Cara Potter


Welcome to 2022 fellow survivors! I am thinking positive and have plans for new Defiance Public Library System (DPLS) services. Below is a list of what the Library System will be rolling out in 2022.

CANDID Database for grant seekers

CANDID is a database for grant seekers searching for funding for a nonprofit or individual. It is a combination of Guidestar Nonprofit Directory, where you can find nonprofit profiles, EIN numbers, revenue, expenses, and more. CANDID also includes the Foundation Directory, which is an international directory of granting foundations. You will find foundation profiles, what they fund, average grants, and more. CANDID also offers newsletters you can subscribe to, and online grant writing training.

DPLS is offering this database in 2022 in partnership with the Defiance Area Foundation (Thank you DAF). Because of licensing, the database itself will only be in the Defiance Library, but there is a remote access login available until May 31, 2022 that any DPLS library card holder can use. We will be rolling this database out by the end of January 2022.

No-charge basic notary service at all DPLS locations

DPLS will be offering, by appointment, basic notary services at the Defiance, Sherwood and Hicksville locations. There will be no charge for the notary service, and appointments will be made through the DPLS website, phone, or in-person. This service will also be rolled out by the end of January.

Exterior book lockers & drive-up book return at the Defiance Public Library

DPLS received ARPA funds to purchase and install exterior book lockers and a drive-up book return. Patrons will be able to request materials to be held in the book lockers so they can pick their items up without entering the Library or after hours.

The drive-up book return will be installed on the left after entering the DPL parking lot. Patrons will be able to drive up to it and return items from the driver’s side doors.

If you’re in the DPL parking area you can see the cement pad where the drive-up book drop will be installed. Thank you to the City of Defiance for pouring the cement pad so that we can install the return as soon as it arrives. These pieces of equipment will arrive in February or March, depending on supply chain issues.

Great services DPLS offers that you might not know about

• Teen LitKits — these are monthly boxed kits for ages 13-15. In the boxes are books, crafts and other interesting book-related items. If you’d like more information about LitKits, contact Teen Librarian Pam Rellstab at 419-782-1456, or you can register to receive one at

• LitPicks for ages 16+ — Answer and submit a short questionnaire, and the DPLS staff will create personalized book recommendations just for you. If you want to borrow the books recommended, you can request them through DPLS. The questionnaire can be found on the DPLS website at

• Library of Things — DPLS has a telescope, metal detector, binoculars, a CD player and a disc golf set for you to borrow. For details regarding these non-traditional library items and to reserve one, visit the DPLS website at or call 419-782-1456.

• Homebound Delivery Service — This service is offered from all three DPLS buildings. If you are unable to visit the Library due to a chronic health issue or physical disability, we will deliver your books to you. For more information or to arrange homebound services from the DPLS location closest to you, call Defiance Public Library at 419-782-1456; Sherwood Branch Library at 419-899-4343 or Johnson Memorial Branch Library in Hicksville at 419-542-6200.

(Cara Potter is Director of the Defiance Public Library System. She may be contacted at To see what the library has to offer, visit:

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