Book Review: Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris

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Joanne Harris, as the author of the book “Chocolat’,” has a real knack for bringing food into a story as a character, and she has accomplished this again in this book “Blackberry Wine.” The wine speaks to Jake as a reminder of a childhood that he loved and he doesn’t realize misses until he sees an ad for a house for sail that is reminiscent of a house his friend Joe, an adult who took Jake under his wing, owned. On a whim Jake buys it, leaves his girlfriend, and moves to France to write, garden, and find himself. A wonderfully poetic book about wine, food, gardens, and friendship. Do not miss this book!

Review by Leslie B.


What’s New at the Library?



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

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There are 12 new bestsellers, ten new movies, 12 new children’s books, and 18 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “Origin,” “Grant,” and “Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World.” The new movies this week include “Transformers: The Last Knight [Blu-ray],” “Baby Driver,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Book Review: Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

9781449474195_p0_v1_s1200x630Do you ever feel like you will never really be a real adult, like ever? Do you ever fantasize about going home and watching TV in your PJs while you’re at work? If so, this book is for you. Andersen has compiled a set of comics that perfectly illustrate the struggle of learning to be an adult when cuddling with kittens is really so much more preferable. I love this book and laughed out loud several times while reading it.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: Computer Classes


The library is pleased to offer FREE introductory computer classes on popular topics.  There is no fee and no registration is required, but classes are limited to 9 students per session.  Classes are held in the library’s second floor conference room on laptops provided by us – no need to bring your own computer.

  • Minimum age is 16.
  • Classes will begin promptly at the times posted; doors will open 30 minutes beforehand.


Basic Computer Skills
All offered 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 3
Tuesday, October 17
Tuesday, October 31
Tuesday, December 5

This 1½-hour class will introduce people who have little or no experience with computers to the parts and uses of a personal computer.  The intention is to help people get over any fears they may have of using a computer.  Topics include using the mouse and keyboard, and working with Windows menus, files, and toolbars.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Saturday, October 21
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Monday, November 6
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6
9:30-11:30 a.m.

In this 2-hour class, we will cover the basics of Microsoft Excel: how to move around in Excel; create,modify, and manage worksheets and workbooks; work with basic calculations; and insert graphs and charts.

Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar with how to use a computer and Microsoft Word.

Basic Computer Security
All offered 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Monday, October 16
Monday, October 23
Thursday, November 9
Monday, November 20
Thursday, December 7
Monday, December 18

In this 1½ hour class, we will learn about the basics of computer security.  Some topics that will be covered are: What is malware and how can I prevent it?  What exactly is hacking and how do they do it?  How can I protect my identity online?

Prerequisites: Participants should have basic to intermediate knowledge of computers, the Internet, and mobile devices.

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Monday, October 16
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 16
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 9
1:00-2:30 p.m.

In this 1½ hour class, we will cover the basics of word processing in MS Word: creating, editing, and saving documents; changing layouts, fonts, and margins; adding headers and footers; using templates to quickly create resumes and other documents; and printing options.

Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar with how to use a computer and mouse.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

Thursday, October 19
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 11
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 7
6:00-7:30 p.m.

In this 1½ hour class, we will cover the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation from start to finish: how to move around in PowerPoint; create a new presentation; add a theme, text, pictures, sounds, and videos; include easy animations and transitions; and run the presentation.

Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar with how to use a computer and Microsoft Word.

Book Review: Last Chance by Betty R. Anderson


I am pleased to feature a local author in today’s review. Betty R. Anderson is a native of Vermilion County and will be attending Danville Public Library’s Authors Fair October 14, 2017. Stop by and say Hello to her.

This collection of short stories is very aptly titled, for all of the stories involve people who are at a crossroads and need to make a decision to right wrongs or otherwise better their circumstances. Sometimes they take the chance to help others in need. Most of the main characters are strong black women, who though they may have suffered or shown weakness in the past, are now prepared to create a better life for themselves and their families. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more short fiction from Anderson.

Review by Jessica A.

Job Opening: Circulation Clerk II


We are currently hiring for Circulation Clerk II!

Clerk II

Part-time Clerk II in the Circulation Department may be scheduled to work days, evenings, and Saturday hours, as required; 22 hours/week; $11.08/hr.

Requirements: H.S. diploma, plus some college or equivalent, and preferably one year’s experience in library work; proficiency in clerical or clerk/typist skills, accuracy, ability to follow directions, ability to meet and deal with people of all ages.

Must reside in Illinois within Danville or within 5 miles of Danville city limits.

Applications available here for download

Application MUST be completed to be considered for position

Send completed application to:
Apply at Danville Public Library Business Office, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
October 16-20, 2017
No phone calls, please!


Book Review: Awaken by Skye Malone


Come meet Skye Malone at our Authors Fair on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m.


Chloe loves the water. She dreams about the ocean, drew it constantly in her childhood artwork, and can’t imagine anything better than spending a vacation on the beach. However, she’s never ever been to the ocean, she can’t swim, and her parents are obsessed with the dangers that water presents to the point that they do not even have a bathtub in the house. Naturally, she runs away from home in order to accompany a friend to the beach. This leads to a series of events involving people who live under water, someone who wants Chloe dead, and the possibility that Chloe herself is not what she seems.

Awaken features a girl who is very special and has to learn about her special qualities from a cute guy, something that is commonly seen in YA fiction. I was a little impatient with how long it took Chloe to figure out what was going on. Presumably the second book in the series will focus more on the underwater cities, and that will definitely be interesting.

Review by Jessica A.