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calendarMarch 2018   issueIssue 107



The library turns 60 this year! Mark your calendar to come celebrate with us.

We're going to have a party April 21 to celebrate our 60th birthday. Mark your calendar now to save the date so you can come party with us — and have a birthday cupcake! Watch for more details about the party in next month's newsletter.

 Spring break events


Teen Movie Event

3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Community Room

Teens are welcome to join us as we watch My Neighbor Totoro  and have some yummy snacks. Feel free to bring blankets and pillows for an extra cozy experience.


LEGO Challenge

10-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Community Room

Come build with us during spring break! Draw a challenge card and see if you can build it. Door prizes will be drawn and we will provide the LEGO bricks. No registration is required.

New programs



Join us for a yoga class designed especially for readers!

Strengthen your body, relax your mind, and invigorate your creativity at this free, 45-minute all-levels yoga class. Beginners, athletes, post-natal and seasoned yogis are welcome. This class will be instructed by a 200HR registered yoga teacher and is recommended for teens and adults.

6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Community Room
(no registration is necessary)

*A limited number of yoga mats will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own yoga mat, towel and water bottle.



Read the book, then come watch the movie

Love to read a book then watch the movie based on it? Come in and check out a copy of The Dinner by Herman Koch (we have several copies available now). Read it, then join us at noon April 12 to watch the movie*. Lunch will be provided. This event is free, but registration is required.

Read and Watch: noon-2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in the Community Room

*This movie is rated R so may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Looking for summer teen volunteers!

Derby Library rocks and summer reading rocks too! But we need some great teens to help us run the program. Applications will be available on the library website or in the library beginning March 26 and are due April 16. To apply online beginning March 26, please click on the "Teen Volunteers" page under the Kids & Teens tab on our website.



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

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. 

Commercial extras needed! Filming Summer Reading Teen Commercial

We are filming a commercial to advertise the Summer Reading Program for teens, and we need as many extras as possible for the final crowd scene. All ages are welcome! If you can jump, dance and rock out to music, we want YOU in our commercial. The final film will be showcased on our YouTube channel, and at the Derby middle schools and high school.

Filming takes place 1-3 p.m. April 7 (Saturday) in the Community Room

Please contact Alyssa at if you have questions.

T.A.B. meetings will be held 5-6 p.m. March 27 and April 17 in the
Frank Fanning Room

We are looking for a few good teens to join the Teen Advisory Board and participate in leadership activities such as decorating the teen area, producing book trailers, developing teen surveys and more! Join us at a meeting to learn more about what T.A.B. does.

New release book review — this title will be released Tuesday!

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

First line: The sun vanished below the horizon as the girl crested the rise of Old Barrons Road.

Summary: In 1950, Idlewild Hall is a boarding school for troubled girls. A group of four girls build a friendship through their hardships and a shared fear of what else may be residing at Idlewild Hall. In 2014, Fiona is still mourning the death of her sister, whose body was found on the grounds at the now-closed Idlewild Hall. When Fiona, a journalist, learns that there are plans to restore and reopen Idlewild, she decides to write a story about it, and finds more than she bargained for.

My thoughts: Very creepy. I got chills as I was reading. I liked the flashing back and forth between present and past, and also between the different Idlewild girls. The format gives the story more depth and the reader more understanding of the mystery. St. James knows how to write an excellent mystery with a little paranormal twist.  And she does it without being cheesy at all! I have to admit I am a little afraid of Mary Hand, the ghostly figure in the novel.

Ashley's rating:                                                        

Click here to see the title in our catalog: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Book review

The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe

First line: The Nazi officers are dressed in black.

Summary: Based on the life of Dita Kraus, this book shows the courage and strength of the prisoners of Auschwitz. The story follows Dita, a
14-year-old girl, and her parents, as they are transported to Auschwitz. Upon arrival, they are assigned to the family camp where Dita meets Freddy Hirsch, the Jewsih leader who is in charge of the children at Auschwitz. He gives Dita the responsibility of hiding and taking care of the contraband books in the camp, thereby making her the librarian of Auschwitz. 

My thoughts: I know I should not judge a book by its cover, but this one is so beautiful. I absolutely love it. This story is rich and detailed and heartbreaking.  Dita kept her humanity despite being in the worst possible situation. I love how the author wove the stories Dita read into the narrative of her story. This lets the reader experience what kept Dita going during her darkest days.

Ahsley's rating: 

Click here to find the title in our catalog: The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe


Book review

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

First line: The baby is dead.

Summary: When Myriam, a lawyer, decides to go back to work she is tasked with finding someone to watch her two children. Along comes Louise. She is perfect. She's willing to work late. She cleans the family's upscale Paris home. The kids love her. As time goes on, the family and Louise become even more reliant on each other, which leads to jealousy and resentment.

My thoughts: For such a short novel (228 pages), there is a lot of story. It is a slow burn. There are no plot twists or turns. There is just an underlying darkness to the story. Louise has a past that haunts her, but seems to overcome it. As we delve deeper into the plot, it becomes apparent to Myriam that the perfect nanny actually isn't quite so perfect.

Note: This book was originally written and published in French, with an original release date of August 2016.

Ashley's review: 

Click here to find the title in our catalog:
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani



Radial Paper Relief Sculpture
by Addison Leggett, 6th grade

Middle School Art

Now up in the Gathering Space Gallery, you will find on display the talents of students from Derby North MIddle School and Derby Middle School. The exhibition includes paper relief sculpture, an example is to the left, as well as chalk still lifes, pencil sketches and more.

You are cordially invited to attend the reception for these students of Megan Highfield, Donna Gum and Gwen Rose.

Public reception:
5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Community Room

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