Teens are avid library users
You may be surprised to learn that according to a recent study entitled, “Perceptions of Libraries 2010,” teens are among the heaviest library users. While two out of every three Americans have a library card, 75 percent of teens (ages 14–17) have one. The majority (62 percent) of Americans visits their library annually, and teens are even more likely to do so (72 percent).
At the Delaware County District Library, we recognize that teens are an important, interesting, energetic and growing population that needs and deserves great library service. As an advocate for teens, teen librarian Mandy Henning focuses her attention and abilities on buying books, DVDs and audio books that this age group wants, along with putting together great programs for them to enjoy. Additionally, children’s staff in all library locations provide materials and programs especially for this age group.
A quick look at the line-up of programs for the Teen Summer Reading Club demonstrates the wide variety of “out of the box” presentations that staff have creatively developed. From cupcake decorating to making books, from Mexican cooking to drawing workshops, and from teen yoga to teen movies, there’s bound to be a program to interest nearly every teen. Teen Cafes, regular programs at the Delaware (Main) Library feature Wii tournaments, PlayStation 2 games and Guitar Hero fun.
The library also recently added Nintendo DS to playing the library, and we’ve bought dozens of games, too, such as Super Mario, Rhythm Heaven, Cooking Mama, Smart Girls Play Hour and Lego Batman.
While some of these items may seem a bit untraditional for libraries, they certainly hit the mark with the teens. After all, the Delaware County District Library is their library, too, and we strive to make it a friendly and imaginative place for them.
How does the gas pump know to automatically shut off?
Created in 1885, that first gasoline pump was used to dispense fuel for stoves and kerosene lamps. The shutoff valve was invented in 1939 by Richard Corson who fashioned it after the butterfly float in toilets. There is a tiny hole called a sensing hole at the tip of the spout on the nozzle, and a tube that connects it to a diaphragm near the shut-off valve. When you squeeze the handle and gas starts to flow through the spout, it creates a vacuum in the tube, keeping the diaphragm neutral. When your tank is reaching its limit, the gas is at a level high enough to cover the sensing hole. Air cannot get through the sensing hole to the vacuum, which makes the atmospheric pressure move the diaphragm, flipping a switch in the automatic shut-off device. Check in How Things Work for more detail.
How did the Radio Flyer wagon get its name?
Italian native Antonio Pasin and his cousin arrived at Ellis Island in 1914, and they intended to turn their woodworking skills into careers as cabinetmakers, according to Brands and Their Companies. By 1917, Pasin was honing his skills on hand-carved wagons. After a few years of selling his wagons door-to-door, Pasin was able to make the company official. Pasin named his fledgling business “Liberty Coaster Wagon” to express his thanks to the country that had welcomed him and fostered his success. The company soon began making tricycles, scooters and a metal version of the hand-carved wagon. Pasin’s two favorite inventions were the radio and the airplane, so he dubbed the metal version of the wagon the “Radio Flyer.” The company now renamed “Radio Flyer” is run by Pasin’s grandsons.
Why are dishes made with spinach called “Florentine?”
The “Florentine” designation is given to some French dishes in honor of Catherine De’ Medici, who is said to have eaten spinach at every meal, as explained in Food Lovers’ Companion. Catherine de’ Medici was an Italian noblewoman born in Florence who was Queen consort of France from 1547 until 1559, as the wife of King Henry II of France.
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 email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.