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calendarSeptember 2018   issueIssue 201

Fall children's programs begin Sept. 10

Story times and after school programs, as well as all the other fun programming provided by our Youth Services staff return for your fun on Monday, Sept. 10. We have some special Big-Read related activities planned for all age groups, as well as the return of the Arty Party—Arty Party Again!  Pick up your fall issue of the DPL Youth Times in the library at the front desk or the youth services desk.

Arty Party Again!

A party for budding artists celebrating the art of Eric Carle! Join us for books, painting, and creative treats. Please wear clothes that don't mind a mess. Registration is required. You can register online, in person at the front desk, or over the phone at (316) 788-0760.

1:30-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Community Room
For children age 4-8 with an accompanying adult



Love to talk books? Come to a library book club!

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.

Wichita Camera Club photographs featured in Gathering Space Gallery

Now showing in the Gathering Space Gallery is "Reflections," a collection of photographs by members of the Wichita Camera Club. The exhibit features 62 images by 13 photographers that will take the viewer on a trip around the world. Subjects of the photos include  the Keeper of the Plains, Alaskan vistas, a New York subway tunnel, and St. Basil's cathedral in Moscow. The Wichita Camera Club meets monthly, and members are encouraged to improve and learn new skills through education, photography assignments and critique sesions.

Public reception:
6:30- 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Community Room

The Blue Church by Glenda Webster


Book Review by Ashley:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman



First line: When people ask me what I do—taxi drivers, dental hygienists—I tell them I work in an office.

Summary: Eleanor Oliphant has trouble with social interactions. She does not like them and avoids them as much as possible. She spends her weekends alone with a bottle of vodka and talking with her mum on the phone. When she meets Raymond, the IT guy in her office building, her life begins to change. As their friendship grows, Eleanor begins to heal from the darkness of her past.

My thoughts: I loved Eleanor! She reminds me a little of Bridget Jones. I think we all have a littel bit of Eleanor in us. I liked the relationship between Eleanor and Raymond, the way their friendship gave her strength to change and to face her past. And it was not a romantic relationship, which I think would have taken away from the story. That they could be friends makes the book stand out. I laughed at Eleanor's straightforward attitude. Listen to this book on audio. It is delightful!

Release date: May 9, 2017

Check out our blog for more on this book and for other book reviews. 

Ashley's rating:

Read and Watch:
Murder on the Orient Express

We will be reading and watching Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Come to the front desk to get a book and sign up for the movie. Lunch will be provided. This movie is rated PG-13. Registration is required. You can register at the front desk or online starting Sept. 1.

Read and Watch:
Noon-2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20
in the Community Room


New book review by Ashley:
An Unwanted Guest 
by Shari Lapena

First line: The road curves and twists unexpectedly as it leads higher and deeper into the Catskill Mountains, as if the farther you get from civilization, the more uncertain the path.

Summary: For the guests of Mitchell's Inn in the Catskill Mountains, it looks like a beautiful winter weekend. However, when the body of one of the guests is found at the bottom of the stairs on the first morning, things become less idyllic. Add a power outage from an ice storm and the guests begin to fear for their safety, because there appears to be a murderer staying at the hotel.

My thoughts: I recently read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. As I started reading An Unwanted Guest, I began comparing the two novels. A remote location, no way to leave and a murder! How can you go wrong with a combination like that? I found the story fun and engaging, with interesting characters who each had little secrets. I wish I could have read this in the winter while wrapped in a blanket. This was a quick read and lots of fun.

Release date: Aug. 7, 2018

Ashley's rating:

New book review by Ashley:
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

First line: Two small pairs of boots echoed on the afternoon cobblestones—one pair in a sprint, the other in a stumble and slide.

Summary: Most of us are familiar with the story of the little mermaid who falls in love with a prince, but what we don't know is what happened before. After the disappearance of her friend, Evie continues to blame herself. However, when a young girl who bears a striking resemblance to Anna suddenly appears in their city, Evie believe that miracles happen. The stranger, though, has a few secrets. She must gain the love of the prince within four days, or disappear into the ocean forever.

My thoughts: I loved watching The Little Mermaid when I was growing up. The sea witch was always very creepy and now we get her backstory. The fictionalized history of Denmark and its culture was interesting. The reliance on fishing and the sea is something that I'm not familiar with  because of living in Kansas. There are some darker moments near the end of the book, including revenge and murder. This is Kansas author Henning's debut novel.

In theaters: July 31, 2018

Ashley's rating:

Do YOU read banned books? Come to Banned Books Trivia!

 Come join the rebellion and celebrate Banned Book Week with a night of trivia at the library! Test your knowledge of some of the most challenged books in literature for a chance to win some fun prizes. Prizes will be awarded for best team name and, of course, the highest scoring team. Registration is open to 10 teams so make sure to register everyone that will be playing!

Banned Books Trvia Night:
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 in the Community Room

Genealogy classes moving to Monday!

 If you've been wanting to learn more about how to find your ancestors, start a family history, put together a famliy tree, or do deeper genealogy research, our genealogy classes are a great resource! And now, we're moving the classes to Monday evenings once a month. Join us in September to learn more about how to use newspaper databases for genealogy.

Genealogy class, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24
in the Frank Fanning Conference Room

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