Library ready to answer electoral questions


The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 was created to expand voter registration opportunities across the United States of America. This legislation gave Ohio libraries the privilege of assisting citizens with certain voter services.

Whether you need to register to vote, request your absentee ballot, or learn about issues or candidates in an upcoming election, your local library is the place to do it. The Delaware County District Library offers resources listed online at www.delawarelibrary.org/voteand staff at all locations are ready to help answer your questions this election season.

Any Delaware County District Library or any other public library in Ohio is a safe place for citizens to complete voter registration forms, complete absentee ballot application forms, or find reliable information. from sources of information on issues or candidates they want to research.

Local news coverage can be one of the best ways to see what’s happening on your ballot. Did you know that every branch of the Delaware County District Library receives hard copies of local news resources such as the Delaware Gazette, ThisWeek community newspapers, and the Columbus Dispatch?

A quick visit to www.delawarelibrary.org/research can also connect you to the digital archives of these newspapers and thousands of others when you click “Access NewsBank World News”. Browse one of the quick links to access specific articles or geographic coverage, or follow a link to read more about a suggested topic of interest under “Politics and Government”.

Early voting and postal voting are taking place now. Use your library to help you use your voice to vote this election season.

Our latest books on the shelf covering history and current events range from Women’s Suffrage and World War II to “America’s Jack the Ripper” and Titanic. Read carefully to see if any of these titles should be added to your library requests.

• “The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life or Death in World War II” by Buzz Bissinger. Christmas Eve 1944: Seeking respite from their duties at the Pacific Theater, the 4th and 29th United States Marine Regiments played a football game to determine which team had the best players. Read it for a richly detailed chronicle of military life on the eve of the Battle of Okinawa. You may know Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Buzz Bissinger as the bestselling author of “Friday Night Lights.”

• “Great: American Women and the Struggle for Equality: 1920-2020” by Elisabeth Griffith. An inclusive look at a century of women’s achievements and setbacks since the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920. Don’t miss profiles of women whose contributions to the fight for equality have been forgotten or overlooked, including the Dakota activist Zitkala-Sa and Mexican American labor organizer Dolores Huerta.

• “Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis” by Beth Macy. Featuring journalist and Carnegie Medal finalist Beth Macy’s rich and detailed follow-up to her award-winning “Dopesick.” “Raising Lazarus” focuses on frontline workers and communities who are struggling tirelessly to help those suffering from opioid addiction.

• “American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for the American Jack the Ripper” by Daniel Stashower. Notorious lawman Eliot Ness has foiled attempts to identify the Cleveland Torso murderer, who killed and dismembered 12 known victims in the 1930s and was never apprehended. Read it for a nuanced portrait of Ness that illuminates her personal and professional flaws. Cleveland-born, Edgar Award-winning Daniel Stashower brings his insider knowledge to this evocative true-crime tale.

• “Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic” by Daniel Stone. Discover the aftermath of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. Critics say the title “will compel even readers who think they already know too much about the Titanic to dive into this new tale” (Book List).

If you have a question you’d like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362 -3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always happy to hear from you!

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