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By Mary Jane Santos

“Fizz-Boom-Read!” That’s the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club (SRC) at the Delaware County District Library, and science-based series of programs is going to delight, amaze and yes, even educate your kids beginning on May 31 and running until July 26.

There are a couple of changes to this year’s SRC you should know about. Firstly, registration for all ages is available online through the Library’s web site (delawarelibrary.org), and is already open. Of course, you can still register at any Library location, too. While they can register before the official start of the SRC on May 31, kids should wait until that date to start counting the hours they read.

Speaking of tracking hours, we are “keeping it green” this year by having only one reading log for all ages. It is uniquely designed with separate logs for ages 0-5, grades K-5, and grades 6-12. Kids still use the logs track the hours they read, with prizes at 6 and 12 hours. The 6-hour prize is a tote bag filled with goodies, and the 12-hour prize is a book of the reader’s choosing. We are much appreciative of the donation by the Friends of the Library for helping to fund this year’s SRC prizes.

Also new this year are collectable badges kids can collect at Library locations throughout the summer, with a new badge available each week.

The Library’s creative and inventive children’s staff have come up with some truly fun and innovative programs for SRC. More details will follow, but as a teaser, here are some of the program titles: Icky Sticky Science, The Great Egg Drop, Skylander Party, Gooey and Gross, Rollercoasters, Minion Party and Food Experiments. Some of these year’s partners include COSI, Columbus Museum of Art, and Preservation Parks. It’s an action-packed, science-filled summer!

Adults—don’t feel left out. There is a summer reading program for you, too. As with the kid’s SRC, you can register online to sign up to read for great prizes. More details will follow.

For more information, contact the Library at 740-362-3861 or log onto our web site at delawarelibrary.org.

Who fought in the War of the Roses?

The World Book Encyclopedia says the Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars in England in the 1400’s. Two branches of the royal Plantagenet family fought for the English throne. Each side had a rose as its symbol. The House of York had long used a white rose as its emblem. The House of Lancaster became identified with a red rose. A number of factors helped lead to the wars—disputes between the two houses, the defeat of English forces in France, the weakness and corruption of England’s government, and the existence of powerful, warlike nobles. The wars began in 1455 with the Battle of St. Albans, near London. Many historians consider the end of the war to be in 1485, when King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, near Leicester, and Henry Tudor, a kinsman of the House of Lancaster, became King Henry VII.

Where is Pocahontas buried?

Pocahontas (born Matoaka, known as Amonute, and later known as Rebecca Rolfe, c. 1595 – March 1617) was a Virginia Indian notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan. In a well-known historical anecdote, she is said to have saved the life of an Indian captive, Englishman John Smith, in 1607 by placing her head upon his own when her father raised his war club to execute him. Pocahontas was captured by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities in 1613, and held for ransom. During her captivity, she converted to Christianity and took the name Rebecca. In April 1614, she married tobacco planter John Rolfe, and in January 1615, bore him a son, Thomas Rolfe. Pocahontas’s marriage to Rolfe was the first recorded interracial marriage in North American history. In 1617, the Rolfes set sail for Virginia, but Pocahontas died at Gravesend in northwest England of an unknown respiratory disease. She was buried in a church in Gravesend, but the exact location of her grave is unknown. Pocahontas: Powhatan Peacemaker provided this information.

Are bats really blind?

Although the eyes of most bat species are small and poorly developed, leading to poor visual acuity, no species is blind They use echolocation, a perceptual system where ultrasonic sounds are emitted specifically to produce echoes to hunt. Bats hunt at night, reducing competition with birds, and travel large distances (up to 500 miles0 in their search for food. Check Hanging with Bats for more 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 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!

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