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NEA Big Read: Wichita

The Derby Public Library is pleased to partner with Wichita Public Library again this year for NEA Big Read: Wichita. The title for this year's Big Read is Circe by Madeline Miller.

This novel, about the lesser-known goddess Circe, takes you on a spellbinding journey into the world of mortals, monsters and gods. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discoverst that she does possess power — the power of potions and spells — which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods.

The NEA Big Read: Wichita began with a virtual kickoff 2:30-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, on KPTS.

Pick up a free copy of the book at Derby Public Library beginning Jan. 9, courtesy of the Friends of the Derby Public Library. Read the book and make plans to attend one of the many Big Read scheduled events here in Derby, or explore the Big Read Wichita website to find events throughout the area.

Derby Library Schedule of Events

The Curse of Pandora's Box: A Take-Home Murder Mystery

For Teens (6th-12th Grade) and Adults (18 or over)

Boxes Available from Monday, January 11 - Friday, February 19 or while supplies last

This special box comes to you from the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Within it are the clues to a bitter betrayal and a subsequent murder. Madame Phoebe, the museum's benefactor of a new mythology exhibit, was gifted this box which contains clues to terrible secrets. Upon opening the box, Madame Phoebe was tracked down and killed. Before her demise, she sent the box to the only place she could think of; a public library. She hopes that a clever reader such as yourself will uncover the truth and bring her killer to justice.

The 1st place winner will receive a $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Card. The 2nd place winner will receive a $50 Hobby Lobby Gift Card.

All participating patrons will be entered to win an assorted bag of goodies that includes books, crafts, and more.

Pick up a box at either the drive-thru window or at the front desk.

Big Read Events for Adults

Book Discussions* — refreshments will be served

  • 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Lodge at Warren Riverview Park
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at the Lodge at Warren Riverview Park

*If Sedgwick County extends strict gathering limits, book discussions may be done virtually, rather than in person. Please watch this page and our social media for updates on all events.


Mythological Movies Series - All showings are held in the Community Room, and snacks will be provided

  • Wonder Woman, featuring Gal Gadot - Tuesday, January 12 at 6 p.m.
  • O Brother Where Art Though, starring George Clooney - Tuesday, January 19 at noon
  • Disney's Hercules, starring Danny Devito - Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m.
  • Clash of the Titans, starring Liam Neeson - Tuesday, Feburary 2 at noon
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, starring Logan Lerman - Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m.
  • Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson - Tuesday, February 16 at noon


Are you on Beanstack? Create an account with Wichita Public Library on Beanstack and register for the Big Read challenge. You'll find a fun list of 24 activities you can do to earn badges. If you complete just 8 of the activities in the list, you'll earn a finisher prize — a one-of-a-kind art print from local artist Delilah Reed, and you'll be entered into the grand prize drawing.

*Note: this challenge is NOT accessible through your Derby Library Beanstack account. You will need to register to use Beanstack with WPL to access it. Once you register, you can switch between your accounts on the Beanstack app.