Nicole Fowles: Consider joining library’s ‘Goodreads’ group


In any given month, the Delaware County District Library offers at least nine different book clubs. These clubs are casual gatherings of a small group of individuals who have all read (or at least attempted to read) the same chosen title for that month’s meeting. Some meet in the evenings, some during the weekday, and some meet at an outside location where you can enjoy some libations while you discuss.

The newest book group to join our family doesn’t fit any of the above categories. Instead, it is hosted online at and you can participate from the comfort of your own home in your pajamas. Goodreads is a fabulous website where you can track your reading, write reviews, see what other friends are reading, and pick up great recommendations for your next “to-read” title. Creating a profile on Goodreads is free, and once you do, getting started is very easy.

To join the DCDL Goodreads group, click the “Groups” tab at the top of the page and search for “Delaware County District Library.” You’ll see under the “Currently Reading” tab all the books that are being discussed at the book groups throughout DCDL. Look for February’s title, “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline as the “February 2016 Online Book Group” choice. Click “View Activity” and you’re able to see all the questions posted by our book group moderator.

It’s a great way to see what others are saying about a book that you’re reading and to begin a conversation on your own time and at your own pace. I hope you take advantage of this book group alternative and let us know what you think or any other titles you look forward to discussing in the future.

What is Africa’s largest country?

Algeria is Africa’s largest country, and the 10th largest in the world. The country has more than 150 natural hot springs, which are believed to be medicinal and have been treating illnesses since ancient times. The country has as much history as it does land. On the canyon walls of Tassili N’Ajjer, near the city of Djanet, are more than 400,000 prehistoric rock carvings and paintings showing animals, hunters and herders from 8,000 years ago. I found this answer on the library’s research page. Go to, click “Research,” then scroll down to “Students & Schoolwork” header and click “CultureGrams.” This answer was found in the “Kids Edition.”

What’s the best product for a DIY blacktop patch?

The March 2016 edition of Consumer Reports magazine offers its recommendations on this subject. It says that if the winter left your driveway full of potholes, you’d want to use either Aquaphalt Permanent Pothole Repair or Sakrete U.S. Cold Patch Permanent Pothole Repair. Consumer Reports is known for their dedication to testing a plethora of products and holding them to high standards. For this particular test, they made potholes on a stretch of pavement and filled them with seven different products sold in 50- to 60-pound bags. Then they drove over the patches and checked on them as they cured. Their top recommendations stayed intact no matter what stress they were put through. The library has access to Consumer Reports for free through the “Research” tab on, or you can pick up an issue in your local branch.

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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