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Libraries need to decide their future before someone else does…!

21st Century Library Blog - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:05pm
I was forwarded a very interesting article the other day. “Clash in the Stacks” by Carl Straumshein on Inside Higher Ed. Several library directors at liberal arts institutions have lost their jobs as they clash with faculty and administrators over … Continue reading →

Christmas in the Collections

Harold B. Lee Library News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:27pm

The curators of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections have each chosen an item from their specialized area to highlight the variety of rare and unusual Christmas materials owned by BYU. Items you might expect such as a first edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and movie lobby cards from A Miracle on 34th Street share space with illuminated manuscripts and even HotWheels comics number 6, the one where an evil fake Santa causes trouble.

Items from church history such as a manuscript page of “The Christmas Revelation,” section 87 of the Doctrine & Covenants, and early photos of Yellowstone appeal to historians. There is a great selection of literature and children’s books.

Christmas in the Collections is open during most library hours. It is located on level 1 of the library in the entryway to Special Collections. The public is welcome and admission is free.


Staff Reading Picks

Book: The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover

Recommended by: Debbie

This is a fun, imaginative version of how Santa became Santa, starting with the orphan, Klaus, who was taken in by a guild of craftsmen in 1343. After the Black Death had swept through the land, he made toys for all the surviving children in his village and delivered them, with the priest's blessing, on Christmas Eve to put some joy back into their lives. Those children told the children from other villages, and Klaus, not wanting to disappoint any of them, found himself with more deliveries to make than he could do in one night. Enter his (soon to be) wife, Anna, and her reindeer, Dasher. (The magic and the flying come in later.)

Want more reading suggestions? View previous staff picks.

Library Will Be Open Late For The Gallery Walk

The library will remain open later than normal Friday night to host Cache Valley Center for the Arts Gallery Walk.

Art by the Utah Watercolor Society-Cache Valley Chapter.
Music provided by Robert Linton.
When: Friday, December 12, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Logan Library

More information about the Gallery Walk.
More information about the Watercolor Society.

StoryCorps @ your library Grants

Library Grants - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:11pm
Deadline:  February 6th 2015

StoryCorps @ your library grants represent the second phase of the StoryCorps @ your library project, following a pilot program in 2013-2014. The grant is offered by StoryCorps, in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs Office with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). For more information, please visit the StoryCorps website.

Ten selected libraries will receive equipment, training, promotional materials and other resources to help them develop community documentation projects using the popular and unique facilitated StoryCorps interview model. As part of the StoryCorps approach, each interview participant receives a copy of their recording. With participant permission and based upon a written agreement with StoryCorps, local libraries will retain copies of fully released interviews. Copies of fully released interviews will also be deposited with the Library of Congress. If you have questions about the application, please refer to the guidelines, or contact the ALA Public Programs Office at 312-280-5045, or publicprograms@ala.org.

For more information and to apply, visit https://apply.ala.org/storycorps.  

IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

Library Grants - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:13pm
Deadline: February 2, 2015

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are small that grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. Grantees can undertake activities that involve risk and then share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities.

Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible. Projects should have broad potential impact and significant innovation.

Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities, are eligible. The funding range is from $10,000 to $25,000, and there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2015. Visit the websites for program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity.

2014 National Book Awards

The 2014 National Book Award winners have been announced. The winners are:
Visit the National Book Foundation website to see a list of all National Book Award Finalists for this year and previous years.

Winter Reading Program for Adults

Our winter reading program for adults encourages you to "read together." Come into the library today and discover great books to carry you and your loved ones through the colder months!

You can pick up everything you need to get started at the Information Desk starting December 1st.

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21st Century Strategic Management – Revisited

21st Century Library Blog - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 10:02pm
In the fall of 2010, in a series of posts about Strategic Planning, I stated that the Strategic Plan was essential to the survival of a 21st Century Library. In my original 21st Century Strategic Management posts I noted that while leaders … Continue reading →


WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:50am

Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats   

I just love looking through this cookbook and seeing the photographs of these wonderful desserts. 
The cookie recipe that I want to make for Christmas is the "Melty Chocolate-Truffle Cookies."

JOY WILSON is the blogger behind the award-winning JoytheBaker.com. Joy’s photography has been featured in Food & Wine, Redbook, The Atlantic, and Forbes.com. Joy the Baker has been named one of the 50 Best Food Blogs by the London Times and Best Baking Blog by Saveur. She is also host of the Joy the Baker Podcast and the web series Bonkers Awesome! on Scripps’ Ulive network.  

Joy Wilson has created and photographed 125 recipes in Homemade Decadence. While I have not baked all 125, I can tell you that every recipe I've tried out from Joy the Baker so far has left me impressed - Not only due to the accuracy and ease of the instructions for each recipe, but also the taste, texture and all around incredible  look of the finished product.

Wonderful photos and a great index.

A time of Thanksgiving…

21st Century Library Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:05pm
During the lovely Thanksgiving week, I find myself reflecting on what I am Thankful for this year. As always I am deeply thankful for my family and my life. I am also thankful for this amazing profession that I love … Continue reading →

Closed for Thanksgiving

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will also close early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 26. We will resume normal business hours on Saturday, November 29.

Enjoy your holiday!

The Public Library as the 21st Century Agora

21st Century Library Blog - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:06pm
Last week I spent an amazing eight days in the birthplace of democracy – Athens, Greece. Along with the wonderful people, the amazing food (Thanks for the extra 8 pounds moussaka and tzatziki!), to be surrounded by that much history … Continue reading →

Staff Reading Pick

Here is another reading pick from the Logan Library Staff.

Book: A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L Peck
Recommended by: Joseph

Imagine that Hell is an infinite library and the only way to escape is to locate your biography. A slow and unpromising beginning quickly spirals out of control into a nightmare of loneliness, tedium, and gore. This story will make you consider your life and choices through the lenses of space and time, of eternity. But do yourself a favor and read Jorge Luis Borges' The Library of Babel first.

Want more reading suggestions? View previous staff picks.

The Power of Forgiveness & Whole Being Wellness

The Power of Forgiveness & Whole Being Wellness, presented by Coach Jenn McMurdo, home schooling mother of 4 young children, wellness consultant and spiritual life coach. This 1-hour class will discuss both joy and wellness as tools are shared to help keep emotional, mental and spiritual health thriving.

Speaker: Coach Jenn McMurdo
When: Wednesday November 19, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Logan Library Bonneville Room

Contact the Friends Group at loganfol@outlook.com or visit their Facebook page for more information.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

Logan Library Supports NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Our Juniper room is dedicated to NaNoWriMo 10 AM - 6 PM Fridays in November (except the 28th, when we're closed).

You'll have tables, chairs, outlets, wifi, books, & librarians to help, and snacks and drinks are allowed.

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Write, Write, Write!

New Video: Be Nice to Our Books

Harold B. Lee Library News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:35pm

Tori Pence, from BYU’s Divine Comedy, takes on the hard-hitting issues with our new Book Care video series: http://bit.ly/1xeH6V6


If you are like me and you can’t get enough videos on book care you should try this one.




WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:14am
.My favorite bread cookbook is "THE TASSAJARA BREAD BOOK."  More than 30 years old, it covered whole grain bread making in an era when most people were still buying Wonder Bread.  It changed not only how I made bread, but the whole grain ingredients that I used.  I had never heard of the "sponge" method of raising bread and I enjoyed making making my loaves using my large white bowl.  "The Bread Revolution" by Peter Reinhart has the potential to revolutionize the making of bread for a new generation just like the "Tassajara Bread Book" did for mine.  The volume will be very interesting for those people who store whole grains and would enjoy the health benefits of baking with sprouted grains.

One negative note:  I was looking forward to this title then I opened the book and was disappointed at the font size and choice of print coloring. I found it difficult to read, might only be a personal issue. If you are using a protective cookbook stand in the kitchen for your recipes the print is very small and difficult to read at a glance while preparing a recipe.  Perhaps buying it as a ebook would making it more readable for the cooks who plan on preparing recipes from this book.

Library Closed for Veterans Day

The library will be closed Tuesday, November 11th in recognition of Veterans Day. We will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, November 12th.

Thanks to all our veterans!

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