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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