Library offers plenty of youth activities


“Every Hero Has a Story,” Delaware County District Library’s summer reading program, is in full swing, and already thousands of kids have registered to participate. While your children don’t need to register to attend any of the programs or to read throughout the summer, if they are registered, they become eligible for some great rewards.

Readers will get a special “Every Hero Has A Story” utility belt at six hours of reading, and a special collectors’ button every week. Readers in grades 6-12 will have their choice of a full-sized candy bar or utility belt at six hours. At 12 hours of reading, all participants will receive a free book, donated by the Friends of the Delaware County District Library.

The talented and creative children’s staff have put together wonderful programs next week to entertain and educate your children, too. The “Super Hero Training Camp” will be held at the main library at 2 p.m. Monday, June 8, for 6- to 8-year-olds. The very popular “Gator Dave” will be at the Powell library on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

The Orange branch will feature “Super Duper Magic Show” with Sedgewick, a real live hedgehog, on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will bring all sorts of animals to the main library on Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. At the Ostrander branch on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., you’re invited to join Delaware library’s own Mr. George for the “Rock and Roll Reading Show.”

There are dozens of programs scheduled throughout June for kids and teens. Pick up a copy of “Check It Out!,” the library’s newsletter or visit our website at www.delawarelibrary.org for a complete listing.

When you bring your kids to the library for these great programs, look for these new books scheduled for release in June:

• “81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska’s Frozen Wilderness” by Brian Murphy. Shortly before Christmas in 1943, five Army aviators left Alaska’s Ladd Field on a test flight. Only one ever returned: Leon Crane. Alone in subzero temperatures, Crane managed to stay alive in the dead of the Yukon winter for nearly 12 weeks and, amazingly, walked out of the ordeal intact.

• “Blueprints” by Barbara Delinsky. Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter; her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Together they are the faces of “Gut It, “a home renovation series on local public television. Caroline takes pride in her work, and in the way she connects with the show’s audience. But when she is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host, she is devastated.

• “The Doctor Is in: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre” by Dr. Ruth Westheimer. America s best-loved therapist, Dr. Ruth, is known for her wise counsel on all matters of the heart. Here she shares private stories from her past and her present, and her insights into living life to the fullest at any age.

• “The English Spy” by Daniel Silva. She is an iconic member of the British Royal Family, beloved for her beauty and charitable works, resented by her former husband and his mother, the Queen of England. But when a bomb explodes aboard her holiday yacht, British intelligence turns to one man to track down her killer: legendary spy and assassin Gabriel Allon.

• “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King. A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far — a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in “Mr. Mercedes.”

• “In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France” by Susan Herrmann Loomis. A delightful celebration of French life and the cooks who turn even the simplest meals into an occasion.

• “In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume. In her highly anticipated new novel, Blume creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.

• “The Rumor” by Elin Hilderbrand. A friendship is tested in this irresistible page-turner.

• “The Secret of Golf: The Story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus” by Joe Posnanski. A story of the friendship, rivalry and enduring relationship between golf legends Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, combined winners of 26 major championships, whose sparring matches defined the sport for more than a decade.

• “The Tricky Art of Co-Existing: How to Behave Decently No Matter What Life Throws Your Way” by Sandi Toksvig. How to behave is a skill that many of us are no longer taught, except by trial and error. With wit and perception, and drawing on her own snafus, Sandi Toksvig highlights decency rather than convention in this guide to 21st-century graciousness.

• “We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy” by Caseen Gaines. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the wildly successful and beloved Back to the Future trilogy, just in time for the 30th anniversary.