Archive for March, 2012

Cook Book Club at Delaware Library

You are cordially invited to attend the first meeting of “The Cook Book Club” at the Delaware (Main) Library on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m.  Attendees will review and discuss Jamie’s Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver, and then enjoy sharing a recipe that they prepared from the book.  Check at the Information Desk for copies of the book, check it out, find a tantalizing recipe to prepare, and then share it with fellow “foodies” at this program.

Cook books+Friends+Great Food=One Fantastic Evening of Fun!

Mary Jane Santos, Director


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Are you a job-seeker? The Library can help!

Did you know that the Delaware County District Library has a toolbox brimming with resources to help you or someone you know find a job?  Among the tools we have are computers, databases, print resources, up-to-date job postings, online testing sites (ASVAB, Civil Service, etc.)  and, most importantly, librarians who can skillfully navigate through all of it.

On the Library’s web site under “Services,” you will find a “Job Site” link that puts you in contact with databases and web sites to  access general resources, job search engines, preparation and assessment tools, local services and listings, and unemployment assistance programs.  We have made authoritative and useful web sites available to you at the click of a mouse, such as:

  • Cypress Résumé: Produce a high-quality résumé in three simple steps.
  • Career One Stop: —Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Job Hunt: Free job search information, expert advice, and links to employers and job search resources.
  • Quintessential Careers: —Expert career, college, and job-search advice.
  • Riley Guide: Directory of employment and career information sources and services.

The Learning Express Library and Job and Career Accelerator web sites provide you with excellent preparation and assessment tools to get you started, and we have even listed local sites in Delaware and Ohio that have current job postings:

At the Delaware (Main) Library, we have a Job Site room with computers and other office supplies especially set aside for you to explore these web sites, write your resume, cover letter, set up a web-based email account, or apply for jobs online.  At the other branches–Powell, Ostrander and Orange--computers are also available for job-seekers to use. And, of course and most importantly, there are librarians at all Library locations to provide assistance to you if you need it.

Hundreds of folks use these Library resources every month to sharpen their skills, write or update their resumes, discover job postings, and find employment.  The Delaware County District Library is vested in our community, and our staff is eager, anxious, and expertly prepared to provide you what you need to better your life and improve the economic health of our county.

If you are seeking a job, make your first stop the Library!

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Author visits!

Please plan on joining Bob Flanagan this evening, March 12, at 7:15 p.m. at the Delaware (Main) Library as he reads from his latest book, Fight Night.  The selection he will be sharing is a short story entitled, “John L. Tonight!”.  

Bob was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He has published a novel, MAGGOT (Warner Books), which went through twelve paperback printings and sold a quarter of a million copies; a collection of stories, NAKED TO NAKED GOES (Scribners), named by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as one of the best books published in 1986; and a second story collection, LOVING POWER (Bottom Dog Press), highly praised by writers Lee K. Abbott, Hugh Nissenson, Annabel Thomas and Austin Wright. He and his wife, Katy, a registered nurse, live in Delaware, Ohio where they raised their daughters, Anne and Nora.

Children’s author Brandon Mull will be at the Delaware Main Library on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. to answer your questions and discuss his newest book, Seeds of Rebellion. Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling “Beyonders” and “Fablehaven” series. Brandon resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and four children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon’s visit is courtesy of Fundamentals Parent Teach store.

Books by both authors will be available for purchase and autographing at their programs.


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New Web Site Design

After several months of hard work by dedicated staff from the Delaware County District Library, I am delighted to introduce our newly designed and greatly improved web site.   We listened to what you were telling us about accessibility and ease of navigation, and we paid attention to your thoughts on what features you found most important, and we have incorporated your ideas into the new design.

The “carousel” in the middle of the front page is a dynamic feature and will change periodically to promote Library services and programs, Also prominently positioned is

a list of events, and by clicking on title of any event, you will learn more about its details.  The full calendar is available by clicking on “Events” at the top of the page.

We also learned that you wanted to be able to find a link to the Library’s catalog easily, so we have included it right at the top of the page.  You can also search the Library’s databases (Ohio Web Library) and the entire web site from this search box.

The “Adults,” “Teens,” and “Children'” buttons  will take you directly to pages specifically for the different age groups, and on these pages, as on all of the pages, the buttons on the left hand side of the page will help you navigate to even more information.

Links to the Library’s eBook sources and ways to support us are located on the bottom of the page, along with a widget that changes continuously to show you new books that have been recently added to the Library’s collection. If you click on the revolving book, you will find a much longer list of new books.

I hope you take some time to travel around our new web site.  It is loaded with information and features that will help you learn even more about DCDL.  Remember, however, that the web site is new, so if you find a link that is broken (I hope not!), please let us know and we will fix it right away.


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What’s it worth?

Do you have a family heirloom, a curious knickknack, or an objet d’art hanging around your house and you’ve always wondered if it is worth anything?  Here’s your chance to find out, and to help out the Delaware County District Library’s Friends of the Library (FOL) at the same time.

The FOL will host its second annual Antique Appraisal Fair on Wednesday, March 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd, Delaware, in the Community Meeting Room. For a $5.00 donation per item (limit 2 per person), Steve Bemiller of Garth’s Auctions will give you an informal appraisal of your found treasure, with all proceeds benefitting the Friends of the Delaware County District Library.

Garth’s Auctions has been a national force in the world of antiques and fine art since its founding by Garth Oberlander in the early 1950s. Steve Bemiller, Executive Vice President, Consignor Representative and Auctioneer joined Garth’s in 1971, and shares his knowledge of antiques by conducting well over 50 lectures and appraisal clinics all over Ohio each year.

This event is open to the public, so feel free to invite a friend as you come out to support the FOL’s first fundraising event of 2012.

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