By Mary Jane Santos
February 28, 2014
Delaware County District Library’s Spring edition of the library’s online and print newsletter and calendar of events, “Check It Out!” is hot off the presses, featuring cover models Kelly Cochran, children’s librarian at the Orange Branch and her adorable 3-year-old nephew Eben. This issue highlights the importance of early literacy and how, as a parent, caregiver, grandparent, older sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, or friend, you can help a young child not only learn how to read, but to discover the joy of reading as well.
Public libraries are inarguably one of the biggest proponents of early literacy, and Delaware Library offers dozens of fun story times each week for children of all ages to advance literacy and the love of reading. Family programs offered at all library locations are an ideal opportunity to share the importance of reading wrapped in exciting and imaginative themes.
“Check It Out!” provides complete program descriptions of upcoming family and other programs, but here is a sample of what you can expect in March.
At the Ostrander Branch on March 4, join us for “Hurry Up Summer! Beach Party.” Bring your towel and sunny attitude and look to brighter days ahead. On March 18 at the Orange Branch, the “Interactive Theatre Show” is part puppet show, part reader’s theatre, and part musical numbers, but all fun. Both programs begin at 6:30 p.m.
“Fun with Food” will be offered at the Delaware (Main) Library on March 25 at 7 p.m. It may not be okay to play with your food at the dinner table, but at the Delaware Main Library we encourage you to have fun with food. Join us for “food fun” stories, crafts, and other activities.
The Family Program at the Powell Branch will be on March 31 at 2 p.m., the first day of spring break for Olentangy Schools. Come to the Powell Branch Library to celebrate spring and decorate flower pots. Plant a mystery seed and take your pot home to discover your mystery flower.
It’s an action-packed March for families at the Library. Plan to attend all of these great programs. And while you’re enjoying the programs, check out these books, coming out this month.
• All I Have in This World by Michael Parker. A sky-blue car that has been present in pivotal life moments for several people becomes a source of contention and then alliance between Marcus, who is fleeing the consequences of his unrealized ambitions, and Maria, who would make amends in her hometown.
• Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn. Describes the author’s fifteen-year relationship with eccentric New Yorker Clark Rockefeller, his discovery that Rockefeller was a serial imposter and murderer, and how his old friend’s murder trial made him face hard truths about himself.
• The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer. The assassination of an American diplomat in Hungary places a Cairo-based CIA agent in love with the victim’s wife, an Egyptian intelligence agent and an American analyst at the mercy of a dangerous political game of shifting allegiances.
• Death on Blackheath: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry. Investigating evidence of a violent struggle at the home of Ministry of Defense member Dudley Kynaston, Pitt and the Special Branch discover the brutally murdered body of a young woman before realizing that Kynaston is not who he appears to be.
• Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America by Bruce Weber. Based on the author’s popular New York Times series, the author chronicles his revelatory cross-country bicycle trip during the summer and fall of 2011.
• Missing You by Harlan Coben. The Edgar Award-, Shamus Award- and Anthony Award-winning author of the Myron Bolitar series presents a latest high-stakes thriller inspired by today’s headlines.
• Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman. Retracing the steps of Michael C. Rockefeller, who went missing in 1961 during an expedition to New Guinea, an avid traveler immerses himself in the world of former headhunters and cannibals to uncover the truth behind Rockefeller’s disappearance.
• Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo. A guide to public speaking reveals the top nine strategies of the gold-standard presentation method, drawing on interviews with successful TED conference speakers to outline step-by-step methods for overcoming fears, motivating teams and rendering a presentation more dynamic.
• Tempting Fate by Jane Green. Struggling with a fatalistic view about aging and friends who desperately cling to youth, Gabby recklessly forges a long-distance friendship with a younger man in spite of her happy family life and finds the relationship threatening everyone she loves.
• William Shakespeare’s the Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher. A follow-up to the best-selling William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope returns readers to a galaxy far, far away, where a brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power and soliloquize in elegant iambic pentameter.
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 www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!