The Orem Public Library houses more than 310,000 items in 62,939 square feet, including books and non-print titles. It is one of the busiest single-branch libraries in the State of Utah, with 1.1 million items checked out annually.
The Adults/Teen Collection has 124,000 books, including a large reference section, current and classical fiction, large print books, Boy Scout Merit Badge books, and pamphlets on topics of current interest. The periodicals area has over 250 magazines, as well as local and national newspapers. Internet service is available in this area, as well as access to many CD-ROM databases for Utah history, science, and literature. The map collection has 2,200 maps, including hiking and topographic maps.
The Children’s Collection is the largest in the State of Utah, with 97,000 children’s books, pamphlets, magazines and read-alongs. Librarian assisted Internet access is available in the Children’s reference area along with online databases designed especially for children.
The Media Collection nearly 20,000 DVDs, and a growing Blu-Ray collection, including contemporary films, old-time favorites, PBS series, silent and foreign films, and instructional videos. Over 31,000 compact discs offer a wide array of music, sound effects, children’s literature, speeches, old-time radio programs, and a particularly exceptional collection of jazz. The very popular books on tape and CD provide abridged and unabridged readings of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, as well as classic literature.
Parent Education Resource Center (P.E.R.C.)
P.E.R.C. is a non-profit organization founded by the PTA in association with Alpine School District and the City of Orem. Its purpose is to help improve parenting skills, to improve parent involvement in their children’s education, and to support families in this process. P.E.R.C. is housed in the Orem Public Library. For more information, call 229-7390, or visit the website at oremperc.org.
Library Book and Media Sale
Looking for great deals on used books, movies and other media? Want to help support the library and its programs? Check out our monthly book and media sale near the library foyer. Proceeds from the sale support Orem Public Library by helping to fund library projects and programs. Great bargains starting at 50 cents. Magazines and empty DVD and CD cases sell for 10 cents each.
Look for great finds and support the Library! Thanks for your support!
Shelves Restocked: April 1
New Items Out: April 1–13
Regular Prices: April 1–25
½ Price: April 26–28
$1/bag: April 29
Free: April 30
Shelves Restocked: May 2
Storytime & Laptime at the Orem Library
Laptime: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00am in Ship's Cove. A 20 minute program for babies, toddlers & their caregivers with songs, fingerplays & short stories to introduce our youngest patrons to the world of words.
Storytime: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:30am in the Storytelling Wing. A 30 minute program for preschoolers & young school age children with stories, puppets & activities to engage youngsters & highlight the joys of books & storytelling.
Bilingual Storytime: 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:30 AM in the Storytelling Wing. Once a month, come experience a special bilingual session of story time! Talented storytellers introduce the audience to words & phrases in Spanish through terrific books & music (.)
Saturday Storytime: Every Saturday at 10:30 AM in the Media Auditorium. Saturday Storytime introduces reading to children through games, toys and a variety of fun picture books and stories.
Chess for Kids & Open Chess
Want to stretch your mind and improve your mad game skills? Come to the Main Library on any Thursday for your chance! Volunteers are available for help with Kid’s Chess from 4-6pm. Bring your own board if possible, and meet on the North Wing Mezzanine, or come to Open Chess from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the Book Discussion room in the South Wing.
We don’t just do summer reading programs here. Our Shared Reading program is designed to help your child keep up the good reading all year-round. The simple program encourages you and your child to become reading partners, as together you set reading goals and talk about what you read. You can create your own reward system for meeting your goals, but the library, through generous donations from local businesses, also provides several prizes for your child to choose from once a month. Sign up at the Children’s Reference Desk.
Children's and Teen Summer Reading Programs and Rewards
Each year, starting in early June, you can sign up for Summer Reading at the Orem Library! Kids and teens can earn weekly rewards such as coupons to local restaurants, arcades and museums when they set and meet reading goals. Come to the library often throughout June and July to attend a variety of free programs for kids and teens, including storytimes, games, art workshops and other events.
Catch regular screenings of Hollywood classics, blockbuster hits, and the finest of cinema from around the world each week, Monday at 6:30 PM, Friday mornings at 10:00 and Friday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Media Auditorium. And don't miss Dr. Dean Duncan's film presentations the second Friday of each month.
Monday−Thursday (during the school year), 3:00−6:00 PM, Children's Mezzanine. The Library Study Hall program at the Orem Library provides elementary through middle school-aged students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a librarian in using library resources to complete school assignments. Librarians can help students locate books for projects or reports; use our databases to find information; and use our computers and computer programs to increase their abilities or complete assignments. The Library Study Hall is not a tutoring program. Librarians do not teach concepts or do homework with or for students. Parents must stay on the mezzanine with students under the age of 10.
CoderDojo: Weekly Coding Club for Kids
Wednesdays, 4:00–6:00pm, Storytelling Wing. Are you a coding ninja? Would you like to become one? Join us Wednesday afternoons to meet other computer coders and mentors, learn new languages, and work on your own projects such as games and mods. Kids 8 and up are invited, as well as teens and parents. All levels and abilities are welcome. Bring your own computer if possible.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The concept is simple, read a book (any book) to your child - infant, toddler or preschooler - until you have read 1,000 books together. You might ask, “What? 1,000 books? That’s so many. How can we do it?” If you read one bedtime story a night for three years, you will have read over 1,000 books. If you read four books each day, you will have read over 1,000 books in one year. Reading 1,000 books will help your child develop a larger vocabulary, increase language skills, and strengthen parent to child bonding. You can do this! The library is here to assist you. We have booklists available at the library, and our staff love to give book recommendations.
How does the program work?
1. Come to the Orem Public Library’s Children’s desk.
2. Pick up your first 100 books log.
3. Check off each book you read (re-reading counts!)
4. Check off every book read to your child—include books from daycare, preschool, or storytime
5. Finish the first 100 books, come in and pick up the log for the next 100 books.
Are you looking for a magazine article for school ? A place to practice for the ACT, GED, or GRE? Do you want to research your own family tree, download a book on CD, read a book online, or decide what fridge to buy next? Using databases that make many newspapers and magazines available online along with other tools purchased by the Orem Library or provided through a partnership with Utah's Pioneer Library, you can now access all of this for free online with just a Library Card and a PIN. Have questions? Call the Library at 801-229-7050, or just begin exploring the subjects above.