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I hope your children are fizzing, booming and reading this summer, as part of the Delaware County District Library’s summer reading program.

The creative, interesting, fun and educational programs for kids of all ages just keep getting better and better! Readers up to age 5 and Grades K-5 program participants will get a special “Fizz, Boom, Read!” bag at 6 hours and a special collectors’ button every week. All kids need to do to get a button is stop in to the Library once a week to get the new design. Readers in Grades 6-12 will have their choice of a full-sized candy bar or bag at 6 hours. Once kids read 12 hours, they will receive a free book.

Plan to attend several of these programs next week. There is truly something for everyone in your family.

At the Powell Branch: “The Science of Sound” (ages 6-8) June 24 at 2 p.m. “Balloon Mystery Magic Show Family Program” June 26 at 4 p.m. “Make a Computer Racing Game with Game U” (Teen program—preregistration required) June 28 at 10 a.m.

At the Delaware Branch: “Summer Gaming Tournament” (Teen program) June 23 at 7 p.m. Ohio Machine Lacrosse Family Program June 25 at 7 p.m. “Columbus Museum of Art” (ages 9-11) June 25 at 2 p.m.

At the Orange Branch: “Bring the Farm to You Family Program” June 24 at 7 p.m. “Sharpies Return: Coffee Mugs” (Teen program) June 25 at 2 p.m. “Water Party” (ages 6-11) June 30 at 2 p.m.

At the Ostrander Branch: “The Great Egg Drop” (ages 9-11) June 25 at 2 p.m. “LEGO’s: Mysterious Places” (ages 6-8) June 26 at 2 p.m. “Perkins Observatory Family Program” June 26 at 6:30 p.m.

What is a devil’s strip?

According to Urban Dictionary, a devil’s strip is the grassy area between the street and the sidewalk. This term is unique to the Akron, Ohio area. It got the name because the city can plant trees, or come and dig up the devil’s strip without the permission of the resident who pays tax on this land. The “devil” in this case is a vague reference to the tax collector/government in general.

Who played Mindy in “Mork and Mindy?”

Pam Dawber. She started as a fashion model for the famous Wilhelmina firm before landing the Mindy role with Robin Williams in 1979. By the time the show ended in 1982, the main characters had married and were proud parents of a space baby (played by legendary comic Jonathan Winters). Dawber later found success in another promising sitcom, “My Sister Sam,” which was tragically cut short following the murder of co-star Rebecca Shaeffer in 1989. Dawber married actor Mark Harmon in 1987 and has been a long-standing spokesperson for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. Leonard Maltin’s Movie and Video Guide provided this information.

What is a “Shakespeare Garden?”

A Shakespeare garden is a themed garden that cultivates plants mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. In English-speaking countries, particularly the United States, these are often public gardens associated with parks, universities, and Shakespeare festivals. Signs near the plants usually provide relevant quotations. A Shakespeare garden usually includes several dozen species, either in herbaceous profusion or in a geometric layout with boxwood dividers. Typical amenities are walkways and benches and a weather-resistant bust of Shakespeare. Shakespeare gardens may accompany reproductions of Elizabethan architecture. Some Shakespeare gardens also grow species typical of the Elizabethan period but not mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays or poetry. Central Park in NYC has a large Shakespeare Garden. Check in Extraordinary Gardens of the World 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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