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    Inquiring Minds: What's That Short For?

    BMX Riding Skills
    Every so often, Ramsey County Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions we receive for your reading enjoyment.   Got a question of your own? Just Ask A Librarian! Here are today's abbreviated questions: Q. What does the acronym BMX stand for? I know that it has to do with bikes, but what do the letters stand for? A. BMX stands for “bicycle moto-cross” and it refers to the sport of organized bicycle races on dirt tracks. The Library has a number of books on the sport. (Library sources.) Q. I have a wall plaque in my kitchen that reads “La natura è l’arte di Dio.” What does that mean? A. It means “Nature... Read More »

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    Inquiring Minds: Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is (in Arizona)?

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    Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Got a question for us? Ask A Librarian! Here's today's timely question: Q. What’s the difference in time between Minnesota and Arizona? A. Thanks to Arizona’s unique policy on the observation of Daylight Savings Time, this is not an easy question to answer. Alone among the states in the Lower Forty-Eight, Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. That means that during the cold months of the year, Arizona is one hour earlier than Minnesota. They’re on Mountain Standard Time and we’re on Central Standard Time. As soon as Daylight Savings Time... Read More »

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    Inquiring Minds - Living Single

    Marry Him
    Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Got a question for us? Ask A Librarian! Here's today's solo question: Q. I know people don’t get married as young as they used to, but how many people never get married at all? What percentage of the population is single? A. The single life continues to be an increasingly popular lifestyle choice among Americans. According the U.S. Census, 44.1 percent of people over 18 were single in 2012. Sixty-two percent of those singles had never been married; another 24 percent were divorced, and 14 percent were widowed. We’ve seen an astonishing rise in the rate of people living alone.... Read More »

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    Inquiring Minds - e-Books Aplenty!

    3M Cloud Library
    Librarians LOVE answering reference questions.  Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting questions we receive and sends them to the Roseville Review.  Got a question for us? Ask A Librarian! Here's today's question: Q.  I have a library card from Washington County and they do not have the book I need to read for my book club. I did find it on your website in “eBook” form, which I prefer.  Do you accept cards from other counties? A.  We do accept other Minnesota library cards in most cases. In order to use our system, you'll need to bring your card into one of our libraries along with a photo ID showing your current address. We do... Read More »

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    Inquiring Minds - Who Invented the Light Bulb?

    The age of Edison : electric light and the invention of modern America
    Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Got a question for us? Ask A Librarian! Here's today's illuminating question: Q. Did Thomas Edison really invent the light bulb? A. In 1879 Edison became the first to develop a commercially viable incandescent electric light bulb, but his invention built on the work of others. Way back in 1802, an Englishman named Humphrey Davy demonstrated the world’s first incandescent light by passing electric current through a thin platinum filament. During the next eight decades, inventors from Britain, France, Germany and Russia all obtained patents for variations on the light... Read More »

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