Mary Jane Santos: Children’s authors coming to libraries


The Delaware County District Library is presenting a couple of very special programs for children this month, and you’ll want to mark your calendar to bring your kids. They will love these programs!

On Monday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the main library, Eric Litwin, author of the first four “Pete the Cat” books, and the new picture book series “The Nuts!,” will present interactive songs and stories from his books, including his brand-new song/book, “Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants!”

Litwin’s appearance is cosponsored by Fundamentals Children’s Books; only books purchased at the event (or prior to through Fundamentals Children’s Books) will be signed by Litwin.

Kids seem to enjoy “Llama Llama” books by Anna Dewdney, and with fun titles like “Llama Llama Mad at Mama” and “Llama Llama Red Pajama,” it is easy to see why. Join the children’s staff at the Orange branch on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. for a llama pajama party, celebrating all things llama — with a real llama!

Both programs are free to the public, so plan on attending. You and your kids won’t be sorry.

What are the names of the villains in the James Bond movies?

“The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia” lists the villains and their movies like this:

“Dr. No”— Dr. No; “From Russia With Love”— Rosa Klebb and Ernst Starvo Blofeld; “Goldfinger”— Auric Goldfinger; “Thunderball”— Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Emilio Largo; “You Only Live Twice” — Ernst Stavro Blofeld; “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” — Ernst Stavro Blofeld; “Diamonds are Forever” — Ernst Stavro Blofeld; “Live and Let Die” —Dr. Kanango (Mr. Big); “The Man with the Golden Gun” —Francisco Scaramanga; “The Spy Who Loved Me” —Karl Stromberg; “Moonraker” — Hugo Drax; “For Your Eyes Only” — Aristotle Kristatos (wheelchair villain implied to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld); “Octopussy” — General Orlov and Kamal Khan; “A View to a Kill” — Max Zorin; “The Living Daylights” — Gen. Georgi Koskov and Brad Whitaker; “License to Kill” — Franz Sanchez; “Goldeneye” — Alec Trevelyn; “Tomorrow Never Dies” — Elliot Carver; “The World is Not Enough” — Elektra King and Renard; “Die Another Day” — Gustav Graves; “Casino Royale” — Le Chiffre and Mr. White; “Quantum of Solace” — Dominic Green and Mr. White; “Skyfall” — Raoul Silva; “Spectre” — Franz Oberhauser and Mr. White.

In mythology, what is a harpy?

A harpy is a ravenous, filthy monster having a woman’s head and a bird’s body, and is described as an “evil creature” in “Mythological Creatures: A Classical Bestiary.” In modern language, a harpy is a synonym for a grasping, unpleasant woman.

Could you describe tarot cards?

The tarot first known as trionfi and later as tarocchi is a pack of playing cards (most commonly numbering 78) used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play a group of card games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. From the late 18th century until the present time, the tarot has also found use by mystics and occultists for divination. Like the common deck of playing cards, the tarot has four suits, and each of these suits has pip cards numbering from one (or Ace) to 10 and four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack/Knave). In addition, the tarot has a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool. Depending on the game, the Fool may act as the top trump or may be played to avoid following suit. Tarot cards are used throughout much of Europe to play card games. In English-speaking countries, where these games are largely unplayed, tarot cards are now used primarily for divinatory purposes. Occultists call the trump cards and the Fool “the major arcana” while the 10 pip and four court cards in each suit are called “minor arcana.” There are many other variations on the games and how the cards are used and described in different countries in “A Magical Course in Tarot: Reading the Cards in a Whole New Way.”

Mary Jane Santos

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 or directly to Mary Jane at [email protected] . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!

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