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Teens Teach Tech Grant

Library Grants - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:42pm
Deadline: September 15, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for funding for a Teens Teach Tech program in your community! These programs serve as a series of informational workshops led by teens, meant for older adults to learn how to use modern technological devices. By teaching senior citizens to be comfortable with modern devices, the teens will also be strengthening intergenerational relationships and supporting community development. The grant will provide teens with proper training materials and will aid with promotional advertising for the program, inlcuding funding for promotional flyers, print-outs and volunteer staff T-shirts.

For more information, and to apply:

Authors now join Public Libraries as targets of Publisher and Bookseller censorship and greed – But who is the real victim?

21st Century Library Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:05pm
It appears that it is not just Libraries any longer that are at the whim of publishers and booksellers. Authors now find themselves pawns in the game of market share and bottom-line. And some are NOT taking it lying down. … Continue reading →

21st Century Library Innovations and Inspirations!!

21st Century Library Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:00pm
Today my Library hit an innovation milestone. After months of negotiation, planning, board convincing, budgeting, and financial paperwork, we took delivery of our brand new media box! (think Redbox meets library card!!). It is the first of its kind in … Continue reading →

21st century libraries are a one stop for job seekers….

21st Century Library Blog - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:00am
So says the new “Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act” signed into law on July 22, 2014. “As the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recognizes libraries as One-Stop partners and includes adult education and … Continue reading →

Christian Fiction - First in a Series

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:41am

Did you know we've pulled all of the adult Christian Fiction titles and shelved them together so it's easier for those of you who love Christian Fiction to find the authors you already love as well as new ones who may become favorites in the Christian Fiction genre. Here's a list of some first in a series titles from that section. 

Need help finding our Christian Fiction section? Just ask at the front desk and they'll be able to point you in the right direction!

Priced to Move
By Aiken, Ginny
2007-10 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800732271 CHECK CATALOG She Thought She Was Leaving the Rat Race Behind??? Gemologist Andie Adams is suffering a bad case of burnout in her stress-filled job in New York. So she jumps at the chance to ditch her wormy corner of the Big Apple for a home in Kentucky with her lovable but off-the-wall Aunt Weeby. After all, things should be slower paced in Kentucky???right? Wrong. Andie reluctantly joins the Shop-Til-U-Drop …More

A Lasting Impression
By Alexander, Tamera
2011-11 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764206221 CHECK CATALOG
Christy Awards (2012)

After an unwanted past, Claire strives to create something that will last as an artist among Nashville's elite society in the 1860s. …More

Welcome to Last Chance
By Armstrong, Cathleen
2013-08 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800722463 CHECK CATALOG The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance their home, it's her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life for Lainie's comfort--especially since she's on the run and …More

Candle in the Darkness
By Austin, Lynn N.
2002-11 - Bethany House Publishers
9781556614361 CHECK CATALOG
Christy Awards (2003)

The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained. But awakening to the cruelty it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her journey of maturity and faith will draw her into the abolitionist movement, where she is confronted with the risks and sacrifices her …More

Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?
By Baumbich, Charlene Ann
2004-01 - Penguin Books
9780142003794 CHECK CATALOG Introducing the irrepressible Dearest Dorothy and the cozy country town of Partonville. For the legions of readers who enjoy books that celebrate life's simple pleasures, 87-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra and her beloved farming town of Partonville, Illinois, will become instant favorites. …More

Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp
By Behunin, Ben
2009-02 - Abendmahl Press
9780615276069 CHECK CATALOG Jake Kimball is afraid he agreed too hastily to spend the summer working his way through the mess Isaac Bingham, the old potter-God rest his soul-left behing. As Jake begins his work in the old studio, he becomes aware of a unique collection of mugs hanging from an overhead beam. When friends of the old potter stop by to sip peppermint tea from these mugs and tell their stories, Jake begins to …More

Truth Stained Lies
By Blackstock, Terri
2013-03 - Zondervan
9780310283133 CHECK CATALOG Can three sisters--a blogger, a cab driver, and a stay-at-home mom--with only a little courage and no experience, moonlight as private investigators to save their brother from a murder rap? The first book in "New York Times"-bestselling author Blackstock's new Moonlighter Series. …More

The Widow of Larkspur Inn
By Blackwell, Lawana
2007-06 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764202674 CHECK CATALOG Book one of "The Gresham Chronicles" takes readers to an 1860s English village, where recently bereaved Julia Hollis, determined to provide for her children, decides to renovate an old inn. With the help of the town's new vicar, it just might happen. But will a behind-the-scenes scheme jeopardize everything? …More

No Place for a Lady
By Brendan, Maggie
2009-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800733353 CHECK CATALOG Can a Southern belle tame the heart of a rugged cowboy? Readers will fall in love with "No Place for a Lady"'s Colorado setting and the spunky heroine who wants to claim it as her own. …More

By Brown, Don
2005-04 - Zondervan
9780310259336 CHECK CATALOG The stakes are high . . . and the entire world is waiting for the verdict.The Navy has uncovered a group of radical Islamic clerics who have infiltrated the Navy Chaplain Corps, inciting sailors and marines to acts of terrorism. And Lieutenant Zack Brewer has been chosen to prosecute them for treason and murder.Only three years out of law school, Zack has already made a name for himself, winning …More

The Centurion's Wife
By Bunn, Davis
Author Oke, Janette
2009-01 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764205149 CHECK CATALOG
Christian Book Award (2010)

A sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity-- and the very personal story of Leah, compelled into a betrothal she never wanted, drawn by a faith she never expected... When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed's striking countenance and position, …More

Fire in the Night
By Byler, Linda
2013-05 - Good Books
9781561487950 CHECK CATALOG The Amish community of Lancaster is being terrorized by barn fires. David and Malinda Beiler's barn was the first to go. The clues are sparse, but Levi, the Beilers' oldest son, happened to be awake in the middle of the night and spotted a white vehicle driving past. …More

By Cantore, Janice
2012-01 - Tyndale House Publishers
9781414358475 CHECK CATALOG Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain of whom she can trust. …More

The Trouble with Tulip
By Clark, Mindy Starns
2005-07 - Harvest House Publishers
9780736914857 CHECK CATALOG From the author of "The Million Dollar Mysteries" comes a brand new series ofadventure, sleuthing, and romance with a "chick lit" feel. …More

Blue Moon Promise
By Coble, Colleen
2012-02 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781595549150 CHECK CATALOG Lucy Marsh has lost everything but her determination to provide for her brother and sister. When she realizes her father's death was no accident, she decides to accept a proxy marriage in order to get her siblings out of harm's way. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, and nothing there is as she expected. …More

Brink of Death
By Collins, Brandilyn
2004-04 - Zondervan Publishing Company
9780310251033 CHECK CATALOG Terror rocks Grove Landing when a woman is murdered in her home. The victim's young daughter, Erin, witnessed the crime but is too traumatized to give a description. Desperate detectives ask neighbor Annie Kingston, with a background in art, to interview Erin for a composite. But what if Annie's lack of experience in forensic art leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a face …More

Out of Control
By Connealy, Mary
2011-08 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764209116 CHECK CATALOG In this humorous historical romance, a cowboy must choose between family bonds that could restore his trust or a love that could heal his heart. …More

A Case of Bad Taste
By Copeland, Lori
2003-06 - Tyndale House Publishers
9780842371155 CHECK CATALOG Copeland introduces readers to the little town of Morning Shade with a lighthearted take on life. Frustrated author M.K. Diamond has a bad case of writer's block until she sees the perfect plot unfold in real life: a burglar who breaks into homes and "redecorates"--of all things. …More

Black: The Birth of Evil
By Dekker, Ted
2009-07 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781595547309 CHECK CATALOG A silent bullet from the night clips Thomas Hunter, and his world goes black. From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world--a world where evil is contained. Every time he falls asleep in one world, he awakes in the other--both facing catastrophic disaster. …More

No One to Trust
By Eason, Lynette
2014-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800722081 CHECK CATALOG Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?
The search for her husband--and answers--takes Summer ever deeper into a world of …More

The Choice
By Fisher, Suzanne Woods
2010-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800733858 CHECK CATALOG
Carol Award (2011)

Lancaster County has always been her home--but where does her heart belong? Debut contemporary fiction from the author of "Amish Peace." …More

Love's Reckoning
By Frantz, Laura
2012-09 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800720414 CHECK CATALOG
Christy Awards (2013) INSPYs the Bloggers Awards for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature (2013)

On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's …More

Day of War
By Graham, Cliff
2011-06 - Zondervan
9780310331834 CHECK CATALOG Day of War is a gritty, intense, stylistic portrait of the Mighty Men of Israel---a rag-tag band of disgruntled warriors on the run with David, the soon-to-be King, whose legendary deeds are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11. …More

Daybreak: Days of Redemption
By Gray, Shelley Shepard
2013-02 - Avon Inspire
9780062204400 CHECK CATALOG In the first book in the new Days of Redemption series, readers meet three generations of the Keims, a close-knit Amish family whose many dark secrets are about to be exposed and nothing is as perfect as it seems. …More

21st Century Librarians Make Allies of the Press

21st Century Library Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:30pm
As a 21st Century Librarian, if you are innovative and cutting edge…the day will come when the press knocks on your door. Sometimes that is positive – sometimes its negative…and sometimes, if poorly handled, it can be DIRE! Dealing with … Continue reading →


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.
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