December + JanuaryDECEMBER
Holiday Concert Series
The Holiday Concert Series kicked off on December 1st with two performances of the Nutcracker. More than 650 attended. The Utah Baroque Ensemble performed two concerts on Monday, December 3rd with 360 attending. Other concerts featured the UVU Chamber Orchestra the following nights with 121 in attendance. Thursday, December 6th the Chauntenettes Women’s Chorus performed with 127 enjoying favorite carols and holiday songs. Wasatch classical guitar presented a program of Christmas music performed on the guitar on the 10th. The award winning Timpanogos High School Chamber Choir performed a selection of Christmas music through the ages. This was held on December 12 with 179 attending. Utah Valley Handbell Ringers performed holiday favorite for 350 on December 13th. Beyond Baroque, a musical trio played music from the Renaissance to present day on Monday, December 17th for 90 attendees. The Timpanogos Chorale performed on December 19th with the American Fork Children’s Choir and performed holiday favorites for 200 attendees. The series concluded with An Rogaire Dubh with the Thomas Cordner Memorial Pipe Band who played Celtic favorites on bagpipes, drums and Celtic instruments for 374 attendees.
Library staff is attending meetings related to the preparations for the Library Hall project.
Rita Christensen, Children’s Librarian, updated images for 21 online booklists that are on the Kid Zone web page.
Nathan Robison and Rachel Montalvo from Outreach met with a team from the BYU MPA program that evaluated our summer reading program. The team presented their analysis of test scores from Orem 6-9 year-olds. They discovered, among other things, that participants in our summer reading program scored on average 33 points higher than those students who did not participate, suggesting a correlation between our summer reading program and beating the “summer slump.”
Makerspace had a very busy month, with the daily patron visits up this month to a total of 151. The green screen and audio recording area is up and running. Patrons in the Makerspace this month included patrons who recorded a country record demo, a family history Christmas project and an entrepreneur who is starting her own YouTube channel.JANUARY
Two magic shows were performed on January 7th by Scott Chamberlain and were attended by 514 patrons.
Outreach staff and the Latinos in Action students at Orem Jr. High took three NASA@MyLibrary activities to the students at Geneva Elementary on January 8. Forty students learned about the size and temperatures of the solar system.
On January 14, the Orem Arts Council-sponsored art show, Orem Stories, opened. It features portraits of influential Orem residents created by students from Timpanogos and Mt. View High Schools, Orem Jr. High, and Scera Park Elementary School. These pieces will be on display through March 5.
The study rooms have had record high usage in January 2019. Rooms were used 351 times, breaking the previous record set in November 2018 of 304.
A Makerspace staff member has been working with a patron on a 3D print prototype of a new type of technological beehive.