Giving thanks for the Delaware County Library
Thanksgiving is traditionally the time to take a few moments to reflect on that for which we are thankful. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Delaware community for your continued, more-than-a-century long support of the library, support that began in 1855 with the first movement to build a library in Delaware. In 1897, a group of stalwart women took it upon themselves to start a library with 30 books.
Built with a generous grant from Andrew Carnegie, the Delaware Public Library, located at 101 N. Sandusky St. was dedicated on Sept. 1, 1906, with large crowds attending the opening ceremonies. The collection consisted of more than 4,000 books, magazines, and newspapers and the words “Free To All” were inscribed above the front door.
The branches in Ostrander and Powell were opened in 1991 and 1993 respectively, and in 1992, the renovated main library was reopened at its present location. And in 2011, with the passage of the library levy in 2009, the doors to the Orange Branch were opened.
We are truly thankful for your support over the last 150-plus years. This Thanksgiving, I hope the Delaware County District Library is on your list of things you are thankful for, and I hope you continue to visit, use and enjoy the library.
On a personal note, I am thankful for the remarkable staff that work diligently and enthusiastically to make Delaware Library such a fine asset to our community. They personify the concepts of “customer service,” lifelong learning” and “the right to read.”
As a reminder: The library and its branches will close at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23.
Here are some Thanksgiving questions and answers that have been asked over the past few months. These answers were all found in Holiday Symbols and Customs. Happy Thanksgiving!
Which president started the tradition of pardoning the White House turkeys?
The origins of the tradition of pardoning the White House turkey are unclear. Many credit President Harry Truman with starting the informal and lighthearted tradition in 1947. However, the Truman Library says that no documents, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs or other contemporary records are known to exist that specify that he ever “pardoned” a turkey. The Eisenhower Presidential Library says documents in their collection reveal that President Dwight Eisenhower ate the birds presented to him during his two terms. President John F. Kennedy spontaneously spared a turkey on Nov. 19, 1963, just days before his assassination, but did not grant a “pardon.” The bird was wearing a sign reading, “Good Eatin’ Mr. President.” Kennedy responded, “Let’s just keep him.” Since 1989 when the custom of ‘pardoning’ the turkey was formalized, the turkey has been taken to a farm where it will live out the rest of its natural life.
How did the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade become a television event?
Approximately 44 million people watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In the early 1900s, people started associating Thanksgiving with the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. To capitalize on this behavior and celebrate the expansion of its flagship store in Herald Square, Macy’s announced it would treat New York to a special holiday event in 1924 — the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Soon after, Macy’s partnered with NBC to broadcast the parade so that people beyond the Big Apple could delight in the festivities every Thanksgiving morning.
Why do we have turkey on Thanksgiving?
Turkey is practically synonymous with Thanksgiving — so much so that the holiday is typically referred to as “Turkey Day.” The association goes back to the very first Thanksgiving in 1621, when Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford was said to comment on “the great store of wild turkeys.” Interestingly enough, however, venison, fish, and duck made up the bulk of that first feast. But it’s the fair feathered fowl that has staked its claim on the Thanksgiving dinner table; according to a recent survey conducted by the National Turkey Federation, nearly 88 percent of Americans said they eat turkey at Thanksgiving.
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!