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Weekly holiday: World Gratitude Day!

All of us at CMLE are fans of celebrating – you should see our office with our seasonally changing decorations! So each week we look at anther fun holiday we can celebrate.

This week we are ready to celebrate World Gratitude Day! Thursday, Sept.  21 is this exciting day, celebrated around the world.

So what are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for the waterfalls, hiking trails, and lovely state parks all over Minnesota!

At CMLE HQ, we are grateful for many things – but of course, a lot of them of them revolve around libraries! We are grateful for our members. We are grateful for our library visits. We are grateful for our assorted friends and supporters. We are grateful for Orville, our Official Office Bear, our plants, and decorations. We are grateful for our podcasts, our social gatherings with members, and all the fun library things we get to do!

I’m thankful for nice doggies, especially wearing life jackets!

So look around your library. What are you grateful for this week? Patrons? Co-workers? The neat books you have?? Take a few moments to ponder this for yourself, and to remember that even in the annoying days that happen in any library job – we have a lot of good things to be grateful for here in this generally good profession! Feel free to leave grateful comments below!

If you have not had one of these doughnuts in Grand Marais, you have missed a wonderful experience – one to be grateful for in any event!


Weekly Holiday Series: Sept. 15th is Online Learning Day!

Have you participated in webinars, done online training, or taken online classes? Then you should definitely celebrate National Online Learning Day on September 15th!

Wondering how to celebrate this holiday? Take a look at this article from Fuel Education, which has a few suggestions, including using the hashtag #OnlineLearningDay when you share your own experiences with online learning on social media!

Or you could check out our Continuing Education Calendar, updated frequently to bring you library-related training opportunities, many of which are online or free!

Interested in the impact of online learning in K-12 education? This article from Learning.com discusses some benefits like access and personalization that can come from incorporating online learning.

Finally, maybe the best way to celebrate the day is to get online and learn something new! Learn a new language, practice your music theory, or join a Twitter chat about a topic you are interested in.

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!

Fun Holiday: August 31st is National Eat Outside Day!

On the 31st of August, as summer comes to a close, it’s smart to make the time to eat a meal outdoors while you still have the chance! You can celebrate National Eat Outside Day in many different ways, and we have listed a few below:

  • Organize a barbeque
  • Find a rooftop restaurant, or a restaurant with a patio
  • Have your supper outside in your own backyard! Check out these tips for making your backyard more inviting.
  • Pack a picnic (this blog post has an infographic that shows you how to build the perfect picnic!)
  • Get outdoor dining inspiration from this article
  • Just grab your meal, a lawn chair, and a book, and head outside!

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!