Library launches revised, improved website
This week, I need to tell you about three significant events at the Delaware County District Library.
I hope you have had a chance to visit the library’s website, delawarelibrary.org, in the past few days. After months of diligence, discussion and much experimentation, the library launched its newly revised and, I think, vastly improved website this week. The development of the website helps us to fulfill our pledge to the community to upgrade technology, and I think you will agree that the website is certainly a major upgrade to our former one.
We listened to your suggestions, and the new site is more easily navigated, focuses on searching the library’s online catalog and highlights events at all locations. There are dozens of other new and enhanced features, too, such as a revolving widget that continually changes to display new books, and a carousel that rotates to spotlight upcoming events or new services. Take a tour of the new site, and I think you will be delighted with the enhancements and improvements.
If libraries and authors are a wonderful marriage, then we are committing bigamy this month. At 7:15 p.m. March 12 , join us at the Delaware Main Library for a visit by popular local author Robert Flanagan, who will be reading from his latest book, Fight Night.
And then, at 7 p.m. March 19, stop by the Delaware Main Library to meet children’s book author Brandon Mull as he answers questions and discusses his newest book in the Beyonders series, Seeds of Rebellion. Mull’s program is sponsored by Fundamentals Parent Teacher Bookstore.
What happens to the stuff that is confiscated at airports?
I checked the Transportation Security Administration’s blog, blog.tsa.gov, and found the following: Because the items are excess government property, TSA must follow General Services Administration guidelines for the disposition of the material. Many airports use a TSA-provided contractor who collects the stuff and throws it away. Some airports donate items to approved, non-profit organizations in accordance with GSA regulations, with local schools receiving the scissors, and local police departments receiving confiscated weapons. Some nonprofits, including several state surplus property divisions, sell the material, but TSA does not sell or profit in any way from the selling of this voluntarily abandoned property. Liquids are thrown away. Donating these items to anyone poses a liability risk because there is no assurance that the bottles have not been tampered with.
How close is “point blank range?”
In action movies and the like, point blank is almost always used to describe a gunshot fired from an extremely close range that is not quite close enough to be a contact shot (where the muzzle is actually touching the body). Among ballistics experts, though, point blank is the range at which a given weapon/ammunition combination can be fired at the center of a given target and hit it without the shooter having to adjust the elevation of the weapon to account for the effect of gravity on the projectile’s trajectory. As soon as a projectile weapon — whether a gun, bow and arrow or cannon — is fired, gravity causes the projectile to start dropping immediately. Within point blank range, this drop is insignificant and imperceptible. Any more distance between the shooter and the target, however, and the drop has to be adjusted for, usually by aiming above the target. Point blank range will differ depending on the weapon type, the ammunition being used and the target being shot. Weapons: An International Encyclopedia provided this information.
Is it true that Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award?
Yes, according to Hitch: The Life and Times of Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock was a multiple nominee and winner of a number of prestigious awards, receiving two Golden Globes, eight Laurel Awards and five lifetime achievement awards, as well as being six-time nominated for, albeit never winning, any of the Academy Awards.
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 email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!