Thanksgiving

  •  Mother daughter cooking

    I have always loved Thanksgiving. Every year, I view it as welcome break to spend time with family, express gratitude for the blessings and privileges I enjoy, and eat yummy foods that for some reason we only make once a year (if anyone wants to normalize making cranberry sauce and stuffing year-round I will support that crusade). But, like everything good, Thanksgiving will probably look pretty different this year. Here’s hoping that we are all still able to express gratitude for all that we do have, and eat some delicious food with our families. 

    As you prepare for Thanksgiving, here are some of the best kid-lit chefs to get you in the mood to cook up a delicious feast of your own. Be warned – better not to read while hungry!

    11.23 Measuring UpMEASURING UP
    By Lily LaMotte
    (2020)

    Cici has just moved from Taiwan to Seattle with her parents and is still trying to adjust to her new school and country. More than anything, she misses her grandmother back in Taiwan. When she sees an advertisement for a kids’ cooking contest with a cash prize, Cici cooks up a plan to win the prize money and bring A-ma to Seattle for her 70th birthday. It seems easy enough, until she meets her assigned competition partner – the intimidating Miranda who works in her family’s fancy restaurant and insists that they won’t win the competition by making Taiwanese food. This new middle-grade graphic novel focuses on Cici while she figures out where she fits in.  

     

    11.23 From the desk of Zoe WashingtonFROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON
    By Janae Marks
    (2020)

    The summer before seventh grade, 12-year-old aspiring pastry chef Zoe Washington, plans to spend her free-time preparing to audition for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge by interning at a local bakery. But when she receives a letter from her father who’s been imprisoned for murder since before Zoe was born, she secretly begins a correspondence with him. As Zoe gets to know her father better, she learns about inequality in the criminal justice system and strives to get her dad’s verdict appealed – all while perfecting a recipe for a signature cupcake. This book balances discussion of social justice, family connections, and mouthwatering descriptions of treats.  

     

    11.23 Pie in the SkyPIE IN THE SKY
    By Remy Lai
    (2020)

    Jingwen has just moved to a new country -- but it feels like he’s landed on a new planet. School is torture, making friends is impossible because he doesn’t speak English, and he keeps getting stuck babysitting his very annoying little brother Yanghao. To distract himself, Jingwen plans to make fancy cakes like his dad used to make before he died. The only problem is, his mom won’t let the brothers use the oven while she’s at work, so Jingwen and Yanghao bake cakes in secret – carefully eating all the evidence before she returns home. This middle grade novel with spot-illustrations is a hilarious and heartwarming immigrant story filled with some tasty looking cakes. 

     

    11.23 Jasmine Toguchi mochi queenJASMINE TOGUCHI, MOCHI QUEEN
    By Debbi Michiko Florence
    (2017)

    Jasmine Toguchi’s family is gathering to celebrate the new year and make mochi, sweet rice cakes from Japan. Though Jasmine is considered too young to help with the mochi-making like her older sister Sophie, she is eager to help out. Jasmine becomes determined to involve herself in the mochi-making process, despite being too young and a girl, and commits herself to proving to her family that she is strong enough to help the men pound out mochi – even lifting weights with her cousins. This intermediate chapter book is all about food, family, and togetherness – with instructions for attempting your own mochi to boot. 

     

    11.23 Bilal Cooks DaalBILAL COOKS DAAL
    By Aisha Saeed
    (2019)

    Bilal and his dad are making his favorite dish for dinner – chana daal – and Bilal invites his friends Morgan and Elias to help. Though the boys are excited to help prepare the classic South Asian dish, they begin to express a little uncertainty that it smells and looks funny. Bilal becomes worried that his friends won’t like his favorite food and spends the day worried as the boys play and wait for the daal to cook. When the meal is finally ready and the friends sit down to dine – the daal’s a hit! This foodie picture book is perfect for young food obsessed readers interested in exploring new cuisine and includes a daal recipe to try making your own at home.

     
  • 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.