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Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Public libraries across the state are hosting programs that get kids reading—and rapping— as part of the Summer Library Challenge.

Roughly twenty kids learned about vowels, syllables and rhyming at the Kirkwood library Tuesday.

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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.


Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

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.


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Delaware’s had a statewide library network for several years. But it wasn’t official until Gov. Carney signed it into law Wednesday.


Food donations could wipe out library fines

Dec 12, 2016
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Library patrons in New Castle County have a chance to celebrate the holidays by donating food and getting a little back for their generosity. The libraries are granting amnesty on fines up to $25 in exchange for nonperishable food items.

Lisa Lancaster

Last month, New Castle County libraries forgave fines in exchange for participating in their weeklong food drive.

This is the county’s inaugural “Food for Fines” program, which was inspired by a similar effort in Maryland. About 1 in 8 people in Delaware struggle with hunger.

More than 1,400 took part in the food drive. And libraries forgave up to $25 of anyone’s fines and fees. In total, the libraries waived close to $7,700 dollars.

Courtesy: Lewes Public Library

The Lewes Historical Society is making a final push in its bid to take over the town's old public library building.