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Borrow a Librarian Programs

Written by Meg Spencer. Posted in Library

With Orem Public Library’s, “Borrow a Librarian” program, you can bring a librarian to you.  Our librarians are highly trained and are excited to share their knowledge. This service is available to patrons in the Provo/Orem Area and a limited number of programs are available each month.  Advance scheduling is required.

General Reference Programs          Contact: Julie Heckert 801-229-7379

1. Book Groups    Did you know library patrons may check out book group kits? Kits include twelve copies of the book, a booklet with information about the author and novel, and a list of possible discussion questions. You can also borrow a librarian to come to your book group and introduce you to some new options for future book club discussions.

2. Family History  

As an affiliate of the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the Orem Library has excellent resources for family history. Many of these resources can be accessed from your own home. Find out more about these tools from our specialists who are prepared to teach family history workshops to your neighborhood groups, church groups, families etc.

3.  Book Repair  

Could you use some tips on how to care for your own personal library? Do some of your well loved favorites need some special attention? Now you can invite a trained expert to teach you and your friends some simple book repair techniques and ways to preserve your private collection of treasured friends well into the future.

4. Medical Databases   

The internet is often the first place we look when we are sick, but with vast amounts of information, it’s hard to find reliable resources. Using the Borrow a Librarian program, a librarian is available to teach a group from your area how to use the best medical databases to provide accurate medical advice and research.

5. Classical Music Appreciation 

Does classical music bore or intimidate you? Borrow a librarian and learn about classical music from a classical music enthusiast who can help you approach it from a different angle or simply introduce you to key musicians and composers. Even if you just want to know more about music in general, we can help.

6. In the Backyard Barnyard   

It can be tricky to get started with gardening and keeping chickens. We have just the way to help you, borrow a librarian to teach a group in your area about gardening tips and tricks and all you need to know about keeping chickens.

7. Choosing a Family Flick   Do you love to watch movies with your family? Are you in need of some new films to watch that are fun and appropriate for the whole family? Our librarians are prepared to introduce you and your friends to a whole slew of films, film scores, and film adaptations that your entire family will enjoy.

8. Yoga for Everyone  

Yoga is a fantastic way to be physically and mentally strong.  Our Borrow a Librarian program gives you the opportunity to learn the basics in a fun setting from a certified yoga instructor. You can choose Yoga Basics or Yoga for Kids.

9. E-book Training   

Digital devices are all the rage and librarian Julie Heckert can visit with your group to show you all the tips and tricks for using library E-books and audiobooks to your digital device.

10. Hand and foot massage for fun and family  

Life can be stressful but if we take care of ourselves, we’re better able to cope with all kinds of difficulties. Hand and foot massage is very relaxing and can help you and your family calm down and feel better. Borrow a librarian who is a nationally certified, state licensed massage therapist and learn some simple techniques to perform this therapeutic massage.

11. Upcycling Paper Art    

Have a few too many books taking up room on your shelves? Borrow a librarian and learn how to bring some of those books back to life, albeit in an ‘altered state.” Part origami and part inspiration,  this creative paper art is loads of fun.

12. Why Reading Matters   

Want a strong family and community?  Find out why national studies say that reading is an essential part of a robust social fabric.  After discovering why reading matters, learn about some fantastic resources for find new books for you and your loved ones.

13. Databases for Students   

Back in the day, if you needed to write a research paper, you headed to the library and cracked open the World Book Encyclopedia. Well, times have changed and the Orem Public Library has a great variety of databases to help students accomplish their scholastic assignments. From Learning Express Library to Novel List and Newspaper Archives to Medical Databases, one of our librarians can visit your group and help you learn to use these valuable resources.

14. Jazz 101  

If you enjoy listening to music but haven't ventured into jazz, you are missing a big piece of the puzzle. Did you know the Orem Public Library is home to the largest collection of jazz recordings in the Intermountain West? From Louis Armstrong to John Zorn, toe dippers and hardcore enthusiasts alike will be delighted to learn more about the depth and variety of works that are described the single word, "jazz."  Borrow a librarian and demystify landmark recordings, instrumental styles, and historical performances so you, too, can experience the magic of America's preeminent art form. Just tell us what you want to know!

15.  Book Talks Galore    

Does your book group need some excitement?  You can borrow a librarian and find out how to create an enjoyable book group through great book picks and good conversation. Plus we can offer tips on how to foster an atmosphere of exploration and companionship. Do you work with a youth group you work with full of reluctant readers? Are you a parent looking for summer reading recommendations for teens?  

If you tell us what your group needs, we have a librarian you can borrow who will come and talk books and make suggestions. Some possible topics include: Books to Buy Your Grandchildren; YA Dystopian Fiction; Gentle Reading Selections; Revitalizing your Life through Romance Reading; Who dunnit? What’s new in the Mystery Genre; Best in Books. Got an idea? Just ask us and we’ll see if we can accommodate you.


Children’s Programs                    Contact Julie Edholm 801-229-7383

1. Children’s Literacy

Our children’s librarians are trained in early literacy practices that can help your child get ready to read and develop a lifelong love of learning. Through the Borrow a Librarian program, a librarian will come lead your group in your choice of early literacy workshops, including, 

·       Early Literacy Workshop for Parents Only

·       Fun With Letters for Parents and Children

·       Fun With Words for Parents and Children

·       Fun with Science & Math for Parents and Children

Each workshop lasts between 45-60 minutes and includes a PowerPoint slide presentation, handouts of the information discussed, and a list of favorite books and resources offered by the Orem Public Library to assist with early literacy. Other significant caregivers in your child's life are welcome and encouraged to attend.

2.  Themed  Storytime      

Our librarians have created a variety of themed story times that range from Pirates to Monsters and Halloween to St. Patrick’s Day. Now you can borrow a librarian for your next school family night, neighborhood story time or special event for your own library story time.

3.  Preschool Music and Stories      

We all know that preschoolers are inquisitive and lively, but did you know that our children’s librarians can teach you some fun finger plays and songs that you can do with your child that will tap into that energy and curiosity? You can have a librarian come to your next playgroup or joy school meeting and teach you these songs. 

 4.  Puppet Shows with a Purpose     

Mark Pulham is the library's resident puppet master.  He can enthrall any age audience with his characters and stories.  He offers several different programs to local schools.   Here are just a few topics he can discuss with the children with the help of his puppets, Paige Turner and Al Read:

Let's Start at the Very Beginning (K-1st grade)

Come on in...the Reading's Fine (2nd-3rd grade)

Take the Leap into Literature (4th grade)

Make Way for Reading (5th grade)

A World of Books Awaits the Library (6th grade)

Journal and Diary writing
Jokes and riddles
Giving oral reports
Brain storming
Biographies that come to life

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58 North State Street // Phone: 801.229.7050
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About the City of Orem Library

The Orem Library is open Monday through Friday 9am until 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am until 6pm. We are closed Sundays and Holidays. Click here for a list of observed holidays.

If you need to return books outside of these hours, a 24 drive through book and media drop is located on the North side of the Library.

The Main Library is located at 58 North State Street in Orem, Utah at the north end of the City Center Complex (on the northeast corner of State and Center Streets). Parking is to the east of the library building and is accessed from 100 North. If you need assistance please call 229-7050.