Archive for May, 2012

Book Discussions tonight

There is still time to attend on of the two book discussions that will be held this evening at the Delaware County District Library. Even if you have not read the books, you will still enjoy the company and the lively discussions, facilitated by Library staff.

At the Delaware (Main) Library beginning at 7:30 p.m., the group will tackle Heart of Darkness  by Joseph Conrad.  While the novel lends itself to critical and timely analysis, the movie that uses this book as its inspiration, “Apocalypse Now” was screened at the Orange Branch earlier in the month.  If you ever read this book and/or seen the movie, I think you will find this discussion to be intriguing.  If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, I think you will find the discussion a great springboard for you to get involved in future discussions.

At the Orange Branch at 7:00 p.m., the book up for discussion is While I Was Gone by Sue Miller, the story of Jo Becker, who, having moved on with her life after a friend was brutally murdered is now married with a grown family, but when an old housemate moves into the neighborhood, Jo rekindles a relationship that takes her back to the past and threatens her future.  The discussion of this book should be quite fascinating.

The Library hosts book discussions in all of its locations every month.  Plan now to attend June’s offerings.

On June 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Powell BranchSlaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut will be the featured title, a semi-autobiographical novel describing the author’s imprisonment in a slaughterhouse after being captured by the Germans during WWII’s Battle of the Bulge.  On the same date and time at the Ostrander Branch, there will be a facilitated discussion of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.   Its description is as follows:  Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

At the Main Library on June 27 at 7:30 p.m., the group will discuss The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  The novel focuses on the handsome appearance of dissolute, young Dorian Gray whose remains unchanged while the features in his portrait become distorted as his degeneration progresses.

On the same date at 7:00 p.m. at the Orange Branch, Deborah Maggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be up for discussion.  This book inspired a movie by the same name currently in theaters.  A summary reads as follows:  When Dr. Ravi Kapoor’s cousin sets up a retirement home in India, Ravi’s father-in-law is one of its first guests, but what the renovation lacks in promised amenities and luxury, it makes up for in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.

And don’t miss the Cook Book Club at the Main Library on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m.  Pick up a copy of the featured cookbook, Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart,  find a recipe that appeals to you, prepare it and then share it with other attendees at the program.  What fun!

For a complete listing of upcoming programs for adults, check the Library’s web site  or pick up a copy of “Check It Out,” the Library’s summer quarterly newsletter and calendar at any Library location.

Adult Summer Reading Club is back!  It kicks off June 9th.  Read this summer for fun and for prizes!


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See you at the Delaware Arts Festival…and the Friends Book Sale!

The Delaware Arts Festival is only a few days away, and I hope you are planning to attend.  Stop by the “Geek the Library” booth to let us know what you “geek” (are passionate about.)  The libraries of Sunbury, Ashley and Delaware have collaborated on the “Geek the Library” campaign, and we hope you’ll become a part of it.  Telling us what you “geek” is fun and you’ll be surprised at what fellow Delaware Countians “geek,” too!

As you are admiring the talents of the represented artists at the Arts Festival, and hopefully adding some beautiful pieces of art to your own collection, please plan a visit to the Delaware County District Library’s Main Branch at 84 E. Winter St., to enhance your Arts Festival experience.

The Library will be filled from floor to ceiling with art projects from the community’s best and brightest high school art students.  The Festival’s juried art show has been displayed at the Library for dozens of years, and each year, the quality of the projects seems to only get better.  From rings and bracelets to portraits and photography, the show has something for everyone to “ooh” and “ahh” over.

When you’re at the Library, drop by the Friends of the Library’s massive Bargain Book Fair in the garages on the south side of the Library.  Thousands of hardcover and paperback books for teens, children and adults, as well as magazines, DVDs and videocassettes are priced to sell.  You’ll find treasures galore at rock bottom prices!  The bargain book fair is open Saturday, May 19 from 9:00-5:00 and Sunday, May 20 from 12:00-3:00.

The Delaware Arts Festival weekend is always a grand time.  I hope to see you there!

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Great Movie/Great Book

Marrying books and movies comes naturally to the staff at the Delaware County District Library.  Most of us are both avid readers and movie-goers, and I suspect many of you are, too.

On Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Orange Branch, DCDL Cinemathique will present “Apocalypse Now,” starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen.  Immediately following the screening, Library staff will lead a discussion of the film.  On Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Delaware (Main) Library, there will be a discussion of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, the book upon which the movie is based.

You are welcome to participate in either or both programs, and there a limited copies of the movie and the book available at the library for you to check out.  If you’re a fan of the classics (book and movies!), you won’t want to miss this opportunity to read, watch and discuss.


Mary Jane Santos

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E Books at DCDL

Did you know that the Delaware County District Library has several sources of eBooks available to you?  With the continued demand by library users for downloadable books, the Library has added additional databases to answer the demand.  You can find links to all of these eBook databases on  the  Library’s web site.

DCDL is a member of the Ohio eBook Project, a statewide consortium of shared audio and eBooks, movies and music.  With your DCDL card, you can “check out” an eBook for three weeks to be read on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPod, PC, laptop, or dozens of other eReaders.  A complete list of compatible devices is available on the Ohio eBook Project web site.  Currently, there are more than 31,000 books included in the Ohio eBook Project.

Blio Books are a specific format of ebook borrowed through Axis 360, an online collection of ebooks purchased by DCDL especially for our patrons.  The main difference between the Ohio eBook Project and Blio Books is the format.  Axis 360 ebooks come in a format that is readable only by the Blio software or the mobile Blio app.  You maydownload the free Blio software or app to your computer or tablet directly from the Axis 360 site.  Currently Blio Books are not compatible with Kindles or Nooks and require a personal computer or a compatible tablet, such as  an iPad.  Axis 360 is working with Amazon and Barnes and Noble to add that compatibility to the Blio software.

The SEO eBooks are also available to DCDL cardholders.  The source of these eBooks is another statewide consortium to which DCDL belong.

DCDL library card holders may download free ebooks from the Ohio eBook Project, the SEO Library Consortium, and Blio. You can find older, public domain titles at Project Gutenberg and LibriVox.  Note: If you have a library card from Columbus or another Franklin County library, you can use their Digital Media Collection too.

Of course, if you have any questions about downloading digital books, please ask any librarian.  We have many of the eReaders at the Library to demonstrate how to download a book, and all of us have been trained on all of them.  You can also find great step by step instructions on the Library’s web site.

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