The Library is now open Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Curbside is still available.
The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Curbside is still available.
 

 

Winter

  • Snow Mittens 

    There is something about winter that makes it seem perfectly pleasant to stay indoors cozied up with a favorite book. It helps, of course, that we live in a place with cold, snowy winters. But there is something undeniably nice about turning the pages of a book during the shorter days of winter. For me, it is a soothing and calming activity during a time of year that can often feel hectic, and not only during the holidays. 

    We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite wintry (but not Holiday-centric) picture books that beg to be enjoyed by families on a long winter night. 

    1.4 Before MorningBEFORE MORNING
    By Joyce Sidman
    Illustrated by Beth Krommes
    (2016) 

    This peaceful poem expresses a child’s wish for an overnight winter storm so mighty that it stops the world. I refuse to believe that this child and I are the only ones who have ever wished for a big blizzard that makes the busy world stop. This longing sensation, a decidedly wintry one, is perfectly expressed by Newbery medalist, Joyce Sidman and is perfectly matched by gorgeous scratchboard illustrations from Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes. This is a quiet, slow and mesmerizing book perfectly suited for a winter bedtime. 

     

    1.4 CozyCOZY
    By Jan Brett
    (2020) 

    Nearly any of Jan Brett’s books could be on this list, because her signature artistic style is so associated with winter reading (if you haven’t read her version of THE MITTEN you really ought to). But COZY, her newest book, is an especially sweet story of winter friendship. Cozy is a young musk ox in Alaska, named for his especially silky coat. When he is separated from his herd during a harsh winter, his coat protects him from the winter chill. Soon, a growing number of animals seek shelter in his coat which prompts Cozy to set some “house rules” so everyone will get along. If you know Jan Brett, you know to expect beautiful illustrations and incredibly detailed side panels that young readers will spend hours exploring, 

     

    1.4 Katy and the Big SnowKATY AND THE BIG SNOW
    By Virginia Lee Burton
    (1971) 

    Virginia Lee Burton is a classic children’s author and illustrator who wrote lots of stories of personified things, but KATY AND THE BIG SNOW holds a special place in my heart, and not just because it’s perfectly wintry. Katy is a tractor with a snow plow attached to her front who only gets brought out on very snowy days when the town needs her the most. She waits, and waits, and waits until a big snow storm arrives and then she happily goes to work clearing the streets so that people in the town can get where they need to go. Truck-obsessed children will love seeing Katy at work, and the vintage illustrations make such excellent use of white space that this book can be read over and over and still be charming – especially on a snowy day after seeing a snow plow at work! 

     

    1.4 Goodbye Autumn Hello WinterGOODBYE AUTUMN, HELLO WINTER
    By Kenard Pak
    (2017) 

    This is part of Kenard Pak’s series of books showing two children saying goodbye to one season and welcoming another. The entire series is beautiful, but this entry holds a special spot in my heart. We follow the two children on a long walk as we watch the season start to turnover. We see the tell-tale signs that autumn is ending – like piles of leaves and crisp early evenings all moving towards the inevitable snowfall. The text in this quiet and inviting book is sweet, but the illustrations and how they manage to really feel like the change in seasons are what will make this book a delight to read over and over again – especially as we prepare for a snowfall. 

     

    1.4 Snowflake BentleySNOWFLAKE BENTLEY
    By Jacqueline Briggs Martin
    Illustrated by Mary Azarian
    (1998) 

    There are a surprising number of Caldecott winners about winter, which made it a difficult choice to recommend just one. But in the end, I had to pick this nostalgic favorite – a picture book biography about Wilson Alwyn Bentley. Bentley, or Snowflake Bentley, was a self-taught scientist who studied the microscopic world of snowflakes by photographing thousands of flakes to study their form and prove that no snowflake is alike. The incredible illustrations in this book are done with woodblock and hand-tinting to evoke the snowy 19th century Vermont town where Bentley lived. This is a simple but beautiful book that could act as an invitation to explore snow science with children.

     
  • 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!

     
  • Winter Hobbies

    Are you looking for a productive way to spend your time indoors while winter rages outside? Are you all worn out from finishing yet ANOTHER Netflix marathon? Consider learning a new hobby! Not sure where to start? Take a look at some of these books found at The Provo City Library

    01.03 20 Minute Whittling Projects20-MINUTE WHITTLING PROJECTS: FUN THINGS TO CARVE FROM WOOD
    By Tom Hindes
    (2016)

    Why not whittle away those long, dark winter days by whittling away at a small piece of wood? This is a hobby you can take anywhere with you.Bonus: If you feel confident enough you can use your creations as gifts for the holiday season! 

     

    01.03 Get CodingGET CODING!: LEARN HTML, CSS, AND JAVASCRIPT AND BUILD A WEBSITE, APP, AND GAME
    By Duncan Beedie
    (2017)

    If you find yourself getting bored with the same old computer games over and over again, you might want to consider creating your own. Make your dreams become (virtual) reality by learning how to code! 

     

    01.03 Beeswax AlchemyBEESWAX ALCHEMY: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CANDLES, SOAP, BALMS, SALVS AND HOME DECOR FROM THE HIVE
    By Petra Ahnert
    (2015)

    Spending a lot of time indoors during the winter might also mean spending a lot more money on your electricity bill. Help yourself out by learning how to make candles. You’ll save yourself some green and at the same time create a warm, cozy atmosphere to be enjoyed. 

     

    01.03 Why KnotWHY KNOT?: HOW TO TIE MORE THAN SIXTY INGENIOUS, USEFUL, BEAUTIFUL, LIFESAVING, MAGICAL, INTRIGUING, AND SECURE KNOTS!
    By Philippe Petit
    (2013)

    If you really want to make the most of your time indoors “why knot” learn how to tie different types of knots?Okay, okay. Moving on past my failed humor, this is a hobby that can save your sanity and your life. Talk about productivity! 

     

    01.03 37 Houseplants Even You Cant Kill37 HOUSEPLANTS EVEN YOU CAN'T KILL
    By Mary Kate Hogan
    (2006)

    If you find that your surrounding landscape is bleak, and bare, and dead, why not bring some colors and life into your living space by caring for a houseplant? Mary Kate Hogan guarantees that even YOU can’t kill the plants she mentions in this book, and besides, plants are pets that you don’t have to take outside in the snow at 5 am to “do their business” (looking at YOU, household dog of 17 years!).

     
  • what to do winter

    True confessions of Carla: I hate being cold and winter can be a challenge for me.  I grew up in Utah, so freezing temperatures should be old hat.  But about this time each January, the excitement of Christmas is fading and our “Winter Wonderland” makes me wonder why I live here.   

    However, a couple years ago, a friend of mine encouraged me to take up skiing and since then I actually look forward to that first snowstorm and obsessively check the new snow accumulation at Utah ski resorts.  (Side confession: That friend was a cute boy and I wanted him to fall in love me…fortunately, I surprised myself and truly love skiing and he did in fact fall in love with me! So…big win/win!!)  

    The moral of this story is that winter becomes a whole lot more enjoyable if you take advantage of the great outdoor activities we have access to during those cold winter months.  So, where to start?  The Provo City Library has created a great list of winter activities and events just for you!  

    On our What To Do In the Winter page, after scrolling past all the amazing Christmas activities that you should really check out next year, you will find a whole list of ways and places to have fun in the snow and cold.  You'll find information about: 

    • Cross-country skiing
    • Sleigh rides
    • Sled dog rides
    • Snowmobiling
    • Snowshoeing
    • Tubing
    • Skiing
    • Snowboarding
    • Ice skating
    • Hockey  

    Don’t get cabin fever this year!  Get out and take advantage of the greatest snow on earth!