Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Homeschooling Resources

Years ago I started one of my first blogs and...from there, have made many others. It's old and somewhat archaic :)  but...the resources are good.

My intent was to make it the Craig's List for Home schoolers.  That didn't happen though it was a good start.  You can find it here:  Homeschool List.

On it, I listed some of my favorite books when I began to homeschool.  They were those that shaped my view on education, how the brain works, and how to have a successful and wonderful home schooling experience. I still highly recommend those.  They give a great overall view of how to open our minds to new and better possibilities for the education of our children, and for our own quest of life-long learning!

I hope that perhaps this resource may be of some benefit to some of you.

Heidi Allen Garvin
Utah Valley Homeschooling FB Group and Website  :)

Homeschool List

Monday, July 6, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Orem Library Summer Events - July

Mon., June 29: Music & Movement 10:00am
Mon., June 29: Shakespeare for Kids: Much Ado About Nothing 4:00pm
Mon., June 29: Film Screening: Oceans (G) 6:30pm
Mon., June 29: Summer Concerts in the Park: Bluegrass Thunder (Bluegrass) 7:00pm
Tue., June 30: Children's Summer Reading: Timpanogos Cave 2:00pm
Tue., June 30: Teen Summer Reading: Whale Rider (PG-13) 2:00pm
Tue., June 30: Pins & Needles 7:00pm
Wed., July 1: CoderDojo 2:00pm
Thu., July 2: Teen Summer Reading Outing: Bug Collecting at Big Springs Park 2:00pm
Thu., July 2: Kids Chess 4:00-6:00pm
Thu., July 2: Open Chess 6:00-9:00pm
Thu., July 2: Timp Tellers 7:00pm
Fri., July 3-Sat., July 4: Library Closed for Independence Day

Mon., July 6: Music & Movement 10:00am
Mon., July 6: Shakespeare for Kids: Richard III 4:00pm
Mon., July 6: Film Screening: The Land Before Time (G) 6:30pm
Mon., July 6: Summer Concerts in the Park: Annie's Romance (Celtic) 7:00pm
Tue., July 7: Children's Summer Reading: Science Libratory 2:00pm
Tue., July 7: Teen Summer Reading: Entomology 2:00pm
Tue., July 7: Pins & Needles 7:00pm
Wed., July 8: PERC Game Day 2:00pm
Wed., July 8: CoderDojo 2:00pm
Wed., July 8: Utah Valley Writers 6:00pm
Thu., July 9: Kids Chess 4:00-6:00pm
Thu., July 9: Open Chess 6:00-9:00pm
Fri., July 10: Death by Aria 6:00pm
Fri., July 10: Film Screening: Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (PG) 6:30pm
Sat., July 11: Saturday Storytime 10:30am
Sat., July 11: Tumbleweeds Film Festival Screening: Havana Curveball (NR) 2:00pm

Thank you,

Orem Public Library

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Climbing Tree - "Meet-Up"

The Climbing Tree Meet Up

Purpose: To learn about available high quality resources to help teach kids STEM and Art.
Attendees: Parents and teachers of K-6 kids.
When: Friday, June 26th, 3-4pm
Where: American Fork Public Library, Conference Room
RSVP: Please email if you plan on attending. Also indicate whether you plan on bringing kids (they are welcome).



  • Joe from The Climbing Tree will invite everyone to introduce themselves
Sharing resources

  • With laptops or mobile device, access The Climbing Tree Meet Up Google Doc. On this document we will take notes so everyone can go home with a list of resources discussed.

  • The Climbing Tree will start off by sharing a high-quality resource and explaining our experience in using it to help teach kids STEM and Art.

  • We go around the room taking turns explaining our favorite one or two resources we’ve used to teach kids STEM and/or Art. We emphasize online resources, but these can be local or other resources as well.

  • Each person sharing should plan on taking about 5 minutes. Sharing is voluntary.
End of formal meeting. Enjoy the food and further network in whatever ways you wish.

About The Climbing Tree: The Climbing Tree is a startup that believes exploring resources you didn’t know you didn’t know can be a powerful thing. We think these Meet Ups provide powerful knowledge sharing and networking in the realm of STEM and Art education for kids.

The Climbing Tree is developing a website that provides a visual way to explore resources for teaching kids STEM and Art. Though the focus of these Meet Ups is to share knowledge with those in attendance, we will also be using the notes from these Meet Ups to help us generate content. This website project is a for-profit venture. However it will most likely provide free access to basic features which we believe will provide great value to parents and teachers.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Orem Library Events - June 2015

Library Events:

Mon., June 15: ESL Class 9:00am
Mon., June 15: Music & Movement 10:00am
Mon., June 15: Shakespeare for Kids: Cymbeline 4:00pm
Mon., June 15: Film Screening: Song of the Sea (PG) 6:30pm
Mon., June 15: Summer Concerts in the Park Kickoff: Maddie Wilson (Country/Pop) 7:00pm
Tue., June 16: Children's Summer Reading: Bean Museum Animal Show 2:00pm
Tue., June 16: Teen Summer Reading: How to Train Your Garden 2:00pm
Tue., June 16: Pins & Needles 7:00pm
Wed., June 17: ESL Class 9:00am
Wed., June 17: CoderDojo 2:00pm
Thu., June 18: Kids Chess 4:00-6:00pm
Thu., June 18: Open Chess 6:00-9:00pm
Fri., June 19: Film Screening: All is Lost (PG-13) 6:30pm
Sat., June 20: Saturday Storytime 10:30am

Mon., June 22: ESL Class 9:00am
Mon., June 22: Music & Movement 10:00am
Mon., June 22: Shakespeare for Kids: Othello 4:00pm
Mon., June 22: Film Screening: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (G) 6:30pm
Mon., June 22: Summer Concerts in the Park: Jerseystreet (Classic Rock) 7:00pm
Tue., June 23: Children's Summer Reading: Author J. Scott Savage 2:00pm
Tue., June 23: Teen Summer Reading: Birding Skills 2:00pm
Tue., June 23: Pins & Needles 7:00pm
Wed., June 24: ESL Class 9:00am
Wed., June 24: CoderDojo 2:00pm
Wed., June 24: Utah Valley Writers 6:00pm
Thu., June 25: Teen Summer Reading Outing: Birdwatching at Rock Canyon 6:30am
Thu., June 25: Kids Chess 4:00-6:00pm
Thu., June 25: Open Chess 6:00-9:00pm
Thu., June 25: SCBWI 7:00pm
Fri., June 26: Film Screening: The Poseidon Adventure (PG) 6:30pm
Sat., June 27: National Federation of the Blind 10:00am
Sat., June 27: Saturday Storytime 10:30am
Sat., June 27: After Hours Teen Movie Night: The Sandlot (PG) 6:30pm

Orem Public Library

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ukelele Class - A.F.

Power Up Ukulele Group Class
  • Each week offers a general interest lesson on various ukulele skills (chords, strumming, fingerpicking, soloing, tablature, etc.). There is a class website that fully supports all the lessons.
  • Lessons are followed by meeting with each of the students to work on their individual goals and review progress.
  • Students can choose their own music to work on and apply the skills from the lessons to their songs, or ask for assignments appropriate to their level.
Next session begins March 4th, 6:30pm.
AF Rec Center : Arts Council Classrooms
$45 per six week session (less than $8 a week)
Contact M. Ryan Taylor for more information:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Historical Conquest - Educational Card Game

We were asked to help spread the word about this new card game for youth.  It's a way to learn about history while enjoying a wholesome fun game as a family or with friends.

"The collectible card game to replace games like Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, and Magic: The Gathering." 

"From card games that have no redeeming value, Historical Conquest brings a enjoyable game that kids can learn about world history while playing, strategizing, and socializing. A way to fuse entertainment and enlightenment. If you have ever played the board game of Risk, it is a mixture of that plus the previously mentioned card games."

Historical Conquest Card Game

Historical Conquest Card Game

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Orem Library Events January

Orem Public Library gladly accepts donations of gently used books, video items, CDs, etc. Please bring them to the circulation desk. Items not added to the collection will be sold and the proceeds will benefit the library. All donations are tax deductible.

Library Events:

Mon., January 5: Film Screening: Pete's Dragon (G) 6:30pm
Tue., January 6: Pins & Needles 7:00pm
Tue., January 6: E-book Class 7:00pm
Wed., January 7: R. E. A. D. 4:00-5:30pm
Thu., January 8: Kids Chess 4:00-6:00pm
Thu., January 8: Open Chess 6:00-9:00pm
Thu., January 8: Utah Valley Writers 6:00pm
Thu., January 8: New Year, New You: Pins & Needles 7:00pm
Fri., January 9: Special Screening and Q&A: An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Mulholland 7:00pm
Sat., January 10: Saturday Storytime 10:30am
Sat., January 10: Tumbleweeds Film Festival Screening: Bears (G) 2:00pm

Mon., January 12: Film Screening: Reign of Fire (PG-13) 6:30pm
Tue., January 13: New Year, New You: Dancing Lesson 7:00pm
Tue., January 13: Pins & Needles 7:00pm
Wed., January 14: R. E. A. D. 4:00-5:30pm
Wed., January 14: WeNooch Society 6:30pm
Thu., January 15: Kids Chess 4:00-6:00pm
Thu., January 15: Open Chess 6:00-9:00pm
Thu., January 15: New Year, New You: Utah Valley Home Ownership Project 7:00pm
Fri., January 16: Film Screening: Dragonslayer (PG) 6:30pm
Sat., January 17: Saturday Storytime 10:30am

Thank you,

Orem Public Library