Happy birthday, Orange Branch
It is impossible to believe, but the Delaware County District Library’s Orange Branch celebrated its first birthday on May 15. We passed that milestone with little fanfare — simply a “Happy Birthday Orange Branch” sign in the lobby — but as with all days at the Orange Branch, May 15 was a bustling day for staff and customers.
Since May 2011, more than 175,000 people have walked through the Orange Branch doors to attend programs, to check out books, DVDs and audio books or to simply enjoy the ambience of this gracious and lovely facility. As of this writing, you have checked out 363,815 items from the Orange Branch, and the staff has signed up 10,176 new library cardholders.
Staff have presented programs for children, teens and adults nearly every week of the past 52, with several programs offered each week to thousands of attendees. The community meeting room enjoys healthy use from dozens of community organizations, and the quiet study rooms almost never go unoccupied.
Thank you, Delaware County, for embracing the library’s newest branch, and for supporting the levy in 2009 that made its construction and operation possible. We continue to be grateful to our community for its unflagging patronage. We take your confidence very seriously, as we continue to be good stewards of the funds with which you have entrusted us.
So, happy birthday, Orange Branch — here’s to many, many more.
As a reminder: The library will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day, but delawarelibrary.org is always open. See you at the parade.
How much does a Super Bowl ring cost and who pays for it?
The NFL covers the cost for up to 150 Super Bowl rings at $5,000 per ring; teams pick up any additional costs. Jostens has worked with team officials to design the majority of the Super Bowl rings. While diamonds remain the most popular gem, emeralds, aquamarines, rubies and sapphires have also been used. Rings typically feature the Lombardi trophy and are often engraved with the final score in addition to the player’s name. This information was found in the Official NFL Record and Fact Book.
What did Grover Cleveland do between his terms as president?
According to The Complete American Presidents Source Book, Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. He was first elected in 1884, and then in 1888, Cleveland lost re-election to Benjamin Harrison. By all accounts, Cleveland really thought he was done with government after that. He and his wife moved back to New York City, living in a hotel while searching for the perfect house and the ex-president considered various lucrative job offers in the private sector, eventually accepting a position with a prestigious law firm that is still around today. Cleveland was re-elected to the presidency in 1892, defeating Benjamin Harrison.
Where did the expression, “Steal my thunder” originate?
While we use the term figuratively today, its original usage — by English playwright John Dennis in the early 1700s — was literal. Live theater productions have sound effect tricks, and some of them are centuries old. For the performance of his play Appius and Virginia at a London theater, Dennis came up with a new thunder effect, a refined version of the “mustard bowl” that used metal balls in a bowl instead of lead. The play was not well received, but the thunder was, and after Appius and Virginia was cancelled, the theater manager continued to use Dennis’ thunder-making method for a production of Macbeth. Reportedly, Dennis was in the audience one night and recognized the distinct sound of his thunder effect. According to legend, he leapt from his seat and shouted, “That’s my thunder, by God! The villains will not play my play but they steal my thunder.” Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins offers some other variations on the origin of this phrase, but substantially this explanation is generally accepted.
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