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Upcoming events scheduled at Delaware County District Library

By Mary Jane Santos

December 23, 2013

Regular scheduled story times at the Delaware County District Library began their hiatus on Monday, Dec. 23, but the children’s librarians will resume the presentation of story times for infants to preschoolers beginning Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. But, the days before and after Christmas are filled with programs at the Delaware County District Library’s Orange Branch, perfect for keeping little ones entertained or fun for the whole family.


It’s a Movie Marathon next week, with the screening of the sequels, with “Planes” on Monday, starting at 2 p.m. On Thursday, the marathon continues with “Monsters U” and “Despicable Me 2” on Friday, both beginning at 2 p.m.


For adults on Saturday, Dec. 28 from noon to 4 p.m., bring in the Kindle, iPad or other reading device you got for Christmas and learn how to download free eBooks at “Unwrapping Library eBooks.” Staff will present hour-long sessions throughout the afternoon, demonstrating a variety of devices.


LEGO Free Play is on Monday, Dec. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring the kids to the Orange Branch and let their imaginations run wild, creating fantastic creatures from the thousands of LEGOs available.


Happy Holidays from the Board and Staff of the Delaware County District Library, and please note that the Library will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 so that our employees can spend time with their families.


In the movie, “Rudy,” what occupation did the real Ruettiger do after college?


Reference Librarian Andrew Mayer researched this question and the one following. After receiving a degree in sociology from Notre Dame, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger worked in a few occupations, including insurance salesman and owning a janitorial company and real estate title company. The success of the motion picture about his life led to his current work as a motivational speaker and author. Andrew found this information on Rudy’s web site, http://www.rudyintl.com/bio.cfm.


Why do boys and men spit more than females?


In his research, Andrew discovered no information indicating there is a physical or medical reason for men to spit more than women. A newspaper article in the Boise Weekly by Robert McCarl, a sociology professor at Boise State noted that the prevalence of male spitting may have its origins in a man’s desire to mark his territory. It may also come from the medieval belief that spitting or sneezing expelled evil spirits. Compared to today, spitting was more commonplace in the past, when spitting indoors and at the dinner table was acceptable, and in general, spitting was encouraged.


Was Tom Thumb ever married?


General Tom Thumb was the stage name of Charles Sherwood Stratton (January 4, 1838 – July 15, 1883), a little person who achieved great fame under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. Born in Bridgeport to parents who were of medium height, Charles was a relatively large baby, weighing 9 pounds 8 ounces at birth, with several siblings all of normal height and weight. He developed and grew normally for the first six months of his life, at which point he was 25 inches tall and weighed 15 pounds. By late 1842, Stratton had not grown an inch in height or put on a pound in weight from when he was six months old. According to The Great and Only Barnum : The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum, Stratton married Lavinia Warren, also a little person, on February 10, 1863, and following the wedding, the couple was received by President Lincoln at the White House. Stratton died of a stroke in 1883, at 45 years of age. He was 3’4” tall and weighed 71 pounds at his death.


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 www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at mjsantos@delawarelibrary.org . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!