Glad You Asked: Happy anniversary, Friends of the Library


Earlier this summer I talked a little about the history and mission of our Friends of the Delaware County District Library group. This year the Friends celebrate their 10th birthday, and they are partying at each of our library branches in the next few weeks.

This weekend, if you stop by the Ostrander Branch Library on Saturday or the Orange Branch Library on Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m., you’re in for a treat — or two. The Friends are bringing cupcakes, cookies, balloons, face painting, games and much more.

Additionally, at the Ostrander Branch Library this Saturday is a very special visit from local author Jan Mader, and her horse, Tango. Jan will be there from 2 to 3 p.m. reading from her “Tango and Tilly” books and also offering sweet introductions to Tango.

The birthday celebrations continue at the Powell Branch Library on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

In case you’re busy for the birthday parties, there are two more Friends of the Library programs that you won’t want to miss. On Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Delaware Main Library, the Friends will host their final Coffee with George program of the year. In this program, you’ll get to meet Delaware Library Director George Needham and get a behind the scenes peek at the Library, along with learning some key information about the library from the director himself.

As their last sha-bang for the year, the Friends have really stepped up their Annual Meeting, taking place Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Delaware Main Library. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Joe Blundo of the Columbus Dispatch will deliver a keynote address, he’ll be followed by a “State of the Library” speech from Director George Needham, and there will also be birthday cake and advanced reader copy giveaways throughout the evening.

If you listen to local radio, you’ll get to hear Joe Blundo in advance on “Off the Shelf,” the Delaware Library radio program, live on Fridays at 9 a.m. Joe will be our guest this Friday, along with Friends President Karen Cowan.

As you can see, there is always something to celebrate at the Delaware Library. I hope you’ll stop in and say ‘hi’ the next time you’re in the neighborhood. Today we also celebrate Indie Author Day. Here are some famous Indie authors who never thought they’d make it and their famous works.

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter. The classic story of naughty rabbit and their troublesome adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden.

“The Mill River Recluse” by Darcie Chan. Mary McAllister has secluded herself in her mansion in the town of Mill River, and only the priest, Father O’Brien, knows the deep secrets that keep Mary isolated — and that, once revealed, will forever change the community.

“Wool” by Hugh Howey. In a future toxic landscape, a community that lives in an underground silo is rocked by the desire of Sheriff Holston, who has upheld the group’s rules for years, to go outside, setting in motion events that kindle the fire of revolution.

“Switched” by Amanda Hocking. When Wendy Everly was six years old her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her, and when Wendy turns seventeen she learns that she is actually a changeling troll, who must now return to her rightful home.

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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