Just Browsing is the official blog of the Orem Library, providing the good citizens of Orem with life, liberty and the pursuit of excellent media (books, movies, music, etc.) Check us out to find booklists, staff recommendations, craft tips, recipes, and what’s new at the library.
Get to Know our Blog Contributors:
Ruth is a shy yet majestic creature who can usually be found at the swimming pool, reveling in the midst of a thunderstorm, or in bed curled up with ice cream, her husband, and 10 or so books that she “is almost done with.” She grew up a homeschooled tomboy with five siblings in Georgia and migrated to Utah in her teens, where she fell in love with Southern history and wrote her master’s thesis on humor in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men. Her goals include living in a hobbit house, being able to watch a movie and read a book at the same time, and to cultivate an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless she says something that will amaze the whole room.
Meghan has been working behind and in front of the scene at the Orem Library since May 2018. She has been tirelessly utilizing her 2018 BA in English to add a little “spice” to the “At the Table” posts. Meghan has been a faithful patron of the Orem Library since she was a little girl, going as far as getting engaged at the library in 2015. She fully expects to die with a book in her hand and wants her epitaph to say “To Die Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure”.
Holly is a book-obsessed, art enthusiast who has been working in museums and libraries since 2003. She is entranced by anything bright, shiny and new, so seeing all the new incoming books is the perfect (i.e. might not be the healthiest) fit. A lifelong Utahn – except for that surreal year of studying abroad in London – she loves how well running and e-audiobooks, treadmills and k-dramas, and mountains and home go together. In the wee hours of the morning or night, you might find her rocking it out on the piano, training for her next race, or passed out with a book in her lap.
Stephanie is a book-lover-wanna-be as she has only just recently reignited her passion for reading. While she is one of the newest
victims employees of the OPL, she has worked at three other (lesser) libraries. She has become very adept at assisting very inquisitive and passionate patrons, patiently listening to extensive anecdotal tangents, and embracing the inevitable yet comforting biblichor. Subtitles and sunscreen are her best and only friends due to her being hard-of-hearing, ginger, and socially awkward. Despite these three adversities, Stephanie remains a happy person, pursuing hobbies such as soccer, volleyball, trail-running, Mario Kart, and Netflix-binging. She is currently finishing up her undergrad in Nutritional Science at BYU (four years overdue) so her parents’ rejoicing can be heard all the way from her hometown of St. Peters, Missouri. A few of her life goals include getting over her fear of talking to boys, not living in her mom’s basement, and riding a hot air balloon.
When Chelsea isn’t chasing her spunky toddler or rocking her sweet baby, chances are she’s reading a book somewhere. Her love of literature is why she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English and why she’s worked in libraries for the past seven years. Chelsea loves reading heartwarming romance novels, suspenseful mysteries, and any novel that’s both bleak and literary. She prefers fiction, but she’s currently in the middle of Carolyn Forche’s memoir, What You Have Heard is True and it’s incredible. Chelsea’s other favorite pastimes include listening to podcasts that review all the movies she wishes she had time to see and falling asleep to reruns of Bob’s Burgers or The Good Place.