Sunday, November 27, 2022
Orem Reads Activity

Activity 11: View the Little Women Displays at the Orem Library

“Don’t shut yourself up in a bandbox because you are a woman, but understand what is going on, and educate yourself to take your part in the world’s work, for it all affects you and yours.”

Marmee, Chapter 38, “On the Shelf”


View one or more of the library displays listed below.

Once you’ve completed this activity, find the corresponding sticker from your sticker sheet and add it to your quilt. Email a photo of the finished quilt to by October 17 to be entered into a drawing for Little Women prizes.

Louisa and the Civil War

Louisa May Alcott spent time as a Civil War Nurse in one of 150 hospitals in Washington D.C. before contracting typhoid and pneumonia. Learn more about Civil War nurses and see some actual surgical tools used by Civil War physicians in field hospitals. These tools are generously on loan from the University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library and are displayed near the Kids Zone.

Life of Louisa May Alcott Timeline

Louisa May Alcott had a fascinating life for a woman of her time. In addition to being an author, she was a Civil War nurse, abolitionist, suffragist, educator, and mother to her niece. She was a close associate of the best minds of her time. Come learn about the life of this remarkable American author and meet the family members and real life events that inspired Little Women. The timeline is hung in the Storytelling Wing.

Votes For Women: A Portrait of Persistence

The fight for women’s right to vote lasted more than 80 years. Women organized in their states or territories as well as petitioned for a constitutional amendment. This poster exhibition aims to give a more complete account of the struggle for women’s right to vote by considering the complex, cumulative way in which multiple forms of discrimination intersected in women’s lives. This exhibition was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. It hangs in the glass bridge between the north and south wing of the library.

Little Women Then and Now

Learn about all the programs and fun activities we’ll be having at this year’s Orem Reads. See some fun objects from the past and how they compare with things we use today! This display is located near the main entrance of the library.

Utah Women Making History

This traveling exhibit by Utah artist/illustrator Brooke Smart includes illustrations of Utah women and women with ties to Utah who worked tirelessly throughout the 20th century to advocate for women and better their communities. This exhibit, made possible by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, was commissioned by Better Days 2020, a nonprofit dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history. This exhibition is in the Children’s Wing.


The Yankee Puzzle reminds us that the Civil War was fought to maintain the Union. Abraham Lincoln often said that was his primary responsibility: “I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.”

Information from C&T Publishing

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