Keep on top of library hours
If the weather so far this winter is any indication, it’s likely that we are in for a snowy few weeks! When the weather turns ugly, unexpected closures are likely to occur at the Delaware County District Library. We certainly do not want to inconvenience you in any way; however, for your safety and the safety of our staff, the library will always and immediately close when the Delaware County Sheriff issues a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency, and will remain closed until the level has been reduce or canceled.
When an emergency situation causes the library to close, we will notify the local media (the Gazette, news stations on Columbus television, radio, and so forth) as well as post closing information on delawarelibrary.org. We will also use social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. All four library locations will provide closing information on their answering machines to communicate any irregularity in hours, too.
Among the Delaware Main Library, and the Powell, Ostrander and Orange Branches, we are open 250 hours per week, and we are closed only on seven holidays each year: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are also closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for staff training. Making the library accessible to you is important to us, and we minimize the days and times we will be closed as much as possible. Nevertheless, emergencies do unfortunately happen, so we will do our best to let you know as soon as possible if the library has to close unexpectedly.
The next time you’re in the library, look for these books due out in January.
• The Bubble Gum Thief by Jeff Miller. It all started with the theft of a pack of gum, and the ominous note he left behind: THIS IS MY FIRST CRIME. MY NEXT WILL BE BIGGER. Every two weeks, he delivers on this pledge, committing a bigger crime, and promising that the next will be even worse. When petty theft gives way to bloody murder, the stakes become clear. He may have begun with the smallest crime possible, but he’s building toward the biggest crime imaginable.
• Civil War Dynasty: The Ewing family of Ohio by Kenneth J. Heineman. For years the Ewing family of Ohio has been lost in the historical shadow cast by their in-law, General William T. Sherman. The Ewing family raised Sherman, got him into West Point, and provided him with the financial resources and political connections to succeed in war. The patriarch, Thomas Ewing, counseled presidents and clashed with radical abolitionists and southern secessionists leading to the Civil War, and three Ewing sons became Union generals.
• Crystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas. When Justine Hoffman was born her mother cast a spell to protect her from heartbreak, and as a result, she is incapable of falling in love. However, when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that will threaten everything she holds dear … and together Justine and Jason discover that love is the most powerful magic of all.
• A Cultural Handbook to the Bible by John J. Pilch. Bridges the cultural divide by translating important social concepts and applying them to biblical texts. In short, accessible chapters. Pilch discusses 63 topics related to the cosmos, the earth, persons, family, language, human consciousness, God and the spirit world and entertainment. Pilch’s fresh interpretations of the Bible challenge traditional views and explore topics often overlooked in commentaries.
• Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel. Copenhagen’s Detective Louise Rick investigates the grisly murder of a young woman and the discovery of an abandoned baby and uncovers ties to human trafficking in this new novel of the international best-selling series following Call Me Princess.
• John Wayne: The Legend and the Man: an exclusive look inside Duke’s archive. Celebrating the Duke’s life and legacy through film stills and backstage photos and snapshots, this fascinating portrait of the actor, who was the ultimate personification of American courage and honor, shares his private moments, inner thoughts and familial memories.
• Private London by James Patterson and Mark Pearson. Dan Carter, head of the London division of Private, the world’s most exclusive detective agency, must join forces with his ex-wife if he is going to save American student Hannah Shapiro from a threat that has stalked her for eight years.
• The Trapeze Artist by Will Davis. Appearing to his family and teachers as a dutiful youth but secretly hating his drab and ordered world, Edward all but destroys his home to build a trapeze and tortures his muscles with training before getting in his car at the age of 40 to follow and join the circus.
• The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument by David Schoenbaum. Traces the history of the instrument, from its first appearance in the mid-sixteenth century to its modern use by artists, writers, and Hollywood and discusses how the affordable, portable instrument can be used to play Beethoven, jazz and indie rock.
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!