What’s New at the Library?



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

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There are one new bestseller, six new movies, 11 new audiobooks, ten new children’s books, and one other new book.

The new bestseller this week is “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays.” The new movies this week include “Mary Poppins Returns [Blu-Ray],” “Mary Poppins Returns,” and “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.”


Book Review: A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

1086164Professor Leidenbrock and his nephew Axel find a mysterious note suggesting an Icelandic geologist traveled to the center of the earth and lived to tell the tale. The two prepare for the long and arduous journey to Iceland, for that is where the geologist began, and enlist the help of an Icelander named Hans to assist with the journey below ground. Not to spoil a 150-year-old book, but the trio makes it to the center of the earth after several setbacks and strange occurrences, and return safely to ground level.

There is a scene near the start of the book in which Professer Leidenbrock and Axel are arguing about what they may find in the center of the earth. The nephew believes that the center would be liquid rock and metal. The professor is convinced that it is solid rock. Both trot out a series of scientific facts and figures to prove their points. Readers are of course meant to side with the Professor and, indeed, he is proven correct later in the book (or there would be no book), but as a modern reader, knowing that the nephew is actually correct, the exchange is pretty hilarious.

While the science is obviously not accurate, the book itself is fun. It’s an adventure story written by a master. We read the story from Axel’s point of view, who is reluctant about everything involved in this journey. This makes for a pleasant “surprise” when Axel is proven wrong. If you’ve only ever seen the film version starring James Mason, you will be surprised at some of the differences. I hope you have fun with this classic, as I did.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: Mango



Mango is a free language-learning program available through the library. All you need is a valid Danville Public Library card, and you will have access to 72 different languages to learn. The easy-to-navigate website has structured classes of varying lengths and experience levels. Cardholders can also watch movies in several different languages on Mango. They have movies appropriate for a wide range of age levels.

Mango labs shows you what projects they are currently working on and allows you to vote for your favorites and ask to be notified when the class becomes available.

Have a look at Mango.   Echa un vistazo a Mango.    ਅੰਬਾਂ ‘ਤੇ ਨਜ਼ਰ ਮਾਰੋ  Edrychwch ar Mango. 망고 좀 봐.   Spójrz na Mango.

Friday Reads: National Library Week

Next week is National Library Week. All week long, Danville Public Library will be holding special events to celebrate libraries. Check out our Facebook page for more details. Below is a list of “library” books that you can find at Danville Public Library‘s Youth Services Department.

9780810989276Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale by Daniel Kirk

Sam, the shy mouse that lives in the library and likes to write books, collaborates with a boy in the library’s Authors and Illustrators Club.




51cphcsz57l._sx258_bo1204203200_Our Library by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Maggie Smith

A raccoon and his friends go to great lengths to make sure they will always have a library from which to borrow books.




0e89f6_04d2a9eb5c2245a0ab6c4adbd1763879mv2_d_3300_3000_s_4_2The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark, illustrated by Chuck Groenink

Using the lyrics to Tom Chapin and Michael Mark’s “The Library Song,” this picture book celebrates the magic of reading and of libraries.


61vta06efqlSplat the Cat and the Late Library Book by Cari Meister, illustrated by Robert Eberz

Splat becomes a fugitive from the library when he realizes he has an overdue library book.



11325654Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea

Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places, the library, and on the way he encounters a series of animals, including a cow, baby chicks, a turtle, and an owl, and shares his roars with each.




615-kskcm1l._sx258_bo1204203200_Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude by Josh Funk, illustrated by Stevie Lewis

Patience, one of the New York Public Library lions, is missing and Fortitude, the other lion, searches the building from top to bottom seeking him.




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

Book Review: The Interior by Lisa See

51m0amqzc0l._sx331_bo1204203200_Mysteries are not the genre I go running to when I am looking for the next book to read. But, I have found I enjoy the work of Lisa See. Lisa See writes with so much knowledge of the workings of the Chinese culture and history that I find myself drawn in to the story. Hulan is a, for the lack of a better word, FBI agent for the government of China. She has been asked by a friend that she has not seen in twenty years to investigate the death of her daughter. The mother has been told that her daughter committed suicide, but she is unconvinced. This death leads Hulan into a world of corporate corruption and danger that endangers her unborn child.


Review by Leslie B.

What’s New at the Library?



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

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=8491-236 ***

There are 13 new bestsellers, six new movies, nine new audiobooks, one new music CD, 11 new children’s books, and 70 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “The Cornwalls Are Gone,” “My Lovely Wife,” and “The American Agent.” The new movies this week include “After Auschwitz,” “Strange Victory,” and “Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously [Blu-ray].”

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

AA353E80-9EB0-43B0-B07E-CD84B4621240.jpegThis book focuses on a female writer in England after the end of WWII. It’s a story told through letters. She’s trying to find a topic for her next book, since a collection of her humorous articles has just been published in one volume. She receives a letter from Guernsey, a small island in the Channel that was occupied during the war, from a man who happened to buy a book that had once belonged to her. He saw her name in the cover and decided to write to her to thank her for the serendipitous travel of her book to Guernsey. This introduces our main character to the Literary Society and it members, most of whom write to her, and she finds a topic for her next book: Guernsey’s story.

The book is funny and sweet and quite an easy read. I loved it, as I always tend to like stories featuring spunky women who do their own thing and flout expectations. This book has romance, but it’s not a romance novel or even a romantic comedy. It’s humor, but in a historical setting. I have to confess that through all my history classes (and I hold a degree in history) I never studied the Channel Islands. I had no idea that they were British, or that they had been occupied by the Germans. In that regard, the book was fascinating. There were horrific war stories told by the Guernsey citizens as well as hopeful ones, that show the beauty of the human spirit.

Review by Jessica A.