Column: Summer reading fun to begin


This time of year when schools are wrapping up their curriculum and things are generally slowing time is the time when things really amp up here at the Delaware County District Library. Summer Reading Club begins Thursday, May 25 and we have 10 weeks of activities planned for all ages while they read their way through the summer.

The primary goal of Summer Reading Club is, of course, reading. Children from birth through high school are encouraged to read twelve hours between May 25 and August 4 and earn prizes along the way. We have paper logs in each of the DCDL branches to help count the way, or online tracking can be found at

As we have in the past, DCDL is again partnering with Preservation Parks this summer to help families and individuals sign up for the Summer Letterbox Adventure. New this year, families can now access the letterbox clues on their mobile device using the same online tracking system that DCDL offered last year.

No more getting to the park and ready to explore, but forgetting your paper clue booklet at home (which has, unfortunately, happened to me on more than one occasion). Register for Summer Letterbox Adventure at the same link above.

With this year’s theme focusing on building — “Read it. Dream it. Build it.” — we have many excellent outside performers joining us to entertain and excite. COSI presents “Catapults and Trebuchets” to teens at each DCDL branch where they will bring their own physics lab modeled around these medieval siege contraptions. Teens will design, build and test their very own medieval battle weaponry.

Speaking of medieval weaponry, you’ll want to save the date for Saturday, June 17 at the Ostrander Branch Library to visit the Medieval Faire between noon and 3 p.m. This annual event has grown quite a bit.

Featuring the Knights of the Rose jousting group, archery and javelin throwing demonstrations, and a marketplace with trades like blacksmiths, potters, soap makers, spinners and food, it is a perfect event for the whole family.

Favorite past performers who are returning this summer include “The Turtle Lady” Nancy Lockard, The Shazzbots musical group, Erica Carlson with her “Find the Joy” magic show, and the Bring the Farm to You crew with their barnyard. Find your local branch’s programs online at or pick up a “Check it Out” newsletter in your local branch.

While you’re getting ready for your summer breaks, try checking out a new or upcoming movie from our DVD collection. Here are some popular titles we’ve got on order.

• Fist Fight. Featuring Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan, this comedy follows one teacher after he gets another fired and is challenged to an after-school fight.

• Great Wall. Matt Damon stars in this story of European mercenaries searching for black powder who then become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

• Logan. Continuing the Wolverine storyline, Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out in the Mexican border. His attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

• The Shack. A powerful story about a man who receives a letter he suspects is from God telling him to return to the shack where his daughter may have been murdered years before.

• Space Between Us. The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

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!

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