Unleash Your Potential

July 22nd, 2014 by hope.ellsworth

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Happy Summer fellow Delawareans – Please join the Delaware Division of Libraries in a conversation: How can we water, nurture and grow entrepreneurship in Delaware? There are already great resources and supports in some areas, but let’s take this to the best step (not the next step)! In Delaware, our very own Small Wonder, what can we do? There are some neat things happening and I am impressed by successful entrepreneurs who have volunteered their time to develop some start-up dream opportunities for others. We can do more, can’t we?

In the library system, we have conversations, so we are hoping that one way we can contribute to the nurturing of new and growing businesses is by being a LARGE SPONGE for ideas (that we will share in the Fall). We also love to share information and ideas.

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The 2014 Summer Library Reading Program is Happening Now in Delaware!

July 14th, 2014 by Beth-Ann Ryan

SLRP-FacebookYouth2The Delaware Division of Libraries and all the public libraries in Delaware invite children, teens, and adults to join the 2014 Summer Library Reading program! Themes for this year are “Fizz Boom Read” for kids, “Spark a Reaction” for teens, and “Literary Elements” for adults. Registration is free and incentive prizes are awarded based on reading milestones.

“The Summer Library Reading Program is a lighthearted way to approach the serious topic of summer learning loss,” said State Librarian, Dr. Annie Norman. “Studies have shown that children who participate in public library summer reading programs score higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the new school year, experience less summer reading loss, and begin the school year with more confidence.”

Throughout the summer, libraries will be presenting a variety of fun and educational STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

The following three programs for children will be presented at all libraries in the state; visit guides.lib.de.us/summerreading for dates and times:

Reactions, Rockets, & Reading: Bring your young scientist to the library for some surprising chemical and physical reactions that will launch their imagination! You and your child will use carbon dioxide to help make mysterious spheres. Try our stomp rockets, then make and take a rocket launcher and a ping pong ball launcher powered by the elasticity of rubber. Take aim at our landing pad with a rocket powered by you. And use your imagination to turn a book into a spacecraft. The countdown to summer fun has begun.

Fun, Foolery and Folktales International storyteller, published author and award-winning recording artist, Donna Washington uses her pyrotechnic voice and elastic face to transport audiences through time, across the globe and into laughter and learning with her interactive, humorous, multigenerational presentation of folktales.  “Fun, Foolery and Folktales” guaranties to ignite the curiosity and spark the laughter of audiences of all ages. In partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Dragons & Dreams A long time ago science and storytelling were accidently mixed and so began Sciencetellers. Combining the power of words with the power of science, Sciencetellers creates stories filled with suspense, anticipation, excitement and experiments.  Experience the science of Fire & Ice as you join the daring adventure to save an entire kingdom in Sciencetellers Presents “Dragons & Dreams”.  According to Sciencetellers, “If you’re in the room, you’re in the story!” In partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts.

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The Delaware Division of Libraries, a state agency dedicated to unleashing the potential in all Delawareans in partnership with Delaware Libraries, offers free access to the online catalog (delawarelibraries.org); Wi-Fi; computers/internet; eBooks, programs/classes, community partnerships, and more.

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Libraries as Community Lynchpins

April 4th, 2014 by Beth-Ann Ryan

In communities throughout Delaware, libraries are informational resource centers and gathering places, bringing people and organizations together. The Milton Library is helping to revitalize the downtown area, attracting large and diverse numbers of its neighbors with new programming and newly designed services.

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Delaware Libraries Participate in International Big Library Read Program

February 17th, 2014 by Beth-Ann Ryan

BigLibraryRead_FBgraphicGBProgram makes popular eBooks available to all patrons without waitlists or holds

Delaware Libraries today announced that they will be taking part in the Big Library Read program. Library card holders will be able to borrow and enjoy the cooking eBook Keys to the Kitchen by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp, starting February 17th and concluding the morning of March 5th by visiting http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com. Patrons will be able to select a lending period of one, two, or three weeks, which begins at the date of checkout.

Keys to the Kitchen is a cookbook by definition, but it’s much more than simply directions to get from page to plate. Author Aida Mollenkamp provides helpful how-to information on everything from proper knife skills and finding the right ingredients to throwing a show- stopping cocktail party. It doesn’t just provide ideas on what to cook, but also walks the reader through how to cook

The Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program, creating a virtual, global book club. Interested patrons will be able borrow Keys to the Kitchen using a valid library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and Chronicle Books, publisher of Aida Mollenkamp’s all-purpose guide to becoming a more adventurous cook. To borrow the eBook version of Keys to the Kitchen as part of Big Library Read, patrons can visit http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com.

 

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This Day in History

February 7th, 2014 by patty.langley

 

 

On February 7, 1964, The Beatles flew from London to New York City for a ten day American tour, including 3 performances on the Ed Sullivan show.

There is a new LibGuide commemorating this historic time in music and pop culture. Follow their visit with a timeline; read new books about them; discover their impact on music even today; watch all 3 performances on the Ed Sullivan Show. As an added bonus, there is also a video of an Academy Award winning actress who took part in the original Beatlemania.

http://guides.lib.de.us/beatles

 

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