Finding perfect summer read easier than ever
Are you looking for something good to read but are overwhelmed by the choices available to you? The Delaware County District Library has a variety of resources to help you find the perfect book.
One of the easiest and best ways to find a “read-alike” is to simply search the title of a book you really liked in the library’s catalog, and you will see a list of similar books on the right hand side of the page. For example, I recently read These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf, a good suspenseful novel with wonderful character development, and when I searched the title in the library’s catalog, there were five books with similar themes listed. There were also several “tags,” (descriptors for the book) and when I clicked a tag, I was rewarded with dozens of additional titles.
You can also use the catalog to search for books by the same author by clicking on the author’s name in the record you retrieve. When I clicked on Gudenkauf’s name, the catalog supplied the names of the other books she wrote.
The library recently subscribed to the “NoveList Plus” database that helps you find a book to read based on your reading interests. The powerful and comprehensive database features book discussion guides, read-alikes and reviews and recommendations for thousands of books. You can access this database from any Internet computer, too. Just click on “Research” on the library’s website, delawarelibrary.org.
The best resources in the library to help you find a good book to read (or listen to) or a good movie to watch are the librarians who work here. We are all avid readers, and the best part of our job is successfully connecting you with a book you will find satisfying and enjoyable. Please don’t hesitate to ask any one of us for a recommendation. We will take the time to “interview” you to match your tastes with the perfect title.
The start of the London Olympics prompted lots of questions.
An Olympic gymnast with only one leg? Surely my friend is wrong!
Actually, your friend is not pulling your leg (sorry!). George Eyser (born Aug. 31, 1870, date of death unknown) was a German-American gymnast who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics, earning six medals in one day, including three gold and two silver medals. Eyser competed with a wooden prosthesis for a left leg, having lost his real leg after being run over by a train. Despite his disability, he won gold in the vault, an event which then included a jump over a long horse without aid of a springboard. The Olympic Games-Athens 1896-Athens 2004 was the source of this information.
Did Muhammad Ali really throw his gold medal into the Ohio River?
Muhammad Ali states in his 1975 autobiography that he threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River after being refused service at a “whites-only” restaurant, and fighting with a white gang. Whether this is true is still debated, although he was given a replacement medal during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he lit the torch to start the games.
Who were the youngest and oldest Olympic gold medalists?
The official website of the Olympics (olympic.org) states that the youngest confirmed male gold medalist is the German Klaus Zerta who was 13 years, 283 days when he competed as the coxswain in the Men’s Coxed Pairs, in 1960. The youngest woman to win Olympic gold was diver Marjorie Gestring, who, at the age of 13 years and 268 days, won the three meter springboard event at the 1936 Games in Berlin. Oscar Swahn won a gold medal for shooting at the 1912 Olympics, when he was 64 years and 280 days old. In 1908, British archery winner Sybil “Queenie” Newall became the oldest woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal at 53 years, 275 days.
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!