Archive for August, 2011

When is orange “green?”

The residents of Delaware County are certainly finding the Delaware County District Library’s new Orange Branch!  Since it opened in May, the Orange Branch has registered an astounding 6700 new customers through June.  Thank you, Delaware, for your support and for embracing this new branch facility and all it has to offer.

Constructing a “green” building with low energy costs and sustainability was of primary importance to the Board of Trustees, and the building’s design and implementation respected and embraced their wishes.  Evidence of the “greenness” of the Orange Branch can be found inside and outside, and sometimes in surprising places.

The heating and cooling system within the building utilizes chilled beam technology, the windows have been treated with special coatings to minimize UV penetration, the position of the windows harvests daylight, and many furniture pieces are built from recycled materials, to name of few of the environmentally friendly aspects inside the branch.

Outside, there is an intricate system of pipes, basins and ponds to capture rainwater that is used to sustain the many indigenous plants, bushes and trees.   Rain chains were used instead of downspouts to help in directing and recycling rain and snow, too.

Another feature of the Orange Branch that is recommended by the US Green Building Council is the designation of parking spots for low emission and fuel efficient vehicles.  You have probably noticed these designated parking spots on most newly constructed buildings, including the new Columbus State Community College, our neighbor to the north.

Using your tax dollars wisely is always a primary concern to the Board, and the Orange Branch is a visible (and beautiful!) example of following through on their commitment to being good stewards of the funds you have entrusted to them.


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Too busy to visit? Try one of these time-saving services at the Library!

A visit to the Delaware County District Library would ideally be a long and leisurely experience, with ample time to browse the shelves, read a magazine, surf the Internet, have your kids play children’s area, let your teens play video games,  or simply find a welcoming, relaxing niche . As delightful and restful as that sounds, I fully recognize that sometimes you do not have the time for that ideal visit in today’s busy world. I am certain that you, like me, sometimes need ways to make your life easier and make getting things done faster and more efficient.

The Library has several time-saving opportunities to help you.  Did you know that the Library’s Orange Branch has a pickup window?  When you request an item, you can choose “Orange Drive Up Window” as your pick up location, and you can use the drive up quickly and easily to pick up the item when you’re notified it’s available.  You can also call ahead and ask us to pull specific titles or items, and, if they are on the shelves, we’ll have them waiting for you.

The Library has long had a cooperative relationship with Buehler’s, too, and they graciously accept books, DVDs and other items that need to be returned to us.  Feel free to drop off Library material during your next shopping trip, combining two errands into one.

At the Orange Branch, we have installed self-check-out computers and self-pickup of holds to save you time. These two popular services will soon be replicated in the Delaware County District Library’s other branches, too.

We want your visit to the Library to be a peaceful and calming experience, but when your time is limited, let the Library make your life a bit easier with these time-saving services.


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Special Program with Local and Nationally Known Author Dr. Leslie Noyes Mass

I hope you will plan to join us for a very special program featuring local and nationally know author Dr. Leslie Noyes Mass who will be discussing her new book, Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey, to be released in September.

Author, educator and Peace Corps volunteer, Dr. Mass will talk about her experience visiting a small village in Pakistan that she could not forget and that did not forget her.  The presentation will include a talk and a photo journey of her travels.   Dr. Mass began her teaching career in a small village in Pakistan as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1962. Nearly 50 years later, she revisits the country as a 68-year-old volunteer for the Citizens Foundation, a nongovernmental organization that builds schools in the country’s poorest areas.

The program will be offered at the Library’s Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Boulevard on Wednesday, August 17, and again at the Delaware (Main) Library, 84 E. Winter on Thursday, August 18.  Both programs will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Mass has also written She Walks in Beauty: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60 and is a resident of Delaware County.

I hope you plan to attend either (or both!) of these programs to hear about Dr. Mass’ life-changing experience.



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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Preferred Searches

As an avid reader, I have my favorite authors, subjects, and since I listen to books on my car CD player, I also have a list of favorite readers.  Working in at the Delaware County District Library, I am surrounded every day by books–new and old–and it is not unusual for several people to pop into my office every week with a suggestion or two for me.  It would seem that I would never run out of books to read, and in fact, I don’t.  But even being in the middle of all those books, it is still a challenge to keep track of new titles that my favorite authors are releasing, or new books on CD read by my favorite readers.

The Library offers a wonderful solution for people like me (and you!).  I no longer have to seek out the new books I want to read or listen to–the Library’s online catalog does that for me. It’s called “Preferred Searches,” and you can make use of this time-saving service whenever you search for a title, author or subject.

For example, Joy Fielding is one author I enjoy reading.  To add her to my “Preferred Searches,” I simply put her name into an author search on the Library’s online catalog.  When the results screen is displayed, there is a box at the top that says, “You may save this search.”  When I click on that box, “Joy Fielding” will be saved in my library card record as a “Preferred Search.”

Now, I receive an email from the Library whenever Joy Fielding releases a new book.  You can also set your account to send a text message if you prefer.

You can have up to 30 preferred searches in your account, so you won’t have to miss any new book or audio book by any of your favorite authors or readers. And you can also set up a preferred search for your favorite actors, too, and we’ll let you know when their latest movie is at the Library.

As always, if you have any questions about “Preferred Searches” or any other aspect of the Library’s online catalog or your account, please just ask one of the librarians.  We’re always glad to help you get the most out of your Library!

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