Meet a Cyclops and a Dragon at the Imagination Gardens Open House at the Orange Branch

Community members are invited to explore a place where it’s not uncommon for a dragon and Dionysus to dwell in perfect harmony–the Imagination Garden at Delaware County District Library Orange Branch.

An open house will take place on Sunday, September 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the garden, which is situated on the north side of 10360851_964785626880912_4711779980734810930_nthe building. Two art pieces, a tiled dragon mosaic and a mythological sculpture, will be featured and the artists behind their creation will be present to display their works and answer questions. Attendees will also enjoy light refreshments, and a children’s craft.

Dale Johnson’s sculpture, Mythology –or– On the Origin of Stories, was installed last summer. The piece mimics a classic book that has been taken over by mythological creatures such as the Cyclops, a sea monster, aliens, leprechauns Stone sculptureand Dionysus. The piece started as a 4,830 lb piece of limestone and took seven months to carve.

Artists Lynda Elias and Virginia Corwin added their touch to the garden this summer with the addition of a giant, tiled dragon. The colorful arrangement of mosaic tiles and mirrored pieces glued to several large zig-zagging panels help simulate the movement of a colossal, whimsical, winged creature flying through the garden. Earlier this spring five large, concrete panels were installed, and soon thereafter Elias was drawing the outlines for the dragon. The work of tiling all of the pieces and grouting took about one week to finish in early July with the help of more than four-dozen DCDL patrons and community 10523197_10152634660219497_401343985_omembers.

The establishment of the Imagination Garden was made possible through a generous bequest by local community member Pauline Way. Bequests from Mary Reed and Barbara Murray also helped make the Imagination Garden possible. Their memory is honored on two of seven benches located within the garden. The remaining five benches and other markers are available for community members to recognize, honor, and memorialize their loved ones.

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Delaware Library open on Jug Day

Just a reminder that the Delaware County District Library and its branches will be OPEN on Jug Day, Thursday, September 18th.  Hope to see you in the Library!

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Creative Strings Workshop and Festival performances at DCDL

The Delaware County District Library is delighted to be part of a very exciting event in Delaware—the Creative Strings Workshop and Festival.  Founded by Ohio native and former Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music Christian Howes, the Creative Strings Workshop and Festival offers string players from around the world an opportunity to study improvisation, composition, and styles outside the realm of classical music, while bringing Delaware a plethora of talent and musical energy.

Nearly 100 string players from around the world will be led in small ensembles in 20+ performances by world class performing artists.   Violins, cellos, violas, and basses will be heard singing and wailing through bluegrass, jazz, rock, Celtic, Latin, blues, avant garde and more.  The Library will be hosting four of their concerts during the week of June 30.images

On July 2 at the Powell Branch, you will be entertained and awed by these talented students with a performance beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Another group of students will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Ostrander Branch on the same evening.

If an afternoon performance fits better into your day, come to the Delaware (Main) Library or to the Orange Branch on July 3 at 2:00 p.m. to enjoy their lovely music.

The performances are free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and the group will be selling their CD’s so you can enjoy their talents for a long time to come.

Hope to see you there!

Mary Jane Santos, Director

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Easter Sunday

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The Delaware County District Library will be closed on Easter Sunday so that our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families.

The Library will resume normal hours on Monday, April 21, 2014.

Happy Easter!

 

 

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Free Book Friday!

The Delaware County District Library regularly receives copies of ARCs (Advanced Reader Copy books) from publishers, and we want to share them with Delaware teens.  Teens are encouraged to pick out a free book, talk about their favorite books, hang out with friends on Free Book Fridays.

There are Free Book Fridays scheduled at the Delaware Main Library and at the Powell Branch this week on April 4, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Contact Mandy Henning at the Main Library (740-362-3861) or Becky Woodruff at the Powell Branch (614-888-9160) for more information.

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Delaware Library open today

The Delaware County District Library is open its normal business hours today, for your convenience.  Stop by to pick up a bestseller, a blockbuster movie, access the Internet, or to simply enjoy the Library’s ambiance.

Mary Jane Santos, Director

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Basic Budgeting Class Offered at Delaware Library

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to manage money better, and the Delaware County District Library wants to help you keep that resolution so we’re offering a 2-week class on Basic Budgeting.  

The class, presented at the Delaware Main Library, will include information on values about money, needs vs. wants, spending leaks, record keeping, developing a budget, credit and savings, and stretching your dollars with good consumer buying.  Barbara Brahm, Extension Education from OSU Extensions Services will present the class, with the first session on Thursday, January 9, 2104 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The second session will be on Thursday, January 16 at the same time.  

The classes are free, so they should fit into anyone’s budget!

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