Events at Derby Public Library

313 Elizabeth St.
Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9-8; Thursday 9-6; Friday, 9-5; Saturday, 9-2.

Teen summer movie matinees — Tuesdays, July 16, 23 & 30, 1-3 p.m. for patrons ages 12 to 17. Lunch will be provided by the Summer Food Program. Participants can vote on subsequent film titles to be shown. This is part of the Teen Summer Reading Club. Registration is required.

Tie dye — Young adults ages 12 to 17 can tie dye T-shirts, Tuesday, July 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Laurie Lynn will provide new white T-shirts, dyes, and the expertise needed to create a personally designed fashion statement. Program is part of the Summer Reading Club. Registration is required.

Young adult book discussion — Wednesday, July 24, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. for readers between the ages 12 to 17. Paper Towns by John Green. Copies at the circulation desk. This program is part of the “Beneath the Surface” Teen Summer Reading Club.

Art class — for ages 12 to 17, instructed by the Giggling Pig of Shelton, Thursday, July 25, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. use acrylic paints on canvas. Part of the Summer Reading Club. Registration required.

Movie matinees — Wednesdays at 1 p.m. through Aug. 14 for age 18 and over. Newly released DVDs will be shown. Registration is requested.

Sports Talk — Thursday morning at 10 a.m. These informal sessions will meet throughout the baseball season. Radio talk show host, author, and Major League baseball rules consultant  Rich Marazzi facilitates.  Each session includes trivia contests, videos, lively conversation and more. Open to all,  rookies through veterans. No registration necessary.

Local history — information sessions Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m.- noon. The library’s local history coordinator will be available in  the History Room.

 Nursery Rhyme Time —  for ages 12 to 24 months and a caregiver on Thursdays, 10 a.m. Finger plays, songs, movement, instruments, stories and rhymes.
Time for Twos — for ages 2 to 3 and caregivers, Thursdays 11 a.m. with stories, songs, finger plays, crafts.

Terrific Threes — Fridays, 10 a.m.

Preschool story time — for ages 4 to 6, Fridays at 11 a.m.; stories, songs, instruments, literacy games, crafts. Caregivers remain in the Children’s Room. Registration requested.

Coupon Club — led by Missy Lundeen meets Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. Bring a notebook, pen, scissors, plastic shopping bag, and coupons. For more information, email

Teen Chess Club — for ages 11 to 17 meets Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Participants will learn how the game is played as well as new and varying defensive/offensive strategies. Julio Maldonado provides coaching. Registration requested.

Electronic graphics needed — for TeenZone page of library website. Submissions by teens ages 12 to 17 will be reviewed and credited for points on Thursdays. Winners announced at “Mission Accomplished” party. Registration as a reading club member required.

e-Books — have been added to the library’s downloadable collection and may be accessed through

Film workshop — Writing, editing and filming scripts for teenagers, Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Call to register.

Lunch buddies — book discussion for ages 8 to 11, Thursdays, noon-1 p.m.; bring bag lunch; dessert provided. Registration requested.

Young adult book club — for young adults ages 12 to 17, Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Participants will meet to read and discuss featured titles from various genres; registration requested.

Summer reading —  Theme for this year’s adult summer reading club is Groundbreaking Reads, through Aug. 16. Participants read books of their choice, then submit a brief written review that will be posted. They will receive a participation prize after they submit their first review. Weekly raffles and final Food and Fun Groundbreaking event Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Teen summer reading — through Aug. 15, “Beneath the Surface,” weekly prizes for reading and reviewing books and articles; evaluating websites; and participating in rewarding programs; registration ongoing.

New electronic resources — Wowbrary, a weekly e-mail service to patrons; EventKeeper registration allows patrons to register for programs; Spanish Catalog; Primary Search for elementary school magazines, plus encyclopedia and dictionary; Consumer Health Complete health database.

Spanish and Polish language sets — Each set includes fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children along with DVDs for all ages. More language sets will be added in the future. The library also has updated its ESL collection, and there is now a Spanish  link at

New databases — Home Improvement Center and Points of View Reference. Also available, facts on File World News Digest.

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