Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Early Music Concert

The Sprezzatuura Quartet visited the Dorris Van Doren Regional Library on Saturday, March 30, treating library patrons to a concert of Renaissance and Baroque music.



The ensemble has visited our library on multiple occasions and their concerts always draw large crowds. This time was no exception! Not only did attendees get to listen to beautiful music being played, but they also had the opportunity to learn about the history of early music.



After the concert, they had a recorder workshop for beginners, an opportunity several people took advantage of! Make sure you watch our calendar to see if there are any future concerts by this wonderful local group.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Third Thursday Book Club: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Third Thursday Book Club is back again with a new selection! This month's featured book is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. 


Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....

The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 18th at 5 PM in the library's Family Room. The group meets monthly and is open to all library users. 

Please stop by the library to find out how to reserve your copy. You can also call 915-212-0440 for more information. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Teen Hangout: Papier-mâché Art

Teens at the Dorris Van Doren Regional Library recently participated in a two-part workshop on making papier-mâché sculptures. The materials used to construct their sculptures were a flour-based glue, old newspapers, balloons, and pipe cleaners. They covered balloons with layers of glue-soaked newspaper to create their structures and then left them to dry. One teen was able to use the materials to construct a whale, using pipe cleaners to create fins.



The teens returned the following week to decorate their sculptures with paint and duct tape. While this project took more time than some of the other activities at our weekly Teen Hangout program, it was definitely worth it to see some of the amazing artwork that came out of it. 


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Third Thursday Book Club: Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

The Third Thursday Book Club is back again with a new selection! This month's featured book is Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah. 


After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.
The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.
Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren’t Jo and Gabe checking the missing children’s website anymore?
Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, March 21st at 5 PM in the library's Family Room. The group meets monthly and is open to all library users. 

Please stop by the library to find out how to reserve your copy. You can also call 915-212-0440 for more information. 



Friday, February 22, 2019

Exciting Times at Teen Hangout!

The teens that attend Dorris Van Doren's weekly Teen Hangout program have been battling the post-holiday slump by participating in a lot of creative activities. 


During one crafternoon, the teens did foil embossing. They drew designs on cardboard and then traced over their sketch using a hot glue gun. They covered the cardboard with foil and then colored their artwork. 

Another Thursday, the teens made colorful string dolls. They shaped the bodies using flower wire and then wrapped yarn around to create bulk. They decorated their dolls by stitching on faces and adding long hair. 


On Valentine's Day, our teens celebrated the day with treats. While they snacked on cookies and ice cream, they made paper flowers out of tissue paper. They experimented with multiple colors, different petal shapes, and even different sizes of tissue paper. 

We have a lot of fun activities planned for this spring. Check out our calendar to see what will be happening next!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

New! Third Thursday Book Club: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


The Dorris Van Doren Regional Library is excited to announce the addition of the Third Thursday Book Club to our list of library programs. The group will meet monthly and is open to all library users. 

The first meeting will be held Thursday, February 21st at 5 PM in the library's Family Room.

The club's inaugural book selection is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Please stop by the library to find out how to reserve a copy!


Friday, January 18, 2019

LEGO Playtime

The Dorris Van Doren Library is hosting LEGO Playtime every Friday from 4 PM - 5:30 PM in our auditorium. This all-ages program is aimed at LEGO fanatics who are eager to use their imaginations to build unique designs and showcase their work!

Each week, a new batch of designs will be on display in the Children's Area. Come check out what they've created!