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WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:12am
"The New Colored Pencil" is a new publication by Watson Guptill authored by Kristy Ann Kutch. You can expect wonderful art books from Watson Guptill and this is not an exception. This beautiful book is for beginners and experts in this field of art. The beautiful art captured in this step by step primer is exceptional. The new Colored Pencil is an incredibly thorough resource for artists using this artistic medium whose popularity is growing. From tips, techniques, tools, to the latest in pencil technoogy and attributes, this is a one-stop book for both budding and established artists.

The book is broken down by type of pencil: Wax based (traditional) colored pencils, water-soluble colored pencils, and wax pastels (the new crayon-type of pencil). Each chapter describes the various tools and accessories, brands and their prices/advantages, mediums, and of course different techniques. As well, drawings, in various stages, are presented for learning to create different types of works and very inspirational images are interspersed throughout.

The book is cleanly laid out and easy to read/follow. The sections are broken down in a way to make referencing the various techniques, tips, or tool info making it easy and efficient.

You may be a 21st Century Librarian if…

21st Century Library Blog - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:23am
So as we librarians are inclined to do in our darker hours…one particularly hard day I turned to literature, specifically poetry, to give me an emotional boost. A confidence builder. An ego stroke if you will. Just a little sumthin … Continue reading →

eBooks and the 21st Century Library: How Libraries have (almost) sold their soul

21st Century Library Blog - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:43pm
In my 2+ decades in this profession I have often worried about the struggles facing our profession and Public Libraries in general.  If I allow my imagination to run amok I ponder the eventual demise of the free public library … Continue reading →

J. Kirk Richards & Chiloba Chirwa: Art in the Library

Harold B. Lee Library News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:33pm

Provo art lovers, rejoice!

Local artist J. Kirk Richards has teamed up with BYU student Chiloba Chirwa, depicting scenes from the life of Christ for an exhibition at the Harold B. Lee Library, “From My Brother’s Perspective”. The exhibit, on display by the level one auditorium through September, showcases evocative, earth-toned paintings by Richards, and exuberant, tribal-inspired work by Chirwa as they portray biblical scenes.

The two artists met when a mutual friend showed Richards a drawing by Chirwa. The two admired each others’ work and soon began plans for this exhibition. “We sat down and discussed this show at Slab Pizza about six months ago. Maybe eight, actually.” says Richards, “Then we gradually moved into planning and building panels about five months ago. Most of the painting has been during the last three months.”

When asked to describe his painting style, Richards responded, “I’m a spiritual symbolist; I use the human body as a symbol for a religious concept.” Then he paused. “Tell them I’m stylistically undecided.” His paintings are raw and expressive, using rough strokes and bold lighting to bring power to the scenes he depicts, and his work has been featured in LDS publications like the Liahona, Ensign, and the cover of Jeffrey R. Holland’s book, “Broken Things to Mend“.

Chiloba, a BYU student from Lusaka, Zambia, is a Construction Management major who paints as a hobby. While he typically paints more realistic figures, he decided to channel his African roots in his depictions of traditional Christian scenes. Describing his “Mary and Martha” painting, he said, “African women are excited and jubilant. They’re graceful. I wanted to portray how they might actually react to meeting Jesus; they wouldn’t be humbly sitting there. They would be rejoicing.” Motifs, energetic figures, bright colors, and tribal fabrics give his biblical paintings a refreshing and unique energy.

To learn more about the two artists and their work, check out the show, “From My Brother’s Perspective” on level one of the Harold B. Lee Library through September. For even more, check them out on social media here:

J. Kirk Richards: 

Website: www.jkirkrichards.com

Instagram: @jkirkrichards

Chiloba Chirwa:

Instagram: @chillz23


Visionary Leader for the 21st Century Library or Control Freak?

21st Century Library Blog - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:01am
I always say I’m not a control freak. Some would say I am. I think what they mistake as control is actually having a clear vision of my organization’s potential and direction. Much like the artist creation of a movie- … Continue reading →

We say we are cutting edge…but are we?

21st Century Library Blog - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 1:44am
Recently, I spoke at the NJLA annual conference on 21st century library titles. It was a panel discussion and the premise was  to introduce and discuss “cutting edge” librarian titles of the future!! I was asked to presented my library’s two newest titles … Continue reading →

National Geographic Now Available Online Through The Library

Harold B. Lee Library News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 3:17pm

A world of information is now easily accessible through the library thanks to the addition of the National Geographic Archive and the National Geographic Virtual Library. These collections include not only the magazines, but National Geographic’s books and images as well.

You can find National Geographic materials by searching on the home page at lib.byu.edu, or select Journals or Databases and search there.


First Day

21st Century Library Blog - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 6:30pm
You will slowly start to see changes in the look of the blog in coming weeks.  This is only natural.  Just as when someone moves into a new apartment or house they put their own stamp on the place to make … Continue reading →

Picking up the Torch…

21st Century Library Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:46am
It is with pleasure and with a great deal of trepidation that I take on Dr. Matthews’, my father’s, blog.  As I voiced to him, I fear that it will not continue to be the high level of scholarly work and … Continue reading →

Best Small Library in America Award

Library Grants - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 4:07pm
Deadline: September 10, 2014

Library Journal's annual award for the Best Small Library in America, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. Now in its tenth year, the award honors the U.S. public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less.

The winning library will receive a $20,000 cash award, a feature story in Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Conference in 2016, and a gala reception at the conference. Two finalist libraries will be awarded a $10,000 cash award as well as membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the PLA conference and the gala reception in 2016, and they will be given special mention in Library Journal.
Submission requirements and judging criteria are available on the website.

No More People Magazine Book Reviews

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 1:13pm
I was sorry to read in the latest edition of Early Word that People Magazine will no longer have their Book Review section. I have always enjoyed reading their reviews and thought they had a pretty good handle on what people like to read and were reading. I chose many of the books I purchase for the library from their top picks.

Read the article below:
When opening the new issue of People magazine, you may wonder where the Books section is. Unfortunately, along with the other reviews sections, it is gone. Books, movies, TV and music will now be combined in an upfront section, “People Picks,” where they will also have new competition from apps, games, viral video and other entertainment.

The last issue with a Book section

In the inaugural “Picks” section, books appear towards the end (ahead of the DVD of the HBO series, True Detective and the streaming musical, side effects, with just three new hardcovers, all of them by well-known authors – Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My On Heart’s Blood, and Lisa See’s China Dolls – as well as three paperback reprints, also from big names.This is the first major change to the magazine under the new Editorial Director, Jess Cagle who took over in January. It seems his predecessor, Larry Hackett, had considered making changes to the sections, but kept them to support partial advertising pages.

The book business has had to suffer the diminishing, or closing, of many book review sections. Given People magazine’s extensive reach, this may be the worst blow of them all.

Passing the Torch

21st Century Library Blog - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:02am
I have been blogging about 21st Century Library since January 2010. Some say that’s a long time for a blog. It doesn’t seem like it’s been 4&1/2 years, but I do feel as though I have run my course and … Continue reading →

Y-Read 2014: Summer Reading Returns With Short Stories

Harold B. Lee Library News - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:00pm

Y-Read, the library’s summer reading program, returns this year with a new twist. We suggest you try one of the library’s many e-book systems. We know that reading online differs from traditional books and we’ve found that selecting short stories is a good way to make the experience enjoyable.

To kick things off we are recommending the works of H. H. Munro (who also used the nom de plume of Saki). Saki/Munro wrote short stories that always end with an unexpected twist. His works can be found through a number of our e-book systems. Munro also volunteered to serve in the army during World War I, so reading his works will give you some insight into the literature of the day as the library prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War with an exhibition starting in late August.

Saki/Munro’s short stories and hundreds of others are available though the library’s e-book page http://lib.byu.edu/books/. The various e-book providers each offer their own unique systems for content access. You can read some titles on your mobile device, such as a Kindle, iPhone, or Android. You can also access e-books through your computer or you can visit the library and read on one of the hundreds of computers in our building.

If you don’t already have a preferred e-book provider we suggest you start with Overdrive. (The library also provides access to ebrary, EBSCO, Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, Springer, and more.) Overdrive offers many popular titles, but if you click on the box for “Additional eBooks Always Available” it will take you to the public domain titles where you can search for Saki/Munro’s work.

We hope you enjoy our great collection of e-books. Let us know what you think about Y-Read though our page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/byuhbll


To access our Overdrive system click on the e-books link on the home page.

You will need to log-in (Use your campus log-in).

The Overdrive page looks like this.


Scroll down to the Additional e-Books icon and click on it.

Search for “Saki” or  H. H. Munro (Saki works best).

Choose your title and download the book.


Margaret Edwards Teen Collection Development Grant

Library Grants - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 1:13pm
Deadline: December 1, 2014

This grant awards $5,000 for a library to use towards improving or expanding its teen collection. Funds may be used for print, non-print and/or digital materials. All personal YALSA members who represent a public library or school library are eligible to apply. Up to four grants will be awarded in 2014.

All applicants must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted.

Each application will be judged on the basis of:
1. The degree of the library's need for collection development funding.
2. The effectiveness of the community assessment done to determine teen needs.
3. The strength of the plan to enhance the collection.
4. The impact this grant will bring to the teens in the library's community, especially disadvantaged youth.
5. The degree to which the plan supports the principles in The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action report.
A link to the application and more details can be found on the website.

Film on Friday: The Grimm’s Tale

Harold B. Lee Library News - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:27pm

Watch the story of Pete and Maxine Grimm who served America in the Pacific during World War II.

Friday, May 23

6:30 pm

Library auditorium

Admission is free

Reception to follow

See the video trailer at http://vimeo.com/57385082


New Exhibit Opens May 12

Harold B. Lee Library News - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:56pm

BYU’s Expeditions of Discovery: The World Is Our Campus

The Harold B. Lee Library has installed a new exhibition featuring journals, publications, and artifacts from expeditions connected to BYU. This exhibition is unusual because many of the other cultural institutions on campus have contributed to the project. The Museum of Peoples and Cultures has provided items from the university’s first expedition in 1900. The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum has loaned amazing insects from their collection that reflect fieldwork. And the BYU Museum of Paleontology has provided a fossil jawbone from an Allosaurus to display alongside works by “Dinosaur Jim” Jensen.

BYU’s story of discovery goes all the way back to Karl G. Maeser who asked that missionaries send the school interesting items from the lands they traveled through. Benjamin Cluff, the second president of BYU, set a good example when he presented Maeser with an album of ferns he had collected while serving his mission in the Sandwich Islands.

Exhibit highlights include expedition packing lists for students from 1900 and from 2013. It may surprise some to learn that students in 1900 traveled by wagons, horse, steamship and on foot while in 2013 students traveled by car, rail, plane, and by yak!

Located on level 3, the main floor of the Harold B. Lee Library, BYU’s Expeditions of Discovery opens Monday, May 12 and runs through September 30, 2014. Admission is free and the exhibition is open during all regular library hours.

Just look for the large Ceratosaurus skull at the entrance to the exhibition.

Story Time Review

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 5:00am
Flutter and fly into Story Time
This final week of our Story Time session we focused on bugs. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd, The Apple and the Butterfly by Mari Lela, Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle, Lady Bug on the Move by Richard Fowler, and Alpha Bugs by David A. Carter. Surprisingly, the favorite book of the week was the wordless book The Apple and the Butterfly. It describes how a worm gets into an apple, how it gets out and the general life cycle of a moth. This deceptive book looks so simple but is fascinating it show the changing seasons and lots of other details one might miss if not studying the pictures closely.

We Used the CD Tiny Tunes by Carole Peterson to play the song Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar and I am a Butterfly. I pre-cut some fabric to have the children hold in each hand to make "butterfly wings" as we danced around the room. If you had scarves you could use them for this simple activity. Continuing our butterfly theme, we water color painted some die-cut parts for a butterfly and glued them to a mask for our craft.

Our take home page also featured butterflies to trace, to practice our pre-writing skills.

Next session registration is June 3rd at 10:30 a.m.

See you then!
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Citizens-Save-Libraries Advocacy Grants

Library Grants - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:47pm
Deadline: May 5, 2014

Applications are currently being accepted for cycle two of the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation.

The 10 libraries that are selected will receive specialized onsite consultation by advocacy experts, who will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

Among the criteria to apply is a willingness to “pay it forward” by sharing what is learned with others in their states through presentations at local conferences, articles written for the state library association journal and a willingness to answer questions and support other advocacy campaigns via digital media and Skype.

As part of the grant, a Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide that lays out a step-by-step blueprint for libraries to follow in generating advocacy campaigns is available to all libraries at no cost. The Power Guide is available at www.ala.org/united/powerguide.

For more information and to apply for the grants, visit www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/neal-schuman.

ALA’s Vision for the Library’s Future is Not Even Its Own

21st Century Library Blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:28pm
The Libraries Transforming Communities vision is not even a vision that ALA created. It appears to be a vision adopted from one of The Harwood Institute’s programs with whom ALA is partnering to transform America’s libraries. What were they thinking? … Continue reading →

Story Time Review

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:00am
Story Time is Egg-citing!

This week we talked about eggs. It was a fun topic to bring in a little Easter without actually doing an Easter theme. We read Oliver by Christopher Franceschelli, Egg Drop by Mini Grey, Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler, Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman, Egg in the Hole by Richard Scarry, and The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown.

We played with our shaker eggs and we had a game of follow the leader with eggs. I filled plastic Easter eggs with small notes and had each child draw an egg one at a time. I would read the note and then we would do whatever activity it listed. Hopping like a bunny, singing like a frog and spin around 5 times fast were some that we did that were fun.

For our craft I just gave each child a paper with a white oval printed on it. Then I set out sequins, stickers paper shapes and other items that the children could decorate their egg with.

Our take home page was a dice rolling game. It had two rows of eggs each with numbers from one to six. To play the players get six markers like beans or buttons or pennies. They roll the dice and then place a marker over the number they roll. The first one to cover all the eggs wins.

Next week: Bugs
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarians
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