Library can provide you board games to try


It’s Sunday afternoon, your family is visiting for the day, and it’s raining. There’s nothing on television, and the kids are starting to get antsy. What to do? How about a board game? Did you know you can check out board games at the Delaware County District Library to match wits with your friends and family?

Board games inspire creativity, creative thinking and interaction. The library has nearly 40 modern board games you can check out, and we’ve created a Wiki to help you decide which game you want.

To learn the specifics on what modern board games we have, their rules, number of players, approximate play time, and much more, visit the library’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org, click on the “Services” tab, then click on “Board Games.” Click on “Board Game Wiki” to link to a page with an interactive list of titles.

I clicked on the game “Ticket to Ride” and learned players are working to race across the country as fast as they can by train. By completing sets of train cards, players can claim the routes to help them reach their destination. Once one player has exhausted their train supply, the game ends and the player with the most points wins the game. The game is for 2-5 players, suggested age is 8 and up, it’s easy to play and a game lasts about 45 minutes. There is even a link to reserve the game.

You are welcome to check out one board game at a time for two weeks, and games can also be renewed up to three times as long as no one else has placed a hold on them. The collection is located behind the circulation desk at the Delaware branch, but holds can be placed on any of the games and sent to the other branches for pick up.

Pick a game up today to entertain your friends and family, and happy playing!

With what countries did the U.S. declare war in World War II?

According to World Book Encyclopedia, the U.S. declared war on Japan on Dec. 8, 1941, on Germany and Italy on Dec. 11, 1941, and on Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania on June 5, 1942. The war against Japan was settled on Sept. 5, 1945, when the Japanese surrendered, and the war against Germany was ended on May 8, 1945, also by surrender. The wars with Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania were over when the Paris Peace Treaty was signed on Feb. 10, 1947. All of these declarations of war were unanimously approved by both the House and Senate.

Where does the expression “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” come from?

My favorite source, Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, supplied the answer to this question. The quote is from Shakespeare’s Richard III, Act 5, Scene 5. Richard is Duke of Gloucester and is unhappy about it. In the beginning of the play, we learn his brother, Edward, has become the king of England after a series of long civil wars between his people (the Yorks) and the Lancasters. Despite the news about King Edward and his family’s victory, Richard feels inadequate because he was born with a hunchback and he is not married. Richard decides to get the crown of England for himself. After killing many family members, Richard achieves success. The Earl of Richmond then gathers troops and allies in France to overthrow Richard. During the battle, Richard’s horse is killed, and he is wandering the battlefield on foot, killing everything in his path with a fatalistic fury. Richard yells out the famous line, “A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!” The quotation is sometimes now repeated when someone is need of some unimportant item.

What is a bush baby?

Bush babies, also known as galagos or nagapies (meaning “little night monkeys”), are small, nocturnal primates native to continental Africa. According to some accounts, the name “bush baby” comes from either the animal’s cries or its appearance. In both variety and abundance, the bush babies are the most successful primitive primates in Africa, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. Galagos have large eyes that give them good night vision, strong hind limbs, acute hearing, and long tails that help them balance. Their ears are bat-like and allow them to track insects in the dark. They catch insects on the ground or snatch them out of the air. They have nails on most of their digits, except for the second toe of the hind foot, which bears a grooming claw. Their diet is a mixture of insects and other small animals, fruit and tree gums. Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia has some great photos of the creature.

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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 website 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!

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 website 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!