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By Mary Jane Santos

It’s that time again…Delaware Arts Festival! This weekend is always a busy one for our community, and for the Delaware County District Library.

Every year for more years than I can remember (and I’ve worked at the Library for almost 30 years!), the Delaware Library has hosted the Festival’s juried art show. Students from the Buckeye Valley, Olentangy, Big Walnut and Delaware high schools put their art on display at the Delaware (Main) Library. There will be more than 100 pieces of art on display from May 15-May 22, so be sure to stop by so you can admire and be awed by the astonishing talent of our high school students.

While the student art is on display, Library staff have the delight of choosing their favorite pieces, too, and three winners, chosen by secret ballot, will receive ribbons and small cash prizes from the Library.

Another perennial event happening at the Library this weekend is the Friends of the Library’s Bargain Book Fair. Judging by the mounds of books, DVD’s and artwork collected over the past few months, the Book Fair is loaded with something for everyone and will be open to the public today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m. You may purchase and fill an FOL bag for only $12, or refill a previously purchased FOL bag for $8. The suggested donations for individual items range from $2 per hardback and $1 per paperback. Bag prices apply only to FOL bags. No personal or paper bags will be accepted. Remember, when you help the Friends, the Friends help DCDL. For more information on the FOL visit delawarelibraryfriends.org.

How did Texas get its name?

The word texas (tejas, tayshas, texias, techan, teysas) had wide usage among the Hasinai Indians of East Texas even before the coming of the Spanish, whose various transcriptions and interpretations gave rise to many theories about its meaning, although the usual meaning was “friends.” As stated in State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, whatever the Spanish denotations of the name Texas, the state motto, “Friendship,” carries the original meaning of the word as used by the Hasinai and their allied tribes, and the name of the state apparently was derived from the same source.

What state has the most billionaires?

California. In fact, if the Golden State were its own country, it would be tied with Russia for third-most billionaires in the world, behind only the United States and China. More than one-third of California’s billionaires are in technology, focused in Silicon Valley. San Francisco has 20 billionaires alone, second in U.S. cities only to New York City’s 66. Palo Alto, Calif. ranks eighth among U.S. cities with nine billionaires, and Woodside, Calif. is tied for 10th with eight. In total, California billionaires personally hold assets worth $485 billion, more than the entire GDP of all but 24 countries in the world. Most states have at least on billionaire as a resident except for Alaska, Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Maine, which have no billionaires at all. The Statistical Abstract of the United States was the source for this data.

How old is Robert De Niro?

According to Current Biography, Robert De Niro Jr. was born on August 17, 1943, in New York City, and he will be 71 on his next birthday. In 1960, after a soul searching cross-country trip to visit relatives in California, Robert De Niro decided to drop out of high school to study acting. Once asked in an interview why he decided to take up the profession, De Niro responded, “Acting is a cheap way to do things that you would never dare to do yourself.”

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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