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By Mary Jane Santos



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We could probably debate the merits of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and the like) for weeks and not reach any good answer. Nevertheless, for good or for bad, social media has become ubiquitous in our world.


The Delaware County District Library has embraced social media as a way to help you stay connected to the Library. It is one of the ways that we use to disseminate information quickly, efficiently and in “real time,” and in that respect, social media is a good thing.


Are you connected to the Library through our social media sites? We’ve made it simple for you to subscribe to the social media we use daily to connect to our community. When you visit the Library’s web site at delawarelibrary.org, click on the “Connect” tab to open a page filled with the familiar social media icons, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and RSS feeds. When you click on the icon of your choice, you can easily become connected to the Library.


You will also see a couple of icons that are perhaps not as familiar. One is eBooks and Digital Media. If you click on this button, you connect to a page with helpful information about eBooks available at the Delaware Library, how to check them out, and links to sites with downloadable media. There is also information about Zinio, the Library’s digital magazine collection.


The “Chat with a Librarian” button is a link to 24/7 reference service with a real librarian from somewhere in Ohio. Several Delaware Library librarians participate in this service, and you may be chatting with one of them, or a librarian from Astabula or Cincinnati. Whomever you connect with, you will get your questions answered any time of the day or night.


Social media makes it easy and convenient to connect to the Library from wherever you already hang out on the Internet. “Like” us on Facebook, “follow” us on Twitter, “subscribe” to our video channel on YouTube, or interact with me on my blog. With on-line reference, ebook collections and premium databases, library services extend after hours and beyond our walls.


Was Winston Churchill an American citizen?


In the book, Winston Churchill, there is a lovely description of a deeply moved Sir Winston Churchill, sitting in his London home with his wife beside him, watching a satellite relay of a White House ceremony giving him honorary United States citizenship on April 9, 1963. In Washington several hundred guests, including 92-year old Bernard Baruch, a close friend of Sir Winston’s watched the ceremony. The Churchill family was represented by Randolph Churchill and his son, Winston. It was the first time that Congress had resolved honorary citizenship be bestowed by the President of the United States on a foreign national. President John F. Kennedy praised Sir Winston as a defender of freedom, wartime leader, orator, historian, statesman, and Englishman. The President’s opening remarks gave us the classic tribute to one of Sir Winston’s greatest achievements: “He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”


How long does a jellyfish live?


Potentially, they can live forever, according to Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia.


While it is often joked that cats have nine lives, a certain species of jellyfish has been deemed “immortal” by scientists who have observed its ability to, when in crisis, revert its cells to their earliest form and grow anew. That means that these tiny creatures, about 1/10 of an inch long, potentially have infinite lives. If a mature Turritopsis is threatened, it attaches itself to a surface in warm ocean waters and converts into a blob. From that state, its cells undergo transdifferentiation, in which the cells transform into different types of cells. Muscle cells can become sperm or eggs, or nerve cells can change into muscle cells, “revealing a transformation potential unparalleled in the animal kingdom,” according to the original study of the species published in 1996. But Turritopsis can die. Their regeneration only occurs after sexual maturation; therefore they can succumb to predators or disease in the polyp stage. Because the jellyfish are the only known animal with this “immortality,” scientists are studying them closely, with the hopes of applying what they learn to issues such as human aging and illness.


What is the world’s most aggressive animal?


According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s the honey badger, whose skin is very loose-fitting, and if it is caught from behind, it is able to twist around in its own skin and fight back. They are very aggressive when it comes to attacking termite mounds and bee hives. They have also been known to emasculate wildebeest, waterbuck and zebra.


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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