When one thinks of renting a movie, they typically think of hitting up Redbox or browsing through Netflix for the latest and greatest offerings.
But look beyond the little red box at McDonald's and 7-Eleven and hit up the Orem Public Library for your next movie night. In fact, the Orem Public Library was named as having the most diverse media collection in the state, surpassing even the Salt Lake City Public Library.
So here's what to find in the vast, expansive collection of movies, music and audiobooks.
--Compiled by Kurt Hanson
It’s how music was made to be heard, right? If you fall in that camp, you can drop the needle on some great records courtesy of the Orem library. Just be sure to ask the desk attendant to see their collection; they keep it well protected.
They don’t make them like they used to, do they? Classic cartoons like Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo and the Flintstones were honestly far and away better than most of the cartoons that pander to children today. Have a good dad moment — introduce your kids to Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. You won’t regret it.
The latest movie releases
The stereotype of a traditional library is that it is essentially a resting home for old, aging books with nothing new offered. But the Orem library breaks that mold, offering plenty of new releases for your next movie night like Wonder Woman, the latest Mummy remake, and the new Power Rangers production. Forget Redbox; instead patronize the library.
Extensive foreign film collection
It may be due to the multicultural influence in the area, thanks in part to the scores of LDS returned missionaries who traveled abroad, but the foreign film collection at the Orem library is quite extensive. Two full aisles of movies from across the globe, like "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" are available for your viewing pleasure.
LDS general conference DVDs and CDs
For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, general conference is a time of inspiration and revelation. While most talks are accessible online, it’s still pretty hard to beat the simplicity of popping in a DVD, kicking back and absorbing the spirit of conference, and the Orem Public Library has decades of recorded conferences.
Silent film collection
Whether you’re a Charlie Chaplin fan or prefer Buster Keaton, a sizeable collection of silent movies from the golden age of film are easily accessible from the Orem library. Enjoy "City Lights", "Nosferatu" or "Metropolis" to appreciate the time of the talkies.
‘Tis the season for 24 hours of “Let it Snow” and “Silent Night.” If you’d rather not buy 30 albums just to hear every arrangement possible of “The First Noel,” head to the library where there are rows and rows filled with hundreds of Christmas albums, ranging from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to Michael Buble.
Wide assortment of western films
Though the glory days of western films may be in days long past, it doesn’t mean you can’t still embrace the sepia-toned glory of "True Grit", the Man with No Name trilogy starring Clint Eastwood, or the classic, "Once Upon a Time in the West."