Congratulations to Dahiana Rodriguez-James, recipient of the 2024 Derby Public Library Scholarship Award!

No photo description available.

With her mom, Annette (left), by her side, Dahiana was presented the $1,000 prize by Library Board President Dorothy Gleason (right) and the Board of Directors during their May meeting.

After graduating Derby High School, Dahiana will attend the
University of New Haven to major in Criminal Justice/National Security. Her long-term goal is to work for
the F.B.I someday.
In her essay, Dahiana shared that “Libraries have played a very important role in my life, especially during my transition from Puerto Rico.
Through books, I rose above la
nguage barriers, engaging myself in stories that expanded my understanding of the world and improved my vocabulary. Beyond better language skills, the Library also fostered a sense of community and belonging.”
She added, “It was within the walls of the Library that I found my voice through literature, gained the confidence to express myself, and cultivated a lifelong passion for reading and learning.”
We wish Dahiana much luck and success in her future aspirations, and hope she comes back to visit us.
In addition to the monetary prize, Dahiana’s name has been added to the Scholarship Prize Plaque located in the Library’s Teen Zone.

Do you have an article of clothing, a bedspread, drapery or any other fabric that is significant to your family, culture or ethnic background? Or perhaps you have a piece of trim from a wedding gown that an ancestor wore, or a button or other notion that a family member passed down to you.

The Southford Falls Quilters would love to have a small piece of it and incorporate it into a community quilt. They are looking for pieces of fabric at least 8” square that can be sewn into a “crazy quilt.”

As part of a Community Grant from the Valley Community Foundation, the Southford Falls Quilters are planning to represent the diverse community of the Valley towns (Shelton, Derby, Ansonia, Seymour and Oxford) in a quilt that will be created in the Crazy Quilt style of the early 1900s. Crazy Quilts were typically made from lavish fabrics and embellished with lace and hand stitched embroidery. Using some of these techniques, the Southford Falls Quilters will create a quilt using fabric and notions donated by Valley residents.

This is where YOUR help is needed. If you do have something that could be added to this quilt, please reach out to the Southford Falls Quilters at

The quilt is planned to be completed by Spring 2024 and donated for public display in the Valley. Learning more about the people in our community brings us together and is a benefit to all of us. Southford Falls Quilters are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.



There’s always something happening at Derby Public Library for patrons of all ages.

eventkeeper-largeFor more upcoming events visit our online Calendar.

This programming is sponsored by the Jane C. and David B. Cohen Fund through the Valley Community Foundation in memory of David B. Cohen.