You Need To Read

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    I love reading books about physics. Somehow, I survived my formal education, pre-school through a master’s degree, without a physics class. Fortunately, there are some amazing scientists with a gift for writing and explaining that have provided me the opportunity to bolster my formal education. I love that these books make me feel very smart as a concept snaps into place and I actually understand why E=mc2. Of course, I cannot explain what I’ve learned to anyone and within a few days I’ve lost that light of understanding. But, at least while reading, the world makes sense.Here is a list of my favorites:

    10.20 A Short History of Nearly EverythingA SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING
    By Bill Bryson

    This hefty tome was my first introduction to Bill Bryson and I’ve loved him ever since.  While the entire book is not dedicated to physics exactly, the author begins with the Big Bang and then meanders his way through the history of the universe and our world.  Completely entertaining and enlightening.



    By David Bodanis

    A biography about an equation sounds a little odd but the history E=mc2 is so full of drama it is actually a perfect fit. Though I do love many other books on the topic, this one created for me the most memorable “ah ha” moment. Bodanis set out to explain something everyone can recite, but few actually understand. He totally succeeded in my case!



    By Michio Kaku

    With a slightly different goal than other authors on this list, Kaku explain where things are headed and more of the application of physics instead of focusing on the actual science.  He adds imagination to the mix and helps readers see how physics affects us now and in the increasingly near future.



    10.20 Seven Brief Lessons on PhysicsSEVEN BRIEF LESSONS ON PHYSICS
    By Carlo Rovelli

    General relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, and black holes are a few of the topics discussed in this collection’s 86 pages.  If you only have a few hours, this is the physics book for you.  I did have to stop and reread several portions to follow the science, but I loved the playful tone and lyrical writing.



    10.20 Astrophysics for People in a HurryASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY
    By Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Neil deGrasse Tyson’s celebrity status drew me to this book but his ability to explain very complicated concepts kept me reading.  His writing is approachable and entertaining and here he provides a basic understanding of the past, present, and future of the cosmos. 




  • russian folk

    There’s a reason why folktales today remain popular even though the oral storytelling traditions of the past have faded. Folktales have enchanted people for centuries and they help us understand human nature and explain our world.

    Russian and Slavic mythology contain a rich vein of folktales with their dark and often tragic stories of Baba Yaga, Father Frost, Vasilisa the Beautiful, Rusalka, and more. Recently, many of these stories are being explored and made into modern day adaptations, which are told from new angles or set during historical, real-world events such as the Bolshevik Revolution or the Soviet Union.

    Here are five of my favorite recent Russian or Slavic inspired folktales.

    11.10 The Bear and the NightingaleTHE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE 
    By Katherine Arden

    For generations, the noble Vladimirovich family has lived a difficult but peaceful life on the edge of a Russian forest. The family and the local villagers praise God in church on Sunday and leave offerings for the magical household who watch over their homes and stables throughout the week. Young Vasilisa Vladimirova has a peculiar gift, however. She can see and talk with these friendly spirits. When her new, fiercely devout stepmother arrives shortly after a captivating young priest, they demand that the villagers stop their idol worship and abandon their traditional practices. But as a particularly harsh winter sets in and the village nears starvation, Vasya knows she must ignore the wishes of father, stepmother, and priest to embrace her own power and seek the help of creatures from deepest folklore to help in her fight against the growing strength of the Bear.

    11.10 UprootedUPROOTED 
    By Naomi Novik

    A mysterious wizard known as the Dragon selects a young woman from a rural village near his tower every 10 years as payment for protecting the region from the malevolent influence of the evil Wood. Agnieszka, always muddy and disheveled, never thinks that she will be chosen, but when she is selected to serve the Dragon, she soon discovers she has a rare and powerful talent for magic. As Agnieszka's magic grows, her journey sends her on a deadly quest where she will experience the terrible intrigue of the royal court, a true and unbreakable friendship, and even a little romance.


    11.9 The Crowns GameTHE CROWN’S GAME 
    By Evelyn Skye

    In 1825 Russia, with unrest among the Kazakhs and the Ottoman Empire pressing from the South, the Tsar needs more help than his army and advisors can provide. Though few still believe in magic, Russia still has the ability to call an Imperial Enchanter. The problem is there are currently two enchanters, Vika Andreyevna who has been training her entire life to become Imperial Enchanter and Nikolai Karimov, best friend to the Tsarevich, Pasha, but who does not know of Nikolai’s ability. Because their powers come from the same source, only one can become Imperial Enchanter and wield this incredible power. To decide who will become Imperial Enchanter, the Tsar sets in motion the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill where each enchanter must show his or her inventiveness and strength. The victor will be declared the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. For the loser—instant death.

    11.10 Vassa in the NightVASSA IN THE NIGHT
    By Sarah Porter

    Set in a darkly magical version of a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, Vassa’s mother is dead and father gone. She lives with her uncaring stepmother and two stepsisters. In Vassa's neighborhood, magic is to be avoided and the nights have mysteriously started lengthening. One night after all their lightbulbs burn out, Vassa is sent by her stepsister to buy more. Baba Yaga, known as Babs, owns a local convenience store known for its practice of beheading shoplifting customers. So when Babs accuses Vassa of stealing, Vassa makes a deal to work as an indentured servant for three nights. During her time in the shop, Vassa begins to suspect that Babs’s magic may be connected to the growing imbalance between day and night affecting the city.

    11.10 Shadow and BoneSHADOW AND BONE 
    By Leigh Bardugo

    Alina and Mal were orphans, raised together after their parents died in the constant border wars in Ravka. Now they are in the army where Mal is an expert tracker and Alina a mediocre mapmaker. Their once great friendship isn't what it used to be. Their land is surrounded by enemies and divided by the Shadow Fold, a mysterious, magical darkness that seethes with flesh-eating monsters known as volcra. When a perilous mission takes them into the Shadow Fold, Alina manifests a powerful and rare ability to summon light that sets their whole world spinning and catches the attention of the Darkling, the head of the magical Grisha. Although Alina refuses to believe she has any power, she is taken to Os Alta, the capital, to learn to use her special gift. As her distance from Mal grows quite literally, she finds herself pulled into a more complex situation than she ever expected and must find if the light within her is strong enough to combat all the powers of darkness.

  • wolf howl

    Every once in a while you hear about one of those totally random but strangely intriguing national celebration days, yes?  Well, did you know that October 26th is National Howl at the Moon Day? Unfortunately, this year there won’t be a full moon for the lupine celebration (did you catch that awesomely huge Harvest Moon a couple of weeks ago though?), but here are five fun picture books about wolves to help you get your howl on: 

    10.25 Wolfie the BunnyWOLFIE THE BUNNY 
    By Ame Dyckman

    When Mama and Papa Bunny find a baby – a wolf baby – they’re so excited to add another child to their family. But their bunny daughter Dot freaks out just a bit, convinced that “HE’S GOING TO EAT US ALL UP!” This highly rated, award-winning picture book offers a comical look at new baby angst and sibling rivalry (and at having each other’s back). A perfect treat for families that are expanding! 


    10.25 Wolf CampWOLF CAMP 
    By Andrea Zuill

    I wanted to go to Space Camp as a kid. Like really, really wanted to go to Space Camp. Who could blame me, what with growing up in Houston in the 80s and watching the movie SPACE CAMP? So it’s not that unreasonable to think that a dog might want to go to Wolf Camp, right? This canine twist on summer camp had me giggling at the reference desk as Homer and his friends attempt to connect with their primeval roots. And Homer’s letter home is just too, too good. 

    10.25 A Well Mannered Young WolfA WELL-MANNERED YOUNG WOLF 
    by Jean Leroy

    This poor wolf. His parents taught him impeccable manners, so he always asks for an animal’s last wish before he eats him. And he has to respect the last wish! However, because his prey do not have impeccable manners, they consistently use the opportunity as a chance for escape. But, no matter what, the young wolf always respects the last wish! Bright illustrations and a surprise karmic ending make for an amusing adventure in the forest. 


    10.25 The Wolf The Duck and the MouseTHE WOLF, THE DUCK, AND THE MOUSE 
    by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

    This brand new offering from the Barnett-Klassen picture book dream team is a riot! Seriously, it’s so fabulous that when it arrived in our library director’s box, he immediately came down to the Children’s Department office and read it aloud to three of us librarians. And suddenly there were four adults cracking up over a tale about…well, you guessed it…a wolf, a duck, and a mouse. Your kids are going to love it too. These guys are geniuses. 

    10.25 The Wolves in the WallsTHE WOLVES IN THE WALLS 
    By Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

    If you have a child who’s a little older and loves a delightfully creepy tale, this oldie but goodie doesn’t disappoint.  Lucy hears lots of noises in the walls of her big, old house – creeking and clawing and rustling and thumping. She’s convinced that there are wolves in the walls, but her family dismisses her concerns. Imagine their surprise when wolves do come out of the walls! You won’t want to miss this Neil Gaiman classic.


  •  Judging a Book By Its cover

    We all know the old adage about not judging a book by its cover, but cover art nevertheless can make a huge difference in a book’s success. Think about it. When you’re browsing the shelves of the library or a book store, books with distinctive covers or spines are the ones you notice, right?

    Personally, I’m drawn to gorgeous typography. While cover photos and illustrations are all well and good, beautiful print, especially if it has a feminine, vintage vibe, calls me to a book better than anything short of a glowing Kirkus review.

    You know you’re a librarian when you have not only favorite books and authors, but favorite book covers and cover illustrators. These are a few of my favorites:

    9.28.2 Dorian GrayJESSICA HISCHE

    Jessica Hische's work is what first sucked me into the world of cover art, and she's my favorite cover illustrator to this day. I'm a book hoarde... ahem, collector, but I started off just buying paperbacks, not caring what the covers looked like. In an act of youthful folly, I even bought the movie tie-in paperbacks of the LORD OF THE RINGS series many years ago (*shudders*). There was no looking back once I started buying Hische's gorgeous collection of Barnes and Noble leatherbound classics, though. Her work is all about intricate lettering, and in addition to her Barnes and Noble designs, she's created lovely covers for Penguin's Drop Caps series, Audible, and McSweeney's Publishing. Thanks to her, I began buying books for their beauty as well as their readability, and, eleven copies of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE later, it's been a beautiful and expensive path from there.









    9.28.2 The Fox and the StarCORALIE BICKFORD-SMITH

    First of all, we need to acknowledge that Coralie Bickford-Smith's name is AWESOME. With a name like that, she should be either the protagonist of a novel or the lady of an English manor house. Okay, with that out of the way, let's talk about her cover art. 

    Even if you haven't heard Bickford-Smith's name, you've probably seen her work. Penguin has released a series ofclothbound classics which feature her gorgeous and whimsical art and which you've inevitably come across in one book store or another. I'm also a fan of her F. Scott Fitzgerald covers, which have a decidedly Art Deco flair that fits his Jazz Age themes perfectly. My absolute favorite cover of hers, however, is from her very own book THE FOX AND THE STAR. The silver, the swirls, the sweet little fox - like Mary Poppins, it's practically perfect in every way.








    9.28.2 Wink Poppy Midnight


    Lisa Perrin's work is a recent discovery for me. WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by Lana Popovic has been getting a lot of buzz in the YA community lately, and when I first saw the cover, I was immediately curious about both the book and the artist. After researching a bit, I found the cover for WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT, and I loved it even more. Perrin has the same intricate, feminine, and typography-based style that I love from Bickford-Smith and Hische, but she also uses color and weaves in animal and botanical patterns in a way that reminds me of Scandinavian folk art. The result is eye-catching, playful, and absolutely lovely.












  • kids being kids

     Is there anything better than a story about a child who saves the world from evil? Who doesn’t love reading about a 12-year-old Percy Jackson fighting off the minotaur with no training, or an 11-year-old Hermione Granger being the brains behind a death-defying magical operation during her first year of wizarding life?

    But I will admit that sometimes I get a little tired when yet another character just happens to have memorized the entire internet by age 10, or becomes the best marksman in the kingdom after only a few weeks of practice with a bow.  

    So here’s to all the kids that act like kids and to the authors that know the difference between precocious and PhD. Here’s to characters that have to wait for their muscles to develop before becoming a knight or who care more about their sibling rivalries than the fate of the world. And here are just a few of my favorite characters who are happy being young:   

    11.21 Three Times LuckyMo and Dale from THREE TIMES LUCKY
    By Sheila Turnage

    Mo, orphaned by hurricane Katrina, lives in an eclectic adopted family in Tupelo Landing, NC. She and her bumbling best friend Dale open a “detective agency” when Dale’s no-good father starts causing trouble. Mo’s hilarious southern metaphors, combined with Dale’s constant misunderstanding of sarcasm make them a delightful team. This series is a tribute to small town troubles and the joys of childhood capers. I’d recommend listening to the first book in this series to enjoy a fun rendition of Mo’s southern drawl. (The narrator changes for book two, so read that one.)  


    11.21 CoralineCoraline from CORALINE
    By Neil Gaiman

    Coraline is a bored 11-year-old who feels a little neglected by her work-from-home parents. Since they’ve recently moved to a new house, she puts on her explorer’s cap (literally) and tries to whittle away the hours. It’s not too long before Coraline discovers a little door in the living room that sometimes appears bricked up, but sometimes is a portal to the “other” world. One of the reasons I love this spooky read so much is that Coraline approaches everything with a very childlike perspective. She takes what she can see at face value and, at the end of the day, wants what every kid wants: her mom and dad’s love and attention. This book is also a great listen and quite short.  


    11.21 The War That Saved My LifeAda from THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE 
    By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    Nine-year-old Ada has been a cripple since birth and is abused by her mother because of it. During World War 2 when many children were shipped out of London, Ada sneaks out of her house against her mother’s wishes and joins her little brother to travel to the countryside. I think Bradley did a wonderful job of showing the fixed determination of a child who’s had very little going for her in life. With the necessary love of the new adult in her life, Ada learns to walk, ride a horse, and deal with the consequences of abuse.


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    When someone becomes a librarian at the Provo City Library, they are trained to do something we call "reader's advisory." This means that we read an awful lot, and what we don't read ourselves we find out about from others (and the internet). So if you ever feel in a bind about what to read next, just ask a librarian. Chances are, we know the perfect book.

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  • Witchy Reads

    My fascination with all things witchy dates back to September 27th, 1996 - more than 20 years! Any guesses what inspired it?

    Ever since then, I've loved the idea of witchcraft, though not in a serious way. There's just something appealing about potions, spells, animal familiars, and covens of powerful women. Thanks to this fascination, fiction books with witchy protagonists inevitably catch my eye. In honor of the season, I thought I'd share a few exciting titles that feature wonderful witches.

    10.12 The Witches of New YorkTHE WITCHES OF NEW YORK
    By Ami McKay

    After reading several starred reviews of Ami McKay's new book, I knew I had to read it. It did not disappoint. THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK tells the story of Adelaide and Eleanor, two magical women who run Tea and Sympathy, a shop that offers tarot readings and herbal remedies in addition to tea and biscuits. When a naive young woman named Beatrice joins them as an assistant, mundane and magical forces combine to endanger the shop and the women who run it. A warning for cautious readers that this novel does include occasional sex and violence.


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

    This Newbery winner is an absolute delight. In this children's novel, the people of the Protectorate abandon a baby in sacrifice to the witch who lives outside their village. Little do they know that Xan is a kindly witch who is baffled by their offerings. Each year she takes the babies to a loving family across the forest, until one night she accidentally enmagics one of her charges. She then raises Luna alongside a swamp monster and a perfectly lovable, perfectly tiny dragon.

    THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON tells a lovely story and features the most charming and playful writing I've encountered aside from J.K. Rowling's. Even better, the audiobook reader gives what may just be my favorite narration of all time.

    10.12 The Black WitchTHE BLACK WITCH
    By Laurie Forest

    I've written about my love for this book before, but I had to include it again here. In THE BLACK WITCH, teenager Elloren Gardner leaves her small village to attend an international boarding school. She's the daughter of the Black Witch, Gardneria's rescuer and one of the most powerful mages of all time. When Elloren arrives at school, however, she discovers that the history she's been taught may not be accurate, and that the prejudices she's been raised with are undeserved and even cruel. THE BLACK WITCH deals with difficult topics in a complex but relatable way and in my opinion deserves every starred review it received.


    10.12 The Rules of MagicTHE RULES OF MAGIC
    By Alice Hoffman

    Full disclosure here: I haven't actually read this yet. After all, it only came out two days ago! Fans of Hoffman's 1995 book PRACTICAL MAGIC will be thrilled to know that she has returned to the story of the Owens family. For the members of this magical clan, love is a curse that inevitably results in death and heartache. THE RULES OF MAGIC follows an earlier generation of Owens siblings - Franny, Jet, and Vincent - as they navigate the heady days of the 1960s. I've read a few of Hoffman's other works, and her three-dimensional characters, detailed plots, and lush, lyrical writing never disappoint. And based on early reviews, this prequel is every bit as magical as its predecessor.

    Bonus: If you can't get enough fictional witchcraft, check out basically anything by Sarah Addison Allen. Within the pages of her sweet books, you're sure to find romance and magic in a small southern town.

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    One of my favorite fairytale characters is Cinderella. She is the classic princess. I love everything from her kind heart to her fancy dress and slippers. However, when asked what books I would recommend to Cinderella, here is what I came up with:

    how to win friends and influence peopleHOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
    by Dale Carnegie  

    Let’s face it. Cinderella is kind…but she is often bullied by her step-family. And as a soon-to-be princess she really needs to know how to gain good political allies at court. This book just might be a step in the right direction to help her navigate relationships with all kinds of people—and hopefully win friends and influence them along the way.


    by Katy Bowman  

    Cinderella seems like she has iron feet. I mean, she danced in glass slippers (that are usually depicted as high-heels) for a whole night. And then she lost one shoe and had to trek home (possibly for miles) in one dancing shoe and one bare foot. Needless to say, even if Cindy had some healthy feet before that night, she probably could have used a foot massage and this book.


    by Marc D. Hauser  

    We all know that Cinderella befriends all sorts of animals. As an animal lover she might enjoy this book. It talks about different animals and all sorts of things from animal emotions to animal communications. And when your best friends are all animals, it might be helpful to understand a bit more about animals and what those instincts or communications may mean.


    real simple cleaningREAL SIMPLE CLEANING
    by Kathleen Squires  

    Even if Cinderella is good at cleaning her whole house, this book might still have a few tricks and tips that could make her life easier. And seriously, who wouldn’t want their life to be easier when trying to maintain a huge house alone. Plus, this book also has tips for some of the more modern items that need to be cleaned (like electronics) that poor Cindy might not be as adapt at.

    by Matt Pagett  

    We all know that Cinderella was a good dancer—I mean the ball is where she captured the heart of her prince after all. But perhaps she would like a book on how to do a few more dance moves than just a waltz or other classical dances. This book will teach Cindy how to “walk like an Egyptian” or “twist” (among other things). And hey, if Cinderella wants to “moonwalk” or head to the “Y.M.C.A.” she can learn about that here as well.

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    Because even evil masterminds can benefit from the library, here's a list of some of our recommendations for Darth Vader to learn more about his past and move toward his ideal future. 

    by David A.Mindell

    We know you're all about creating destructive technology, but you may want to think again. In this book, an MIT professor outlines provocative arguments for the crucial role of people in a changing technological landscape, discussing cutting-edge advances and the unintended consequences of a robotics-driven future.


    by Daniel Wallace

    I'm not sure how this author collected his information, but this seems like information you desperately need. Collects the five remaining chronicles of the Sith lords, detailing how each lord rose to power and explaining the philosophies and methods behind the dark side of the Force.


    theprinceTHE PRINCE
    by Niccolo Machiavelli

    Records the Italian statesman's classic statement on the nature of government and the means by which political power is obtained. Undoubedtly useful for you as you seek galactic domination. 



    by George G. Morgan

    Wondering where your family came from before Tatooinne? Learn how to use innovative techniques to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. The authors use up-to-date and highly organized methods and techniques to show you how to find the elusive details to round out your genealogy research, and get past the brick walls that have stumped you. They cover a variety of software programs and specialized genealogy tools, and even address using modern social networking as a practical source.


    by Hal Edward Runkel

    I know losing your temper is easy, but that's a particularly dangerous problem when everyone in your family carries around lightsabers. ScreamFree Parenting is not just about lowering your voice. It’s about learning to calm your emotional reactions and learning to focus on your own behavior more than your kids’ behavior, for their benefit. Avoid losing your cool, and maybe your family can avoid losing more limbs! 





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    As librarians, we're all about the idea that the right book at the right time can absolutely make your life better; here are a few books that may have made our favorite Edward's life a little bit better. 

    by Hannah Holmes
    Call Number: 612.82 HOL 2011 

    Who are you? It's the most fundamental of human questions. Are you the type of person who tilts at windmills, or the one who prefers to view them from the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach? Our personalities are endlessly fascinating--not just to ourselves but also to our spouses, our parents, our children, our co-workers, our neighbors. As a highly social species, humans have to navigate among an astonishing variety of personalities. But how did all these different permutations come about? And what purpose do they serve? With her trademark wit and sly humor, Hannah Holmes takes readers into the amazing world of personality and modern brain science. Using the Five Factor Model, which slices temperaments into the major factors (Extraversion, Neuroticism, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Openness) and minor facets (such as impulsive, artistic, or cautious), Holmes demonstrates how our genes and brains dictate which factors and facets each of us displays. Are you a Nervous Nelly? Your amygdala is probably calling the shots. Hyperactive Hal? It's all about the dopamine.

    pruning bookTHE PRUNING BOOK
    by Lee Reich
    Number: 635.9154 REI 1997 

    Includes specific pruning methods for ornamental bushes, evergreens, ornamental vines, and edible fruit and nut trees. Not only covers specialized pruning methods such as bonsai and topiary, but takes a fresh look at such routine pruning chores as mowing a lawn.

    by Alan Barker
    Call Number: 651.7 BAR 2006 

    Whether it's keeping the interest of a large audience or simply winning the argument in a key meeting, sounding the part is becoming an increasingly sought after skill. We all communicate in different ways but many of us find it a challenge to communicate on a professional level. Also, in a tougher jobs market, the ability to articulate effectively is a vital skill. Employers still complain that candidates lack essential skills, with the most important being communication. This book shows how to get the success you want by getting your message across, every time. Without recourse to jargon, he shows how to achieve verbal, vocal and visual success - with style. Practical pointers, examples and standard templates are included for all forms of communication.

    by John Sims Townsend
    Call Number: 158.2 TOW 2012 

    How do you know you're ready to trust again... and what does it take to be ready? Painful relationships violate our trust, causing us to close our hearts. But to experience the freedom and love God designed us for, we eventually have to take another risk. In this breakthrough book, bestselling author Dr. John Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a life of intimate relationships. Whether you're trying to restore a current relationship or begin a new one, Townsend gives practical tools for establishing trust and finding the intimacy you long for.

    by Charles Worthington
    Call Number: 646.724 WOR 2002 

    The Complete Book of Hairstyling makes fabulous hair accessible to every woman every day of the year. Filled with creative styles, easy-to-follow instructions, valuable tips and salon secrets, the book is an indispensable guide to beautiful, healthy hair in the latest styles. Dozens of useful tips and style variations are complemented by the fun and fictional stories of four young women as they pursue their careers, manage their love lives and solve their own "bad hair day" crises.

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    The first time I ever read Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS I knew it would always be one of my favorite books. I, of course, found the monster terrifying and was excited by the storyline but more than anything I was fascinated by Dr. Victor Frankenstein – the young, curious, brilliant scientist who accidentally created a monster. It’s a scary thought – trying to do something noble and instead doing something absolutely terrible.

    This January marks the 200th anniversary of the first publishing of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN and in honor, here are some reading recommendations for Dr. Victor Frankenstein:

    By Jane Miller

    In the novel, we learn that Dr. Frankenstein spent two years alone at college experimenting before he was able to animate his monster, and one of the main themes of the book is what happens when people get lonely. Dr. Frankenstein definitely needed some companionship, but maybe all he needed was a nice fluffy puppy to focus his attention on. I mean… who would want to spend all night in a spooky laboratory when this guy was waiting at home?

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    01.22.2018 Sewing EssentialsTHE NEW SEWING ESSENTIALS
    By The Singer Company

    So let’s say that you’re Victor, and you’re past the point of no return. You’ve already assembled all the necessary… parts… to create your monster, and you’re in the building stage. You’re certainly going to need some instruction in sewing to make sure that your finished product is the best that he can be. He may still behave like a “wretch,” but he doesn’t need to look like one.


    By Ross W. Greene

    While we’re talking about “the wretch,” I don’t want to imply that the monster is somehow responsible for all of Victor’s problems. (If you’ve read the novel then you know that all the monster wants is to be loved.) But the monster sure does make things hard for his creator. It seems like Victor could use some parenting guides to help him treat his creation with love and compassion – even when the monster is being super angry and threatening to destroy everything Victor holds dear. (I mean – what teenager hasn’t said some version of that to their parents?)


    By Dr. Sue Johnson

    At the climax of Frankenstein’s sad story, he refuses to make a female monster to keep his creation company and “the wretch” promises Victor he’ll be there on his wedding night. This is especially inconvenient because Victor is so ashamed of what he’s created that he doesn’t tell anyone—INCLUDING HIS WIFE—about the monster systematically killing his loved ones and ruining his life. Then, because Victor is certain he can keep everything secret from his bride, he leaves her alone in their wedding bed to confront the monster himself. Not realizing that the monster is after the bride and not the groom – duh. I prescribe some open conversation between Dr. and Mrs. Frankenstein—preferably before a murderous creature intervenes.


    01.22.2018 My Man JeevesMY MAN JEEVES
    By P.G. Wodehouse

    Dr. Frankenstein is clearly in need of some self-help books. I also don’t think it helps that he is known to carry around a copy of John Milton’s PARADISE LOST – maybe that’s even where his obsession with creation began. Frankenstein really needs some light reading, and I’dr ecommend the King of the Comic Novel: P.G. Wodehouse. Sure, this book won’t make any of his problems go away, but at least he’ll have something to laugh about.


  •  Jo March 2

    Like a lot of you lit-fans out there, our librarians have been starry-eyed over the recent film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel LITTLE WOMEN. Like any good adaptation, this movie has given us lots to talk about. Weighing our favorite moments from the book versus the film, judging the adaptation as a whole, deciding whether the new movie did our faves dirty. All this talk about the March girls had me thinking about what books I might recommend to the sisters. Here are my picks for Jo. 

    8.14 The Pocket Book for Daring GirlsTHE POCKET DARING BOOK FOR GIRLS
    By Andrea Buchanan

    From the first chapter of LITTLE WOMEN, we know that Jo is driven by her sense of adventure. This pocket-size version of THE DARING BOOK FOR GIRLS is filled with ideas to create, craft, explore, and discover. This is exactly the kind of guide that I can imagine a young Jo March devouring. 


    8.14 Writer to WriterWRITER TO WRITER: FROM THINK TO INK
    By Gail Carson Levine

    What Jo needs more than anything else, is a good writing guide. This writing manual from the beloved children’s author of ELLA ENCHANTED is a great place to start. This writing guide is a children’s staff favorite – it offers a little more than a beginner’s guide might, and is a perfect home for Jo’s literary ambitions. 


    By Soraya L. Chemaly

    One of the most memorable scenes from LITTLE WOMEN is when calm, patient Marmee tells Jo that she also gets angry all the time – but she’s learned to control her temper. Though Jo tries to follow Marmee’s guidance, she never becomes as calm or patient as Marmee. I spent a lot of time thinking about which anger management guide to recommend to Jo before I had my epiphany – it’s 2020 and we don’t need to tell Jo March to pretend she’s not angry. There are a lot of things that women can be angry about, and in 1868 there were even more. Rather than telling Jo to control her anger, this book will teach her to harness her anger and promote change. 


    8.14 Not for TouristsNOT FOR TOURISTS GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY 2019
    By Not For Tourists

    When Jo relocates from Orchard House to New York City she suddenly becomes a little fish in the Big Apple (as Pam from The Office might say). What Jo needs for this phase of her life is the definitive local’s guide to NYC featuring subway and bus maps, restaurant recommendations, and must-see experiences. Of course, most of these places weren’t open when Jo lived in New York, but who’s counting? 


    8.14 SistersSISTERS
    By Raina Telgemeier

    To be honest, I’m not really sure how Jo would feel about graphic novels, but if she’s going to read one it might as well be one written by Raina Telgemeier. And really, who is more in need of a heartwarming story about sisters with a difficult relationship than Jo March? Raina and Amara’s combative relationship filled with jealousy, battles, and realistic sisterly love should ring familiar to Jo for its similarities to her relationship with her own sister Amy.

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    Disney’s Moana is about to make her epic journey to battle a volcano monster and save her people (in theaters November 23rd). If Moana wanted to stop by the Provo City Library before she left (and why wouldn't she?), we could load her up with some books that might help her on her journey.  Here are some books Moana needs to read before she goes on her epic quest:

    pearl in the stormA PEARL IN THE STORM    
    by Tori Murden McClure

    Ms. McClure attempted to cross the ocean in a row boat, not unlike Moana’s sail boat.  Ms. Mclure had to abandon her attempt before she finished, but maybe Moana could learn some tips from McClure’s experience of facing monster storms that would help Moana face the Volcano Monster.  



    volcanoesVOLCANOS INSIDE AND OUT                           
    by D.M Sousa

    And since Moana will be facing a volcano monster, it might help if she knows a little about the science of how an average, non-magical, every day volcano works.  




    skin cancerMELANOMA SKIN CANCER                                                    
    by The American Cancer Society

    Moana is going to be spending a lot of time out in the sun. This handy guide might help her prevent or detect skin problems caused by sun exposure in the future. Can’t be too careful!  





    lightning thiefTHE LIGHTNING THIEF                    
    by Rick Riordan

    So Percy Jackson is Greek, and Moana is Polynesian, but there is no denying that they are both Water adepts.  Maybe Moana could learn some water bending tips from her Mediterranean counterpart.






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    You may have liked flannel before it was cool, and you may have been chill about the 2016 election. You may even have perfected your look of uninterested intellectualism, but Pete the Cat is still more hipster than you’ll ever be.

    But what makes Pete the Cat our favorite cat at the library? His devotion to his friends, and his ability to roll with it when life throws curve balls. Here’s a few books I would recommend to Pete if he came to visit us in the children’s department:

    batmansguidetobeingcoolBATMAN’S GUIDE TO BEING COOL
    by Howard Dewin

    This new addition to our comics collection is a companion to the new Lego Batman movie that’s coming out. I think Pete the Cat would be thrilled to hear someone else’s thoughts on increasing coolness, especially if that someone is a superhero! Knowing Pete, I’m just worried he would try out a few Batman-like stunts. It could end disaster, but I’m sure he’d have fun.



    splatthecatSPLAT THE CAT
    by Rob Scotton

    I think we can safely call Splat one of Pete’s contemporaries. Splat certainly isn’t as cool and chill as Pete, but I think they would still be good friends. The Splat the Cat series is about as large as the Pete the Cat series, and I think it’s about time that these two kittens got to know each other.


    by Jennifer Fandel

    Pete skateboards, plays guitar, and wears awesome sunglasses. I think it’s just a matter of time before he gets serious about poetry, and this book just might get him started. Plus, it’s cool!


    hipsterfashionHIPSTER FASHION
    by Karen Latchana Kenney

    Anyone who knows Pete the Cat knows that he cares about how he looks. I think he’d love trying out the tips in this fashion book.




    friendshipcraftsFRIENDSHIP CRAFTS
    by Helen Skillicorn

    Pete would be thrilled to get his paws on a book like this, and he’d instantly want to try out all of the crafts with his friends.



    by Jessica Loy

    Can you imagine Pete growing up to get a nice secure office job with a retirement plan? Neither can I. This guide will help Pete begin exploring some of the awesome occupational options that exist, including guitar maker and bug scientist!


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    I know, I know – Belle is already a big reader, but even the biggest readers need recommendations nowand again. Besides, given her penchant for reading the same books over and over, who knows if she’ll ever get around to these:

    By Peter Boxall

    Listen, far be it from me to judge Belle for re-reading some of her favorite books (I am beyond guilty of that), I’m just saying the girl might do well to have a little variety. At the very least, this book will definitely give her some guidance for where to start reading in her new library from the Beast.  



    first time managerTHE FIRST-TIME MANAGER
    By Loren B. Belker

    There are few things quite as hard as finding yourself suddenly put into a position where you need to act as a supervisor over your friends. While Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and even Chip have been tremendous friends to Belle, the transition to a boss-employee relationship now that Belle is the lady of the castle has the potential to be difficult. This book is here to help.  



    By Virginia Morris  

    We all know that Belle is a loving, caring, thoughtful daughter to Not-Crazy (yet?) Old Maurice, but I’m anticipating possible future tension in recommending this book to Belle. After all, it can’t be easy to adjust to your new life with someone you love while also remaining the primary caregiver for a father who spends a little too much time closed up with his inventions (and, let’s be honest, their fumes).  


    sun kingTHE SUN KING
    By Nancy Mitford  

    To be frank, Belle is a lovely and refined young lady – but she is not a born aristocrat. I can only imagine that now that the Beast is a prince again, court functions will be required of the young couple and Belle should be prepared for the intricacies of the French Court in the 18th century.    



    By Newt Scamander and J.K. Rowling  

    I think that Belle clearly misunderstood the title of this book – and, without reading it, mistook it for a dating guide. (It is not. At all. In the slightest.) Once she takes the time to read this book, I think she will love this magical guide to magical creatures – especially now that her life includes a bit more magic than it did before.  




    I think that Belle would be a big fan of the Provo City Library - a beautiful building filled with books and people who love to read! What other books would you recommend to our most bookish princess?                    

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    by Kristin Neff

    Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” SELF-COMPASSION: STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP AND LEAVE INSECURITY BEHIND offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life. Think of it like Spello-tape for your life!


    sister knot
    by T. E. Apter

    Although this book focuses on relationships between sisters, I think you'll find it helpful. The chapter "Success and Insecurity: When One Sister Outshines the Other," includes particularly relevant information for you. You may be the younger brother of a curse-breaker, a dragon-tamer, aprefect, and two hilarious pranksters, but you are still amazing!


    by Leslie Becker-Phelps

    If you find yourself constantly on the alert, anxious, or worried when it comes to your significant other, you may suffer from anxious attachment, a fear of abandonment that is often rooted in early childhood experiences. In INSECURE IN LOVE, you'll learn how to overcome attachment anxiety using compassionate self-awareness, a technique that can help you recognize your negative thoughts or unhealthy behavior patterns and respond to them in a nurturing way—rather than beating yourself up. Insecurity has kept you from telling a certain bookworm with bushy hair how you really feel; Becker-Phelps' book might help you to open up!  

    by Clea Hantman

    Tired of always being the sidekick? Try out Clea Hantman's techniques for making and keeping new friends. We're fairly certain her tips won't work on Slytherins, but your sassy new non-Slytherin sidekicks may just make you feel like the leading man in your own life.  






    by Mindy Kaling

    Do you suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out)? Mindy Kaling's hilarious bestseller offers a fun and entertaining way to vicariously work through your insecurities. We think Kaling's probably a Ravenclaw, but this muggle's struggles are pretty universal. 

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    6.10 The Games BookTHE GAMES BOOK
    By Huw Davies

    Smokey Bear obviously spends a lot of time outdoors in a camping-like environment. And there is a lot to do while on camping trips; however, sometimes you just want to play a game with the campers next door or do something a little different than hiking—and this book is perfect for that! Smokey can learn all sorts of games (including some that can be played or sung around a campfire). This book would definitely be helpful in getting long-term campers to enjoy their trips just a touch more. 


    6.10 Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkSCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
    By Alvin Schwartz

    Inevitably whenever someone goes camping for long periods of time—and Smokey Bear is the king of camping—they end up having at least one night where they tell scary stories around a camp fire. This is the classic scary stories book that Smokey should add to his camping supply list. Even though they are classics—I’m sure there are at least a few of Smokey’s camping friends that haven’t had their socks scared off by some of these classic tales. 


    6.10 National Parks of AmericaTHE NATIONAL PARKS OF AMERICA
    By Michael Brett

    Smokey Bear loves being outdoors—and what better book to have than one that tells of some of the best places to spend time outdoors (our National Parks!). This book would go over all of the fun places that are set aside to enjoy—from the Appalachians in the East to the Grand Canyon in the West. This book would help Smokey plan which places he would enjoy visiting next. 


    6.10 Wildlife of the WorldWILDLIFE OF THE WORLD 
    By Jamie Ambrose

    With Smokey spending so much time outdoors, he is sure to run into a plethora of wildlife. Here is a book that talks about all kinds of animals that can be found in the wild. This book will help Smokey learn what to expect from these fascinating creatures that he might encounter. 


    By Tanya Lloyd Kyi

    The most important thing to Smokey Bear is that he wants to prevent forest fires and the destruction that they cause. And after a couple of years full of horrid fires, who can blame him? Here is a book that will help Smokey learn more about fires to hopefully help arm him with knowledge to help to prevent them in the future.