Banned Books Week

21220903064_03e5bfb3ee_oIt’s crazy that in 2015 people are still challenging books in an attempt to have them removed or restricted in our public libraries and educational institutions. Over the years there has been an incredible amount of books that have been challenged, many of which have gone on to become some of the most popular classics. If you’ve ever read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Jack London’s Call of the Wild, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, or even J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, you’ve read one of these books and might not have known that they were once targeted to be banned for one reason or another.

Banned Books Week is an attempt to promote awareness of these challenges that have been made to libraries and celebrates freedom of speech. People have the right to choose what material is best suited for them, but not what is best suited for others and shouldn’t make an attempt to limit what others may want to read. By promoting these banned books hopefully people will come to learn how dangerous banning or restricting materials can be, and be willing to help protect the rights others have to have access to these materials in the future.

One of the ways in which the Delaware libraries have attempted to bring banned books to the forefront of discussion is to have displays that draw attention to these books. Currently on Flickr, there’s a photo album that highlights the different creative ways each library has shown support throughout the week. Go ahead, take a look, and stop in at your local library to ask learn more about it.

Windows 10

t3468_-_Kopie-17916e6d270564a2-2A few months ago we talked about how Microsoft was getting ready to release a new (and mostly free) version of their Windows 10 operating system. Well with the holiday shopping season just around the corner, we thought that now would be a good time to give a review of where Windows 10 currently stands since it will be included on a lot of new devices coming out. The library has not made the upgrade to Windows 10 yet on our public computers (we’re not scheduled to do so anytime soon), and our computers all still use Windows 7.

Public reception of Windows 10 has been mostly positive from what I’ve seen, especially from those having made the switch from Windows 8.1 (the one that uses large tiles). My experience with Windows 8.1 has been limited to helping people with computer issues at the library, but I found it be incredibly tedious when trying to navigate to different programs or settings. It constantly requires you to go into separate screens to access programs, and switching between them can be a bit of a hassle. It was quite the departure from what we’ve come to expect from Windows over the years. Most 8.1 users will rejoice at the fact that one of the best features for people switching to 10 is the re-introduction of the traditional start button.

My upgrade to Windows 10 was from Windows 7, so I didn’t rejoice as much as some others but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with my experience so far. The upgrade had a few hiccups when I was trying to install, but I did it right when it was released and that is to be expected. After I straightened out the installation, the actual experience of using the new operating system has been a delight.


The new design makes the taskbar and windows much more aesthetically pleasing and modern looking than previous versions. Having the start button back is great, especially since it comes with two new features that I find very helpful. The first is the repurposed live tiles that Windows 8.1 users will recognize, and the other is the introduction of Cortana. I find that the live tiles work better in this new version of Windows because it is confined to a very specific space, along with being customizable about which information/apps are shown and at what sizes. Checking the weather or my calendar is now as simple as simply clicking the start button. Cortana is Microsoft’s digital assistant to rival Google’s Google Now and Apple’s Siri. It is seamlessly integrated into the taskbar and start menu. The digital assistant is able to answer questions, play music, search the internet, schedule reminders or alarms, and search your hard drive for files, pictures, etc.

Have you ever received an update or notification but didn’t have time to read it or it gave you the most generic information possible about what was updated? Well, Windows 10 tries to fix that by having the action center list the updates until you read or dismiss them. They provide more details about updates/notifications that have taken place, so it’s more useful at a glance than anything Windows has offered previously. It also keeps all of the notifications in a compact area at the right side of the task bar.


One of my favorite features that Windows has had in the past was the ability to snap windows to the edge of the screen, enabling you to split your screen directly in half with two windows. Now Windows is offering the ability to have each window snap to a corner, allowing you to have four windows visible at any one time, with each taking up a quarter of the screen. I find this incredibly useful when I need to multitask and use different programs at once.

If you can’t stand Windows 8.1 and absolutely need to get rid of it, I’d recommend upgrading to Windows 10. If you’re a Windows 7 user or are just happy with your current version of Windows, there really isn’t a rush to make the jump yet (you have until August to make the upgrade for free). There are still some kinks that need to be worked out (like the issue that plagued my installation process), so it might be better to wait a few more weeks until more of the issues are worked out. Overall it looks very promising and should make most people happy. There hasn’t been a single task that I’ve found tedious or aggravating in any way after the installation.

Theresa del Tufo Book Signing

51APCWggDqL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Join us on September 25, from 3-6pm, at the Dover Public Library for a book signing from the wonderful Dr. Theresa del Tufo. Theresa is a community leader, an educator, an organizational consultant, and a technical and motivational writer. She is the author of the book SoloPower: How to Harness the Secret Energy of Living Alone (2014) that explored the happiness, challenges and transition stages of solo living. SoloPower was the first in a series of books on how to lead a full and happy life, despite the challenges and inevitable sufferings that life brings. The Fullness of Nothing is the second in this series.

As a child, Tes survived the ravages of war during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Her family had to escape to the mountains since her father was wanted for publishing anti-Japanese propaganda. As a young bride and immigrant, she had no family to support her after the untimely death of her husband. As a single parent, she raised two young sons and put them through college, while working on her doctoral degree and holding a full time job. Out of the struggle, darkness, and loss in her earlier life emerged strength of character, light, and a deeper appreciation of the inherent goodness of life. This book is seen through the eyes of those experiences.

Game Night Unplugged


lgGame_Night_UnpluggedThere used to be television commercials targeting families to pull up a seat  and participate in a family game night. They had them for all sorts of games that spread across every age range, like Clue, Monopoly, Guess Who, or Hungry Hungry Hippos. While many of those games are still around, the emphasis for games is entrenched heavily in video games and electronics unlike ever before. Even our very own library has a very successful Game Night for kids to enjoy playing video games with one another.

There is definitely value to both physical games and electronic ones and to help provide balance to the way in which our teens play, think, and socialize with one another there is now a new version of our Game Night, called Game Night-Unplugged. On the second and fourth Friday of every month at 5:30 (that means tomorrow!) teens will have the opportunity to go head to head or work with their friends on various table top games, board games, and card games! We have a wide variety of games including classics like chess, checkers, Monopoly, Battleship, and Jenga, or newer games like Hedbanz or the Game of Thrones board game. Put down the controllers and come up to the third floor Teen Loft for an evening of classic fun.

Are They Speaking to Us?

fnished2Join us this Monday as the Fortean Society of Delaware presents a discussion by Judi Thomases, psychic, astrologer, author and channeler.

People from all walks of life have reported hearing, seeing, dreaming about, or just being guided by invisible helpers at critical times. Learn about your own psychic guides and your path to protection and insight through Judi’s talk and books “Wisdom’s Game” and “The Wisdom Keys”.

The discussion will begin at 6:00pm! More information on Judi can be found at her website or email her at