News & Updates
The partnership between the Central Ohio Symphony and DCDL provides FREE admission to students ages 18 and under. The Symphony’s annual Holiday Concerts, with performances at 2 and 4:30 pm, are coming up on December 10!
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.
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 Recycle Right recycling bins located at all Delaware County District Library locations.
Are you a fan of film noir? Then you’ll love Kanopy’s Noirvember film collection! From Kansas City Confidential to Chinatown to The Midnighters, you’ll find everything from black and white classics to new neo-noir thrillers.
With the new Liberty Maker Studio joining our Delaware studio location, you have more options than ever to bring your creative ideas to life! Join our team every Wednesday for Maker Studio classes that will turn you into an expert in no time.
Culture Passes to Franklin Park Conservatory are available for DCDL cardholders. The Paul Busse Garden Railway exhibit, with nine G scale model trains traveling across 1,000 feet of track, continues through January 7.
“Internet Deserts” exist — even in Delaware County! You can help eliminate the areas where there is little or no access to reliable and affordable internet service by simply taking a survey.
Looking for something fun to do? We’ve just added new board games to our collection — nearly 250 in all, and all available to check out and play at home.
DCDL is excited to partner with the Columbus Museum of Art to offer Culture Passes to our library cardholders! The Wonder Room has been reimagined and is open again for hands-on exploration for art lovers of all ages.
Know any students who are feeling stressed about their classes? Don’t forget that your Library offers free live tutoring, writing workshops, and more through BrainFuse!
The Delaware County District Library is currently seeking applicants for two full-time positions in our Outreach Department at Orange Branch Library.
Now available for DCDL cardholders to read online: The Wall Street Journal! The Wall Street Journal joins more than a hundred other local, national, and international news sources that our patrons can access online, free of charge.
Save money, save time! Get the app for easy access to digital collections, your card and account, exclusive reading recommendations, and more. It’s your library at your fingertips!
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!
Video games are expensive; why not try it before you buy it? We have games for every major console, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Get ready to love Hoopla even more! Kids Mode now offers the option to require a PIN to lock and unlock Kids Mode, providing parents more control over what kids can search and download on the Hoopla app.
Did you meet Percival — or Percy, for short — at our Liberty Branch Grand Opening? He makes special appearances at storytimes and other events, and has his own newsletter especially for families with young children.
Tap into discovery! Read, listen, watch, and learn — Hoopla has so much to explore, all free with your DCDL card.
The holidays are almost here! During the week of Thanksgiving (Monday, November 20 through Saturday, November 25), DCDL will be taking a break from Storytimes — but that doesn’t mean you have to miss Storytime fun. Come check out Storytime Anytime!
All Delaware County District Library locations will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 22, and remain closed on Thursday, November 23. We will reopen with normal operating hours on Friday, November 24. We wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!
All DCDL branches will be closed on Saturday, November 11, in honor of the service and sacrifice of U.S. military veterans. Please read on to learn more about those who have served, and about DCDL’s Delaware County Veterans History project.
Early and absentee voting for the November 7 general election is underway. Whether you need to request an absentee ballot, read about the issues, or learn about local candidates, your Library is the place to do it!
Join us at Ostrander Branch Library on Tuesday, November 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm to celebrate and learn about El Día de los Muertos, the Latin American Day of the Dead!
Hoopla is ready for Halloween with a special Zombie collection! Watch more than 100 zombie-themed movies and TV shows, all free to stream with your DCDL card.
Love horror films? From creepy classics to new nightmares, Kanopy has everything you need for an epic at-home Fright Fest — and they’re all free to stream with your Library card!
Just in time for Halloween, we’re hosting a special effects artist who will lead three classes for tweens and teens 12 and older who are interested in learning makeup techniques for stage, film, and, of course, HALLOWEEN!
The Seed Swap has been so popular that we’re extending it an extra week, through Friday, October 13!
All library locations will be closed on Monday, October 9 for staff to attend training. Locations will reopen with regular hours beginning Tuesday, October 10.
The Friends of the Library is excited to host a local authors night at Ill Mannered Brewing, featuring Amy Butcher, Lee Martin, and Thao Thai!
Applications for the People in Need Holiday Clearing House 2023 are due by 3 pm this Friday, October 6. The PIN Holiday Clearing House provides gifts, winter wear, and food to Delaware County seniors and families with children permanently residing in the home.
The 78th running of the Little Brown Jug will take place Thursday, September 21. If you’re not attending the race, you can still come see us at the Library — we’re open normal hours!
Come get your pots now, then fill them with your cuttings, seedlings, and split native plants and house plants. Bring them back to the Liberty Branch between September 11 and 16 to share, and find some new ones to take home!
Have you done some summer cleaning and are ready to donate your books? Pull around to the back parking lot at the Delaware Main Library THIS SATURDAY and drop your donation off directly to the Friends!
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+.
Through the end of August, enjoy more than 100 eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and more from the Hoopla Bonus Borrows collection with no deductions from your monthly borrowing limit!!
It’s time for Fans for Friends — the Delaware County EMA’s annual fan drive! Donating a new box fan can make a big difference for residents who need relief from the heat.
All locations of the Delaware County District Library will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observation of Labor Day. Don’t forget that our Digital Collections are open 24/7/365!
Take the stress out of back-to-school with our Student Learning Resources page! From new educational materials in our collection to free live online tutoring to contacting your friendly local librarian, you can find it all here.
Not sure what to read next? Get your Personalized Picks through the end of August; after that, it won’t be back again until Winter Reading Club!
DCDL is honored to have been nominated for an AIA Ohio Design Award for our new Liberty Branch Library! Do you love your new Library? Take a moment to vote!
With extreme heat setting in the next couple days, be sure that you know where to find a cooling station if you need it. All of your Delaware County District Libraries serve as cooling stations — and you can grab a good summer read while enjoying the air conditioning!
It’s YOUR library, and your opinion is important to us! With the addition of our new Liberty Branch, we have five libraries to serve Delaware County. Do you visit our other branches to participate in programs and events?
Howdy, campers! The unofficial kick-off to summer begins May 30 with the Delaware County District Library’s 2023 Summer Reading Club, “Camp DCDL.” The annual reading program will run through August 12 for all ages, infant through adult!
Established in recognition of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability Pride Month is celebrated each July to honor those living with disabilities. Disability pride has been described as “accepting and honoring each person’s uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity.”
Spring migration is in full swing — but you don’t have to wait for good weather for birding fun. Stop by Liberty Branch Library and discover dozens of birds hiding in the stacks on the second floor!
You saw it… you loved it… now you can own it! DCDL staff are wild for our Camp DCDL shirts! These super soft, retro-style ringer t-shirts from Homestretch Apparel are available to purchase for a limited time.
Do you have a graduating Senior? DCDL is here to make your life a little easier with personalized 4′ x 2′ banners honoring grads! Starting on May 2 through May 30, your banner can be made for just $9.
We know that browsing full bookshelves at DCDL, while wonderful, can also be daunting. We have your solution: the American Library Association’s acclaimed publication Booklist Reader is now available to read online, free with your Library card!
Join us on July 8 for a visit with Jeff Zentner, author of bestselling young adult titles “The Serpent King” and “In the Wild Light,” as well as “Goodbye Days” and “Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.” Tickets are free and available now!
All DCDL locations will close at 5pm on Monday, July 3 and remain closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day. The Library will reopen with normal operating hours on Wednesday, July 5.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The Library will be closed on Monday, June 19 to observe and celebrate Freedom Day.
Hear ye, hear ye: Medieval Faire returns to the realm! Mark your calendar now and plan to join us in Ostrander on Saturday, June 17 from 11 am – 3 pm.
Join the Friends of the Library at our beautiful new Liberty Branch Library for an unforgettable evening with Lisa See, author of beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Island of Sea Women, Shanghai Girls, and more.
All locations of the Delaware County District Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observation of Memorial Day. We join our fellow Americans in honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country.
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.
The Delaware County District Library Board of Trustees has approved new operating hours and holiday closures for 2023. The new schedule takes effect Saturday, January 28, 2023.
On May 1, the OverDrive app will be discontinued. Now is the time to switch to Libby, our newer reading app. Libby is faster, easier, and more intuitive, and has the same goal of connecting you to your favorite books, audiobooks, and magazines, wherever you go!
Do you need help finding or printing your tax forms? The Delaware County District Library can help.
We are so excited to welcome you to your new Liberty Branch Library! Please mark your calendar now and plan to join us for a ribbon cutting and grand opening on Sunday, March 26, from 1-4 pm.
Have an aspiring young writer? Join Friends of the DCDL and Steve Harpster, comic book author and children’s educational presenter, as your kids write, illustrate, and publish their own books. Scholarships for this program are also available!
Thanks for voting! We had more than a hundred votes in person and online for our new circulation dragon. And the winner is….
Your Library is honoring Black History Month this February! Join with us as we recognize the achievements and history of generations of African Americans, who have helped to shape our community, state, and country.
In observance of Presidents Day, all DCDL locations will be closed on Monday, February 20. We invite you to explore our online branch today, which is open 24/7/365!
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.
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.
Join multiple award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and television writer Neal Shusterman for what promises to be an unforgettable evening! He will speak at Olentangy Liberty Middle School on February 8; reserve your free seat now!
This Saturday, February 4, DCDL is happy to be participating in the 12th annual Take Your Child to the Library Day. This international celebration encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library.
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.
Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, is visiting DCDL with their heralded production of Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King on Monday, January 16.
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all DCDL locations will be closed on Monday, January 16. We invite you to join us for a special “after hours” event, Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King presented by Bright Star Traveling Theatre.
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!
All DCDL locations will be closed Saturday, December 31 through Monday, January 2 for New Year’s. We will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, January 3. We wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2023!
All DCDL locations will be closed from December 24-26. We will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, December 27. Happy holidays from our family to yours!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!”
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.
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.
The Delaware County District Library is proud to announce that the Ohio Library Council has named George Needham their 2022 Hall of Fame Librarian!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Help us celebrate Poetry Month by contributing to our community Poet-Tree, on display at the Orange Branch Library through the month of April.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
DCDL is proud to announce our participation in the National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) during the week of September 13-20, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Think you know a Delaware County kid who’s got talent? Let’s see it!
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.
The Delaware County District Library serves as the public information provider for our community, using traditional and innovative technology to encourage curiosity, free inquiry, and lifelong learning in a friendly environment.