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Did you know the Delaware County District Library has “Homework Help Centers” available to give your student access to everything he needs to succeed in school? Especially designed for kindergarten to 8th-grade students, the Homework Help Centers provide space, tables, tools and volunteers to guide students through assignments in a variety of subjects, such as reading, writing, math, science and technology.

The Homework Help Center at the Delaware (Main) Library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. At the Orange Branch, the Center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., and at the Ostrander Branch on Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. Appointments or reservations are not necessary — just drop in any time to get help from our volunteers.

“Reading Buddies” is a popular after-school program at the Powell Branch, for students in kindergarten through third grade. Students bring a book or pick one from the shelves and practice reading aloud one-on-one with a trained library volunteer.

For more information on any of these programs, contact the library at 740-362-3861, or log on to the library’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org.

The library is delighted to be able to help our community’s students succeed by offering these two after-school programs. Bring your student in today to find out what other resources are available to make his school and library experience the best it can be.

Is there a special technique for painting a ceiling?

According to Consumer Reports, after removing dust and dirt, use a small sash brush with flagged or split ends to cut in a strip of 2 inches or so around the edges of the ceiling. When choosing a brush, note that synthetic bristles tend to hold latex-based paints better and apply it more evenly than natural bristles. Then switch to a roller with an extension pole. Start in a corner and work across the shorter dimension of the room. For even coverage, paint a “W” or “M” pattern about 3 feet wide with the roller, then fill in the gaps. (The process works for walls, too.)

What is cacotopia?

Cacotopia (commonly called “dystopia”) is an imagined place where government is of the worst, and the opposite of the ideal commonwealth which Sir Thomas More (1516) placed on his imaginary island Utopia (‘No-where’). It is a fictional society, usually portrayed as existing in a future time, where the conditions of life are extremely bad because of deprivation, oppression, or terror. Divergent is considered dystopian fiction. The synopsis of the plot recounts a world in a future Chicago where 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. The Oxford English Dictionary supplied this definition.

What would a $20 item bought in 1914 cost in 2014?

I used the U.S. Inflation Calculator (wwwlusinflationcalculator.com) to find this answer. If you bought an item for $20 in 1914, the same item would cost you about $476.50 in 2014. That is an inflation rate of 2282.5 percent.

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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