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calendarFebruary 2018   issueIssue 106

The library will be closed tomorrow!

Do you have everything you need to watch, read or play on your day off tomorrow? The library will be closed Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents Day, but we'll be open regular hours today so come on in and make sure you're ready to enjoy that day off. The library will be open regular hours today, Feb. 18 (1-5 p.m) and Tuesday, Feb. 20 (9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.).



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

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 where everyone is welcome. We love to see new faces at each of our book clubs! Click the title of the book below to go to the library catalog, where you can place the book on hold. 


I've put a book on hold. Now what?!

We love to help our patrons by allowing them to place items on hold at no charge. We pull holds several times a day, at 8 and 10 a.m., noon, and 4, 6 and 8 p.m. on days we are open until 8:30. On Friday and Saturday holds get pulled for the last time at 4 p.m. If you have placed an item on hold, we ask that you try to pick it up within 5 days so our hold shelves don't get too full, but it will be available for 7 days from the date we place it on the shelf.

Game Gather, 1-3 p.m., March 3 in the Teen Area 

Do you love playing tabletop games? Whether you are a chess, checkers, board game, card game or role-play gamer, we invite teens and adults to our Game Gather. Everyone age 13 and up are welcome to bring their own games, cards, or dice to meet new players and enjoy their favorite tabletop games.

Teen Advisory Board meet 5-6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Frank Fanning Room

Sixth- through 12th-graders interested in leadership experience, and opportunities to share ideas with other teens are invited to attend our February TAB meeting.  No previous attendance or registration is required.


Book review

Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening  by Manal Al-Sharif

First line: The secret police came for me at two in the morning.

Summary: Manal Al-Sharif is a Saudi Arabian woman, who is also a computer security engineer and a Muslim. She is also an activist. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, she was raised to believe that women should be dependent on their male relatives for nearly everything. However, after attending university, her views began to change and she began to question. While in the United States, she got a driver's license, but when she returned to Saudi Arabia, she was not allowed to drive. 

My thoughts: Manal's story was captivating. She grew up in a world that is completely foreign to me. This book taught me more about family structure, religious beliefs and the lifestyle of many Muslims. Muslim women must rely on their male relatives for nearly everything, including renting an apartment or driving to the grocery store. I can't imagine not being allowed to drive. Manal finally decided that she owned a car and she was going to drive it. I loved reading about her strength in defying tradition and taking control of her destiny. 

Ashley's rating:                                                        

Click here to see the title in our catalog: Daring to Drive by Manal Al-Sharif

Manal Al-Sharif replied to Ashley's tweet about her review of Manal's book!

Here's what Ashley posted on Facebook with the picture above: "Manal liked and replied to my review I tweeted about her book!"

Find Ashley's reviews on the blog!


Black History Month

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

First line: This book grew out of a project I began during Black History Month.

Summary: Written and illustrated by the author, this collection of short biographies of African-American women is perfect for children and adults alike. Profiles include Harriet Tubman, Ella Fitzgerald, and Katherine Johnson. Forty women are profiled in this book, including some who are lesser known. The biographies are arranged in chronological order of the birth of each woman. 

My thoughts: The ilustrations are beautiful. The artist had children in mind when drawing them, so she drew each woman as a child. I love the little additions that represent their careers or interests. I think this would be a great way to introduce or further explore the amazing achievements of African-American women and role models. This book is a great read for Black History Month.

Ahsley's rating: 

Click here to find the title in our catalog: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History


New-book review

The Woman in the Window 
by A.J. Finn

First line: Her husband's almost home.

Summary: Dr. Anna Fox is a psychologist who lives alone and has not been outside in 10 months. She spends her days online, drinking LOTS of wine, taking a wide variety of medication, and spying on her neighbors. When a new family moves in next door, she becomes engrossed in their lives. Then she sees something one night, but no one believes her.  Did it actually happen?

My thoughts: Short chapters are one of my favorite things. This story moves along quickly and tidbits of Anna's background are mixed in, allowing the reader insight into what makes her a recluse. I love that Anna gives her neighbors names and narrates their lives. In addition, Anna is a black-and-white movie buff who quotes lines from Hitchcock classics. While reading, you question everything. Is Anna a reliable narrator? Can I trust her version of events? I kept coming up with more twisted and complicated scenarios. 

Ashley's review: 

Click here to find the title in our catalog:
The Woman in the Window

The Dragons are Coming on Saturday!

Beware the great wings and fire breath in February when DragonFest comes to Derby! The library will be hosting two dragon-inspired programs this Saturday, Feb. 24.

At 10 a.m., we'll party with the preschoolers at our special DragonFest Storytime featuring dragon tales, songs, games and more. Families with children age 3-5 encouraged to attend. 

At 2 p.m., we'll head to the land of Pyrrhia in a Wings of Fire-inspired program for tweens in third- through eighth-grades. Tweens will discover what dragon they are as they rally with the dragonets of prophecy to defeat the evil Sandwing triplets and save the land. Registration is required for this program.


Moon Pigeon and the pilot

Up, Up and Away

Now up in the High Wall Gallery, follow a hot air balloon adventure — not just from launch to landing, but from start to finish — from unloading the balloon from the truck to packing it back up. Photographer Barney Tull not only documented the adventure, capturing these beautiful images, but also acted as official chaser. Kasey Schwemmer was the balloon pilot. He holds both private pilot and commercial pilot certificates for hot air balloons.

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