Catch Gene Reading


Our library director, Gene Nelson, is part of the Newbery Committee this year, and he invites you to catch him reading!

Each week, Gene can be found reading at Provo restaurants on his lunch break. We’ll announce where he’ll be through social media, and you’ll know him by a red flower on the table and a book in his hand!

If you catch him reading, walk up and say hello and you will be entered into a raffle to win a prize package of books after the Newbery awards have been announced. Other prizes are available for those who find him first.


  • Prize packages include new books published in 2016. They will be slightly used, since Gene has to read them all!
  • Raffle will be held in early 2017, after the Newbery Award is announced; winners will be contacted via email.
  • Provo City Library employees are ineligible to receive prize packages.
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  1. Karen

    This is such an incredible idea. Thank you Provo, thank you Provo library. So happy to be a part of this community!

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