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calendarDecember 2017   issueIssue 104

The library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas
and Jan. 1 for New Year's Day

Make sure you pick up your holiday reading and movies. The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas, as well as Monday, Jan. 1 for New Year's Day. It will be open regular hours Dec. 23, 26, and 31, and Jan. 2.



Check out one of the library's three book clubs in January

Did you know we have three active book clubs at the library? If you are looking for a lively book discussion, drop in on any one of our clubs. Click the title of the book below to go to the library catalog, where you can place the book on hold. 


Did you know the library has a drive-thru?

Colder weather is on the way, and you have books or movies on hold at the library. You get here and the kids are asleep in the car, or a brutal wind has kicked up, or it's raining. Don't worry! Just pull up to the drive-thru window and we'll check your books out for you without you even having to get out of the car! Please note, your items must be on hold and ready to pick up for you to use this service.

Book review

Seen the new Star Wars movie yet? Read Leia now!

First line: The Day of Demand had been announced months before.

Summary: Leia Orgna, the princess of Alderaan, has just turned 16. In order to be named heir to the throne she must complete three challenges. One for the body, one for the mind and one for the heart. As her life in politics continues to grow, she sees the galaxy fracturing and has to decide which side she will be on.

My thoughts: I have been a big Star Wars fan since I was a child. Leia has always been a favorite of mine because she is a strong, independent woman. She fights her own battles. This look into her years before the start of the saga gives insight into where this princess learned to shoot blasters and learned the politics of the Empire.

Ashley's rating:                                                        Release date: Sept. 1, 2017

Click here to see the title in our catalog: Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

New-book review

Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict

First line: The gentle melody of a Christmas song lifted into the air of his study from the street below.

Summary: Clara Kelley is a poor Irish girl who has been sent by her family to America to acquire a job so she can send money home to her parents. When she is mistaken for another Irish immigrant, she gets the job of a lifetime. She is hired as lady's maid to Mrs. Carnegie, mother of the rising industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

My thoughts: I loved the lightheartedness of the story, even though the time period is one filled with change. The background of Andrew Carnegie was fascinating. He came to the United States as a poor young man, but took advantage of every opportunity to become one of the richest men in history. I enjoyed his discusions about the love of reading that evolved into the idea for the Carnegie libraries. The book is a nice look into the culture and history of the era. 

Ahsley's rating: 

Release date: Jan. 16, 2018


New-book review

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy, book 2)

First line: A girl rode a bay horse through a forest late at night.

Summary: Vasya has been cast out of her village because the villagers believe she is a witch. She does not want to spend her life behind convent walls or trapped in a marriage. She wants freedom and adventure. With the help of the frost demon, Morozko, and her loyal nurse, Solovey, she sets out on her own — dressed as a boy. 

My thoughts: Atmospheric. I can feel the cold of a Russian winter while reading the adventures of Vasya. Vasya is a wonderful heroine. She is not beautiful. She wants more out of life than the traditional trappings of her gender. The writing is poetic and beautiful. This book is filled with action and danger. I loved the first book in this series (The Bear and the Nightingale) and this second book did not disappoint. 

Ashley's review: 

Release date: Dec. 5, 2017

Children's programming returns the week of Jan. 8!

The spring issue of The DPL Youth Times is now available to pick up in the library. While there isn't any regularly scheduled programming happening right now at the library, there are still lots of things for kids to do at the library during their winter break. Kids infant to age 6 can use the Early Literacy Area. Older kids can enjoy games, LEGO bricks, and other activities. 


Nature of Things by Doug Billings

Gallery XII

If you haven't been in to see the Gallery XII exhibit in the Gathering Space Gallery yet, what are you waiting for? There are so many different pieces here you are sure to find something you love.  Maybe you'll even find a Christmas gift — whether for yourself or someone else. Don't miss this opportunity to see some of the area's best artists all in one location!

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