Library sets January programs

This January the Delaware County District Library is maintaining normal hours on Monday, Jan. 16 while we honor Dr. King and all his work for peace and civil rights.

Typically, all DCDL branches have been closed on MLK Day for staff training. This year, however, we will be closed the morning of Friday, Jan. 13 for staff education. Branches will open that afternoon at 2 p.m.

Staff will now be available on Martin Luther King Day to pay proper tribute to Dr. King through programs and exhibits. Local poet and storyteller Rosalind Royall will share the importance of freedom and the legacy of Dr. King at the Orange Branch Library at 1 p.m. and at the Powell Branch Library at 6:30 p.m.

Delaware Main Library will celebrate with tales about Anansi the spider to explore folklore in African-American history. Performer Rory Rennick combines music and unsual magic tricks with a dramatic reading.

From Jan. 9 through Feb. 5, Delaware Main Library will host “Freedom: A History of US,” an exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It features the evolving concept of freedom from founding through the civil rights movement.

The exhibit highlights speeches and letters written by King and other figures. The public is invited to visit the library for an open house with light refreshments on Jan. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m.

All DCDL locations will be closed Dec. 24-26 in observance of Christmas, and will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31 and remain closed through Sunday, Jan. 1 for the New Year.