A gift to the library is a gift to the community
As 2011 draws to a close, if you are considering donating to various causes, organizations and charities, please include the Delaware County District Library in your considerations. Donating to the Library is a long-standing tradition in Delaware, and each year we receive several thousands of dollars from patrons who are honoring or remembering loved ones.
Library staff will purchase books, DVDs, or audio books with your gift, consulting you to make sure that the items bought perfectly match with the areas of interest of those being honored. Every item bought with donations will receive a special book plate to designate or honor an individual, family or organization, or in the memory of a loved one. A $25.00 donation will purchase one book or DVD, or help to buy an audio book.
You can pick up the “Buy-A-Book” brochure at any library location that has complete details on how to donate and lists the options that let you tell us how you would like your donation to be used. Checks, cash and credit cards are all welcome. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
As a reminder, the Library and its branches will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1 so our employees may enjoy the holidays with their families.
Joyous holidays and a wonderful New Year from the Board of Trustees and the staff of the Delaware County District Library!
What is Boxing Day?
According to The Folklore of World Holidays, Boxing Day is a bank or public holiday that occurs on December 26, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day. It is observed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and some other Commonwealth nations. The exact etymology of the term “boxing” is unclear, but the tradition has long included giving money and other gifts to those who were needy and in service positions. In the UK, it was a custom for tradesmen to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. Another explanation is that in exchange for ensuring that wealthy landowners’ Christmases ran smoothly, their servants were allowed to take the 26th off to visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box containing gifts and bonuses, sometimes including leftover food.
An Australian friend mentioned that he was missing his Christmas Damper. What is that?
Christmas damper is a completely Australian dish, a soda bread that could be made with simple ingredients by those traveling the vast expanses of Australia. For Christmas, damper is made into a wreath shape and served with butter, jam, honey or golden syrup. The basic ingredients are flour, salt, sugar, butter, milk or water, and bicarbonate soda. Once made into dough, it can be baked in a hot oven or in the ashes of a cooking fire. The complete recipe is in Christmas Cooking Around the World.
Was there a sequel to “A Christmas Story?”
I checked the International Movie Database website (imdb.com) and found that there are two little-talked-about sequels. The first one was a 1988 made-for-TV movie, “Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss.” Jerry O’Connell played 14-year-old Ralphie, who is excited about his first job as a furniture mover. “My Summer Story” debuted in 1994. Kieran Culkin played Ralphie, Mary Steenburgen as his mom, and Charles Grodin as his dad.
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, delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!