Register for the Adult Summer Reading Club
Are you registered for the Delaware County District Library’s Adult Summer Reading Club Program? Again this year, the program is self-directed, and you are encouraged to read any book you would like. Of course, we’d love it if you checked your books out of the library, but the important part of the program is reading — for enjoyment, for information and to set a great example for children.
To become part of this year’s adult summer reading program, log on to the library website at delawarelibrary.org and click on the big “Adults” button. From there, you need only follow the prompts to the online summer reading sign-up site. You will need to type in your library card number to register; however, if you participated last year, you are already registered for this year.
After you have registered, you can begin listing the titles of the books you read this summer between June 9 and Aug. 4, and if you would like, you can even post a review online to recommend (or not) the book to other participants.
For every three books you read, you can choose a prize and be entered into the drawing for a $50 gift card from Barnes and Noble. Prizes include carabiner flashlights, journals, glass and screen cleaning cloths, and coffee mugs. (Please note: This program is for adults 18 and older only.)
And, don’t forget to check the website for the quarterly newsletter, “Check It Out!” to learn about great programs for adults to enhance your reading pleasure. At 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, join reference librarian Sara Kennedy at a meeting of the Cook Book Club at the main library. This month’s featured title is Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. Pick up a copy today, find a recipe that entices, prepare it and bring it to share with the group.
Also at 11 a.m. today at the main library, Peace Corps volunteer Jennifer O’Neill will talk about her service in Peru. Jennifer is a Hayes High School and Ohio State University graduate. One of the components of Peace Corps service is to share the experience with Americans back home, and DCDL is proud to host Jennifer as she returns to visit Delaware. It should be an interesting presentation for both adults and teens.
Did Bob Dylan write “Man Of Constant Sorrow?”
Bob Dylan’s first performed on national TV appearance in March 1963 on a program called “Folk Songs, and More Folk Songs!” He performed three songs, including “Man of Constant Sorrow,” a folk tune from circa 1913, originally recorded by the partially blind fiddler Dick Burnett. Burnett, interviewed late in life, couldn’t remember whether he had written the tune, saying: “No, I think I got that ballad from somebody. I dunno. It may be my song.” The actual composer of the song is unknown, but the melody may be based on an old Baptist hymn called “Wandering Boy.” “Man of Constant Sorrow” has been recorded by the Stanley Brothers, Judy Collins, Waylon Jennings, Rod Stewart, Jerry Garcia, and Jackson Browne among many others, and was featured in the film “O Brother! Where Art Thou?” The information came from Song Index.
What is an assassin bug?
Assassin bugs, according to Amazing Insects are appropriately named because of their habit of lying in ambush for their insect prey. With speed and accuracy, this bug uses its long “beak” to stab the victim and then inject it with a lethal toxin that dissolves the victim’s tissue. The assassin bug then sucks up the liquefied tissues. Also known as “kissing bugs,” they are found mostly in late June to early August, and they are beneficial to people because they eat many non-beneficial insects that are pests to farmers and ornamental gardeners.
What is that red stuff they drop on fires?
The red stuff, as explained in How It Works, is a chemical retardant that contains phosphate fertilizer, which helps to slow and cool down the fire. The key ingredient in the fire suppression mixture is water, treated with guar gum and/or clay as thickeners, to turn the liquid into a “blanket” and keep it from evaporating in the heat or being blown away before it hits the drop zone. The red color comes from iron oxide (rust), added to identify areas have been treated. The mixture includes fertilizer to help spur plant growth as well.
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 directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.