The Attic at Academy Square is the Provo City Library's exhibit space dedicated to bringing in the best art, science, and history exhibits from around the country.

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The Attic is located on the 4th floor of the Academy Wing of the Library, accessible only by elevator. Use the elevator at the West end of the building.

Temporary Operating Hours

Monday–Friday, 2:00–7:00 pm


 Finding Sophie TV

Sophie Blackall, award-winning children’s author and illustrator, was born in 1970 in Australia, where she grew up.  Sophie’s artistry originated with drawing in the sand on Australian beaches.  Her skills and passion grew until she earned a Bachelor of Design with honors in Sydney in 1992.  In the following years, she drew robotic figures for amusement parks, lent her hands to a DIY television show, and produced a household hints column.  She has illustrated over 30 children’s books and created one book for adults.

Sophie Blackall’s whimsical, yet thoughtfully realistic artwork invokes nostalgia at its purest.  She skillfully employs Chinese ink and watercolor to record some of life’s greatest moments, both victorious and sorrowful.

By hosting this unique artwork, we are encouraging our visitors to examine the full range of human emotion.  Pieces from goofy stories like Meet Wild Boars and Spinster Goose remind us that laughter and silliness are vital parts of life.  Other, more sentimental works based on historical events lead us to recognize that reality is incredible!  We have the power to make ordinary days become extraordinary.  One split-second decision to choose kindness over cruelty, strength in suffering, or simply take a wild, impossible chance, could land our humdrum lives in a storybook.  Endearing books like "Finding Winnie," "A Voyage in the Clouds," and A Fine Dessert," populated with Blackall’s delicate pieces, encourage readers to see the silver linings all around them, the stories in a little brown bear cub or the labor of whipping cream. Blackall possesses the remarkable ability to adapt to many styles of writing, demonstrated by her successful partnership with over twenty authors as well as the illustration of her own stories.  Sophie expertly employs her medium to visually connect readers to electric, captivating stories.

"Finding Winnie," Sophie’s Caldecott Medal winner and recipient of a plethora of other awards, follows the soldier who found Winnipeg the bear.  Winnipeg was the real bear who inspired the stories of her namesake, Winnie the Pooh, in A. A. Milne’s beloved stories.  One reviewer praises the work: “The sum total is as captivating as it is informative, transforming a personal family story into something universally resonant.” – Horn Book, Starred Review.

Sophie Blackall’s work in "Big Red Lollipop," Red Butterfly," and "Ruby’s Wish" poignantly pulls readers into adventures in unique historical situations, from thousands of years ago to the present, while highlighting common themes of love, family, friendship, and gentle bravery.

After only a cursory glance, it becomes clear that Blackall values diversity and advocacy when selecting the stories she will bring to life.  Her books feature characters from many races, nations, and situations.  If children were to read each title Sophie has illustrated, they would have a foundational knowledge of what it means to be kind to all kinds of people, that sibling rivalry is real and can be overcome, that the love of a family is special and cannot be found just anywhere.  When they see her artwork in a gallery, they will understand that courage, cleverness, cooperation, and creativity will get one far in life.  They will see that, no matter a person’s external attributes, we are all here on the same earth, living the same days, feeling and experiencing the same things alongside one another.  Sophie’s pieces communicate these life lessons standing alone, without need for narration.


Provo residents of all ages are invited to submit works of art for the Provo City Library’s annual amateur art show. The purpose of this juried show is to encourage and cultivate the creativity of Provo’s amateur artists (an amateur artist is someone who does not derive a steady income from, or teach, art). We accept entries in 2-D and 3-D visual art, including (but not limited to) paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, ceramic, glass, and metal art.  

Prizes will be awarded in the following age-based categories:



All entries must be submitted electronically (links below). DUE TO COVID-19, DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 15.

Children's Application »

Teen Application »

Adult Application » 


Not sure if you want to frame your artwork? Read our guide on some quick and easy ways to get your art ready to hang!

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Provo residents of all ages are invited to submit short films for the Provo City Library’s first annual amateur film festival. The purpose of this juried festival is to encourage and cultivate the creativity of Provo’s amateur filmmakers (an amateur filmmaker is someone who does not derive a steady income from, or teach, filmmaking). We accept narrative and documentary films that are 10 minutes or less.

Prizes will be awarded in the following age-based categories:


  1. Entrance in the festival is limited to Provo residents.
  2. No more than 3 entries per participant. Entry in the show does not guarantee acceptance to the festival.
  3. Films must not depict nudity, extreme violent content, or use harsh language.
  4. Films must be less than 10 minutes in length.
  5. Films must adhere to all copyright and trademark laws. 


All entries must be submitted electronically. ENTRIES ARE DUE AT 11:59 PM ON MARCH 31, 2020.  

 Homegrown Film Festival Application »

Questions? Contact Erika Hill: 801-852-7685