Top 10 Reasons to Take the Summer Reading Challenge at the Denton Public Library (July 4th edition)

Summer Reading Challenge

10. Reading is an exercise in intellectual freedom.

9. If you don’t read, it’s hard to complain about what you don’t know. So if you like complaining about what you do know, read!

8. Reading is the best insurance against ignorance.

7. Reading for yourself is better than saying “I heard it on Facebook.”

6. There’s nothing like the smell of new books in the morning.

5. Tyranny cannot flourish with an adequately informed citizenry.

4. Don’t wait until certain books are banned to wish you had read them. And yes, banning books is still a thing in this country (learn more at

3. Reading something new is a great way to rid yourself of those pesky prejudices and misconceptions.

2. No one likes a know-it-all, and the more you read, the more you realize you don’t, in fact, know it all.

1. Stick it to The Man: read!

Kerol Harrod
Emily Fowler Central Library




My earliest memory of the public library is not of a cozy StoryTime, but rather a tale of Fightclub. Everyone at Clinton Jr. High knew that afterschool fights were held behind the tiny little library next door to the school. While I was not immune to the dramatic impulses that led to these matches, violence made me queasy, so as the herd tramped down the alley, I veered off into the library. I found new worlds inside and was soon reading my way through the adult section. I have to say it was proximity and access that were my keys to the library world.

Almost everyone agrees that libraries are a good deal. Libraries offer books and other items for check out, free computer use and helpful classes. It’s the best place for literacy training for young or old. But not everyone has the access and proximity. Some neighborhoods are far away from the three Denton Public Library locations. Some neighborhoods are unfamiliar with the concept of “free” public libraries. Some folks are so busy working they can’t make it to the library, and some aren’t physically able to travel.

Dpl2go is a mobile library unit that brings a micro library to these folks. Launched nearly one year ago, dpl2go has visited locations to bring free books, library programs and kind and helpful people. Staffed by library employees and volunteers, dpl2go has been to senior housing, family apartments, traditional neighborhoods, and the Denton State School. We visited Careers on Wheels days at local elementary schools, participated in the Touch a Truck event, drove in the July 4th Parade, and went to free summer lunch sites in local parks.


Libraries ARE a good deal. Folks are happy to know and experience the advantages a library card can bring to their families. We are happy to show them. Let’s give everyone in Denton the proximity and access that can point them towards a new hobby, a new career, or perhaps, a lifetime of reading.


– Terri Gibbs, Director of Libraries

Summer Break Boredom Busters

It’s almost that time!  Summer break is right around the corner.  In fact, as any grade school student can tell you, there’s exactly six school days until the end of the year.

It’s the season of longer days, laid back bedtimes, and even with all the fun trips and summer camps, you’re still destined to hear those two little words:  “I’m boooooored!” Here at Denton Public Library, we’ve got you covered.  Of course we have our Summer Reading Club that starts June 2.  This all ages club rewards you and your children with prizes for reading over the summer.  We’ve also planned an awesome line up of fun summer activities for all ages.  Check out our programs catalog here.

In addition to all the great programs we have this summer, we also have lots of titles you can check out to get through the long days of summer at home.  Here are some of our favorites:

I'm bored!

I’m bored! by Suzy Barratt and Polly Beard is the perfect place to start to keep the kids entertained this summer.  This title has solutions for rainy days at home, car trips, and more.


Catch a fish

Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite:  21 Timeless Skills Every Child Should Know by Jeffrey Lee is a great book when you’re ready to get back to basics.  Skills include working a yo-yo, skipping stones, building a fire, and more.


siblings busy book

The Siblings’ Busy Book by Lisa Hanson & Heather Kempskie is for parents who have children of varying ages.  Activities are designed so that siblings work together and are equally stimulating for each age.


101 kids







101 Kids Activities That are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! by Holly Homer & Rachel Miller is also a great choice for children of all ages.  This book will really bring out the creative side of children and adults.

big book of things to make







The Big Book of Things to Make by James Mitchem is a great book for the young makers of your home.  Fun activities include building a sand castle, sinking a pirate ship, and more.

These titles can all be reserved online or in person at one of our reference desks.

Sarah, Teen Services Librarian – South Branch


Help For Adults Learning to Read


ProLiteracy, a national literacy organization, estimates that 30 million people in the United States older than 16 don’t read well enough to fill out a job application.

The Denton Public Library supports literacy programs for all ages, and offers an adult literacy program that connects those who need help learning to read with professional tutors. Participants will receive one-on-one reading instruction; tutors and students will determine when and where to meet for this free program.

Applications for the program are available at all three Denton Public Library locations and staff will be happy to assist those who need help with the form. The program is available to adult residents of Denton County who speak English proficiently.

To ask questions, call WyLaina Hildreth at (940) 349-8774 or send an email to

Contact: WyLaina Hildreth, (940) 349-8752,


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Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears

 The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears is an Historical Fiction/Mystery novel that interweaves three distinct historical periods all set in the same locale: Avignon, France and its environs. The three periods share the confusion and anxiety that accompany major shifts in politics and culture: The Fall of the Roman Empire in Gaul, the arrival of the Black Death during Pope Clement VI’s reign in Avignon and the fall of France to the German occupying force in WWII.

Dream Cover

Two main threads  run through each story: questions of ethics and morals in the affairs of men and anti-Semitism. In the first, a Classical philosopher named Sophia becomes mentor to Manlius Hippocratus, who has been elected Bishop. He seeks to protect his region from invasion by Germanic tribes and to preserve some remnants of his beloved Rome. Sophia is a hard task master and deals in pure philosophy and ethics.

In the second story, a student and poet attached to a bishop in Clement’s Papal administration, Olivier, has been researching the history of Manlius’ Gaul and Sophia. He falls in love with another strong female, Rebecca, and is forced to deal with the weightiest questions of right and wrong.

Finally, Julian is also researching both Olivier’s poetry and Manlius philosophy during the advent of WWII and becomes enamored with an artist who is Jewish and must balance the competing demands of friendship, politics and loyalty.

It was difficult for me initially to get used to the author’s style, although the stories were fascinating, but I’m so glad that I kept on with it. Far more going here than I am describing. Highly recommended!

posted by Chuck