Perhaps it’s just another day at the office (or library) for you, or maybe you are enjoying a day of summer vacation before school starts again! Either way, find some time to relax today to celebrate National Relaxation Day!
We had some ideas at CMLE HQ to share:
And because we don’t want you to miss any other exciting holidays:
Sunday, August 13th was a special day for two good reasons: National Left Hander’s Day AND National Prosecco Day!
As a left handed person, I enjoyed learning these little known facts about handedness. And this article had some fun (and delicious) suggestions for celebrating Prosecco Day, which could easily be used as one of your relaxing activities today! 🙂
August 9th is National Book Lover’s Day, and as library people, it is no secret at all that we love books!! (And encourage our families to love books too, as you can see from this picture below!)
Just in case you need a little extra encouragement to celebrate this excellent day, here’s a great article from the Literacy and NCTE blog with suggestions on how to share your love of books. Check out this list of Twenty Sayings to Share with Bibliophiles. Or, just grab a selection from your TBR pile and get reading! 🙂
It’s the great holiday of Towel Day!
Every year on May 25 we celebrate Towel Day, and commemorate the author Douglas Adams.
Possibly you don’t know about the joyfulness of Towel Day; if this is the case, I refer you immediately to this book:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
This is the first book in an increasingly-inaccurately named trilogy: five books written by Adams and a sixth in the trilogy written by Eoin Colfer.
You can follow the fun in a variety of places:
“Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans openly carry a towel with them, as described in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or share their folded animal towels to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held 25 May 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on 11 May.
Continue reading It’s Towel Day!
This coming weekend is going to be a big one! After you celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, you can look forward to celebrating books on Sunday, which is World Book Day! As library people, not only do we love books ourselves, but we love to share our love of books with others, and this is a great day to do that!
World Book Day was created in 1995 at UNESCO’s General Conference, “to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.”
Here are some suggestions for celebrating World Book Day:
- Amazon is participating with their page promoting the day and featuring links to charitable organizations that provide books.
- You can also use the hashtag #LoveToRead to share your book happy moments on social media!
- Check out these awesome and adorable World Book Day costumes (or make your own!)
- Play this free printable World Book Day Game (aimed at kids but could still be fun!)
- Or simply curl up with a good book and enjoy! 🙂
Just a quick reminder that next week is National Library Week!
At CMLE Headquarters, we support all our 300+ libraries, and want to be sure you guys are ready to tell the world how wonderful you are!! Call someone (legislator, stakeholder, potential fan) and tell them about your work. Take some photos and share them on social media, or send them to us and we can share them. Video an interview with a patron who gushes about your great things – or interview yourself on video gushing about your great things!
Libraries are just wonderful, and this is your chance to bask in that!
From the ALA:
“Libraries Transform” is the theme for National Library Week in 2017.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.
Celebrations during National Library Week include:
- Monday, April 10: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2016.
- Tuesday, April 11: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
- Wednesday, April 12: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
- Thursday, April 13, has just been designated Take Action for Libraries Day. Read the press release. Details will be posted here as soon as they’re available.