The Provo City Library will reopen June 1 with limited hours. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
The Provo City Library will reopen June 1 with limited hours. You can return items to our outside book drops during curbside hours.
 

 

Dog

I want a pet. I don’t care if it’s a cat, dog, or hedgehog. I just want one. Unfortunately, I can’t get one right now. If you’re in the same boat, never fear. I have some books that will help you feel the love of having a pet without needing the finances or time to take care of one. 

5.29 StormySTORMY
By Guojing
(2019) 

STORMY is a wordless picture book about a dog. Each page shares a snapshot of the dog’s life alone. Will the sweet pup find a forever home? 

 

5.29 TrumanTRUMAN
By Jean Reidy
(2019) 

Truman is the most courageous and noble turtle you will ever meet. When his girl leaves for her first day of school, he is distraught. All he knows is that she’s missing. And what do the most courageous and noble turtles do when their girl goes missing? Brave the untold dangers of the living room to find her. 

 

5.29 Wildwood DancingWILDWOOD DANCING
By Juliet Marillier
(2007) 

If you like amphibians, then you may want to read this retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. In this version, one of the princesses owns an unusual frog that may be more important than anyone realizes. Or maybe not. 

 

5.29 Because of Winn DixieBECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE
By Kate DiCamillo
(2000) 

Those wanting to spend a summer in Florida with a big ugly dog won’t want to miss this read. BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE follows India Opal Buloni and her summer spent with her lovable mutt. 

 

5.29 Pom Pom AnimalsPOM POM ANIMALS
By Trikotri
(2018) 

If all the books above just make you want a pet even more, then that’s ok. You can make one. Follow the directions in this book to create your own cute pet using wool. You can make up to 45 different animals! From bears to cats, you’re sure to find an animal craft to soothe your heart as it pines for an animal friend.

 

reopening blog

The Provo City Library will reopen to the public on June 1 at 10:00 am. Those interested in coming to the library are encouraged to follow all health protocols recommended by the governor and the Utah Department of Health. 

The Provo City Library will be reopening with the following provisions: 

LIMITED HOURS

The library will be open the following hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 
  • At-risk hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES

  • Any patrons exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 are asked to remain home until symptoms have subsided.
  • Any library employees exhibiting symptoms will be asked to remain home from work.
  • Patrons and employees are encouraged to remain at least six feet from others while in the library.
  • Masks are encouraged.
  • Patrons are asked to limit their time in the library. 

CURBSIDE PICK-UP

Patrons are still encouraged to utilize curbside pick-up for library materials. Curbside pick-up will be available at the following times:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 

COMPUTER USAGE

  • Public computers are available to Library cardholders for up to two hours a day. Time will not be extended.
  • A Library card is required to use a computer; guest passes will not be issued. Those with a photo ID will be issued an Internet Only Library card that offers up to two hours of usage per day.
  • Computer users must check in and out at the Reference Desk before using a computer. Computer stations will be cleaning between uses.
  • Computer users must wear masks.
  • No computers will be available in the Children’s Department of the Library. 

FINES FOR OVERDUE MATERIALS

  • Fines for overdue materials will not accrue during the month of June.
  • Patrons are encouraged to return all materials through the book drops.
  • Fines will begin accruing on late materials beginning July 1. 

MEETING ROOM USE

  • Occupancy limits for meeting rooms are greatly reduced and will be enforced.
  • Room reservations can be made no more than 60 days in advance; the library reserves the right to cancel and refund all reservations in the event of a heightened risk level.
  • Private study rooms, the Basement Creative Lab, and small meeting rooms are not available for use or reservation at this time.



Springtime Tree Blossoms

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a few classic comfort reads that bring me the same happy feelings as L.M. Montgomery’s ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series. In that post, I especially wanted to highlight books that have flown under the radar a bit - while their authors might be well-known, the books aren’t necessarily household names. BUT, they should be if you love sweet, timeless stories of everyday life and love.

For today’s post, I wanted to share more Anne Shirley read-alikes, but some of these titles will likely be familiar. Some you might have read before, but if you haven’t and you’re a Green Gables fan, you’ve been missing out! And even if these are old favorites, this long weekend’s the perfect time to cozy up with a beloved reread. 

5.22 These Happy Golden YearsTHESE HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(1943)

Of all the books on the list, the Little House series are the ones I’m actually rereading currently, having recently finished LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS and begun LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. Though Laura’s life likely seems far more rustic than Anne’s, the two series are actually set in the same time period of the 1870s (the Anne miniseries from the 1980s move things forward to the early 1900s).

That aside, the thing I loved about the Little House books as a kid is the thing I love as an adult – the detailed descriptions of daily work and family life on a homestead. The whole series is a delight, but These Happy Golden Years feels the most similar to the Anne books to me, particularly because it features Laura’s coming of age years. 

 

5.22 Little WomenLITTLE WOMEN
By Louisa May Alcott
(1868)

This is my favorite book of all time, so I had to feature it here. Hard work, family love, heroines with literary aspirations, charming boys next door, sweetly funny writing – this book has all the same merits that I adore in L.M. Montgomery’s writing. Like the Anne books, it makes me want to be a better person.

And if you haven’t seen the new film adaptation yet, go place it on hold now, because it captures the individual personalities of the March sisters (especially Amy!) beautifully. 

 

5.22 GuersneyTHE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
By Mary Ann Shaffer
(2008)

This is a relatively recent release compared to the other books on this list, but Guernsey was one of those rare books that was so charming I wanted to crawl inside the story and live there. The story brings a young female journalist from post-war London to the British island of Guernsey, which had been under German occupation throughout the war. There she uncovers wartime secrets, but also friendship and love. With a winning cast of characters and delightful scenes of small town life, it’ll be a hit with most Anne fans.

 

5.22 The Secret GardenTHE SECRET GARDEN
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
(1911)

This is another of those classic “girl’s books” that tends to come in sets with Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and BLACK BEAUTY, but with good reason. As the book opens, we learn that 10-year-old protagonist Mary Lennox has been both spoiled and emotionally neglected during her childhood in India. In the wake of a cholera outbreak, she’s sent to an uncle’s house in England. When she discovers a hidden, walled garden and makes a friend, her sickliness and sour attitude gradually melt away.

If you love the tender friendships and sweet descriptions of nature that pepper L.M. Montgomery’s books, this is a book for you. And while you’re at it, go read A LITTLE PRINCESS too.

 

5.22 I Capture the CastleI CAPTURE THE CASTLE
By Dodie Smith
(1948)

Take it from J. K. Rowling: “This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I’ve ever met.” It stars Cassandra Mortmain, a seventeen-year-old who recounts her life in daily journal entries in the 1930s. She lives in a dilapidated castle with her father, a novelist dealing with years-long writers block, her beautiful older sister, and her step-mother, an eccentric artist’s model. Though the ending is more ambiguous than most of these happily-ever-after books, the colorful cast of characters and Cassandra’s wry observations are sure to win you over.

 

5.22 The Witch of Blackbird PondTHE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
By Elizabeth George Speare
(1958)

I read this book over and over again in my teenage years. In 1687, Heroine Kit Tyler is a smart and brave teenage girl who sets off from her Barbados home to live with her New England relatives after her grandfather dies. There she struggles to fit in with the Puritan lifestyle of her aunt, uncle, cousins, and neighbors. She ends up befriending a Quaker woman who is outcast from the community and a handsome young sailor, setting off a series of dangerous events in the small town.

The setting – 1680s Connecticut – is far earlier than the other books on this list, but it has a similar feel nonetheless. Like many of the other characters in these blog posts, Kit discovers family, work ethic, and love in a community where she feels out of place.

If you like The Witch of Blackbird Pond, I also recommend CALICO CAPTIVE, a book by the same author about a young woman taken captive by the Abenakis tribe during the French and Indian War. Elizabeth George Speare only wrote four books, but she’s a two time Newbery medalist and one-time honoree, so her books are all worth reading.

 

Text

Still Uses Her Phone as a Phone

I was born in the 80s, but I must admit, I hate using my phone as a phone.  Why would you call someone when you can send a perfectly good text message instead?  There are no awkward pauses or talking over each other, you can take time to compose a response, and if something else (like perhaps any distracting young people in your house) needs your attention, you don’t have to put anyone on hold.  When someone texts me, I can multitask to the extreme!  Basically: if your phone is ever ringing with a call from me, you know it’s an emergency and something is probably on fire.

If you’re anything like me and can relate to the bliss of easy, fast, brief written communications, the library’s messaging service is for you!  You can chat with a librarian anytime we’re open through live chat, text message or email. 

From any page on our website you can click on the blue “Ask a librarian” button on the rightmost side of the page and choose whether you’d like to start a live chat or ask a question and receive an answer in text or email.

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