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Delaware Library Association Membership Drive 2014 - 2015

Beginning August 1!

New Member Referral Incentive Program

For all 2013 – 14 members who renew for the 2014 – 15 year:

For every new member you refer from August 1 - November 1, 2014 (who has not been a member since at least 2012), you will receive an entry into a grand prize drawing.

First prize: regular conference fee for Thursday May 7 and Friday May 8 2015, regular conference meals at luncheons and banquets, and one night's stay during the conference on May 7 at The Clarion in Ocean City, Maryland.

Second prize: Kindle Fire HD 16GB without advertisements

Third prize: Kindle Paperwhite without advertisements

The more people you refer, the more chances you have to win!

Plus – did you know? DLA members are eligible to receive scholarships from DLA – of up to $1200 to attend library masters or certification programs.


Cape Henlopen Board of Education Action

The Cape Henlopen Board of Education has made the decision to remove the novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post from the list of summer reading choices for in-coming 9th grade students attending Cape Henlopen High School.

Rumors recently made public that the use of Delaware Library Association's Blue Hen Award List will be suspended as a recommended summer reading list for students.


Margery Cyr, chair of the DLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

Sent a letter to the Board.

Suggests these talking points:

  1. reading is a right of all people
  2. the freedom to choose what to read should be made within the context of their family's values
  3. a family does not have the right to dictate their particular values to other families
  4. young people need a wide selection of materials to choose from
  5. reducing the number of titles on a list reduces options. The options should be expanded.
  6. elected Boards have the responsibility to follow their written and approved policies


Office of Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association

Sent a letter to the Board.

Is working closely with DLA concerning this situation.

Posted information on their blog: OIF blog post 


News Coverage

Cape Henlopen pulls book, draws fire (Delaware Online)

Board removes book from summer reading list (

Resource Materials

Library Bill of Rights (American Library Association)

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read (American Library Association)

Censorship & First Amendment Issues (American Library Association)

Constitution of the United States (National Archives, Charters of Freedom)



2014 Delaware Library Association and Maryland Library Association Joint Conference

Thanks to all of you who made the conference such a success. We hope you had a good conference and will join us again next year.




The Delaware Library Association (DLA) is a nonprofit organization and is incorporated under the name Delaware Library Association, Incorporated. The Association is a chapter of the American Library Association.



What's New?

DLA dues

Due in July. Go to Renewal and New Member forms.

DLA has an address!

Not just a P.O. Box. The Division of Libraries has offered to be DLA's home address:

Delaware Library Association
c/o Delaware Division of Libraries
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd North
Dover, Delaware 19901

The Blue Hen Book Award is a children's choice award sponsored by the Youth Services Division (YSD) of the Delaware Library Association.

See the Blue Hen Award Winners webpage.

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Banned Books Week
September 21−27, 2014

2015 MLA/DLA joint conference is: May 6 - 8

Mark your calendars!

For more information, see: Conference

Digital collection of the history of the Delaware Library Association. Includes bulletins, conference notes, correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, and ephemera.

Part of the Delaware Heritage Collection

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