Nicole Fowles: Orange pick-up window a convenience for commuters


The Orange branch of the Delaware County District Library holds a very special place in our hearts here at DCDL. It’s our newest branch, built and opened in 2011. It’s the home to our Community and Family Outreach Services Department. It’s also the home to a beautiful mosaic dragon and larger-than-life stone storybook in the Imagination Garden.

Among all these unique features, the one our patrons tell us they appreciate most often is the drive-up book drop and pick-up window on the south side of the building. It’s a convenience for everyone from parents with a car full of kids to busy commuters who want their library materials on the go.

Now, the Orange branch library has extended the convenience of the drive-up window even further, by opening the window at 7 a.m. on weekdays to meet the needs of the morning commuters. The branch faces U.S. 23, which averages 42,190 vehicles daily, according to a 2015 study conducted by the Delaware County Engineer’s Office. More than 40 percent of these drivers commute between the peak hours of 6:30 to 8 a.m.

Patrons can request to have their library materials ready for them at the pick-up window through our website. Jump on your computer and navigate to and search for items through our catalog as you usually would. Then, when you click “Request It,” under the drop-down menu that says “I would like to pick up this title from:” you can click “Orange Drive-Up Window.” Our staff will have it ready and waiting for you the next time you’re in the neighborhood.

While you’re browsing the catalog, take a look at some of these new titles in fiction and nonfiction this month:

• “All Summer Long” by Dorothea Benton Frank. A Southern gentleman and his talented New York wife return to his home in the lush Carolina low country, where they endure a summer of transitions while observing the impact of seasonal choices on the lives of neighbors and visitors.

• “The Fireman” by Joe Hill. When a bizarre virulent plague breaks out in the world’s major cities, causing victims to spontaneously combust, a dedicated nurse resolves to survive until her baby is born and receives protection from a mysterious infected man who uses his fire symptoms to help others.

• “LaRose” by Louise Erdich. Horrified when he accidentally kills his best friend’s 5-year-old son while hunting, Landreaux Iron gives away his own young son to his friend’s family according to ancient tradition, a decision that helps both families reach a tenuous peace that is threatened by vengeful adversary.

• “Paul McCartney: The Life” by Philip Norman. An official biography approved by the former Beatle covers the whole span of his life, from losing his mother in childhood to his often-troubled partnership with John Lennon, his personal trauma after The Beatles’ breakup, his time with Wings, and the death of his wife, Linda.

• “The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir” by Betsy Lerner. A 50-year-old bridge game, and the secrets it held, provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between the author and her mother.

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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