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TOLKIEN READING DAY

Celebrated around the world on March 25th, Tolkien Reading Day is a favorite among fans of the renowned author. 

J.R.R. Tolkien (Jan. 3, 1892 – Sept. 2, 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor.  He was best known as the author of the classic works The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings and The Silmarrillion as well as Roverandom and Farmer Giles of Ham. However, he has published more than 30 books, several posthumously. The author has sold more than 150 million copies of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and that number continues to grow. 

The Silmarillion by Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Silmarillion by Tolkien, J.R.R.

The day encourages readers of all ages to explore the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and learn more about the author. With over 30 published works, he had a lot to say and not just about hobbits, though many are on medieval order.

Tolkien [Blu-ray]

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Nicholas Hoult (Actor), Lily Collins (Actor), & 1 more
Tolkien [Blu-ray]

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Nicholas Hoult (Actor), Lily Collins (Actor), & 1 more

HOW TO OBSERVE #TolkienReadingDay

Can you doodle like Tolkien? Check out the video below. He was an avid crossword puzzler, too. While reading Tolkien’s amazing adventures, learn more about the master. Take out your markers and pens. Draw up the creatures or doodle an amazing realm from your imagination. What will you create?

Here are other ways to participate from home:

  • Create your own map of Middle Earth.
  • Download and print this Tolkien word search puzzle. Can you find all the Middle Earth words?
  • As you’re reading one of Tolkien’s books, make a list of all the new words you encounter.
The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien (Actor), Prescilla Tolkien (Actor), & 1 more
The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien (Actor), Prescilla Tolkien (Actor), & 1 more

Read some of Tolkien’s works and use #TolkienReadingDay to post on social media. For Lord of the Rings books and movies click here.


TOLKIEN READING DAY HISTORY

The Tolkien Society created this observance in 2003 to encourage the readings of J.R.R. Tolkien. They chose the date of March 25th because it matches the fall of Sauron in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

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NATIONAL TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY

On February 26, have a happily ever after kind of day. It’s National Tell A Fairy Tale Day!

What were once oral histories, myths, and legends retold around the fire or by traveling storytellers, have been written down and become known the world over as fairy tales.

The origins of most fairy tales were unseemly and would not be approved or rated as appropriate for children by the Association of Fairy Tales by today’s standards. Most were told as a way to make children behave, teach a lesson or to pass the time much like ghost stories around a campfire today.











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Fairy Tales: A Beautiful Collection of Favorite Fairy Tales Hardcover 


Fairy Tales: A Beautiful Collection of Favorite Fairy Tales

Many of the stories have some basis in truth. For example, some believe the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is inspired by the real life of Margarete von Waldeck, the daughter of the 16th century Count of Waldeck. The area of Germany where the family lived was known for mining. Some of the tunnels were so tight they had to use children – or small people such as dwarfs – to work the mines.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs


Margarete’s beauty is well documented, and she had a stepmother who sent her away. She fell in love with a prince but mysteriously died before she could have her happily ever after.
As the stories evolved, they took on a more magical quality with fictional characters such as fairies, giants, mermaids and gnomes, and sometimes gruesome story plots.
Toes cut off to fit into a slipper, a wooden boy killing his cricket or instead of kissing that frog prince his head must be cut off, but those are the unrated versions.

The brothers Grimm collected and published some of the more well-known tales we are familiar with today. Jakob and his brother Wilhelm together set out on a quest to preserve these tales at a time in history when a tradition of oral storytelling was fading.

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales Hardcover – November 1, 2011

by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Author), 
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales Hardcover – November 1, 2011

by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Author), 

In 1812, they published their first volume of stories titled Household Tales.  Their stories had a darker quality and were clearly meant for an adult audience.

The Brothers Grimm

Matt Damon (Actor), Heath Ledger 
The Brothers Grimm

Matt Damon (Actor), Heath Ledger 

Rumpelstiltskin is one of the tales they collected. There were several versions, and the little man went by many names in different parts of Europe. From Trit-a-trot in Ireland to Whuppity Stoorie in Scotland, Rumplestiltskin was one difficult man to identify.

While some storytellers have a long and sometimes ancient history such as Aesop (The Fox and the Goose, The Ant and the Grasshopper), others are more recent like the Grimm brothers.

Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1829, brought to us written versions of the Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and many more. Where Grimm’s tales could take on a darker cast and unmistakably written with adults in mind, Andersen’s stories are sweet and warm.

Hans Christian Andersen's Complete Fairy Tales (Leather-bound Classics
Hans Christian Andersen’s Complete Fairy Tales (Leather-bound Classics


Hans Christian Andersen (DVD)

ORIGINAL

Danny Kaye 
Hans Christian Andersen (DVD)

ORIGINAL

Danny Kaye 

HOW TO OBSERVE
How to Tell a Great Story:

Engage your audience. Children like to participate. Have them quack every time the Ugly Duckling is mentioned, or make the motions of climbing Jack’s beanstalk.

Use repetition. Repeated stanzas, syllables or movements will keep the kids engaged. It not only helps them to remember the story but sets them up for the next round of the repeated phrase or stanza.

Give your characters a voice. Nobody likes a monotone storyteller. Buehler, Buehler, Buehler. No, not even children like the monotone. Varying your voice for each character and inflecting excitement, sadness and disappointment will create drama and stimulate the imaginations of the little minds listening to you.

Ask questions as you go. It’s an excellent way to keep your story flowing and to gauge the children’s listening skills.

Find out if someone has a story of their own. You might be in the presence of a great storyteller!

Share your favorite fairy tale with friends and family.  Try relating them from memory as this has long been a tradition.  Visit a library or local bookstore for story time.  

Use #TellAFairyTaleDay to post on social media.

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International Book Giving Day, February 14, 2020

Devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need, Book Giving Day calls on volunteers to share their favourite book with a young reader. Although the holiday originated in the UK, book lovers around the world now join in the celebrations every year.

Book Giving Day has few organised events. Instead, individual volunteers are encouraged to give a favourite book or books to children. This can take many forms; some people give books as gifts to their own children or to those of friends. Others donate books to children’s libraries, schools or charities. Still others leave books in places where they’ll be found, such as doctors’ waiting rooms or coach stations.

The organisers of Book Giving Day support the holiday by sharing participants’ stories and offering bonuses such as downloadable holiday bookplates to use in gifts.

#BookGivingDay

https://bookgivingday.com/

Don’t miss these book holidays.
World read Aloud Day, February 5
National Library Lovers Day February 12.
International Book Giving Day, February 14

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WORLD READ ALOUD DAY

Every year during the beginning of February, World Read Aloud Day highlights the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. This year it falls on February 5,2020. Participants are encouraged to select a book, find a friend, and read aloud. The day also encourages parents to read aloud to their children.

The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud Hardcover – September 14, 1998

by Janet Schulman  (Editor), Profusely illustrated (Illustrator)
The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud Hardcover – September 14, 1998

by Janet Schulman  (Editor), Profusely illustrated (Illustrator)


It’s never too early for parents to start reading to their children. When parents read aloud to their kids, it helps foster language development and social-emotional learning. Additionally, reading aloud promotes happiness in children. When parents read to their children, it creates a spark in children to become joyful readers themselves. Also, both children and parents enjoy the special bond that gets created when parents read to their children.

365 Bedtime Stories and Rhymes Hardcover – October 2, 2018

by Cottage Door Press  (Author, Editor)

365 Bedtime Stories and Rhymes Hardcover – October 2, 2018

by Cottage Door Press  (Author, Editor)

Other benefits of reading aloud include:

  • helping children acquire a larger vocabulary
  • building a connection between the spoken and written word
  • helping to increase attention span
  • strengthens a child’s cognition
  • providing a safe way to explore strong emotions

When reading aloud, parents should not read books that are too difficult or too easy. They should also find a place to read where there are minimal distractions. Parents should ensure they allow enough time to read the book. It’s important to read the book from beginning to end.

For older children try collections like Harry Potter. We read the book several nights in a row.

Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set Paperback – August 28, 2018

by J.K. Rowling  (Author), J. K. Rowling  (Author), & 2 more
Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set Paperback – August 28, 2018

by J.K. Rowling  (Author), J. K. Rowling  (Author), & 2 more


HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldReadAloudDay

Millions of people in over 170 countries celebrate this day. In 2019, the special day of reading was on the top trending hashtags on Twitter. Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Chelsea Clinton have participated in the event.

It’s easy to participate. Simply find someone or a group of people to read a book to. Parents can read to their children. Kids can practice reading aloud by sharing their favorite story with friends or family. Some people even read aloud to their pets. If you want to participate in a read-aloud event in your community, check with the library or bookstore.

To spread awareness for the day, use #WorldReadAloudDay on social media. Be sure to post a pic of the book you read aloud! Remember, this is one day that parents and children can #CelebrateEveryDay.

Don’t forget other great book celebrations this month. International Book Giving Day on February 14. National Library Lovers Day on February 12.

WORLD READ ALOUD DAY HISTORY

LitWorld, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy, created World Read Aloud Day in 2010. Their mission is to strengthen kids and communities through the power of stories. The well-known book publisher, Scholastic, sponsors World Read Aloud Day.

NATIONAL LIBRARY LOVER’S MONTH

The entire month of February is dedicated to the people who love whole buildings devoted to the reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying and otherwise loving books.  It’every  s National Library Lover’s Month!

Start a liflinf love of reading.
Start a lifelong love affair with reading!

Check out some of these fantastic Authors and their books. I’ve said for years “Hollywood needs a library card. Guess someone finally heard me. ”  They currently have Movies or series based on the books.

Outlander

Books by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander Season 5

Season 5 premieres February 16 on Starz. Add Starz to your Amazon Prime

The Bridgertons

Books by Julia Quinn

Coming to Netflix in 2020

Game of Thrones

Books by George R. R. Martin



Stephanie Plum

Stephanie Plum

Books by Janet Evanovich


There are lots of great authors and books I cannot begin to list them all here. Make sure you bookmark and like our site for more.

Libraries provide so much more than a place for us to enjoy great novels or to discover amazing adventures and untold history.  Yes, they help us ace our research papers and provide a quiet space to study, but they do so much more.

For preschoolers, libraries entertain them with theater and hands-on activities exposing them to music, art and their first friendships. Many communities rely on their libraries for meeting space for public forums, socials, fundraisers and classes.

Libraries lend not only books but music and movies. Rotating art displays give local artists exposure to the community. Larger libraries provide preservation services, preserving some of the most treasured books, periodicals and documents for future generations.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Find a Library close to home. This directory is the most up to date for Libraries in America.

Continue enjoying your library, but consider volunteering your time, too.  If you don’t have a library card, it’s never too late!  Visit your library to get one!  Use #NationalLibraryLoversDay to share on social media.

Of course, if you’re even a fraction addicted to books as I am you may have to start your own library. Mine is currently occupying four bookshelves with some still boxed. Since I like to reread mine I use them frequently. As I usually read a full novel in about two days I have to carry a small ton from my local library or draw from my own. I wish ereaders had been around when I started.

If you want to pass this gift to others February 14th is also International Book Giving Day.

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NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY – January 29

Exercise your problem brain with a puzzle. January 29th is National Puzzle Day.

Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, trivia, word searches, brain teasers or Soduku, puzzles put our minds to work.

The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time: A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay Paperback – May 22, 2018

by Marcel Danesi Ph.D (
The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time: A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay Paperback – May 22, 2018

by Marcel Danesi Ph.D (


Studies have found that when we work on a jigsaw puzzle, we use both sides of the brain, and spending time daily working on puzzles improves memory, cognitive function and problem-solving skills.

Buffalo Games - Darrell Bush - Canoe Lake - 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

by Buffalo Games
Buffalo Games – Darrell Bush – Canoe Lake – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

by Buffalo Games


Word searches and crossword puzzles have the obvious benefit of increasing vocabulary and language skills.

Sudoku, a puzzle sequencing a set of numbers on a grid, exercises the brain as well. By testing memory and logical thinking, this puzzle stimulates the brain and can improve number skills.

The Must Have 2020 Sudoku Puzzle Book: 366 daily sudoku puzzles for the 2020 leap year. 5 levels of difficulty (easy to hard) Paperback – September 29, 2019

by Jonathan Bloom
The Must Have 2020 Sudoku Puzzle Book: 366 daily sudoku puzzles for the 2020 leap year. 5 levels of difficulty (easy to hard) Paperback – September 29, 2019

by Jonathan Bloom


The bottom line is, puzzles stimulate the brain, keeping it active and practicing its skills.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Spend time putting together a jigsaw puzzle with a friend, or grab a cup of coffee and complete a Sudoku or crossword puzzle.  

Use #NationalPuzzleDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Started in 2002 by Jodi Jill, National Puzzle Day was created as a way to share her enjoyment of puzzles.  As a syndicated newspaper puzzle maker and professional quiz maker, Jodi Jill developed classroom lesson plans especially for National Puzzle Day and the popularity has grown year after year.

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NATIONAL FLORIDA DAY

National Florida Day on January 25 recognizes the 27th state to join the United States.

The Sunshine State is home to the oldest established city in the country.  With over 400 years of history, St. Augustine’s streets and colonial architecture have stories to tell. Founded by Spanish explorers in 1565, visit the city and walk in the same footsteps as 16th-century bishops, ponder the escapades of pirates and the whereabouts of lost gold and learn about the lives of European settlers.

East and West Florida became the 14th and 15th British Colonies after the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. However, in 1783, after the end of the American Revolutionary War, The Treaty of Paris returned Florida to Spain.

The present-day borders of Florida were absorbed through two transactions: The Louisianna Purchase in 1803 brought East Florida with it (but not without dispute from the French) and through a U.S. intervention in an uprising in West Florida in 1812 causing West Florida to join the Mississippi Territory.

With an average high temperature of 79.5°F, it should be no surprise that Floridian John Gorrie brought refrigeration and air conditioning to the world in 1851.

Add to that, more than half the year with partly cloudy to sunny days, the invention of sunblock would be a necessity, too. Hungary born pharmacist, Benjamin Green, invented a sunscreen in 1944 which later became a tanning lotion known as Coppertone.

Coppertone
Have fun in the sun without burning up your beach time.


Launching astronauts into space, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard Country, is a fun and unique visit. While Disney, Universal, and others have rides, themes, and shows. This place makes both history and the future a tangible experience. We just happened to be there on a day they launched a new satellite!

Nasa Kennedy space center cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral and the home of the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County has come a long way from its first launch in 1950. From Appollo missions to Hubble Telescopes and Mars Rovers, Cape Canaveral continues missions well into the future. Missions include commercial ventures including SpaceX launches.

Florida offers more than enough to do and see.  From man-made worlds and relaxing beaches to long, colorful and intricate history, the Sunshine State’s open spaces and sunny faces require more than one visit.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join National Day Calendar as we dig into Florida’s sunny beaches and rich history. Seek buried treasures and explore all Florida’s fascinating culture! Look to the past or look to the future and use #NationalFloridaDay to share on social media.

In 2017, National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore!

Florida is also home of the oldest noncontinuous settlement in America. The City of five flags know as Pensacola is actually older than St Augustine. The original settlement was wiped out by a hurricane. So St Augustine claims the oldest continuous city.

In Florida or not most of us are experiencing cold weather so why not indulge yourself and pay tribute to Irish Coffee Day.

Pensacola has a long Naval Tradition and is The Cradle of Naval Aviation. Every year both resident and visiting pilots, take training at one of our local bases. While NAS Pensacola is home to The Famous Blue Angels Squadron that Flew over The White House recently, we made national news for a tragic event just a short time ago.

We had an active shooter who infiltrated and murdered students at the flight school here. While we deeply morn those lost in this tragedy, we are grateful to the brave who helped our sheriff’s officers put an early end to this shooter. Before more could be harmed these warriors risked life and injury to subdue the shooter. Since this event the bases have gone to restricted access to keep others and the community safe.

For more information about us ask a local. Here are some of my picks, and I haven’t even come close to listing them all.

Hot, Hot, Hot!

For a complete list of Florida State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.floridastateparks.org and www.nps.gov.  Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park – St. Joseph Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center – Mayo Manatee Springs State Park – Chiefland Colt Creek State Park – Lakeland Highlands Hammock State Park – Sebring Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park – Okeechobee Don Pedro Island State Park – Cape Haze Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park – Naples Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – Ft. Lauderdale Big Cypress National Preserve – Ochopee Canaveral National Seashore – Titusville & New Smyrna Beach Everglades National Park – Miami, Naples & Homestead MUSEUMS Salvador Dali Museum – St. Petersburg Museum of Florida History – Tallahassee John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota Castillo de San Marcos – St. Augustine Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse – Ponce Inlet Villa Vizcaya – Miami

James Weldon Johnson - Author - (June 17, 1871 - June 16, 1938)
James Weldon Johnson – Author – (June 17, 1871 – June 16, 1938)


A civil rights activist and composer, James Weldon Johnson became United States consul to Puerto Cabello in Venezuela under President Theodore Roosevelt. He is also noted for composing the song Lift Every Voice and Sing.

A. Philip Randolph - Political Leader - (April 15, 1889 - May 16, 1979)
A. Philip Randolph – Political Leader – (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979)


Augusta Savage - Sculptor - (February 29, 1892 - March 27, 1962)
Augusta Savage – Sculptor – (February 29, 1892 – March 27, 1962)


Lillian Smith - Author - (December 12, 1897 - September 28, 1966)
Lillian Smith – Author – (December 12, 1897 – September 28, 1966)


Jacqueline Cochran - Aviator - (May 11, 1906 - August 9, 1980)
Jacqueline Cochran – Aviator – (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980)


George Smoot -Astrophysicist - (February 20, 1945)
George Smoot -Astrophysicist – (February 20, 1945)


Joseph Kittinger - Aviator - ( July 27, 1928 - )
Joseph Kittinger – Aviator – ( July 27, 1928 – )


Janet Reno - Attorney General - (July 21, 1938 - November 7, 2016)
Janet Reno – Attorney General – (July 21, 1938 – November 7, 2016)


Tom Petty - Musician - (October 20, 1950 - October 2, 2017)
Tom Petty – Musician – (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)


Betty Mae Tiger Jumper - Seminole Chief - (April 27, 1923 - January 14, 2011)
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper – Seminole Chief – (April 27, 1923 – January 14, 2011)

Sidney Poitier - Actor - (February 20, 1927 -)
Sidney Poitier – Actor – (February 20, 1927 -)


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