|Library patrons can join in next Big Library Read|
|Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:13 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — Local library patrons can participate in the second offering from the International Big Library Read Program.
Delphos Public Library Director Kelly Rist announced at the board of trustees meeting Wednesday the library will take part in the 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 Monday and concluding the morning of March 5 by visiting delphos.lib.oh.us. Patrons will be able to select a lending period of one, two or three weeks, which begins at the date of checkout.
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 to 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 Mollenkamp’s all-purpose guide to becoming a more adventurous cook.
In just three weeks, Rist said the library will roll out its new website.
“The new site will be more user-friendly and scrolls from side to side as well as up and down,” Rist said.
Computers used by patrons to access the Internet will be upgraded. Rist received two estimates to replace six computers. Intermedia 3 won the bid at $2,500. Winters Computers submitted a bid of $4,000.
The library also received a new copier through a contract in conjunction with Delphos City Schools. The new copier can also scan and then email the scanned material, a feature patrons can take advantage of for 10 cents per scan.
Rist also said the library was able to lock in a price on electricity for three years.
“We received information the cost of electricity was going to be approximately 9-10 cents per kilowatt by July and AEP offered us just under 7 1/2 cents for three years, so we will see a little bit of a reduction on our electric bill,” Rist said.
The library will team up the Delphos Area Art Guild for the second annual High School and Middle School Exhibition April 23 through May 24.
Entries will include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, 3D sculptures, metals/jewelry, photography, mixed media, advertising design/typography, digital imagery/illustration, fibers and literary arts.
Information has been presented to schools within a 14 mile radius of Delphos. Every school entering work will be guaranteed at least one item in the exhibition.
Library trustees have rescheduled the next meeting from March 12 to March 5 so trustees can approve the 2014 Budget prior to the March Delphos City Schools Board of Education meeting on March 10. The school board must also approve the budget, which is due at the end of March.