LEGOs, credit reports and good reads
If you’re looking for an interesting and fun program to help brighten these cold winter days, look no further than the Delaware County District Library. Of course, the library has a strong lineup of programs for children and teens that you can check out at delawarelibrary.org (click on the event calendar link), but we know that offering diverse programs for adults is equally important.
Have you every wished you could play with your kid’s LEGOs all by yourself? Now you have the chance to “play” with other adults at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the library’s Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd. The library will supply thousands of LEGOs, dozens of creative ideas, and the space for you to explore your inner-LEGO person.
In these economic times, knowing your credit score can be critical. To learn more about what information credit bureaus collect, how they get that information and how they calculate your credit score, join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Delaware (Main) Library for “Mysteries and Secrets of Credit Reports and Scores Revealed.” Taught by a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor with more than 15 years of experience in the credit and mortgage industry, this class will cover what you need to know about your credit history and why it should matter to you.
There are two book discussions scheduled for next week. At 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Orange Branch, the book up for discussion will be The Book Thief by Markcus Zusak, an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. Join us at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Delaware Library to discuss Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice, where 18th-century Naples is the setting for the pain, fears, resentments, and triumphs of two castrati striving to live full lives.
For more information on any of these programs, check the library’s website or pick up the latest edition of the newsletter, “Check It Out!,” available at all locations.
What is the difference between a boat and a ship?
One criterion that sets a ship apart from a boat is size. According the U.S. Naval Institute, a boat is small enough to be carried aboard a larger vessel, and a vessel large enough to carry a smaller one is a ship. The Naval convention is a good rule of thumb, but there are a few exceptions, among both naval and civilian vessels. Some yachts, ferries, and tug boats can carry small lifeboats or dinghies, but they are not classified as ships. Another factor the Naval Institute considers is the vessel’s crew, command, and use. If it has a permanent crew with a commanding officer, it is usually a ship. If it is only crewed when actually in use and has no official CO, then it is probably a boat. Ships are also usually intended and designed for deep-water use and are able to operate independently for long periods of time. Boats, meanwhile, lack the fuel and cargo capacity for extended, unassisted operation.
Why are there no “B” batteries?
During World War I, American battery manufacturers, the War Industries Board, and government agencies got together to develop some nationally uniform specifications for the size of battery cells, their arrangement in batteries, their minimum performance criteria, and other standards. As explained in Inventors and Inventions, in 1924, they devised a naming system for the standardized cells and batteries, basing it on the alphabet, with the smallest cells and single-cell batteries “A” and going from there to B, C and D. As battery technology changed and improved and new sizes of batteries were made, they were added to the naming system, with smaller batteries designated AA and AAA. The mid-size A and B batteries simply didn’t have a market and more or less disappeared in the U.S.; however, B batteries are still sometimes used in Europe for lanterns and bicycle lamps. According to Energizer, though, their popularity is dwindling and they might be completely discontinued.
What do you call a group of owls?
The World Almanac notes that the most accepted name for a group of owls is called a parliament, although it has also been referred to as a bazaar, brood, congress, diss, eyrie, glaring, hooting, looming, nest, sagaciousness, stare, stooping and wisdom.
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!