Book Review: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

8165y22bnllHow would you handle it if you were an African American woman from 1976 that has been transported back to the 1820’s to a southern plantation that owns slaves? Our main character finds herself face to face with her many times great grandfather, a white plantation owner who will eventually rape a black woman to continue his line to her. I found this book riveting. I waffled back and forth between liking the man to hating him. Butler gives us a great insight into the social structure of the time, and whether or not we approve, it was the reality and the expected norm.

Review by Leslie B.

What’s New at the Library?



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


There are ten new bestsellers, six new videos, and 29 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir,” “Kiss Carlo: A Novel,” and “The Silent Corner: A Novel.” The new videos this week include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “John Wick: Chapter 2 [Blu-ray].”

Book Review: A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse


George is a music writer for several successful plays and Maud hops into his cab in Piccadilly to avoid seeing her brother who thinks she is back home in the country, rather than in London. George falls in love with Maud, but Maud is in love with an American she met in Wales last summer. All the while, her family wants her to marry Reggie who is love with his uncle’s secretary. This confusing set of circumstances all gets sorted out by the end in this comedy by Wodehouse. No one is better at poking fun at the upper classes while untangling a mass of miscommunication and chaos than Wodehouse is and I literally laughed out loud several times while reading this book.

Review by Jessica A.

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig by Jan and Mike Berenstain

19105707_1317550348341194_7084078710529982243_nBrother and Sister Bear went to the library and found a book about dinosaurs that sparked their interest in dinosaurs. So Mama and Papa Bear did the only thing they could do and that was to take them to the museum to learn even more about their new passion. They got to see a dig in progress, as well as, bones. They then came home and continued their learning with a dinosaur kit from their museum trip.

Review by Leslie B.

Summer Reading at the Library

This year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading by Design which focuses on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Read books and earn prizes! See our list of events for Children and Teens below. Adults can participate too. Just pick up an entry form at the Circulation Desk.


Children’s ——- June 2017 events

Danville Public Library — Reading by Design—read books, earn prizes!

Weekly programs: (children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver)
Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
Super Sonic Story Time 10:00 a.m., birth to 24 months,  Children’s Program Room
Snacks by Design 2:00 p.m., ages 5 – 18 yrs. Children’s Program Room
6/6 banana split pudding snack, 6/13 cheese and cracker shirt, 6/20 goldfish sun, 6/27
beach pudding snack
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28
Wonder Garden Club – garden projects focusing on pattern in nature. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. outside in the garden, inside 1st floor meeting room.
Knowledge Builders – using the Magic Tree House book series to build knowledge. 10:30  – 11:30 a.m. Ages 6 – 11 yrs. 1st floor meeting room
Itty Bitty Inventors playgroup, Young Pup Yoga for the first 15 min. ages 2 – 6 yrs, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 1st floor meeting room.
Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Constructive Tween Gaming, 6:00 p.m. ages 8 – 11 yrs Children’s Program Room
Thursday, June 15
Tween 3D printer class — 4:00 p.m. Children’s Program Room
Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
U CRE8, we supply crafting materials, you imagine, design, create! ages 8 – 18 yrs. 2:00 p.m., downstairs meeting room
Kidz Movie Club – Moana 1:00 p.m., June 10 ages 5 – 11 yrs.
Builder’s Club 10:30 a.m., June 17 ages 5 – 11 yrs.
Checkers 1:00 p.m., June 24, ages 8 – 18 yrs.

Special events:

Saturday, June 17, 1:30 p.m. Ronald McDonald’s Magic Show in the Children’s Room

Teen Programs—ages 12 – 18 yrs.

Teen 3D printer classJune 1, 4:00 p.m., Children’s Program Room
University of Illinois Teen Cooking ClassMondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:00 p.m. Children’s Program Room.
Sweet Escape — join us for a writing activity and eat cake pops! Wednesday, June 7, 5:00 p.m. downstairs meeting room.
TeenFlixFantastic Beasts —- movie night just for teens
Monday, June 19, 4:30 p.m. upstairs conference room
Under 13 with permission slip.
Meeting of the Teen Minds — discussion topic, social media safety
Monday, June 26, 5:00 p.m. downstairs meeting room
Otaku Club — a celebration of Japanese manga, anime, and culture, featuring My Hero Academia
Tuesday, June 27, 5:00 p.m. upstairs conference room
Edible Experiments — science and food, yum! Make a juicy fruit salad and couscous through the magic of osmosis!
Wednesday, June 28, 5:00 p.m. downstairs meeting room
Teen Book Challenge — teen book club
Thursday, June 29, 5:00 p.m. upstairs conference room

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, three new videos, one new music CD, four new children’s books, and 18 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “Camino Island: A Novel,” “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” and “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A Novel.” The new videos this week are “Logan,” “A United Kingdom,” and “Rock Dog.”