Library possesses several types of eReaders
If you’re confused about which eReader device to buy for yourself or for a gift, don’t despair — the Delaware County District Library is here to help. We have purchased two or three of several different types of eReaders, such as the Nook, Nook Reader, Kindle, Kindle Fire and even iPads in their latest versions, to demonstrate them and to allow you to have a hands-on experience with several devices, all in one place. Unlike retail stores, the library staff won’t encourage you to buy one type of eReader over another; our only goal is to make sure you have all the information you need to buy the one that best suits your needs.
To make sure we are as knowledgeable as we can be on these eReaders, library staff have done their due diligence to learn how each device works, becoming familiar with features, pros and cons and functionality of them. We can answer questions before you buy an eReader, and then we are here to help you when you finally get it home.
You probably know that the library has thousands of eBooks that you can borrow as well. We belong to the Ohio eBook Project, a collaborative purchasing and borrowing program supported by about 80 libraries in Ohio. By clicking on an eBook title listed in Delaware Library’s catalog, you will be connected to the Ohio eBook Project, where you will find many more titles that can be downloaded to your device. Once checked out, the title can be accessed for up to three weeks. Library staff members are well versed on downloading books to any device and are eager to help you with the process.
We are also offering programs on eBooks throughout the month of January and at all library locations. Pick up a copy of the quarterly newsletter, “Check It Out” for a complete listing of programs, or check online at delawarelibrary.org.
EReaders can be confounding, but the expertise that you will find at the Delaware County District Library may make your decision-making a little less confusing and a lot more confident!
Why do we build gingerbread houses at Christmas?
Ginger can be traced back to Europe during the 11th Century. Explorers came back from the Middle East with the spice ginger, and it quickly became popular, especially in Nuremberg, Germany, the gingerbread capital of the world. All types of gingerbread became popular in Europe, but tradition says the idea of a gingerbread house came from the “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale written by the Grimm brothers. These houses were sometimes referred to as “hexenhaeusle” (witches’ houses) and are also called “lebkuchenhaeusle” or knusperhaeuschen” or ” houses for nibbling at.” The popularity of gingerbread cookies and houses spread to colonial America. Recipes varied from region to region, according to the national origin of the immigrants who had settled there. Check in Christmas: Traditions, Celebrations and Food across Europe for more information.
Who invented Christmas lights?
Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first successful practical light bulb, created the first strand of electric lights. During the Christmas season of 1880, these strands were strung around the outside of his Menlo Park Laboratory. Railroad passengers traveling by the laboratory got their first look at an electrical light display, but it would take almost forty years for electric Christmas lights to become the tradition that we all know and love. The Library of Congress’ website, loc.org, is a great place to find information such as this.
When did “A Charlie Brown Christmas” first appear on television?
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the first prime-time animated TV special based upon the comic strip “Peanuts,” by Charles M. Schulz, according to Television Shows that Changed our Lives. It was produced and directed by former Warner Bros. and UPA animator Bill Melendez, who also supplied the voice for the character of Snoopy. The special debuted on CBS in 1965, and has been aired during the Christmas season every year since: on CBS through 2000, and on ABC since 2001. The special has been honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award.
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 directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!