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calendarOctober 2018   issueIssue 202


Join the conversation in Derby for the Wichita Area Big Read!

The Derby Public Library is so excited to be participating in the Wichita Area Big Read again this year, and we are doing it the biggest we've ever done! We have events planned for adults, teens and kids, right down to story time. The selection this year is a wonderful post-apocalyptic novel. For a complete list of Big Read events at the library, please pick up a brochure at the front counter, or visit the book clubs page of the library website. Below are just a few of the events we have planned. And for a list of all area Big Read events, please vist the official Big Read Wichita website.

Adult book discussions:
     7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 in the Frank Fanning Conference Room
     11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in the  Frank Fanning Conference Room

Preschool Big Read Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Early Literacy Area with The Library Book by Tom Chapin and songs and games

Tweens Big Read book discussion (3rd-6th grades): 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Frank Fanning Conference Room. We'll read and discuss The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier. What would it be like to be one of the last kids on earth?

Tween Big Read Escape Room (3rd-5th grades): The flu pandemic has hit! Can you unlock the cure? 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Comunity Room. Registration required.

The Last Teen Writing Challenge on Earth: Write a post-apocalyptic story, poem collection or play set in a world destroyed by sickness. Oct. 1-31. Pick up a submission form at the youth services desk beginning Oct. 1.

Coming soon in the High Wall Gallery:

We are excited to feature, later this month, textile artworks completed by members of the Derby Senior Center. The next exhibit in the High Wall Gallery will be a collection of completed quilt blocks created by those who participate in quilting classes offered at the center. This exhibit will be on display Oct. 18, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019.


Photo by Dinh Pham on Unsplash


Check out one of the library's three 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 since May 2000! 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. 

Friends annual meeting:
Women Soldiers of the Civil War

During the Civil War, hundreds of women cut their hair, bound their breasts, donned men's clothing, and reported for duty to Union or Confederate army recruiters. Others served as scouts and spies or rode with husbands and brothers in service. All of this occurred at a time when there was great emphasis on women's and men's separate roles. Two Kansas women stand out in this story: An unnamed woman from Elmore who fought in the Battle of Wilson's Creek and serves as an emblem of others who served in anonymity, and Emma Edmonds, the best known female soldier in the Civil War who settled in Fort Scott afterward. This program by Diane Eickhoff explores how and why a fascinating group of women defied cultural norms to become soldiers.

10 a.m. Saturday, October 20, in the Community Room. A brief Friends of the Derby Public Library business meeting and election will be held at 10, with the program to follow immediately. This program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.


Did you know? We now offer text message alerts!

You can now get text message alerts before your items are due, on their due date, when they are overdue, or when an item you have placed on hold has come in. If you would prefer to receive text messages rather than phone calls or email messages, please let us know next time you call or come in. We'll be happy to update your account for you.

Please note that standard SMS rates from your carrier may apply.


The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson

First LIne: No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.

Summary: Hill House, a place the locals will not go near, is going to be the home of four strangers for the summer.  They believe they are going to encounter a few bumps in the night, but the house has something much more sinister in mind.

My thoughts: : I was pleasantly surprised by this tiny novel.  For a tale of haunting it is a very slow burn. The chills come from the atmosphere of the story. An old house in the middle of nowhere with a dark and deadly past.  It has many rooms and doors that will not stay open. Eleanor slowly becomes susceptible to the darkness of Hill House, making me nervous for our other characters.  Do not try to read this at night!  Also, pick up a copy of the 1963 movie.  Very creepy!

Release Date: 1959

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

Ashley's rating:

The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova

First line: The story that follows is one I never intended to commit to paper.

Summary: The story of Dracula is one that everyone knows.  However, when Paul stumbles upon a manuscript mentioning the legendary figure, Vlad Tepes, he starts on a journey across Europe.  With the help from the daughter of his mentor, they search for the tomb of the Impaler in order to finally kill the creature once and for all..

My thoughts: Kostova’s debut novel is one of my favorites.  I picked it up not really knowing what I was getting into.  I read this while living alone in my first apartment and every sound became terrifying.  Her rich details and way with words gave me chills.  She brings Dracula alive like none other than his creator, Bram Stoker.  I have recommended the book to many people but the size can be daunting at 642 pages but it is worth it.  Take time to savor it and keep the lights on. 

Release date: 2005

Ashley's rating:

This House is Haunted
by John Boyne

First line: I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father.

Summary: Before even arriving at Gaudlin Hall, where she is to be a governess, Eliza Caine is nearly killed by an unseen force.  Upon her entrance into the large manor house, she feels that something unusual is happening.  The children are untended and there is no sign of her employer.  In order to protect herself and her charges she must uncover the mysterious history of Gaudlin Hall.

My thoughts: The first line of this novel has been my favorite ever since I picked it up.  It hooked me immediately.  I was scared and intrigued by this story.  Nothing is better than a big old house in the misty English countryside.  The ghostly entity always gave me goosebumps.  This is a perfect read for a cold October night.

Release date: 2013

Ashley's rating:

October Genealogy Class

How-to: Cemetery

Learn what to research and what to bring prior to heading to a cemetery to take pictures.

6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 in the
Frank Fanning Conference Room

Registration is requested but not required.

Photo by Wendy Scofield on Unsplash



Financial literacy series continues Oct. 24

This month's presentation in our financial literacy series is Focus on Living on a Fixed Income. When you are ready to retire, will you be prepared to live on what you have saved and/or your social security? Come to this class and find out!

5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Community Room

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