12 reasons to go to the library outside of checking out books


The snow falls outside of the Provo Library in December 2016. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

Libraries have more of a purpose than storing books. Many Utah Valley libraries have programs each month to help community members continue to learn and engage with one another.

“(Programs are) a good way of building bridges with the community and creating a community space where people can get together,” said Marcie Beard, adult and teen reference librarian at the Provo Library.

Here are 12 ways Utah Valley libraries are useful resources outside of checking out books:

Learn it at the Library

Where: Provo Library
When: Varies (See schedule here)
What is it: “Learn it at the Library” is a series that invites local professionals to share their skills with the public by teaching a one-night class, according to Marcie Beard, adult and teen reference librarian at the Provo Library. Some of the past topics have included yoga, traveling on a budget, gardening, organizing your home and more. (Most libraries have one workshop a month. Check your local libraries website for more information.)

Utah Valley Writers

Where: Orem Public Library
When: Once a month (see calendar)
What it is: A nonprofit group of serious writers meet once a month to hone their craft as writers.


Where: Provo Library
When: Varies (See schedule here)
What it is: Each month the Provo Library invites authors and illustrators in the publishing world to speak about their work.

Pins and Needles

Where: Orem Public Library
When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
What it is: If you’ve been considering taking up a craft with a needle — or more specifically knitting, crocheting or sewing — Orem Public Library invites crafters to gather together on Tuesday nights. Plus, they have free beginning crochet lessons. All you have to do is bring your own yarn and crochet hook (size G or H).


Where: Springville Library
When: Saturday at 10 a.m.
What it is: Start off your weekend with a free workout class. Zumba turns a workout into a fun dance class with Latin-American flavor.

Tom Holdman is the creator of Roots of Knowledge, which is displayed at UVU’s Fulton Library. (Jay Drowns/UVU Marketing)


Where: Springville Library
When: Tuesday at 8 p.m. or Wednesday at 4 p.m.
What it is: Yoga works on balance, strength and stretching. Springville Library also offers a prenatal yoga class on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.


Where: Springville Library
When: Thursday at 10 a.m.
What it is: The library transform into a gym for this high intensity workout.

Film Screening

Where: Orem Public Library
When: Mondays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
What it is: Every Friday night, the Orem Public Library pulls out the big screen for a movie night. The movie schedule for March is:

March 3: “The Jungle Book”
March 6: “The African Queen”
March 10: “Aguirre, the Wrath of God”
March 13: “George of the Jungle”
March 17: “The Rundown”
March 20: “Swiss Family Robinson”
March 24: “The Legend of Tarzan”
March 27: “The Naked Jungle”
March 31: “The Mosquito Coast”

Eaters Anonymous

Where: Pleasant Grove Library
When: Monday at 10 a.m.
What it is: This weekly workshop is listed as a course “for those who would like support in losing weight.”

Essential Oils

Where: Spanish Fork Library
When: Tuesday at 7 p.m. in March
What it is: If you’ve wondered about the hype with essential oils, Spanish Fork Library has a course in March about the benefits of essential oils.

Classics Revisited

Where: Springville Library
When: 4th Wednesday of the month
What it is: It’s just like you are back in your high school English class without the pressure of writing an essay. On the fourth Wednesday of the month, Springville Library invites a BYU professor to discuss a classic tale. For March, Dr. Jill Rudy will discuss “Beauty and the Beast.”

Roots of Knowledge

Where: Fulton Library, UVU
When: Monday-Friday: From 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
What it is: A new piece of pride in Utah Valley, the Fulton Library on Utah Valley University’s campus hosts Roots of Knowledge. The 80-panel, 60,000-piece glass installation is on the western wall of the library and tells the history of knowledge of the world. Learn more here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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