun and powerful books to inspire you this summer. 

    6.5 Daring GreatlyDARING GREATLY
    By Brené Brown

    If you haven’t read anything by Brené Brown, this will be a treat for you. She is a Researcher/Storyteller who studies shame and vulnerability. In the book she explains and expounds on the data from twelve years of research about vulnerability and how it makes us better human beings in the long run. This is a staple for anyone wanting to understand and improve their relationships with their kids, spouses, and friends.  


    By Elizabeth Gilbert

    Have you ever wanted to be more creative, more courageous, and more curious? Liz Gilbert, author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE, explores the nature of inspiration and what keeps us all living small and stagnant when it comes to our creativity. This book is a huge encouragement to anyone wanting to bring more joy and inspiration into their lives. It might be just the right nudge for you to tackle that big summer project.  


    6.5 The Life Changing Magic of Tidying UpTHE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP
    By Marie Kondō

    Okay. So, maybe you have already heard of this book or you have watched the addicting Netflix series. Maybe you want to experience some life-changing magic of your own. This is a short, delightful book on the power of letting go of things that don’t bring you joy. Summertime can be the perfect time to make even small changes to your closet, your attic, or your garage. Get the kids involved. Ask yourself: do you really need four sets of measurement cups in your kitchen drawer? Choose the fabulous yellow ones and let the rest go!  


    6.5 Girl Wash Your FaceGIRL, WASH YOUR FACE
    By Rachel Hollis

    Rachel Hollis is impossible to not like. As founder of and CEO of a media company, she knows a lot about being authentic and selling your strengths. But what really makes Rachel like your best friend is that she talks about all the lies we tell ourselves that keep us insecure and unfulfilled. She starts each chapter with a lie and then talks about what helped her get over it and move forward. This is a laugh-out-loud-then-bring-you-to-your-knees memoir/self-help/management book.  


    By Abby Wambach

    I love Abby Wambach. And it’s not just because she is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion. It’s because she is such an amazing leader and person off of the field. In May she gave what soon became a viral commencement speech at Barnard College. In it she made the statement, “You were never Red Riding Hood. You were always the wolf.” She builds on this idea in her book, which isn’t just about leadership, but about coming together with your people and loving and supporting each other so that we all have a chance of making it through this life. If you are looking for inspiration this summer, you may just find it in Abby’s book.

  • Kid Explore Nature Science 

    Have you ever heard, “I’m bored!” or, “There’s nothing to do.” I dread hearing those words and I have heard them many times at my house. Keeping our kids happy and occupied is our goal as parents or caregivers but it’s not always an easy job. Here are a few tips and tricks as well as some resources you can use to keep your kids engaged during the summer. 

    Make challenges at home using stuff you have lying around like, a plastic cup tower, or a structure made with index cards and tape.  If you gather supplies from around your house and keep them on hand, when you hear the, “I’m bored!” statement, you can encourage your children to build or experiment with the items they find in your supply box. You might be surprised at what they can create and the fun they can have while doing it. If you need ideas for projects or challenges, here is a list of books with ideas to keep the fun going all summer long. 

    By Sam Haynor

    Experiment and learn as you create creatures that bubble, honk, and light up. This book will guide you step by step as you create some monstrous fun. 


    6.22 Moana Idea LabMOANA IDEA LAB
    By Niki Ahrens

    Make crafts, projects, and activities like glowing water or an island in a jar with a STEAM approach that is based on the Disney Movie Moana.  


    6.22 Cooking with SteamCOOKING WITH STEAM
    By Annette Gulati

    Learn to cook some simple recipes like yummy eggs and Fizzy-licious lemonade while doing some science. 


    By Brenda Priddy

    Create some fun experiments from plants and biomes, earth and space science, to chemical reactions, all in a mason jar. Great hands-on experiments based on STEAM activities.

  • IB Readers FB

     Have you ever thought about how readers can change the world? For example, just the other day I needed to do some minor home repair. I read about the problem and what needed to happen—then I fixed the weather stripping on my front door. If I couldn’t read about how to fix the problem (and thankfully this was easy as far as home repair goes), I would still be paying a lot of extra money in heating and cooling bills. Being able to read changed my world. And that is just one example! Here is a list of (a few) other things that readers can do (and in turn how they can change their world):

    • Read travel directions (and then travel)
    • Read about election candidates and their opinions (and then vote)
    • Read music (and then play music)
    • Read how-to manuals for hobbies or repair
    • Read instructions for homework assignments
    • Read directions for cooking recipes
    • Read up about health issues/symptoms/remedies
    • Read about different cultures or languages

    If you think about it, readers can do so many things—they really can change their world and the world of those around them!

    So what does this mean in terms of the Provo City Library? Basically, we believe that we should provide materials and experiences that promote reading. That is why we have so many children’s programs like story time. We show that reading is important (and fun). That is why we have afterschool programs based on crafts, STEAM, or other interesting subjects that we have read about (in books or online). And during the summer (or right now) that is why we have a Summer Reading Program—to encourage people to become readers which in turn will change lives.

    Readers are empowered to learn about anything, to become anything, to be anything. I am a reader! Are you a reader? Do you change the world? Do you believe readers change the world? If so, join me in signing up for the Summer Reading Program. Secondly, read with us all summer. Finally, if you are a reader, then tell all your friends why reading and libraries are important to you. Because we believe that readers change the world!

  • stuffed header


    Last week we held our annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover; your furry companions spent the night, and didn't get into too much trouble (though some of them got in a little trouble...). Here are some highlights from the event; you can see all stuffed animals' adventures over on our Facebook page! 

    leopard t rex

    Looking for some advice on hunting, Kitty visits the best place: the Library! 


    Harry potter

    The animals are as crazy for Harry Potter as we are! 



    "Hey, Tiger! Stop playing Angry Birds and look up 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'!" 


    frog phone

    We apologize if you had a real question that didn't get answered on Thursday night; we had a frog caught in our phone.



    "Psst! Let me show you where the art books are! You're not quite finished!" 


    Friends read

    Books are best when shared with buddies.


    Thanks for sharing your buddies with us, and we'll see you next year for another Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

  • summer reading 2016


    This summer, we encouraged everyone to get busy and read with the summer reading program “On your mark, get set, READ.” Now, nearly halfway through our program, we’re celebrating all your hard work. Starting July 5, when you have finished 50% of your reading goal, halfway prizes for those registered in the Children’s program can be claimed at the Children’s Reference Desk. Library patrons from all programs have already claimed 1,340 prizes with many more to come.

    Curious about who else is participating in the Summer Reading Program?

    Participants Registered
    Adults – 1,023     
    Teens – 383      
    Children – 1,812 
    Total – 3,218      

    Medals Awarded
    Adults – 5,607  
    Teens – 25,60 
    Children – 17,076
    Total – 25,243     

    Challenges Completed
    Adults – 2,231     
    Teens – 904 
    Children – 2,826                 
    Total – 5,961      

    Books Read
    Adults – 1,445 
    Teens – 897 
    Totals – 2,342

    Minutes Read
    Children – 24,347

    Want to join the fun? You can still sign up on our Summer Reading page.

    We still have more activities to explore reading, highlight library resources, and have fun.  

    Movie Night: Cool Runnings
    July 8 | 6:30 pm
    Room 201

    Retro Video Game Day
    July 9 | 2:00 pm
    Room 201

    Teen Game Extravaganza
    (ages 12-18)
    July 11 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
    Library Ballroom

    Book Swap 
    (ages 10+)
    July 20 | 7:00 pm
    Room 201

    AuthorLink with Julianne Donaldson
    July 21 | 7:00 pm
    Library Ballroom

    Teen Movie Night: The Sandlot
    (ages 12-18)
    July 22 | 8:00 pm
    North Courtyard

    End of Summer Reading Party
    For participants who meet their Summer Reading goal
    July 30 |10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Provo Recreation Center Outdoor Pool and North Park
    450 West 500 North, Provo
    After reaching the summer reading goal, you will earn admission for yourself and your immediate family to the exclusive kid’s pool party. After swimming and treats, head over to North Park (right next to the pool), to play Olympic themed lawn games and make crafts. Admission tickets can be picked up beginning July 26 through the morning of July 30. 

  • summer scares

    Thinking about dark, blustery autumn nights may tempt you to consider October the best time of year for a good scare. And I’ll admit that sitting in the glow of my neighbor’s orange Halloween lights is great for reading Poe. But if we’re all being perfectly honest with ourselves, summer is way scarier. This is the time of year for summer camp hazing rituals, midnight dares, and campfire stories. There’s really nothing to compare with the thrill of being out in the woods after dark, cut off from the rest of the world, when someone starts sharing their most recent nightmare or otherworldly experience. 

    In the spirit of the season I’ve been reading a lot of ghost stories, but as a children’s librarian, my book selections are pretty much anchored in juvenile fiction. Even darkly tinted kids books tend to be rather charming, so I’m not breaking any fear records with my choices. However, for those who are starting to anticipate some summer scares like I am, here are 5 themes I’ve noticed in “scary” supernatural children’s literature. This list is by no means complete, but hopefully it will give you some things to consider as your family prepares their summer reading lists. 

    1- Evil stepmothers aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

    The evil stepmother trope is so familiar to us that it’s almost more common now for authors to subvert it. If you’re interested in reading books that make stepmom the hero, children’s horror isn’t a bad place to go. Why? Because it’s never the obvious suspect. The book may start with the protagonist suspecting his or her stepmother of malicious intent, but ultimately they realize they misjudged their stepmother and end up working together. Two of my favorite stepmothers appear in THE CROSSROADS and NIGHTMARES!

    2- Silliness is stronger than the bonds of death

    Not all ghosts are scary, even if they appear to be initially. There are plenty of children’s books that feature protagonists who make friends with the hilarious and often pessimistic dearly departed. These books are especially fun because they are light-hearted enough to make you laugh but have just enough spooky to keep you reading. A couple of good ones include GHOSTHUNTERS AND THE INCREDIBLY REVOLTING GHOST and THE HAUNTING OF GRANITE FALLS

    3- The fate of the world will always, inevitably, lie in the hands of an 11-yr-old

    I don’t know the actual percentage, but if I had to guess, I’d say 70% of the books on the children’s side feature some heroic/chosen kid that has to save the world… or at least their neighborhood. This theme definitely sticks in supernatural fiction, often because kids are the only ones who can see the ghosts/monsters or because they make terrific bait. I’ve mentioned several titles that fit this description already, but two more are THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE and HOW TO CATCH A BOGLE.  

    4- No one would believe me… and by no one I mean no grown-ups

    An already familiar theme in supernatural fiction is that someone usually dies because no one believes the protagonist is actually being haunted, hunted, cursed, etc. In children’s literature, those disbelievers are the adults. Either a child assumes the adults in their life won’t listen, or they get no helpful response after explaining a supernatural situation. Two good reads that stick with this theme are DOLL BONES and THE SHADOWS

    5- Good ol’ rip-your-face-off scary

    No book on the children’s side will ever be as scary as some of the more intense stuff in adult literature, but that doesn’t mean we don’t hold our own. I mean, who isn’t terrified by CORALINE? Interestingly, some of the scariest stuff on our side comes from short story collections that are great for adapting to a campfire setting. A good example is HAUNTED HOUSES. Other authors, probably chasing after the success of the Goosebumps series, have written longer stuff for those kids that just love to be terrified. These authors create material with all the makings of a hollywood horror movie, just minus all the sexiness and plus a lot of intense pre-teens. My new like is SHADOW HOUSE SERIES, BOOK ONE: THE GATHERING.  

  •  take a hike

    At this time of year I often start to get wanderlust. The sun is shining and I want to go explore. I want to buy plane tickets and go to places I’ve never been… and not be stuck inside working. I am always a bit more ambitious and excited in the daydreams than in real life. Anyone else feel this way? I think that could be attributed to poor planning ahead. When I finally have a free day, I haven’t planned a thing and so my wandering isn’t happening. I love hiking, but finding the right one last minute can be daunting, so I end up going to the same hikes over and over again.  Here’s where the library can really help! The library has a wealth of information available for the travel-minded, especially for those who love the outdoors. 

    From the comfort of your own computer you can discover so much on our website. I’m sure these pages are under appreciated simply because most people don’t know they exist! Some helpful lists and links that can help you discover the surrounding area of Provo found on this page, including information about:

    • Outdoor specialties- water, caves, ponds

    • Hiking and biking trails

    • Bird watching and other wildlife watching

    • Campgrounds

    • Neighboring city parks

    • Scenic drives

    • Rental stores for all outdoor needs

    • Links to helpful resources: national parks, Utah forest service, state parks, fishing guide, hot springs etc 

    When I see this list I want to do all the things! But there’s quite a few so I’ll start small. I’m most excited about the various hiking and biking options. Each hike has location, directions, terrain level and pictures to show the beauty of Utah. Some hikes that look particularly good for me to do this summer include:

    • Grotto Falls trail

    • Battle CreekCanyon Falls

    • Dry Canyon trails

    • Fifth water trail- this one leads to hot pots!

    • 5 Senses nature trail 

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    Ashlee B. Gilson, Bridal Veil Falls, Provo Photo Contest

    Places on the outdoors list that I already love and would recommend to anyone new or old to Provo:

    • Bridal Veil Falls- this is where my family goes for ‘nature walks’. It’s not quite a hike and yet it’s in the canyon and you can be close to the waterfall and go for a quick, very easy walk.

    • Timpanogos Caves- I have fond memories of running this zigzag trail with my cousins as a kid. We’d go to the cave as a family, and the hike up to the cave is quite nice.

    • Deer Creek State Park- This can be a fun place to take a BBQ picnic. Or if you have the option to go boating or paddle boarding, that is really fun too! But beware -  this water is FREEZING! Even in the middle of a hot summer I’d recommend a wetsuit.

    • Provo River and River Trails- These are fun for so many activities. Along the Provo river trail you can run, bike or longboard (be aware you can get going pretty fast at some places so wear a helmet!). The river is also pretty cold even in the middle of summer, but it’s fun to float the river in inner tubes.

    • Utah Lake State Park- around the lake there are a few walkways for a peaceful stroll, and close to the water there are always lots of rocks to throw in or to skip haha! There are also covered picnic tables for your use. This is a great spot if you want an outdoor location to film engagement videos!

    • Bonneville Shoreline Trail- For a long time I have lived close to various parts of this trail. You can quickly leave suburbia and feel like you are in the mountains because the trails snake along the base of them. I’d usually see other joggers but never too many to make it feel crowded. These get really dark at night so be careful! (I’m paranoid a cougar will come get me when I’m alone on a walk/hike)

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    Brian Mortenson, Rock Canyon, Provo Photo Contest

     ***If you want to get really ambitious the library has all sorts of maps of national parks complete with trails and topography maps to navigate!! These would be great if you plan to backpack in the Uintas! You can find these maps on the second floor under the call number 912.7925 MAPS UTAH. Come check these out!

    What hikes are you looking forward to this summer? Are there any important ones missing from our website? Enjoy this beautiful weather and happy hiking!

  • AT Summer Reading


    True confessions of Carla: I’ve worked here a long time.  Sometimes it doesn’t seem like that long. 

    2002 2004

    However, while researching for this blog post I started gathering summer reading program logos and I noticed that there are a lot of them.  That is evidence that I’m very old!


    I was hired in the spring of 1999 and I believe it was my second summer on the job that I was asked to create a reading program for teens and adults.  Our children’s summer reading program was, as it is now, amazing and already had thousands of children signing up each year.  They had bright t-shirts and marched in the Freedom Festival Children’s Parade. That first year, my program was much smaller and I believe I had about 80 participants.  I felt really good about that.

    2008 2010

    Fast-forward fifteen years to 2016 when we had over 700 adults and teens sign up this past weekend at our program kick-off!  Wow!  We have grown.  The program has changed over the years as well.   But, we still require three books be read to complete the program and we still have awesome prizes and I hope it continues for many years.

    2011 2013

    This year, our theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” which we hope encourages residents to not only read, but get active and enjoy these beautiful summer months.  Past themes have included mysteries, romances, adventures at sea, technology, time travel, and food.  So much work goes into these programs and we are excited to sign people up, give away prizes, and encourage reading at all ages all summer long!

    2014 2016

  • mountains

    Utah is a great place to have fun in the summer! Our website has a great list of activities and events during summer, but don’t forget to enjoy the amazing mountain ranges and hiking trails. The natural beauty of our state attracts visitors from all over the world, so you should enjoy it too!

    Waterfalls are great hiking destinations, and the surrounding area has quite a few to choose from. For an easy and beautiful hike, give Stewart Falls a try. Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon is a unique and fun experience. For the more adventurous hikers, there are Emerald Lake and Mount Timpanogos, as well as Mount Nebo and Lake Blanche.  

    Don’t forget that beautiful vistas are not the only thing to enjoy up in the mountains. Utah is full of interesting geology, and rockhounding is an interesting hobby for the Utah hikers. The mountains are also full of nature’s bounty, and foraging can be a fun pastime if you need a more immediately rewarding hiking experience. It is so satisfying to create a meal from ingredients that you picked out in the wild! Try to take someone along that is familiar with edible plants in the area to avoid any mis-identifications!  

    However you enjoy your hike, don’t forget to bring plenty of water, wear good shoes, and protective clothing. Hiking alone can be fun, but it is best to bring a buddy along, or better yet, go with the whole family! Getting away from life’s distractions is a great way to bond with loved ones and is fantastic physical exercise.  

    Whether you want to enjoy the abundant trails, the beautiful scenery, or the breathtaking waterfalls, the Provo Library has some great books to inspire your visit to the mountains!  

    Hiking the WasatchHIKING THE WASATCH 
    By John Veranth

    Complete with maps and black and white photographs, this is a great resource for anyone that would like to explore Millcreek, Big Cottonwood, or Little Cottonwood Canyon, as well as several other areas along the Wasatch front. Veranth discusses general hiking tips and even has a section on the history of the Wasatch Mountains for anyone interested in the geology of the area.  



    By Garry Warren

    This lovely little book is full of great information and beautiful photographs to get any rock hound excited about Utah. The author divides the state into different areas and showcases different rocks that can be found there. Complete with maps and advice on rockhounding etiquette, this is a great pick for anyone looking for a new outdoor hobby.  



    Best Hikes with DogsBEST HIKES WITH DOGS UTAH 
    By Dayna Stern

    Ok, this book is just adorable! And perfect for anyone that loves to hike with their four-legged best friend. The first section has tips and etiquette for hiking with dogs on any trail. The rest of the book lists a great number of trails ranging from northern Utah all the way to Southwestern Utah with everywhere in between. Grab your pet and upgrade your walk to a great hike outdoors.  




    Edible Wild PlantsEDIBLE WILD PLANTS
    By John Kallas

    Whether you are a foraging enthusiast or simply have a budding interest in botany or gardening, this book is for you. John Kallas covers a wide variety of wild greens and informs the reader about important stages in plant development. Each plant described in this book has its own chapter filled with beautiful color photographs, maps, and engaging description to help even the most novice of enthusiasts. Kallas even provides information about poisonous look-alikes, as well as nutritional information. With this great reference in hand, a wild food adventurer can up their game both in the wilderness and in the kitchen.

  • summertime

    Every summer, everyone seems to go out of town on vacation all at once, leaving you to your own devices. Here are some things you can do while your friends are gone so you can have a story to trade for their exploits.

    This is a new database that we just acquired; it’s built around five or ten minute video tutorials that teach software, technology, creative, and business skills. It’s great for picking up new hobbies and self-improvement.

    Learn something amazing!

    Guitar/piano/recorder etc.… books to learn to play

    You can learn how to play guitar pretty easily just practicing a couple minutes here and there. Other instruments take a little bit more work, but if you’re not trying for concert level, you can pick up enough to play your favorite songs. Check out the 787 call numbers to learn the basics and 781 to learn the classics and the new, or ask a librarian for help.

    Local hikes

    People from all over the world come to Provo and the areas around it for the hiking available in your own backyard!

    Take a hike!

    Build your own kayak and use it free at Utah Lake

    Nothing is cooler than boating in a boat you built yourself. Make sure you don't sink by following these handy instructions.

    If that sounds like too much work, swimming at Utah Lake is also free! Go to the lake!

    Friday night Magic the Gathering games at Dragon’s Keep

    There are free activities hosted by stores and clubs around Provo; check them out to meet new people and learn new hobbies. Call your favorite stores or check online to see what activity is being hosted!

    Make your own cosplay outfit for comic con (or save it for Halloween)

    Comic Con is coming up in early September, and there are whole host of other conventions in area this summer; be one of the cool kids and dress the part

    Summer reading activities at the Library

    We have a host of things to do right here at the library! Come to our events and earn points and prizes for participating in the Summer Reading Program! 

    Local Museums 

    What hidden treasures lay undiscovered in Utah Valley? Find out!

    Pick-up games at Kiwanis Park

    A lot of people hang out at Kiwanis and play soccer with whoever is there; you can set up a Facebook group with people you know so you can check who can show up on any given day.

    Get book recommendations from our librarians

    Our librarians are full of recommendations? Come up and talk to us at the desk to find your new favorite book. Feeling introverted? Fill out a personalized reading recommendation and we'll email you back a response. Don't trust us? Trust an algorithm

  • Food Drive FB

    I’ve always heard conflicting things about food drives: That the type of food people donate isn’t really the kind that people need, that giving people food just exacerbates the problem instead of helping it, etc. Yet at the same time, I really like the idea of helping people in my own community by donating to a food drive. To help separate the truth from the fiction, I thought I’d share a few things I learned about our local food bank, Community Action Services, as I did a little research while I was planning Provo City Library’s own food drive, which is going on now in conjunction with our Summer Reading Program.

    14 percent of Utah County lives in poverty. That means more than 72,000 of our neighbors and friends are severely struggling to make ends meet. To give you an idea of what that looks like, according to the Federal Poverty Guidelines, a family of four is living off less than $24,000 per year. 

    In 2016, Community Action Services boasted the following numbers:

    • 6,499 families served
    • 32,000+ volunteer hours
    • 4 million+ lbs of food distributed
    • Food provided for dozens of partner agencies through Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties. 

    Community Action Services also has a wide range of programs aimed at helping people work their way out of poverty.  Examples of programs they have can be found here.

    The Grocery Rescue program supplements the canned goods people donate with fresh foods, so my concern about people not getting the right types of food has a solution. 

    The food bank accepts expired foods! That is, as long as the can isn’t more than 4 years past the expiration date. For example, in 2017 they will accept donations with expiration dates through 2013. Most cans are still good long after their suggested expiration date. Watch out for signs that the can has really expired. If the can is oozing, bulging, or missing its label, just throw it away. 

    I like that whatever I donate goes to people in my community. And I like that Community Action Services is working to help people out of poverty as well. 

    As mentioned earlier, in the spirit of our summer reading theme of Build a Better World, the Provo City Library is hosting a food drive in partnership with Community Action Services and Food Bank of Provo.  The food drive is going from June 3rd to July 29th. If you would like to help with our summer reading food drive, suggested donations should be non-perishable items like the following: 


    • Wet Goods- Condiments, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Syrups, etc. (Anything that isn't boxed or canned)
    • Canned Meat- Tuna, Chicken, Beef, etc.
    • Canned Fruit- Mandarin Oranges, Peaches, Pears, etc.
    • Soups and Stew
    • Baking goods like Flour, Sugar, Baking Soda, etc.
    • Items for Kids’ Nutrition Packs (Granola Bars, Natural Juice Boxes, Apple Sauce, Raisins, Peanut Butter Crackers, Easy Mac, etc.)  

    Hygiene Items:

    • Disposable Diapers (Ages 3-5)
    • Cleaning Supplies
    • Toilet Paper
    • Toothpaste
    • Feminine Hygiene Products (Tampons, Pads, Panty Liners)
    • Bar Soap
    • Shampoo/Conditioner
    • Laundry Soap  

    Of course, because we’re doing this as part of summer reading, each week you donate items to the food drive, you can collect a summer reading code. This leads to badges and contributes to the number of tickets you can enter in the drawing at the end of summer reading for a bunch of prizes, including a $100 MasterCard gift card! So come help us Build a Better World by participating in our summer reading food drive!