Nicole Fowles: Let us help you be a better version of yourself


A recent report by Patricia Martin, titled “Trends 2016: Digital Drives Deep,” makes a bold statement that “to succeed in the coming year and beyond, brands must help people thrive in a high speed of life and become better versions of themselves.”

As staff at the Delaware County District Library enter the new year, we plan to take that statement as a challenge to do our very best for our patrons. How can we help people thrive in a high-speed world? And what can we do to encourage people to be better versions of themselves?

We’re already working hard to keep our technology up to date so you can use the Library in ways that work for your lifestyle, whether that’s downloading eBooks, listening to audiobooks on CD or through the Overdrive app, or taking a mobile hotspot with you on your next trip. Our staff is always happy to help you with your devices, too, if you have questions. Call your local branch and ask to schedule an appointment with a reference librarian to sit down and have some one-on-one assistance.

Being a better version of yourself means something different to each individual. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or a life-long path to find higher meaning, our job is to point you to resources that might help you reach that goal.

Happy New Year, and let us know how we can help you in 2016.

Here are some new titles at the library:

• “The Bitter Season” by Tami Hoag. While Nikki misses more satisfying work with her former partner, Sam struggles with a rookie new partner before unexpectedly teaming up with Nikki to stop a threat against a former foster child.

• “Scandalous Behavior” by Stuart Woods. New York City cop-turned-Manhattan law firm rainmaker Stone Barrington confronts a particularly challenging adversary whose nefarious schemes test the limits of Barrington’s skills.

• “Blue” by Danielle Steel. When her husband and son are killed in a car accident days before Christmas, Ginny Carter tries to avoid her grief by becoming involved in human rights work in New York.

• “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” by Melanie Benjamin. Steeped in the glamour of New York’s high society, the story follows Babe Paley, known for her high-profile marriage to CBS founder William Paley, her ranking in the International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame and her scandalous friendship with Truman Capote.

• “The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain” by Bill Bryson. A sequel to “Notes from a Small Island” stands as the author’s tribute to his adopted country of England and describes his riotous return visit two decades later to rediscover the country, its people and its culture.

• “Been There, Done That” by Al Roker and Deborah Roberts. The “Today” show personality and his news-journalist wife share life lessons, wisdom and family anecdotes on subjects ranging from growing up in the segregated South and weight loss to what they have learned from members of their family.

• “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo. A follow-up to the best-selling “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” shares the highly sought Japanese cleaning consultant’s detailed methods for organizing closets, folding clothes and minimizing clutter.

Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

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 website at or directly to Nicole at [email protected]. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.

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