September is a busy month for adult programs at the Delaware County District Library. The community-wide reading program, DelawaREADS has several programs coming up, to enhance your reading of this year’s selection, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez, and to help explore and appreciate Latino Americans.
It’s Sunday afternoon, your family is visiting for the day, and it’s raining. There’s nothing on television, and the kids are starting to get antsy. What to do? How about a board game? Did you know you can check out board games at the Delaware County District Library to match wits with your friends and family?
Board games inspire creativity, creative thinking and interaction. The Library has nearly 40 modern board games you can check out, and we’ve created a Wiki to help you decide which game you want.
The Delaware County District Library’s latest edition of our quarterly newsletter/calendar, “Check it out!” has hit the streets! Featured on this issues cover are Ostrander Branch Associate Laurie Post and Gabriel, her 31-year-old thoroughbred horse who has been with her for the last 22 years. Laurie, the proud great granddaughter of the former Presidente Municipal de Hermosillo, Mexico, is helping the Library promote Hispanic heritage in Delaware County.
We are happy to help you find information on any topic, but if you don’t feel comfortable asking a librarian, try one of these books. If you’d like to research online, feel free to check out a laptop to use one of the listed online resources listed below in a study carrel or other nook of the library.
This Book Is Gay by James Dawson
As many of you know, I will be retiring from the Delaware County District Library on September 30, 2015 after 31 years of service to the Delaware community. It’s be a joyous and fulfilling ride and leaving the Library that has been such a HUGE part of my life for almost half of it will be a challenging transition for me.
When you look at the calendar, you will see that the poor month of August is bereft of any national holidays. But, does that mean there is nothing to celebrate? Certainly not!
One of the best reference books at the Delaware County District Library is Chase’s Calendar of Events: A Day-by-Day Directory to Special Days, Weeks, and Months, and it lists dozens of reasons to party and have fun in August.
If you have school aged children, you are no doubt getting them ready to start school. While you buying all of those needed supplies, don’t forget the most important one: a Delaware County District Library card!
Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Delaware Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has a free library card.
In an article written by Wayne Wiegand, author of Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library, research in the fast-developing field of social neuroscience shows that “substantial benefits accrue to those who experience high levels of face-to-face contact, including improved vocabularies, an increased ability to empathize, a deeper sense of belonging, and—most important--a longer lifespan.” Fiction “is a particularly useful simulation because negotiating the social world effectively is extremely tricky, requiring us to weigh up myriad interacting instances
Back in February we launched our new circulating board game collection here at DCDL. Over the past few months, you’ve helped make this one of our most popular collections here with a stunning 226 checkouts and renewals on our 22 games. Thank you for being awesome and getting together to play games with your friends and family. A couple months ago, we even had to add a couple spare copies of some of our most popular games just to keep up with demand.
I hope you’re enjoying reading this column in the Delaware Gazette. I have been contributing it since 1988, and it is still fun for me to write it. Over those last 27 years, significant changes have occurred in the way the Delaware County District Library communicates with you.