Help the Delaware County District Library win $5K
Do you want to help the Delaware County District Library win $5,000? All you need is access to the Internet (and there are dozens of computers at the library’s branches with free Internet access) and the willingness to nominate the library in the LEGO DUPLO “Read! Build! Play!” initiative.
LEGO DUPLO and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC-a division of the American Library Association) have joined hands to celebrate and support local libraries. The most nominated library in the “Read! Build! Play!” project receives $5,000 for books and supplies. The top 200 libraries receive a special LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! toolkit chock full of cutting edge, early literacy programming that combines preschool books with a versatile collection of DUPLO bricks.
The library hosts and sponsors LEGO Clubs and some of the creations that our talented youngsters design are amazing. In the past, they have created LEGO bugs, cities, planes, trains, automobiles, zoo creatures and art pieces, and there are several LEGO programs planned for the upcoming months. Kids will be challenged to create bridges, food, monsters and Angry Birds with LEGOs this fall, and I can’t wait to see what fantastic creatures they come up with.
If we win the LEGO DUPLO challenge, we will be able to add hundreds of LEGO and DUPLO blocks to our stock so dozens more children can join in the fun.
To nominate the library, visit delawarelibrary.org, click on “Support Us,” and then click on “LEGO Giveaway Program.” Follow the prompts on the next page to add your vote. You can vote every day, and sometimes even more than once a day. The contest is open until Oct. 1, so please vote early and vote often. Thank you in advance for your support.
Where does the expression “Be there with bells on” come from?
Like many old expressions, the exact origin of this phrase is unknown. The first use of it in print was by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Beautiful and the Damned in 1922. The phrase means to not merely arrive somewhere; it means to come in with a flourish to boost the festive spirit, according to Facts on File Word and Phrase Origins. One plausible origin harks back to the days before automobiles, when it was the custom to deck out the horse that drew the carriage for special occasions with the fanciest harness that of course had bells on it. Another possibility is that during the settlement in Pennsylvania and other states, the settlers preferred means of transport were large, sturdy wooden carts, called Conestoga wagons. These were drawn by teams of horses or mules whose collars were fitted with headdresses of bells. The wagoners personalized the bells to tunings of their liking and took great pride in them. If a wagon became stuck, a teamster who came to the rescue often asked for a set of bells as reward. Arriving at a destination without one’s bells hurt a driver’s professional pride, whereas getting there with bells on was a source of satisfaction.
What is farro?
World Book Encyclopedia notes that farro is an ancient Mediterranean grain of the wheat family. It is sold dried and is prepared by cooking in water until soft, but still crunchy (many recommend first soaking overnight). It may be eaten plain, though it is often used as an ingredient in dishes such as salads and soups. It is sometimes ground into flour and used to make pasta or bread.
Were the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books written by the same person?
Yes, they were both written by Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book-packaging firm. The books have been written by many different ghostwriters over the years. Franklin W. Dixon is the collective pseudonym for the Hardy Boys series, featuring, Frank and Joe Hardy. The Nancy Drew series was published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Read more about Stratemeyer and these two series in Something About the Author.
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!