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.
Super readers, thank you so much for making this summer the busiest ever at the Powell Branch Library! Our library was packed with tons of fun programs for all ages. Among other fun activities, we stretched it out with Upward Dogs Yoga, created our own superhero comics, met some friendly farm animals, learned all about super math tricks, and tested our knowledge of superhero trivia! In addition to attending our programs, kids participated in our summer reading club to win cool prizes, like the fanny pack utility belt and the special prize books!
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.
What do Batman, Supergirl and our community helpers have in common? They are all super heroes. Last Thursday evening the Ostrander branch hosted a gathering of local super heroes, including the Red Cross, EMTs, the Fire Department, the Humane Society, the National Guard, the Police Department and of course Batman and Supergirl. It was a beautiful night for exploring vehicles and learning about each job.
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.
A Mounted Deputy from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department shared his horse and experiences with the children of the Ostrander Branch Library last week. The children learned of the training and dedication that goes into becoming a part of this very special team.
Chickens, sheep, rabbits, ducks, goats, and even a turkey filled the lawn of the Ostrander Branch last Thursday as farm enthusiast Christa Hein brought the farm to the library. Children of all ages were able to pet the animals and enjoy the many sights and sounds that they brought with them. Questions were asked and answered, pictures taken, and books checked out to learn more at this fun filled event.
Recognizing patterns is something that children start to do at a very early age. It’s also one of the building blocks of early literacy. Try the patterns and categorizing activities from ReadingRockets.org here. This site is a great tool for fun educational things you can do with your little ones. Try them out at home today!
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.