How we celebrated National Library Week
“You Belong @ Your Library.” What a wonderful theme for this year’s National Library Week celebration! Today is the last day of National Library Week, and while its observation at the Delaware County District Library may have been somewhat restrained (librarians are not particularly noted for their rowdiness, after all), the library staff certainly recognizes and celebrates the importance of public libraries in our society.
Founded in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance each April sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
The Delaware Library has been busy as usual this week, with people checking out books, DVDs and other material, reading magazines and newspapers, hopping on the library’s Internet connections, using the wireless access, and attending programs. I am always grateful for the support of the Delaware community, and the continued increase in the number of check-outs is a strong indicator that the community embraces and appreciates the library, as well.
So, we librarians don’t celebrate National Library Week with parties, confetti, noisemakers, or carousing, but we do celebrate it by continuing to strive to meet your library customer service expectations. And, remember, as the saying goes, “You Belong @ Your Library!”
Can a pitcher have a no-hitter if the opposing team scores a run?
According to Rules of the Game, in baseball, a no-hitter (also known as a no-hit game and colloquially as a no-no) is a game in which a team was not able to record a single hit. Most of the time, a no-hitter is also a shutout. However, since it is possible to reach base without a hit (most commonly via a walk, error, or hit batsman), a pitcher can throw a no-hitter and still give up runs and even lose the game. On two occasions, a team has thrown a nine-inning no-hitter and still lost the game. It is theoretically possible for opposing pitchers to throw no-hitters in the same game, although this has never happened in the majors. A game in which a team allows no runners to reach base at all is a perfect game, as well as being a shutout victory. A perfect game is by definition also a no-hitter. Twenty perfect games have been recorded in MLB history.
Is tuna still “dolphin safe” if it is not indicated on the can?
According to The Encyclopedia of Food Safety, there is no guarantee that dolphins have not been harmed, despite the various labels on canned tuna because there is no universal and independent verification of the dolphin-friendly claims. In a report released by Greenpeace in 2008, it is noted that the dolphin safe labels may make consumers believe that canned tuna is also environmentally friendly in general. These labels only cover the by-catch of dolphins, not other species, the sustainability of the hunt itself nor the environmental impact of it. Species such as sharks and albatross still suffer greatly from tuna fishing. On Sept. 15, 2011, the World Trade Organization banned the practice of using dolphin safe labels. The results of this ruling are not yet known, but a country that continues a policy banned by the WTO may face sanctions.
What is “mother” in vinegar?
“Mother” in vinegar is cellulose produced by the vinegar bacteria itself. Pasteurization usually gets rid of this stringy substance, though its presence does not mean that the vinegar is spoiled. On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore in the Kitchen provided this information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!