Newsletter trivia

Test your IQ about books, Oshkosh and more!

November's trivia question
Q: On average, how many questions does the Butterball Turkey Talk Line receive during November and December every year?
A: According to, their Turkey Talk Line experts answer more than 100,000 questions from households in the United States and Canada. The Talk Line is open for calls beginning Nov. 2.

October's trivia question
Q: Where did author Mary Shelley get the inspiration for Frankenstein’s monster?
A dream.
When Mary Shelley was 18 years old, she had a dream while on holiday in Lake Geneva, Switzerland with poets Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley (her future husband) and the physician John Polidori. It was a rainy trip, and Shelley and the group entertained themselves indoors by reading ghost stories aloud. Afterwards, Byron posed a challenge to the group to write their own ghost stories and vote on a winner.
Shelley captured the prize and in 1818, Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus was published. It was an instant hit.

September's trivia question
Q: Using an Oshkosh Public Library Card, how many titles can you borrow per month on Hoopla?

A: You can borrow 10 titles per month per library card for free! Check out what’s new.

August's trivia question:
Q: On Aug. 1, 1981, MTV Network debuted on cable television. What were the first and second videos shown on the groundbreaking channel?

A: Ironically, The Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star was the first video, followed by Pat Benatar’s You Better Run. Feeling nostalgic for the tunes of the past? MTV Unplugged, music by Pat Benatar and the top hits of the 1940s through today are all available for streaming on Hoopla.    

July's trivia question:
Q: Oshkosh Public Library’s birthday is September 3. How many candles should we put on the cake?

A: Oshkosh Public Library turns 120 years old this year! The building officially opened on September 3, 1900. The event was extensively covered in the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern.
A full account of the library’s history is here.

June's trivia question:
During April, how many phone calls did the library receive from patrons?
A: The library received 6,892 incoming phone calls during April. Most calls were requesting curbside service. We’re looking forward to offering that service again soon.

May's trivia question:
Q: Since March, how many PPE face shields has Oshkosh Public Library printed and donated using our 3-D printer and two additional 3-D printers on loan from Fond du Lac Public Library?
A: The library printed 100 face shields for the Oshkosh Fire Department and 180 additional shields for Winnebago Mental Health! We’re grateful for the opportunity to provide this service to our first responders and healthcare providers.

April's trivia question:
Q: In 2019, what were the most popular cat and dog names in the United States?
A: According to, here are the trendsetters:
Male Cat –
Female Cat – Luna
Male Dog – Max
Female Dog – Bella

March's trivia question:
Q: Who is the number one best-selling female fiction author of all time?
A: Agatha Christie penned 66 detective novels, 14 short-stories and the world’s longest running play – The Mousetrap. Do you have a favorite Agatha Christie novel? We’re partial to The Body in the Library. Search the library’s online catalog for other popular mysteries, or ask one of our Information Services librarians (920) 236-5205 for a suggestion.

February's trivia question:
Q: February has 29 days this year thanks to Leap Day. Do you know how often Leap Day occurs?

A: Leap Day happens every four years. Get all the calendar correction details at

January's trivia question:
Q: Librarians by day. Superheroes by night. Can you name two comic book characters who work in libraries?
A: Batgirl (aka Barbara Gordon) has her doctorate in library science and is Head of Gotham City Public Library. Librarian Judy Dark works in the basement of New York Public Library and changed into superhero Luna Moth following a fatal shooting and subsequent surge of energy from a downed wire. The website ilovelibraries has a fascinating list of 20 Heroic Librarians Who Saved the World.
In real life, all librarians are superheroes. They may not wear a cape, but they use their mighty information gathering powers for good to ensure all people have equal access to knowledge, stories, and the sanctuary that is the library.

December's trivia question:
Q: What Chicago-based retail giant introduced the world to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer more than 80 years ago?  
A: Traditionally, Montgomery Ward had given away coloring books to children as a Christmas promotion. But in 1939, the advertising department decided to create its own customized booklet to save money. Thus, Rudolph was born from the imagination of copywriter Robert May. For the full story, listen to Writing ‘Rudolph’: The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript, which originally aired on NPR’s Morning Edition on Dec. 25, 2013.

November's trivia question:
Q: What local organization turns 100-years-old on Nov. 22?
A: Happy birthday Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society! According to their website, their first organizational meeting was held on Sat., Nov. 22, 1919. You can read the entire story here. (scroll down the page)

October's trivia question:
Q: According to, what are Wisconsin’s top three Halloween candies?
A:’s sales data shows the three most popular Halloween candies in America’s Dairyland are Butterfinger, Starburst and Hot Tamales. America’s top three are Skittles, M&Ms and Snickers.
Did any of your favorites make the list? Stop by the library on Wed., Oct. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. as part of the Downtown Trick or Treat event. We’ll have lots of sweet treats to share!

September's trivia question:
   When and where was the first U.S. Labor Day celebrated?
A:    The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City with a parade of 10,000 workers. President Grover Cleveland declared it an official holiday in 1894. Canadians also celebrate Labour Day on the first Monday in September.

August's trivia question:
Q. What is the main characteristic that distinguishes the top 10 percent of the happiest people from everyone else?
A.  The strength of social relationships. Social support is a greater predictor of happiness than any other factor.
Source: 57 Cheerful Facts about Happiness (No. 4 may surprise you.)
Stay socially connected at the library through programs, events, book clubs and more. For a good read on the importance of common gathering places such as libraries, parks, pools, or coffee shops, check out Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg.

July's trivia question:
Q. Can you name NASA’s first four manned spaceflight projects?

A.  Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab
Read the Origins of NASA Names for a closer look at NASA history. The NASA History Office also has a Facebook page and Twitter account.

June's trivia question:
Q. Can you name five everyday items invented by NASA?
A. Here are just a few common space-age inventions:
Memory foam (1966)
Camera Phones (1990s)
Dustbuster (Developed as part of the Apollo program)
Space blankets (1964)
Computer mouse (1960s)

For more space-related inventions, visit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory website or check out this book: Scientific American Inventions From Outer Space: Everyday uses for NASA technology.

May's trivia question:
Q. In 1907, the Wisconsin Legislature set the maximum hours of labor for children to how many per week?
Children were limited to 55 hours a week. The Legislature also adopted a list of dangerous occupations prohibited to children under 16.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Timeline History: 1900-1919
For more fascinating facts, visit the library’s Local History page on our website.

April's trivia question:
Q. What’s the oldest library in the United States?
A. In 1800, an Act of Congress established the Library of Congress.
Fun facts:

  • The library collects every public tweet made on Twitter and archives them daily.
  • Only members of congress or congressional staff can check out books here.
  • The library has the world’s largest comic book collection with more than 100,000 issues.

Source: The 25 Coolest Things About Library of Congress

The Oshkosh Public Library was built one-hundred years after the Library of Congress. Find out how public and private partnerships worked together to create a library for our community.  

March's trivia question:
On Sun., March 17, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated by millions of people around the globe. How many Americans claim Irish ancestry?
A: More than 33 million according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Irish is the second-most common ancestry among Americans, with German taking the top spot. New York has the most people claiming Irish heritage at 13 percent, while Miami has the least at around one percent.

If you’re wondering if you might have a little luck o’ the Irish in your family tree, the library has an extensive genealogy collection including an in-library subscription to and a Local History and Genealogy Librarian who can help you dig into your roots.

February's trivia question:
During the library’s 1993-94 renovation, the Washington Avenue building was closed, and the entire collection was relocated to what former factory building?
A: The former Radford Company facility was used as the library until September 1994. That building was demolished in 2000. (Source: Architecture and Art of the Oshkosh Public Library: A History and Guide by Joan Mueller)

January's trivia question:
What were the top five New Year’s Resolutions for 2018?
A: According to, the most common resolutions were:

Eat healthier
Get more exercise
Save more money
Focus on self-care
Read more

The library can help you crush your goals. Freshen up your reading list, browse our collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks or sign up for a Gale Course and make 2019 your best year yet.

December's trivia question:
In the winter of 1839, local voters (male inhabitants living between Butte des Morts and Lake Winnebago) agreed to name their small settlement “Oshkosh” in honor of Chief Oshkosh, the Menominee tribal leader. Prior to that evening, the south side of the Fox River, the area north of the river and the land surrounding Oshkosh Avenue all had separate names. What were these three names?
A: The south side of the Fox River was known as Brooklyn. The area north of the river was named Athens; and the land surrounding Oshkosh Avenue was referred to as Algoma.

If you’d like to learn more about Oshkosh’s rich history including weird facts and trivia, visit the Local History tab of the library’s web site. A special collection of Oshkosh history books is located on the library's Second Floor. 

Get to know others who share an interest in history. Connect with the Winnebago County Historical and Archeological Society on their Facebook page. 

November's trivia question:
Q: What Little Golden Book is the world's bestselling children's book?

A: The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey (1942). One of the original twelve Little Golden Books, the tale of a mischievous pup went on to become the bestselling children’s book of all time.

October's trivia question:
Q: How many Grimm brothers were there?
A: There were eight Grimm brothers and one Grimm sister; however only Jacob and Wilhelm collected and published folktales. They lived together until Wilhelm’s death in 1859 and both worked as librarians and university professors.

September's trivia question:
What is the name of Harry’s Potter’s pet owl?
A: Hedwig - Did you know that September is the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the Harry Potter series? Celebrate this milestone by downloading your favorites and reading them again - or for the first time!