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the adventures of the

delaware county district library 2014 Annual Report

thank you!

The Delaware County District Library saw great growth in 2014 with our branches continuing to act as the ‘community living room’ for many of our patrons who use our meeting rooms; public computers, laptops and wifi; research resources; or who just want a place to relax and read. Our staff help welcome patrons by being actively engaged in the community, reaching out to schools and businesses alike to communicate the excellent programs and services we offer. Projects and updates throughout 2014 benefitted individuals from all walks of life. Children now learn on new technology from birth, so we updated the youth services areas to include tablets. Teens gained real-world experience and responsibility through volunteering and participating in what has become an annual job fair specifically for high school students. Adults met more than 40 of their published neighbors in the Library’s first ever Local Author Fair in December. Weekly ESOL classes helped nearly 70 students from 20 countries learn how to speak English. We also embraced the gaming culture by introducing a circulating videogame collection. Finally, in July community members and families helped a magical Mosaic Dragon find a home at the Orange Branch Library thanks to the vision of artists Lynda Elias and Virginia Corwin, and in September an open house was held to celebrate the completion of the Imagination Garden. All of these projects could not have been completed without such a supportive community. We cannot thank you enough. It’s been a wonderful year, and you can be certain 2015 has much more in store! Mary Jane Santos, Library Director

Mission Statement The Delaware County District Library serves as the public information provider for our community, using traditional and innovative technology to encourage curiosity, free inquiry, and lifelong learning in a friendly environment.

trustees A 7 member board made up of Delaware residents serve as the governing body of the Library. Proudly serving on DCDL’s Board of Trustees are Neil Neidhardt, President; Michael Butler, Vice President; Brenda Eldridge, Secretary; Ceena Baker; Nickolas K. McCoy; Holly Quaine and Lori Saviers.


71,754 children at 1,787 programs 1,512 teens at 120 programs 177

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1,236 teens read over 7,500 hours



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on summer break ated




reference questions answered

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public computers


75 homebound 5 kidz kratez 40 bookmobile 34 community 14 drop collection events across delaware county 27 discovery bag 35 book basket events representing dcdl at

public internet sessions

community stops


46 staff



new little free libraries in alum creek and delaware state park

public use laptops





community & family outreach services


1.4 million materials circulated 5% downloaded 285 resource 27% dvd/cd sharing partners 56% adult collection 44% juvenile collection 261,600

dcdl web visits

73,548 cardholders 28% juveniles 72% adults 7,082


library visits


over operating hours

new library patrons



self check stations



dozen regular volunteers

working in communications,

technical services, homework

help, local history, and more!

1,772 worth

volunteer hours

$37,928 in library savings

friends of the library The Friends of the Delaware County District Library help raise money and public awareness in the community to support the services and programs of DCDL.


919 hours $4,500 donated

volunteers for

1 art fair to dcdl for summer reading club 5 bargain book fairs

community & corporate partners

Action for Children, ALS Association - Central & Southern Ohio Chapter, American Library Association, American Red Cross - Delaware County Chapter, Buckeye Valley School District, Canine Companions for Independence, Chambers of Commerce - Delaware & Powell, City of Delaware, City of Powell, Columbus Creative Cooperative, Columbus State Community College, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Common Ground Free Store Ministries, Community Library, Council for Older Adults, Cozy Cat Cottage, Delaware Area Career Center & ABLE Office, Delaware Arts Festival, Delaware City Schools, Delaware Community Lions Club, Delaware Cooperative Parenting, Delaware County 4-H Groups, Delaware County Board of Elections, Delaware County Jobs & Family Services, Delaware County Historical Society, Delaware County Master Gardeners, Delaware Creative Housing/Creative Living Systems, Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, Delaware County Genealogical Society, Delaware Rotary Club, Delaware Speech & Hearing, Drug Free Delaware Coalition, Family Promise, Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store, Help Me Grow/ Early Head Start, Hiram Masonic Lodge, Historic Downtown Powell, Homeschoolers, Imagination Library, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Kiwanis Club of Delaware, Knights of the Rose, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lewis Center Business Association, Liberty Community Center, Literacy Coalition of Delaware County, Main Street Delaware, Moms’ Clubs, Next Chapter Book Group, Ohio Health Foundation - Grady Hospice, Ohio Humanities Council, Ohio Library Council, Ohio Machine Lacrosse, Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio Wildlife Center, Olentangy Local School District, Olentangy Noon Lions, Orange Township, Ostrander Civic Association, Ostrander Police Department, Ostrander Senior Citizens Group, OSU Extension Office, People in Need, Powell Animal Welfare Society, Powell-Liberty Historical Society, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Public Library Association, Red Cross of Delaware County, Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility, Scioto Township Fire Department, St. Mary Church, Strand Theatre, Thurber House, United Way, Walmart, Wornstaff Memorial Public Library, YMCA - Delaware Community Center & Powell.

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