Libraries are wise to forge community relationships
One of the core beliefs of the Delaware County District Library is to be good stewards of the public funds entrusted to us, and to me that translates into forming partnerships and collaborations in our community, to save money and to maximize resources.
DCDL has forged and continues to forge collaborations with businesses and organizations, public and private, at every opportunity for the betterment of our community. Many of these relationships will be familiar to you while others may surprise you, and I think you will be impressed with their breadth and diversity.
The library has fruitful relationships with dozens of local businesses such as Fundamentals Teacher Store, Beehive Books, Global Village, Grady Memorial Hospital, the Columbus Zoo, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, Meijer, Walmart, Costco and of course, The Delaware Gazette, as well as other local media. We are members of the Chambers of Commerce in Powell and Delaware, the Ostrander Civic Association and the Orange Township Business Association.
We regularly partner with many, many community organizations, including the League of Women Voters, Delaware Arts Festival, Delaware Cultural Arts Center, Thurber House, Council for Older Adults, Delaware County Genealogical Society, People In Need, Preservations Parks, the Delaware Literacy Coalition and the Delaware and Powell YMCA’s, to name a few.
Clubs such as Delaware Rotary, Delaware Lions, Friends of the Library and the Kiwanis have all been longtime partners of the library.
And, of course, we have an association with every school in our service district, working with librarians, teachers and students on a daily basis to strengthen and enhance educational experiences.
Why do we seek out and foster all of these relationships? Because it makes good sense to use our public funds to help our community in the most cost-efficient ways possible. Being good stewards of our funds is truly fundamental to us, and working with others epitomizes that conviction.
Is Les Wexner from Columbus?
Les Wexner was born to Russian Jewish immigrants in Dayton, on Sept. 7, 1937. He attended The Ohio State University, majoring in business administration and briefly attended law school but left to help his parents run their store in a suburban Columbus. In 1963, Les Wexner borrowed $5,000 from his aunt to start “The Limited” (so named because the store focused on clothing for younger women, unlike his parents’ general merchandise store). The Limited opened its first store in the Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington. Over the years he has built a large retailing and marketing conglomerate, which currently includes: Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel, C. O. Bigelow, The White Barn Candle Company and La Senza. He and his family live in New Albany. I checked in Current Biography for this information.
Why are Presidential elections held on Tuesdays?
According to Hats in the Ring: An Illustrated History of American Presidential Campaigns, between 1788 and 1845, states decided their own voting dates, resulting in a “crazy quilt of elections” held all across the country at different times to pick the electors — the men who would cast their votes for president on the first Wednesday of December. In 1792, a law was passed mandating that state elections be held within a 34-day period before that day, so most elections took place in November. With the impact the railroad and telegraph had on more quickly conveying the news about elections, Congress decided it was time to standardize a date. Monday was out because it would require people to travel to the polls by buggy on the Sunday Sabbath. Wednesday was not an option because it was market day and farmers would not be able to make it to the polls. So it was decided that Tuesday would be the day that Americans would vote, and in 1845, Congress passed a law that presidential elections would be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
What is a meme?
A meme is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture,” as stated in the Oxford English Dictionary. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes like genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.
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