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The Delaware County District Library is delighted to be part of a very exciting event in Delaware — the Creative Strings Workshop and Festival.

Founded by Ohio native and former Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music Christian Howes, the Creative Strings Workshop and Festival offers string players from around the world an opportunity to study improvisation, composition, and styles outside the realm of classical music, while bringing Delaware a plethora of talent and musical energy.

Students learn from some of the best string players — Grammy winners included! — and the Library will be hosting four of their concerts in the coming week.

On July 2 at the Powell Branch, you will be entertained and awed by these talented students with a performance beginning at 7 p.m. Another group of students will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Ostrander Branch on the same evening.

If an afternoon performance fits better into your day, come to the Delaware (Main) Library or to the Orange Branch on July 3 at 2 p.m. to enjoy their lovely music.

The performances are free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and the group will be selling their CD’s so you can enjoy their talents for a long time to come.

I hope you’ll plan to attend at least one of these performances that the Delaware community and the Delaware County District Library is privileged to be able to offer.

What is Hafnium?

According to The Handy Chemistry Answer Book, Hafnium is a chemical element with the symbol Hf and atomic number 72. A lustrous, silvery gray, tetravalent transition metal, hafnium chemically resembles zirconium and is found in zirconium minerals.

Its existence was predicted by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, though hafnium was not identified until 1923, making it the second to the last stable isotope element to be discovered. Hafnium is named after Hafnia, the Latin name for Copenhagen, where it was discovered.

Hafnium is used in filaments and electrodes. Some semiconductor fabrication processes use its oxide for integrated circuits, such as those in computers.

What were Marilyn Monroe’s measurements?

In The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, her dressmaker notes Marilyn was 5’ 5 ½ “ tall, weighed 118-140 pounds, with a bust of 35-37 inches, waist of 22-23 inches, and hips 35-36 inches. She wore a size 36D bra.

Coroner Thomas Noguchi conducted her autopsy and noted she weighed 117 pounds at the time of her death. As a side note, in 1953, Marilyn Monroe was the first Playboy cover model.

Who said, “A good friend will always stab you in the front?”

The Irish playwright, poet and author Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde who was known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms. He became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.

Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest. As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labor after being convicted of “gross indecency” with other men. After Wilde was released from prison, he set sail for Dieppe, France by the night ferry.

He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty. I found this information in Brewer’s Famous Quotations.

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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