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Delaware County District Library has added some cool new features to its website www.delawarelibrary.org and catalog to help you get the most out of your Library experience.


We know that customers are always curious about what to read next, and while our knowledgeable librarians are always eager to help you choose your next book, we have added a feature to the catalog so you can find your “what’s next” book, too.


When you search for a book, scroll to the bottom of the page to find a section entitled, “You May Also Like.” When you click on the title of any of the books listed there, you will link to the record of the book, complete with a summary and synopsis. There will also be other books you may like at the bottom of that record, too. You’re bound to find something that suits your fancy by browsing through these titles.


Did you know you can also add a review of any book you read? Simply click on the “See reviews/add reviews” link on the right side of the page and you will see a list of reviews by other readers. You can click on “Review This Yourself” to add your review to those listed. There is even a way to add your review to Facebook or Twitter, should you care to.


Take a few minutes to explore all the fine features on the Library’s web site and catalog. I think you’ll be astounded at all the information you can find, and how much you can enhance your Library experience.


How can I clean my old pewter?


Modern pewter, an alloy of tin, antimony and copper, resists tarnish and needs only an occasional wash in soapy water. Rinse the item well and dry it with a soft cloth. Polish modern or old pewter by applying commercial pewter cleaner, or you can make your own by mixing a paste of pumice and water. For shiny surfaces, use automobile polish or mix a paste of powdered whiting and alcohol. How To Jo Just About Anything provided this solution.


Do you know how to get slugs out of my garden?


Slugs and snails hide under stones, leaves and debris during the day to keep the sun from drying them. At night, they emerge to feed, leaving telltale trails of silvery slime. To trap slugs or snails, put out grapefruit or potato halves, cabbage leaves, or even wide boards for them to crawl under. In the morning, collect them and drop them in soapy water. You can also set out shallow dishes of beer or grape juice level with the soil. The creatures will crawl into them and drown. By the way, slugs are a garter snakes favorite meal, so they will take care of many of them for you. You can protect plants by surrounding them with sand or by spreading rings of wood ashes or lime well away from the stems. The slugs won’t cross them, but you will have to replace them if they get wet. Check in Garden Problem Solver for more information.


How many languages are there in the world?


The World Almanac notes there are roughly 6500 spoken languages in the world, although about 2000 of those have fewer than 1000 speakers. The most widely spoken language is Mandarin with 955 million speakers (about 14% of the world’s population), and it is spoken in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. Second is Spanish, with 405 million native speakers (6.1% of the population) and spoken in about 25 countries. English is third with 360 million speakers (5.4% of the population) and spoken in 7 countries.


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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