Bringing in a new generation of bibliophiles
The Delaware County District Library offers such a variety of services and materials — DVDs, audio books, Internet, e-books, bestsellers, etc. — that sometimes the most basic and fundamental core service that we offer may get overlooked: helping people to appreciate the written word and to foster a love of reading.
In developing programs for all ages, the library staff is continually integrating ways to encourage people to read and to learn to love reading. Even the “funnest” programs like video gaming or musical story times incorporate reading fundamentals.
There are several exciting programs coming up in the next few weeks that can inspire your toddler, preschooler, tween or teen to enjoy reading, and you will even find a program or two to satisfy your own joy of reading and books.
For example, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Delaware (Main) Library, children ages 7–11 are invited to “Crazy but True Book Group,” and at 7 p.m. Thursday, the American Girl parent-child book club will meet. At 4 p.m. Friday, it’s “Free Book Friday” for teens. And at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6, “Paws for Reading,” an opportunity for your child to read aloud to an adorable therapy dog, will be held — but don’t forget to pre-register.
You will find many other book discussion and reading programs at the Orange, Powell and Ostrander branch libraries throughout the month of October, too. Visit delawarelibrary.org and click on “Events” or pick up a copy of the library’s quarterly newsletter, “Check It Out!” for a complete list of events.
What are Benandanti?
The Benandanti (“Good Walkers”) were an agrarian visionary tradition in the Friuli district of Northern Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries. They were men and women who believed that they ensured the protection of their community and its crops. They believed themselves to have been marked from birth to join the ranks of the Benandanti by being born with a caul covering their face. They reported leaving their bodies in the shape of mice, cats, rabbits, or butterflies. When not taking part in these visionary journeys, Benandanti were also believed to have magical powers that could be used for healing. The Benandanti were active during the Roman Inquisition, which prosecuted scores of people for heresy, blasphemy, sorcery, and witchcraft. Inquisitors investigated the Benandanti and at first claimed them heretics, but ultimately decided that their activity was “benign magic” and not Satanic. No Benandanti were executed, but the Inquisition’s initial denunciation left them unpopular with the villagers. They became synonymous with the witches they fought against, and the cult declined and disappeared. Check Wilson Biographies Plus for more information.
How long did Mary, Queen of Scots, reign?
Mary, Queen of Scots, was queen regnant of Scotland from Dec. 14, 1542, to July 24, 1567, and queen consort of France from July 10, 1559 to Dec. 5, 1560. Mary was the only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland. According to The World Book Encyclopedia, she was six days old when her father died and she succeeded to the throne. On July 24, 1567, she was forced to abdicate in favor of her one-year-old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain the throne, she sought the protection of her first cousin once removed, Queen Elizabeth I of England. Mary had previously claimed Elizabeth’s throne as her own and was considered the legitimate sovereign of England by many English Catholics. Perceiving her as a threat, Elizabeth had her confined for 18½ years until Feb. 8, 1587 when Mary was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth and was beheaded.
Was there a Sammy Davis Sr.?
Yes. In the book, In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr., Sammy Sr. was described as a successful dancer and vaudeville entertainer along with his wife, Elvera Sanchez, during the 1920s. When the pair split up in 1929, Sammy Sr. took his four-year-old son on the road as part of a new dance act, and he spent the rest of his life in show business.
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 email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!