Library’s circulation continues to rise
A remarkable event occurred at the Delaware County District Library this week. The library’s circulation (the number of items you have checked out) surpassed one million for the year, and as of this writing, the number stands at 1,007,538. Thank you, Delaware, for your support of the library.
What makes this event even more noteworthy, though, is that the library surpassed one million items for the first time in 2009, circulation figures continue to grow in double digits, and in 2010, you checked out 1,018,254 books, DVDs and audio books. To surpass the one million mark with nearly three months left in the year is remarkable in the truest sense.
Of course, the opening of the Orange branch in May bolstered circulation numbers tremendously, with customers checking out 157,416 items through the end of September. The amount of use that the Orange branch is enjoying only reinforces the need for library service in the southern part of the county. If you haven’t visited this architecturally stunning branch yet, I invite you to do so.
The Delaware County District Library continues to strive to be the best used library in our community, and while numbers are an easy and quantifiable way to measure success, providing our community with the service and materials that you want and need is truly the most meaningful measure of our success.
Please never hesitate to let me or anyone on staff know if you are not finding what you need at the library, or if we can help you in any way. We celebrate our success every day by working harder for you, and hope that you join us in celebrating such a wonderful library system.
What happened to Marie Antoinette’s children?
Marie Antoinette’s first child was a girl, Marie Thérèse, born on Dec. 9, 1778. Louis Joseph, the King’s male heir and the next Dauphin of France, was born three years later, followed by Louis Charles in March of 1785 and Sophie in July of 1786. But Sophie, who was born premature, died before her first birthday, and Louis Joseph died two years later, likely from tuberculosis. During the French Revolution, Louis XVI was executed on Jan. 21, 1793; Marie followed 10 months later, on Oct. 16. On June 8, 1795, their son, the Dauphin, died at the age of 10, most likely of tuberculosis exacerbated by his brutal prison conditions. Released from prison in December 1795, Marie Thérèse died of pneumonia on Oct. 19 1851, three days after the 58th anniversary of the execution of her mother. A complete account is included in The Road From Versailles: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the Fall of the French Monarchy.
How old is Paul Simon?
Born on Oct. 13, 1941, according to Biography Today, Simon just turned 70. Through his solo and collaborative work, Simon has earned 13 Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World” by Time magazine. Among many other honors, Simon was named the first recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. He resides in New Canaan, Conn.
What is a watermelon radish?
Food Lovers’ Companion notes that it is a radish that is milder and sweeter than a regular radish, and much larger, averaging about three inches in diameter. Watermelon radishes can be braised or roasted like a turnip, or mashed like a rutabaga. They are often pickled. With their green skins and pink interiors, they look unusually like a little watermelon when cut open.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!