Delhi Public Library

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Basic Information

Schedule: Closed Sunday and Monday. Tuesday 1:30-5:30; Wednesday 10-7; Thursday 1:30-5:30; Closed Friday; Saturday 9-12
Address: 311 Franklin St P.O. Box 233 Delhi, Iowa 52223
Phone Number: 5639222037
Fax Number: 5639222037
Director: Arlene Chappell

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Additional Information

Computer Capabilities:

one computer, three Chromebooks, four iPads

Summer Programs: Summer Reading Program for all ages
Membership Details:

To obtain a library card fill out the library card application

Library Information:

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Library History:

The first library located in Delhi, Iowa began from the passions of Emma Louise Brayton, a woman who regarded education with a devotion and dedication. She graduated from Delhi High School and Lenox College with both a bachelor and masters degree. She then attended Smith College in Northhampton, Mass. and in 1883, after graduating from the University of Iowa with an L.L.B degree, she passed the Iowa Bar exam, becoming one of the first woman lawyers in the State of Iowa and the first woman to be admitted to the bar in Delaware County.
She was born in Delhi, Iowa on February 24, 1860. Emma started the first library in Delhi, which was located in a small brick building that was, at one time, her father's law office. She loaned out her
own books and called the library the "Brayton Free Library". Prior to that, she loaned books to young people from her home. Many young people developed a love for books due to her generosity. When she died, she left the books and a trust fund to the City of Delhi to keep a library going.

Exhibits: Historical items, photos, and memorabilia from the history of Delhi, Iowa

Book Clubs, Makerspace Activities, Monthly Challenges with Legos and Makedo (Creative cardboard projects), Afterschool activities, ceramic painting classes, adult, teen, and children's programming, Silver Screen Event (free movie in the library)