This week, many librarians and library staff from all over Ohio will gather in Sandusky for the Ohio Library Council’s annual Convention and Expo. One particularly special event that takes place during this week is the Awards and Honors Luncheon.

During this year’s luncheon, the Delaware County District Library’s Community and Family Outreach Department will be honored with the John Philip Outreach Award. This award recognizes exceptional achievement in library outreach services, and dedication to the philosophy of bringing library programs and services to the underserved.

DCDL’s Outreach Department supports 17 different services to the community including unique programs for prison inmates, senior citizens, hospital patients and other residents who cannot use the library in a traditional way.

Whether it is providing new parents with board books or giving seniors access to memory kits, DCDL is dedicated to bringing library programs and services to the isolated and under-served members of the community. We partner with other organizations like the YMCA, United Way and the Alzheimer’s Association to ensure that everyone in Delaware County can benefit from library resources.

See everything the department does at The department is always accepting applications from individuals, daycares, senior living centers, homebound individuals and more.

Here are some events coming up this week that you won’t want to miss:

Great Geek-Out: The Beatles – This popular teen program at the Delaware Main Library celebrates all things nerdy or geeky and changes themes on a monthly basis. This month, teens will unite in a love of The Beatles! Join us on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

ESOL Class: Thanks to a partnership with the Delaware Area Career Center, the Orange Branch Library offers classes for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:15-3 p.m. Join us for some casual conversation.

Book Bunch: History Comes Alive – Kids ages 6-11 will learn what life was like “way back when” at the Ostrander Branch Library on Wednesday, September 28 at 4 p.m. Historical reenactors will share their stories in a fun and exciting way to bring history to life.

Family Fort Night: This special after-hours program on Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. will have families building forts all over the Orange Branch Library. Families can bring their own creative fort-building materials like pillows, blankets or chairs, or borrow some of ours. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative forts!

Adult Book Discussion: Powell, Orange, Ostrander and Delaware library branches all have an adult reading group meeting this week at their respective locations. Visit to see all the titles and the rest of the programs happening at your local library.

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