NOVEMBER 2022 Volume 3 Issue 11
In October, we received recognition as a Quality Library by the Utah State Library, which means that our library goes above and beyond basic services. If you would like to learn more, here’s a link to the City Council meeting and the Daily Herald article about this designation. This is my thank you to those who made it possible for our library to receive this honor.
First, I am grateful to the American Fork Library staff. Everyone who works here contributes to the library’s organization and success, and they are also wonderful people! They use their ingenuity and creativity to better reach those in need, help kids get into college, provide opportunities for people to find their tribe, support those with mental health challenges, and encourage literacy and language learning. They truly love serving this community and it shows in everything they do. To read more about some of these projects, check out my latest “Director's Message” article.
Second, I am grateful to the Library Board and Friends of the American Fork Library. The Board represents the residents of American Fork as we determine policy, goals, and needs. They are also staunch library advocates who show up when we need them! The Friends of the Library generously support us through fundraising, grant applications, and volunteering in the library. Both groups are invaluable in helping us fulfill our mission.
Third, I am grateful to the Mayor, City Council, and Administration of American Fork. In the City Council meeting this week, every member of the council and Mayor Frost spoke about their own personal connections to the library. Without their support, and that of our city administration, we couldn’t exist.
Fourth, I want to thank you for being a library user! Thank you for coming to our library this year, for participating in our programs, and for checking out our materials! In 2022, you collectively visited us 212,403 times and checked out 485,136 items. That means an average of 6 visits and 14 checkouts per person in American Fork! More importantly, your visits allowed us to help you personally. These interactions help us understand the needs of our community on an individual basis. Keep coming and we’ll do our best to serve you!
We have many more exciting projects in the works. Library staff is currently planning the 100th anniversary of American Fork’s first Carnegie Library in January 2023. We look forward to beginning another century of service to American Fork!
Casandria Crane, American Fork Library Director
Getting Through Your Child's Crisis: More Than Just Survival
November 3, 10, & 17 at 6:30pm
Having a child in crisis feels overwhelming and frightening. This series of three classes presented by Certified Life Coach Sara Visser will give you the skills you need to navigate this time with confidence and peace.
Authors of Utah
November 12 at 1:00-4:00 pm
The Library will host a Q & A Panel and Author Signings with Utah authors A.M. Luzzader, Michele Ashman Bell, Rebecca McKinnon, Julie Coulter Bellon, Rebecca Lange, Laura Beers, Heather Frost, Caroline Bliss Larsen, Laurie Lewis, and Allison Hong Merrill.
Board Game Cafe
November 23 at 12:00-4:00 pm
Drop in for board games, puzzles, and snacks to celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week! For ages 12 and up.
In order for our staff to fully enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, the library will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23 and reopen at
9:00 am on Monday, November 28. The outside book drop will remain available thoughout the weekend.
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A FEW NEW READS IN OUR LIBRARY
The Art of the Board
by Olivia Carney
Olivia Carney (That Charcuterie Chick)'s The Art of the Board features 75 fun and fancy seasonally inspired snack boards and recipes, and is packed with step-by-step how-tos, handy tips, and festive ideas to help even the most hopeless host elevate their entertaining all year long.
by Marissa Meyer
A retelling of the Rumplestiltskin story where a king orders a poor miller's daughter to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, so in her desperation she unwittingly summons a mysterious boy, soon discovering other secrets in the castle, including an ancient curse that must be broken.
The Secret World of Plants
by Ben Hoare
Plants are found almost everywhere on Earth, but to many people their lives are a mystery. Learn how seagrass flowers underwater, how the Venus flytrap counts to make sure it catches its prey, and why some tulips used to cost more than a house! This fascinating book for kids explores the vast plant kingdom and explains how plants work, as well as the weird and wonderful relationships they have with animals.
Helps kids with their homework in the Academic Lab
Has worked at the American Fork Library for nearly a year, but volunteered for a year before that
Likes to drink Thai milk tea
Is currently reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Recommends The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
"The kids that come and get help improve their skills so much in the time that we see them. They also have so much fun with us and can find fun in learning!"