The exciting programs linked to Delaware County District Library’s Summer Reading Program continue to fill our event calendar, and next week has some really fantastic programs for you and your children. The summer reading program, themed “Every Hero Has a Story,” will end on July 25, so you won’t want to miss these presentations next week.

The Orange branch invites kids ages 6-11 to “Hot Dog Summer Party” on Monday, July 13, at 2 p.m., with crafts, games and, of course, hot dogs. The teen gaming competition continues at the main library on Monday at 4 p.m. Teens can battle other teens to win a great gaming prize pack.

Your ’Tweens can compete with Asgard’s best to see who is a true Valkyrie at “Thor’s Strength Competition” at the main library on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be sharing a variety of animals at the Powell branch on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. It’s always a popular and entertaining program.

Kids 9 years old and up can make and take recycled paper art with a guest programmer from White Dragon Paper who will share several techniques for making art using dyed, recycled paper at the Ostrander branch on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Gator Dave will be on hand at the main library on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with his rescued wild companions, and large animals such as sheep and goats will be visiting the Ostrander branch at 6:30 p.m. in the “Bring the Farm to You” program.

Did you know that the library now has a circulating board game collection? Learn about the games we have available at the Powell branch on Friday at 2 and 4 p.m.

Get more information about upcoming programs on the library’s website at, or pick up a copy of “Check It Out!,” the library’s quarterly newsletter.

What is the buying power of $100,000 in 1970 as compared to today?

I checked the U.S. Department of Labor’s website ( and found a handy calculator to answer this question. You would need $612,899.48 today to buy what $100,000 bought in 1970.

Who was T.B. Aldrich?

After some initial research in World Book Encyclopedia, I found more information about this gentleman in The Complete Encyclopedia of African American History. Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907) was an African-American poet, novelist, travel writer and editor. His semi-autobiographical novel “The Story of a Bad Boy” (1870), in which “Tom Bailey” is the juvenile hero, contains the first realistic depiction of childhood in American fiction and prepared the ground for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Beginning with the collection of stories titled “Marjorie Daw and Other People” (1873), Aldrich wrote works of realism and quiet humor.

From 1881 to 1890, Aldrich was editor of the Atlantic Monthly. As editor, he created tension with his publisher, Henry Houghton, by refusing to publish commissioned articles by his friends, including Woodrow Wilson and Marion Crawford. When Houghton chastised Aldrich for turning down submissions from his friend, Daniel Coit Gilman, Aldrich threatened to resign and finally did so in June 1890. Aldrich died in Boston on March 19, 1907. His last words were recorded as, “In spite of it all, I am going to sleep; put out the lights.”

Is it possible to find out when my ancestor, Caleb Howard, was married and who he married? He lived in Delaware in the 1830s.

One of the databases Delaware County District Library subscribes to is “Delaware County Memory,” an ongoing digitization project, with goals to make local materials accessible to meet the information needs of historians and genealogists, to support the work of students and educators studying Delaware County, and to preserve aging materials that document the settlement and development of Delaware County. I searched through the Delaware County marriage records and found this entry:

Caleb Howard & Elizabeth French lic’d Feb. 22nd 1837 — The State of Ohio, Delaware County On the day of February A.D. 1837. I solemnized the marriage of Caleb Howard & Elizabeth French. (Signed) James McElroy

While Caleb and Elizabeth got their license on February 22, 1837, the date of their marriage is not given.

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, Ohio 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at or directly to Mary Jane at [email protected] . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!