Library card offers free benefits

With prices on everything from milk to fuel rising, it’s good to know that some things in life are still free. Sure, your Delaware County District Library is popular for free books and movies, but there are so many other perks that come along with the joy of owning a library card — especially at DCDL!

Online streaming doesn’t have to be with paid subscriptions, but can be enjoyed with some of the free services provided by Kanopy or Hoopla. Both offer movies, TV shows and music that will fill your entertainment schedule for evenings or weekends. Library hotspots can even bring internet to your home for streaming.

If you need to get out and explore for free, try one of the library’s cultural passes. We currently have “one-day membership” access to the Columbus Museum of Art for up to eight people, as well as free parking for one vehicle. Stop by your local DCDL branch to pick up your pass. Every weekend at 1:30 p.m. through July, by simply showing your library card at the Gateway Film Center, you can also view their From Book to Film series.

Gather some snacks and grab a board game from the library to create your own family game night for free. No need to buy anything, just search all 180 games in our catalog or visit to find the one that meets your group’s needs.

Maybe you have leftovers lying around from a previous art project. Find out how you can turn it into something beautiful with free access to Creativebug, a video platform that offers step-by-step tutorials, patterns, and more for everything from watercolor and paper art to quilting. Maybe even a trip to the Maker Studio, where you only pay for the materials (unless you provide your own), can meet your creative needs.

Free entertainment can be one of the best perks of a library, and summer is the best time to find something happening nearby. This week alone we have Bluegrass Band Lafferty Pike presenting a “Bluegrass Musical Petting Zoo” on Monday, Ohio Canid Center teaching “Wolves: Fact vs Myth” on Tuesday, and local artist Renuka Bhatt presenting “The Art of Henna” on Thursday. . – world-class performers straight to your backyard.

If you’re going on a trip this summer, you might want an audiobook to keep you company on your trip. One of these recent releases may just be a listen for your trip!

• “Moon Witch, Spider King” by Marlon James; narrated by Bahni Turpin. A companion novel to Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and the 2nd book in The Dark Star trilogy that revisits the events of the first book from the perspective of Sogolon, the 177-year-old moon witch, while delving into its rich and turbulent. Bahni Turpin deftly juggles multiple accents and character tones in his AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording.

• “Notes on an Execution” by Danya Kukafka; narrated by Mozhan Marnò and Jim Meskimen. A disturbing yet moving portrait of the last 12 hours in the life of death row inmate Ansel Packer, told through the alternate and kaleidoscopic perspectives of the women in his life. Jim Meskimen (as Ansel) and Mozhan Marnò (as Ansel’s mother, ex-sister-in-law and childhood acquaintance) swap narrative duties in this gripping production.

• “Circus of Wonders” by Elizabeth Macneal; narrated by Tuppence Middleton. Nell has always been stared at in her small English village thanks to the mottled birthmarks covering her body, but fate gives her the chance to gain attention on her own terms after her father sells her to a traveling circus. and that her owner let her perform acrobatic stunts. instead of being a secondary attraction. British actress Tuppence Middleton offers a lively reading of this sobering historical fiction novel.

• “The Last Slave Ship: The True Story of the Discovery of Clotilda, Her Descendants and an Extraordinary Judgment” by Ben Raines; narrated by Kevin R. Free. In 2019 Mobile, Alabama, environmental journalist Ben Raines discovered the burnt remains of the Clotilda, the last known ship to transport slaves to America. Kevin R. Free’s intense yet accessible narration of this dramatic story won him an AudioFile Earphones Award.

• “The Last Rose of Shanghai” by Weina Dai Randel; narrated by Josh Bloomberg and Emily Woo Zeller. A moving and atmospheric story of survival and forbidden love set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in 1940. Josh Bloomberg and Emily Woo Zeller swap narrative duties in this gripping production.

If you have a question you’d like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362 -3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library website at or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always happy to hear from you!

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