Following the counsel of Governor Herbert and under the direction of Mayor Kaufusi, Provo City Library will be closed until further notice. No fines will accrue while we are closed. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
Following the counsel of Governor Herbert and under the direction of Mayor Kaufusi, Provo City Library will be closed until further notice. No fines will accrue while we are closed. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
 

 

Thanksgiving

  • Pies 

    What is more irresistible in the cold months than a warm slice of pie? Put on your fuzzy slippers, grab a mug of cocoa and a slice of your favorite pie, and enjoy these delicious fictional delights.  

    12.02 Pie TownPIE TOWN
    By Lynne Hinton
    (2011)

    A heartwarming story of faith and hope in a small town, Pie Town will hook readers from the beginning. A young hitchhiker seems to spell big trouble for the residents of this cozy New Mexico town. The poor, unsuspecting priest who brings her there gets caught up in the whole fiasco. Pie Town is the first in Hinton’s hit series! 

     

    12.02 Luck Love and Lemon PieLUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE
    By Amy Reichert
    (2016)

    You’ll love this empowering story of MJ, a wife and mother reclaiming her independence. What starts as an idea to spend more time with her husband turns into a high stakes poker streak! MJ will have to play her hand carefully or risk losing it all!  

     

    12.02 Apple Pie PromisesAPPLE PIE PROMISES
    By Hillary Homzie
    (2018)

    This rollercoaster young adult novel deals with the difficult topic of divorce. Lily is forced to live with her father and new step-family after her mother gets a job offer. It’ll be easy as apple pie, right?  

     

    12.02 Blackberry Pie MurderBLACKBERRY PIE MURDER
    By Joanne Fluke
    (2014)

    A chance encounter on a country road with a mysterious stranger claims Hannah Swensen as the main suspect in a murder investigation! The victim has blackberry pie stains on his shirt and Hannah must follow the crumbs to figure out his identity. You’ll enjoy this charming mystery!

     
  • librariansgivethanks

    A few things our children’s librarians are grateful for:

    • Stickers
    • Amazon.com
    • Brightly-colored cardstock
    • Oriental Trading Company
    • Puns
    • Secret stashes of candy
    • Tech guys
    • The circulation staff
    • Cheesy puppets
    • and books!  

    Each of our children’s librarians shared one book that they are grateful for:  

    Andrea is grateful for THE PAIN AND THE GREAT ONE by Judy Blume. As a kid, it taught her compassion for differing perspectives and helped her understand her siblings better.

    Jackson is grateful for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. This book taught him that although bad things happen and some people will do terrible things, there are people who are just plain good through and through, people who will stand up for what’s right. Atticus is one of his heroes.

    Claire is grateful for I SPY Books by Jean Marzollo because they keep the 3-yr-old she babysits busy for hours.

    Joella is grateful for the Grimms’ collection of fairytales because they helped her understand that there is magic in reading. She’s a reader because of fairytales.

    Kelly is grateful for THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom. She read it as a teenager, and it is one of the books that has impacted her the most. It gives her perspective and helps her be grateful for her life, including her trials.

    Jen is grateful for CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E. B. White because it was the first chapter book she remember reading, and it reminds her to be kind when she squishes spiders.

    Caroline is grateful for THE MAGIC TREEHOUSE by Mary Pope Osborne. It was one of the very first chapter books she read in first grade, and she loved the story so much that she didn't stop reading the entire afternoon until she had finished it—she had to know how it ended! The next day she went to her school library and checked out the following three books in the series. That was when she really started to love reading by herself.

    Bethany is grateful for FORGIVE ME, I MEANT TO DO IT by Gail Carson Levine because the sarcastic wit speaks to her soul.

    Donna is grateful for THE EMPTY POT by Demi. This book taught her that what may seem to be failure in the eyes of the world, may really be a success in God’s eyes.

    Jeanne is grateful for THE BOXCAR CHILDREN by Gertrude Chandler Warner. This is the first book she remembers loving. It pulled her into the story and opened up the world of reading.

    This post is dedicated to Jeanne who only got to work with us for a short time but made an awesome librarian. We’re grateful for her!

  • Were Thankful for You

    This blog has been a wonderful way for us to promote library resources and services, but today, in honor of Thanksgiving, I’d like to turn things around a bit. This year and every year, I’m grateful for the library patrons of all types who make the Provo Library the magical place that it is, including:

    SUPER PATRONS

    We have a few families and individuals who come to EVERYTHING – getting every last drop of use out of the library. They check out books every week, regularly ask for recommendations, meet every visiting author, attend almost every program, and fight to finish every last summer reading challenge. Library users like them are a librarian’s dream, and their familiar faces are always so welcome.

    DIGITAL USERS

    You don’t even have to enter the building to get great use out of our library. Some of our most dedicated patrons exclusively use digital resources like Libby and Lynda. Digital usage has gone up dramatically in recent years, and we’re so happy that people have found new ways to prioritize reading and information in this busy world.

    PEOPLE IN NEED OF A SAFE SPACE

    Kids looking for a place to hang out after school, stay-at-home parents who badly need a break from the house, low income patrons seeking a warm place to hang out and read or use the internet, elderly individuals wantinga  little extra help learning to use social media to connect with their families - these are some of our most regular visitors. We’re so thankful for the patrons of all types who feel welcome here, making libraries the beautifully democratic places that they are.

    THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS

    By the end of this year, we will have hosted 39 authors, 18 performing groups, and 14 learn-it instructors. Each of these individuals brought a diverse audience through our doors, and as staff we certainly can’t complain about being paid to attend their events!

    ROOM RENTERS

    Whether its businesses, families, motivational speakers, politicians, or oh so many brides and grooms, the people who rent our rooms for private events bring a special energy to the library. They fill the Academy side of the building with music, happy voices, flowers, delicious food smells (which regularly make me jealous), and sometimes even camels or bagpipers. They often introduce the library to people who have never been here before, but who end up coming back.

    VOLUNTEERS

    We have around 25 regular volunteers who help run our teen events, restock the book store, clean books and shelves, organize books for our ballroom book sales, assist with special events, teach computer classes, and so much more. We couldn’t accomplish all that we do without them.

    YOU!

    No matter which kind of library patron you are, thank you for your support. As much as we’d like to take credit, as staff, for how awesome the Provo Library is, this is your institution, not ours. Your participation, tax dollars, and love for this building and the information and entertainment it provides are what make it incredible. The people of Provo saved this building from the wrecking ball more than 20 years ago, and they keep it a vibrant, ever-evolving place today. You motivate us to be better, and we’re so grateful for you.