Festive family fun at the library
During the next few weeks with the holidays and all that they entail crowding in on us, the children’s staff at the Delaware County District Library has put together a terrific line-up of programs for kids and families, to provide you with a bit of respite and your children a satisfying library experience. The library’s regular story time schedule is suspended in the last two weeks of December, but these programs are a great alternative.
At the Delaware (Main) Library, “Princess and Brave Knight Celebration Family Program” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Local author Rick Daley will read from his book, The Man in the Cinder Clouds, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and his book will be available for purchase and autographing, too.
At the Orange Branch, the “Super Mario Brothers Party” will be Monday; the child-parent book club will meet on Tuesday to discuss Beezus and Romona by Beverly Cleary; the “Holiday Hop Festival” will be Wednesday; the LEGO Club “Holiday Bonanza!” will be Thursday; the cupcake decorating workshop for teens will be on Monday, Dec. 19; and the DCDL Cinematheque will screen “Home Alone” on Monday, Dec. 19. All these programs begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Ostrander Branch will offer a “Pajama Party Family Night” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; the screening of “Mars Needs Moms” at “Movies @ the Ost” will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21; “Game Away Day” will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28; and “Teen Gaming Night” will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29.
All programs are free. There is a complete listing of them on the library’s website, delawarelibrary.org, and they are also listed in the quarterly calendar, “Check It Out,” available at all library locations.
Who was Sadie Hawkins?
As noted in World Book Encyclopedia, Al Capp (1909–1979) was an American cartoonist who created the comic strip “Li’l Abner.” The strip, which ran from 1934 to 1977, made Capp one of the best-known cartoonists of his era. “Li’l Abner” centered on the antics of Li’l Abner Yokum, his family, and other inhabitants of a fictional hillbilly town called “Dogpatch U.S.A.” The comic strip was one of the first to treat modern society and politics satirically. “Li’l Abner” contributed several ideas to American popular culture, most notably Sadie Hawkins Day, named after one of the characters in the strip. On this day, girls asked boys out on dates, typically to a dance, reversing the traditional gender roles.
Is Alice Cooper the name of the singer or the band?
Actually, both. The band was first called the Earwigs, then Nazz, before settling on Alice Copper. The name is said to have been inspired by their Ouija Board, which put them in contact with a spirit named Alice Cooper. When lead singer, Vincent Furnier, went solo, he took the name for himself. I found this information in Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll.
What is the Semi Colon Club?
The Semi-Colon Club, according to Ohio Trivia, was an informal organization of talented writers in Cincinnati during the mid-19th century. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a member of the club while living in the city from 1832 until 1850. Stowe’s experiences in Cincinnati and her time in the club were major factors in her work Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
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 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!