Libraries offer food for thought
What could be more inviting on a chilly November day that sitting down with a good read and a hot cup of coffee? Did you know that the Delaware County District Library has coffee shops in two of its locations? And did you know that you can bring a cup of coffee or any other beverage in a closed container into the library to sip while you work or relax?
The Main Library’s coffee shop, Coffee, Tea and Energy, offers a variety of flavored coffees, teas and hot chocolate, along with unique items, such as Buckeye jewelry, doll clothes and seasonal gifts. The Delaware County Genealogical Society’s publications are also available for you to buy.
At the Orange Branch, stop by JavaBox Gourmet Cafe to enjoy a specialty coffee drink, hot tea, hot chocolate or a homemade pastry for a snack. Or try the recently introduced SHOOPDAWOO, a fresh toasted tortilla with melted Nutella inside. You can find out what specials are featured at JavaBox by “liking” them on Facebook, too.
Both coffee shops have inviting and comfortable seating areas for your convenience, and you can hop on the library’s Wi-Fi to catch up on your emails or surf the Internet while you’re enjoying one of their tasty treats.
Please plan on stopping by these coffee shops soon to buy a great cup of coffee, something delicious to eat and maybe even get some holiday shopping done. I think having coffee shops only makes coming to the library that much more enjoyable, and I hope you do too.
How big is the King Ranch in Texas?
The King Ranch is one of the largest privately owned ranches in the United States. The huge ranch, which raises cattle and quarter horses, covers about 825,000 acres in southern Texas. Richard King, a steamboat captain, founded the ranch in 1853. His descendants still own and operate the property that has its headquarters in Kingsville, Texas. This information was found in World Book Encyclopedia.
What is the name of the cliffs on the Isle of Wight?
The Isle of Wight lies off the southern coast of England, covers 147 square miles, has a population of 132,719, and is famous for its mild, sunny climate and its scenery, according to Discover Great Britain. Cowes, its leading port, is known for sailing and yacht races. It was home to the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson and Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home, Osborne House, at East Cowes. West Wight is predominantly rural, with dramatic coastlines dominated by the chalk ridge, running across the whole island and ending in The Needles cliffs — perhaps the most photographed aspect of the Isle of Wight.
Why are they called ham radios?
Early radio included many former wire telegraph operators, and within the new service “ham” was employed as a pejorative term by professional radiotelegraph operators to suggest that amateur enthusiasts were unskilled. “Ham” was also already in more general use as a slang word meaning “incompetent”, most commonly in the phrase “ham actor.” The Oxford English Dictionary is a great source for these types of questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!