Featured Database – Newsbank: America’s Newspapers

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Access the Peoria Journal Star online by clicking here!

To search and read newspapers from throughout Illinois, click here.

To access newspapers from throughout the country, including the Wall Street Journal, Peoria Journal Star, USA Today, and Washington Post, click here. 

New to E-Books or Need Help?

  DPLD offers e-book and e-reader workshops; check the event calendar to see what we have coming up. Sign up for a one-on-one tutorial for help with your device. If you are reading e-books on certain e-readers, you’ll need to download Adobe Digital Editions. If you are using an Apple or Android mobile device, tablet, Kindle Fire, or Nook Tablet, you’ll need to download the OverDrive Media Console App. See a list of compatible devices.

CACTUS Club @ Your Library

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Creative Artists & Crafters Tackle Unfinished Stuff Club

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Usually the 1st Friday of the month from 10:00 until noon (drop-in style).

Our next meeting will be on Friday, September 1.

The meeting room for our next CACTUS Club gathering will be open from 10 to noon to work on all of your unfinished projects. Our challenge reveal, should you choose to participate, will be at 10:30!

Our challenge theme for September (should you choose to accept it) is to finish one of those UFO (or unfinished objects/projects) that you have. It could be something that you started at least 6 months ago…years would be better!  Sometimes when you’re looking at all of those unfinished projects, it can be overwhelming. Take a moment to look critically at them and ask “is it really worth my time now?”.  If it isn’t, you have at least several choices 1) scrap it for parts to create something different  2) scrap it for parts and donate those parts so someone else can make something awesome 3) throw it out and start a new and exciting project!  I’m sure you have other ideas but these are just a few. Remember CACTUS Club is an an acronym for Creative  Artists & Crafters Tackle Unfinished Stuff…so let’s get it done! Happy creating (and completing)!

We provide the tables…you bring your unfinished projects to work on. Meet others to share ideas & learn new techniques!

Hope you can join us. Bring a friend!

Knit & Stitch @ Your Library

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Meet new people as you work on a fresh project or finish that UFO that’s been sitting around a while. New knitters and crocheters and other needle crafters welcome…friendly help is here!

Meets the 2nd Friday of the month 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Our next meeting will be on Friday, September 15.

Chair Yoga @ Your Library

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Thursdays 2:00 – 2:45 pm

No chair yoga on Thursday, September 21. The library is closing early at 2:00 for Dunlap’s Homecoming parade.

Interested in trying yoga, but don’t think your body can? Well, this class is for you!

Chairs provided. No mat needed. Wear comfortable clothing.

Instructor led.

“Who Picked This?” Book Club

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We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 am.

On Tuesday, September 19 we will be discussing Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shatterley.  We will be viewing the movie Hidden Figures after our book discussion. You may join us for either event or both! 

Our next read will be Ordinary Grace by William Krueger to be discussed on October 17. 

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space—a powerful, revelatory contribution that is as essential to our understanding of race, discrimination, and achievement in modern America as Between the World and Me and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The basis for the smash Academy Award-nominated film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

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7•Ups Book Club

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This group meets on the 4th Thursday at 11:00 during February, March, April, May, August, September, and October.

Title: Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death Series #1), Author: Ariana Franklin

On Thursday, October 27 we’ll be discussing Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble…

The national bestselling hit hailed by the New York Times as a “vibrant medieval mystery…[it] outdoes the competition.”

In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia’s investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country’s churches, the killer prepares to strike again.

Monday Morning Book Club

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Kids play while the adults discuss the book club selection!  We usually meet on the 2nd Monday at 9:30 in the morning. 

Our next book is A Time to Dance by Podma Venkatraman that we’ll discuss at 9:30 on Monday, September 11.

Padma Venkatraman’s inspiring story of a young girl’s struggle to regain her passion and find a new peace is told lyrically through verse that captures the beauty and mystery of India and the ancient bharatanatyam dance form. This is a stunning novel about spiritual awakening, the power of art, and above all, the courage and resilience of the human spirit.

Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.

 

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