Library offers cinematheque programs
Have you attended one of the DCDL Cinematheque programs at the Delaware County District Library’s Orange Branch? If you like movies coupled with good discussion, then this program is for you.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, we will be screening “Michael Clayton,” starring George Clooney. The film centers on a law firm that brings in its “fixer” to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit. The film will be shown in its entirety in the community room at the Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd.
Within a few days of the screening, library staff will facilitate a friendly and casual discussion of the movie that those viewing the movie are encouraged to attend. Even if you cannot come to the discussion, you are certainly invited to the showing of the movie; conversely, if you cannot get to the showing, you can view the movie on your own and then join in the discussion.
Of course, the movie is free and open to the public, and there is even popcorn to enhance your experience.
DCDL Cinematheque is offered every month at the Orange Branch Library, and for those of you planning ahead, the movie to be shared on Feb. 15 will be “The Big Sleep,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, a true Hollywood classic.
As a reminder, the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, so that all library staff can attend a day of training and learning.
What can you tell me about Neil deGrasse Tyson?
Neil deGrasse Tyson (born Oct. 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, a science communicator, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006, he has hosted the educational science television show “NOVA Science NOW” on PBS. Born in New York City as the second of three children, his father, Cyril deGrasse Tyson was a sociologist and human resource commissioner for New York City mayor John Lindsay, and his mother, Sunchita Feliciano Tyson, was a gerontologist. Tyson attended Harvard University, where he majored in physics, and earned a Master of Arts in astronomy in 1983 from the University of Texas. In 1985, he won a gold medal with the University of Texas dance team at a national tournament in the International Latin Ballroom style. At Columbia University, in 1989, he received a Master of Philosophy in astrophysics and, in 1991, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in astrophysics. Also a fine wine enthusiast, Tyson lives in Lower Manhattan with his wife and two children. Current Biography was the source of this information.
The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey has been in the news lately. Do you have any information about it?
The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey or Burmese snub-nosed monkey, according to 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species is a highly threatened species found in northern Burma (Myanmar). The monkey’s fur is mostly black; its crown consists of a thin, high, forward-curved crest of long, black hairs. It has protruding white ear tufts, a mostly naked face with pale pink skin, a “moustache” of whitish hairs above the upper lip and a distinct white chin beard. The lips of this species are prominent, and the nose upturned, allegedly causing the animal to sneeze in rainy weather. The monkeys spend summer months in temperate mixed forests at upper altitudes of their range, and descend to lower ground in the winter to escape snow.
Why do dogs walk in circles before lying down?
The circling is a relic of domestic dogs’ wild past, hard-wired behavior that hasn’t been bred out yet. Biologists and dog experts say that it might just be a strange quirk for domestic pooches, but for wild dogs and wolves, circling before hunkering down for the night was practical and sometimes even life-saving. The Dog Behavior Answer Book notes that walking around in a tight circle a few times would mat down tall grass to sleep on and also disturb and kick up any bugs or snakes that might be lying in the dog’s chosen spot.
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 delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.