Book Review: A Study in Sable by Mercedes Lackey


Magic, Sherlock Holmes, and music all in one book, I am there! This new edition to the Elemental Masters Series is set in London during the time of Sherlock Holmes. Mr. Holmes has been given a mystery dealing with a missing person, but the case seems to be taking a twist out of logic and into the realm of magic, and Holmes is too logical for such nonsense. So he elicits the help of two young ladies he has heard have mystical powers and sends them to Dr. Watson to work as a team to uncover the mystery. Dr. Watson, being an elemental master himself, a practitioner of magic, has no such prejudges. The mystery revolving around an opera singer is full of music, ghosts, and betrayal. Definitely a good read!

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 six new bestsellers, nine new videos, and seven other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night,” “The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince,” and “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.” The new videos this week include “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [Blu-ray],” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and “Lion.”

Book Review: Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson and Andrea Offermann

cover93744-mediumThis graphic novel is based on the tale by Chrétien de Troyes. De Troyes wrote several epic poems in the Twelfth Century which make up the foundation of the Arthurian stories we continue to tell today. He was the first to introduce the Arthur-Guenevere-Lancelot love triangle into the canon of Arthurian Romance. One of my favorite panels in the book is one where King Arthur is explaining why Sir Lancelot isn’t at camp with the rest of the knights, saying that he is busy saving Guenever from “some dastardly castle.” Then he adds, “They’re great friends, those two.” This is only allusion to that romance or to Lancelot at all, and I love it. This adaptation features lovely ink and watercolor illustration. Yvain is very true to its source material, but without feeling old or stale. It’s a delightful adventure that will appeal to anyone who enjoys tales of chivalry and knights.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: Volunteering



Danville PUblic Library is always glad to have new volunteers. Below are some of the departments who most frequently have a need for volunteers and how to get involved.


If interested in learning more or applying for Outreach volunteer positions, please contact Leslie Boedicker at or (217) 477 – 5223 x121.

Outreach Department Office Assistant
The Outreach Department delivers books and other Library material to residents of Danville living in Senior Centers, Group Homes, or are otherwise unable to come to the Library.

  • Duration: Ongoing. Minimum commitment is one hour between 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM M-F.
  • Duties Include: Printing & folding Library brochures, shelving material, alphabetizing material, getting items ready for circulation, or as needed.
  • Qualifications: If under 18 must have parent permission. All volunteers are required to complete an intake form.

Outreach Department Home Delivery Volunteer
The Outreach Department delivers books and other Library material to residents of Danville living in Senior Centers, Group Homes, or are otherwise unable to come to the Library.

  • Duration: Ongoing. Approximately one hour every two weeks. We’re looking for volunteers to commit for a minimum of six months.
  • Duties Include: Delivering Library material to individuals who are homebound or have limited access to transportation at their independent residences. Deliveries are made bi-weekly.
  • Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age or older. Must have access to own transportation. All volunteers are required to complete an intake form.


If interested in learning more or applying for Foundation volunteer positions below, please contact Melody Ehrlich ( or (217) 477-5223 x114.

Book Sale Staff Volunteers
The Library Foundation hosts three used book sales per year (March, July and November).  Next sale: July 21-23, 2016.

  • Duration:
    • Set Up Thursday, July 21, 8:30-3:00 and Sale runs 4-7:30 pm.
    • Sale on Friday, July 22, from 9-5:00.
    • Sale on Saturday, July 23 from 9-2:00 p.m; tear-down starts at 2:00 pm.
  • Duties include:  Greeting people at the door, assisting people with book selection, re-shelving miss placed books, tallying book purchases, assisting with check-out, helping people use carts to take large purchases to their vehicles, clean up and moving books at the end of the sale.  In addition, occasional pricing of books according to guidelines may be required.  Each volunteer receives a free book for every hour worked.
  • Qualifications: Requires standing for several hours, bending and stretching, ability to lift up to 25 lbs. is a plus, would prefer absence of allergies to dust, previous experience with book sales is helpful, but not necessary.  All volunteers are placed according to interest, skills and position availability.

Foundation Office Assistant

Volunteer position to assist in the Foundation Office: filing, data entry, updating and assisting with mailings.

Book Review: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

17884369_1255965414499688_7642333755973709824_nWhen a Puritan woman is captured by Indians in a raid on a colonial village, will she find her new life as a slave more or less confining than her old life as an English woman? There are many definitions of slavery; indentured servant, minion, lackey, wife, some thrust on a person by circumstance and others by society. After her capture and return, Mary has difficulty with the views of English society towards the Indians who captured her and treated her well, sharing with her all that they had despite her status as a slave. Her upbringing has guided her beliefs, but her reality has changed her thinking. Brown does a wonderful job bringing these questions of point of view into light, showing how prejudice can take many different paths.

Review by Leslie B.

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Ocean_at_the_End_of_the_Lane_US_CoverThe story opens with the boy as a middle-aged man back in his hometown for a funeral, and he takes a drive to look at the old place but drives on past to the house at the end of the lane. He knocks on the door and is offered some tea. He then goes around back to sit at the duck pond, that his childhood friend Lettie Hempstock had called her ocean. He sits there and remembers: the story is mostly flashback to a particular summer when a lodger at his home steals the family car and uses it to commits suicide. The boy is with his father as they meet the police at the car. Lettie Hempstock, a girl of about eleven who lives at the house near where the lodger parked the car, invites the boy into her home where her mother and grandmother feed him and make him feel safe and welcome. It’s clear these women are not truly of this world. Perhaps they are witches or psychic, or at the least very aware of the world and the unseen hidden worlds.

The lodger’s death brings forth a creature from the hidden world, a flea as Old Mrs. Hempstock would call her, who wishes to play in the human world and enjoy herself to the fullest. She uses the boy as a passage to the human world and became the family nanny, called Ursula Monkton. He knows she isn’t really human, and tries to get away from her, to return to the Hempstocks who could surely sort all this out. He was completely unable to escape Ursula Monkton. In that respect, I found her far more frightening than the hunger birds that appear later in the story.

This is the second time I’ve read the book and each time it has brought me to tears. I love it so much that I’ve given as a gift twice so far. It’s creepy but also beautiful. If you read no other Neil Gaiman book, then you should read this one.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: Meeting rooms available



The Library provides two rooms for use by the public: a large Meeting Room (capacity 78 people) on the first floor and a smaller Conference Room (capacity 15 seated) on the second floor.  These rooms are available without charge (except for a $5 administrative fee) to nonprofit groups engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, civic or charitable activities under guidelines available from the library.  Call Business Manager Suzie Smith at (217) 477-5223 ext. 117 to reserve a room or review the guidelines.

For-profit organizations wishing to use the meeting rooms must pay a fee of $50 per hour or any part of an hour. This fee shall be paid in advance.  If any group’s meeting extends beyond the Library’s scheduled hours, a custodial fee of $15 per hour or any part of an hour will be assessed.

The first floor Meeting Room is outfitted with multimedia equipment.  There is also basic audiovisual equipment available (TV, VCR/DVD player, slide projector, overhead projector).

The Multimedia Equipment is available in the First Floor Meeting Room only.  Although there is no rental fee for the equipment, users must still book it beforehand by calling the Business Office, and must arrive at least 15 minutes before the meeting starts so that staff may train them on the equipment.


  • High-definition BenQ video projector (ceiling-mounted, displays image up to 12’ diagonal)
  • 7.1-Channel Surround Sound system
  • Computer w/ Internet Access (Windows 8 featuring PowerPoint, MS Word, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Excel, Adobe Acrobat)
  • Cables for connecting laptop computer (laptop not supplied)
  • Webcam for Skype
  • Document Camera (opaque projector routed through video projector)
  • Receiver
  • Blu-ray Player
  • DVD/CD Player
  • Wireless lavaliere and wireless handheld microphones
  • Lectern (houses all equipment except for video projector)


  1. Users of the equipment are required to arrive at the library at least 15 minutes before their meeting starts so that staff may train them on the equipment.  Failure to arrive at least 15 minutes beforehand means training may cut into the group’s meeting time.  At least one designated library staff member will be on call for technical assistance during the duration of the meeting.
  1. Users of the equipment agree to pay any repair or replacement costs of equipment or software damaged by them.
  1. Users wishing to bring in flash drives (to upload PowerPoint presentations, etc.) must arrive at least 15 minutes before the meeting starts so that staff may scan the media for viruses.  CD-ROMs brought in by users do not need to be scanned.
  1. Users are expected to abide by U.S. Copyright rules and regulations when using the equipment.  The Library disclaims any liability or responsibility for copyright infringements caused by video, DVD, CD, or other media presentations.  See the Copyright Law of the United States.

To reserve this equipment, please call Business Manager Suzie Smith at (217) 477-5223 ext. 117.