2011, 2012: big years of the library
This year has been a history-making year for the Delaware County District Library, on many different fronts. The opening of the long-awaited Orange Branch certainly changed the history and the future of the library, and you have fully embraced the facility, its services and its staff. Since it opened, the staff at the Orange Branch has issued nearly 10,000 new library cards, and you have checked out more than 170,000 books, DVDs, magazines and audio books. We could not be more pleased with the success of this beautiful and welcoming new facility!
An additional milestone of 2011 is yet another record-breaking year in circulation, not surprising with the opening of the new branch. But, you continue to visit all of the library’s facilities, including the WOW-Mobile, and the number of check-outs is nearing 1,260,000 this year, a 25 percent increase over 2010.
Part of the increase in circulation is the result of the library adding SearchOhio to its toolbox to help you find exactly what you need whenever you visit us. SearchOhio is a resource-sharing cooperative among 20 public and 90 academic libraries, providing access to more than 9.5 million items to Delaware Library users, with just a keystroke. Along with joining SearchOhio, the library also increased the materials budget by almost 30 percent, adding more best sellers, blockbusters and other titles to the library’s shelves.
The new year is already crowded with plans to renovate the Powell Branch and the Delaware (Main) Library; developing, with community input, a revised strategic plan to give us a better roadmap for future growth; adding self-check-out and self-pick-up of holds at library locations; and continuing to update technology, including bandwidth.
The Delaware County District Library celebrates these successes, and we thank you for making it possible through your continued support.
Happy and safe New Year to you all!
What are the nicknames for marbles and where did they come from?
According to Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Century, marbles usually earn their nickname based upon what they look like, what they’re used for, or the material used to make them. For example, “aggies” are marbles that are made from agate, a type of stone. An “alley” can be a marble made of alabaster, but it can also be another term for a “shooter” or “taw,” the large marble used to knock around the smaller ones, which are sometimes called “mibs” or “ducks.” “Bumblebees” are yellow and black striped. “Jaspers” are common, blue marbles made from glazed or unglazed china. “Onionskins” are glass marbles with swirls of layered colors that extend over the length of the marble. “Sulphides” are semi-opaque glass marbles that usually contain a small figure in the middle—an animal, a character or a real person. If you can spot any of these marbles on sight, you’re probably a “mibster,” a term for someone who plays marbles.
What is a Kelvin-Helmholtz instability?
The Kelvin–Helmholtz instability can occur when velocity shear is present within a continuous fluid, or when there is sufficient velocity difference across the interface between two fluids. One example is wind blowing over a water surface, where the wind causes the relative motion between the stratified layers, water and air. The instability will manifest itself in the form of waves being generated on the water surface, as noted in The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. The waves can appear in numerous fluids and have been spotted in clouds, Saturn’s bands, waves in the ocean, and in the sun’s corona.
Why do we call an unwanted gift a “white elephant?”
A white elephant is an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. The term derives from the story that the kings of Siam (now Thailand) were accustomed to making a present of one of a white elephant to courtiers who had rendered themselves obnoxious, in order to ruin the recipient by the cost of its maintenance. In modern usage, it is an object, scheme, business venture, facility, and so forth, considered to be without use or value. This information was found in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying and Quotation.
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