The Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library strives to learn about, engage and collaborate with our community, the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area. Without you, who would we be? We are here to serve YOU. This page is all about the projects we are involved in with our community partners. Below are a few of our current projects and/or past ventures.
The Middletown-Odessa Garden Club Seed Library is located in our library. In collaboration with the Middletown-Odessa Garden Club, the Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library presents you with a gem! You can come in at anytime, and choose from nearly 100 varieties of seeds, at no cost to you. Start your own garden today. All we ask is that you donate an unopened seed packet, to keep the seed library self-sustaining, after harvest.
In collaboration with the Appoquinimink High School, the library gave a presentation to a graphics design class. We issued them a challenge. We needed a creative logo to brand our MayFest in Odessa fundraiser and an 11″ by 18″ poster. With over 20 projects to choose from, for each assignment, it was a tough choice! By chance, we chose a logo and poster by the same student. We not only used his logo on all our documents but we also made a 6′ by 3′ banner, packets with the logo, and prize bags with the logo. With permission from the school and his parents, below is more information about Austin and his work.
“Hi, my name is Austin Geiss I’ve been in the Appoquinimink School District my entire academic career. Besides this poster/logo work I’ve created my own game using Computer Science skills I’ve learned and the Graphic Design skills. Another huge thing I’ve completed was a picture of JFK out of words and phrases that represent/describe JFK. With the skills I have obtained throughout high school I hope to move onto a college where I can become a professional designer and design better work than I did in high school.”
MayFest in Odessa was an absolute success this year! In order to help our fundraiser, we reached out to high school students in the Appoquinimink School District. We had different organizations volunteer for us throughout the day. ROTC students, National Honor Society Students, and the Appoquinimink Girls Lacrosse team. They were a huge help! We could not have done it with out them.
As part of our fundraiser, MayFest in Odessa, we offered a wonderful, gigantic, and diverse raffle. We had many local businesses donate a raffle item to our library! Here are just a few of them.
Women’s Club of Odessa
3 Palms Petting Zoo, a non-profit organization, always comes to MayFest in Odessa and shares its wonderful animals with our community. Here are a few pictures to enjoy.
Public Library and School Collaborations
In partnership with local schools, we collaborate and participate in many events. Some of the most recent projects include district wide events such as Real Men Read and Wise Women: Women in Science and Engineering. Some collaboration programs include stem projects, school visits, library card sign-ups, and MORE!!
Delta Sigma Theta
This organization not only volunteered at our MayFest in Odessa event but they will also be hosting, in collaboration with the library, a Family Fun Health Day this summer! Stay tuned for more information!
As a school project at Del Tech & Community College, our patron, Paulina Szczepanska made a video about our library!
One of our long time local patrons is an author! Marcia Wheeler, came and discussed the origin of her book, based on local churches. We are proud to say she is OUR patron and look forward to future books!
In correlation with our school and library collaborations, the University of Delaware’s Entomology Department sent the library two WONDERFUL graduate students to present a bug program. Many elementary students who had never visited our library came that night, and now continue to do so.
The Girls Scouts have always helped the library with different projects. Here are a few pictures!
Once a year the library offers a program for the community that anyone can participate in. It is all about giving back. We offer Food for Fines, where patrons can bring in a non-perishable food item in exchange for fine amnesty. The items are donated to the Food Bank of Delaware.