PERC in a nutshell

The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC) is an organization founded by the PTA in association with Alpine School District and the City of Orem. The purposes of PERC are to help: improve parenting skills, improve parental involvement in their child's education, and support parents as their children grow.

These services are for all adults, no matter where you live, even if you are not part of a school district. Any adult is welcome to come and make use of our services. Teenagers are also welcome to make use of our services, as long as they have permission and signatures from their parents.

In an effort to fulfill the purposes of PERC, we have many items available to parents, educators, and families.
PERC has a collection of over 10,000 items including
  • books
  • educational games
  • DVDs/video tapes
  • CDs/audio tapes
  • CD-Roms 

This collection is also available to teachers, pre-schools, and similar organizations. As well, mini-presentations are available for PTAs, church groups, and civic groups.

Hours

For a list of upcoming closure dates, holidays, and hours, please check out our blog.

Winter Hours - Aug (Labor Day) thru May (Memorial Day)
  • Monday: 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday: 10am - 7pm
  • Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday: 10am - 12pm
  • Saturday: 11am - 2pm

Summer Hours - May (Memorial Day) thru Aug (Labor Day)
  • Tuesday: 9:30am - 7pm
  • Wednesday: 10am - 4pm

Location

We are located in the basement of the Orem Library, on the Northeast. After
going down the stairs, turn left and go down the hall to the signs for PERC.
See address and map below for directions to the Orem Library.

58 N State Street       Orem, UT 84057

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The PERC Blog

The PERC blog has several purposes and uses.

First, it highlights different PERC items periodically. The featured materials show items that are new, or may not be as familiar to you.

It also tells about our teen game program that we do each summer. The games are listed that we played, so if your teen really enjoyed a particular game, you can find out the name of it, and check it out!

On the blog you will also find a posting of PERC closures coming up. We close on major holidays, and also Alpine School District breaks. From the blog site, click on "Contact Us & Hours" to see specific days and dates closed.

Check it out to see other items of interest and information.

The blog is the perfect place to leave comments and see what other PERC users have to say about our stuff

Materials for Check-out

Items are arranged by subject for easy browsing. Included subjects are:

  • Motor Skills
  • Sensory
  • Puzzles
  • Colors\Shapes
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Math
  • Time
  • Money
  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Sign Language
  • Educational Computer Games
  • Flannel board stories
  • Co-operative Games
  • Social Studies
  • Art and Music
  • Beginning Language
  • Language
  • Spanish
  • Phonics
  • Health
  • Parenting
  • Education/ Preschool/ Home-learning
  • Educational DVD & VHS
  • File Folder Games
  • And Much More!

Policies and General PERC Information

The Parent Education Resource Center is a service provided by Region 9 PTA, Alpine School District, and the city of Orem to Patrons of this area. PERC follows the closure schedules of the city of Orem and the Alpine School District. Staffed by volunteers and funded throughs HUD's Community Development Block Grants and Alpine School District, PERC is a free service to members of this extended community.

PERC materials are shelved by skill or topic and not by age or grade level. Materials are available for check out without a charge for a period of one week with a renewal period of one additional week. Patrons may check out a total of six (6) items, but not more than two (2) movies (VHS or DVD), two (2) CD-ROMS, or four (4) audio tapes among the six. Late fines are $0.10 per day for everything except movies and CD-ROMs which have a late fine of $0.50 per day.

Children who accompany their parents to PERC are not allowed in the stacks (shelves) but are invited to play at the table with the toys provided there.

Patrons who come after hours may use the book drop down the hall past PERC door or the upstairs book drop for the main library. Please return items with their rubber bands on them and in a plastic bag to keep them together. Items which are too large for the book drops may be left at the main library desk.

Because this is a free service, we encourage you to take good care of the materials so that they may be used by others. In order to get the most benefit from the games, play with your children, helping them build their skills and learn the concepts. That will also provide supervision to prevent damage to or loss of game pieces. The fine for lost pieces is $1.50 or the replacement cost for each piece; the fine for lost or ruined games is the cost plus a $5.00 processing fee

Although PERC volunteers do their best to be accurate in counting parts of the games and materials, if you open a game and something is missing, please call us immediately at (801) 229-7390 so that we may check for it on the shelves.

Volunteering

Most of the work done in PERC is by volunteers. Many of the volunteers give 3 hours a week to help check patrons and materials in and out. At least a year commitment is requested to serve in this role. Also, from time to time, volunteers could be used to help with special projects on a one time basis. As our patron base grows, we hope to be open during more times, so volunteers would be needed. Leave your name and number at PERC and ask Margy (the director) to give you a call if interested in this rewarding opportunity.

Our Staff

Margy

Director - Margy

Margy has raised her 7 children with the help of PERC. She started volunteering in 1995, and enjoyed her association with the previous director, Myrna Harbaugh. She began a closer association with Myrna as the assistant director in 2009, and fulfilled that until Myrna's death in 2011. PERC provides many resources that she still uses with her family.


Mary

Assistant Director - Mary

Mary has been a regular PERC patron since 1999 and began volunteering in Sept 2009, when her youngest son started school. When asked why? She says that she LOVES PERC! and that it has been such a positive influence on her family that she wants to make sure that others have the same opportunity. Her favorite areas of PERC are the puzzles and the Parenting CD's /Tapes. As the Assistant Director, Mary enjoys applying her Business Degree, giving back to the community, and the adult interaction.


Heidi

Secretary - Heidi

Heidi became a PERC patron in 2005. She always enjoys coming in with her children to see what game/activity they will want to play/do next. She gives of her time because she loves to see the same enjoyment possible for other families.

History and Operations

PERC was started in 1983 when several mothers in the community saw a need. It has moved through several locations in the Orem City Center area. When the new north wing of the library was added, an area was included for PERC - where it has been located since 1995. PERC is operated mostly by regular volunteers. Yearly grants are applied for to provide new materials and some small part-time salaries. PERC is also run in cooperation with Orem City and local PTAs. The city/library donates the space, and local PTAs send volunteers to help for short blocks of time.