Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) purchased two million COVID-19 home test kits in a bid to make these rapid test kits available and accessible in every county in Ohio . The ODH worked with the Ohio Library Council (OLC) to increase its reach, and public libraries quickly began offering free tests across Ohio.
Today, the Delaware County District Library (DCDL) is pleased to announce that we will be joining the list of more than 130 Ohio public libraries to distribute COVID-19 home test kits. Public libraries play a vital role in the daily lives of many people, but we have been asked to respond in many other ways during this COVID-19 pandemic. Testing alone won’t end the pandemic, but DCDL can help make the kits readily available to our community and fight the spread where we can.
In order for a person to receive a test kit, they will need to go to any location in the Delaware County District Library (in Delaware, Orange Township, Powell, and Ostrander) and go to a pickup area. curbside or in the driving window. They can follow the directions on the signs to call the branch and request a COVID test kit. DCDL staff will deliver the kit with a link to the instructions, and individuals may be on their way to perform the test at home.
Testing may not be performed in a DCDL building, and library staff cannot assist beyond distributing free tests. A QR code and link can be found on a corresponding sheet of paper, and instructions can be followed to complete the test or use the test app.
Abbott Labs, the maker of the tests, provides a free app called NAVICA that includes step-by-step instructions for both taking the test and recording the results. It also provides access to healthcare professionals who can help interpret the results. The Delaware Public Health District is another local resource that can offer help.
The Delaware County District Library continues to ask customers with symptoms of COVID-19 or those who are feeling ill to refrain from entering the library. If customers are sick, have symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who is sick or has symptoms, they should not come to the library to get a kit, but rather send a family member or friend to pick up the kit. test. We look forward to adding this to our list of services as another way to help our community. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly for any questions.
This week we’re exploring new books in the Nature and Science genres. From Katherine Johnson of “Hidden Figures” fame to The Life of a Fly, I hope you discover something new.
• “Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects” by Jonathan Balcombe. A biologist makes an argument for admiring the often misunderstood order of Diptera, explaining the role of flies in pollination, waste disposal, and the food web. For example, did you know that the aptly named Chocolate Midge is the only pollinator of the cocoa tree? All chocolate lovers owe a debt of gratitude to these flies. Facts like these and more in this entertaining science read.
• “It’s elementary: the chemistry hidden in everything” by Kate Biberdorf. A chemist breaks down the role chemistry plays in everyday life, from what makes dough rise to how coffee boosts energy. Return to high school with this reminder of the basics of chemistry and a witty, engaging approach to the most complex subjects.
• “My remarkable journey: a memoir” by Katherine Johnson. An African-American mathematician recounts her life and career as a “human computer,” performing complex calculations that were critical to the success of the US space program. Read it for Katherine Johnson’s richly detailed personal account of historical events including WWII, the Civil Rights movement, and the Space Race.
• “Diary of a Young Naturalist” by Dara McAnulty. A year in the life of a 16 year old climate activist who enjoys the nature of his Northern Irish home while dealing with the daily life of teenagers. Lyrical descriptions of our fragile biosphere are paired with candid writings about the complexities of life as an autistic person. Dara McAnulty is the youngest recipient of the Wainwright Award for Nature Writing in the UK and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Medal for Conservation.
• “Brainscapes: The Warped and Wonderful Maps Written in Your Brain – and How They Guide You” by Rebecca Schwarzlose. A neuroscientist explains how the collection of “maps” – interconnected neurons that transmit signals – in our brains allow humans to interpret and interact with the world. Read accessible descriptions of scientific breakthroughs, such as those that allow people with paraplegia to control prostheses through thought and those in an apparently vegetative state to communicate using mental images.
If you have a question you would like 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’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!