Nicole Fowles: Koo Koo Kanga Roo coming to Orange library


Only two weeks remain in the Delaware County District Library’s summer reading program, which means it’s a good time to stop in to your home branch and collect the prizes you’ve earned so far.

Did you know that all readers 18 and under get a prize when they’ve logged six hours of reading, a book for 12 hours of reading, and a button each week just for coming in to the library? With all of the amazing programs happening at each branch, there’s no reason not to stop by!

This Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. we’ve got Koo Koo Kanga Roo performing in the Orange branch library (7171 Gooding Blvd., Delaware) as part of their international “Dream Believers” tour. This tour, which includes stops in places like Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, Orlando and London (yes, England), features hits off the music group’s new CD, “The Triangle of Success: A Motivational, Inspirational, Audio Guide to Achieving Your Dreams.”

However, don’t let the album title fool you. These guys are far from serious or stuffy. Past albums include songs like “Everybody Poops,” “Fanny Pack,” “Unibrow” and the always-popular “Cat Party.” Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s music is designed to get people moving, feeling awesome and dancing until they sweat.

The Koo Koo guys even want you to help create a poster for their show. Put your art skills to work and if you share a picture on Twitter or Instagram with #MyKooPoster, you could get a free shirt at their merchandise table. As with everything in the world of Koo Koo Kanga Roo, it’s not just for kids. All ages can enter.

Where did the phrase “white elephant” as a poor gift originate?

The real “white elephant” (the kind with a trunk) is a pale pachyderm that has long been an object of veneration in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar. Too revered to be a beast of burden, the white elephant earned a reputation as a burdensome beast, one that required constant care and feeding but never brought a single cent (or paisa or satang or pya) to its owner. One story has it that the kings of Siam (the old name for Thailand) gave white elephants as gifts to those they wished to ruin, hoping that the cost of maintaining the voracious but sacred mammal would drive its new owner to the poorhouse. This information came from The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson.

Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, 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 Nicole at [email protected]. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.

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