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Several months ago, the Boards of Trustees of the Delaware County District Library, Community Library of Sunbury, and the Wornstaff Memorial Library of Ashley met to discuss ways in which the three libraries could collaborate to serve all of our customers more cost effectively and efficiently. One outcome of that meeting was to plan a series of programs on personal financial literacy, to be offered at all library locations. I am very pleased to announce that “Making Cents: A Financial Literacy Series for All Ages” will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Delaware (Main) Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware.

The kick-off program in the series is “Investments 101” with speakers from Raymond James, an independent financial advising company who will help you learn how, where and when to invest to increase your future financial health. The program will be repeated at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at DCDL’s Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd., and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Sunbury Library, 44 Burrer Ave.

Other programs in the series are “Shopping on a Shoestring” presented by OSU Extension’s Family Nutrition Program; “Credit Reports” with speakers from Consumer Credit Counseling of Ohio; “Credit Cards: Do’s and Dont’s;” and, “Fraud: Protecting Yourself” with speakers from the Delaware County Bank and the Sheriff’s department.

To help your kids learn about all things money, plan to attend “Right on the Money,” a family program featuring information, coin tricks, and origami along with other fun activities. This program will be offered throughout all Delaware County libraries. A special program just for teens, “Wall Street Wizards” will be offered at the Sunbury Library.

A complete list of all programs, dates, times and locations is available at all libraries, as well as on our web sites, and you can always call the Delaware, Sunbury or Ashley libraries for more information.

Hope to see you at several of these interesting and helpful programs!

Is there such a thing as a blue lobster?

Unlike these days, lobster has not always been a delicacy. In colonial America, in fact, it was so cheap and plentiful, it was a staple for prisoners and servants. According to The New York Times Seafood Cookbook : 250 Recipes for more than 70 Kinds of Fish and Shellfish, lobsters are brown, and they turn red when they are cooked. However, there are a few notable exceptions. About one in every 4 million lobsters is born with a rare genetic defect that turns it blue, but they rarely survive to adulthood. Yellow lobsters are even more uncommon, making up only one in every 30 million.

What is a redsmith?

I checked in the World Book Encyclopedia for a definition of a “redsmith.” Unlike blacksmiths who worked with iron, redsmiths worked with copper. Goldsmiths and silversmiths worked with gold and silver, respectively.

Why is elevator music called “Muzak?”

During World War I, and in the early 1920s, Major General George O. Squier served as the Army’s Chief Signal Officer, and he perfected a method for transmitting music across electrical wires. As explained in Inventors and Inventions, at the time, radio was still finding its footing, so the notion of sending businesses and residences music via wires was appealing. In 1934, Squier formally founded a company to develop his invention. Since he liked the sound of the name “Kodak” he borrowed from it to name his own company Muzak.

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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