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Calling all knitters!


If you love to knit, or if you’re interested in learning more about knitting, then the Library’s new Knitting Book Club is just perfect for you.

Inspired by the Library’s cookbook clubs, Deputy Director and published knitter Don Yarman has selected a new knitting book he is eager to explore with other library-loving knitters. Check out a copy of Knockout Knits, knit (or swatch!) some projects, and join us to share your work.

Or simply attend to talk to other knitters and find out more about this old and current hobby.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Delaware Main Library.Knockout-Knits_web_600.3539


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Baby it’s cold outside!

cold20weather20man1But the Delaware County District Library and its branches are open and warm.  Drop by today for a good book, a blockbuster movie, to browse a magazine, log on to the Internet, or simply to sit quietly in a warm and inviting space.

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Grocery Shopping Savings and Wolves!

The Delaware County District Library is hosting two interestingly different programs in the next few days, and I cordially invite you to attend.

On Saturday, October 4 at 10:00 at the Delaware Main library. Lynette Rice, author of, will cover a variety ofcleverly-simple-logo topics including realistic couponing, strategic grocery shopping, and practical meal planning. Come ready to learn and connect with others who are excited about saving money! Click here to read about the different things participants learned in an earlier course offered at the Delaware Main Library.  Pre-registration is required. Reserve your free seat at

On Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m., at the Ostrander Branch,  you and your family are invited to the Ironwood Wolves Family Program.  8456232_origWolves are beautiful and misunderstood creatures, and the educators at Ironwood Wolves are working hard to dispel the myths. Come to the program to learn more about wolves, touch and feel wolf fur and castings, and meet a real hybrid wolf!

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Meet a Cyclops and a Dragon at the Imagination Gardens Open House at the Orange Branch

Community members are invited to explore a place where it’s not uncommon for a dragon and Dionysus to dwell in perfect harmony–the Imagination Garden at Delaware County District Library Orange Branch.

An open house will take place on Sunday, September 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the garden, which is situated on the north side of 10360851_964785626880912_4711779980734810930_nthe building. Two art pieces, a tiled dragon mosaic and a mythological sculpture, will be featured and the artists behind their creation will be present to display their works and answer questions. Attendees will also enjoy light refreshments, and a children’s craft.

Dale Johnson’s sculpture, Mythology –or– On the Origin of Stories, was installed last summer. The piece mimics a classic book that has been taken over by mythological creatures such as the Cyclops, a sea monster, aliens, leprechauns Stone sculptureand Dionysus. The piece started as a 4,830 lb piece of limestone and took seven months to carve.

Artists Lynda Elias and Virginia Corwin added their touch to the garden this summer with the addition of a giant, tiled dragon. The colorful arrangement of mosaic tiles and mirrored pieces glued to several large zig-zagging panels help simulate the movement of a colossal, whimsical, winged creature flying through the garden. Earlier this spring five large, concrete panels were installed, and soon thereafter Elias was drawing the outlines for the dragon. The work of tiling all of the pieces and grouting took about one week to finish in early July with the help of more than four-dozen DCDL patrons and community 10523197_10152634660219497_401343985_omembers.

The establishment of the Imagination Garden was made possible through a generous bequest by local community member Pauline Way. Bequests from Mary Reed and Barbara Murray also helped make the Imagination Garden possible. Their memory is honored on two of seven benches located within the garden. The remaining five benches and other markers are available for community members to recognize, honor, and memorialize their loved ones.

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Delaware Library open on Jug Day

Just a reminder that the Delaware County District Library and its branches will be OPEN on Jug Day, Thursday, September 18th.  Hope to see you in the Library!

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Vending Room now open at Delaware Main Library


After the closing of several coffee shops at the Delaware Main Library, we decided it was time to repurpose this room, making it a vending room with a coffee shop feel.  We have installed machines that sell pop, snacks and coffee (in several varieties including lattes, cappuccinos, flavored, and hot chocolate) along with tables and chairs so you can relax and enjoy a tasty treat.  Over the next few weeks, we will be adding more tables and chairs, a public bulletin board, and other amenities to add to the coffee shop ambiance.  There is also free wi-fi in the vending room.

We hope you find this space ideal for socializing, meetings, and other informal gatherings.  And if you think of anything that we should include in it, please let me know.

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Ender’s Game premieres tonight at the Strand!

The weather may be frightful tonight, but I hope that doesn’t keep you away for attending the premiere of “Ender’s Game” at the Strand Theatre tonight.  Hundreds Jacketof Delaware County District Library customers and Delaware City Schools students, teachers, and staff have read this fascinating novel sent in the future, as part of our collaborative community wide read, DelawaREADS.

As the final program in this well-attended community wide read, Kara Long of the Strand has arranged a premiere showing of the film that won’t be in other theaters until tomorrow.  The movie starts at 8:00 p.m. (after Trick or Treating) and stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Ben Kingsley.

A brief synopsis of the movie:  The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

I hope you’ll join me tonight for this exciting DelawaREADS event!

Mary Jane Santos, Director

Delaware County District Library

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