Review: Mata Hari’s Last Dance

Mata Hari’s Last Dance by Michelle Moran

I had never heard of Mata Hari until reading this novel, so it was fascinating to learn about this woman who took Europe by storm in the early 20th century. She built her life from nothing but her imagination. She was beautiful and talented and she traded on that to become an icon. The author describes her beautifully, which led me to search for pictures of her.

Mata Hari

I really loved this book. It was hard to put down. (I actually read it in two days!) This book was beautiful and over too soon. It has average reviews on Goodreads but I highly recommend this! Another great novel by Michelle Moran.

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New books in late January!

We’re well into January, and there are still some exciting new releases to look forward to this month.

“The Wicked City” by Beatriz Williams was released Jan. 17.

Here are a few of the titles we are most looking forward to (or glad they came out on Tuesday!) at the end of this month:

Jan. 17: The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams — Love the 1920s, speakeasies, and flappers? This might be just the book for you. Williams, who wrote A Certain Age, re-creates the Jazz Age in New York City in this novel that mixes past and present. The story centers on a “love triangle involving a rugged Prohibition agent, a saucy redheaded flapper, and a debonair Princetonian from a wealthy family.” Its rating on Goodreads is 4.06 stars.

Jan. 24: Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones — Book 11 in the Charley Davidson series promises to be another excellent installment in the tales of the part-time private investigator, who is also the full-time Grim Reaper. It’s just another day in the life . . . filled with hell hounds,

“The Girl Before” by J.P. Delaney releases on Jan. 24.

evil gods and lots of dead people. If you love urban paranormal that is also laugh-out-loud funny, this series is a must-read. Goodreads readers give it 4.5 stars.

Jan. 24: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney — Here is a story of two women who move into the same house, years apart. A psychological thriller that is already slated to be adapted to the big screen, reviews promise a suspenseful read with plenty of surprises. It rates 3.9 stars on Goodreads.

the cover of Caraval by Stephanie Garber
“Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

Jan. 31: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber — This first title in a new young adult series is currently atop the list of most popular books published in January 2017 on Goodreads. A good match for readers who loved The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, this is a tale of two sisters who enter a legendary game of intrigue to escape their ruthless father. Advance readers have rated it 4.3 stars on Goodreads.

New photography exhibit gets viewers up close

The Derby Arts Council is pleased to announce the installation of “Macro/Melange,” an exhibit featuring photographic works by the members of the Wichita Area Camera Club. The exhibit, which opens Jan. 9, 2017, in the Gathering Space Gallery at the Derby Public Library,

Macro photo of a magnolia pod opening
“Magnolia Pod Awakening” by Glenda Webster

features macro and standard photography. Viewers of the exhibit will find themselves reflecting on their interests and asking questions prompted by the photos.

Macro photography, taking close-up photographs of tiny objects, has become a more popular technique with the advent of digital cameras. It presents the photographer with many challenges, as trying to capture the essence of something so tiny and taking that image to a size many hundreds of times larger can be both frustrating and exhilarating.

Members of the Wichita Area Camera Club take great care with their subjects, working to bring focus and deliberation to their photographs.

Photo of a polydamas butterfly
“Polydamas” by Sondra Barry

This often results in the viewer exploring the photograph in ways unfamiliar to them.

Members of the club meet monthly at Douglas Photographic Imaging on the second Tuesday of the month. Each month’s meeting includes a photography assignment challenge. The mission of the club is to educate its members and offer opportunities for each member to improve their skills. Each member is encouraged to seek out photo competitions, group photo shoots and other activities that will stretch them as photographers.

The public is cordially invited to attend a reception honoring the artists 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2017, in the Community Room at the Derby Public Library.

Macro photo of a thin slice of strawberry in club soda
“Strawberry Fizz” by Paulette Mattingly

Photographers featured in the show will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their photos and techniques. Call Tami English at 316-788-0760 for more information regarding the exhibit, reception or purchase of photos.

The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden’s debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, is like living in a Russian fairy tale. The language was beautiful and it filled you with images of magic, hardships, cold and beauty. I read this covered in blankets and felt the cold creep off the pages. There is a lot of build up to the end but each piece of the story plays an important part. All the characters are complex and wonderfully written. You understand people even as you hate them. This book was amazing! Highly recommend but don’t expect a fast easy read because this has so much detail and beauty it is meant to be savored.

Reserve a copy of The Bear and the Nightingale today!

Overheard in the Library #3

Over the years, we’ve had conversations and interactions with patrons that, let’s just say are interesting. We’ve also overheard things that make us laugh out loud as well. So we thought we’d share some of those ‘interesting’ interactions with you guys. Here’s a third set of “things overheard in the library.”

Welcome to the “Book Factory”!

-A parent told me her son used to call the Library “The Book Factory”

-Mom to her little boy:
Mom-What happens when we run in the library?
Boy- *silence*
Mom- The floor opens up and it eats you!

-Talking with a regular patron, he was trying to describe an actor to me, and some of the movies he’s been in and he says “You know, the good looking one?” I say “Bradley Cooper” he says “YES!”

-A lady just asked where the card catalogs are! That is still one of my favorite questions. She was holding an iPhone in her hand too.

-A teen hands me his library card to check a video game controller out and says “Don’t mind if that’s sticky.”

-Patron: I looked up the book in some website or something like that.

Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

New books in early January!

It’s almost a new year, and that means another whole year of new books to look forward to. Here are some of the books our staff is most looking forward to that will be released in the first two weeks of January.

Jan. 3: Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Rachel Hoffman — Hoffman takes and fresh and irreverent look at the organizing/decluttering/neatening movement that seems to be everywhere these days. This is a practical guide for the rest of us, based on a 20/10 system, 20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break. It has a 3.71 rating on Goodreads.

Jan 10: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn (Veronica Speedwell #2) — the intrepid Miss Speedwell finds herself in a new adventure following an invitation from the mysterious Lady Sundridge. Her task? Save a prominent patron of the arts, who has been accused of murdering his mistress, from hanging. Veronica and Stoker find themselves in a grotto, Bohemian art colony and a royal palace as they race the clock to find the true killer. It has a 4.08 rating on Goodreads.

Jan. 10: The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden — A debut novel described as magical, this book tells the story of Vasilia, who lives at the edge of the Russian wilderness. Vasilia’s father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife after Vasilia’s mother dies. When Vasilia’s stepmother forbids the family from honoring the household spirits, danger begins to circle and Vasilia calls on gifts she has long concealed. 4.32 stars (out of 5) on Goodreads

Jan. 10: A List of Cages by Robin Roe — Another debut novel, this one for young adults, follows Adam Blake during his senior year, when he lands his dream class-serving as an aide to the school psychologist. When a request from the doctor to find a troubled freshman leads him to his former foster brother, life gets crazy. Robin Roe drew on her own life experiences in writing her first novel. A List of Cages has a 4.48 rating on Goodreads.

What new releases are you looking forward to?

Overheard in the Library #2

Over the years, we’ve had conversations and interactions with patrons that, let’s just say are interesting. We’ve also overheard things that make us laugh out loud as well. So we thought we’d share some of those ‘interesting’ interactions with you guys. Here’s another set of “things overheard in the library.”

-Patron: I looked up the book in some website or something like that.

-4 year old to mom after putting a few books in the book drop, “I need to go relax a few minutes.”

main door into the library
“Open sesame! No? OK, then.”

-Patron to the door as he was leaving “Open Sesame! No? OK, then.”

-Patron came up to me and asks “Is the checkout limit 4?” Yes. “Is there anyway we can stretch that to 5?”

-A little boy was running and his mom said “Stop, I told you not to run!’ his response “Mom, my feet are out of control!”

Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Print at the library — from anywhere

You’re at home and you have a document that you need to print. You don’t have a printer. Or you realize that your printer is broken. Or out of ink or toner.

You are on your phone or tablet, and someone sent you a file that you don’t want to read on that little screen. You don’t have a printer connected to your mobile device, or don’t have a printer at home.

Or you are out running errands when that file or document comes to your email and you don’t want to have to go back home to print it. Maybe you are already in the library and just need to print from your laptop, phone or tablet.

Did you know that you can use printing services at the library from anywhere? You can even print from your phone or other mobile device.

Derby Public Library has the solution for every one of these situations. You can print your documents on the go with our mobile printing service. If you have an Internet connected device (computer, smartphone or tablet), you can submit documents or photos for printing at the library no matter where you are. Print jobs will be held for two hours and can be released by staff members at the circulation desk. Printing costs 25 cents a page.

If you are already in the library, just connect your laptop or mobile device to the DPL_GUEST network. If you are printing from another location, make sure your laptop or mobile device is connected to the Internet.

Go to the mobile printing page on the library website. That page contains detailed instructions on how to print from different types of devices.

From a home computer or a laptop, no matter where you are printing from, you will click on the link to the printer support site. Then, follow the steps as outlined, being prepared to provide your email address. Staff will identify your print jobs by your email address.

Choose the file you wish to print (from your computer or the URL of a Web page if that’s what you need to print). Click the print icon and you will see the status of your print job.

If printing from a mobile device, you will need to download the PrinterOn app from your device’s app store.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, follow the printing instructions on the library website.