As a parent I sometimes struggle with balancing screen time with book time. Kids seem to naturally gravitate to the screens in their lives. So I love it when I find something that can bridge this gap! The Read-Along Collection on the Libby App solves this on-going dilemma.
The Derby Public Library has over 400 Read-Along picture and
early reader books ready for you to borrow.
Each book is read aloud to your child, pages automatically turning, and
the words are highlighted as they are said.
Even for pre-readers, these help develop those literacy skills that will
help them thrive in school. Plus they
are fun! To further entice your kiddo,
some of their favorite television and movie characters can be found: Dora the Explorer, Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles, Blaze, Paw Patrol, and more!
To find these
Open the Libby App, scroll down a bit
Click on Explore
Click on Guide: Kids, scroll down some more
From there employ the filters to find just the perfect title, even non-fiction is available. So for those times you can’t make it into the library to pick up new books, long road trips, or when you just need 5 whole minutes of peace, Read-Alongs are here to save the day!
During the Nazis’
brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown
into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being
executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by
complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a
powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city
cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev
and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and
behind enemy lines to find the impossible.
By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
Usually WWII books just aren’t my jam. I feel like unless you’re a history buff, once you’ve read a few books on the topic you’re good. But I found City of Thieves to be the exception. I’ve never read anything that explained how desperate things got in Leningrad during that time. It was a moving story that will forever be ingrained in my mind.
So how should I write a food related blog centered on a book about war and starvation? Probably a little like my post about The Hunger by Alma Katsu that focused on The Donner Party. Like the Donner Party, the people of Leningrad were rumored to have resorted to cannibalism, but instead of showing you another rib recipe I think we’ll go another route. In City of Thieves you were considered lucky if you could even get your hands on a onion! So, how about you hope your neighbor has a tomato stashed away, you offer up your precious onion, like it’s your first born, and together you could make Tomato Onion Stew. If things started looking up you may find some wild creature roaming the bombed streets. Do your best to catch it, and make Old Fashioned Wild Game Stew. You probably won’t have any veggies to put in it but maybe, just maybe you saved a little of your daily onion and you could drop that in? Sounds like a plan to me!
All kidding aside City of Thieves by David Benioff is a wonderful read. Give it a go and let me know what you think.
First line: There are two versions of the events of 1887. One is very well known, but the other is not.
Everyone has heard the story of Jack the Ripper. He haunted the streets
of Whitechapel preying on women. His victims known as the canonical
five are Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane. His story has
been researched and turned over hundreds of times but very little is
actually known about the women whose lives he took. Here are their
My Thoughts: I have recommended this book to
anyone and everyone! I was completely engrossed in it. It is thoroughly
researched and well written. It reads like fiction and is easy to get
caught up in these women’s lives. I found myself hoping for better
outcomes as I read even though I knew how each of their stories was a
going to end.
Rubenhold brings these women and the times that
they lived to the forefront. Everyone thinks that they know the victims.
They were prostitutes right? Wrong. Some were but not all five. Each
has a story to tell. I could not believe the detail put into their
narratives. Using housing records, census, interviews and newspaper
reports we get fuller picture of their lives.
romanticize the Victorian time period but it was anything but ideal.
People were barely able to care for their families. Housing was not
always safe or healthy. Disease, alcoholism and poverty were prevalent.
How people survived is astounding.
If you love history, true
crime or biographies than this is perfect for you. It is full of
information that will keep you reading until the very end.
FYI: There is very little mentioned about Jack the Ripper. This book focuses on the women only and the time that they lived.
The bestselling story of Julia’s years in France—and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams—in her own words. Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, Julia Child was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story—struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took the Childs across the globe—unfolds with the spirit so key to Julia’s success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of America’s most endearing personalities.
One night a few weeks ago I decided to snuggle up and re-watch “Julie and Julia”, and I realized although I had thoroughly read Julia Child’s cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” I had never read “My Life in Paris”. Luckily I work at a library and we had a copy available. I’ve never been much of a nonfiction reader and thought I’d probably just skim through it but after the first chapter I was hooked! What an amazing life Julia and her husband Paul had! Not only did they have the opportunity to travel and live in several amazing spots, but they were both incredibly intellectual and artistic people.
As you can imagine this book is FILLED with amazing food. Not just Julia’s recipes but also a vivid account of all the amazing meals she and Paul ate during their travels. As in the movie one of Julia’s first meals she has in Paris is Sole Meuniere.I’ve had this dish in a restaurant, and I’ve made it at home and it’s so delicious. I don’t think you can talk about Julia’s recipes without including her Boeuf Bourguignon. I think this dish would be perfect to make during these cold winter months. To end your meal I think you should do what Julia says they do in France and finish with a Cheese Plate.
Thirty-something Colquitt and Walter Kennedy live in a charming, peaceful suburb of newly bustling Atlanta, Georgia. Life is made up of enjoyable work, long, lazy weekends, and the company of good neighbors. Then, to their shock, construction starts on the vacant lot next door, a wooded hillside they’d believed would always remain undeveloped. Disappointed by their diminished privacy, Colquitt and Walter soon realize something more is wrong with the house next door. Surely the house can’t be haunted, yet it seems to destroy the goodness of every person who comes to live in it, until the entire heart of this friendly neighborhood threatens to be torn apart.
Let me start by saying I absolutely LOVED this book. I stumbled upon it while obsessively scouring the interwebs for haunted house fiction, you know like one does around Halloween. This gem of a book was written in 1978 and is now one of my top 10 favorite books. But, before you run right out and find a copy of this to read, just know I’m an odd bird and this book isn’t for everyone.
My favorite things about this book besides the obvious scary bits was all the cocktail time Colquitt, Walter and their friends enjoyed! There weren’t cell phones, computers or a bazillion channels to watch so everyone did something almost foreign to us today – they got together and enjoyed each other’s company!! At the start of the book Colquitt invites a neighbor lady over for a pitcher of Bull Shots. Having never heard of this particular drink I immediately googled it and found out that like this book it might not be for everyone, but I plan to bring it back! I could go on and on about all the wonderful cocktails in this story but I should probably include a food one as well. After an abnormal cold spurt hits the south Coquitt makes Split Pea Soup for them both and then curls up on the couch with Walter in the den for a lazy, cozy day. How amazing does that sound?
If you do find a copy of The House Next Door please drop me a line and let me know what you thought.
In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to
know—everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year,
she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from
her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her
youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.
wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing
on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered
girl—assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper,
the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the
opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it:
a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city
Cleo Sherwood was a young black woman who liked to have
a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except
Maddie—and the dead woman herself. Maddie’s going to find the truth
about Cleo’s life and death. Cleo’s ghost, privy to Maddie’s poking and
prying, wants to be left alone.
Maddie’s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life—a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people—including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows.
I REALLY enjoyed this book, and I gave it 5 starts on goodreads! A lot of reviews weren’t great saying the story had too many POV’s, but that’s what I ended up liking most about the story. I think the multiple POV’s might make it hard to listen to as an audio so make sure you read this one.
Since The Lake in the Lake takes place in 1966 I thought it would be fun to check out some of the popular and timeless recipes from the 60’s. One of my favorites is Chicken à la King. After looking at this recipe I think I’ll be adding it back into my rotation this fall! Another full on comfort food recipe that would be amazing to make this winter is Beef Bourguignon.This is of course Julia Child’s recipe because that should be the only one you ever use. After you enjoy either of these dinners you have to make this recipe, that won the Pillsbury Bake Off in 1966, Tunnel of Fudge Cake for desert.
I hope you enjoy The Lady in the Lake as much as I did. Hopefully the retro vibe will inspire you to make one of the recipes. If you do, drop me a line and let me know how it went.
Have you noticed that we have a new catalog? We have recently started a consortium with Park City Public Library and Andover Public Library. With this change we are able to bring you a wider selection of items for your use. Items can be placed on hold, picked up or returned to any of these three libraries.
With the consortium we changed to a new catalog system. We are still learning how to use it but we will definitely try to help you find what you are looking for. Below I will show you how to search and see what new items have been added to the catalog.
Visit our website, www.derbylibrary.com. Under the Books & Media tab look for Catalog. Click on this to take you to our online card catalog.
Click on Advanced search.
Select Collection. If you are looking for new items select New Book or New DVD. But there are many other categories if you want to narrow down your options to Juvenile Book on CD or Blu-ray. After you select the categories you want then click on Search.
To find the most recent additions find the drop down menu and select Acquisition date: Newest to oldest. This will show the items in the order they were added to the system.
You can (but it is not necessary) narrow this down to items that are only at the Derby Public Library or whichever library in the consortium you prefer.
If you would like to place the item on hold click on Place Hold. It will then have you login to your online account.
The login is your library card number and your password is the last four digits of your phone number.
Make sure that you confirm your hold. If the item is available here in Derby we should have it ready with 2-4 hours. However, if you place an item on hold from one of the other libraries it takes between 3-5 days for it to be delivered here. We will either email, text or call about holds that are ready to be picked up based on your account preference.
I hope this has helped but if you have any more questions or cannot find what you are looking for then feel free to call us at 316-788-0760 or visit our circulation desk for more assistance.
The Forbidden Forest Read-a-thon is in full swing and some of your librarians have decided to join you in the journey! Reading twelve books in one month is quite a feat even for librarians, but we’ve armed ourselves with pretty awesome to-be read lists in hopes of conquering every obstacle in the forest. Check out our read-a-thon plans below to get some ideas for your own challenge, and feel free to share your to-be-read list with us!
Forbidden Forest Challenge:
Talking Trees – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Witch’s House – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Fiery Fire Pit – Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Cursed Pond – The Ruins by Scott Smith
Shadow’s Shortcut – Elevation by Stephen King
Wolf Den – Winterhouse by Ben Guterson or a book in the Johnny Dixon series by John Bellairs
Mushroom Isle – The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Poison Berry Bush – Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Unicorn Grove – Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
Will O the Wisps – Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
The Wish Well – The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
Carnivorous Plants – Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Forbidden Forest Challenge:
Talking Trees – A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Witch’s House – A Curse So Dark and Lovely by Brigid Kemmerer
Fiery Fire Pit – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Cursed Pond – Carrie by Stephen King
Shadow’s Shortcut – We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Wolf Den – Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Mushroom Isle – Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
Poison Berry Bush – Me by Elton John
Unicorn Grove – Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way
Will O the Wisps – The Loving Cup by Winston Graham
The Wishing Well – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling
Carnivorous Plants – Virgin Earth by Philippa Gregory
Trisha’s Forbidden Forest Challenge
Talking Trees: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Witch’s House: A Discovery of Witches by Derborah Harkness
Fiery Fire Pit: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
Cursed Pond: We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Shadow’s Shortcut: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Wolf Den: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Mushroom Isle: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
Poison Berry Bush: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Unicorn Grove: Lumberjanes by Mariko Tamaki
Will O the Wisps: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
The Wishing Well: Educated by Tara Westover
Carnivorous Plants: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Rachel’s Forbidden Forest Challenge
Talking Trees: Jaws by Peter Benchly
The Witch’s House: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Fiery Fire Pit: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Cursed Pond: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Shadow’s Shortcut: Night by Elie Wiesel
Wolf Den: George by Alex Gino
Mushroom Isle: Kindred by Octavia Butler
Poison Berry Bush: Between, Before and After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Unicorn Grove: Fragments of Horror by Junji Ifo
Will O the Wisps: Legendary by Stephanie Garber
The Wishing Well: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Carnivorous Plants: The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Alyssa’s Forbidden Forest Challenge
Talking Trees: Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
The Witch’s House: Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
Fiery Fire Pit: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Cursed Pond: Rogue Angel: Labyrinth by Alex Archer
Shadow’s Shortcut: Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn
Wolf Den: Valkyrie by Kate O’Hearn
Mushroom Isle: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Poison Berry Bush: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
Unicorn Grove: Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G.
Will O the Wisps: Cucumber Quest #2 The Ripple Kingdom by Gigi D.G.
The Wishing Well: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
Carnivorous Plants: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
The librarians even have our own little competition of sorts among the staff so we are ready to make it through this challenge! Feel free to share the books you plan on reading for this month, and let us know if you need any help!
I dare you to read twelve books in one
month. I dare you to enter the Forbidden Forest, face cursed ponds, trickster
fairies, and a witch’s spells. I dare you to follow the path through the
forest, forgoing that hour of Facebook scrolling or Netflix binging to brave
the treacheries of the woods. Only you can answer the call, and only you can
make it through unscathed. I dare you to try!
Now I know that for most of us, it seems impossible to read that much in a single month, but I can assure you that if you choose your books well and prioritize your time, you can make it through this challenge. Welcome to the Forbidden Forest Read-a-thon!
is the Forbidden Forest Read-a-thon?
In honor of this year’s NEA Wichita Big Read, the library is hosting its first read-a-thon. Here’s a link to a previous blog post that may answer any questions you have about what a read-a-thon is.
The Forbidden Forest Read-a-thon will take
place during the entire month of October and is open to both adults and teens
in sixth grade or higher. Each of the twelve reading challenges are themed
around obstacles you would find in a forbidden forest.
This challenge is for both teens in 6th-12th
grade and adults over the age of eighteen!
do I participate?
Step One: Pick up a tracking log at either the front desk or youth services desk OR print out the log yourself at the link here.
Two: Choose twelve books to read for the month
by following the prompts. E-books and audiobooks count as do children’s books,
middle grade books, and graphic novels/manga. A good rule of thumb is if the
book can be found in the Goodreads database, it counts towards your
Step Three: Read! You have until October 31st to complete all twelve challenges.
Step Four: Write down the twelve books you read on the submission form and turn it in to either the front desk or youth services desk at the library by October 31st. You will be entered to win one of two $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Cards!
We are so excited to be hosting a
read-a-thon this year and hope you join us on this adventure!
If you’re a reader, you’ve experienced it: a reading slump.
You know, that week, or month, or longer, when no matter what book you pick up,
you just can’t seem to get interested in it.
If you’re in a slump now, here are 10 tips to help get your reading back on track. If you’re not in a slump, save this for later, because you know one will hit sooner or later.
1. Reread one of your favorite books. Not a re-reader? Give it a shot. There’s a reason we love our favorite stories and revisiting them can rekindle the feeling we had when we first read them.
2. Read a book completely out of your comfort zone. Normally read romantic comedies? Try a thriller. Love mysteries? Give a fantasy novel a shot. Picking up something completely unusual for you can pique your interest.
3. Judge a book by its cover. Go ahead. Do it! That cover that just grabs your attention? The book inside might just do the same and help break you out of a rut.
4. Pick up a nice short, easy to read book. If you’re in a slump, picking up that giant doorstop of a book might feel like too much. Give yourself permission to read a short, fluffy, brain candy kind of book.
5. “Read” in a different format. Do you usually read on an e-reader or mobile device? Try print. Always read print books? Listen to an audiobook. Consuming that story in a new way may prod your brain to respond more actively to the story.
6. Visit the library or a bookstore. Just browsing the shelves and being around books might get your brain back into a reading mode.
7. Participate in a reading challenge. Reading challenges abound on the internet, challenges with a few books or a lot of books. Locally, check out the Wichita Eagle #READICT Challenge group on Facebook. The Eagle’s annual challenge is to read 12 books from 12 categories.
8. Or, participate in a read-a-thon. The library has a month-long read-a-thon coming up Oct. 1-31, where you can journey through the Forbidden Forest as you read.
9. Join a book club. It can be motivating to have a deadline to finish and then meet and discuss what you loved — and didn’t — about the book. The library has three active book clubs, all open to everyone.
10. Take yourself on a reading date. Set aside some time for just you and your book. Find a comfortable place and have a cup of your favorite tea or coffee. Take a couple of hours and surrender yourself to the words on the page. Have a few books to choose from, in case the first “date” doesn’t quite work out.