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Hello! How can we help? Yes that is what we at the library love to ask. The question is still the same today, however the delivery is different. With Governor DeWine’s stay at home directive being extended to May 1, the physical library will not be open but we can help in other ways. If you don’t have a library card and would like to use the Ohio digital library to read eBooks, magazines and download audio books, we can help. By going to the library’s website at delphos.lib.oh.us and selecting the catalog, there is a link on the left side that allows you to sign up for a virtual library card from the library. This allows you to use all the databases, including but not limited to:

Academic Search Premier

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

Alt Health Watch

American and English Literature Collection

Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)

Business Source Premier

Chilton Library

Computer Source

Consumer Health Complete

Explora (Public Library, Primary School, Secondary School, and Teachers editions)

ERIC

GreenFILE

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center

Kids InfoBits

Literary Reference Center

Newspaper Source

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Points of View Reference Center

Primary Search

Professional Development Collection

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

World Book suite of products include Early World of Learning, World Book Student and World Book Kids

Vocational and Career Collection

Interested in family history? Patrons can use these genealogical resources at home by using their Delphos Library card. The database links are on the right side of the catalog page

African American Heritage

Ancestry Library Edition

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Heritage Quest

Lynda.com has more than 6,600 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. Learning paths are step-by-step structured courses, supported with quizzes, practice, and learning reminders to encourage you and support you as you make progress towards your goal. Examples of learning paths include how to become a web developer, manager, bookkeeper, project manager, small business owner, digital marketer, or digital illustrator.

This is all available to you free with your library card. Questions can be submitted via email to krist@seolibraries.org or on our Facebook page. Stay healthy and safe Delphos!

From the children’s corner

Being safe at home doesn’t have to mean bored at home. The library is committed to providing programming for children in whatever way we can. We recently added a youth services page to Facebook that is separate from our main page. This makes it easier to upload videos from home without having to email back and forth between librarians which turns into faster and more consistent content for our patrons. Patrons can find the page by searching for Delphos Public Library Youth Services on Facebook and looking for the purple hand logo.

Our main offering at this time is live storytime straight from Miss Rachel’s home. These take place on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. Storytimes in this format include a hello/goodbye song featuring sign language, 2 to 3 books, and an action rhyme. Shortly after the live video has ended, a post story time dance break is suggested. A new video from YouTube will be uploaded after each story time so families can get their wiggles out and have a good time. The great thing about it is that a lot of families are able to cast the videos straight to their televisions and just relax while listening to stories from a familiar face.

In addition, we have provided links to digital escape rooms for teens as well as keeping up with them using our Remind app. If you have a teen or tween at home that would like to join the Remind list they simply need to text @delphostee to 81010 and they will be added to the text list. We are currently looking into starting a Delphos teen discord server that is moderated by Miss Rachel. This allows the library to create chat rooms about books, video games, and other programming ideas for teens to chat in and keep in contact. Discord can also be used to chat while playing a group game online. When this server is ready to go, there will be an announcement on the youth services page and the remind app.

Starting April 8, we will begin posting a Wednesday doodle challenge each week. Children and teens will be given a drawing prompt and asked to draw their best version of it. Then everyone can post their pictures and admire each other’s artwork. It is a great way to avoid craft envy for families who don’t have the supplies. By doing doodles instead, we make sure everyone can participate because all that’s needed is paper and a writing utensil.

We urge families to not only interact with our page but to be sure to follow Zoos for live animal videos, their favorite illustrators for drawing tutorials and of course to spend time dancing to Go Noodle videos on YouTube to get moving. The world outside our homes might be scary right now, but we can make the world inside our homes magical for our children.