I am often asked about digital privacy at the Delaware County District Library, especially in terms of how we protect the personal information of our cardholders, including what they read, watch, or even search on the Internet. By default, our library catalog software does not store reading history. Once someone returns an item they have checked out, the system removes the item. The Library will will not disclose this information unless it is subpoenaed by a court of law.
Of course, you can check out books, DVDs and the like from Delaware County District Library, but did you know the Library now has a small collection of board games for you to check out and play at home? Tabletop gaming or board gaming is becoming more and more popular in the US, and, recognizing the trend, Library staff did their research to determine 22 of the most popular games that encourage creative thinking, interaction and are just fun to play.
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It’s hard to survive in today’s culture if English is not your native language, but the Delaware County District Library can help those who want to learn how to speak English by offering ongoing multi-level ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages). In 2014, there were 68 students from more than 20 countries, ranging in age from 25 to 72 attending the classes.
Last week, I listed 3 roles you may not be aware the librarians at Delaware County District Library play. Here are two more hats librarians wear that may surprise you:
4. Librarians are event planners. Delaware Library has hundreds of events and programs every year, and our talented librarians plan the activities, the topic, the refreshments… everything. Most of the decorations are probably also made by the staff and, sometimes, the librarian is also the presenter.
Many people still have the stereotypical image of a librarian stuck in their head: an older, kind of frumpy woman wearing glasses on a chain, her hair up in a bun, shushing people with one hand while stamping books with the other. The knowledgeable librarians at the Delaware County District Library don’t fit that stereotype at all; in fact, they smash it!
Board gaming, also called tabletop gaming, is on the rise across the country and the library is sitting down at the table. We have chosen 22 modern board games that inspire creativity, creative thinking, interaction and are just plain fun to play.
If you aren’t a member of the Delaware County District Library’s For Book Lovers Only Club, you’re missing out on a neat and time-saving service that more than 400 other library cardholders are enjoying. We know how busy your lives are, and the For Book Lovers Only Club can add time to your busy schedule by letting Library staff put holds on books you want to read, even before they arrive at the Library.
One of the community programs that the Delaware County District Library has been involved with for many years is "Great Decisions," a free discussion series developed in 1954 by the Foreign Policy Association.
The reference staff at the Delaware County District Library are some of the most intelligent, skilled and effective librarians I know, and they will, to a person, work diligently to answer your questions, find you the perfect book to read or movie to watch, or fulfill any of your information needs. However, the reference librarians are busy doing just that, and they don’t have time to provide homework help to students who need it. They can fin
Nine works of art created by local artist, Gena Wiley, will grace the walls of the Ostrander Branch Library through March. Wiley’s pieces range from brilliantly colored acrylic paintings to imaginatively meshed collages using old book pages and illustrations. This eclectic mix will certainly help drive away the midwinter blues!