A Victory for the Evil Empire

March 1, 2013

One of the questions that I am often asked is, “Where will all the books for the Orange branch come from?” It’s a good question, too, because buying about 80,000 books, DVDs and audio books to stock the shelves of the Delaware County District Library’s newest branch is quite an undertaking that library staff have worked on for months.

Called an “opening day collection,” the materials that will be sitting smartly on brand new shelves when the Orange Branch opens this spring have been carefully selected by library staff. They have combed through lists of thousands of titles that were supplied by the vendors from whom the library buys most of its new books and other articles. Various staff members lent their expertise to selecting books for adults, children, teens and the visually impaired. Other staff concentrated on choosing thousands of DVDs for all ages, while others targeted audio books on CD, Playaways and MP3 formats.

The articles will be delivered to the Orange branch well in advance of opening day, and library staff will then work to arrange them in their proper place on the shelves. We will also transfer hundreds of books from the other three branches in Delaware, Powell and Ostrander to supplement the newly-purchased ones.

Library collections are dynamic and ever-changing — growing when new articles are added and shrinking when out of date articles are weeded — and the collection at the Orange branch will eventually grow into about 105,000 articles. Allowing room for growth also allows library staff to respond to customer requests, making sure that the collection of books, DVDs and audio books meets the community’s needs.

Speaking of books, these titles and hundreds more will be available at the library during the month of March:

• Afraid of the Dark by James Grippando. Investigating the alibi of a man who faces the death penalty for a terrorist act that killed Chuck Mays’ daughter and blinded Vince Paulo, Jack Swyteck uncovers evidence of an international threat greater than anything he has imagined.

The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester. In the summer of 1858, Charles Dodgson — better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll — dressed the six-year-old Alice Liddell in ragamuffin’s clothes, and then snapped the camera’s shutter. In The Alice Behind Wonderland, Simon Winchester uses the famous photograph of Alice as the launching pad for a penetrating look at the inspiration behind, and the making of, one of the greatest classics of children’s literature.

Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain by Michael Farquhar. Offers a secret history of the scandals, scheming and intrigue surrounding the British royal family, from the Henry VIII and his six wives to Queen Elizabeth II and the current tribe of rabble-rousing royals.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel. A novel set 25,000 years ago is the sixth book in the author’s landmark series and continues the story of Ayla and Jondalar.

Live Wire by Harlen Coben. When a pregnant tennis star reports that her rock-artist husband has gone missing amid scandalous rumors, Myron Bolitar is forced to confront deep secrets about his client’s past while struggling with fatherhood roles in his personal life.

Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler. Presents a portrait of the golden-age Hollywood star that draws on first-person interviews and anecdotes by fellow celebrities, covering such topics as her fierce anti-Nazi views and her open extramarital affairs.

Night Road by Kristin Hannah. When stay-at-home mom Jude Farraday takes in Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, the girl becomes inseparable from Jude’s teenage twins before a shattering accident rips the family apart and sets the stage for a sobering confrontation years later.

Toys by James Patterson. Agent Hays Baker and his wife, Lizbeth, are genetically engineered and technologically enhanced superhumans called Elites, who are tasked with saving the human race from extinction.

The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell. When his father-in-law, a retired naval officer, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Kurt Wallander uncovers disturbing evidence of Cold War espionage, a case that forces him to confront dark truths about his own nature.

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell. An irreverent analysis of late-19th-century imperialism in the United States focuses on the annexation of Hawaii as a defining historical milestone, covering such contributing factors as the missionary overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and the activities of whaling fleets.

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 web site at or directly to Mary Jane at . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!