Librarians can assist you around the clock
It’s 10:30 p.m. You’re writing a report for work, and you realize that you need a critical question answered. Even though you’ve searched the Internet, you still haven’t found what you need. And the Delaware County District Library — with its knowledgeable and search-savvy librarians — is closed for the evening. What do you do?
Relax. Even though the library is closed, we still offer a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week reference service through delawarelibrary.org. Simply click on “Chat with a Librarian,” and you will be connected to a real, live librarian somewhere in the state of Ohio. Professional librarians are available at all times to answer your reference questions and to assist you in finding information.
Whether you’re a college student needing help with a research paper, a middle school student needing ideas for your science fair project, or someone looking for suggestions for a good book to read, KnowItNow24x7 is here to help you find what you are looking for. The librarians staffing our service are also able to help with any information you might be looking for, whether it be for work, home, or just to answer your curiosity.
KnowItNow24x7 is an online reference service for the citizens of Ohio brought to you by the State Library of Ohio and libraries throughout the state. KnowItNow24x7 is made available free-of-charge to all residents of Ohio through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded by the State Library of Ohio.
Logging on to KNowItNow24x7 lets you connect to skilled librarians anytime. Even though the library isn’t open 24/7, great library service is!
Where is the world’s oldest tree?
According to World Book Encyclopedia, the world’s oldest known living tree sprouted sometime during the last Ice Age, roughly 9,550 years ago. This 16-foot spruce in the Dalarna province of Sweden may look more like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, but its root system got started back when the British Isles were still connected to Europe by an ice bridge, according to geologist Leif Kullman, who discovered the tree, named it after his dead dog, Tjikko. Methuselah, a bristlecone pine tree from California’s White Mountains, is thought to be almost 5,000 years old-and the oldest non-clonal tree in the world. The exact location of the gnarled, twisted Methuselah is a Forest Service secret, for its protection. In 1964, a slightly older tree by the name of Prometheus was accidentally felled by a scientist who didn’t realize the tree was as old as it was.
I heard shoes were rationed during WWII. Is that right?
The Office of Price Administration (OPA) rationed shoes by authority of the War Production Board (WPB) directive under Rationing Order 17. On February 7, 1943 all shoes made in whole or partly of leather were rationed. Shoes were rationed because an uncontrolled demand would have been much greater than the supply which had greatly decreased, because of leather and manpower shortages as well as military demand. I looked at the original rationing books and information on the Library of Congress’s website, loc.gov.
Did Arnold Schwarzenegger take a salary when he was governor of California?
In his biographical information in Current Biography, it is noted that Arnold Schwarzenegger took no salary while governor of California. His salary would have been $206,500 as compared to the governor of Ohio at $144,830, as reported by stateline.org.
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 email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!