Thank you: Delaware County Orange Branch opening a huge success
Thank you Delaware for helping us to celebrate the opening of the Delaware County District Library’s Orange Branch. The open house was a huge success, with more than 1,000 visitors enjoying the activity and excitement of the ribbon cutting ceremony and tours the splendid new facility. Since the Orange branch opened on May 15, it has been a busy place. You have checked out 8,340 books, DVDs, audio books and magazines, and more than 900 residents signed up for library cards, proving that old expression, “If you build it, they will come.”
The hours for the orange branch are the same as the main library and the Powell branch: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Thanks to the passage of the library levy in 2009, we were able add hours last year to give you more time to visit the library. When you visit the Orange branch (I hope you visit often) don’t forget to stop by the coffee shop located in the lobby. Called “the java box,” the cafÃ© serves a variety of gourmet coffee, cappuccino, latte and other hot beverages, with each cup instantly ground and brewed from premium selected beans. You can get a tasty muffin to go with your coffee, or a hearty lunch. The menu includes paninis, quesadillas, sandwiches and salads. (Remember: Drinks with lids are permitted in the library but please keep food items in the lobby area.) Are you a Friend of the Library? If you are, you get a 20 percent discount off your purchase at thejavabox, too. If you haven’t stopped by the new Orange branch, I hope you’ll plan a visit soon. The building is spectacular, the customer service is excellent, and the coffee is wonderful.
What horse won the first Triple Crown?
Sir Barton, a chestnut thoroughbred colt became the first winner of the American Triple Crown in 1919. Sir Barton’s four wins were accomplished in a space of just 32 days, and he was voted the 1919 Horse of the Year, American racing’s highest honor. However, in 1919 there was no such thing as the Triple Crown because the first recorded use of the term to refer to the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont began in 1923. Sir Barton was officially recognized by the governing body as the first Triple Crown winner in 1948. Check in Famous American Horses for more information.
What is sterno?
Sterno, the flammable gel in a can referred to as “canned heat” has been around since 1893 and takes its unusual name from the company’s founder, S. Sternau, according to Inventors and Inventions. The product hit its stride during World War I, when the Sternau Company ran a marketing campaign suggesting soldiers going to Europe could use Sterno to heat water and rations, sterilize surgical instruments and provide light and warmth in the cold, dark trenches. Soon, just about every doughboy had cans in his duffel bag. Sterno gel is a concoction of various chemicals, including ethanol and methanol.
Do you have any information on the Vidocq Society?
The Vidocq Sociey, founded in 1990 is an unusual, exclusive crime-solving organization that meets monthly in Philadelphia, Pa. Members of The Vidocq Society honor Eugène François Vidocq, the brilliant 18th century French detective by applying their collective forensic skills and experience to “cold case” homicides and unsolved deaths. At Vidocq meetings Vidocq Society Members (V.S.M.’s) are forensic experts, FBI profilers, homicide investigators, scientists, psychologists and coroners who try to solve from around the world free of charge and in compliance to their motto Veritas veritatum (Truth generates truth). Their website is vidocq.org.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.