Glad You Asked: Kids top 2 million minutes of summer reading time

Children headed back into the classroom in many of the Delaware County schools this week. It’s been a great summer at the Delaware County District Library. More than 6,200 readers participated in our Summer Reading Club. Of those readers, more than 2,600 completed the program and read at least 12 hours this summer. We set a goal of reading 1 million minutes as a library system this summer, and by Aug. 4 we more than doubled it!

Right now our librarians catch their breath; storytimes are on a break until after Labor Day; and everyone is recharging for the back-to-school season. Thankfully, DCDL has tools to help both young readers and teachers with their schoolwork.

The Library offers access to a number of subscription databases that can be reached through any computer connected to the internet. These databases can be found under the “Students and Schoolwork” category on the Research page of the Library’s website; DCDL librarians are experts in research methods and can help find just the right source.

The Library is also a great place to do whatever kind of studying students or teachers may need. Take advantage of the studious amenities DCDL offers, from quiet study spaces and private study rooms that can be reserved, to the free Wi-Fi available at every branch.

Finally, DCDL’s Community & Family Outreach Services department works directly with school librarians and teachers to get the extra resources needed for a classroom. From requesting multiple copies of one title, to checking out an entire unit’s worth of books, they are there to meet school needs. For more information, call 740-548-1660 or email

Here are some of our favorite databases for students and a description of how they help with homework.

CultureGrams — Maps, statistics, photographs and cultural information for 190 countries and all 50 states helps with research for school reports. Find authentic native recipes and learn about local customs when planning travel destinations.

Explora — Explora Primary and Secondary is helps researchers in grades K-5 (Primary) and 6-12 (Secondary) find information about popular and timely projects arranged in easy-to-browse categories.

NoveList K-8 Plus — Read about your favorite author or find book recommendations and reading lists. This resource provides reviews, annotations, subject heading access, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles.

World Book Online — Find encyclopedia content from four different World Book products all in one place. Resources include eBooks, multimedia, primary source documents and more research tools. — If you have teenagers getting ready to drive in your household, help them prepare for the written exam with Ohio-specific driver’s license practice tests.

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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 No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!