Inquiring Minds

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11
Dec

Inquiring Minds: Dewey Decimal System classification

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. Why are the LGBTQ books like Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic” shelved right next to the books about prostitution and pornography? It’s really insulting.

Fri
01
Dec

Inquiring Minds: What is punk wood?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is punk wood?

Mon
27
Nov

Inquiring Minds: Where does the word ‘gerrymander’ come from?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. There’s a big case before the Supreme Court now about redrawing the lines of political districts. The word “gerrymander” has been used, and that’s what interests me.  Where does that strange word come from?

Fri
10
Nov

Inquiring Minds: What’s the ‘@’ called?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. You know the “@” thing you use in your email address?  Does it have an official name?

Fri
03
Nov

Inquiring Minds: What is the origin of the word ‘machinations?’

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is the origin of the word “machinations”? Does it come from the name Machiavelli? Also, how do you pronounce it?

Tue
31
Oct

Inquiring Minds: What is the size of the pumpkin crop?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is the size of the pumpkin crop?

Fri
20
Oct

Inquiring Minds: ‘mene mene tekel upharsin’

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. People talk about seeing the “handwriting on the wall,” meaning that they recognized an obvious piece of information.  What is the origin of that expression?

Fri
13
Oct

Inquiring Minds: Most-frequently requested novels

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What are the top five fiction books checked out of the library recently?

Fri
06
Oct

Inquiring Minds: Opioid vs. gunshot, car crash deaths

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. Is it true that there are now more deaths in the United States from opioid overdoses than from gun violence and auto crashes combined?

Fri
29
Sep

Inquiring Minds: A fruit named kiwano

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is a kiwano?

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