‘Geek’ with the library at the Delaware Arts Festival
T he Delaware Arts Festival is only a few days away, and I hope you are planning to attend. Stop by the “Geek the Library” booth to let us know what you “geek” (are passionate about.) The libraries of Sunbury, Ashley and Delaware have collaborated on the “Geek the Library” campaign, and we hope you’ll become a part of it. Telling us what you “geek” is fun and you’ll be surprised at what fellow Delaware Countians “geek,” too!
As you are admiring the talents of the represented artists at the Arts Festival, and hopefully adding some beautiful pieces of art to your own collection, please plan a visit to the Delaware County District Library’s Main Branch at 84 E. Winter St., to enhance your Arts Festival experience.
The library will be filled from floor to ceiling with art projects from the community’s best and brightest high school art students. The festival’s juried art show has been displayed at the library for dozens of years, and each year, the quality of the projects seems to only get better. From rings and bracelets to portraits and photography, the show has something for everyone to “ooh” and “ahh” over.
When you’re at the library, drop by the Friends of the Library’s massive Bargain Book Fair in the garages on the south side of the Library. Thousands of hardcover and paperback books for teens, children and adults, as well as magazines, DVDs and videocassettes are priced to sell. You’ll find treasures galore at rock bottom prices. The bargain book fair is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.
The Delaware Arts Festival weekend is always a grand time. I hope to see you there.
Are all clown fish born male?
Clownfish, like Nemo in “Finding Nemo” are sequential hermaphrodites, meaning that they develop into males first, and when they mature, they become females, according to The Fresh and Salt Water Fishes of the World. If the female clownfish is removed from the group, such as by death, one of the largest and most dominant males will become a female. The remaining males will move up a rank in the hierarchy. In a group of clownfish, there is a strict dominance hierarchy. The largest and most aggressive female is found at the top. Only two clownfish, a male and a female, in a group reproduce through external fertilization. Clownfish lay eggs on any flat surface close to their host anemones. In the wild, clownfish spawn around the time of the full moon. Depending on the species, clownfish can lay hundreds or thousands of eggs. The male parent guards the eggs until they hatch about six to 10 days later, typically two hours after dusk.
What is the difference between a caucus and a primary?
In presidential campaigns, a caucus is a system of local gatherings where voters decide which candidate to support and select delegates for nominating conventions. A primary is a statewide voting process in which voters cast secret ballots for their preferred candidates. The Annenberg Public Policy Center provided this information.
How does an Etch-A-Sketch work?
When you turn the Etch-A-Sketch upside down and shake it, the inside surface of the screen gets coated with aluminum powder, which will stick to almost anything (mixed in with the powder are small polystyrene beads, which help it flow evenly and keep it from caking). Also inside are horizontal and vertical bars connected by thin steel wires to the knobs on the face of the toy. A stylus is mounted where the two bars cross, so when you turn a knob, it moves its bar and the bar moves the stylus. As described in Weird and Wacky Inventions, when the stylus moves across the inside surface of the screen, it scrapes off the aluminum powder and creates a dark line on the light gray screen, which is just the darkness of the toy’s interior set against the lighter aluminum powder.
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 the library’s web site at delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at email@example.com . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!