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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 Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Lab Girl is a memoir that tells the story of a young woman who finds friendship in odd places, battles bipolar disorder, perseveres through setbacks and relishes hard-earned triumphs, and becomes a respected scientist and passionate observer of the natural world.

The NEA Big Read: Wichita will commence at a kickoff party on Saturday, September 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Wichita Advanced Learning Library. Mayor Jeff Longwell and Congressional spouse Susan Estes will both serve as honorary co-chairs for the program.

Pick up a free copy of the book at Derby Public Library beginning Oct. 1, 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

Big Read Children's Events

Family Night Storytime "Dirt" — 7-7:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Join us for an evening story time designed for children age 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Come for a before-bedtime sharing of nature-related books and music, followed by a family activity.

Tween Zone Mason Jar Fairy Lights — 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Tweens in grades 3-5 are invited to come to this fun activity after school, where we will make mason jar fairy lights and enjoy snacks and a book talk.

Big Read "Trees" Storytimes — 10-10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 AND 10-10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 (same program both days). Preschoolers will have fun exploring a Big Read companion picture book at this storytime for children age 3-5. We'll read books, sing songs and watch educational videos.

Adventures at the Library Harvest Time at the Farm — Kids in grades K-2 will have fun exploring what happens on a farm at harvest time.

Big Read Teen Events

Secret Garden Writing Challenge — Sept. 30 through Nov. 1. Sixth-12th grade writers will journey through the Secret Garden to write an original short story. Various plant-inspired challenges will push the writer's story forward to a grand conclusion. Writers who complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a flower garden kit and will have the option to have their story published on the library website or blog.

The Forbidden Forest Read-a-thon — Oct. 1-31. Courageous teens and adults are invited to journey through the Forbidden Forest in this month-long read-a-thon. Participants can pick up a reading log at the front desk or Youth Services desk and will have the month of October to complete 12 reading challenges. Readers who make it out of the Forbidden Forest will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $50 Barnes & Noble gift cards. To download and print a copy of the read-a-thon form, please click the button below (just above the list of events for adults). You can also pick up a tracking sheet at the front desk or youth services desk at the library.

Big Read Writing Workshop "Find Your Story" — 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Everyday occurrences are the basis for memoir and journal writing in this workshop presented by Aspen Black and Kerry Grombacher - experienced authors and editors, songwriters, and storytellers. Find inspiration in the sights, sounds, objects, people, and places you experience. Just as Hope Jahrens says in her memoir "Lab Girl," you become a scientist when you start asking questions about the things you observe, and you become a writer when you begin to describe your life and the world around you.

Teen Tuesday DIY Fairy Gardens — 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Join us as we use nature as our inspiration to create fairy gardens. Teen Tuesday events are held in the Community Room.

Big Read Events for Adults

Book Discussions — refreshments will be served

  • 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the Lodge at Warren Riverview Park
  • 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Lodge at Warren Riverview Park

Big Read Writing Workshop "Find Your Story" — 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Everyday occurrences are the basis for memoir and journal writing in this workshop presented by Aspen Black and Kerry Grombacher - experienced authors and editors, songwriters, and storytellers. Find inspiration in the sights, sounds, objects, people, and places you experience. Just as Hope Jahrens says in her memoir "Lab Girl," you become a scientist when you start asking questions about the things you observe, and you become a writer when you begin to describe your life and the world around you.

Labs Gone Wrong Movie Series* (All movie times are on Tuesdays)

Reign on the Garden Throne Murder Mystery* — 7 p.m. Oct. 11. In the flower-inspired fantastical world of Natura, the Emperor on the Garden Throne reigns supreme while the kings and queens of the seven courts manage their realms. When the King of the Willow Court is assassinated, the land rages towards civil war. Who committed this act of betrayal and what secrets will bloom? Inspired by the worlds of George RR Martin, Terry Brooks, and Sarah J. Maas, this murder mystery will delight both fantasy and mystery fans!
*Seats are limited and registration is required. Dinner will be provided.

The Forbidden Forest Read-a-thon — Oct. 1-31. Courageous teens and adults are invited to journey through the Forbidden Forest in this month-long read-a-thon. Participants can pick up a reading log at the front desk or Youth Services desk and will have the month of October to complete 12 reading challenges. Readers who make it out of the Forbidden Forest will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $50 Barnes & Noble gift cards. To print your own tracking sheet for the read-a-thon, click the button above, between the events for teens and events for adults. You can also pick up a tracking sheet at the front desk in the library.

 

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