Check It Out Spring 2023

Page 1 Keeping you connected to the Delaware County District Library. CHECK IT OUT CHECK IT OUT Quarterly Newsletter/Spring 2023

Writing the Story of a New Library

It’s hard to believe that I’m entering my sixth month with the Delaware County District Library. Since I started in September, I’ve jumped headfirst into discovering the wonderful things that DCDL offers. My primary focus has been closing the construction chapter of the Liberty Branch Library. With that, I’m happy to say that the Liberty Branch Library will open this spring!

In this issue of Check it Out, you’ll learn about how we put (60,000+) items on the shelves at a new library. However, the work that goes into creating a new library goes beyond books. The IT Department prepares all the technology that it takes to have a 21st century library. The Facilities Department maintains everything – from the floors you’ll walk on to the toilets you’ll flush. Human Resources prepares 25 positions to help the branch operate. The Fiscal Office budgets for such a beautiful building. The Communications Department keeps the process transparent with updates. And this is just the start; there are many more individuals with important roles to play.

Just like a good book has many layers and characters that bring the story to life, a library is written in the same way. Without one of these components that I’ve listed, we would not have the full story of the Liberty Branch Library.

I can’t wait for you to open the cover. See you there later this spring.


Holly Quaine, President

Scott Tiede, Vice President

Connie Skinner, Secretary

Brad Allen

Lori Kipfer

Nick McCoy TBA


Memorial Day

Monday, May 29



Late last year, the Library received a great question about the Liberty Branch Library. This little reader wanted to know how we fill a brand new library with books?

And the short answer is that we buy most of them. We have a great team of librarians who look at our system-wide collection and decided what needs to be added to make our awesome collection even better. Then we order them from our vendors (primarily Baker & Taylor books).

That’s where our cover models come in. Our fantastic Technical Services department receives the many, many, many boxes of items for the new library and they get to work! Eliss, Tom, Kyle, and Regie take those books, movies, games, and more and prep them to get out on the shelves for you to peruse.

For more about how the Technical Services Department adds book to the DCDL system, see page 9.


Delaware Library & Maker Studio

84 East Winter St.

Delaware, OH 43015


Ostrander Library

75 North Fourth St.

Ostrander, OH 43061


Orange Library 7171 Gooding Blvd. Delaware, OH 43015 740-549-2665

Outreach Services 7171 Gooding Blvd. Delaware, OH 43015 740-548-1660

Liberty Library & Maker Studio 7468 Steitz Road Powell, OH 43065 740-513-4557

Powell Library 460 South Liberty St. Powell, OH 43065





Generous loan periods allow customers time to enjoy the items they have checked out while keeping materials continually moving for others, as well.

We do not charge overdue fines. Voluntary donations in place of fines are gratefully accepted.


Enjoy free access to these apps and websites, available through your smart device app store or at Just link your library card and you’re ready to go.

TV, Movies & Instructional Videos




LinkedIn Learning for Library

Niche Academy

Digital Magazines

Consumer Reports

Ohio Digital Library (Libby)

Newspaper Archives

Columbus Dispatch (1871 - present)

New York Times Online (1851 - present)




Ebooks, Audiobooks, Graphic Novels


Ohio Digital Library (Libby)


African American Heritage

Family Search


Heritage Hub


Material Loan Period Loan Limit Books 4 weeks 100 Audiobooks 4 weeks 20 New Books 2 weeks 100 Magazines 2 weeks 20 Video Games 2 weeks 3 Board Games 2 weeks 3 Launchpads 2 weeks 3 Wi-Fi Hotspots 2 weeks 1 *adults only DVDs 1 week 20


Access the Delaware County District Library with the tap of a finger. Explore recent releases, search the catalog, check your account, reserve a study space, find out about upcoming events, and check branch locations and hours. With easy access to digital collections and easy renewals, it’s your library at your fingertips.


With a DCDL card, you also get access to millions of additional items in the collections of the 16 other member libraries. Items from these locations take slightly longer to arrive and require a hold to be placed. Visit for a list of all libraries where you can use your DCDL card!


Delaware, Orange, & Liberty

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed


Ostrander & Powell

Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday – Monday: Closed

DCDL welcomes all people to our programs and events. If you require ASL interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, please contact us at



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.


Book & Media Sales

Friday, March 17

Book Sale @ 5-8

Main Library

Friday, May 19

Book Sale @ 5-8

Saturday, March 18

Book Sale @ 9-3

Media Sale @ 10-3

Saturday, May 20

Book Sale @ 9-3

Media Sale @ 10-3


Young Writers Workshops

Back by popular demand! Bring your creative kids to the Library to learn about writing and illustrating stories.

Artist Steve Harpster will guide participants through writing a story and adding illustrations. The kids’ stories will be printed and bound. One copy will be taken home at a later date and another will be added to the Library’s collection!


11 @ Delaware

Session 1: 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 2: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Visit the Friends of the Delaware Library on Facebook for more information and to register.




Do you like to share your ideas & reactions about titles you’ve read? Like to discover others’ thoughts & opinions? Join a Book Club for a fun, entertaining discussion.

Morning Clubs

Ostrander Morning Book Club



March 1: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

April 5: The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

May 3: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Afternoon Clubs

Orange Afternoon Book Club



March 16: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher


April 20: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

May 18: The Measure by Nikki Erlick


Around the World in Books & Bites

*Pre-registration is required

Various Locations


April 4: The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Koble Grill - 176 W. Olentangy Rd. Powell, OH 43065

May 2: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford

Oishii Japanese Bistro - 8 N. Liberty St. Powell, OH 43065


ESOL Classes

Ongoing multi-level English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. New students should call to register at 740203-2267.



Mondays, Wednesdays


Delaware Toastmasters

Delaware Afternoon Book Club



March 28: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

April 25: Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

May 30: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Overcome fears, listen effectively, find your voice and grow your confidence with Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills.



March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, May 30


Pinterest Crafts*

Do you like to visit Pinterest for craft ideas but don’t always have time to create the idea? Create a Pinterest-worthy craft at the library.

*Pre-registration is required



April 6: Menu Board


10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s*

Experts from the Alzheimer’s Association will discuss the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

*Pre-registration is required

Delaware 10:00am

April 6


How a Book Library joins the

Before any book, game, movie, or other item can hit the shelves of DCDL, it must go through our Technical Services department. This team takes each item, logs it in our system and physically prepares it to be checked out.

First, Regie (opposite page) wraps the new books, adds a library stamp, a barcode, as well as any genre stickers and the spine sticker. Then the items head to Eliss, Tom, or Kyle who add the items to the digital catalog so you can search for the items. Finally, they head right out on the shelves or to the branch libraries where they’ll live.



Teen Advisory Board

Volunteer at the library during the school year with TAB! This is your opportunity to discuss and influence teen services at DCDL for teens ages 13-17. Meetings count as 1 hour of volunteering.



March 23, April 27

Dungeons & Dragons* Roll for initiative!

Dungeons and Dragons is the ultimate tabletop game; join the adventure & learn to play!

*Pre-registration is required


5:00pm - 8:00pm

March 25, May 27


5:00pm - 8:00pm

April 29

Middle School Book Club*

All Delaware County Middle School students (grades 5-8) are invited to come to discuss their favorite reads!

*Pre-registration is required

Delaware 4:00pm

April 3: Favorite Spring Reads

Student Study Corner

Studying for exams at the library? Find everything you need to succeed in the Teen Zone, including tips to get organized, brain breaks, and stress busters!

Orange All Day May 19 - May 24

Teen Volunteer Drop-In*

Ages 13-17. Earn 2 volunteer hours by helping out at the library!

*Pre-registration is required

Orange 4:00pm

April 13





Book Busters Book Club*

Tween Art Explorers*

Homeschool Book Club*

Children will be given an opportunity to do book reporttype presentations before a group based on monthly themes.

*Pre-registration is required.



March 10: Women’s History

April 14: Caves & Caverns

May 12: Community Helpers

Calling all young readers in Grades 2-4! If you want to read fun books and discuss them with other kids and your local librarians, then Book Busters is the club for you.

*Pre-registration is required.



March 28: Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd LEGO Club

Explore a different artist or style and create something inspired by your new art history knowledge. This program is intended for tweens ages 9-12. Please register to ensure supplies are available.

*Pre-registration is required



April 17: Fairies, Fae, & Magical Folk Art

Young Writers’ Workshop*

Steve Harpster, comic book author, and children’s educational presenter, will guide children in the development of their own published books.

*Pre-registration is required.


10:00am: Session 1

1:30pm: Session 2

March 11

Show off your LEGO skills! We’ll provide the LEGO bricks, and will challenge participants with engineering, teamwork, and creative goals.



April 11: Free Build Fun

StoryWalks ® are back this spring! Check the online calendar for titles and locations.


I love interacting with children through language and listening to their responses. If we pause and take the time to truly listen to what children have to share, we find that what they have to say can be such a hoot!

Children’s first teachers are their caregivers and they learn by talking and listening to others around them. Studies have shown that the more exposure to words at home, through conversation and song or rhyme, the more of a chance they have to become successful readers. By listening to words spoken aloud, children hear new words and their meanings, which leads to children eventually understanding that the words they read have meaning as well.

Try these activities to encourage talking with your child:

Play the game: “I Spy.” I like to play during dinner time. For babies and young toddlers, choose colors or shapes to spy. Babies also love to just hear your voice, so play and have fun!

Choose a story or rhyme to read together. The next night, try and repeat the story from memory. Add different characters. Instead of a mouse for “Hickory Dickory Dock”, ask your child what other type of animal they might choose.

Ask open-ended questions such as, “What was your favorite thing to do at storytime today?” Children can take a little longer to respond, so pause for 5 seconds to give them time to answer.

These tips were found through Every Child Ready to Read at:

Enjoy making beautiful conversations with your little ones!


Storytime leaders will demonstrate and share about early literacy and ways to help their children get ready to read with books, songs, movement, music, fingerplays, rhymes, and storytelling!

Baby Storytime: Ages birth - 24 months

Toddler Storytime: Ages 2 - 4 years

Preschool Storytime: Ages 4 - 6 years

Family Storytime: Ages birth - 6 years

Check our online calendar for the most up-to-date schedule and to find the times that work for your family!


Travel the Globe with Books & Bites

On the 1st Tuesday of each month, we will explore the world through stories set in various parts of the world while also sampling the ethnic cuisine of our book’s setting. Come enjoy a diversity of cultures and cuisines as we read our way around the world.

April 4:

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Koble Grill - 176 W. Olentangy Rd., Powell, OH 43065

May 2:

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford

Oishii Japanese Bistro - 8 N. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065

For more information about Outreach Services visit:


What Is The Maker studio?

The Maker Studio is a project of the Delaware County District Library where people of all ages can make, invent, create, build, and learn. Bring your ideas to life using our tools, equipment, and software, including 3D printers, sewing machines, vinyl cutter, laser cutter/engraver, Adobe Creative Cloud, and more.

maker studio classes

Earlier this year, we switched to only show programs on the online event calendar in order to reflect our changing class structure. But that doesn’t mean we’ve got fewer programs...

In fact, to meet community demand, Maker Studio classes increased!

Now, Wednesdays are exclusively dedicated to teaching and training.

Project programs, equipment demos, and room tours will continue.

Software lessons have been added to help you design your own projects and 1-on-1 sessions will be provided for more in-depth training.

Class schedules and topics will vary. We’re excited for this next step for the Maker Studio and hope you are, too!

Check the link below for a class schedule and more information.

Located in the Delaware Main & Liberty Branch Libraries 740-362-3861 16


This spring, jump into nonfiction! While many people can feel intimidated by nonfiction, when it’s told in a narrative style like these titles, I find it highly entertaining, accessible, and one of my favorite genres to read.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson decides that he wants to hike the Appalachian Trail –some of the most breathtaking terrain in America stretching from Georgia to Maine. So he does what most people (should) do for such a physically taxing adventure and over-prepares. Stephen Katz takes a different approach and joins Bryson with the clothes on his back, a backpack containing some chips and other “basic necessities,” and time on his hands. Together the two embark on a 2,200-mile journey full of hilarious and heartfelt experiences, additional quirky characters, and a story that will live on as one of the best in humor travelogue lore.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

This story beautifully contrasts the glory of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with the dark horrors of a nearby serial killer. Larson manages to seamlessly weave the otherwise unrelated stories of the World’s Fair architect, Daniel Burnham, and the architect of the “Castle of Horrors,” H. H. Holmes. Packed with detail and dialogue, it’s easy to become so enraptured in the story that you forget you’re reading a true account. One especially fun piece of Larson’s writing is the Epilogue, where he describes his meticulous research methods, using libraries, newspapers, archives and rare book collections to truly see the first-hand account of what was happening from 1891-1897.

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Unlike Bryson and Larson, author Mary Roach doesn’t always tell a linear narrative story. She is known as “America’s funniest science writer” because she chooses a subject (nature, the body, death) and asks questions that no one else will ask, giving you the full story of that subject in a way you’ve never experienced. Packing for Mars explores the strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Roach literally gets into her subject matter by visiting NASA and sharing some of the lesser known parts of astronauts – from Space Shuttle toilet training to all the way to a space capsule crash test. You will laugh as much as you will learn.

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