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  Archived Posts From: 2012


Hurricane Sandy information

Written on: October 27th, 2012 in Blog Posts

With the first hurricane of the season seemingly headed our way, now is a good time to know how to prepare and where to find information on the storm’s progression.

  • The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) posts Delaware specific storm information on their website including preparation tips, current news, and what to do in case of an emergency.
  • has guides on planning for an emergency; what to do before, during, and after an emergency; and more.
  • For information on school and state agency closings and delays click here.
  • Stop by your local pubic library for additional information or to pick up some books and DVDs.

Stay safe!


Q: “How do I find out where the Presidential candidates stand on issues?”

Written on: October 21st, 2012 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q:  “I am getting ready to vote and want to know where the candidates truly stand on the issues.  Where can I find unbiased information about that?”

The U.S. Presidential election is coming right up and it’s great you asked!  There are quite a few online resources that show who are on the ballots and where they stand on issues; so many in fact, I will offer three for their reliability, neutrality, and ease of use.

1. offers a comparison chart that shows Presidential candidate stands on 68 issues.

2.  Project VoteSmart offers a “VoteEasy” area that gives a way for you to select an issue and see how the candidates measure up.

3.  2012 Candidate Comparison gives multimedia and summaries of candidate voting histories and speeches.

You may also be interested in a previous blog posting, “Where is my voting place?” from July, 2012.

The Presidential election takes place on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  For election results, you may be interested in the Office of the State Election Commissioner’s site.

If you ever need any help finding information, please feel free to ask a Delaware librarian, anytime!   You can do this in person at your local library, or online through our Ask a Librarian Delaware virtual reference service at:

See you at the polls!


October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Written on: October 11th, 2012 in Blog Posts

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to shed light on a problem that affects millions of students every year. Statistics show that: 1 out of 4 kids is bullied, 160,000 students stay home from school everyday due to bullying, and 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school and online.

The Anti-Bullying Libguide ( has resources for kids, teens, parents, and school administrators on preventing and coping with bullying. There are also resources for adults dealing with workplace bullying and harassment.


Q: “What is a federally compliant Delaware driver’s license (and ID)?”

Written on: October 7th, 2012 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q: “My Delaware driver’s license is coming up for renewal.  What is the ‘federal ID’ talk I’m hearing about?  Is there something different I have to do?  When is the deadline?”

The Real ID act (which included the beginnings of a federally compliant driver’s license) was originally introduced during the Bush Administration in 2005 as an additional effort to fight terrorism.  Each State has its own driver’s license rules.  It’s not mandatory, but you can obtain a federally compliant ID or Driver’s License (since 2010) in Delaware. Just so you know, it is also called “Secure Driver’s Licenses by the Department of Homeland Security.

In fact, Delaware is one of the few states that have moved forward with a federally compliant ID.  The upgraded driver’s license (notice the ‘gold star’ in the upper right corner of the license in the image) is essentially to assist the government with travel inside the US (primarily, for domestic flights), and for entry to federal buildings/locations.  It does not replace a passport for international travel.

Since the bill was introduced in 2005, there have been growing concerns from all 50 states dues due to controversies surrounding a citizen’s privacy and fear of an increased exposure to identity theft with the storing of sensitive information, further immigration restrictions, the cost and staffing for implementing such a law, and concerns about Federally-mandated laws that have been individually State controlled.   In fact, the US Government implemented research to study the privacy impact of the Real ID.   However, more and more states are finding ways to address their home communities’ concerns while moving forward with some acceptable versions of a federally compliant license (such as Washington State’s “enhanced driver’s licenses” (see Q15 on the US Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Driver’s Licenses FAQ page).

It may be of interest for you to read the document from its source.   Here is a link to the original 2005 bill.

Our federal legislators have examined and challenged pieces of this proposal, with some States refusing to participate.  These have created postponements and pushed the enactment date so that a careful review can be made.  As the date of inception draws near (as of this writing, it is 2014 for those born after 1964 and 2017 for  those born before 1964), driver’s licenses in Delaware offer citizens a choice to obtain a Federally-compliant or non-compliant card.

According to the Delaware Department of Transportation,

“Delaware began issuing federally compliant DL/ID cards on July 1, 2010. In order to do so, we incorporated the following changes into our issuance process:

  • Reversed our customer flow to allow for the driver license or identification card photo to be taken right at the beginning of the issuance process.
  • Updated the look and security of our driver licenses and identification cards to make them extremely difficult to replicate.
  • Compare all driver license and identification card photos to our facial recognition database to ensure the person standing in front of us is who he/she says he/she is.
  • Produce and issue our driver licenses and identification cards from a highly secure card production room.”

In order to obtain a federally compliant ID or Driver’s License, you will need to provide a little more identification than you have in the past.  The DE DMV has a list online.

There is also a handy “Document Guide” that walks customers through what is needed, too.  Just answer the questions and you end up with a tailored list.

For more information, the DMV suggests that you give them a call at 877-477-7117 or ask in person.

Here is a link to their hours and locations for all three counties

Finally, good news is that the  federally compliant driver’s license (and ID) is the same price as a regular one.  You can also upgrade your existing card, if desired, for a $10 fee.

Thank you for asking, and please feel free to come back to your Delaware Library anytime with questions. We appreciate your service in person and online through our Ask a Librarian Delaware virtual reference service at:

We’re glad to be of assistance and we’re 247!