If you have school-age children, you are no doubt getting them ready to start school. While you buying all of those needed supplies, don’t forget the most important one: a Delaware County District Library card!
Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is “Library Card Sign-up Month,” a time when the Delaware Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has a free library card.
This year’s honorary chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month is Snoopy, the world-famous beagle, also known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend and the Literary Ace, among other personas. Later this year, he comes to the big screen in “The Peanuts Movie.”
Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, read a good book, or just relax with peers. Delaware Library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including print books, DVDs, e-books, Know-It-Now 24X7 online homework help, and dozens of online databases that can be accessed in person or online. Of course, the best resources in the library are our skilled and experienced librarians who can help students find the answers and information they need.
Make sure your student is ready for whatever the upcoming school year may toss his way, and sign him up for a library card today. For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the any of the library’s branches or visit the library online at www.delawarelibrary.org and click on “How Do I?” at the top of the page.
When you’re in the library getting a card, look for these new books due out in August:
• “The Admissions” by Meg Mitchell Moore. The Admissions brilliantly captures the frazzled pressure cooker of modern life as a seemingly perfect family comes undone by a few desperate measures, long-buried secrets — and college applications!
• “Becoming Ellen” by Shari Shattuck. Returning in the bestselling tradition of Jennifer Weiner, Shattuck brilliantly illustrates the deep friendship between two absolutely unforgettable women in this touching yet funny novel.
• “Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Out-of-Control Money Culture of College Football” by Gilbert Gaul. Two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Gilbert M. Gaul offers a riveting and sometimes shocking look inside the money culture of college football and how it has come to dominate a surprising number of colleges and universities.
• “The 3rd Woman: A Thriller” by Jonathan Freedland. In a near future where the People’s Republic of China has established a permanent military presence on U.S. soil, Madison Webb launches her own investigation into her sister’s brutal murder and stumbles upon a dangerous conspiracy.
• “Code Grey” by Clea Simon. When former student Jeremy Mumbles is found injured, with a missing book clutched in his arms, grad student Dulcie Schwartz can’t seem to let it go. What was he doing with it? She determines to find out. But when she finds a connection between the book and her own thesis research, the search for clues takes on a new intensity — and a new menace.
• “Finches of Mars” by Brian W. Aldiss. In this thoughtful meditation on the future of humanity, colonists on Mars struggle to prevent their own extinction.
• “The Killing Room: A Mystery in Florence” by Christobel Kent. The new crime novel in the acclaimed Detective Sandro Cellini mystery series, which finds Cellini investigating once again “the savage passions and politics that lie underneath” Florentine society.
• “No Goodbyes: Life-Changing Insights from the Other Side” by Barry Eaton. Delve deeper into the mysteries of the spirit realm and life between lives and discover how they can and do influence our current lives on earth.
• “Steering the Craft: A Twenty-first-century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story” by Ursula K. Le Guin. A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer’s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art.
• “The Stress Cure: How to Resolve Stress, Build Resilience and Boost Your Energy” by Patrick Holford. A must-have guide to coping better with life’s pressures, boosting your energy, and achieving greater physical and emotional health.
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 website 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!