Staff Meeting



The library will be closed on Monday, December 4 for a Staff Workshop.


Book Review: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

51rmn5eojwl-_sx316_bo1204203200_When one moves to another country, you expect there to be some difficulties, some hardships and culturally settling in. But, when Kim is eleven she and her mother move from Hong Kong to NYC and are thrust into a life of poverty, sweet shops, exploitation, bullying, and fear, most of which is thrust on them by Kim’s mother’s older sister, due to hate and jealousy. But the worst part in my opinion, is that all of this takes place in modern times, when we believe that nothing like this could happen. But, despite all of the problems that Kim and her mother go thru, Kim is able thru hard work and perseverance is able to move out of poverty and out from under her aunt’s thumb.

Review by Leslie B.

Book Review: Ms. Marvel, volume 7: Damage Per Second by G. Willow Wilson, Takashi Miyazawa, and Mirka Andolfo

517EQVeVNfL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_At this point in Kamala Khan’s story, she is still dealing with some of the consequences from the recent Civil War II event during which Bruno left for a fancy school in Wakanda and Kamala had a falling out with her hero Captain Marvel. This volume includes 6 issues, starting with a timely story about local elections and then going into the main story arc involving a seriously bad computer virus.

I’m a huge Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel fan and have been reading her books since day one. This book provides more of the quality Khan content we come to love and expect. We peek in on Bruno’s life in Wakanda and see Kamala fighting enemies on the home front. I would gladly recommend this to anyone from grade school students to adults. Read this book, read ‘em all. You won’t be disappointed.

Review by Jessica A.

Monday Spotlight: FirstSearch

FirstSearch databases contains 14 different databases (described below) that are free to access if you are an Illinois resident. Access requires an authorization code and password.  Call the Reference Dept. at (217) 477-5228 to obtain these (must be Illinois resident).

Database Description Full Text?
ArticleFirst OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals Y
ClasePeriodica Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities Y
Ebooks OCLC catalog of online electronic books available through libraries worldwide
ECO An OCLC collection of scholarly journals Y
ERIC Journal articles and reports in education Y
GPO U.S. government publications
IllinoisCatalog OCLC catalog of materials in Illinois libraries
MEDLINE All areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing
OAIster Union catalog of digital resources
PapersFirst OCLC index of papers presented at conferences worldwide
Proceedings An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings
WorldAlmanac Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia and four almanacs
WorldCat The world’s largest library catalog.
WorldCat Dissertations A database of all dissertations and theses available in WorldCat

What’s New at the Library?



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

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There are ten new bestsellers, ten new movies, one new music CD, 21 new children’s books, and nine other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “Artemis: A Novel,” “Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life,” and “Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, and Instant Pot.” The new movies this week include “Cars 3 [Blu-ray],” “Cars 3,” and “Atomic Blonde.”

Book Review: Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin


First published in 1955 and reprinted with a new introduction in 1984, Notes of a Native Son is James Baldwin’s first collection of essays. While one might suppose that the title essay is the one that critiques Richard Wright’s Native Son (that would be “Many Thousands Gone”), “Notes of a Native Son” is actually about Baldwin’s father and their tumultuous relationship. The book also includes a critical essay on the film Carmen Jones and on protest novels, specifically Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He tells the story of a remote Swiss village which he favored for writing a couple of winters and how the villagers thought him a complete novelty, never having seen a Black man before.

Baldwin has so much to say in this short book and so much wisdom to share that I could read it twenty times and still glean something new from it each time. Read this book. Read his other works. I know I will.

Review by Jessica A.