News & Updates

Central Ohio Symphony Culture Passes

The partnership between the Central Ohio Symphony and DCDL provides FREE admission to students ages 17 and under. Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season with two holiday concerts on Sunday, December 11!

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Winter Reading Club

The annual Winter Reading Club at the Delaware County District Library runs December 1 through January 31. Keep the excitement for reading and lifelong learning going over the winter months.

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The Delaware History Portal Podcast

If you’re a history buff or interested in the Delaware County area, this is the podcast for you! Join us each month and let the Delaware, Ohio History Portal take you back in time for an epic tour of our area and the events that have shaped your home town.

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Recycle Your Holiday String Lights!

Don’t throw away those strands of holiday string lights that no longer work — recycle them with us! Drop your unwanted string lights into the gift-wrapped recycling boxes located at all Delaware County District Library locations.

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Member for a Day at the CMA

DCDL is excited to partner with the Columbus Museum of Art to offer Culture Passes to our library cardholders! Current exhibit Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak may be of special interest to fans of his beloved children’s books!

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Personalized Picks

Not sure what to read next? Personalized Picks, DCDL’s specialized service to help you find your next favorite read, is back for Winter Reading Club!

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Homeschoolers Art Gallery

Are you an at-home learner with a love for creating art? Create an original piece of art inspired by this quarter’s theme, “My Favorite Artist Is…,” drop it off at the Orange Branch by Friday, December 30th, and see it on display in our display cases throughout the month of January!

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We want your feedback!

It’s YOUR library, and your opinion is important to us! With our first poll, we’d love to know how you find out about library programs. Tell us now!

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Culture Passes to Franklin Park Conservatory

Delaware County District Library is excited to partner with Franklin Park Conservatory to offer Culture Passes to our library cardholders! Culture Passes provide FREE admission for two adults and up to six children to the Conservatory.

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Games Collection

Looking for some family fun? You’re in luck! We’ve assembled a collection of more than 200 games guaranteed to add some excitement to your weekend — including 20 brand new additions!

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Download the DCDL App

Access the Delaware County District Library with the tap of a finger. Explore recent releases, search the catalog, check your account, find out about upcoming events, and check branch locations and hours. With easy access to digital collections and easy renewals, it’s your library at your fingertips.

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The Mature Reader

Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Sign up now for The Mature Reader, our monthly email newsletter devoted to Library patrons ages 55+.

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ABCmouse.com comes to DCDL!

The multi-award-winning ABCmouse.com offers a comprehensive online curriculum for children ages 2 – 8, including reading and language arts, math, beginning science, social studies, art and music. You can access it from home or from your library FREE with your DCDL card!

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Welcome, Percy!

We are so excited for you to meet our newest staff member, Percival — or Percy, for short! He appeared like magic one day in the Imagination Garden at the Orange Branch Library and we made him part of the DCDL family on the spot.

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2022 Author Series

We are delighted to announce our 2022 author series! Next up, on Saturday, October 15: author and actress Felicia Day! Learn more about her visit and the other authors visiting DCDL this year.

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Educational Resources for Students

Visit our Student Learning Resources page as your one-stop-shop for all things “Back to School.” From how to contact a librarian to what new educational materials are available online or to checkout, you can find it all here.

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November is National Native American Heritage Month

Delaware County District Library joins The Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Institution and all Americans in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

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Thanksgiving Closures

All Delaware County District Library locations will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 23, and remain closed on Thursday, November 24. We will reopen with normal operating hours on Friday, November 25. We wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, we gratefully remember all of those who served, especially our own Delaware County Veterans! We’re honoring our Veterans all month long and invite you to celebrate our heroes with us. Read on to learn more!

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A visit with Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is the award-winning author of New York Times bestselling novel There There. He will speak at Orange Branch Library on November 12; reserve your free seat now!

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Voter Services

Whether you need to register to vote, request your absentee ballot, or read about the issues or candidates in an upcoming election, your Library is the place to do it! Visit www.delawarelibrary.org/vote or stop in for more information.

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POW! It’s The Great GeekFest

Great GeekFest is BACK! We’re thrilled to invite you to join us for the Library’s 7th annual all-ages comic-con. This one-of-a-kind event will feature everything from vendors and artists to comics and cosplay.

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An evening with Felicia Day

Felicia Day is a New York Times bestselling author, actor, producer, writer, and streamer. She will speak at Willis Education Center on Saturday, October 15; reserve your free ticket now!

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Join us for open office hours in October

New Delaware County District Library Director Bryan Howard will be hosting open office hours at each Library location this October to become better acquainted with our community. Branch visits are open to the public and all are welcome to stop by.

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Library Closed October 10

All library locations will be closed on Monday, October 10 for staff to attend training. Locations will reopen with regular hours beginning Tuesday, October 11.

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People in Need Holiday Clearing House

Applications are now open for the People in Need Holiday Clearing House 2022. The PIN Holiday Clearing House provides gifts, winter wear, and food to Delaware County seniors and families with children permanently residing in the home.

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Join us for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog film and trivia night!

In 2008, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day starred in Joss Whedon’s internet-only mini-musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Now watch it on the big screen at the Strand Theatre on Tuesday, October 4!

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Sidewalk Repair at Delaware Main

Delaware Main Library’s front entrance and sidewalk is scheduled for repair beginning Monday, September 12. Although the main entrance will not be accessible, the Library will remain open.

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An evening with author Damon Mosley

Join us for a conversation with author Damon Mosley and the Delaware African American Heritage Council, followed by a meet and greet and book signing of Mosley’s new book, “Smile for We!”

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Vendor Applications Now Open!

Great GeekFest is back in person for 2022, and better than ever! We’re taking applications now through September 26 from artists, authors, and other purveyors of fine geeky goods.

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New DCDL Director Announced

The Delaware County District Library (DCDL) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Bryan Howard has been confirmed and has accepted to serve as director of the Library, replacing George Needham, who will be retiring on September 30.

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Needham named 2022 Hall of Fame Librarian

The Delaware County District Library is proud to announce that the Ohio Library Council has named George Needham their 2022 Hall of Fame Librarian!

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Labor Day Closure

All locations of the Delaware County District Library will be closed on Monday, September 5 in observation of Labor Day. Don’t forget that our Digital Collections are open 24/7/365!

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Fan Drive 2022

It’s time for the Delaware County EMA annual fan drive! Donating a new box fan can make a big difference for residents who need relief from the heat.

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Summer Reading Club 2022

The unofficial kick-off to summer begins May 28 with the Delaware County District Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Club, “Oceans of Possibilities.” The annual reading program will run through August 19 for all ages, infant through adult!

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Parking Lot Repair at Delaware Main

On Monday, August 8, Delaware Main Library’s parking lot will be filled and sealed, which will result in a lack of access to both the front and rear lots. However, the branch will remain open.

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From Book to Film at Gateway

Gateway Film Center is excited to announce the return of their free summer movie series; this year, the series features movies based on your family’s favorite books to encourage a love of literacy and film from a young age.

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Evening Storytimes Return

The return of warmer weather and Summer Reading Club also marks the return of evening Storytime! We’ve scheduled lots of storytimes at each of our locations, and one is sure to be perfect for your family.

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Concert on the Lawn

The Village Brass of the Central Ohio Symphony will take you on a musical journey through time. Bring chairs or blankets for a fun and casual outdoor evening concert at Ostrander Branch Library. If it rains, the show will still go on — inside!

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Independence Day Closure

All locations of the Delaware County District Library will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day. Come see our Book Cart Brigade marching in the Ostrander 4th of July Parade; it begins at 10 am on Monday!

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Blood Drive at Orange Branch Library

Orange Branch Library is hosting a Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 28. Just one hour of your time can help save three lives! Blood donated helps patients at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

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Hiring Event for Liberty Branch Library

Push books with us. It’s the most fun! The Delaware County District Library will be holding open interviews on Thursday, June 23 for full and part-time positions at the new Liberty Branch Library.

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Celebrate Freedom!

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. We’re marking this federal holiday with crafts and activities in all of our branches this month. Come learn more with us!

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Medieval Faire

Horses, jousting, costumes, and more: Medieval Faire is back for 2022, and better than ever! Mark your calendar now and plan to join us in Ostrander on Saturday, June 4 from 11 am – 3 pm.

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We’re Hiring

The Delaware County District Library is currently seeking applicants for multiple positions.

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New Comic Books & Graphic Novels on Libby

The Delaware County District Library has added some POW! to our digital collection with an upgraded Ohio Digital Library package of 2,800 comic books and graphic novels for our readers to choose from.

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Smile Button Project

The DCDL Community & Family Outreach Services Department is making Smile Buttons for you to show off your beautiful smile, while still wearing a facial covering. Great for teachers, front line workers, caregivers, retail and restaurant industries, or any other needs you may have.

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Memorial Day 2022

On Memorial Day, we honor and mourn our military heroes who died while serving their country. We gratefully remember all of those who served, especially our own Delaware County Veterans! Read on to learn more about local veterans of our armed services.

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Memorial Day Closure

All locations of the Delaware County District Library will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observation of Memorial Day. We join our fellow Americans in honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country.

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An evening with Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, essayist, and actress. She will speak at Chappelear Drama Center on Friday, May 20; tickets are on sale now!

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Create your banner at the Maker Studio

Do you have a graduating Senior? DCDL is here to make your life a little easier with personalized 4′ x 2′ banners honoring grads! Because our Maker Studio only charges for the cost of materials, one banner can be made for just $9.

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Delaware Library Closed for Entry Repair

Beginning May 16, the entryway at the front of the Delaware Library will be repaired. Delaware Main Library will be closed May 16 – 21 during construction.

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Student Art Show 2022

Come take in the talents of high school students throughout the county! The annual student art show is here for your enjoyment through this Saturday, May 14.

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Orange Branch Library Closed

Much needed repairs to our Orange Branch Library parking lot are underway. Because the entire parking lot is involved, Orange Branch, including the drive-thru window, will be closed this week during construction.

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Celebrate Poetry Month with our Poet-Tree

Help us celebrate Poetry Month by contributing to our community Poet-Tree, on display at the Orange Branch Library through the month of April.

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William Kent Krueger, bestselling author, to visit DCDL

Friends of the Delaware County District Library are hosting bestselling author William Kent Krueger on Wednesday, April 27; join us for an intimate 3-course lunch at Napa, and later for a presentation and book signing at The Barn at Stratford!

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Liberty Branch Update

Are you excited for the completion of our new Liberty Branch Library? So are we! Listen to Director George Needham detail the progress that has been made since the groundbreaking in November, 2020.

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Library Weekend with the Columbus Clippers

All DCDL cardholders can celebrate “Library Weekend at Huntington Park” April 15 – 17, 2022. During the weekend, receive a $2 discount on any game against the Syracuse Mets.

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The A-Mazing Story Contest

Can you write an “A-Mazing” story to guide young readers through the tall grasses and paths of Boardman Arts Park’s new A-Mazing Garden Maze to find Joey the Muffler Boy and his Dog at the center?

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A Visit with Terri Libenson

Mark your calendar NOW! Bestselling author Terri Libenson will visit the Delaware Main Library for a presentation, live drawing demo, and Q&A on Saturday, April 9.

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Book Release Party

Join us on Monday, March 14 from 6-8 pm as we celebrate Mindy McGinnis’ much-anticipated sequel to The Initial Insult with a book launch and signing with the author, hosted by Beanbag Books!

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Free COVID-19 Testing Kits Available via Curbside or Drive-Up

The Delaware County District Library joins more than 130 of Ohio’s public libraries to distribute at-home COVID-19 testing kits for free when you request them at any location via Curbside or Drive-Up Window service.

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Orange Branch At Home Winter Film Festival

Are there movies out there you’re afraid you have missed? Do you want to check the AFI Top 100 Films list off your bucket list? Join the Orange Branch for an At Home Winter Film Festival as we work our way through all of the Top 100 Films, as voted by the American Film Institute.

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Telling A People’s Story

Telling A People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibition includes 130 pieces of art from 33 artists and 95 books, and spans 50 years of creativity. The exhibition can be viewed at the Delaware Library from January 3-31, and Orange Branch Library from February 1-28. Read on for more details!

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Closed for Level 2 Snow Emergency

All locations of the Delaware County District Library will be closed on Monday, January 17, due to a level 2 snow emergency in Delaware County. We plan to reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, January 18.

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Stroll through a StoryWalk®

If the crisp autumn weather has you craving some quality time outside with your family, try stopping by a Delaware County District Library StoryWalk®. A StoryWalk is a disassembled children’s book featured on different panels around a path or trail.

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Closed New Year’s Day

All DCDL locations will be closed Saturday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. We will reopen with normal hours on Monday, January 3. We wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2022!

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Holiday Hours

All DCDL locations will be closed from December 24-26. Delaware and Orange Libraries will reopen with normal hours on Monday, December 27; Powell and Ostrander Branch Libraries will welcome you back on Tuesday, December 28. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

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Veterans Day 2021

This Veterans Day, we gratefully remember all of those who served, especially our own Delaware County Veterans! We’re honoring our Veterans all month long and invite you to celebrate our heroes with us. Read on to learn more!

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POW! It’s The Great GeekFest

Coming to you LIVE from YouTube, the Library’s annual all-ages comic-con is back again this year with a full day of virtual programming – and a couple tricks up our sleeves, as well.

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Introducing the Memory Care Collection

The Community & Family Outreach Services Department has introduced a Memory Care Collection to the Delaware County District Library catalog to help guide individuals experiencing memory loss, their caregivers and family members, and assisted living activity directors toward useful tools that can stimulate the mind.

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National Voter Registration Day

On September 28, 2021, celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a cross-country effort to register voters ahead of critical state and local elections in 2021 and midterm elections in 2022.

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September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World

The Delaware County District Library is participating in a September 11 educational exhibition that presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks.

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Celebrate National Disability Voter Registration Week

DCDL is proud to announce our participation in the National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) during the week of September 13-20, 2021.

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Summer Reading Club 2021

The unofficial kick-off to the summer begins on June 1 with the Delaware County District Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Club, “Tails and Tales.” The annual reading program will run June 1 through July 23 for all ages.

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Construction at Delaware Main Library

Construction at the front entrance of the Delaware Main Library is scheduled for Sunday, November 7 through Sunday, November 14. We will remain OPEN during this time; please use the side entrance (near the flagpole) to enter the library. Keep reading to see what’s in store!

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View Our New Digital Catalog

DCDL launched our new digital catalog on June 14. Type what you’re looking for into the search bar at the top of any page on delawarelibrary.org and discover what’s new.

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New Hours, Study Rooms & More

Your DCDL now has lots of updates available to make life a little easier for you. Read on to see some of the changes we’ve already implemented, as well details on the changes to come.

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Call for Entries Open for Senior Showcase 2021

Who do you know that is age 55 or over and has an artistic calling in their life? The Senior Showcase: Art After 55 juried art exhibit and competition is back again this fall.

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2021 Virtual Teen Job Fair

This year’s virtual teen job fair will feature employers who hire teens ages 14+, tips and tricks for writing that resume and cover letter, the Dos and Don’ts of interviewing, and more all in a fun Bitmoji style! Not sure what that is? Click to check it out.

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All Library Branches Are Open for Browsing

All of our Delaware County District Library locations are now once again open for patrons to browse materials on our shelves and access the public computers. Please stop by and visit us the next time you’re near one of our locations.

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Tax Forms & Information

Do you need help finding or printing your tax forms? The Delaware County District Library can help.

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Author Visit with Kate Quinn & Martha Hall Kelly

The Friends of the Library are bringing two best-selling historical fiction authors to you in one virtual author visit event on Thursday, April 29 at 7 PM.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Liberty Branch

The Delaware County District Library broke ground on November 18 on the newest facility to be added to the library system, the Liberty Branch Library. Located at 7468 Steitz Road in Powell, the building will be the fifth brick-and-mortar location for DCDL, with other buildings in Delaware, Ostrander, Orange Township, and downtown Powell.

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Public Health Alert Levels

What do the public health alert levels mean for you?

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Celebrating Black History Month

No matter how you celebrate Black History Month, we hope that you’ll take the opportunity to read, watch or listen to something new this month, with help from the librarians at DCDL.

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Plans for Reopening Coming Soon

On Monday, February 8, the Delaware County District Library announced plans to stagger reopening at all library locations between February 22 and March 2. Based on the reopening schedule, buildings will again be open to the public for walkthrough browsing and computer access.

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Delaware County’s Kids Got Talent

Think you know a Delaware County kid who’s got talent? Let’s see it!

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Great GeekFest Comic-Con becomes GeekWeek!

This year would be the five-year anniversary of the free comic-convention for all ages in Delaware County and we had big plans. Even though many of those plans have been put on hold this year, the planning team has still put together a fantastic week of virtual events for our comic-con attendees.

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