• Michelle

I'm happy to announce that the Provo Library will offer curbside pick-up for library materials! Starting today, you will be able to schedule an appointment to pick up books, DVDs, and books on CD (up to 20) that you have placed holds on through our library catalog. Give them 24 hours and the Provo Library will gather them and deliver them to your car on your scheduled day and time.

How it works:

1. Place holds on your desired materials through the library catalog. Holds may also be placed by calling 801-852-6661. In both cases you will need your library card number and PIN; if you need help accessing your library account, please call.  2. Give us at least 24 hours to gather and prepare  up to 20 of your requests. Some items may not be available immediately but we will do our best to get you as many of the items you've requested as possible.  3. Call the Reference Desk at 801-852-6661 to schedule a pick-up time. Pickup times may be scheduled from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. At this point a librarian will inform you how many of your requested items are available to be picked up.  4. Come to the North Parking Lot at your scheduled pick-up time and park in a numbered stall. Call 801-852-6679 when you arrive. A library employee will ask for your library card number and PIN and will bring your materials to you.  5. Enjoy your library materials! Your items will say that they are due in three weeks, but please remember that nothing you check out will actually be due until after we reopen. There will be no fines. 

Questions & Answers:

Q: When can I pick up items? A: Curbside pick-up is available Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. You must call to schedule a pick-up time, as we need time to make sure we've collected and checked out all your items.  Q: How many items can I request? A: You can request 20 items per week, per household.  Q: Which library materials can I get through curbside pick-up? A: Traditional library materials are available for curbside pick-up. This includes books, CDs, movies, audiobooks on CD, and book club sets. Discovery Kits, board games, telescopes, Chromebooks, and Basement Creative Lab equipment are not available. Q: Can I request items and pick them up on the same day? A: It takes time to collect requested items and prepare them for pick-up, so we require 24 hours between requests and pick-up time. Q: I requested 20 items, but when I called to schedule a pick-up, only 5 were available. Why? When can I get my other items? A: We will try our best to have all of your items ready within 24 hours. If all of your items are not yet available, it’s because we are still working on locating and getting them ready for pick-up. You can wait a little longer to schedule your pick-up, or call back to schedule a second pick-up when additional items are ready. Q: If I’m sick, can I still pick up items via curbside pick-up? A: For the safety of staff and patrons, please do not schedule a curbside pick-up if anyone in your household is ill. Q: Can I return materials I've had checked out? A: This answer is more complicated than you might think. Our book drops will be open Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. However, we don't have the capacity to be able to process our entire community's library returns at once. We've established some quarantine procedures for newly returned books, but those systems won't work if we have too many books returned at the same time. We're asking that you keep the things you have checked out if possible. There won't be any late fees! Q: How long will this service be available? A: We will offer curbside pick-up as long as the library building is closed and it is considered safe to continue this service. Changes to our services will be announced via email, social media, and on our website. 

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I love hearing people’s stories. Hearing their life experiences that shaped them into who they are is always fascinating, interesting and fun. Our stories add depth and meaning to who we are and who we can become. So this week I’d like to take a minute to focus on the “origin stories” of some of our local restaurants. What lured them to Provo, what traditions do they bring with them and what history is figuratively "baked" into their culinary art? Those are the questions that not only satisfy the tastebuds, but give meaning to the experience.

Provo has an earned reputation statewide for our eclectic foodie offerings and the interesting backstories of their arrival in our community. One recent recognition by Utah Tourism highlights the stories behind some of our most beloved small businesses. Read the article here: https://www.visitutah.com/articles/provos-cultural-cuisines/

Aside from all those great stories, here are a few origin stories for this week’s Takeout Bingo Card.


  • R&R BBQ: “A few years back we started doing competitions, and it didn’t take long for a hobby to turn into a job. We made a name for ourselves as men who’ll pick a bone with anyone sayin’ you can’t find ribs outside of Memphis or brisket outside of Texas. When we finally claimed the top spot as Utah’s best competition barbeque team—a position we still proudly hold—we felt it was time to open R&R Barbeque.”

  • SHIRLEY’S BAKERY: “The statement, 'necessity is the mother of invention' became a reality for me when I found myself a single mother of five young daughters. Baking for neighbors became one of the many stay-at-home jobs I did to support my young family. We lived in a small town in Alberta, Canada where opportunities for employment were scarce. To make a long story short, baking worked! I loved baking: I loved the challenge of it, I loved the creativity of it and I loved the rewarding joy of it. Baking not only became a valuable source of income for us, but it also became a valuable source of employment for my girls as they grew into various responsibilities.

"After the death of my parents, I chose to sell my home and our baking business in Canada. I enrolled at BYU with the intention of pursuing a new career. However, in 1996 I found myself at the mercy of “necessity” once again; and through the many tender mercies of my Father in Heaven, I was able to start this bakery in Provo, Utah.”

  • THE CREPERY: The Crêpery got its start with a simple idea in mind: bring authentic Paris-style crepes to Utah. Gabe Anderson took this idea and began bringing his dream to life. The first location for the Crêpery opened up in 2009 inside a 4ft x 8ft booth. The first two years of the Crêpery proved to be incredibly successful, much more so than Gabe had intended. The Crêpery had gone from a quaint store in the corner of a cafe to a local hit.

  • WAFFLE LOVE: "In 2011, Adam was working as a banker. He hated it. We were living in a 1 bedroom apartment with our 3 boys saving up for a home when he got fired. Over the next 7 months, we used our savings to pay for groceries and bills while Adam worked his heart out doing concrete jobs and applying for every open position imaginable. Adam had always wanted to own his own restaurant. He turned an old insurance office into a kitchen, and a $1,300 vintage step van into a food truck. With the help of our families, we painted, and plumbed and perfected recipes and set a date to open to the public...and this is when I get emotional. You came. You came in 100 degree weather. You came when it was six below. You came and took pictures and,ty councils for us. When our transmission broke down, when our engine was blown, when we were stuck in the snow, you helped us.


Before I get to the Bingo Card, I have to recognize Simply Cheesecake, who has generously donated a $25 gift card to one of our Takeout Bingo winners!! Thank you so much for your contribution!


Week number 4 and it just keeps getting better! Here is our new card!

Remember, the previous cards are still valid, so you are free to work on any and every card you wish!

Here are the rules again for anyone who missed them last time:

  1. Get takeout/delivery/curbside from all the locations in any given row and take a pic of you enjoying the food!

  2. Once you have a Bingo (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), send all of your pictures in one email to provocitycontest@provo.org, or send a direct message to Instagram (@provocity) or Provo City Government Facebook (@provocity) with all your pics. Be sure to attach your marked card as well!

  3. Every Bingo you submit will be entered in a drawing to receive a Provo dinner/dessert experience on us! ($50 value).

  4. You can enter as many Bingos as you want! (Have 5 on one card? Great! That is 5 entries for you!) A “blackout” (all spaces filled on one card) will count for 6 entries.

  5. We will draw one winner every week!

* By submitting your pics, you agree to let us post them on the blog and/or on social media.

A new card will be released every week on my blog and on our social media accounts. Here are the links for this week’s Bingo card:

Simply Cheesecake


Wild Ginger


Pita Pit


Spicy Thai


Pho Plus




Taqueria San Marcos


Ruby River Steakhouse


Lotus Garden


Vegan Sun


Se Llama Peru


The Great Steak Grill


Coffee Pod




La Jolla Groves


The Crepery


Waffle Love Provo


Süss Cookie Company Provo


Green Panda Cafe


Pier 49 Pizza






Burgers Supreme


The Penguin Brothers Ice Cream


Rancheritos Mexican Food



Seeing the citizens of Provo come together in this time of crisis is inspiring. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for doing your part, heeding the counsel of our state and federal leaders, and respecting each other. #ProvoProud


Mayor Michelle Kaufusi

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  • Michelle

1. Avoid the Plunger. "Flushable" wipes have become a problem in clogging our sewer lines. Other items that don't break down in the sewers include paper towels, shop towels, hygiene products and diapers. Remember this helps keep the city's pipes flowing, as well as your own plumbing.

2. School Bells Silenced—For Now. To continue slowing the spread of COVID-19, Governor Gary Herbert announced the soft closure of Utah’s schools through the rest of the school year.

3. Conversations with Kaufusi—COVID-19 Series. Perched high atop lifeguard chairs, Mayor Kaufusi and Scott Henderson, our parks and recreations director, talked about winning Best of State and the many precautions taken by his department in the wake of COVID-19. These videos, as well as the rest of the series, can be found on covid19.provo.org.

4. TestUtah.Com. Doing their part to “Crush the Curve,” Silicon Slopes and the Utah Health Department are offering four mobile test sites, including one at the Provo Towne Center. If you have ANY of the following six symptoms, the State wants you to get tested: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, a decreased sense of taste and smell and sore throat. Visit testutah.com for more information and to take the online assessment.

5. Parks & Recreation Is Best in State. In the words of the indomitable Leslie Knope, “There's nothing we can't do if we work hard, never sleep and skirt all other responsibilities in our lives.” That sentiment best describes the work ethic and creativity of our Parks and Recreation team, named as Best of State for outstanding delivery of parks and recreation services and facilities!

6. Quarantine Classic Car Cruise Was a Hit. We all needed a fun, outdoor diversion! The Quarantine Classic Car Cruise brought back the good old days, first with 200 classic cars, including the Utah-made Venderhall; and second, with safe entertainment for an outside-starved public.

“That was so cool! Thank you so much! We haven’t done anything in the last month and that just made my week.”

“This was a great idea with great cars. I hope to see more of these. Thank you.”

“It was great! Lots of variety of cars. We took my husband’s car and had fun honking and waving at others”

7. Music to Our Ears. Provo is nationally known for our eclectic music scene. Two events helped showcase the talent we have in our community while raising money for struggling artists who are unable to perform due to music venue closures.

- The Quarantine Concert Series had a night dedicated to you—whether you were a little bit rock or country. All donations raised support Musicares.

- #SupportProvoMusic organized a live streaming concert in collaboration with @thestartupbuilding. Donations went to participating bands and Velour Live Music Gallery.

8. The Great Utah ShakeOut—For Practice and For Real. A 4.2 aftershock from the Magna quake served as the precursor for Utah’s annual earthquake drill. Did you practice the proper procedure of “Drop, cover and hold?”

This is also a great reminder to sign up for our Emergency Notification System. If you haven't signed up for emergency alerts, go to alerts.utahcounty.gov to subscribe now!

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