Changes ahead for Powell Branch Library
As part of our continuing efforts to fulfill our campaign promises, the Delaware County District Library’s Powell Branch is currently undergoing some pretty major renovations. We listened to what you said, and we are making significant changes to make the Powell Branch more responsive to the needs of the community.
Because programs for kids of all ages are such a major part of this branch’s operations, we are creating a bigger and friendlier place for children and programming. We are repurposing the story time room as a computer room, with more computers and more elbow room, too.
Building private study rooms was impractical because of the space needed, but we are creating study spaces that will be quieter and semi-private, perfect for tutors, students, and anyone needing space away from the bustle of the branch.
As we continue to update technology and efficiency throughout the library system, we will be installing self-check-out and self-pick-up of holds at the Powell Branch. If self-check-out is not your cup of tea, though, remember there will always be friendly staff available to help.
Fresh paint, new light fixtures, new chairs, tables and new carpet will add dramatic impact as well as better functionality to this branch, too, providing more comfort and better reading spaces.
As with any construction project, though, there will be some dust and disruption of services, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience. The library’s Orange, Ostrander and Delaware (Main) branches will be open and providing you with excellent library service during the short times that the Powell Branch will need to be closed, and we will give you as much notice as possible when closings will happen.
We’re breaking some eggs to create a lovely, beautiful, and better functioning “omelet,” and I think you’ll be delighted with the changes!
No matter which library branch you visit in December, look for these books on the new book shelves.
• 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End by Scott W. Berg. Placing a seminal moment in American history in the larger context of the Civil War, this account revisits the little-known Dakota War of 1862, an uprising on the Minnesota frontier which resulted in the forced relocation of the Dakota and the hanging of 38 Dakota warriors.
• An Amish Kitchen by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston and Kelly Long. Three Amish stories celebrate love, family and faith in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.
• Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids by Ken Jennings. In the tradition of Why Do Men Have Nipples and The Dangerous Book for Boys, a best-selling author and all-time Jeopardy! champion separates myth from fact to hilariously debunk a vast array of parental edicts.
• Cook This, Not That! Skinny Comfort Foods: 125 Quick & Healthy Meals That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds or More! by David Zinczenko. From the people who brought you Eat This, Not That! comes a full-color cookbook showing readers how to make healthier versions of their favorite comfort foods at home—from meatloaf and chicken-fried steak to such kids’ favorites as sloppy joes and chicken fingers.
• Downton Abbey Script Book by Julian Fellowes. The Oscar-winning writer of the most successful British drama of our time presents the full scripts of Season One, which include previously unseen dialog and drama, and give readers a glimpse into the cleverly crafted world of Downton Abbey.
• Luck of the Draw by Piers Anthony. Summoned to Xanth as part of a Demons wager, Bryce is transported out of his aged body and granted youth and magic in exchange for his agreement to woo and marry a reluctant Princess Harmony.
• Past Lives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia Browne. A renowned psychic explains the past lives of seventy deceased celebrities, revealing whether this is his or her final life, or whether he or she will continue the journey of reincarnation.
• Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding. A group of unlikely traveling companions finds themselves in danger during a camping trip in the Adirondacks when a pair of teenage killers begins terrorizing the area.
• Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Special Agent Pendergrast assists NYPD Lieutenant D’Agosta in the investigation of a number of killings that ultimately prove to be messages from his wife’s kidnappers in this new novel from the authors of Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities.
• Tucker’s Reckoning by Matthew Mayo. After witnessing the murder of a well-liked rancher in Oregon, Samuel Tucker becomes a suspect and works with the rancher’s niece to prove his innocence in this new Western novel from the author of The Goodnight Trail.
• The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone. A companion to the Academy Award-winning director’s 10-part documentary series outlines provocative arguments against official American historical records to reveal the origins of conservatism and the obstacles to progressive change.
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 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!