A Thanksgiving turkey sits on the counter, thawed and awaiting preparation. Sweet potatoes and apples beg to be made into delicious dishes. Family members argue about football and politics. Kids whine because no one is playing with them. The car won't start in the cold. Teenagers complain about the music. Someone wonders how to pronounce the name of the fancy French cheese in the refrigerator.
It is time for Delta County Libraries to step in and help out. Even if it is a holiday and library buildings are closed, a visit to www.delta
libraries.org/holiday-ideas/ will provide much needed recipe books, magazines, and other resources to answer the needs of each family member without anyone having to leave the comforts of home.
The food is a good first step. One click on the OverDrive icon gives access to a multitude of e-books containing recipes for every type of cook, from gluten-free and vegan options to glorious desserts and make-ahead dishes. A few downloaded e-books will keep the turkey from sitting naked for long.
Next, let Delta County Libraries settle disputes. Check out current issues of magazines like ESPN and Newsweek to find up-to-date news. If OverDrive does not contain the right magazine, the libraries' Zinio account provides a different assortment of popular magazines.
Whining kids can be quickly subdued with a click on the BookFlix
icon. This site reads books to kids, pairing picture books with educational titles. Older kids have the option of reading along, and everyone will learn something while having fun.
Teenagers, too, can enjoy Delta County Libraries by accessing Freegal Music, where they will have access to millions of songs which they can stream and download. The site offers a lot of new and popular albums, as well as many other genres and music videos. The holiday music playlist should satisfy the whole family with a song for everyone.
The cheese question can be settled with a visit to Mango Languages, which provides a French language class specifically geared toward wine and cheese. Mango makes learning other languages easy with a simple and fun approach to over 70 different languages.
And finally, a diagnosis and maybe a fix for the car is possible through the Auto Repair Reference Center. Patrons can simply search for a car make, model and year, then narrow down the search to find the problem, print out a few pages, and get to work.
Delta County Libraries is dedicated to helping Delta County residents find the solutions they need, over the holidays and throughout the year. These website databases, and many others, are always available to patrons with a valid library card. "We work hard to provide Delta County residents access to the same opportunities as library patrons in larger cities," says interim district director Lea Hart.
So, as the holiday season commences, patrons can pull out their library cards, turn on the wireless, and give thanks for the multitude of resources available through Delta County Libraries.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.