It’s time for one of those little-known quasi holidays. May is National Barbecue Month! With the weather starting to warm up, people are beginning to go outside not only out of necessity, but for pleasure. What goes better with tailgating and gardening than a little bit of barbecue? Perhaps ice cream, but the Library doesn’t have a program on how to make ice cream (though we do sometimes let the teens attempt to make the biggest ice cream sundae in the world).
I often find myself wishing that I could bike to work. And no, I’m not talking about hopping on a Harley and buzzing around at 70 miles an hour. I am a librarian after all, and I’d much rather get out my banana-seated, basket-sporting Huffy bicycle and pedal to work. Unfortunately, 12 miles is a little too far for these legs to travel on a bike. Maybe the coffee shop is more doable!
May 12th is National Limerick Day! So, get your Edward Lear on (he popularized limericks in the 1800s) and celebrate by reading and writing limericks.
Limericks have five lines. The fifth line rhymes with the first two and the third rhymes with the fourth. All you have to do is follow the structure, and you’ll have a limerick before you know it. Check out this library-inspired limerick below and click here for other limericks to read.
Have you been caught reading? May is Get Caught Reading month and we want to see you read.
Take your book and read in the car, at the lake, on the couch, or while you walk (no tripping, please). Read wherever and whenever you can during this nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.
As a young lad growing up in a Greek family, the celebration of Easter was an important event. However, I often wondered why followers of the Eastern (Greek) Orthodox faith celebrated Easter at a different time than the rest of the Christian world. (For more, check out Greek Americansby David Phillips.) I was simply told that we followed a different calendar. I eventually learned that we followed a modified Julian calendar, while the Western world used the Gregorian calendar. I enjoyed the day of
What do Macon and Columbus, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; and Carbondale, Illinois have in common? They, along with approximately 25 other places, claim to be the origin of Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day.
By now, many of you know that I am very proud of my Greek heritage. I am not shy about letting people know that I am Greek, but I feel a deeper sense of satisfaction proclaiming I am an American of Greek descent. That being said, June 14 is Flag Day, and I am curious as to how this celebration originated.
July is National Blueberry Month, and what better way to celebrate than to pick your own. Here in Kansas City, berry picking time is starting, and the blueberries are ripe! It’s a great way to spend a Saturday with the family, and it kinda takes you back in time. Do you remember picking berries with your mother and grandmother? Did you watch them make preserves, lining up all those Mason jars on the counter and working around pots full of boiling water?
Bad Poetry Day is August 18th, and apparently, a good contender for worst poet ever is Scotsman William McGonagall. Around 1877, when he was about 50 years old (it’s hard to say for sure, because his exact birthdate is unknown), he believed God spoke to him and told him to write; and that’s what he did for the rest of his life, which amounted to about 25 more years. McGonagall seemed oblivious to all criticisms of his work and retained an amazing level of self-confidence in his abilities as a writer.