Archive for April, 2011

Thoughts on reading

I, like most librarians, am an avid reader.  I read fiction, nonfiction, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and the occasion cereal box.  Quite often when I am with a group of friends or associates, I am asked, “What are you reading these days?”  Since I typically read two or three books at a time, it’s an easy question to answer.

More recently, though, I have been asked, “What do you think of eBooks?”  My answer is one that I am frankly recycling from years ago when I was asked, “What do you think of books on cassette?”  I think eBooks, like books on CD, cassette, Playaway or MP3  are simply another way to make reading and books accessible to a wide array of people.  I own a eReader and regularly download books from the Library’s eBook database, the Ohio eBook Project.  I enjoy reading eBooks while traveling, on the treadmill, or waiting in line at the supermarket.

I also love turning pages in a book, a pleasure I don’t see myself giving up anytime soon.  Starting a new book feels much like Christmas morning to me–a delicious anticipation.  I turn the pages of a book sitting in my living room, propped up in bed, or in the backyard.

And I also listen to books on CD, Playaway or MP3.  Listening to books adds another dimension to the experience, I think, because many narrators are talented actors and actresses who speak to my love of storytelling.  Who doesn’t like to listen to a good storyteller relating a wonderful tale?  I always have an audio book in the CD player of my car.

What am I “reading” now?  On my eReader, I am reading Unbroken: A World War II Airman’s Story of  Survival, Resilence and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (it’s wonderful and I highly recommend it!).  I am turning the pages of The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, an interesting tale of Ernest Hemingway’s life in Paris in the early 1930’s.  And I am listening to a terrific suspense novel about the unsolved 1932  murder of “Superman” comic book creator Jerry Siegel’s father called  The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer.

Put succinctly, I think the mission of a public library is to help customers understand that reading makes you think and it’s good to ask questions.  Providing opportunities to “read” a book in a variety of ways helps to meet different needs for different people.  Regardless of how you “read” a book, I can only hope you enjoy the experience to the fullest!


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Putting the Finishing Touches on the Orange Branch

When you drive by the Library’s new Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Boulevard, you’re likely to see librarians busy at work getting ready for the Branch’s first day of business on Sunday, May 15th at 12:00.  Thousands and thousands of books, DVDs, magazines, and audio books for children, teens and adults have been delivered and continue to be delivered to the branch and they all have to find their way to the proper shelf so that you can find them.

We’re also setting up dozens of computers for public and staff, and making sure that the Internet and the Library’s catalog are up and running.  As with the Delaware Branch, the Orange Branch will also have Envisionware installed, software for computer time management and print management for the public computers, and staff are ensuring that it functions as it should, too.

You will also find two self-check-out computers at the Orange Branch, a service that is new to us and one that will be introduced at other Library locations in the near future.  Two other services that we are introducing at the Orange Branch are self pick-up of holds and a drive-up window.  While these library services have been around for a few years, with the passage of the Library levy in 2009 that made the construction of the new branch possible, we are able to add them to the long list of  services that we currently provide.  Because the services are new to us, we are taking great care to make sure everything works well for you.

I am exceptionally proud of the new Orange Branch, but I more proud of the Herculean efforts that the Library staff has put forth for the last 15 months, to be ready for the Branch’s opening, through design, construction, and, now, the final million or so details that need to be attended to. To a person, the staff of the Library has found their daily tasks increased to make the Orange Branch one that we all can be proud of.

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Share your best money-saving tip and you might win a prize

April 2-9, 2011 is Money Smart Week@ Delaware County District Library.  Partnering with the American Library Association as well as the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Delaware Library has planned a series of events and programs to promote personal financial literacy and to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances, including displays, web resources, a Money Smart Webinar, and a “Budget Wise Tip Contest.”

The contest, going on through April 11 challenges you to submit your best money savings idea or tip.  Simply complete the entry form explaining your tip and including your contact information, and drop it in the box at any Library location, then see if you’re a winner when they are announced on April 11, 2011.

The Library is also hosting a free webinar entitled, “Investing 101: Simple Strategies to Get Started in the World of Investing,” to be presented simultaneously at each Library location on Friday, April 8 at noon.  The session, featuring Morningstar Library Services, a database available at the Delaware County District Library will cover the basics of how to start investing, including why you should invest, determining your investment goals, and finding the right mix of stocks, bonds, and other investments.

Perhaps the best way to be money smart is to check out bestselling books, blockbuster movies, award-winning children’s books, and masterfully recorded audio books for the Library.  You can save a great deal of money by using your library card every week!


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