American Hearth Month

February is American Heart Month. Unfortunately, many of us have friends and family who suffer from heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The American Heart Association recommends a healthy diet that's low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Eat Your Pancakes

Who doesn’t like pancakes? There is a lot you can do with pancakes besides the traditional butter and syrup. February 10th through 16th is National Pancake Week, and MCPL is prepared to help you fill your week with a variety of pancake cookbooks. These cookbooks have a wide range of pancake options, from hearty breakfast choices to light snacks to delicious desserts. Another creative option is to make heart-shaped pancakes for Valentine’s Day, which falls right in the middle of pancake week.

Here are some of the cookbook options:

Presidents' Day

So, yesterday was a holiday. Yep, it was an actual observed holiday. It was Presidents’ Day. Did you think you were getting a day off just because we haven’t had one since the middle of January?

National Pistachio Day

There are a lot of silly holidays in February.

Everything, from Hoodie Hoo Day on the 20th to Public Sleeping Day on the 28th (please don’t celebrate this one at the Library), is on the calendar, but I, myself, will be observing National Pistachio Day.

Read an eBook Week

Join us from March 3rd through 9th as we celebrate Read an eBook Week (yes, there is and actual event for that!). Visit OverDrive to browse through our available eBook titles. If you don't own a reader, the Smithville Branch has several Sony eReaders available for checkout, and our staff is always willing to help get you started.

National Tongue Twister Day

Apparently, Saturday March 2 was National Tongue Twister Day. After I chuckled over this fact, I began to think about all the books I have read with tongue twisters in them. Of course the first title that came to mind was Dr. Seuss's Fox in Socks, which I have yet to read without making a mistake! It really does make your tongue a little numb (as the book asks you on the last page)! The more I thought about this, I began to recall the various times I have been asked (by teachers mostly) for picture books that focus on one letter.

The Origins of April Fool's Day

Remember putting "kick me" signs on fellow classmates or friends as a child? Or playing little jokes on others on April Fool’s Day and then yelling "April Fools!!" to them afterwards? These little things were the extent of my April Fool’s Day gags and pranks, and I haven’t celebrated or really acknowledged April Fool’s Day since childhood; but we all know there are adults out there who do acknowledge it every year and who even perform complex pranks on others.

April is National Decorating Month

Did you know that there is a National Decorating month? April is the month that is dedicated to learning more about the many aspects of home decor while promoting the fun and creativity of DIY decorating. This would be a great month to revamp the interior of your home. Even small changes can make a big impact.

No Housework Day

No Housework Day is always celebrated on April 7th.

No Housework Day is a chance to do anything, except housework. Better still, have someone else do the chores for a day. Housework is a daily, seemingly endless and repetitive group of tasks. It often goes unrecognized and worst of taken for granted. But, watch out! If the dishes aren't done, or there are no clean towels, everyone notices!

Great Poetry Reading Day

Are you feeling a hipster vibe? Is your beatnik soul longing to be revealed? Well, get out your beret and leather journal in honor of Great Poetry Reading Day.