Plenty of summer library activities to come


My mother used to say the Fourth of July was nearly the end of summer but at the Delaware County District Library our summer reading program is still going full steam ahead with several great events planned through the end of July.

A perennial favorite at the library, the “Turtle Lady” returns on July 6 to the Powell branch and at the Orange branch on July 7. Her program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is always a crowd-pleaser.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be bringing a variety of animals to the library to the Ostrander branch on July 9, and to the Powell branch on July 14. Both programs begin at 6:30 p.m.

“Captain Thunderbolt” will arrive at the main library at 6:30 p.m. July 8, and “Gator Dave” will be here on July 16. You can meet the Orange Township firefighters at the Orange branch on July 14 at 6:30 p.m., too.

There are many more programs for kids, teens and adults scheduled at the library next month. Pick up a copy of “Check it Out!,” the library’s newsletter, or log onto www.delawarelibrary.org for full event information.

Whether or not the summer is nearly over, the library will be closing on July 3 at 5 p.m. and remained closed on July 4 so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families. Regular hours resume on July 5.

What is the difference between whisky and whiskey?

Much is made of the word’s two spellings. There are two schools of thought on the issue. One is that the spelling difference is simply a matter of regional language convention, indicating that the spelling varies depending on the intended audience or the background or personal preferences of the writer (like the difference between color and colour). The other is that the spelling should depend on the style or origin of the spirit being described. Whiskey is common in Ireland and the United States, while whisky is used in every other whisky-producing country in the world. “Tasting Whiskey: The Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits” is a good source for more information.

The Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn mysteries are great. Is Tony Hillerman still writing them?

A versatile novelist, Tony Hillerman is a writer of police procedurals who is less concerned with the identity of his villains than with their motivation, and while most mystery writers begin with plot, Hillerman begins with setting: the sprawling, arid, high plateau of the Southwest — the Four Corners region of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico that comprise Navajo country. Into this vast, empty space he sets his two protagonists, Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, detectives with the Navajo Tribal Police, who solve crimes using the most modern police methods as well as the most traditional of Navajo beliefs. Hillerman was born on May 27, 1925, in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, and died of pulmonary failure on Oct. 26, 2008. The Library’s Literary Reference Center provided this answer.

How do I treat a sunburn?

According to Consumer Health Complete, treatment depends on the severity of the sunburn. Always check with your care giver if the sunburn is severe or if the symptoms do not improve in a few days. Some home remedies to alleviate the burn of sunburn include these:

• Apply a cool compress to soothe raw, hot skin.

• Take over-the-counter pain reliever if recommended by your doctor.

• Take oral or topical corticosteroids if recommended by your doctor.

• Take a cool shower or bath.

• Soak in an oatmeal bath. This is especially helpful for itchy sunburned skin.

• Use lotions that contain aloe vera to soothe and moisturize skin. Some aloe products contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that can help relieve sunburn pain.

The best remedy is prevention. Always use sunscreen, wear protective clothing and avoid direct sun exposure.