In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and that calendar week as National Police Week, meaning that National Police Week 2012 is Sunday, May 13th through Saturday, May 19th.
Sure, it's a holiday, and the Library will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, but what do you really know about Labor Day?
First celebrated by Oregon in 1887, it was made a federal holiday in 1894. Meant to honor the American Worker, much in the style of International Workers' Day (May Day) and other labor festivals worldwide, it was traditionally celebrated with parades and civic speeches. Nowadays, it's more a time to celebrate the last unofficial weekend of summer and picnic or barbeque with the family.
September is Better Breakfast Month! I love breakfast, but generally I have traditional breakfast foods for dinner (waffles and bacon for dinner, YUM!). But as morning meals go, I am notorious for skipping breakfast as I am running out the door to dash to the library or to a school. When I do manage to eat breakfast, I am usually shoving a piece of leftover (insert portable dinner item here) into my mouth and washing it down with a Coke.
Did you know that October is National Book Month? You may think that people don’t read any more unless it’s a text message or a Facebook post, but they do and so should you!
So, here’s your challenge...Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read, or browse the shelves and find one with an interesting cover. Talk to a library staff member and get suggestions, or ask your Facebook friends what they’re reading. Pick one title, and celebrate National Book Month by actually reading it.
National German-American Day is October 6. It’s been celebrated since 1987 in honor of the first German settlement in the colonies. In 1683, several families from Krefeld, Germany settled in Pennsylvania and founded Germantown. In honor of the holiday, I decided to look up German-American authors. Here are a few of them:
Celebrating Family History During the Month of October
October is Family History Month, but it is also a month for many other holidays and observances. So, why not celebrate some of them together? The first Sunday in October is Intergenerational Day, so take some time to share your stories with the younger generations. October 13th is Frustration Scream Day, so if you are feeling frustrated by your genealogy, just let out a scream (preferably before you walk into the Library). You can’t go wrong by celebrating your successes in genealogy with some cake and ice cream for National Dessert Day on October 14th.
October 16th is the day to celebrate our bosses, because it is National Boss Day. The origins of Boss’s Day dates back to 1958. Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Illinois, registered it with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Haroski chose the date because it was her father's birthday; who was her boss.
October 24th is United Nations Day, and if you’re like me, you’ve never heard of it. Wednesday is the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, and it is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization.
Here's one I bet you didn't know; October is National Squirrel Awareness Month. How did I find this out? From Chase's Calendar of Events, the much touted book for us library displayers and bloggers. Just browsing through this book, you can find some really interesting events. There is a website, as well; squirrelloversclub.com is the name of this site. Now, some people don't appreciate squirrels like these folks. But, it was a fun website to visit.
So, I know everybody is thinking about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and costumes this week. We’ll all celebrate the last day of October with scary movies and cute kids all dressed up, but what about the day after Halloween? Traditionally, November 1st is known as All Saints' Day.