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

Written on: July 14th, 2014 by: in Blog Posts

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 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.


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 (; Wi-Fi; computers/internet; eBooks, programs/classes, community partnerships, and more.


Libraries as Community Linchpins

Written on: April 4th, 2014 by: in Blog Posts

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

Written on: February 17th, 2014 by: in Blog PostsTech

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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 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



This Day in History

Written on: February 7th, 2014 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts



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.



Great Kids Books About Generosity

Written on: December 20th, 2013 by: in Blog PostsReading

Sam the Snowman’Tis the season for giving! As the weather outside grows colder, nothing warms the heart like sharing with others. Children’s Librarians in Delaware’s public libraries picked a wonderful selection of books on giving and generosity. Make a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy these great reads for children.

Because of You by B.G.Hennessy

Benny’s Pennies by Pat Brisson

Claude the Dog: A Christmas Story by Dick Gackenbach

Giving by Shirley Hughes

Helping Santa by Bert Dodson

Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Lucy’s Picture by Nicola Moon

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow

One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler

Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos

Sam the Snowman by Susan Winget

Shall I Knit You A Hat? by Kate Klise

Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant

The Carpenters Gift by David Rubel

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Teddy Bear by David McPhail

Special thanks to the Lewes, Milford, Millsboro, New Castle City, South Coastal, and Woodlawn libraries for contributing to this list.

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December 7, Delaware Day

Written on: December 6th, 2013 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts



Since 1933, December 7 has been proclaimed Delaware Day to commemorate Delaware’s status as the First State, the first state to ratify the Constitution.

For more information on Delaware Day, visit

To read more about Delaware history, browse the Delawareana LibGuide


2013 New Holiday Books

Written on: December 3rd, 2013 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts

Looking for holiday cooking, crafting, or decorating inspiration? Or just a new holiday read? We have just the LibGuide for you!


Great Kids Reads for Fall & Thanksgiving

Written on: November 19th, 2013 by: in Blog PostsReading

Fall is Not EasyIt’s the time of year for apple cider and pumpkin pie, harvest festivals and hayrides. Children’s Librarians in Delaware’s public libraries picked a fantastic selection of books for the fall season and Thanksgiving holiday. So as the leaves change colors and the weather cools, enjoy these fun reads for children.

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting          

Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown                 

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry and Wende Devlin    

D is for Drum: A Native American Alphabet by Debbie and Michael Shoulders

Fall is for Friends by Suzy Spafford           

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelly       

Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall 

Hard Scrabble Harvest by Dahlov Ipcar    

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson           

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert      

Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace        

Merrily Comes Our Harvest In: poems for Thanksgiving by Lee Bennett Hopkins      

One is a Feast for a Mouse by Judy Cox    

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy    

Over the River and Through the Wood : the New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day by Child, Lydia Maria    

Pumpkin Day! By Nancy Elizabeth Wallace          

Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometime It’s Feathers by Lorna Balian

Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel      

T is for Turkey by Tanya Lee Stone           

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes 

Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’ by Eileen Spinelli         

Thanksgiving Cats by Jean Marzollo          

Thanksgiving in the White House by Gary Hines 

That apple is mine! By Katya Arnold         

The 14 Forest Mice and the Harvest Moon Watch by Kazuo Iwamura

The Best Thanksgiving Ever by Teddy Slater       

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George     

The Huckabuck Family & how they raised popcorn in Nebraska and quit and came back by Carl Sandburg         

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams          

The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Cowler Greene     

This First Thanksgiving Day Laura Krauss Melmed

This is the Turkey by Abby Levine

Trucktown Trucksgiving by Jon Scieszka  

Turkey Pox by Laurie Halse Anderson      

Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano  

Who Loves the Fall? By Bob Raczka

Special thanks to the Brandywine Hundred, Bridgeville, Delmar, Dover, Georgetown, Hockessin, Kirkwood, Lewes, Millsboro, New Castle, Newark, North Wilmington Branch, Rehoboth Beach, South Coastal, and Woodlawn Public Libraries for contributing to the list!

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Where Were You?

Written on: November 15th, 2013 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts

November 22, 1963, the date of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, remains one of the few dates in modern history that everyone who was alive at the time can recall where they were when they heard the news. I was in grade school when the Principal came in after lunch and told everyone to go home but didn’t say why.

A new LibGuide has been created to commemorate  the 50th anniversary of this tragic event. Newspaper accounts of the day and its aftermath, the Report from the Warren Commission, video of Walter Cronkite’s broadcast, a site that researches the various conspiracy theories, and more can be found here:



Veterans Day 2013

Written on: November 11th, 2013 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts

Today, November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day, a time to reflect on those who fought and sacrificed for our freedom and thank them for their patriotism and love of country.

The most recent LibGuide is for and about our military veterans: current benefits and programs, including employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, health-related programs and assistance for wounded warriors, and benefits and programs for families and survivors.