Happy Earth Day! April 22nd is Earth Day, a day for raising awareness about the environment. The first Earth Day was in 1970, and History.com reports that the increased public support for protecting the environment led to the passing of ” the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Another key development was the establishment in December 1970 of the Environmental Protection Agency, which was tasked with protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment—air, water and land.”
You can learn more about the history of Earth at History.com, and you can celebrate by coming into the library and borrowing seeds from our Seed Library to grow at home!
With the weather finally warming up we have started to think about gardening! Have you ever wanted to start a vegetable garden? The University of Illinois created a chart with suggested times to plant vegetable gardens:
Of course, the first ever recorded Olympic Games was in 776 B.C. but the games were banned in 393 A.D. So, April 6th, 1896 was the date that the first modern Olympic Games was held:
The Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I of Greece and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from 13 nations to the international competition.
Did you know that this holiday has been celebrated for centuries? It gained a lot of popularity during the 1700s in England. History.com has an article about some of the best modern day pranks:
In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees; numerous viewers were fooled. In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour. In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich.
Have you ever wanted to write a novel or thought about participating in Nanowrimo? Sometimes November is a difficult or busy month, and sometimes 50,000 words just seems like too much to tackle!
If you have ever had these thoughts then Camp Nanowrimo is for you! Camp Nanowrimo allows you to set your own word goal (it can be any number that you want – big or small!), and join a cabin of fellow writers to cheer each other on. Camp Nanowrimo runs twice each year: once in April and once in July. Best of all you can watch your progress on a handy little target, it sure motivates me when I watch the arrow get closer to the bullseye.
Tell a Fairy Tale Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated on February 26th that encourages people to listen to, read, and tell their favorite fairy tales from around the world. We love the classics but it is also fun to check out some of the interesting and quirky re-telling of fairy tales such as:
Grounded by Megan Morrison (Juvenile Fiction, J MORRISON) Rapunzel believes she is the luckiest person in Tyme, because Witch tells her so, but when Jack climbs into her tower to steal an enchanted rose, he hints that Witch is not telling the whole truth and Rapunzel, driven by her anger and fear, descends to the ground for the first time.
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (Juvenile Fiction, J COLFER) Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
Happy Groundhog Day! On February 2nd, we will be waiting to find out if the groundhog sees his shadow. Hopefully not since we’re already tired of winter. The first Groundhog Day was in 1887, and you can find out more at here at History.com and you can learn more about groundhogs with any of these books!
The Rooster is tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. The rooster represents punctuality, for it wakes people up on time. You can help celebrate by making this fun rooster craft.