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calendarMay 2018   issueIssue 109

Get ready to rock this summer with summer reading!

There is tons of rockin' fun planned for this summer at the library! Summer reading at the library offers so much more than just books. VIP Rock Star performances offer fun entertainment for the younger kids, while those who are a little older have the opportunity to create an old-time radio play, film a music video, work with a team to get out of an escape room and more.

There are prizes galore for kids and teens who turn in a completed reading log, including a pass to Rock River Rapids, three free games of bowling, and a free book. Visit the summer reading page on our website to learn more and to download printable PDFs of the summer reading brochures for kids and teens.

Registration for summer reading for all ages opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. All reading logs must be turned in no later than 5 p.m. July 22.

*Please note: Story times and other youth programming is on  hiatus until summer reading starts May 29. Story times resume June 6.


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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 open and seats are still available.

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

Wednesday morning wake-up yoga in May

Wake up the mind, body, and spirit with this all-levels Vinyasa Restorative yoga class instructed by a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher. Beginners, athletes, post-natal, and seasoned yogis are welcome to attend.

9:30 a.m. May 9 and May 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.


Book and a movie

Read and Watch on May 31

Read a book, then come to the library and watch the movie. This lunchtime event is a great way to spend an afternoon. Enjoy a light lunch, then watch the movie adapted from The Lost City of Z  by David Grann. After the movie, we'll have a discussion about how the book and the movie compare. Copies of the book are available to check out, just ask at the front desk. Registration is required.

Noon-2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31 in the Community Room




Love to talk about books? Join one of our book clubs!

We have three active book groups here at the library that are open to everyone. If you love to read and talk about the books you read, pop in to one or more of the book groups! Bemused Bibliophiles meets during the day and reads popular books that have been on the bestseller list. Hauntingly Good Reads meets in the evening and explores all kinds of books that have a supernatural/magical/unexplainable kind of bent—we look far beyond the traditional vampires, ghosts and witches. Joyful Page Turners is the most enduring book club at the library—it's been meeting regularly for 18 years! Books selected for this book club include just about everything: classics, modern bestsellers, non-fiction, and more. Click on the book titles below to see them in the library catalog. Sign in to your library account on the catalog and you can place a title on hold.

Book Reviews by Ashley


Children of Blood and Bone 
by Tomi Adeyemi

First line: I try not to think of her.

Summary: Magic once flowed through the land of Orisha. Majis controlled the magic. However, the king led a raid on the Majis of the land, killing them all. Zelie had to watch her mother die because of her magic and she has never forgotten. When Zelie stumbles upon the escaping Princess Amari, she starts a quest to bring magic back to the land and revive the Maji. On their tail is Amari's brother, the prince of Orisha, Inan, who is determined to stop the return of the magic, but who is also hiding a dark secret.

My thoughts: Tomi Adeyemi is a born storyteller. This is her debut novel and she has developed a fantasy world with a great cast of characters and rich history. She builds a world that resembles West Africa. I loved the action sequences. Zelie is a badass heroine! She has to hide her skills  but she can whoop anyone. Amari is secretly skilled as well. I love reading about amazing female characters who can kick butt and do!

"You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn't keeping us alive, it was thinking we'd never fight back!"

Ashley's rating:                               Click here to see the title in our catalog: Children of Blood and Bone 
by Tomi Adeyemi 


The Elizas  by Sara Shepard

First line: I'm screaming as I wake up.

Summary: When Eliza Fontaine, a debut author, is found at the bottom of a pool, her family believes that she has tried again to commit suicide. Eliza knows that she was pushed into the pool but cannot remember who pushed her. As she looks deeper into the event, she learns that more secrets have been kept from her. Why is everyone assuming that her upcoming book is a parallel with her life? It's fiction. Or is it?

My thoughts: I liked the mystery and fast pace of the second half of the novel. I kept thinking the story was finished, then a new twist would come up, pushing me deeper into the mystery. I really enjoy reading Sara Shepard's books. She writes fun stories that keep me coming back for more. Dorothy was a very interesting character. She is flamboyant and eccentric and adds a little fun and spice to the story.

Ashley's rating:                               Click here to see the title in our catalog:
The Elizas by Sara Shepard                       

How to Stop Time  by Matt Haig

First line: I often think of what Hendrich said to me, over a century ago, in his New York apartment.

Summary: Tom Hazard may look like an ordinary man. He is anything but. He is several hundred years old and has seen the world change from Elizabethan England to the modern era. It sounds like a dream, right? Maybe so, but it can also be terribly lonely.

My thoughts: Such a great story! I love the thought that someone can live seemingly forever and see so many things. I would love to be able to see the world of Shakespeare and the Roaring Twenties. These are iconic times in history. As a history major, this book was right up my alley. I like that Tom does age and is not immortal. He just ages significantly slower than the average person. He wants to know what and who he is. He feels guilt. He knows love. He is a flawed character instead of the perfect one in so many stories of immortals. *This book has been optioned to be a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch!

Ashley's rating:                                                       

Click here to see the title in our catalog: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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Derby Health Collaborative

May is I Bike Derby Month

Whether you bike to work or school, ride to save money or time, pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment, or simply to explore your community, Derby Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. May is I Bike Derby month, sponsored by the Derby Health Collaborative. The Derby community has so many great bike paths and places to ride that we are celebrating with a number of activities during May. Dust off your bicycle and get out and enjoy the wind on your face and the freedom that comes with riding—after all, it's healthy, it's fun and it's trending.

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