From The Director's Desk
Although no one can make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. --- Carl Bard
As the New Year begins, I have several new things at the Library to tell you about. The first one is our “new” newsletter! While our old newsletter had been informational and sufficient for the past eight years, it was time for a facelift. As you can see, we are now in full color and have gone to a more “magazine” style format. It is our hope that this new look will still give you all the information you need, plus some extras, while also portraying the warmth and character of the Library.
Just in case you haven’t made one yet (or have made it and broken it already) we have a New Year’s resolution suggestion for you… Resolve to Read in 2014! This is the theme of our Winter Reading Club for adults, ages 18 and over. It will run from January 6 through March 8. There will be participation gifts and weekly raffles, and close with a “Spring Fever” celebration on March 10. Winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with a good book!
Scientific studies show that an integral component of achieving and maintaining optimal health and well being includes having a strong social support network in your life. Our new program series, Just for Women, supports those studies. Women of all ages are invited to come together on the first Monday of the month to discuss issues that are important to them. Again, keeping with the theme of this column – come and make new friends!
Looking for a peaceful way to achieve health and relaxation this New Year? Join us on January 13 and 27 for an Introduction to Reiki. The awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the quality of a person’s health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. When your life energy is low, the more difficult it is to deal with stress. Reiki is a technique that increases your supply of life energy, making it easier to deal with stress and maintain optimal health. Individual mini sessions will be available to those who want to try increasingly popular practice.
Our new Polish books have arrived! Several fiction titles have been added to our collection thanks to the memorial donation from the family of Zofia Switala.
Need some suggestions of new places to dine? Join us on February 24 as author Garrison Leykam, discusses his book, Classic Diners of Connecticut. Come and hear which Valley diner is highlighted!
With the holidays over, the whole winter wonderland thing can often wear off. The Library is here to help you fight off the winter doldrums. Hope to see you soon!
Library Trivia: As many already know, Col. and Mrs. H. Holton Wood donated the land and money to build the Derby Public Library in memory of their son, Harcourt Wood. But did you know that the Wood family only lived in Derby for ten years? During that short time, Col. Wood became a very active and well-loved member of the community, and considered Derby his “home.”