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In the library, silence is a time-honored tradition.

But at the New Castle County Library's Brandywine Hundred Branch, there’s a soft hum of sewing machines.

At Greenwood Library, culinary enthusiasts whip up chocolate mousse.

In New Castle, the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center is now home to groups of do-it-yourselfers wielding screwdrivers and soldering irons to put together small projects.

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Each summer morning, a large bin of bagged meals appears just inside the front door at Frankford Public Library, where kids who don’t have enough food at home can readily pick up something to eat.

In this Sussex County community, population 847, the library is filling a gap, ensuring kids who receive free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch during the school year don’t go hungry after school lets out.

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Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services and the Division of Libraries are teaming up to make some state services more accessible.

A pilot program is bringing state social workers to a handful of libraries across the state on a weekly basis.

In July, a statewide library consortium was formalized. It included adding a medical library to the public circuit.


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The brand new $31 million dollar Route 9 Library and Innovation Center opened its doors Tuesday morning.


Researchers using Delaware's online library catalog will now be able to look up documents from the Lewes Historical Society's collection, which includes some rare pieces of Delaware lore.

Proposed legislation would mandate school librarians

May 31, 2015
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School librarians could become a mandatory school hire in Delaware should state lawmakers pass a new bill introduced last week.

Backed by Rep. Paul Baumbach (D-Newark) and others, every public elementary, middle and high school in all districts would be required to employ at least one librarian at all times – with district dollars if need be.

Requests to boost operating levies in the Christina and Milford School Districts have already failed this year multiple times, forcing officials to cut programs and personnel.

Library advocates lobby for budget support

Mar 23, 2015
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Delaware library officials, patrons and advocates are hosting their annual Delaware Library Legislative Action Day on Tuesday.


Attendees at the Dover Public Library will learn how to advocate for First State libraries and will get tips on how to talk with their legislators about their concerns.