Archive for May, 2011

Library collections

The stuff that is in a library–books, DVDs, audio books, videos, and so forth–are known to librarians as its “collections.”  The name comes from the way that a library grows because it collects books and other items by buying them, and then cataloging them so that they are available to be checked out.  Library collections grow rather erratically.  Even though the Delaware County District Library adds about 2000 items to its shelves each month, in some months, nearly an equal number of items are withdrawn from the collection because of condition, age, relevance, or duplicate copies.

Currently, the Library owns about 275,000 items, distributed among the Delaware Main Library and the Powell, Ostrander and Orange Branches.  At any given time, about 1/5 of those items are checked out. Each year, the Library spends  more than half a million dollars on the collections, and with the addition of the Orange Branch, that figure is going to increase.

The opening of the Orange Branch this month has added more demand for the items that are on its shelves and in the other facilities.  Please understand that we will continue to add to the number of books, DVDs, and so forth each month; however, it may take us a few months to add enough items to alleviate the strain on the collections.  Your patience is much appreciated, and if you can’t find what you are looking for in the Library, don’t forget about SearchOhio, a resource sharing connection to more than 9 million items throughout Ohio that you can access with a keystroke.  And as always, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for help.

Using tax dollars to purchase library material for taxpayers to check out and use is perhaps the best use of the money entrusted to us.  Please let us know if you are not finding what you need when you visit the Library and we will do our best to satisfy your requests.


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If you build it…

Thank you Delaware for helping us to celebrate the opening of the Delaware County District Library’s Orange Branch. The Open House was a huge success, with more than 1000 visitors enjoying the activity and excitement of the ribbon cutting ceremony and tours the splendid new facility. Since the Orange Branch opened on Sunday, May 15th, it has been a busy place.  You have check out 8340 books, DVDs, audio books and magazines, and more than 900 residents signed up for Library cards, proving that old expression, “If you build it, they will come.”

The hours for the Orange Branch are the same as the Main Library and the Powell Branch:  Monday-Thursday 9:00-9:00; Friday 9:00-6:00; Saturday 9:00-5:00; and Sunday 12:00-5:00.  Thanks to the passage of the Library levy in 2009, we were able add hours last year to give you more time to visit the Library.

When you visit the Orange Branch (I hope you visit often) don’t forget to stop by the coffee shop located in the lobby.  Call “the java box,” the café serves a variety of gourmet coffee, cappuccino, latte, and other hot beverages , with each cup instantly ground & brewed from premium selected beans.

You can get a tasty muffin to go with your coffee, or a hearty lunch.  The menu includes paninis, quesadillas, sandwiches and salads.  (Remember:  Drinks with lids are permitted in the Library but please keep food items in the lobby area.) Are you a Friend of the Library?  If you are, you get a 20% discount off your purchase at thejavabox, too!

If you haven’t stopped the new Orange Branch, I hope you’ll plan a visit soon.  The building is spectacular, the customer service is excellent, and the coffee is wonderful!

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The Orange Branch opens!

Finally, after more than 10 years in the planning, the Delaware County District Library’s Orange Branch will be open to the public this weekend.  The Open House will be on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00-2:00, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting under the portico at 10:00 followed by a variety of planned activities, character visits and self-guided tours until 2:00 p.m. More than 3 dozen DCDL staff members will be on hand to provide visitors with information about the building, services, hours and so forth.  There will also be refreshments, music, and giveaways.

The Orange Branch officially opens for business on Sunday, May 15 at noon.  Its regular hours will be Monday-Thursday 9:00-9:00; Friday 9:00-6:00; Saturday 9:00-5:00; and Sunday 12:00-5:00.

Residents of Delaware County have been asking for a branch in the southern part of the county for many years, and thanks to the support of  voters, we were able to construct this functionally beautiful and artfully designed 33,000 square foot facility.  The Branch will open with about 75,000 items on the shelves (books, DVDs, audio books, magazines) but its capacity is about 110,000 items.  You will notice that there is sufficient room on the shelves  for growth and to respond to customers’ requests.  And of course, visitors to the Orange Branch have the entire collection of DCDL at their disposal, and with a keystroke through the Library’s resource-sharing program SearchOhio, customers can access an additional 9 million items.

I hope to see you on Saturday for the Open House.  After you experience this stunning new facility, I am confident you will plan frequent visits.  Its opening is truly a dream fulfilled for the Board of Trustees, Library staff and our community.

What a happy day for all of us!

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