Another levy campaign promise kept
The renovations at the Delaware County District Library’s Powell Branch are complete, and the transformation is dramatic and amazing! During the library’s levy campaign, we made a pledge to the community to upgrade the existing facilities, as well as to build the new Orange Branch. The renovations to the Powell Branch are a step in fulfilling our campaign promises.
I think you will be delighted with the startling changes that we have made to make this branch more functional and inviting. By relocating some of the essential departments in this building, we have created a computer room, teen area, quiet reading areas, and a great space for children to read, learn and enjoy story times. We also relocated the circulation desk to allow room for self-pick-up of holds and self-check-out.
I invite you to attend the grand reopening Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. The fun begins with a variety of activities that include self-guided tours with a “Choose Your Adventure” theme. DCDL staff will be on hand to provide visitors with information about the building, discuss services and programs offered by the library system, and register new patrons for a DCDL library card. Refreshments and entertainment will also be provided throughout the opening. Hope to see you there!
Why am I seeing so many stink bugs these days?
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an insect not previously seen on our continent, was apparently accidentally introduced into eastern Pennsylvania in September of 1998. The stink bug is more likely to invade homes in the fall, surviving the winter as an adult in houses and other structures. Adults can live from several months to a year. Once inside the house, they will go into a state of hibernation but often the warmth inside the house causes them to become active. The stink bug’s ability to emit an odor through holes in its abdomen is a defense mechanism meant to prevent it from being eaten by birds and lizards. However, simply handling the bug, injuring it, or attempting to move it can trigger it to release the odor that smells somewhat like cilantro. These insects are not known to cause harm to humans, but it is becoming an agricultural pest, producing losses in some apple and peach orchards. It also has been found feeding on blackberry, sweet corn, field corn and soybeans. Currently there are no known predators of stink bugs in the US. The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control helped with this answer.
Does Barbie have a last name?
I checked in The Good, the Bad and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on the US for information about Barbie and found that she indeed has a last name. Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. By the way — Ken’s last name is Carson.
How often do the tokens in Monopoly change?
When Charles Darrow first started selling the game, he suggested using household items, like buttons, as tokens. According to The Book of Games: Strategies, Tactics, and History, it was only after Parker Brothers purchased the game from Darrow in 1935 that they decided to offer actual tokens. Darrow’s nieces were fond of making Monopoly tokens from their charm bracelet baubles. The Parker Brothers liked the idea because it was different than what any other board game was using at the time, and because they were already on friendly terms with a company who produced such trinkets. Dowst Manufacturing already had 15 perfectly-sized charms on their production line, so Parker Brothers appropriated four of them, including the thimble. The tokens changed again because of metal conservation efforts during WWII-crude tokens vaguely shaped like cars, irons and elephants were made from a composite material and in some editions, colored wooden pegs replaced the shaped tokens entirely. After WWII, Parker Brothers went back to metal playing pieces and added a fighter plane for a brief period of time. In the early 1950s, tokens such as the lantern, the purse, and the rocking horse were replaced by our modern mainstays: the dog, the wheelbarrow, and the horse and rider.
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!