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You are cordially invited to the Delaware County District Library’s Holiday Open Houses this weekend, held at all district library locations. Please help us celebrate another successful year at the library while enjoying refreshments and music in a friendly atmosphere.

Holiday Open Houses, generously sponsored by our Friends of the Library and Meijer, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Orange and Ostrander branches and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Delaware (Main) Library and the Powell Branch. I hope you plan to stop by to allow us to wish you a wonderful holiday season.

While you’re at the library, plan to pick up the latest edition of “Check It Out,” the library’s quarterly newsletter. This issue spotlights teens, in a “teen takeover at the library,” and is peppered with photos of precocious and energetic kids. Teen Librarian Mandy Henning, who has worked at the library since April, has developed educational (but don’t tell the kids!) and exciting programs for tweens and teens — book clubs, gaming tournaments with Xbox and Wii, and programs on cupcake decorating, candle making, anime, henna, yoga and many more.

Mandy is launching a “Read It First Book Discussion Group,” where teens will be able to read and keep copies of books that haven’t even been published yet. They can write an online review or discuss their book during a monthly meet-up at the library. If you know a teen who may be interested, contact Mandy at 740-362-3861.

At the Delaware County District Library, we are working diligently to provide you and your family with the resources, programs, information and experience that you want. Stop by soon and I think you’ll discover that we’re certainly not your grandfather’s library!

77 Shadow Street by Dean R Koontz: The affluent occupants of luxury apartments, housed in a 200-year-old mansion with a checkered past, enter into a terrifying waking nightmare when the haunted house reawakens, leaving no one safe from its grip.

Assume Nothing by Gar Anthony Haywood: Joe Reddick lived the nightmare of losing his family to a killer once, and now that an intruder has threatened his new family, Joe sends his wife and son to safety and targets a gang of desperate criminals for his brand of no-mercy justice.

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by Dalai Lama XIV: A stirring call to move beyond religion for the guidance to improve human life on individual, community, and global levels including a guided meditation practice for cultivating key human values.

Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me by Brad Paisley: Deeply personal and revealing, country music’s biggest superstar shares what music means to him, who inspired his love of music and memorable stories about the many great players in the business who he encountered over the years.

Home, Sweet Zero Energy Home: What It Takes to Develop Great Homes That Won’t Cost Anything to Heat, Cool or Light Up, Without Going Broke or Crazy by Barry Rehfeld: This practical guidebook to zero energy homes focuses on real costs and savings, exploring such topics as site selection and passive design, heating and cooling, and financial resources and incentives. The Innocent by Taylor Steven. Two former members of an Argentinian cult ask Vanessa Michael Munroe to infiltrate the group in order to free a girl who was kidnapped eight years ago.

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo: After two young women are found dead, both drowned in their own blood, Inspector Harry Hole is compelled to return to Norway to see his dying father and to investigate the brutal crime, which may be the work of a serial killer.

Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing by Kate Colquhoun: Recounts the investigation of the first murder on the Victorian Railway in July 1864.

Sleepwalker by Karen Robards: Trying to deny their mutual attraction, a policewoman and a thief find themselves on the run from killers who want them both dead.

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, 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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