During October and November, the Naugatuck Valley Health District along with TEAM, Inc. are co-sponsoring their annual Toys 4 Kids Holiday Drive. Everything from action figures and dolls to Legos and art kits can be dropped off at Derby Public Library. See the list below for the full wish list. You can also scan the QR code to shop at the Toys 4 Kids Walmart registry and have your gifts shipped directly to TEAM’s Holiday Headquarters. Visit here for more info, and thank you for your donation. 


The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days of Christmas
by James Patterson & Tad Safran
Thursday, December 1st @ 1 PM
At Christmastime, a family of three are missing someone dear to them until unexpected guests
begin to arrive at their empty house, filling it with Christmas memories in the making.

Register here  – Drop-ins are also welcome.



Congratulations to Tennyson DeLos!

The Derby Public Library Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Annual Scholarship Award is Tennyson DeLos. Tennyson lives in Derby with his parents and attends Notre Dame High School in West Haven, where he is an active member of the Drama Club and was a long distance runner on the cross country team.

In his award-winning essay, Tennyson shared: “From the time I was only a year old, I established a deep personal connection with the community that was and is Derby Public Library.” He went on to say: “I remember years later stepping into enriching activities like crafting a rain stick with my mother (that I still have to this day),” adding, “The teen era of my time at the Library helped me take even bigger steps…like learning how to work a 3D printer and being taught additive manufacturing using professional programs that I now use as part of my high school curriculum…I knew I would always understand the value of what the library had to offer and what it was capable of teach me.” Tennyson then movingly concluded his essay by saying: “I can see years from now involving my own children in the (Library) activities that I was fortunate enough to be a part of.”

In addition to receiving his well-deserved $500 award prize from the Board, Tennyson’s name will be added to the Scholarship Prize Plaque located in Derby Public Library’s Teen Zone. After graduating Notre Dame High School, he will attend Gateway Community College, focusing on fashion marketing. We wish Tennyson all the best in his future endeavors and look forward to seeing him back at the Library soon.

Fiction Room Now Open

The Library is pleased to announce that our newly-enhanced Fiction Room on the Upper Level is now open. Patrons can once again be welcome to browse the shelves for their favorite fiction novels, available in both standard and large print. And, of course, please feel free to ask one of our helpful staff members if you need assistance.


Sports Talk with Rich Marazzi & The Silver Sluggers

The last informal session of the 2022 season will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10th. Facilitated by radio talk show host, author and MLB Rules Consultant, Rich Marazzi, each session includes trivia contests, videos, lively conversation and more.  All ages, from rookies through veterans, are invited to join Rich and his Silver Sluggers. No registration necessary. Free. Drop in. For more info, call (203) 736-1482 or email  


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

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