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Sometimes when you look for a book, DVD or other article at the Delaware County District Library, you may find that the title is already checked out to another library customer. While we diligently try to satisfy the demand for specific titles by purchasing multiple copies, the library’s budget (and shelves!) simply will not accommodate buying enough copies of bestselling books or blockbuster movies for every customer who would like to check it out. I hope, though, that you are familiar with the much-used “hold” or “reserve” service at the Delaware County District Library.

By placing an article on hold, you add your name to the queue and when your name is on the top of the list, you will receive notification by email or U.S. mail that the book you want to read is ready for you to pick up. Of course, not all articles have a hold queue, so your name may be the next in line.

The library processes thousands of holds every day. In fact, in 2010, we filled more than 101,000 holds, and last month alone, we filled more than 13,500 reserves.

It’s easy to place a hold on an article, but the library staff is also happy to help you do so. And don’t forget the “SearchOhio” option that allows you to request an article not available at Delaware Library from one of 19 other libraries around the state by clicking on the “SearchOhio” button and following the prompts. Library staff can help you with this process, as well.

Even though we purchase dozens of copies of the latest James Patterson or John Grisham novels, it is not financially responsible or economically feasible for the library to buy enough copies to satisfy the hundreds of customers who want to read these authors’ latest works. Using the “hold” feature is a great way to make sure that you get a copy of the book you want to read as soon as possible

What is a Mansfield bar on a truck?

On June 29, 1967, movie star Jayne Mansfield, her lawyer, her driver and three of her five children were driving from an appearance in Biloxi, Miss., to New Orleans for a TV interview early in the morning. It was just before 2:30 a.m. when her car came up on a tractor-trailer too fast, not seeing it because of anti-mosquito fog clouding the highway. The small car went completely underneath the truck, shearing the top of the car off, killing Mansfield, her driver and her lawyer. Shortly thereafter, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made it mandatory for all semi-truck trailers to be fitted with under-ride bars, also called DOT bars or Mansfield bars. The steel bar hangs from the main cab and is designed to stop a car before it rolls underneath the trailer. I checked in How Things Work for this information.

Why is the bikini named after Bikini Island

According to In An Influential Fashion: An Encyclopedia of 19th and 20th Fashion Designers and Retailers Who Transformed Dress, French designer Jacques Heim’s first tiny bathing suit hit the fashion scene in 1946. Tapping into the worldwide obsession with nuclear physics, he named his creation the “atom.” A few months later, another French designer, Louis Reard, one-upped Heim, revealing an even tinier suit, which he dubbed the “bikini” after Bikini Atoll, the island in the Pacific where the U.S. had tested the atom bomb. The new swimsuit, it was said, was as small as an atom and just as powerful.

Utah isn’t known for its jazz, so why is their basketball team named the “Jazz?”

The team originated in New Orleans in 1974 and club officials decided to keep the name after relocating to Salt Lake City in 1979, as reported in The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History. The Jazz nickname was originally chosen through a name-the-team contest, which produced seven other finalists: Dukes, Crescents, Pilots, Cajuns, Blues, Deltas, and Knights.

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 by visiting the library’s website at delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at mjsantos@delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.

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