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The financial literacy series, “Making Cents,” presented by the Sunbury, Ashley and Delaware County libraries continues to offer interesting and informative programs for the whole family. The programs sponsored by the Friends of the Delaware County District Library, and the Delaware County Bank is a four-month long series to help you build your financial knowledge, presented at each of the libraries, giving you multiple opportunities to participate.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Delaware (Main) Library will offer “Right on the Money,” a fun family program with a money theme, coin tricks, origami with dollar bills, and other clever activities. “Right on the Money” will be repeated at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Ashley Wornstaff Memorial Library, and at 11 a.m on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Ostrander Branch. This program is for parents and their children, 5 years old or older.

Also, at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Community Library in Sunbury, a speaker from Raymond James will present “Investments 101,” discussing how, where and when to invest your money to increase your future financial health. This program is for adults.

You can learn how to read, fix and improve your credit report by attending “Credit Reports,” with speakers from Consumer Credit Counseling of Ohio at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Delaware (Main) Library. This program, for adults, will be repeated at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Orange Branch Library, and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Community Library in Sunbury.

For more information, call the Delaware, Ashley or Sunbury libraries, or visit our websites. Let us help you increase your financial literacy, and maybe even your bottom line.

Was Freddie Mercury the Queen singer’s real name?

According to Biography Today, Freddy Mercury’s birth name was Farrokh Bulsara; he started going by Freddie when he was at St. Peter’s, a boarding school for boys near Mumbai. He legally changed his name to Freddie Mercury around 1970, when Queen was formed. Freddie had a recorded range of three (almost four) octaves. He had a long-term girlfriend in the early 70s named Mary Austin, and even after they broke up, they remained close. He gave an interview in 1985 and said that she was his only friend and he didn’t want any other friends. He wrote “Love of My Life” about her and was the godfather of her first son. When he died, he left her most of his money, his house and his recording royalties.

How big is Alaska?

In terms of total area, Alaska, with 663,267 square miles, isn’t just the largest state — it’s larger than the combined areas of the next three largest states: Texas (286,581 square miles), California (163,696 square miles) and Montana (147,042 square miles). The World Book Encyclopedia is a great resource for these types of questions.

What was Shays’ Rebellion?

Shays’ Rebellion, as explained in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to American History was an armed uprising in Massachusetts from 1786 to 1787. The rebellion is named after Daniel Shays, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War, who, when he resigned from the army unpaid, returned home to find himself in court for the nonpayment of debts. He soon found that he was not alone in being unable to pay his debts, and began organizing for debt relief. The rebellion started on Aug. 29, 1786, over financial difficulties and by January 1787, more than 1,000 Shaysites had been arrested. A militia that had been raised as a private army defeated an attack on the federal Springfield Armory by the main Shaysite force on Feb. 3, 1787. While many of the Continental Congress leaders were not particularly alarmed by the violence—Thomas Jefferson famously dismissed it, saying, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure” — they later convened the Constitutional Convention to discuss enlarging the central government to address the financial issues facing poor American farmers like Shay’s.

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 mjsantos@delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!

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