Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707, (302) 239-5160

November 15, 2022

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

–Hamilton Wright Mabie

Library News

Book Sale this Friday (10am-5pm) and Saturday (10am-4pm)!

See you there!

Thank you for helping!

Collection barrels are located in the lobby.

Calling all young artists and writers!!

It's time for artists and authors, ages 4-11, to get their work published!

Submit your work October 1 - December 31!

Click here for more information!!

There's something NEW in the library!

Try out our new Self Check Out machine. 

It's quick, different and fun!

Instructions for use are available or ask a staff member if you need help!

It's the speedy and easy way to check out your own books!

Sign up for a Museum Pass!

It’s your FREE entry to art, culture, entertainment and so much more!

Get a pass today!

Note: Patrons must have their library card available when reserving a pass.

Click here for more information and to reserve your pass!

Meeting Rooms are Back!

New Castle County Libraries welcome the use of their meeting rooms for public activities of a civic nature. Library meeting rooms are open to the public and available for public programs sponsored by non-profit civic, educational, and cultural entities.

Click here for more information!

Read a book while you walk?

It can be done at these New Castle County Parks. Click the photo above to find out more!!

Read more about it!!

Online Programs to enjoy from home!

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The Truffle Hunters (2020)

Friday, November 18, 7:00pm

Join us this month as we watch the light-hearted 2020 documentary The Truffle Hunters, which follows a handful of men from Piedmont, Italy as they hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle.

If you do not wish to participate in the discussion, just drop in and enjoy the screening!

Registration required for Zoom link.

Register here
Click here to see the virtual program calendar for even more events you can enjoy at home!

Come Back to Hockessin Library for these Entertaining & Informative Programs!!

Medicare and Identity Fraud

Monday, November 28, 10:00am

Senior Medicare Patrol will discuss Medicare and identity fraud questions in the lobby.

No registration necessary!

The mission of the Senior Medicare Patrol is "To empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education."

Register Here

The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs

presented by Syl Woolford

Saturday, December 3, 11:00am

During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, women began to form clubs to assist with cooking, literacy, voting rights and medical care. This period of time also covers the Jim Crow period of history, when races were segregated.

This presentation brings to light many successful and prominent colored women who worked and to get life, liberty and happiness for women.

Cookbook Club

Saturday, December 3, 2:00pm

This month we will be making our favorite appetizers, hors d'oeuvres (if you're fancy) or starters (if you're British). You are also invited to bring your favorite cookies if you can't settle on an appy. Email me at cheryl.clem@newcastlede.gov if you are interested in joining and I will add you to our email list and answer all your questions!

We usually meet at 12 noon, but this month we meet at 2:00pm!!

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Hockessin Dungeons and Dragons at the Library

Saturdays at 2:00pm

Make a character, become a guildmember, and explore the mysteries held in a setting adapted from the acclaimed Magic the Gathering card set!

Join a program run by the experienced and the passionate!

Ages 18+

Must Love Yarn

Most Wednesdays at 1:00pm

Connect with other craft enthusiasts for our weekly chatty gatherings, be you beginner or expert! Get tips or give them, it's up to you!

This program is held in the Meeting Room. No registration needed!

Questions? Click below!

Click here!

Weekly Story Times for All Ages!!

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Book Babies

Wednesdays, 10:50am

No registration required.

For ages newborn-17 months and their caregivers.


Toddler Tales

Wednesdays, 10:05am

No registration required.

For children 18-35 months and their caregivers.

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Rhythm, Rhyme and Story Time

Tuesdays, 10:15am

No registration required.

Stories and an activity for ages 3+. Get ready for some serious fun!!

LEGO® Club

Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Bring your imagination and makes some LEGO® creations. We supply everything so please leave your LEGOS® toys at home. Ages 3 and up.

Families will be seated together working from their box of LEGO® bricks. No registration needed!

Click here for Hockessin Programs; Live and Virtual!

Hockessin Library Book Groups for Adults

Register by picking up your copy at the Information Desk.

Chick Lit Book Group

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00pm

Read and discuss entertaining, light reads by joining our fun book group! This month we will be discussing One Day in December by Josie Silver.


Pick up your copy at the Information Desk!

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00pm

No meeting in December. See you next year!!

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Evening Book Group

Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 pm

Choose your own adventure and your own book in November for the Evening Book Group!

Next Month:

12/20 - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Noon Book Group

Wednesday, December 14, 12:00 noon

Join us for a lively book discussion. In December, we'll discuss The Maid by Nita Prose.

Book selections available at the Information desk.

Hockessin Library Book Groups for Kids

Register by picking up your copy at the Children's Reference Desk or call (302) 239-5160.

Masks encouraged. Bring bottled water. Snacks will be provided.

See you at the Book Tasting!

No registration necessary!

Teen Book Group

Tuesday, January 3, 4:15pm

No book group meeting in December.

Ages 12 - 14.

See you next year!

1/3/23: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

15-17 Year Old Teen Book Group

Monday, January 9, 4:15pm

This group meets every other month!

In January, we will discuss Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. Copies are available for check out in the Teen Section.

Ages 15 - 17.

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Family Book Group

Wednesday, November 30, 7:00pm

We will discuss The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Ages 8 +.

No meeting in December.

Next Meeting:


The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

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5 & 6 Year Olds Book Group

Tuesday, November 29, 4:45pm

This month we will be discussing Henry Heckelbeck Gets a Dragon by Wanda Coven.

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7 & 8 Year Olds Book Group

Tuesday, November 15,


This month we will be discussing Sleepover Sleuths by Carolyn Keene OR Trouble at the Arcade by Franklin Dixon


Next Month:

12/6 @ 4:30pm

Book Tasting!

9-11 Year Olds Book Group

No meeting in November because of Library closure. 

See you in December at the Book Tasting

(12/6 - 4:30pm)!

Friends of the Hockessin Library News

Friends of the Hockessin Library Used Book Drop Off scheduled for December 10, 9:00am-12:00pm

on the corner of Old Lancaster Pike and Millcreek Road.

Click here for more information
COVID-19 & Vaccine Information

If you or someone you know needs help with today's challenges, the Delaware Hope Line – 1 (833) 9-HOPEDE or (833) 946-7333 – is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect callers to a variety of resources and information, including support from clinicians and peer specialists plus crisis assistance.

More information about the DE Hope Line here
Click here for COVID-19 resources, including testing and vaccinating!
Vaccine appointment info here!
What to expect after getting the vaccine. Click here!
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Are you a MD resident? Check here for testing locations.

Readers' Advisory or What do I read NEXT??

Use the links below to take you to literary bliss!

Especially for Adults:

Click on the graphics to go to a magical place where you can see your titles and place holds on them!

NPR's Books We Love 2021

National Public Radio's choices for Best Books of 2021! Click their logo to see what's on their 2021 list.

See if you can find one YOU love!

See the updated 2022 list!!
The New York Public Library:
Best Books of 2021

Our friends to the north, the New York Public Library is proud to present our Best Books of 2021. Click to see their annual recommendations for kids, teens, and adults, curated by our expert librarians, encompass fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, poetry, kids’ books in Spanish, and much more.
See what they've chosen!
You can see what they've picked for Fall 2022 here!

Especially for Teens and Kids

Teens' Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.

Click the graphic to see this year's winners!

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Blue Hen is on FB!
Blue Hen is on Instagram!

School Library Journal has released their best books of 2021!

Click here to see the list!
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ALSC Notables

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, and digital media. 

Click below to see what they chose this year!

ALSC Notables for Children for 2022

Suggested Reading Lists for Children and Teens

Find titles specifically geared towards kids. With links to reserve books!

Take a peek - it's NEW and IMPROVED!

2021 ALSC Graphic Novels Reading Lists

Click below to find out what graphic novels the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) recommend!

Grouped by age because -- librarians!!

2021 ALSC Graphic Novels Reading Lists

Employment Opportunities

New Castle County wants YOU!

Your dream job could be a click away!!

For New Castle County jobs, click here!

Library Services to Your Home!

Delaware Libraries offer many ways you can access information, education and recreation from home.

See video of Dolly at the Wilmington Library May 5, 2022
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

In Delaware’s Imagination Library program, children ages birth up to their 5th birthday receive a FREE book in the mail each month. The purpose is to instill the habit of reading, and create the library habit, too!

This program is brought to you by Delaware Libraries, a program of First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney’s First Chance initiative.
Click here for more info!

For you creative types, take a look at CreativeBug

Hundreds of easy and fun-to-follow tutorials to make pretty much every craft known to man right at your fingertips!

Check it out!!

Let's Get Creative!!

Click on the graphic to find out more about kanopy!

What IS hoopla?

E-Books, e-audiobooks, movies and music with no wait time!!

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Are you a fan of Libby?

Don't miss out on this e-resource!! Get started by clicking on the picture of Libby above!

Northstar Digital Literacy

How's your digital literacy??

There's always something to discover when it comes to computer skills.

Click here to find out more!

Have a day as awesome as you are!!

Click here to visit the library anytime, day or night.

To ask a question,

click here or call us at

(302) 239-5160.

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