February Question of the Month – an irregular series

During the French Revolution of 1789-1799, a woman was executed. She was married to a member of the nobility. Her husband was a well known scientist (?), as was she. What was her name?

Thank you for your question. The French husband and wife scientific team were Antoine and Marie Lavoisier. Lavoisier, a chemist and physicist, established the practice of accurate measurement Continue reading “February Question of the Month – an irregular series”

January Question of the Month – an irregular series

 I would like to know how long it would have taken to travel by train from Seattle to Boston in 1910. Thank you for your assistance.

Thank you for using our Ask a Librarian service with an inquiry about the length of time it would take to travel by train from Seattle to Boston in 1910. Continue reading “January Question of the Month – an irregular series”

September Question of the Month: an irregular series

The reference librarians at Seattle Public Library are pretty darn amazing. They don’t know everything, instead they know where to find everything. As part of an irregular series of posts we salute the talented and dedicated reference staff at your local library. Names and other identifying information have been removed from the questions we showcase. Got a stumper?
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Back in the early 1980s, the Christian Science Monitor published a book review of a book that featured great, but overlooked, books. We loaned it to a friend and, as you can guess, never saw it again. I can’t remember the title, but among the books reviewed was Indian Summer by William Dean Howells. A sweet little read. I’m trying to figure out if I’m defining it correctly, as an anthology. It was really more like a book by Nancy Pearl, or Michael Dirda. It might have Continue reading “September Question of the Month: an irregular series”

December Question of the Month – an irregular series

bnr_askaquestionThe reference librarians at Seattle Public Library are pretty darn amazing. They don’t know everything, instead they know where to find everything. As part of an irregular series of posts we salute the talented and dedicated reference staff at your local library. Names and other identifying information have been removed from the questions we showcase. Got a stumper?
Click on Ask a Librarian. It’s what we do.

I left my poinsettia in the car last night and it froze. Any chance that it will come back in the next few weeks with some judicious pruning or some other miracle? 

poinsettia photo courtesy of James GagenI’m sorry to report that things do not look too hopeful.  Here are some links to poinsettia care with special reference to freezing situations. In addition, you may want to consider giving Swanson’s (782-2543) or Molbak’s (1 (866) 466-5225) a ring to ask their advice.

 

We hope this information will be helpful – and Good Luck.

                             ~ Library Staff