Archive for December, 2012

Powell Branch Library closing for renovations

As part of our continuing efforts to fulfill our campaign promises, the Delaware County District Library’s Powell Branch is currently undergoing some pretty major renovations.  We listened to what you said, and we are making significant changes to make the Powell Branch more responsive to the needs of the community.

Because programs for kids of all ages are such a major part of this branch’s operations, we are creating a bigger and friendlier place for children and programming.  We are repurposing the story time room as a computer room, with more computers and more elbow room, too.

Building private study rooms was impractical because of the space needed, but we are creating study spaces that will be quieter and semi-private, perfect for tutors, students, and anyone needing space away from the bustle of the branch.

As we continue to update technology and efficiency throughout the Library system, we will be installing self-check-out and self-pick-up of holds at the Powell Branch.  If self-check-out is not your cup of tea, though, remember there will always be friendly staff available to help.

Fresh paint, new light fixtures, new chairs, tables and new carpet will add dramatic impact as well as better functionality to this branch, too, providing more comfort and better reading spaces.

To accommodate the needed construction and renovations, the Powell Branch Library will close on Sunday, December 23, 2012 and reopen on Monday, January 7, 2013.  Other library locations will be open normal hours except for some special holiday closures: December 24 & 25 and January 1. We will close at 5:00 pm New Years Eve.

Any holds that you have placed to be picked up at the Powell Branch which come in while the building is closed can be picked up the week of January 7.  If you prefer not to wait, you can
log into your account this week and change the pickup location for your holds to the Delaware, Ostrander or Orange Branch.  (Or staff can do this for you).

We appreciate your patience during this transition, and we hope that you’ll stop in in January to see the improved library space for Powell.


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Learn to make soap at the Library

Sudsy McGhee LogoDo you know someone who always makes the best DIY Christmas presents? Wish you could show up with something special and homemade of your own this year? Impress your friends and family with all-natural homemade soap!

On Wednesday, December 19 at 7 PM everyone ages 16 and up is invited to the Delaware Main Library to learn how to create their very own cold process soap with Mandy Henning of Sudsy McGhee Soaps. Mandy is providing all the supplies and she’ll take you step by step through the soap-making process. The soap takes about 24 hours to set, so after setting the soap on Wednesday evening you can stop in any time after 2 p.m. on Friday to pick up your creation. If you want to watch Mandy take the soap out of the mold and cut the bars, stop by right at 2 and see the process all the way from start to finish.

Pre-registration is required for this program. Call 740-362-3861 or stop in to the Delaware Main Library to let us know you’re coming.

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Join us for Gingerbread Pirates!

Tonight (December 11) at 7:00 p.m. at the Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter Street, you and your family are invited to attend “Gingerbread Pirates,” an interactive fiction and food program presented by Cooking Caravan. A group of four men–actors, writers, chefs, singers, and teachers–The Cooking Caravan is passionate about teaching people how to cook nutritious, economical and aesthetically-pleasing meals, with whatever is available. And they like to have fun while they do it.

At tonight’s program, attendees will have fun with books and food, and everyone will have the opportunity to make his or her own gingerbread pirate.gingerbread pirate

A perfect program for this time of the year for your whole family to enjoy.

Mary Jane Santos, Director

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Ice Cream Tasting Program Just For Teens!


Teen Librarian Mandy Henning has put together this terrific program just from teens!

Ice Cream superstar Jeni Britton Bauer (owner and creator of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams) will be at the Delaware Library on December 13th at 7 p.m.

Bonus points to those who think of questions to ask her in advance and bring them the night of the program.

Oh, and did I mention there will be time for tasting?

Hope your teen plans on joining the fun!

Mary Jane Santos

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