The library is the place for pupils
With the holidays now pleasant memories, many folks have returned to their regular school schedules. The Delaware County District Library offers a wide menu of support for students of all kinds — traditional, nontraditional — and ages — children, teens and adults.
Of course, we have Internet computers at all locations, but more importantly, we have skilled and experienced librarians to help navigate the Web and find the information that you need. The library subscribes to dozens of databases, too, covering a vast array of topics with current and authoritative articles.
Each of the four library branches has wireless access so you can bring your own laptop, iPad or other device for research. If you have trouble hopping on the library’s wi-fi, there is always a librarian available to offer technological assistance.
At the Orange and Delaware (Main) Libraries, you can use a quiet study room, to work alone or with others. These study rooms are in great demand so you may want to reserve one in advance. You will always find a quiet nook at any of the branches to read or study, if private rooms are unavailable.
If you happen to be studying during the middle of the night and you need help from a librarian, visit delawarelibrary.org and click on “Chat With a Librarian.” You will be directed to the statewide 24/7 reference service called “Know It Now,” staffed with honest-to-goodness librarians from all over Ohio (you may even be connected to a Delaware librarian!) who you can talk to online to get much-needed answers.
The Delaware Library has long been a friend of students of all kinds; in fact, the public library has often been referred to as “everyman’s university,” providing access to information and knowledge for anyone who wants it. Let us help you be successful in your formal or informal educational goals!
When you are in the library, look for these books available during the month of January.
Boca Daze by Steven M. Forman. Armed with his unfailing wit and his Boston-bred fighting skills, retired Boston cop Eddie Perlmutter walks straight into the most dangerous game of his life when he tries to shut down a string of illegal pill mills.
Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive rare-book collector, Abby Radwell, a psychic who is able to detect paranormal secrets in old texts, hires investigator Sam Coppersmith to track down a killer with supernatural abilities.
The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography by Stephen Fry. A personal account presented in the linguistically witty style of the BBC actor chronicles such topics as his unlikely Cambridge education, his relationships with such contemporaries as Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson and his hedonistic rise to stardom.
More Room in a Broken Heart: The True Adventures of Carly Simon by Stephen Davis. Draws on private archives, family interviews and the author’s friendship with the singer to cover topics ranging from her relationship with her father and the story behind “You’re So Vain” to her struggle with breast cancer.
The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel by Nevada Barr. The long-anticipated story of Anna Pigeon’s past traces her brokenhearted 1995 relocation from New York City and first days as a Glen Canyon park ranger, a new start that is shattered by her abduction and imprisonment in the bottom of a dry well without supplies.
Sherlock Holmes on Screen by Alan Barnes. Conan Doyle’s master detective Sherlock Holmes has appeared on screen more times than any other fictional character. Sherlock Holmes on Screen surveys over a century’s worth of his exploits in film and television, from the silent era to the present day.
Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog by Emma Pearse. Documents the true story of a young Australian blue heeler who was lost overboard in the Great Barrier Reef and who swam through shark-infested waters to an isolated nature preserve, where she survived unassisted for five months before being miraculously rescued.
The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success by Les McKeown. A leadership model that trains managers to come together to deliver success, overcoming the gridlock and compromises that typically water down the team approach.
Taft 2012 by Jason Heller. A most extraordinary satire, Jason Heller’s debut novel follows the strange new life of a presidential Rip Van Winkle: a man who never even wanted the White House in the first place, yet finds himself hurtling toward it once more, this time, through the media-fueled madness of 21st-century America.
Worth Fighting for: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward by Lisa Niemi Swayze. The wife of the late Patrick Swayze presents an account of grief, loss, caregiving and moving on while sharing previously undisclosed stories about their final months together, offering additional coverage of their teenage romance, dance careers and 34-year marriage.
If you have a quesÂtion that you would like to see answered in this colÂumn, mail it to Mary Jane SanÂtos, Delaware County DisÂtrict Library, 84 E. WinÂter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740â€“362‑3861. You can also email your quesÂtions at delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matÂter how you conÂtact us, we’re always glad you asked!