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Q: “How are meteors and asteroids tracked?”

Written on: February 17th, 2013 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q:  “Hi!  I’m wondering how scientists track meteors like the one that hit Russia a few days ago.  Is there a public notification system?  If so, how reliable is it?” On Friday, February 15, 2013 we had two historical events:  the meteor that hit near Chelyabinsk, Russia and the fly-by of an asteroid.  This rare […]


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Q: “When did Valentine’s Day become a holiday?”

Written on: February 10th, 2013 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q: “What is Valentine’s Day all about? When did it start?” February 14th is traditionally known as St. Valentine’s Day, and commonly known as Valentine’s Day. The ‘day of love’ has been celebrated for hundreds of years similarly to today’s exchange of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, bouquets of flowers, gifts and cards that say “I […]


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Q: “What is Black History Month all about?”

Written on: February 3rd, 2013 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q: “What is Black History Month and when did it start?” Thank you for your great question! Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is celebrated in February nation-wide but started as a week-long tribute in the 1920s. The month-long honor officially began in 1976 with a proclamation given by then-US President […]


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Q: “Are digital thermometers as reliable as the older glass standard ones?

Written on: January 29th, 2013 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q: “Is there any difference between a regular thermometer and an electronic [digital] one? Someone told me the electronic ones are not very reliable when trying to tell if someone has a fever. Is that true?” Thank you for your question about the reliability of digital thermometers when compared to the glass, mercury-filled ones many […]


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Q: “Is there a monthly gardening tip resource for our area?”

Written on: January 20th, 2013 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q: “Is there an easy way to find out when I need to prune, plant, mulch, weed? I’d like a monthly gardening list that I can use online, and need ideas for making my garden great this year.” There are many great resources for our Delaware gardens and landscapes. Let’s start with the Delaware Master […]


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Q: “Can you recommend a good book to read?”

Written on: January 6th, 2013 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q: “I’d like to find something new to read.  Can you help?  I have been kind of stuck in a rut with romance novels for light, pleasure reading, but I want to try something else.  Where do I start looking?” The new year is a great time to embrace new ideas and explore different places […]


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Q: “What are some New Year’s Eve rituals?”

Written on: December 31st, 2012 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q: “I’m trying to find out about what some people in different cultures do to prepare for a new year to start a family tradition beyond what we normally do.  Can you suggest any?” This time of year many of us review reflections about the year past, and plan for an evening watching the Times […]


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Q: “Is Santa Claus real?”

Written on: December 22nd, 2012 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q:  “I want to know if Santa is real.  Do you know?” Thank you for your timely question!  Every holiday season this question comes up and it’s great that you are asking a librarian. There is a lot of discussion about Santa this time of year, and questions about how he can manage the amazing […]


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Q: “What are some tips for relieving holiday stress?”

Written on: December 16th, 2012 in Blog PostsQ & A's

Q:  “Do you know of any books or resources to deal with holiday stress?  Especially for those family gatherings?” Holidays can be wonderful times but can sometimes challenge the calmest of us with heightened emotions due to anticipation, extra work, holiday preparations, and family events.  To ease some tension and anxiety, experts advise a variety […]


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Q: “Is the world really going to end as predicted by the Mayan Calendar on December 21, 2012?”

Written on: December 9th, 2012 in Blog PostsQ & A's

The Mayan Calendar is intricate and interesting.  Simplistically, as explained on the Marjorie Barrick Museum’s site from the University of Nevada, it cycles every 5,000+  years.  December 21, 2012 has been connected with the end/beginning of a new cycle.   The Mayan Calendar is close to its “year end” and is ready to start again in […]


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