Valuing the generosity of friends
Over the last three years, the Friends of the Delaware County District Library have donated nearly $30,000 to the library, helping to provide you with enhanced library programs, services and products. I think it is a remarkable achievement, especially when you realize that our Friends of the Library group was organized only four short years ago. This group of dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic volunteers — more than 200, currently — have held book sales, author and illustrator presentations, antique appraisal clinics and raffles to raise these funds, and they have been very generous in sharing them with the library.
Since 2008, the library has relied on these funds to provide T-shirts to participants in the summer reading programs, gifts for our birthday club enrollees, CD players for homebound patrons to enjoy audio books, books for the adult book discussion groups, materials for the Baby Bundles that are delivered to every baby born at Grady Hospital, support for programs such as the Financial Literacy Series, music and refreshments for Holiday Open Houses and breakfast for the staff at our annual in service training day, just to highlight a few. Without this support, some of those programs would never have happened and others would have been much diminished. Certainly, the Library Levy Campaign would have been much less effective and perhaps the outcome of the election much less positive.
I would invite you to become a Friend of the Delaware County District Library to support their efforts and to continue forwarding their good work. Membership levels range from as little as $15 to a lifetime membership for $250. You can find out more about the group by picking up its brochure at any library location, or by visiting delawarelibrary.org/friends, or clicking on the “Friends” link on the library’s website.
Where did the expression “cat’s pajamas” come from?
I love these questions! According to Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, “the cat’s pajamas” was first recorded in 1920 as part of the typical vocabulary of Jazz Age flappers and was soon popularized by cartoonist Tad Dorgan in his comic strip “Indoor Sports.” It is one of dozens of nonsense phrases combining an animal with a part of the human body or an article of clothing that was popularized in those days. Here are others: the duck’s quack, bee’s knees, elephant’s wrist, eel’s ankles, elephant’s arches, bullfrog’s beard, and leopard’s stripes.
What are the 13 virtues that Benjamin Franklin lived by?
In the book Ben & Me: From Temperance to Humility, these are the 13 virtues listed: Temperance — Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation; Silence — speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; Order — Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time; Resolution — resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve; Frugality — Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; Industry — Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; Sincerity — Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly; Justice — Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty; Moderation — Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve; Cleanliness — Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation; Tranquility — Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable; Chastity — Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation; Humility — Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?
The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855–1931). Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country. “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added. In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Check in the book by the same name for more details.
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!