eBooks available for download at the library
Recently, a patron of the Delaware County District Library shared a wonderful story that deserves to be share with all of you. A very lovely woman dropped by my office to thank me for having eBooks available at the library because she enjoyed downloading them to read on her Nook at no cost. The addition of eBooks to the library’s collection has provided patrons with yet another format to access their favorite author or book. Anyone with a Delaware County Library card can download eBooks to their eReader (except for Kindles, at least for the time being), iPad, iPhone, or computer by clicking on “EBooks” on our website.
And that was the real point of her story. She went on to say that Delaware Library’s eBooks were circulating internationally and were being read on the other side of the world.
Her son was stationed in Afghanistan, she explained, and he is using his Delaware Library card to log on to the library’s website and download eBooks to read and audiobooks to listen to while deployed. Further, he happily shares his downloads with his platoon, many of whom have started to access eBooks from their hometown libraries all over the United States.
Frankly, this story spoke profoundly to my librarian soul. Using public funds to provide books and other items to as many people as possible is the essence of what a public library does and what librarians fundamentally believe in. When I learned that the Delaware Library was helping to make our troops’ deployment more bearable and keeping them in touch with their hometowns, I was deeply touched.
Computers and the Internet have certainly opened an entirely new world, and how delightful to know that the library is reaching patrons halfway around the world in a difficult situation to share the joy and comfort of reading! Music to this librarian’s ears.
Was there really a Peanuts character whose name was a number?
According to The Complete Peanuts, one of the most bizarre characters in the Peanuts universe was “555 95472,” or “5” for short. Introduced in Sept. 1963, 5 explained that his father was so upset about people being seen as “just a number,” he renamed the entire family as a series of digits. The family’s last name is taken from their ZIP Code, though when spoken, 5 insists there’s an accent on the 4. The ZIP Code, by the way, is the real one for Sebastopol, California, where Charles Schulz lived at the time.
What is key lime pie?
Key lime pie is an American dessert made of key lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk in a pie crust. The dish is named after the small key limes that are naturalized throughout the Florida Keys. While their thin yellow rind makes them more perishable, key limes are more tart and aromatic than the common Persian limes seen year round in most U.S. grocery stores. Key lime pie was invented in the late 19th century in Key West, although the creator of key lime pie is unknown. It was believed that William Curry, a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire had a cook named Aunt Sally who created the pie. However, some believed that Sally changed the pie that local sponge fishermen already created. This information accompanied a recipe for key lime pie in Classic Southern Desserts.
Where does the expression “sour grapes” come from?
The phrase “sour grapes” is an expression originating from “The Fox and the Grapes,” one of Aesop’s Fables, as noted in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. It refers to pretending not to care for something one does not or cannot have.
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!