Athleticism and libraries may not seem like a match that go hand in hand. However, this summer, the Delaware County District Library has worked hard to break the stereotype. From the Summer Reading Club’s “Ready. Set. Read!” theme to the staff’s work volunteering at races like the New Moon Half-Marathon, they have been very active.
In addition, the staff participated in a walking wellness challenge against other Delaware County agencies this summer. DCDL teams — like “The Young and the Breathless,” “Walkie McWalkFace,” “Ready, Set, Step!,” “Red Hot Chili Steppers,” and (appropriately) “The-Team-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” — tracked their steps on a weekly basis and vied for the trophy and title of Delaware County Agency Wellness Challenge winner. Our friends at the Delaware City Schools won the challenge in the end, but with a health-based challenge we’re all winners (or losers, if you’re shedding pounds in the process).
With the Ironman 70.3 competition coming in to town this weekend, we look forward to welcoming the visiting athletes with a comfortable space and materials to help relax and focus, air conditioning to cool down or escape the humidity, and Wi-Fi or public computers to tell their loved ones how well they did.
Libraries relationships with athletes and pro sports figures have been most apparent through the American Library Association’s Celebrity READ Campaign. The first READ poster appeared more than 30 years ago in 1985. Since then, sports figures, like football quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, ace baseball pitcher Cole Hamels, international basketball star Yao Ming, racecar driver Danica Patrick and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, have appeared on the posters.
Best of luck to our racers this weekend. If you’d like to listen to a book while you run or bike, these new audiobooks may be just what you need:
• “Bullseye” by James Patterson. With a team of assassins targeting New York and the president at a UN summit, Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of the threat and neutralize it before it ignites a war.
• “A Great Reckoning” by Louise Penny. Receiving a mysterious old map that has been found stuffed in the walls of a bistro, former Quebec homicide investigator Armand Gamache follows clues to the site of a dead professor and an unlikely cadet with whom he is implicated in a murder case.
• “Rushing Waters” by Danielle Steel. An interior designer, her independent architect mother, a British investment banker, an ER doctor who survived Hurricane Sandy, and two NYU students are thrust together when a major hurricane descends upon New York City and wreaks unimaginable devastation.
• “Smoother Operator” by Stuart Woods. Summoned to Washington for a situation that requires the help of ex-CIA agent and master of disguise Teddy Fay, Stone Barrington oversees an operation that is complicated by Fay’s maverick approaches and personal brand of justice.
“Sting” by Sandra Brown. Changing his mind about his crime partner’s abduction of Jordie Bennet, Shaw Kinnard flees with his elegant captive from the FBI and her brother’s corrupt boss while trying to ignore the chemistry that challenges their escape.
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 www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.