Archive for February, 2012

Casual for a Cause

You may stop by the Delaware County District Library on a Friday and notice that many of the Library staff are dressed very casually–jeans, slacks, and so forth.  Please don’t think that we are relaxing our standards or modifying our dress code.  We believe strongly that you should be served by staff dressed professionally and appropriately for a library setting.

Recently, however, the staff initiated the “Casual For a Cause:  DCDL Gives Back” campaign, and in exchange for a donation to a local charity, staff can dress down on the last payday of every month. Each month, the staff chooses a nonprofit agency to support in this endeavor, and we have collected a significant amount of money for local organizations such as People In Need and the Humane Society of Delaware County.

Library staff is proud to live and work in Delaware County, and we believe it is important to give back whenever we can.  “Casual With A Cause” is one easy way for us to do that.  While our dress may be casual, our level of customer service is still professionally excellent.

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You’re Invited!

The Delaware County District Library (DCDL) is hosting a Community Visioning Workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Center for Older Adults located at 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware, Ohio. The facilitated workshop will encourage participants to identify the key trends and hopes for the Delaware County community, providing insight into how Delaware sees itself and its future.

 The agenda will focus on understanding where Delaware County is today: Why do people live here? Why do they stay? What are its greatest assets? What are its opportunities and challenges? How will the community change over the next few years, and what factors will be driving those changes? As the last step, the group will discuss ways in which the Library can contribute to these ideas and help the community achieve its goals and aspirations.

 If you are interested in discussing the future of Delaware County and Delaware County District Library (DCDL), please register to attend the Strategic Visioning Seminar by calling Nicole Fowles at 740-362-3861 or by email at nfowles@delawarelibrary.org, or register online at  http://bit.ly/dcdlvision

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline to register is Thursday, February 23, 2012 no later than 5:00 PM.

For more information about the Community Visioning Workshop, please contact Shea Alltmont, Communications Manager, at salltmont@delawarelibrary.org or (740) 362-3861.

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The Library will be open on President’s Day!

Just a reminder that the Delaware County District Library will be open during its regular business hours on Monday, February 20, 2012.  If you and your family are enjoying a day off, plan to stop by the Library to pick up great books to read, movies to share, or simply enjoy a delightful Library experience!

Hope to see you soon!

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Library + Buehler’s = Timed Saved!

Did you know that you can return your library books and audio books, and other materials to Buehler’s Fresh Foods Grocery Store, located at 800 E. Central Avenue in Delaware?  The Library has had a long standing relationship with Buehlers, and they graciously agreed to serve as a return location for us, adding convenience to your day.

Many of us have a myriad of errands to run on any given day, with the weekends oftentimes the most jam-packed with trips to several businesses, and if you’re like me, you want to minimize the number of trips you make and the amount of gas you use.  Whether you are doing your regular weekly grocery shopping or simply stopping by to get a gallon a milk and a loaf of bread, you can maximize your trip to Buehler’s by combining it with returning your Library books.

Of course, I would hope that your weekly errands include a visit to one of the Delaware County District Library’s locations, with time set aside to browse books and magazines, let your kids enjoy the toys, books, and puppets in the children’s departments, spend a few minutes surfing the Internet or reading the Gazette and Dispatch.  All of our locations are open on Saturdays, and the Delaware, Powell and Orange locations are also open on Sundays for your convenience.  But, we understand how precious your time can be on a busy day, so striking a cooperative agreement with Buehler’s seemed like a great solution to subtract a few minutes from your errand-filled day.

Please remember, however, that Library materials are not truly checked in until they are scanned at the Library.  If you have DVD’s that accumulate fines checked out, you may want to avoid those late charges by returning them directly to the Library.  Buehler’s staff is excellent about getting Library materials to us expeditiously, but not necessarily every day.

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Introducing more accessible EBooks at DCDL!

Over the last few months, the number of eBooks that you have downloaded from the Delaware County District Library to iPads, iPhones, Nooks, Kindles, Droids, computers, and other devices has seen huge increases each month.  In December 2011, the number of downloads equaled more than 2000, a 240% increase from December 2010.  Overall, eBook downloads grew by 153+% in the last year.

A classic example of supply vs. demand, it was easy to see that the Library needed to supplement the number of eBooks that were available to our customers.  We have been a member of the Ohio EBook Project for several years, a statewide consortium that provides downloadable eBooks, audio books, music and movies for all Ohio residents who have library cards at participating libraries.  The Ohio EBook Project is a wonderful resource-sharing system, but the supply of eBooks is outstripping the demand for them.

To help alleviate this situation, the Library recently contracted with another eBook supplier, Axis 360, and we recently purchased nearly 600 titles that will only be available for DCDL customers. These titles are still listed in the Library’s catalog as “EBooks,” but the link that you click on to access the book is called “Blio EBook.”  Blio is the name of the reader that is a free download.

Blio books come in full color, and we have ordered dozens of travel books, how-to books, children’s books, as well as fiction.  They are easily checked out and can be downloaded for reading on multiple devices. As with any eBook, if you have any trouble downloading a Blio eBook, simply ask any of the librarians who are fully versed on nearly every device currently available.

EBooks continue to be in demand, and we are diligently working to increase their supply.  I think you will find Blio eBooks a nice addition to the thousands of eBooks available on the Ohio EBook Project.

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Free Movie! Free Popcorn!

Are you a movie buff?  Do you like discussing movies with others while munching on tasty popcorn?  If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, I cordially invite you DCDL Cinematheque on February 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Orange Branch Library, 7171 Gooding Boulevard.  This month, the movie up for discussion is “The Big Sleep,” the 1946 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The International Movie Database web site gives this synopsis of the plot:  “Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.”  Howard Hawkes directed the screenplay that was written by William Faulkner.

If you are interested in participating in the discussion of this wonderful classic movie, stop by the Library today to pick up a copy of “The Big Sleep” to watch in the comfort of your own home.  Then join others on February 15th to share your thoughts, enjoy your popcorn, and be a part of the discussion led by Circulation Associate Brice Patterson-Blight.

DCDL Cinematheque meets the third Wednesday of each month to discuss a different movie.  On March 21st, “The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” a 2006 film that offers a sympathetic look at Republicans in early 20th century Ireland, and two brothers who are torn apart by anti-Brit rebellion will be the featured movie.  Copies are available at the Library for your viewing pleasure.

Even if you have never joined an informal discussion of a movie, I think you’ll find the friendly atmosphere and interesting conversation at DCDL Cinematheque stimulating and enjoyable.  And, don’t forget…free popcorn!

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