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As you probably know, the Delaware County District Library offers story times for infants, toddlers and preschoolers at all of our locations. In fact, among the Main, Orange, Powell and Ostrander branches, you can choose from 17 different story times, presented by nine different librarians, making it easy to find the perfect program for your little one. The library also offers programs for older kids as well as adults. At the Delaware (Main) Library, families of all varieties are invited to “Right on the Money,” part of the “Making Cents” financial literacy programs, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Also at 7 p.m. Sept. 27, the Orange Branch staff will offer the family program “Superhero Training Camp.”

The Orange Branch has two Teen Programs scheduled in the upcoming weeks, too. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, the “Teen Soap Making Workshop” will be held. (Please note: Preregistration is required to attend this program. Call the branch at 740-549-2665.) “Stress Less for Teens,” to be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, is a program to introduce teens to basic yoga. If your child has an interest in learning how to cook, she should plan to attend the “Kids Cooking Club” at the Ostrander Branch at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. French cooking will be the focus of this program.

Finally, the Adult Book Discussion groups continue to meet to talk about some wonderful books. The Delaware (Main) Library group will tackle The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Woo by Junot Diaz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell will be the book up for discussion at the Powell Branch on Sept. 27; Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue is the featured book at the Orange Branch on Sept. 28; and the Ostrander book discussion will focus on Swamplandia by Karen Russell, also on Sept. 27. These three discussions begin at 7 p.m. Check out the library’s quarterly newsletter, or visit delawarelibrary.org for more information on these programs.

What is the difference between a hog and a pig?

World Book Encyclopedia explains that a hog is a farm animal raised throughout the world. These animals provide pork to eat, and the fat, skin, hair, glands and other parts of hogs are used to make a variety of product, such as lard, leather, brushes, soap, fertilizer, glue and medicines. There is no difference between a hog and a pig; both young and adult hogs are also called pigs or swine, and young hogs are almost always called pigs.

Where did the term “bumper crop” come from?

These are my favorite types of questions! The Oxford English Dictionary offers this definition: The original bumper was a large cup, filled to the brim with wine, and used for toasting. Why it is called a bumper is a bit uncertain, but could be from the idea of knocking such glasses together during a toast. Bumper eventually came to refer to anything large or abundant.

What is a “fight-or-flight” response?

Adrenaline or epinephrine is a hormone and neurotransmitter produced by the adrenal glands that participates in the nervous system’s “fight-or-flight response” to situations that are high-stress, dangerous and/or physically exhilarating. This release is an evolutionary adaptation that allows us to better cope with these situations. According to The Encyclopedia of the Human Body, upon its release into the body, adrenaline binds to a variety of adrenergic receptors and causes several metabolic changes, like inhibition of insulin secretion and promotion of glucagon secretion by the pancreas. These changes and others together lead to increased blood glucose and fatty acids in the body and more energy production within the body’s cells. The release of adrenaline further results in an increased heart rate, contracted blood vessels and dilated air passages. Ultimately, these changes allow more blood to get to the muscles and get more oxygen to the lungs quickly — so your physical performance improves and you’re primed to either flee from danger or defend yourself.

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 us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at mjsantos@delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.

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