If you search "train wrecks 1918” online, you'll discover that 1918 was a terrible time to be on a train in the US. But did you know that Provo also had a train wreck that year? It's not easily discoverable on the web, but with a little investigation you can find the whole story (and some more besides) by taking a dive into our special collections.
In 1918, the OREM INTERURBAN was the train line that ran between Salt Lake City and Payson, running through Center Street Provo. There was also another train line that passed through Provo, known as the HEBER CREEPER (and a part of that train line still runs today). ETHEL TREGEAGLE recounts her memory of a crash in our oral histories, which happened right outside her house--"The Heber train always went by. I don't know what year it was but the Orem train that went across Center Street to go to Salt Lake wrecked... I was five years old. That was about 1917 or 1918. The war was on then."
Our oral histories also include another eye-witness to the crash. KARL MILLER recounts the events of the wreck and how it came about, where he narrates his take on why the crash happened and lets us know a few other details. He includes the name of one of the engineers and narrows down the date--a "conference weekend" in 1918. What was especially interesting was that both Ethel and Karl mention a photo of the crash, so I decided to try and hunt that down, too.
Luckily, we have a fantastic INDEX OF HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS that list the photographs we have in our special collections, so I was able to search that and find the famous photo of the Orem and Heber Creeper crash, which occurred on October 4th, 1918.
There are more articles about the OREM INTERURBAN, the famous crash, and how the people of Provo lived back in the day with railroads on Center Street in TALES OF UTAH VALLEY VOLUME I. According to the book, Ethel Tregeagle can be found in this photograph behind the man in the upper right corner as one of the young girls looking at the wreckage. What will you find out by exploring our special collections?
I always start out each year with the same, good intentions. I dream about reading the books I hear people raving about, that I meant to read, but didn’t get around to. Though, I find my list of books to read growing exponentially larger than my list of books I have read. If you’re anything like me, you may be looking for an answer to this discouraging cycle. There is the hope of a new year’s resolution to set yourself straight, but it takes a little planning and thought. Here are a few suggestions of how you can read as much as you can.
For some of you (*ahem* me), it may be hard to make a definitive list of books to read in a single year. In 2019, there were over 4 million books published in the U.S. It is physically impossible for one person to read all the books. Devastating, I know. That’s why it is so important to make a list of what books you want to get to this year. This list can be whatever you want it to be. If you’re a person who needs structure, give yourself a definitive collection of must-reads. If you need more flexibility, work around the genres you enjoy.
The most important thing when making your list is to understand your “why’s” for reading. Are you reading for pure entertainment? Are you reading to learn about a specific subject? Are you looking for an escape from a plague-ridden world? (Sorry, was that too close to home?) Paying attention to your motivation will guide you to create a comprehensive, attainable list of books you are genuinely interested in.
This is a common principle for any type of goal you set: give yourself a timeframe. The best way to kill a goal is to not hold yourself to it. So start by writing down an obtainable goal that best suits you and your lifestyle. You could have an allotted amount of books to read for the year, month, or week. Or you could make a goal of how many minutes you will read every day or week.
Another method to make sure you are reading everything you hope to read is to make a goal for each genre your wish to read. I like this flexibility because when it’s time for me to move to a new book, I can look at my list and decide if I’m more in the mood for a biography or young adult fantasy.
Don’t be afraid to skim some books. You don’t have to put your heart and soul into everything you read. Remind yourself that it is alright if you find a book that’s not worth the investment of your time. Francis Bacon said, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Make the hard decision of which books you would like to feast on.
My last and certainly not least tip is to fit in reading where you can. If you have a busy schedule, be reading different books in different formats. That way you can read when you have a spare minute, whether that’s while you’re commuting or waiting in line. Have a physical book you can read while at home, an eBook you can read while out running errands, and an audiobook for when you’re on the move. With all these tips implemented in your life this year, you can seep reading into the cracks of time during your day and read as much as you possible can.
We get it. Sometimes you just want to know what books are new. If you come into the library you can find new book sections throughout our library. In children’s, we have shelves designated for new picture books, new fiction, and new informational books. In the adult department, we have two displays for new adult fiction and new nonfiction as well as designated shelves for new YA titles. Any of these places are great to browse if you just want something new to read.
But if you can’t come into the library in-person, where can you find new titles?
One easy way is to do a catalog search and limit your search results to a specific “new” section. So, let’s say that I want to see all the new children’s fiction titles.
Start by pulling up the library catalog.
Next, jump down to the “Collection” filter (it will be all the way at the bottom on the left side)
Select “View All” to see all your options
Then scroll until you find the collection you want, we want J New Fiction but you can also look up J New Picture Book, J New Informational, NEW BOOKS – FICTION, NEW BOOKS – NONFICTION, New Books – Young Adult, NEW LARGE PRINT, or New YA Nonfiction to find new books in those areas.
Click “Include” in the top right corner and you’ll pull up a list of all the books that are currently in our J New Fiction section – even if they’re checked out!
You can read book summaries and place books on hold without leaving the comfort of your own home.
If you’ve been watching our STORIES IN THE STUDIO, then you’ve seen some pretty fun puppets and their shenanigans. Did you know that members of our children’s department have worked together to make those puppets? It’s true. Now you can be truly amazed when you watch the show. Anyway, I have to be going now. I have- Wait. What? You want to know how to make a puppet of your own? Well, why didn’t you say so? Here are some fun puppet making books that are sure to get you on the right track of puppet making.
This book teaches how to make classic fabric puppets. It covers 13 different designs that would give any puppet show a leg up.
This guide to puppet making introduces how to create puppets out of every day materials. If you have a sock, cup or spoon, then you can make a puppet! This is the perfect craft book for a rainy day.
This kid-friendly guide to puppet making lets kids explore their creativity. You can make a creepy crawly puppet, cool animals, and even plants!
Learn how to knit adorable finger puppets. This book includes clear instructions for several different puppet characters and includes a section where you can learn how to design your own.
This ultimate guide to puppets teaches how to make quality puppets, how to make a puppet stage, and how to make your puppeteering a believable experience for audience members.