Thursday, October 29, 2015

Until Next Year...

It's been a great fall with the Delaware County community, celebrating Latino Americans: 500 Years of History and The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez.

We heard many of you comment that the book and documentary series "tell the individual stories of the Latino people in a beautiful way" and that "it should be required reading for every American citizen."

We saw more than 70 of you at our film screenings, 50 at our book groups, 80 at our family programs, and 150 at our other adult programs - including Cristina Henríquez's visit!

The Book of Unknown Americans was checked out from the Library more than 550 times!

We're so grateful to the community for your support of our annual DelawaREADS community read. We couldn't have done it this year without the help of our community partners: The Strand Theatre, Ohio Wesleyan University, Ashland University, Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store, Main Street Delaware, Central Ohio Symphony, Meijer, Buehler's and Walmart.

Thank you and we'll see you again next year!


Monday, October 19, 2015

Cristina Henríquez Recap

What an amazing time we had visiting with Cristina Henríquez when she stopped by last Friday to discuss her novel The Book of Unknown Americans and speak about her life and writing influences.

Cristina Henríquez

She was greeted by a full house and many excited patrons to meet her.

Cristina Henríquez

Cristina Henríquez

Cristina Henríquez

Cristina Henríquez

Friday, October 16, 2015

Thank You!

We have had such a great fall with you for this DelawaREADS campaign. Tomorrow night the Central Ohio Symphony helps the Delaware County District Library mark the finale of our fall DelawaREADS program with their debut concert. Featuring music written, performed and inspired by Latin Americans, it will be the perfect note to end our community read.

We are happy to be a partner with the Central Ohio Symphony for their concert tonight. Featuring performers Simón Gollo and Jesús Morales and with classical Hispanic music by composers Márquez, Mancayo and a world premiere by Sonia Morales it is sure to be an evening of beautiful sounds.

You might remember the maestro of the Central Ohio Symphony from when Son Del Caribe came to visit the Orange Branch Library earlier this fall. Here are some pictures to help you remember and a video from that visit.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sanctuaries of the Desert Sea

Many stopped by the Delaware Main Library last night for a bilingual poetry reading. Santurarios Desierto Mar/Sanctuaries Desert Sea is the newly-released bilingual book of poetry by Dr. Juan Armando Rojas and translated by his wife, Dr. Jennifer Rathbun.

Rojas and Rathbun read in Spanish and in English for an eager crowd Wednesday, sharing poems and relating stories of his time in the desert. This collection of poetry was written over 20 years ago by Rojas, and was previously published only in Spanish. Rojas answered questions about his writing process, and Rathbun about the translation process. 

Professors Rojas and Rathbun will also lead our final screening of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History next Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Strand Theatre in downtown Delaware.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Author Visit This Friday

We are so very excited to be welcoming our DelawaREADS title author, Cristina Henríquez, to the Delaware Main Library this Friday at 7 p.m.

Cristina will share her own experience of growing up half-American, half-Panamanian, and how her sense of her own identity formed and has been continually reshaped over her life. Though highly autobiographical, this is a talk that will be relevant to anyone who has ever wondered to themselves, Who am I?

Copies of The Book of Unknown Americans will be sold in advance and the night of the visit by Fundamentals Parent Teacher Store. Please bring or purchase your own copy for signing.

Join us at 7 p.m. at 84 E Winter St, in Delaware, OH for a great evening. Call 740-362-3861 with any questions or visit

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chilean Shell Necklaces

Chile has five thousand kilometers of coast towards the Pacific Ocean, so it would make sense that sea shells are in abundance in that area. For centuries the Chilean people have been inspired by these shells to create beautiful jewelry.

Last week our Powell Branch Library patrons had an opportunity to create some of their own Chilean-inspired shell necklaces. 

Take a look through the photos below to see the process and some of their creations. 

Also, don't forget to stop by the Delaware Main Library this Friday to meet our featured DelawaREADS author, Cristina Henríquez! She'll be speaking at 7 p.m. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Screening Pt. 2

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.

The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.

Our first screening of "Episode IV: The New Latinos (1946-1965)" was facilitated by professors Juan Armando Rojas and Jennifer Rathbun and brought about some great discussion. Many commented on their interest in the personal testimony from the immigrants and their struggle to thrive in a new land against harsh prejudices. Additionally, viewers mentioned their respect for the incredible risk that the Cuban and Dominican immigrants took by fleeing to the United States.

The next screening takes place Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. It is free and will be hosted by the Strand Theatre in historic downtown Delaware. We will view "Episode VI. Peril and Promise (1980-2000)," which discusses the second wave of Cuban refugees to the United States, the 1990s political debate over illegal immigration, and the emergence of a Latino American culture with individuals like Gloria Estefan and Oscar de lay Hoya leading the movement. We hope to see you there!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Author Cristina Henríquez to Speak at Delaware Main Library October 9

Delaware, OH -- The Delaware County District Library (DCDL) welcomes New York Times recognized author Cristina Henríquez for a free after-hours speaking engagement open to the public. She will speak on Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Delaware Main Library, located at 84 E. Winter St. in Delaware.

Henríquez’s novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, was chosen as the Library’s focal point for DelawaREADS, their fall community read. Nearly 500 copies of the book were ordered and distributed to the Library’s four branches for six book groups to read and discuss.

"Our DelawaREADS committee was looking for a contemporary title that would be new to many of our patrons,” said Orange Branch Library Assistant Manager Sara Kennedy. “With all the discussion that is happening in our nation around the topic of immigration, we felt the message and the subject matter of the book was quite timely.”

The Book of Unknown Americans tells the stories of the Rivera and Toro families. The Riveras move to America from Mexico in hopes of giving their daughter Maribel, who has sustained a debilitating head injury, a better life. At their apartment complex they meet the Toros from Panama, who also have a son the same age as Maribel. For the children, it’s love at first sight. For the families, it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Central and Latin America.

At her visit, Henríquez will speak on the topic of “Dual Identity,” discussing her own experience of growing up half-American, half-Panamanian, and how her sense of her own identity formed and has been continually reshaping over her life. Though highly autobiographical, this is a talk that will be relevant to anyone who has ever wondered to themselves, “Who am I?”

The Book of Unknown Americans was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year. It was the Daily Beast Novel of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by BookPage,, and School Library Journal. It was also longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Henríquez earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Chicago.

Fundamentals Parent Teacher Store will provide copies of Henríquez’s book for purchase during the talk. Books may be ordered in advance by calling 740-363-0290.

Henríquez’s visit is partly funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

Pages & Purls Knitting Group

For those who enjoy the art of relaxing with yarn and knitting needles, the Delaware County District Library has the club for you! Utilizing some of the most popular knitting books of today, the group gathers once a quarter to show off their work and discuss their methods. In the spirit of the DelawaREADS theme, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, the group took on projects from Latin America.

Andean Folk Knits by Marcia Lewandowski features designs from Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia. 

Group members created beautiful pieces - everything from socks to hats and gloves, purses and in between!

The group meets again on Thursday, December 3 with an opportunity to kick-start your holiday knitting using the title More Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. The knitting discussion always continues on the "Pages & Purls" Ravelry group.

Enjoy the photos of the group's beautiful work.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Latino Americans" Screening this Thursday

A screening of a documentary episode “The New Latinos” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St.

Admission is free.

Dr. Juan Armando Rojas, professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, and Dr. Jennifer Rathbun, associate professor at Ashland University, will lead a discussion after the screening. Audience members will be encouraged to share their stories.

The episode is part of the 2013 PBS documentary “Latino Americans.” The screening is made possible from the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

“Latino Americans” chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos who have helped shaped our nation and have become the largest minority in the United States, according to Delaware County District Library officials.

A second documentary episode, “Peril and Promise,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Strand Theatre. Admission is free and discussion will follow the screening.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Kids Cookbook Club

The Ostrander Branch Library hosted a Kids Cookbook Club earlier this week where children learned how to make a Mexican Chocolate Trifle.

Laurie began with stories highlighting Hispanic heritage and Latino culture.

Then the fun with chocolate began!

The kids walked away with smiles on their faces and full bellies!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Son Del Caribe Salsa Music and Dance Night

Bring the whole family out to the Orange Branch Library this coming Monday, September 14 for a program that will get you and your little ones up and dancing!

The Cincinnati-based Latin music ensemble Son Del Caribe is widely acknowledged by both dancers and listeners as the top salsa band in Ohio. The band's exciting, energetic, eclectic and very danceable pan-Caribbean, pan-American sound includes salsa and other styles of Latin dance music such as merengue, cumbia, son, bomba, plena, and bachata.

Kids will dance, sing, and even play some instruments along with the group and their energetic music stylings.

Son Del Caribe is led by the versatile trombonist Jaime Morales, a top salsa musician from Puerto Rico, and the conductor of the Delaware-based Central Ohio Symphony.

Check out just one example of how they wow a crowd in the video below!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ballet Folklorico with El Corazon de Mexico

DelawaREADS programming began this week with a kick, a stomp, a twirl, and much hand clapping! The energetic group El Corazon de Mexico brought Folkloric Dance to the Ostrander Branch Library.

Founder Elaina Hernandez and her team demonstrated grace and beauty while teaching about the history and culture of Mexico through dance. You'll get a glimpse of all their beautiful costumes and dances in the video below.

Be sure to visit our Community Calendar to see what free programs are coming to your neighborhood next!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Preview "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" Episode 4

September begins next week, which means our first screening of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History documentary isn't far behind. All kinds of programs are happening in September and October for DelawaREADS, but these documentary screenings are bound to be a highlight!

Led by Dr. Juan Armando Rojas from Ohio Wesleyan University and his wife Dr. Jennifer Rathbun from Ashland University, attendees will have an opportunity to view an episode of the ground-breaking PBS documentary at the Strand Theatre in Delaware, and then participate in a community conversation afterward.

We'll see you there on Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m.

All DelawaREADS programs are free and open to the public.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Unknown and Invisible Americans

If you read Delaware's local newspaper The Delaware Gazette, you may have seen an article published this weekend by Thomas Wolber, who teaches in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at Ohio Wesleyan University. A portion of his thoughts on DelawaREADS is below. 

"National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and the Delaware County District Library has partnered with several groups to celebrate the event.

Among the many noteworthy programs is DelawareREADS, a communitywide book discussion. The title chosen is Cristina Henríquez’ novel “The Book of Unknown Americans.” The library has ordered more than 250 copies of the print edition alone; other formats are also available..."

Thursday, August 20, 2015


You may have heard by now, but this October we are hosting a special, after-hours event where you can meet Cristina Henríquez and hear her speak about her story The Book of Unknown Americans and hear about her story growing up in America with Latin descent.

However, you may have not had an opportunity to visit Cristina's web site yet. You can view it in both English and en Español; read about her other published books The World in Half and Come Together, Fall Apart and more; and see articles, interviews and reviews.

Of course, any book of Cristina's that interests you, you can also check out at the Library. Stop by and let us know how we can help you. In the mean time, we hope to see you at one of our many upcoming programs prior to Cristina's visit on October 9 at 7:00!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Fun at the Festival Latino

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful weekend to join in the celebration at Festival Latino! Our staff met so many individuals who were excited to see that The Book of Unknown Americans was our chosen title for DelawaREADS and to see the other programming we've got in store. If you haven't seen the programs we've got planned, you can see the ones for DelawaREADS and more on our Fall Calendar and Newsletter. Download a copy at the link or pick one up in any of our branches.