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The residents of Delaware County are certainly finding the Delaware County District Library’s new Orange Branch! Since it opened in May, the Orange Branch has registered an astounding 5,700 new customers through June. Thank you, Delaware, for your support and for embracing this new branch facility and all it has to offer.

Constructing a “green” building with low energy costs and sustainability was of primary importance to the Board of Trustees, and the building’s design and implementation respected and embraced their wishes. Evidence of the “greenness” of the Orange Branch can be found inside and outside, and sometimes in surprising places.

The heating and cooling system within the building utilizes chilled beam technology, the windows have been treated with special coatings to minimize UV penetration, the position of the windows harvests daylight and many furniture pieces are built from recycled materials to name of few of the environmentally friendly aspects inside the branch.

Outside, there is an intricate system of pipes, basins and ponds to capture rainwater that is used to sustain the many plantings of indigenous plants, bushes and trees. Rain chains were used instead of downspouts to help in directing and recycling rain and snow, too.

Another feature of the Orange Branch that is recommended by the U.S. Green Building Council is the designation of parking spots for low emission and fuel efficient vehicles. You have probably noticed these designated parking spots on most newly constructed buildings, including the new Columbus State Community College, our neighbor to the north.

Using your tax dollars wisely is always a primary concern to the board, and the Orange Branch is a visible (and beautiful) example of following through on their commitment to being good stewards of the funds you have entrusted to them. When you visit the Orange Branch or any DCDL location this month, look for these titles on the New Book Shelves.

1105 Yakima St. by Debbie Macomber. When his wife Rachel, who is pregnant, leaves him, Bruce Peyton, while dealing with his spoiled 13-year-old daughter Jolene, is determined to get her back with a little help from his Cedar Cove friends.

Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love: Delight Family and Friends With More Than 150 Simple, Fabulous Recipes by Cristini Ferrare. Provides 150 recipes for everyday meals and celebrations, from appetizers and salads to preparations of different meats, vegetables, desserts and staple sauces.

Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs by Levi Johnston. The father of Bristol Palin’s child shares his side of the story about their ill-fated relationship, revealing how Sarah Palin’s political ambitions compromised his career goals, how he has been prevented from forging a relationship with his son and the ways in which the former vice-presidential candidate contradicts her public views with her personal actions.

Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert. The film critic best known for his Chicago Sun-Times reviews and his 30 years as co-host of “Siskel & Ebert at the Movies” describes his life and career, including his recovery from alcoholism and the complications from thyroid cancer treatment.

Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue by Marc Spitz. Drawing on recollections from artists who have been inspired by Mick Jagger’s work, an examination of the life of the Rolling Stones’ enigmatic front man is presented in an episodic format that combines biographical information with cultural history.

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

The Race by Clive Cussler. Protecting a woman aviator whose violent-tempered husband has already committed one murder, Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency oversees the woman’s participation in a daring 1910 cross-country race, which is being sponsored by a wealthy newspaper publisher.

Second Nature: A Love Story by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Losing her father in a school fire that disfigures her face, Sicily is raised by a dynamic aunt who urges her to pursue a normal life, an effort that is influenced by her fiancé, a terrible drunken revelation and an opportunity for a risky full-face transplant.

Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortensen, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way by Jon Krakauer. Argues that author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson, noted for his campaign to open schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan, has not been truthful about his past, his reasons for opening schools, or his abduction by the Taliban.

The Towers: A Dan Lenson Novel of 9/11 by David Poyer. Surviving the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon only to lose his wife at the World Trade Center, Commander Dan Lenson joins a SEAL team assigned to track down Osama bin Laden and other senior Taliban members, in a high-action tale inspired by the author’s true military experiences.

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at mjsantos@delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!

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