Library looks to preserve local history by supporting Delaware authors
Several months ago and with input from many community members, the Delaware County District Library began the development of a revised strategic plan. One of the resulting directives of the plan was to help the community learn about itself and its difference facets.
In working to fulfill this goal, Adult Services Manager Joe O’Rourke was delighted to discover that dozens of authors reside in Delaware County, and what better way to introduce a community to itself than by learning what its hometown authors have to say.
Local author Toni Leland, a freelance writer, professional photographer and novelist, will present “Animals in Fiction,” a discussion of the various ways fiction writers incorporate animals into their stories at 4 p.m. Friday at the Delaware Main Library. Leland’s background is in horses, and most of her six published mystery, suspense and romance novels feature horses. She has a new book called Double Exposure, a mystery partially set in Delaware County, that was released this month.
At 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Delaware resident Ron Gabriel will discuss and sign his book, Sonny, an entertaining and amusing recording of how the world once was in Delaware — before the Internet and cellphones. Ron’s program will be held in the mezzanine at the Delaware Main Library.
If you’re interested in exploring the art of writing yourself, plan to join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Orange Branch Library for the “Adult Writers Workshop.”
Preserving our local history is a role that the Delaware County District Library takes seriously, and being able to give local authors an opportunity to talk about their books while also encouraging aspiring authors is fun, enlightening and exciting for us — and I hope for you as well.
Is celery really a negative calorie food?
Some of the energy in every piece of food you eat is considered a wash because an equal amount of energy is expended to eat and digest it. But the thermic effect of food-diet-induced thermogenesis usually only accounts for around 10 percent of your caloric intake. Celery is one of the most touted negative-calorie foods because much of its caloric content is bound up in cellulose, a fiber that humans cannot digest. The amount of energy we can extract from celery is negligible, but it only takes a little more than one half of a calorie’s worth of energy to digest a piece, according to Of Food and Cooking. The bottom line is that any kind negative-calorie snacking, celery or otherwise, is purely wishful thinking.
What is the Fibonacci sequence?
The Fibonacci sequence is named after Leonardo of Pisa, who was known as Fibonacci. Fibonacci’s 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics, although the sequence had been described earlier in Indian mathematics. They are intimately connected with the golden ratio, and the closest rational approximations to the ratio are 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, … . Applications include computer algorithms such as the Fibonacci search technique and the Fibonacci heap data structure, and graphs called Fibonacci cubes used for interconnecting parallel and distributed systems. They also appear in biological settings, such as branching in trees, phyllotaxis (the arrangement of leaves on a stem), the fruit spouts of a pineapple, the flowering of artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone. A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of Great Mathematicians provides much more in depth information on the Fibonacci sequence.
I read recently that Winston Churchill’s motto was “Fiel pero desdichado.” What does that mean?
It is Spanish for “Faithful but unfortunate.” I checked in The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill to find this translation. The motto was actually for the Churchill family, not just Winston.
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!