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  Archived Posts From: 2011


Inventory at the Laurel Historical Society

Written on: September 20th, 2011 in Blog PostsLearningNews

?As part of the Delaware Division of Libraries’ “Connecting to Collections” grant,  a group of graduate students from the University of Delaware’s Museum Studies program worked with volunteers from the Laurel Historical Society to inventory and assess several hundred items.

Check out the video below to see some of their work!


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STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics)

Written on: September 13th, 2011 in Blog Posts

September is Back-to-School time and the DE Division of Libraries has 2 new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) resources for the youngest student to the adult learner.

DDL and DE Public Libraries are partnering with the Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation with their program “Things That Move” at every DE public library. You and your child will build a structure with moving gears, assemble and test a model vehicle, build and experiment with magnetic gears, and make and take your own climbing creature or tumble wing glider. This program meets the following DE State Science Standards: #1 Nature and Application of Science and Technology and #3 Energy and Its Effects. The complete schedule can be found at:

A new LibGuide with resources in the area of STEM content for all ages has been added to the growing list of Hot Topics. Here you will find everything from science experiments, math help, career advice and the latest research. The STEM LibGuide can be found here:


Remembering 9/11

Written on: September 9th, 2011 in Blog PostsNews


This afternoon I attended a moving dedication for a memorial bench at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE, honoring the memory of Delawareans lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001.  As we approach the 10th anniversary of September 11, many of us are reflecting on that event and its aftermath.

Since the attacks, a large body of literature has been produced about 9/11.  Below is a list of relevant books, videos, and websites.

Fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, and videos in the Delaware Library Catalog

Check out our NBC Learn database for access to news, videos, and articles relating to 9/11

Visit the Library of Congress for eyewitness accounts and personal reactions to 9/11.

For a list of victims, including photographs, see CNN’s September 11: A Memorial

The FBI is commemorating the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 by providing links to essays, personal stories, and other resources.

And finally, here is the link to the 9/11 Memorial

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eAudiobooks are experiencing technical difficulties

Written on: September 7th, 2011 in Blog Posts

?eAudiobooks are experiencing technical difficulties. We are working quickly to resolve the issues and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will keep you posted when eAudiobooks are back in service. Thank you for your patience.

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Catalog Unavailable

Written on: August 31st, 2011 in Blog PostsNews

Reminder!  The Delaware Library Catalog  and My Account features will be unavailable from 9:00 pm August 31 through 9:00 am September 1 (and may be unavailable during the day on September 1). Thank you for your patience while we work to bring added services to your library!

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Pardon Our Dust!

Written on: August 30th, 2011 in Blog PostsNews

New technologies are being implemented at libraries across the state. The Delaware Library Catalog will be unavailable the evening of August 31 through 9:00 am September 1 (and may be unavailable during the day on September 1).

Thank you for your patience while we work to bring added services to your library.

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Delaware Hurricane Information

Written on: August 26th, 2011 in Blog Posts

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) website has up-to-date information about Hurricane Irene, as well as information on how to prepare and what to do in case of emergency.

DEMA has also put together a brochure on Hurricane and Flood Safety.

For information on school and state agency closings and delays click here.

Please contact your local library directly for information on library operating hours, due dates, etc

Stay safe!


Earthquakes? In Delaware?!

Written on: August 23rd, 2011 in Blog PostsNews

Did you feel that?  Delaware was shaken by an earthquake today.  As I chatted with co-workers, checked facebook and twitter, and read blogs, it became clear not many of us east coasters knew how to deal with an earthquake.

Thankfully FEMA has a a guide for what do to before, during, and after an earthquake. They also have several other useful guides.

Virginia also seems pretty far away for an earthquake to be felt in Delaware.  Check here if you are interested in knowing the differences between an earthquake on the east coast and one on the west coast.


Library of Congress Gateway to Knowledge

Written on: August 12th, 2011 in News

The Library of Congress “Gateway to Knowledge” tour is stopping in Dover, Delaware on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 10 am – 6 pm.  Official ribbon cutting will be at 10:00 am on Friday!  Join us in front of Legislative Hall to tour the exhibit!

This unique Library of Congress traveling exhibition is mounted in a customized 18-wheel truck that expands to offer visitors 1000 square feet of exhibition space. The exhibit is free and is open to the public.

The “Gateway to Knowledge” exhibition brings high-quality facsimiles of many of the Library’s top treasures and information about the millions of resources in the Library’s unparalleled collections to small towns and rural communities across America—areas that may not be aware of their access to the wealth of information in this publicly funded institution. 

The exhibit includes programming especially for teachers and students and provides relevant and engaging learning experiences for lifelong learners. The trailer expands to three times its road width, and visitors enter from a central staircase to find several areas of museum-quality exhibits, including a welcoming multimedia display and computer terminals displaying Library of Congress websites.  The exhibition outlines the history of the Library, Thomas Jefferson’s role in re-establishing the Library after the burning of the U.S. Capitol in 1814, and his classification system of Memory, Reason, and Imagination.  These three categories define the organization of the content inside the exhibition.

The exhibit and its national tour are made possible by the generous support of the Rapoport family.  The exhibition is locally co-hosted by the Delaware Division of Libraries, Dover Public Library, and Delaware Public Archives.

Check out the Delaware Libraries site or the Gateway to Knowledge main page for more information.


eBook & eAudiobook Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

Written on: July 26th, 2011 in Blog Posts

You may have noticed our eBook and eAudiobook sites have changed recently.  Several months ago EBSCOhost purchased Netlibrary and the transition is now complete.

You’ll still have access to the same great titles, but getting them is a bit different:

  • Want a quick intro?  View or print these help sheets?
  1. Searching for eBooks help sheet
  2. Downloading eBooks help sheet
  3. Searching and downloading eAudiobooks help sheet
  • Want more in-depth information?  Check out these tutorials:
  1. eBooks & Audiobooks on EBSCOhost Search Tutorial
  2. eBooks on EBSCOhost Downloading Tutorial
  3. Audiobooks on EBSCOhost Downloading Tutorial
  • Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is required for eBook downloading.
    A free download from Adobe is available here.
  • Media Center will be retired. A new version of Download Manager will be needed for Audiobook downloading. The first time you download an Audiobook, you will be prompted to download a new version of Download Manager.
  • Create a My EBSCOhost account
  1. If you’ve never used EBSCOhost, you will need to create a new account. The process is easy and step-by-step instructions may be found here.
  2. If you have an existing My EBSCOhost account, your existing account will support eBooks & Audiobooks on EBSCOhost.

Happy downloading!