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.
The exciting programs linked to Delaware County District Library’s Summer Reading Program continue to fill our event calendar, and next week has some really fantastic programs for you and your children. The summer reading program, themed “Every Hero Has a Story” will end on July 25th, so you won’t want to miss these presentations next week.
UPDATE: The Ostrander Branch Library is open today (Wednesday, July 15), but is experiencing a loss in Internet connection. The branch is still able to help with your regular Library needs, but the public computers are unable to connect to the Internet.
The Ostrander Branch Library has been closed for the remainder of the day, Tuesday, July 14, due to a loss in power. The Scioto Township History 101 program scheduled for tonight has also been canceled due to the power loss and inclement weather.
We plan to re-open the branch tomorrow at its regular hours.
An exciting literary event is happening in the next few days, and Delaware County District Library is ready and waiting for it. On July 14, 2015, Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird will release the only other book she has written, Go Set a Watchman. Trust me, this is heady stuff for the literary and library world!
My mother used to say the Fourth of July was nearly the end of summer, but at the Delaware County District Library, our summer reading program is still going full steam ahead with several great events planned through the end of July.