Main Street Delaware's Nov. 4 First Friday event will celebrate the memory of Dale W. Bargar with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bargar Jewelry, 35 N. Sandusky St.

Main Street Delaware’s Nov. 4 First Friday event will celebrate the memory of Dale W. Bargar with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bargar Jewelry, 35 N. Sandusky St.

Free jewelry-making activities for children will be featured and light refreshments will be provided by Nova restaurant and bar, 5 N. Sandusky St.

Stores and restaurants will stay open late, and sidewalk vendors and musicians also will focus on the theme “Delaware is a Gem.”

Bargar had worked at his family’s business since he was a teenager.

The store, which was founded by Dale’s father, Max V. Bargar, in 1957, remains open.

Tony Abbott, who has written more than 75 novels for young readers, will visit Fundamentals from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 to discuss and sign his books.

Abbott’s most recent book, Lunch-Box Dream, is the story of Bobby, a white boy and his family, who are on a road trip to visit Civil War battlefields.

After an accident, they return home by bus and see an incident that might deny a black family seats.

What they don’t realize is the black family’s desperation to board the bus: a few towns away, their child is missing.

Set in 1959, the book is based in part on a trip Abbott took as a child and mentions several central Ohio cities and towns, including Delaware, Ashley and Cardington.

Abbott also wrote The Haunting of Derek Stone series, the Time Surfers series, Kringle, The Postcard, which won the 2009 Edgar Award for the Best Juvenile Mystery, and Firegirl, winner in 2007 of the Golden Kite Award for Fiction from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Fundamentals is at 25 W. Winter St. in Delaware. For more information, call (740) 363-0290 or visit www.funbooksandmore. com.