Updates on library material now a click away
Have you ever thought how nice it would be to know about new books and DVDs that are being added to the shelves at the Delaware County District Library each month? Library staff is selecting and ordering thousands of dollars of new material every month, and it may be somewhat difficult to keep up with all of those new titles. In July alone, the library added 1,159 adult books, 879 juvenile books, 697 newspapers, 419 magazines, 301 DVDs, 136 books on CD, 116 donations, 30 juvenile audio kits, 14 MP3s, and two Playaways to the Delaware, Powell, Ostrander and Orange facilities.
To help make it easier for you to learn about new books that you want to read or new movies you want to watch, the library is reintroducing our Newsletter Sign-Up service. The electronic newsletters provide a list and description of new titles and are delivered each month to your email account; you can reserve any of the titles right from the newsletter.
To sign up for any or all of the seven newsletters currently available, including New Fiction, New Non Fiction, New Children’s, Books, New DVD’s , and New Audio Books, log on to our website at www.delawarelibrary.org, click on “Connect” and select “Email Newsletters.” Choose the newsletters that interest you, provide your email, and you’re all set. A reminder: We value your confidentiality and your email address will never be shared with any one for any reason.
By the way, you can also click on the title of the newsletter to see the list of new material at any time, whether or not you are signed up for email delivery.
It’s never been easier to stay connected to the Delaware County District Library, and I hope you’ll take advantage of this service.
Who is Dr. Gurdon Buck?
According to Encyclopedia of World Biography, Dr. Gurdon Buck is considered the father of modern plastic surgery. During the Civil War, he and other Union surgeons completed 32 revolutionary “plastic operations” on disfigured soldiers. Buck was the first to photograph the progress of his repairs and the first to make gradual changes over several operations, including pioneering the use of tiny sutures to minimize scarring.
Is uncooked rice thrown at a wedding fatal to birds?
Throwing rice at a newly married couple has been a tradition for thousands of years, possibly going back as far as the ancient Assyrians and Egyptians. The idea is to give the newlyweds good luck, fertility, and abundance using this symbol of a good crop. Recently, a theory that throwing rice can kill birds that swoop down and eat it has been suggested. The rice grains supposedly absorb water inside the birds and cause them to violently burst. The reality, as described in Mythbusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends is that rice poses no harm to them. Wild birds eat uncooked rice all the time with no ill effects. Many types of waterfowl, shorebirds, and migratory birds depend on flooded rice fields to maintain fat in the winter. Any uncooked rice birds consume is broken down well enough by their gizzards so that the pieces should not cause any problems as they expand.
My dad made a joke about Rula Lenska but I’ve never hear of her. Who is she?
I am old enough to remember Rula Lenska in television commercials. According to The Advertising Age Encyclopedia of Advertising, Lenska is an English actress of Polish descent best known for her work in the United Kingdom. She is remembered in the United States for a television commercial for Alberto VO5 that presented her as a celebrity, even though she was not widely known in the US at the time. What made Lenska an eventual punch line was the caption that appeared as she introduced herself — it said simply “famous actress.” In a “Tonight Show” monologue, Johnny Carson asked “Who the hell is Rula Lenska?” and began using Lenska’s name as a running joke on his show. Jane Curtin played Lenska in a sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” Soon Lenska became famous because of the mere assumption that she was famous. Now living in the United Kingdom, Lenska is a genuine Polish countess and her father was the head of Radio Free Europe in Poland.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!