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Weekly Holiday Series: Reading, Literacy, and Bears

This week we have several important holidays for the library world!

This should probably be one of the major holidays in the library year of celebration: National Read a Book Day!! This year it falls on Wednesday, September 6. Orville, the Official Office Bear, is a fan of celebrating.

“Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress.   Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime.  Books are an inexpensive entertainment, education and time machine, too!

How To Observe: Sit back, relax and read a book.  Use #ReadABookDay to post on social media.”

Everyone join in on this holiday, and share it with your community!


September 8 is International Literacy Day! This is the 50th anniversary of the holiday from UNESCO.  “This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.”

And our final holiday of the week is September 9: Teddy Bear Day! Clearly this is a day of significance to Orville! As our Official Office Bear, he has many important duties to fulfill, including greeting guests, working with Office Dog Lady Grey at CMLE office hours (every even-numbered Wednesday, from 11:00 to 1:00), and serving as our podcast mascot and logo! Does your library have teddy bears? Feel free to send us photos to  post to social media!

Weekly Holiday: National Peach Pie Day!

We love holidays here  at CMLE – and this week we are celebrating a fun one: National Peach Pie Day!

You can see Orville, the Official Office Bear for CMLE enjoying his own slice of peach pie! (Traditionally bears like honey, as we learned from Pooh; but you can definitely bake honey into your peach pie!)




Want to bake your own peach pie? There are lots of fun recipes to try! (And we encourage you to bring them to CMLE HQ to sample!)

Part of why I love peach pie in the summer time is that as a kid I attended the Cobden Peach Festival! If you have not heard of this festival, it’s not surprising. Cobden is a small town in Southern Illinois. They are famous for their apple and peach orchards, producing some great-tasting fruit! (They are also famous for their high school team, the Appleknockers, going all the way to the boy’s state basketball championships in 1964. Small towns always remember great stuff like this!!)

This year was the 80th anniversary celebration of the Festival, and while we are all probably disappointed we missed it, the photos live on! And it looks like a good time was had by all.

You can bring the fun of the Peach Festival to your end-of-summer celebrations, and let the spirit of the ’64 Appleknocker team inspire you to greatness, by making a peach pie yourself this week!We definitely encourage you to try something fun, and pie is always fun thing.

As library people, we are good at trying new things, and sharing information of all sorts – and food is one good way to share with others! Send us a photo of your pie!

Day Seventy One of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Classification of Folk Tales

“There are many different folk tales in the world, but many tales are variations on a limited number of themes. The classification system originally designed by Aarne, and later revised first by Thompson and later by Uther, is intended to bring out the similarities between tales by grouping variants of the same tale under the same ATU category.”

This is a great tool to use as you are looking for all kinds of folk tales and fairy tales! You can use this yourself, or as a very handy Reader’s Advisory tool.

And if you like such genres, you can see it applied in an entirely fiction setting in the Seanan McGuire Indexing series! Fairy tales come to life, in dark and dangerous ways. I looove both of these books, and am anxiously waiting for a third! (I have them in audio format from Audible.com, and suggest that format; but electronic book or paper would be fine if they are more accessible.)

Indexing, by Seanan McGuire

“For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected—perhaps infected is a better word—by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

That’s where the ATI Management Bureau steps in, an organization tasked with protecting the world from fairy tales, even while most of their agents are struggling to keep their own fantastic archetypes from taking over their lives. When you’re dealing with storybook narratives in the real world, it doesn’t matter if you’re Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, or the Wicked Queen: no one gets a happily ever after.”

Indexing: Reflections, by Seanan McGuire

“The struggle against not-so-charming storybook narratives isn’t the only complicating factor in Henrietta “Henry” Marchen’s life. As part of the ATI Management Bureau team protecting the world from fairy tales gone awry, she’s juggling her unwanted new status as a Snow White, dealing with a potentially dangerous Pied Piper, and wrangling a most troublesome wicked stepsister—along with a budding relationship with Jeff, her teammate.

But when a twisted, vicious Cinderella breaks out of prison and wreaks havoc, things go from disenchanted to deadly. And once Henry realizes someone is trying to use her to destroy the world, her story becomes far from over—and this one might not have a happily ever after.”

Day Fifty One of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!


You do not have to work for long in a library before you find some unusual items in your return box, or in the books themselves. Look through some of the materials identified in this article and laugh, or cringe, in our shared experiences!

The Most Bizarre Things Librarians Have Found in Returned Books

by Ariel Zeitlin

“As a librarian I usually agree that most things do go better with a book, especially meals, baths, and country picnics. Apparently many people agree—and they take it quite a bit further than I ever would! Here are some things that have been found in library books (not necessarily by me or my colleagues). Let’s break it down by categories:


Apparently valuables also make great bookmarks. We’re talking crisp $100 bills, credit cards, lottery tickets, Broadway show tickets, and even live paychecks (not a receipt of direct deposit). These are the habits of people who are good at saving money (Hint: They probably don’t leave their paychecks in library books).


Books seem to make great keepsakes for products of nature. Librarians have opened returned books to find pressed flowers, four-leaf clovers, dandelions gone to seed, and whole marijuana leaves. (No one got arrested, that we know of.)


What you do in your private reading time sometimes ends up in public. Imagine picking up a returned book and having one of these fall out: tampons (thankfully unused), unrolled condoms (ditto), a home pregnancy test (positive!), and a glass vial labeled “smallpox sample.”


Sharp objects and books should probably not go together, and yet librarians have found scissors, knives, a cheese slicer, and even a small hatchet.

Theoretically edible

Eating and reading are a natural combo, which is why snacks are a popular bookmark. We’re talking Cheetos (mostly crumbled), a pickle slice, a Pop-Tart, a Kraft Single (still wrapped), and even whole strips of bacon (both cooked and raw). If you’re going to read and munch, try these healthy snacks.”

Day Forty Two of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

the first book in the increasingly-inaccurately-named trilogy of (at last count) six books

In honor of this special day – Day 42 of the Summer Library Tour – the focus really has to be on Douglas Adams!

Not familiar with why this number is forever associated with Douglas Adams? You can read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to find out (which I, of course, recommend in any case!). Or, you can watch a clip from the movie:


Description of the book:

“Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!”


Check out all this cool stuff you can buy on Etsy with Douglas Adams quotes!

Have you asked Google “What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?” Not only does it know, it will happily tell you!


Keep up your celebration of all things Douglas Adams, and celebrate Towel Day! “Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honour. “