Historically, the Delaware County District Library system has been closed on Martin Luther King Day in honor of the holiday. However, on that day, staff were asked to come in and participate in a day of training.
This year, in an effort to give greater significance to the contributions of Dr. King and honor his legacy, the library will operate on our regular hours on Jan. 16, but offer many programs based on the holiday. The usual staff training will take place over a half day the Friday before, Jan. 13, and all branches will have a delayed opening at 2 p.m.
On Monday, Jan. 16, storytimes will be back on their regular schedules and they’ll have a special twist to incorporate juvenile books and activities about civil rights and freedom.
Rosalind Royall is a local poet and engaging storyteller, and she’ll be making two appearances at DCDL throughout the day. Her program, titled “Freedom,” is geared toward children of all ages. She’ll be at the Orange Branch Library at 1 p.m. and then head to the Powell Branch Library at 6:30 p.m.
Anansi the spider is a trickster hero from West African folklore. Performer Rory Rennick combines music and unusual magic tricks with a dramatic reading of “Anansi and the Magic Stick.” Stop by the Delaware Main Library at 3 p.m. for an entertaining program exploring the importance of folklore in African-American history. Additional follow-up activities will also be provided.
In this month’s new book list, and also throughout the DCDL catalog, you’ll find many books that tell of Dr. King’s impact on the civil rights movement and on America as a whole. As always, you can talk to any of our librarians or email [email protected] for more recommendations.
• My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King. The wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and singular 20th-century American civil rights activist presents her full life story, as told before her death to one of her closest confidants.
• Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World by Kelly Hoey. Perfect for millennial professionals, a whole new approach to connecting via social media and leveraging networks to achieve career goals is filled with advice combined with easy-to-understand infographics and flowcharts that will set readers apart and lead them to big opportunities.
• The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston. Recounts how the author and a team of scientists discovered a legendary sacred city, the Lost City of the Monkey God, hidden deep in the Honduran jungle.
• The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. A novel inspired by Russian fairy tales follows the experiences of a wild young girl who taps the mysterious powers of a precious necklace given to her father years earlier to save her village from dark and dangerous forces.
• 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. A single child born in 1947 experiences four parallel lifetimes poignantly marked by shifting family fortunes, athletic pursuits, friendships, sex, intellectual passions, and the same intriguing woman.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, 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 Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!