Library kicks off summer reading program
The Delaware County District Library’s Summer Reading Club officially kicks off today and tomorrow at all library locations. The kick-off parties feature jugglers and magicians, as well as giveaways, refreshments and programming information.
At the Ostrander and Orange branches, the parties will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, respectively and feature musician Jim Gill; at Powell and Delaware Branches, the parties will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow and feature jugglers Matt Jergens and David Kaplan.
Outstanding programs for children of all ages continue throughout the summer, with regularly scheduled Baby Times, Toddler Times and Preschool Story Times at all locations. For the somewhat older school-aged crowd, special programs are offered as well. A list of the programs with detailed information on each can be found on the library’s website at delawarelibrary.org or in the latest edition of our newsletter, “Check It Out!”
We don’t want the teenagers in our community to feel left out, either. The Delaware Branch will have a “Mustache Bash” at 3 p.m. June 12, the Powell Branch is preparing a puppet show and has rehearsals throughout June with the performance on Saturday, June 23. Teens at the Orange Branch are invited at 2 p.m. June 12 to “Stamping 101,” and in Ostrander, there’s a fondue party with cheese and chocolate at 7 p.m. June 21.
There are lots of entertaining, educational, inspirational and fun programs this summer as we invite you and your family to “Dream Big: Read!”
What is pooktre?
I started searching in World Book Encyclopedia for a definition since I had no idea what pooktre is. Simply speaking, pooktre is tree shaping, also known as arborsculpture and tree training, the practice of training living trees and other woody plants into artistic shapes and useful structures. There are a few different methods of achieving a shaped tree, which share a common heritage with other artistic horticultural and agricultural practices, such as pleaching, bonsai, espalier and topiary, and employing some similar techniques. Most artists use grafting to deliberately induce the union of living trunks, branches and roots into artistic designs or functional structures.
Why don’t spiders get caught in their own webs?
According to Smithsonian Magazine, spider webs have non-sticky lines (the spokes) connecting to the sticky lines that link the spokes. When building their webs, spiders take care to touch the sticky lines with only parts of their legs that have a chemical coating and branching hairs that reduce adhesion. Afterward, they avoid the sticky lines as much as possible.
Can Queen Elizabeth “retire” from being queen or does she have to die for succession to happen?
The Queen cannot retire from being queen. She will remain the queen until her death, unless she abdicates the throne. Abdication is different than retirement because not only would she lose the throne, but her descendants would also lose eligibility. Such a scenario occurred in 1936 when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson. His Majesty’s Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 allowed King Edward to abdicate the throne and succession was passed to his brother Prince Albert. As a consequence, Edward’s descendants are excluded from the succession. Reference librarian Andrew Mayer found this information on the official British monarchy website, royal.gov.uk.
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 mjsantos@delaware library.org . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!