Tiffany S.

  • Holiday Road Trip

    Once upon a time, long, long ago you couldn’t watch movies in your car! I know this may come as a surprise to some, but it’s true. You were stuck for hours in the car with limited ways of spending your time. You could sleep, stare out the window, tease your younger siblings, sing, or listen to someone read a book and that’s about it.  I grew up taking these kinds of road trips and boredom always got the best of me. But one of my favorite ways of passing the hours in the car was listening to books. This is still my favorite way to pass the time when traveling long distances, so I always have a book to listen. This is one of the reasons I love LIBBY, or overdrive, because it gives me access to lots of audiobooks.

    The other day as I was browsing some of our holiday audiobooks, I came across some that I really love. These books aren’t necessarily about a Christmas story but they take place at Christmas time and to me they have a Christmas feeling about them. Here are my top 5 favorite unusual Christmas audiobooks. 

    12.23 The Lion the Witch and the WardrobeTHE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
    By C.S. Lewis

    This book of course isn’t one you would think of as a Christmas book but it does take place in a wintery wonderland of ice and snow and a boy named Edward is naughty and makes a bad choice. Does he get coal for Christmas? You will have to read the book to find out. But Father Christmas does visit and gives gifts to all of Edward’s siblings.  I love this particular audiobook because it has sounds, music, and I think the narration is very entertaining to listen to.


    12.23 WinterhouseWINTERHOUSE
    By Ben Guterson

    Winterhouse is a motel where Elizabeth spends her Christmas break. She is annoyed and really wants to stay home but she is sent away by her aunt and uncle. While at Winterhouse, she discovers dark family secrets and because of her love of puzzles, uncovers a mystery. A perfect audiobook for anyone who loves listening to a good mystery. 


    12.23 The Mysterious HowlingTHE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING
    By Maryrose Wood

    Miss Penelope has just graduated from Swanburne Academy for poor bright females. When she gets a job as a governess to three young children, she finds she has a lot to teach them. They don’t know anything about manners or how to behave in a civilized manner and this all must be taught and learned before the Christmas ball. 


    12.23 Harry Potter and the Sorcerers StoneHARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
    By JK Rowling

    Harry Potter is an all time classic and even though it isn’t a Christmas story, Harry does spend his Christmas holiday at Hogwarts. It’s during the Christmas break that he discovers the secret of the Sorcerer’s stone with the help of his new friends. There couldn’t be a better way to spend your holidays then chasing a villain and solving a mystery as a first year Hogwarts student.


    12.23 The Greenglass HouseTHE GREENGLASS HOUSE
    By Kate Milford

    This book, like the others mentioned, takes place during the Christmas holidays. Young Milo lives in the Greenglass Inn and usually during the winter it’s pretty quiet but a few days before Christmas, 5 unusual guests show up. They won’t say when they will be leaving or what they are doing there. As items go missing and even more guests show up, the mystery begins to grow and Milo must find a way to save everyone.

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    “We believe happy people make the world a better place.” - Disney’s Imagineering motto.

    When the world is right and we are happy, things are much better, but sometimes, when life gives us lemons, we have to find a way to sweeten things up.  

    This past May I had to cancel a trip to Disney World. I was a very disappointed Disney fan. I was feeling sad and a little sour about missing this trip so I started reading books about Disney World. If you also missed a fun summer vacation this year, don’t be sad and tart, here is a sweet solution. Just pick the place you would like to go and visit the library. Life could use a little sugar right now, so check out a book, enjoy some down time, and make some lemonade. 

    By Dinah Williams

    Find out the secrets of Disney World in this book to make your next visit to Disney World even more special. It will direct you to hidden Mickeys, the longest and fastest rides, and the magic behind the scenes at Walt Disney World.  


    By Bill Burke

    A guidebook with a collection of humorous travelogues and insider how-to secrets compiled from a panel of Disney fanatics.


    By Richard Snow

    A history chronicling the conception and creation of Disneyland. The masterpiece California theme park, that became at once the greatest piece of urban design in the United States and the world’s most prosperous tourist attraction, as told like never before by popular historian Richard Snow. 


    9.9 Walt Disney WorldWALT DISNEY WORLD
    By Marne Ventura

    In 1965, Walt Disney World Resort opened in Orlando, Florida. Explore the life of Walt Disney and the history of this iconic resort.  


    By Wendy Lefkon

    Real kids give honest advice for your next vacation to Disney World. A guide to Walt Disney World with colorful maps, photos, and more. Get advice from young Disney experts.

  • New York 

    The Christmas season in New York City begins with the big Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Santa stopping in front of the Macy’s department store is the kick off to the Christmas season in the Big Apple. There are many things to do and see in New York City during the Christmas season like ice skating in Central Park and viewing window displays along 5th Avenue. I spent a week in New York City a few years ago and I would love to go back at Christmas and enjoy some of these famous New York Christmas traditions. If you have plans to visit New York in the future here is a list of books to read that will help you get prepared for your next visit. 

    12.23 New York CityNEW YORK CITY 
    By Regis St. Louis

    A comprehensive travel guide to New York City, with maps and information on hotels, restaurants, shopping, and other interesting sites. 


    12.23 New York the NovelNEW YORK: THE NOVEL
    By Edward Rutherfurd

    The intertwining fates of characters rich and poor, black and white, native born and immigrant, brings to life the momentous events that shaped New York city and America. This book tells the history of NYC from 1664 to 2009 through generations of families and their participation in real historical events. 


    12.23 Writings from the New YorkerWRITINGS FROM THE NEW YORKER
    By E.B. White

    Here are over 100 wise, witty, short pieces and essays by E.B.White written for the New Yorker over a span of forty-nine years. White loves New York and he happily conjures his version in all its imperfection in this collection as he comments about not only NYC but also the world with humor, compassion, and honesty.  


    12.23 Breakfast at TiffanysBREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S AND THREE STORIES 
    By Truman Capote

    It’s New York in the 1940’s where a woman named Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s. The fabulous city is captured through the point of view of a young society girl who spends her early mornings at Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue. 


    By Richard Panchyk

    A 400-year history of New York City’s culture, politics, and geography. A time line of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and web resources for further study as well as 21 hands-on activities to better understand the Big Apple.    

  • Autumn Forest

    Salem is an extremely popular destination during the month of October. There are more than 500 different events during the month to celebrate Halloween. The city aims to educate visitors about its mysterious past, especially the famous Salem Witch Trials. I traveled to Salem in May of 2016 but I would love to go back and visit during the month of October. Here are some interesting books about Salem that you can start reading in anticipation of your next trip.

    By J.W. Ocker

    Welcome to Witch city! Learn about the historical sites and attractions in Salem as well as experience the thrills of Halloween as seen through the eyes of a curious and adventurous outsider. Author J.W. Ocker spends a month with his family in the city of Salem in order to experience firsthand the season with the witch. 


    10.19 The WitchesTHE WITCHES: SALEM, 1692
    By Stacy Schiff

    Along with suffrage and prohibition, the Salem Witch Trials represent one of the few moments when women played a central role in American history. An introduction to the strains on a puritan adolescent’s life, the demands of a rigorous faith, and the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country. A look into the world of 17th century America. 


    By Rosalyn Schanzer

    The riveting story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children, into a witch hunt that took over a dozen people’s lives and ruined hundreds more.


    10.19 What Were the Salem Witch TrialsWHAT WERE THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS? 
    By Joan Holub

    Something wicked was brewing in the small town of Salem in 1692.  Over the next year and a half, nineteen people were convicted of witchcraft and hanged while more languished in prison as hysteria swept the colony. An inside look at this sinister chapter in history. 


    10.19 The Salem Witch TrialsTHE SALEM WITCH TRIALS
    By Robin Johnson

    Discusses the 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, witch trials. Emphasizing how innocent people were jailed on the evidence of dreams and visions and how the legal system allowed nineteen people to be hanged before the governor of the state brought the people of Salem to their senses.

  • Grand Canyon

    I grew up only a couple of hours from the Grand Canyon and I think it’s one of the most picturesque national parks. It is one of those places that everyone needs to see at least once. There are many reasons to visit the Grand Canyon besides the awe-inspiring views. You can exercise as you hike for miles and there are educational opportunities as you learn about all the different plants and wildlife. The weather at the Grand Canyon is pretty mild and the landscape changes throughout the year, giving you different viewing experiences. All of these reasons are why the Grand Canyon is the second most visited national park in the United States.  

    Check out one of our books about the Grand Canyon and start planning your next trip. 

    12.9 20 Fun Facts about the Grand Canyon20 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE GRAND CANYON 
    By Emily Jankowski Mahoney

    The Grand Canyon is one of the most majestic sites in the United States, and its views have been wowing visitors for centuries. In this book you will find beautiful pictures and learn about the plants and animals that live there. 


    12.9 Arizona and the Grand CanyonARIZONA & THE GRAND CANYON
    By Paul Franklin

    Explore the state of Arizona and discover all of the best things to do there, from the Grand Canyon to the spectacular Monument Valley. Fantastic photography, illustrations, and detailed descriptions of the area so you can plan your next vacation.     


    By Randa Bishop

    Information about the national parks in the southwest region of the United States. Includes information on Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Canyonlands and many others with illustrations, maps, travelers’ needs and survival guide.  


    By Ron Adkison

    Short descriptions and maps of seventeen easy day hikes in the park. Hikes in this book are fairly short, usually (but not always) without big hills, and are on well defined, easy to follow trails. 



    You can also check out some of our digital resources where you can continue learning more about this spectacular canyon.

  • London 

    I have always wanted to travel to the United Kingdom and visit places such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the famous Parliament buildings. Speaking of Parliament, did you know that in the United Kingdom they celebrate Guy Fawkes day on November 5th with fireworks and big bonfires? In 1605 a plot organized by Catholic conspirators tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Interesting. If you have ever thought about traveling to the United Kingdom, visiting in November could be a lot of fun. The following books will give you a taste of what to expect and how to plan for your next trip to jolly old England. 

    By DK Eyewitness

    Travel Guide for England, Scotland and Wales


    By Edward Aves

    The very best of Britain with 500 great things to do, see and experience. Inspirational travel book that not only looks good but is great to read.


    11.5 DK LondonLONDON
    By DK Publishing

    Eyewitness travel family guide.


    By Bill Bryson

    Notes from the author following his travels to places few people ever get to. He offers acute perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. An entertaining read.

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    Noun, plural/ li-brar-ies

    A place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, as a room, set of rooms, or building where books may be read or borrowed. (               

    The definition of a library makes it seem like all libraries should be created equal, but are they really? What is the difference between libraries, and more specifically what is the difference between a school library and a city library? Many cities and communities have both. Is that really necessary or is it a poor use of our tax dollars? I have spent the last year working as a school librarian and a city librarian and I wanted to share some of the similarities and differences. I feel that both libraries are vital to each of the communities that they serve, and they each have their own strengths and purposes.                One of the big differences is the collections offered. School libraries generally are focused more on academics with their primary focus being books that can be used for research and learning.  Fiction books are not as much of a priority to a scholar-based library, but they do offer a smaller selection. Elementary schools would be the exception because they are encouraging a love of reading and may offer more fiction titles to entice students to spend time reading. City libraries serve the general public so they offer more in the way of self-help books, repair manuals, cookbooks, general fiction books, and bestsellers. City or public libraries usually aren’t academically focused, but they do have some reference materials available.               

    The location and hours of operation are another difference. School libraries are open during the school week and are closed once school is over and on the weekends. They are also inside the school or located on the campus, and are generally only available to the students who attend the school. Students, especially in elementary schools, have assigned times when they attend the library at their school during the week. During their library time they can check out books and also receive instructions on how to use the library.  City libraries are open during business hours and on weekends for anyone to use. Librarians at the city library can help patrons locate materials and books, but they don’t usually instruct anyone on how to use the library.               

    The last big difference between the two libraries is the funding used to purchase books and other supplies. School libraries are usually funded from the school budget that can either come from the government or the state, depending on the school.  Usually these budgets are smaller, especially if it’s a smaller school district.  Some school libraries will have fundraisers or book fairs to help raise additional money for purchasing books since they don’t receive funding from other sources. Public libraries get their money from state and federal governments as well, but they aren’t as limited in how they raise money. Some public libraries have used bake sales, donations, and fundraisers to supplement their budgets. They can also charge fines for late books and fees for computer and room usage, and these funds can be used to purchase new books.               

    Ultimately, no matter which library you go to, they are a fun place to visit where you can find a treasure trove of materials to read for pleasure or learning.  Go to the library soon!

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    Dis-cov-er-ies: the act or an instance of discovering; something found or learned of for the first time.        

    Children are curious and have a desire to explore the world around them. Remember how the world was when you were young and discovering everything for the first time?  The desire to learn and explore the world is there and it grows as children of all ages have positive learning experiences. Our encouragement can help them discover the world around them.

    If you choose to give discovery learning a try we have discovery kits at the library that can help in the learning process. Each kit can be checked out and used as a resource with books, toys, and a binder full of ideas that you can use to make learning a fun interactive experience. The kits range from junior kits, for children ages 0-2, discovery kits, for children ages 3-5, and senior discovery kits, for children ages 6-12. The senior kits are new to our collection and they have much to offer in the field of discovery and education. These kits are focused on science with an emphasis on STEAM and STEM learning activities.            

    Each kit comes with a book that focuses on the subject as well as a toy and binder with more ideas to help explore the topic. You are then free to experiment and then approach the topic with problem-based learning. Discovery learning happens when a child draws on their own experiences and knowledge through exploration. When they discover facts for themselves, they are more likely to remember what they have learned and the learning experience is more rewarding for them as well.           

    So, take a look at the discovery kits we have to offer and check one out for your learning and enjoyment. You won’t be disappointed.


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  • Girl Reading Chapter BOok 

    On January 27th the American Library Association announced the 2020 Newbery winner and Newbery Honor winners. NEW KID written by Jerry Craft is the 2020 Newbery Medal winner and the four Newbery Honor winners are: THE UNDEFEATED written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Newlson; SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES written by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu; OTHER WORDS FOR HOME written by Jasmine Warga; GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN written by Alicia D. Williams.

    The John Newbery Award is given each year to the book that is considered the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature for the year. Growing up my parents read many Newbery books to me but I didn’t understand what a Newbery book really was. Now I’m grateful for the great literary exposure I had as a child. Here are some of my favorite Newbery award winning books. 

    8.31 The Witch of Blackbird PondTHE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
    By Elizabeth George Speare

    Kit Tyler is an orphan who leaves her home in beautiful Barbados to come to America to live with her stern Puritan aunt and uncle. Kit doesn’t fit in and the only place where she feels completely free, is the meadow where she enjoys the company of a Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. When people learn of Kit’s friendship, she herself is accused of being a witch. 


    By Robert C. O’Brien

    Mrs. Frisby is a mouse with four small children. One summer she must move her family to their summer home or face a certain death, but her youngest son Timothy is sick with pneumonia and can not be moved. When she meets the rats of NIMH, they come up with a solution to her dilemma. 


    8.31 A Year Down YonderA YEAR DOWN YONDER
    By Richard Peck

    Mary Alice is 15 and is being sent from the bustling city of Chicago to the country of Illinois to live with her crazy, larger than life, grandmother. She isn’t looking forward to spending a year in this tiny town but the year passes quickly and thanks to Grandma Dowdel, it is pretty uneventful. 


    8.31 Roll of Thunder Hear My CryROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
    By Mildred D. Taylor

    The first time I read this story I was in 5th grade and I remember feeling so angry at the way Cassie and her family were being treated. This is the story of a black family living during the depression in Mississippi. They are faced with prejudice, discrimination, and lack of justice for black people at this time in our country. This was a very eye-opening book for me about what discrimination was really like. 


    8.31 Rifles for WatieRIFLES FOR WATIE
    By Harold Keith

    This is a rich novel that tells the story of a young boy named Jeff Bussey who sees the civil war from both sides and lives to tell his story. It is a story about a part of the civil war that you don’t hear much about, the western campaign, and the issues and problems faced as men on both sides fought and died. 


    8.31 The Girl Who Drank the MoonTHE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON
    By Kelly Regan Barnhill

    Each year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby deep in the forest as a sacrificial offering to the “witch” to keep her from terrorizing the village. The witch, Xan, rescues the abandoned babies and takes them to another village where she gives them to good families. While Xan and the baby are traveling to the village she feeds the babies starlight. One year, Xan accidentally feeds one of the babies too much starlight and fills the child with extraordinary magic so she decides to keep this baby, Luna, and raises her as her own.

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    I Love Jessica Day George! I credit her with being the one who helped my daughter discover that books could be fun and exciting to read. ( Which is one of the reasons I love her so much.) We read her book DRAGON SLIPPERS together and for the first time ever my daughter didn’t want to stop reading. What more could a parent ask for from an author?

    Her books were not only what got my daughter started reading, but they have kept her reading. She has become one of my personal favorites and many of her books sit on our bookshelves at home. Her books are perfect for anyone who enjoys reading fairytales with a twist, which I love, or stories with dragons and enchanting tales with a sprinkle of magic.  This year in celebration of  Children’s Book Festival, Jessica Day George will be coming to the Provo City Library. I am very excited to hear her talk about her new book THE ROSE LEGACY which is the perfect book for anyone who loves fantasy books about magical gifts and horses. I would recommend any of her books, but here is a list of my favorites:  

    4.30 Dragon SlippersDRAGON SLIPPERS

    Creel is an orphan living with her aunt and uncle, and she has no prospects for marriage. As a solution to what she sees as a big problem her aunt tells Creel to go to the dragon, who has a cave not far from their town, and sacrifice herself in hopes that a knight will come to rescue and marry her. But Creel isn’t a girl who will wait to be rescued.  She decides to conquer the dragon herself and goes into his cave to face her future.  She finds a friend in the dragon, and with a dragon's treasure in hand she begins a path which will change the course of her life. 


    4.30 Sun and Moon Ice and SnowSUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW

    Based on one of my favorite Nordic legends, EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON, this is the story of an impoverished girl who is offered riches for herself and her family if she will follow a polar bear to his home and remain there for a year. She agrees and begins a journey that she could never have imagined. During the year she spends in the castle of the bear she begins to unravel a mystery with a curse and finds a love she never imagined for herself.   


    4.30 Princess of the Midnight BallPRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL

    One of my daughter's favorite fairytales was The Twelve Dancing Princesses. In PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL, Jessica Day George has taken the traditional telling of the story and spun a new tale with delightful characters. She draws you into the royal family, where you begin to feel a connection with the twelve sisters and their struggles to undo a curse that was placed on their family many years ago. The perspective you gain from the oldest daughter makes you want to cheer them on as they dance their way to freedom. 


    4.30 Silver in the BloodSILVER IN THE BLOOD

    Do you know all of your family secrets? In the telling of this book you meet twin sisters, Dacia and Lou, who on their 17th birthday are told they must travel to Romania to meet their mother's relatives as well as their tyrant of a grandmother. They leave behind their life in 1890 New York society to embark on a treacherous journey.  While in Romania they discover dark family secrets and find that they are to take their place as one of the loyal servants of the Draculas. They must then decide if they have the courage to change their destiny. 


    4.30 Princess of GlassPRINCESS OF GLASS

    Poppy, one of the twelve sisters from PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL, hopes to escape the problems developing in her kingdom by offering to go on a royal exchange program. Poppy, who is one of my favorite fictional characters, has no idea what events are about to unfold for her. She finds herself involved in a plot laid out by a wicked fairy. Poppy is a beautiful dancer, but she despises dancing and has no happy memories of dancing at a ball. So when she is invited to a royal ball she reluctantly agrees to go but has no intention of dancing. However things may not go her way. This is an enchanting retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella and it will “Knit” you tightly into its clutches.

  • Gardening Kid

    As the weather gets warmer, it always makes me want to go outside and dig in the dirt. I enjoy planting things, taking care of them, and watching them grow. It’s a very satisfying and relaxing way to spend my time. I don’t know if you feel the same way, but even if you don’t enjoy digging in the dirt, I would bet that you probably enjoy the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries that come from your own garden. Personally, I think they taste better when you have grown them yourself.

    Have you ever thought about growing a garden with your kids? You should give it a try! Children are naturally curious and they love digging in the dirt which makes gardening a perfect project, as well as a fun, hands-on learning experience that everyone can participate in. Gardening also teaches children important life skills as well as environmental awareness by exploring nature. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to plant a garden with your children, you just need some dirt, seeds, or plants and a willingness to try.  Here are a few resources the library has to help you get started on your own gardening adventure.


    This is a fun resource the library offers. There are gardening activities listed that you can do with your children as well as books and movies you can watch to get your little ones excited about gardening.


    By Whitney Cohen

    This book helps you make gardening fun for your kids and teaches you how to design your own play-friendly family garden. It includes games, art, fun ideas for projects you can do in the garden, as well as instructions on how to cook what you grow from your own garden.


    By Emma Biggs

    Thirteen-year-old Emma shares her passion for gardening in this fun guide for kids. She will show you how to grow your own food, what kind of soil is best, and how to grow different kinds of gardens, including a flower stand garden. She also talks about different kinds of plants and shows you, with lots of fun pictures, how to make spaces for kids to play among the plants.


    5.11 Let It GrowLET IT GROW
    By Cynthia Stierle

    This gardening book is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to plant a garden outside but would like to do fun gardening science experiments with their children. You can do experiments to learn about roots, leaves, stems, and how sunlight and water play a crucial role in helping plants to grow.

  • Homework Help

    With school starting up again we all know that homework has once again become a part of our evening ritual. Sometimes the homework regimen can be quick and effortless and sometimes it can literally be a painful process specifically when one does not know how to go about completing it. As parents we are not present in the classroom when the steps and procedures are explained, so we find ourselves at a loss as far as how to help our children. I remember this being the case many times at my house especially when math was involved. It’s a helpless feeling when your child is struggling to understand a concept and you want to help but aren’t sure how to go about it.

    This is when the Library can step in and save the day. Many people don’t know about the FREE resources available to them through the city library. Yes, we do have homework helps! You can access these resources online if you go to our website and under the Kids Corner tab you will find online resources. These resources vary from Encyclopedias to auto repair to homework help for elementary school through high school. So go to our webpage and look at what’s available. You may find just what you need to help your children succeed in school this year. Here are a few examples of what you will find.


    A mainstay to meet the research needs of students in primary/elementary and middle school with thousands of articles and multimedia.School Center:


    The resources in Learning Express Library’s Student Center can help students prepare for important test, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects. Resources are organized by grade levels for elementary, middle, and high school students.


    Full text magazines for elementary school research plus encyclopedia, dictionary, photos, maps and flags.


    A powerful collection of homework resources provided by the Utah State Library and UEN. Contact your school or the library for login information.

  •  Halloween Costumes

    I love children’s books and dressing up, so what could be more fun than dressing up as a character from a book? 

    Every year when I went to the store to pick out a costume for Halloween I was always disappointed. I never liked the choices that I found.  I also didn’t like seeing my costume again and again on everyone else. I love having a costume that is unique to me and my personality. But I also didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on something I was only going to wear one day out of the year. Another frustration in picking a costume was what to be and what person to dress up as.

    Then one year I discovered literary characters. I love books so why not choose my favorite book character and dress up as that particular character! For the last 5 years or so I have had some really fun costumes and most of the time people know who I am. I get lots of comments like, “That is one of my favorite books”, which makes me happy.           

    Usually a book character costume doesn’t require much. I was surprised at how many things I had at home to use for my costume. Sometimes I would have to hunt for an accessory that I needed or make an item or two for my costume but usually it was just hanging in my closet waiting to be put together. I have over the years added to my wig collection but that is something that can be used again and again. I also bought a latex witch nose and I have used that many times to change the look of my face.   

    This year because I have so many ideas and options to choose from my struggle is deciding which character I want to be. I thought it would be fun to share five of my favorite literary costumes and hopefully inspire you to also dress up as a literary character.

    By Jane O’Conner
    Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser


    Fancy Nancy


    10.15 Amelia BedeliaAMELIA BEDELIA
    By Peggy Parish




    10.15 Miss Nelson is MissingMISS NELSON IS MISSING!
    By Harry Allard and James Marshall


    Viola Swamp


    10.15 Lillys Purple Plastic PurseLILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE
    By Kevin Henkes




    10.15 The WitchesTHE WITCHES
    By Roald Dahl



  • fun reading aloud

    Have you ever wondered how you could make reading aloud at home as fun as it is at the Library?  Even if you don’t have puppets or other props, reading can still be fun at home. Looking for a bonus? Since our new Winter Reading Challenge tracks minutes read rather than books, all the time you spend reading to your kids can count as reading time for you as well!

    Here are a few ideas for making your read-aloud time as fun at home as it is during story time.

    1. Read the book first so that you know what the story is about and you won’t have any surprises you aren’t prepared for as you are reading.
    2. Have a designated area in your home where you can go to read aloud. It can be a special carpet, the couch or a reading tent that you build together. A special place for reading makes the time together more magical.
    3. Look at the book cover together and try to guess what the book is going to be about before you even start reading.
    4. If you are reading a picture book make sure that they can see the pictures. Turning the book so you can read the text and then showing them the pictures is not fun for little ones. They like to really study the pictures. If you have read the book previously you already kind of know the text which can help. You can also add to the text to make the story funny. Most small children won’t be following the text so they won’t know if you change it just a bit. Don’t be afraid to insert things like your children’s own names. It will help them love the book even more if they think it was written just for them.
    5. Read with enthusiasm and with different voice inflections. If you have listened to audiobooks the reader gives each character a different voice to distinguish them. This adds so much to the story for little ones. Don’t be afraid of being silly with your children: it helps them develop their imaginations as they listen to the story. Give it all you've got – add hand motions, facial expressions, and sound effects; this only adds to the experience and makes it fun for your children. Even older children enjoy hearing stories read in a fun way. It will transport the audience into the story in a more vivid way.
    6. Notice how your audience is reacting to the story. If the story has long text that is boring, make up your own text that goes along with the pictures or shorten the text by telling it in your own words. If they are bored they start to associate reading with boredom. Make reading enjoyable.
    7. Children love to ask questions, but stopping too frequently during the story interrupts the flow so try to wait until the end to answer any questions. It's always fun to discuss the book after it is over to see how everyone felt about it.
    8. Just have fun!  

    Here are some of my favorite picture books to read aloud.


    12.13 Legend of Rock Paper ScissorsTHE LEGEND OF ROCK PAPER SCISSORS
    By Drew Daywalt

    Everyone has played the game Rock Paper Scissors, but learning how this legendary game started is not for the faint of heart. This is a hilarious book that tells the point of view of each of the warriors – Rock, Paper, Scissors – who have never been defeated in battle. It’s a great book to read aloud because each warrior has its own personality and you can use voice inflections to really make the story come alive. Be prepared to read this book out loud again and again. It’s a real favorite.


    12.13 Bark GeorgeBARK, GEORGE
    By Jules Feiffer

    This is an older book, but it’s become one of my favorite read-aloud books because you can have everyone who is listening participate in the reading. George has lost his bark and can’t seem to figure out how to get it back. He meows like a cat and moos like a cow, but he just can’t seem to bark like a dog. Younger listeners will love helping you make all the animal sounds as you read this book together.


    By Jon Scieszka

    Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs, but have you ever heard it told from the point of view of the poor wolf? He wasn’t actually a bad guy. He just needed to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his dear old granny, but no one would loan him some sugar. This classic tale can be read with so many different voices and you can have help from your listeners to make all of the sound effects in the story. They can help you knock on the door, blow and sneeze like the wolf, and make the crashing sounds as the house falls down.


    12.13 Book with no PicturesTHE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES
    By B.J. Novak

    This book, as the title states, has no pictures. You would think that a book like that would be very boring for someone to read, but it’s the language in the book that makes everyone laugh. As a child, you don’t get to hear adults say silly ridiculous words like “blurp,” but this book is all about saying the ridiculous. This is also a favorite book for many children and one that will be asked for again and again.


    12.13 Sam and Dave Dig a HoleSAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE
    By Mac Barnett

    Best friends Sam and Dave decide one afternoon that they are going to dig a hole all the way to China. They are planning to have lunch in China and then come home for dinner. Children are captivated by this story because who doesn’t enjoy digging a nice big hole? The character that gets the most attention in this story, however, is the dog. Pay close attention to what he is doing as you read this fun story. There are a lot of details in the illustrations that make this a fun book to look at together. 

  • Little Boy Headphones 

    Music is magical. It can also be beneficial to our health and wellbeing. Music can be a mood lifter, it can help us feel better, more energized, or even calm us down. Can you imagine watching a movie without any music playing in the background or going to an aerobics class to work out without any music?               

    We benefit from music in so many ways and children can also benefit from exposure to music. Music is fun and encourages movement.  You may have noticed your child dancing or moving to their favorite songs. As they move to the rhythm of their favorite songs, they also develop small and large motor skills. Jumping up and down helps with the development of their large muscle groups and if you are dancing with them, they often will try and copy what you are doing. Giving instruments to a child, even just a spoon to tap or a rattle, will help them with their hand eye coordination as well as grasping items and holding them.                 

    Music can also help toddlers develop their language skills. They may not understand all the words of a song but they will learn sound patterns, repetition, and try to mimic what they hear.  An example of this idea is the ABC song. As they get older, they learn to associate the lyrics of songs to things that they know. Singing or listening to nursery rhymes put to music can help children identify stories or storytelling in music. There are just so many ways that listening to music can benefit the listener.               

    The CDs listed below are just a few of our favorites available through the library. Normally we'd tell you to check them out from us, but in this time of social distancing, we're including youtube videos from each of the artists as well. If you really like one of these artists, look them up on youtube, where they've all shared many of their songs and live performances.

    In addition, you can use your library card to access Freegal, which will give you three free songs downloads each week. Freegal is also allowing 24 hour streaming right now, up from their usual five hours a day, so now's the perfect time to listen to their children's playlists, like this one from Brookfield Public Library. They also have a wide selection of music for all ages and genre preferences.

    Lots of different studies have been done on the effects of music and new ones are coming out all the time but we all know that life without music would just be flat. So, grab your favorite CD or check out some of the music available through the library and enjoy the magic that is music.

    Composer: Laurie Berkner Band



    Composer: Caspar Babypants



    Composer: Dean Jones



    Composer: Alphabet Rockers



    Composer: Okee Dokee Brothers 


  • 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.

  •  oldies

    "New Release!"

    "Add this new book to your list!"

    "Don't miss these books in 2019!"

    "This year is already turning out to be a great year for books so don’t delay, read today!"

    Have you ever been caught in that trap? I have. In fact as a librarian I often feel like I should only read books that are new and current that way I stay on top of what is new. As a result I neglect to read books that have been around for a while and I know that I miss out on some really amazing books.

    I decided that I needed to broaden my reading realm and add some of the classic older books to my long reading list along with new and current titles. I started thinking about authors who have been writing for a number of years and who have won awards in the past, and one day as I was going through a section in the library I happened to come across a section of books written by the Newbery author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

    As I stopped to look at the shelves of books that she has written, I was surprised. I had not realized she had written so many books. She has written over 135 childrens books as well as Young Adult books.  Her books range from historical fiction to fantasy to humor and everything in between. I decided I needed to read one of her books so I checked out one that I had never read before called BLIZZARD'S WAKE. I loved it. She is such a great storyteller and I found myself drawn into the story very quickly. It wasn’t a long book but it was excellent and I found myself devouring it. I knew Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was a renowned author but it was good to be reminded again that her books shouldn’t be discounted or forgotten just because they were not written in the past year.

    There are many authors like Naylor who have written award winning books but because it has been a few years since they have written a book we tend to forget about them. There are so many great books out there to read so don’t be like me and forget about some of the oldies but goodies. Go and find a book that may have been written a decade ago, or find one that you have been meaning to ready for years and get swept away in a wonderful story. Here are a few of my favorite books written by some time honored authors

    2.4 The WitchesTHE WITCHES
    By Roald Dahl

    This is one of my all-time favorite read-alouds. “This is not a fairytale. This is about REAL WITCHES.” Grandmamma loves to tell stories about witches and shares her knowledge with her grandson. When he comes face to face with the grand high witch herself he learns just how dangerous she can be, but he is clever and plots against the witches. Fun read for all ages.


    2.4 The Magicians NephewTHE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW 
    By CS Lewis

    I loved reading all seven volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia but my favorite was The Magician's Nephew. The creation of the world of Narnia was monumental and I loved the message in the book. The explanation of how the world of Narnia came to be and the role Aslan played in the creation was captivating to me. I have to admit that the explanation of how the wardrobe became tied to Narnia and became a portal to return one to this magical land helped me understand the rest of the stories better.


    2.4 The Witch of Blackbird PondTHE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
    By Elizabeth George Speare

    I have read this book many times, and I’ll admit that I don’t do that very often. I still think my experience reading this book for the first time as a fifth grader was magical. I had just started reading books for pleasure instead of for school work when I read this story. It made the witch trials come alive for me in a very real way. Puritan life in colonial times was difficult, but when Kit befriended the local witch, Hannah, she was able to find a friend to confide in and to help her through the difficult times.


    2.4 Where the Red Fern GrowsWHERE THE RED FERN GROWS
    By Wilson Rawls

    Read this book with a box of tissues (I still can’t read it without crying). The author, Wilson Rawls, had a way of creating a world that was so real to me as a young reader. I sat at night listening to this story as my dad read it to me and I was transported into the Ozark mountains. I ran alongside Billy as he taught his dogs how to chase coons and hunt and become some of the finest hunting dogs around. 


    2.4 Tale of a Fourth Grade NothingTALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING
    By Judy Blume

    How many of us have experienced the trials of a younger sibling! This humorous book about Peter and his little brother Fudge is a book that many of us can relate to. I remember laughing out loud at some of the funny things Fudge did and said in the book, from throwing mashed potatoes to dumping his food on his head. A quick fun read.

  • Utah History

    Here in Utah, Pioneer day is July 24th, so I thought this might be a good time to mention some pioneer stories you could read with your family. Children are naturally curious about pioneers and the lives they lived. They often wonder what children in the past did for fun, what kind of food they ate, what kind of chores they did, and what their families were like.

    One of the best ways to answer those questions and more is by reading historical fiction stories together. If your child is especially interested in pioneer girl stories, here are a few of the best.

    7.23 Hattie Big SkyHATTIE BIG SKY
    By Kirby Larson

    It’s 1917 and 16-year-old Hattie Brooks has just inherited her uncle’s homesteading claim in Montana. Hattie, an orphan, decides she must make a home for herself and travels from Iowa to Montana to become Hattie Homesteader. Once there, she finds out that in order to keep the place, she must prove the claim with enough fencing and farming to satisfy government specifications. This is a great story with an amazing and determined character who will steal your heart.


    7.23 The Evolution of Calpurnia TateTHE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE
    By Jacqueline Kelly

    Callie Vee Tate wants to be a naturalist and study science, but girls in 1899 didn’t become scientists. With the help of her grandfather she figures out why the yellow grasshoppers in her backyard are so much bigger than the green ones and she imagines a future much grander than a life spent in the kitchen making meals for her husband.


    7.23 The Ballad of Lucy WhippleTHE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE
    By Karen Cushman

    California doesn’t suit Lucy Whipple. She enjoys the comforts of her home in Massachusetts but moving out West was her mama’s dream and she finds herself, with her family, in California during the American Gold Rush. Lucy is suddenly thrown into back-breaking work, and worst of all, days with no books. But slowly Lucy begins to understand that home isn’t just where you live, it’s being around the things you love and the people you love.


    7.23 May BMAY B
    By Caroline Starr Rose

    Written in verse, this is a beautiful story about a strong new heroine who is determined to find her way home again. May is helping out on a neighbor’s homestead in Kansas until Christmas. But when the couple she is staying with disappears, May finds herself all alone in a blizzard. She must somehow find a way to make the fifteen-mile journey back home.


    7.23 Our Only May AmeliaOUR ONLY MAY AMELIA
    By: Jennifer Holm

    Inspired by the diaries of her great-aunt, the real May Amelia, Jennifer Holm gives us a beautifulll crafted tale of one young girl whose unique spirit captures the courage, humor, passion and depth of the American pioneer experience. May Amelia will touch your heart.


    7.23 Caddie WoodlawnCADDIE WOODLAWN
    By Carol Ryrie Brink

    This is a story about a young girl who has to make her own place in the world. Caddie is living on the open plains of 1860 Wisconsin with her family. She isn’t your ordinary girl who likes to spend time sewing and baking like her sisters. Caddie is a bit of a tomboy and would rather hunt, swim or visit the Native Americans. This is a look into her life as a young pioneer girl.

  •  Recycled Crafts

    I love recycling projects because I can turn something old, that still has plenty of wear, into something new and useful again.

    For example, my son recently ripped several of his old jeans. I hate to throw away good denim but the only thing I could think of to repurpose his old jeans was to make a quilt. However, I don’t have enough denim or the time for a project like that so, I have been trying to think of ways I could use this denim. Recently, I came across a book that had several ideas for using old jeans and turning them into something new, like a bag or a skirt. It got me thinking about what I could make with what I already have. This discovery came at a perfect time since I can’t go to the craft store right now to get ideas or supplies and I have been wanting to make something.

    If you are feeling like me and want some ideas for using what you already have lying around the house, take a look at these resources and then go and create something new.


    This online resource is free with your current library card and it has many ideas for crafts you can make. If you want recycling crafts specifically, type “recycle” in the search bar and it will bring up several ideas. Check out this fun website and get your creative juices flowing as you watch tutorials with step-by-step instructions on how to do a wide variety of crafting.



    Many of our books can be checked out online through OVERDRIVE or LIBBY. If you type in “recycled crafts”, you will find multiple titles that can inspire you to make many creative projects such as puppets, quilts, or little fixes for clothing.


    By Carol Sirrine

    This is a great book with lots of pictures and step-by-step instructions on how to make something new with your old jeans. It contains decorating ideas for your room and lots of fun crafts. Some require sewing and some can be done with a hot glue gun. Check it out and repurpose some of your old jeans.


    By Kari Cornell

    If you’re looking for a book to help you come up with ideas for recycling and where to find materials, this book is for you. It contains a wide range of ideas for using old t-shirts, sweaters or socks to make something new. We are surrounded with what we need, we just need inspiration. This book will inspire you to look closely at the world around you for inspiration in making your crafts and challenge you to use recycled and reusable materials.


    By Adrianne Surian

    We all have t-shirts piled up around the house that we hate to get rid of because they still have plenty of wear, so if you are looking for a way to repurpose these old t-shirts check out this DIY book. You will find a wide variety of ideas to help you transform those old t-shirts into fun stylish accessories that won’t break the bank.

  •  Toddler Reading

    Finding books to help your child learn to read and eventually be a successful reader can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. If you’re not sure what books to start with, the library can help. We have a section of very easy reader books that help children who are just starting out on their reading journey. These books take a step-by-step approach with simple illustrations and simple words that focus on repetition. This helps build reading confidence as they practice short vowel sounds, blending, and important sight words. Eventually the books begin to introduce longer and more complex words as readers become better and more confident in their abilities.

    Reading is fun and everyone should have a good experience learning to read.  So, check out the very easy reader section at the library as you launch into an enjoyable reading adventure. 

    By Bobby Lynn Maslen

    In these books, short vowels and single consonant words are introduced with very basic three-letter words. All the letters of the alphabet (except Q) are introduced in these engaging books that help build confidence. These little books bring big success. 


    3.3 Now Im ReadingNOW I’M READING! 
    By Nora Gaydos

    Learn all about mixed-vowel sounds with a hot yak, a sniffing sloth, a pet bat, and other clever critters in this collection of early reader tales. These simple sentences with clear text and a building block approach, help beginning readers have fun while learning key words. 


    3.3 First Little ReadersFIRST LITTLE READERS  
    By Deborah Schecter

    Jump-start reading success with this collection of motivating stories. Most pages feature just one line of simple, repetitive text to help children learn to read with ease and confidence. 


    3.3 Sight Word ReadersSIGHT WORD READERS  
    By Linda Beech

    These fun little books contain fifty common sight words that are some of the most frequently used words in print. Kids love these playful stories that help build their reading skills and confidence as they master sight words.