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calendarApril 2018   issueIssue 108
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The library is celebrating turning 60 this week!

We're turning 60 this year, and you are invited to come party with us this week! There are lots of great acitivities for everyone, so we hope you'll stop by and have some fun with us.

Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate with us all week at story times, Teen Tuesday, Tween Zone, Wonderful Ones, and Tales for Twos. Mini birthday cupcakes will be served after story times. And look for all kinds of birthday-related shenanigans to happen during the after-school programs.

Everyone is invited to come into the library between 2 and 4  p.m. on Saturday to celebrate with us at our pop-up birthday party in the Community Room. We'll have birthday treats, some groovy 60s photo props for selfies and more.

So come on in sometime this week and have some birthday fun!

*Please note: this week is also the last week of regular youth services programming until summer reading starts May 29.

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Newsletter will be on a new schedule!

We hope you love getting this newsletter about library events as much as we love providing it for you. But, we want it to be even more helpful for you, so we are going to change when you receive it. Instead of getting it in the middle of the month, like you do now, we are going to start sending it at the end of the month, so you can plan for the next month more easily. The May newsletter will be in your inbox April 29, loaded with everything you need to know to plan your May activities!


Big Horn Aspens
by Shirley Schwartz

Paper, Pencil, Paint

Paper, Pencil, Paint, a collection of drawings and paintings from Derby resident Shirley Schwartz, is now on exhibit in the High Wall Gallery. Schwartz's range of work speaks to her more than 50 years of studying art, including time spent in studies at the Honolulu Academy of Art and the Art Institute of Arizona.

Schwartz's parents encouraged her to pursue art. Her father built her an easel out of an old orange crate, and her mother bought her a set of dime-store paints. Schwartz's work has been inspired by her travels and her more than 50 moves. Aspens in Wyoming, Dust Bowl memories, and a classic pay phone are all subjects she has explored. Schwartz remains an active artist and works today mainly in colored pencils and acrylics.

Please join us for a public reception:
6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the High Wall Gallery



Check out Joyful Page Turners book club April 26

There's still time to request a copy of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Joyful Page Turners meets at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Join us for a great discussion of this exploration of how a young J. Edgar Hoover managed one of the first major murder cases of the fledgling Federal Bureau of Investigation. David Grann is also the author of The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.


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 23, 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.


Volunteer application deadline extended!

Derby Library rocks and summer reading rocks too! But we need some great teens to help us run the program. Applications are available on the library website or in the library and are due April 16 they are now due April 23. To apply online, please click on the "Teen Volunteers" page under the Kids & Teens tab on our website. Or, pick up an application when you are in the library. Teens must be at least 13 to volunteer.

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"Letters at Elevenses"

Travel to Jane Austen's Regency era at this morning mystery tea event. With no knowledge of the suspects or location of death, you must comb through a series of letters to find the truth and perhaps save a life. You won't be able to trust anyone, even yourself, at this classy yet dastardly murder mystery experience. Registration is required and opens at 9 a.m., April 21.

Letters at Elevenses, An Adult Murder Mystery Tea, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5  

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

First line: The blood underneath her nails bothered her.

Summary: As 18-year-old Bruce Wayne is graduating from high school and inheriting his family's company and fortune, he becomes entangled in the crimes of Gotham City. While trying to stop an escaped criminal, Bruce lands himself on probation at Arkham Asylum. In the asylum, he meets member of an elusive group called the Nightwalkers, who are determined to kill the rich of the city and use their money to help the underprivileged.

My thoughts: Lu's description of Bruce reminded me a lot of the boy in the TV series Gotham. She does a great job bringing him to life and carefully crafting the superhero he is to become. I really enjoyed the relationship between Bruce and his protector and guardian, Alfred. The story also touches on the themes of the struggle between upper and lower classes, racial tensions, and the need for equal rights for all. Batman is a symbol that something good can live in a dark place.

Ashley's rating:                                                       

Click here to see the title in our catalog: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Having trouble submitting your interlibrary loan form online?

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