Monday Spotlight: Digital Learn


Do you want to know how to use cloud storage or how to use Skype? Perhaps you would like to learn more about internet safety and creating safe passwords. You can do all these things and more at Digital Learn. You do not need to log in to take the classes. Most of the classes are 10 – 20 minutes long and set a beginner level. Visit to get started.


Friday Reads: Tales of Mystery

The first mystery story was Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” The genre remains one of the most popular in fiction today. Whether you’re into classic detective stories or modern thrillers, Danville Public Library has what you’re looking for. Here are a few of our most recent mystery acquisitions.

510dojtmislSupernatural Sherlocks: Stories From the Golden Age of the Occult Detective edited by Nick Rennison

“The ghost of a poor Afghan returns to haunt the doctor who once amputated his hand. A mysterious and malignant force inhabits a room in an ancestral home and attacks all who sleep in it. A man who desecrates an Indian temple is transformed into a ravening beast. A castle in the Tyrol is the setting for an aristocratic murderer’s apparent resurrection. In the stories in this collection, horrors from beyond the grave and other dimensions visit the everyday world and demand to be investigated … The period between 1890 and 1930 was a Golden Age for the occult detective. Famous authors like Kipling and Conan Doyle wrote stories about them, as did less familiar writers such as the occultist and magician Dion Fortune and Henry S. Whitehead, a friend of H. P. Lovecraft and fellow-contributor to the pulp magazines of the period. Nick Rennison has chosen 15 tales from that era to raise the hair and chill the spines of modern readers.”–

51urojqtk7l-_sx327_bo1204203200_A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman

Clay Edison is busy. He’s solved a decades-old crime and redeemed an innocent man, earning himself a suspension in the process. Then the phone rings in the dead of night. A wild party in a gentrifying East Bay neighborhood. A heated argument that spills into the street. Gunshots. For Clay and his fellow coroners, it’s the start of a long night and the first of many to come. The victims keep piling up. What begins as a community tragedy soon becomes lurid fodder for social media. Then the smoke clears and the real mystery emerges—one victim’s death doesn’t match the others. Brutalized and abandoned, stripped of ID, and left to die: She is Jane Doe, a human question mark. Haunted by the cruelty of her death, he embarks upon a journey into the bizarre, entering a hidden world where innocence and perversity meet and mingle.

91d-e81qqblThe Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith

With two small boys to raise, articles to edit for the Review of Applied Ethics, and the demands of her niece, Cat, who always needs a helping hand at the deli, Isabel barely has any time for herself. Her husband, Jamie, suggests acquiring extra help, and she reluctantly agrees. In no time at all, Isabel and Jamie have a new au pair, and Isabel has an intelligent assistant editor to share her workload. Meanwhile, Isabel makes the acquaintance of Patricia, the mother of Charlie’s friend Basil. Though Isabel finds Patricia rather pushy, she tries to be civil and supportive, especially given that Patricia is raising her son on her own, without the help of his father, a well-known Edinburgh organist, also named Basil. But when Isabel sees Patricia in the company of an unscrupulous man, she begins to rethink her assumptions. Isabel must once again call on her kindness and keen intelligence to determine the right course of action, at home, at work, and in the schoolyard.

91pqhp2bt0rlFour Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O’Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch is staying at the princess’s London house when she receives a letter from one of her mother’s former husbands, Sir Hubert Anstruther. Georgie is now his sole heir, and he’s offering her the use of his lovely country house. However, when Georgie arrives, it becomes clear that she is definitely not wanted in the house. Strange things are happening, including a lively ghost and a less than friendly reception from the new butler. When a body shows up, Georgie realizes that Sir Hubert’s invitation may not have been entirely altruistic and begins to wonder if she’ll even make it to her wedding day.

36637873The Money Shot by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall

Teddy Fay has donned a new disguise–that of Mark Weldon, a stuntman and actor starring in Centurion Studios’ newest film. When the picture’s leading lady begins receiving blackmail threats, Teddy is in the perfect position to investigate, and it soon becomes clear that the villains have more in their sights than just money. What they want is prestige, the cache of a respected studio to lend authority and legitimacy to their artistic endeavors … and a little bit of vengeance in the bargain. From the seedy hidden corners of Los Angeles to the glamorous Hollywood Hills, it will take every ounce of Teddy’s cunning to save an actress’ career, protect the studio, and finish filming Centurion’s next big hit.

51sdy42byy5l-_sx324_bo1204203200_The Spy of Venice by Benet Brandreth

Seeking his fortune in sixteenth-century London, young wordsmith William Shakespeare joins a band of players before he is dispatched to Venice on an assignment that renders him the target of Catholic assassins and a shadowy killer.






Note: All descriptions are from the SHARE Catalog and all book covers are from Google Images.

Book Review: Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

51wPE03kLDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This adorable illustrated book features Jomny, an alien left on earth to learn about humans. Jomny meets a tree, an otter, bees, a bear, a flower, and many more, but never any humans. That’s okay, because he doesn’t really understand that. And when the other aliens come to check on him, they are thoroughly unimpressed. This is a book about love and acceptance, especially when it comes to one’s self. Everyone’s a Aliebn is filled with wholesome humor and sweet characters, giving it the potential to appeal to a wide variety of people.

Review by Jessica A.

What’s New at the Library?



See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

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There are three new bestsellers, one new movie, two new children’s books, and six other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are “The Money Shot,” “Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding,” and “Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World.” The new movie this week is “Y tu mamá también.”

Book Review: We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

51ltcentxnl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Actress Gabrielle Union shares stories from her life in this funny and very accessible memoir. She talks about growing up African American in a predominant white neighborhood, and her dating mistakes and triumphs. She also discusses her assault and her work to support survivors of sexual violence. There are moments in the book that are heartbreaking, yet it is also tremendously funny. Union has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like the two of you are old friends talking over drinks. Anyone who is a fan of Union’s work will want to read this book, but I’d wager that those unfamiliar with her movies and TV shows will also enjoy it.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: DLF Grant for Archives Update


Library Foundation Grant for Archives Upgrade
a Great Start for FY2018-2019

Danville – Danville Library Foundation (DLF) has generously supported Danville Public
Library for many years. In late May, the DLF Board awarded $43,636 in grants for
programs, services, and materials for fiscal year 2018-2019, which began May 1, 2018.
Local history buffs and genealogists will be pleased to learn that the first of the grants
has been used to augment the technology in the Archives Room at the library.
In recent years, public interest in the ability to scan and save microfilm documents
electronically has increased. Thanks to a grant from DLF’s Technology Endowment
Fund, the library has purchased a second Kodak 2400DSV-E Microfilm Scanner System
along with a kit and software to upgrade the original Kodak 2400. The library now
provides public access to three microfilm machines that will scan, save and print
documents. On busy weekends, the additional machine also gives Adult Services staff a
machine to work with when answering local and long distance genealogy and history
Other grants approved by DLF will provide new print and audiovisual materials for all
age groups, magnifiers for persons with visual impairments through the Dr. Angelo and
Alberta Anaclerio Fund, Festival of Trees story times, the annual Books Aloud library
field trip for area 1st and 4th graders, materials to complement Dr. John Flattery’s Silk
Road series, and this newsletter.
In addition to the microfilm scanner, Technology Endowment Fund monies also were
granted toward computers for the Teen Space and a Windows 10 upgrade to all library
public, staff, and foundation computers.


For information:
Theresa Tyner, Library Director
Danville Public Library
217.477.5223, ext. 113

Friday Reads: Back to School

Next week, many students in Danville will be returning to school. I’m not even a student, yet I still feel like summer was no where near long enough this year. To get you back in the educational mindset, here are some books for going back to school. All of these books are available via the SHARE catalog.


51sw5wtqitl-_sx338_bo1204203200_President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

To gain leadership skills needed to run a cupcake-baking empire when she grows up, Brianna runs for president of the fifth grade–expecting little competition–until a new girl enters the race.




515nyz3yb1l-_sx258_bo1204203200_Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex

On the first day of school, a young panda learns about the special things his animal classmates can do.




i_am_a_genius_of_unspeakable_evilI am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Leib

In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he’s extremely stupid and lazy, but he’s actually a very wealthy, evil geniusand when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.



187812Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.




9781479520275Katie Woo Loves School by Fran Manushkin

Combines four previously published stories, including Moo, Katie Woo!, Make believe class, Katie finds a job, and Who needs glasses, in which Katie and her friends participate in school activities.




My-Writing-and-Reading-Life-Anica-Mrose-Rissi-Author-of-The-Teacher_s-PetThe Teacher’s Pet by Anica Mrose Rissi, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

When a class pet proves to be more than a handful, the students agree they cannot keep him, but how will they convince their teacher, Mr. Stricter, who loves the strange creature?



sideways-stories-from-wayside-school-heroSideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.






Note: All covers are from Google Images and all descriptions are from the SHARE Catalog.