This year’s Orem Reads events feature stories, presentations, and activities that strengthen our ties to home and place as we reconnect with the landscapes and spaces that shape and define our history and heritage as individuals, families, and communities.
Orem Reads Kickoff: Terry Tempest Williams
Thursday, October 8 | 7:00 PM | Storytelling Wing
The Orem Public Library is pleased to present writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams, one of the nation’s foremost environmental writers and author of this year’s Orem Reads selection, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Williams will read from and discuss Refuge and its deeply personal history, as well as the importance of home, nature, and place in the human experience. Free copies of Refuge will be distributed at the event. A signing with the author will follow the reading.
Orem Reads: Utah Poetry Society Presents Poet of the Year
Saturday, October 10 | 2:00 PM | Storytelling Wing
The Utah State Poetry Society will hold a book concert for the winner of this year’s state poetry contest, Candy Lish Fowler, and her winning manuscript, On A Road That Knows Me.
Orem Reads: Owl Night with Great Basin Wildlife Rescue
Monday, October 12 | 7:00 PM | Storytelling Wing
Owls are an important and beautiful part of Utah’s ecosystems, as well as playing an important role in Refuge, this year’s Orem Reads selection. Great Basin Wildlife Rescue, a local non-profit organization that rehabilitates injured birds of prey, will bring live owls to introduce us to these wildlife treasures.
Orem Reads: A Child of the Camps by Lily Havey
Tuesday, October 13 | 7:00 PM | Storytelling Wing
In 1942, Lily Havey was incarcerated along with others of Japanese descent in American internment camps during the Second World War. After reading accounts of Vietnam veterans’ experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder, she began painting watercolors to explore her childhood memories. Join her as she shares her experience and discusses a series of her watercolor paintings that will be displayed at the Orem Public Library from September 21 to October 21.
Orem Reads: The Magical Control of the Weather by Alex Caldiero
Thursday, October 15 | 7:00 PM | Storytelling Wing
A distinguishing characteristic of being human is the high degree to which we act upon nature or the environment to ensure our survival. This performative lecture by UVU’s Artist in Residence Alex Caldiero will draw on performance art, folklore, and ancient religious practices to explain and demonstrate some of humanity’s primary actions concerning the control of the weather.
Orem Reads: Field Trip to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Saturday, October 17 | 10:00 AM | Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Bear River Bay, along with its flora and fauna, play a central role in this year’s Orem Reads book, Refuge, and nothing brings the book alive better than a tour of the place itself. Join local birder and educator Merrill Webb for a tour of one of the Intermountain West’s most important wetlands. Meet us at the Bear River Visitors Center at 10:00 am or at the Orem Public Library at 7:30 am to drive up together. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-229-7389. More information and directions can be found at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_river_migratory_bird_refuge/
Orem Reads: Hawkwatch Parade of Raptors
Monday, October 19 | 7:00 PM | Storytelling Wing
Meet and observe live birds of prey up close as you learn about the conservation, habits, and characteristics of raptors that help them survive and thrive in Utah.
Orem Reads: Three Mormon Towns Revisited by Mark Hedengren
Tuesday, October 20 | 7:00 PM | Storytelling Wing
In the 1950s and 60s, American photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams documented life in three southern Utah towns for Life magazine. This joint venture explored the changing ways of life for the citizens of Toquerville, Gunlock, and St. George, reflecting the larger changes occurring in America in the mid-20th century. Join author and photographer Mark Hedengren for a discussion of this influential work of documentary photography, as well as insights into his follow-up photographic journey, Three Mormon Towns Revisited.
Orem Reads: Scandinavian Family History
Thursday, October 22 | 7:00 PM | Storytelling Wing
Wish you knew what life was like in northern Europe at the peak of Scandinavian immigration to the west? Do you keep starting your own family history and getting stuck with records you can’t read? Come listen to presentations on these and other family history topics and join BYU students for help with translating and reading old documents. Feel free to bring old records, photos, journals, or other items.
Orem Reads: Aspen Winds
Tuesday, October 27 | 7:00 PM | Fireplace
Since their beginning in 2011, the Aspen Winds have performed for audiences of all ages, using creative and innovative programming to educate and entertain. They specialize in introducing audiences to the woodwind quintet repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries. As part of Orem Reads, Aspen Winds will perform a concert of music inspired by and reflecting the landscape of the Intermountain West.
Orem Reads Finale: Spooky Salt Lake Tales by Cherie Davis
Thursday, October 29 | 7:00 PM | Storytelling Wing
Ever wonder if Utah has any ghost stories? Come feel the shivers as you listen to local artist and storyteller Cherie Davis share eerie tales from Utah’s rich heritage of ghost lore. She will tell old favorite ghost stories that get repeated each Halloween season as well as firsthand ones from her new book, Spooks and Saints, featuring intriguing ghost legends of Salt Lake City.