Library offers computer training classes
You’ve asked for it … the Delaware County District Library delivers!
During the past few months, dozens of library customers have asked us if we could present computer training classes.
Certainly, our skilled, talented and knowledgeable librarians and library staff are the perfect candidates to teach computer classes. We spend hours every day on computers, finding books and DVD’s using the library’s online catalog, searching subscription databases to answer customers’ questions, and communicating with you through email.
The library staff organized a Computer Training Committee to develop a curriculum of classes that will be offered many times at all locations. The first class, “Computer Basics” is today, March 16, at 2 p.m. at the Ostrander Branch, 75 N. Fourth St. Using the library’s laptops to create a computer classroom, the instructors will present a hands-on introduction to the computer, including a mouse tutorial.
This class will be repeated on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. at the Powell Branch, 460 S. Liberty; Wednesday, March 27, at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Main Library, 84 E. Winter St.; Friday, March 29, at 1 p.m. at the Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd.; Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Ostrander Branch; Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Library; and, Monday, April 15, at 1 p.m. at the Orange Branch
beginning April 17, the library will also offer hands-on class on the Internet and email, where you can learn to set up an email account, browse web sites and use a search engine.
Classes are free and open to the public but pre-registration is required since class size is limited. For more information, call the library at 740–362-3861, or log onto www.delawarelibrary.org.
Does C-3PO stand for anything?
According to Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, C-3PO was named after a post office which is located at reference C3 on a map of creator George Lucas’ hometown. And, R2-D2 is an abbreviation of “Reel Two, Dialog Two.”
Why are sailors’ coats called “pea coats?”
Even the Oxford English Dictionary is uncertain about the etymology of “pea coat.” Linguists have successfully traced back the natural evolution of “pea coat” from the synonymous term “pea-jacket,” but then the etymology gets a little fuzzy. The prevailing theory suggests that pea-jacket emerged from the Dutch compound word pijjaker, which further derives from the Middle Dutch word pij, referring to coarse woolen clothing worn by sailors.
It certainly seems logical that the term for a seaman’s coat would have originated in the Netherlands, but competing theories argue that the similarities are merely due to chance. The U.S. Navy claims that the coat came first and the name came after. Tailored from a heavy, hard-wearing blue twill fabric known as pilot cloth and abbreviated to “p-cloth,” the coats naturally came to be called p-jackets and eventually pea coats. A British clothing merchant named Edgar Camplin is also credited with the invention of a coat for petty (non-commissioned) officers of the British Navy — a “petty coat,” or “p. coat” for short; however, this claim lacks any historical evidence beyond the clothier’s own testimony.
Where is the “Whiskey Capital of the World?”
Dufftown Scotland, located on the River Fiddich, is the home of several Scotch whisky distilleries. It produces more malt whisky than any other town in Scotland; in fact, a signpost on the way into Dufftown declares it the “Whisky Capital of the World.” The largest and best known of the many surrounding distilleries is the Glenfiddich distillery that distills Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky.
This proliferation puts it on the famed Whisky Trail, which also includes Keith, Tomnavoulin, Marypark, and Tomintoul. Other distilleries in Dufftown include Balvenie, Dufftown, Glendullan, Kininvie and Mortlach. Check The World Almanac for additional information.
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!