June 18, 2011
Are you planning on going on vacation sometime this summer? You probably want to take along books, audio books or download an eBook to help enhance your vacation, and of course, all of those and much more are available at the Delaware County District Library. We’ve recently added a new feature to our online catalog to help you manage your account when you’re out of town.
If you are anything like most of the library’s patrons, you often have a list of articles that you reserve, such as bestsellers and blockbuster movies. Even though we purchase dozens of copies of new movie releases and new books, it is impossible for us to buy as many copies as there are people who want to read or watch it. Putting an article on reserve ensures that the library staff will hold it for you when your name rises to the top of the list.
When you are out of town, there is the possibility that you will receive a notice that your hold is ready for pick-up and you cannot pick it up. In the past, missing the deadline meant that you would have to re-reserve the title and go back to the end of the hold queue. With the addition of the “freeze” option in your library account, you can now freeze you place in the hold queue for as long as you want, and then, when it is convenient for you to pick up the hold, you simply “unfreeze” it. This feature is also handy if you have several articles on hold and you would like to avoid receiving too many notices at the same time.
You can find the “freeze” option in the “View My Account” function under “My Library Record” on the library’s website at delawarelibrary.org. And please consider giving the library your email address for notification purposes to save paper, time and money.
Is Harrison Ford a cabinet maker?
For 15 years, Harrison Ford toiled as a carpenter, working as a stagehand for “The Doors,” building sound studios for Sergio Mendes and making cabinets for George Lucas, then a lesser-known producer. Lucas offered his carpenter a tiny role in the film “American Graffiti.” Later, as Lucas gained notoriety and needed a larger office, he hired Ford to do the construction work. One day in the office, Lucas asked Ford to read lines for absent actors on his new film, “Star Wars.” The impromptu performance won over Stephen Spielberg, who offered Ford the lead role. Current Biography had this information.
Is the California condor still endangered?
Yes, according to 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species, but their numbers are improving. Condors naturally have a low birthing rate and a late age of sexual maturity, so when they started to fall victim to environmental hazards such as DDT and lead poisoning from eating animals killed with lead buckshot, they had a hard time building their numbers back up. By 1987, there were only 22 condors left in the wild, all of which were captured for a captive breeding program. The program was incredibly successful, and within only four years, researchers were able to release some of the birds back into the wild. The program has continued to produce birds in captivity, but the wild birds have started breeding on their own as well. There are currently 189 birds living in zoos and 192 in the wild.
Why do gas prices end in 0.9 cents?
No one seems to know exactly where or when the practice originated, but everyone agrees gas was sold at the pump in fractions of a cent at least as far back as the 1920s or 1930s, when automobile culture really began to take off. What are Hyenas Laughing At Anyway? notes that the fractional pricing was introduced in response to federal gasoline taxes that were themselves assessed in parts of a cent. Others say that tiny price changes of a tenth of a cent were more significant back when a gallon of gasoline didn’t cost much more than a dime. Whatever its origin, the practice is now built in to the pricing system. Federal and state taxes on gasoline still work out to a fraction of a cent per gallon.
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 website at delawarelibrary.org. or directly to Mary Jane at email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.