Monday, February 22, 2016

January & February Notes of Interest

Have you ever noticed how many notable days there are in February?  The February celebrations are numerous compared to the number in the month of January.
Here are days of note used for Library displays for January and February 2016:

January 1st - New Year's Day
January 18 - Martin Luther King Day

February 1 - National Freedom Day
February 2 - Groundhog Day
February 8 - Chinese New Year
February 9 - Mardi Gras
February 10 - Vermont Writes
February 11 - National Inventors Day
February 12 - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
February 14 Valentine's Day
February 15 - President's Day
February 22 - George Washington's Birthday
February 29 - Leap Day which occurs once every four years

A wonderful book that gives students a look at holidays and celebrations around the world is
"Celebrations!" written by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley  The book is organized around the seasons with the celebrations and holidays within that season described from a child's perspective.

Children's Press an imprint of Scholastic Inc. publishes a wonderful series about holidays through their "Rookie Read About Holidays" series for preschool through third grade students.  The celebrations are explained with historical background as well as "Fast Fact" text boxes.

Vermont Writes Day was celebrated on February 10.  Here at Benson Village School everyone stopped what they were doing to spend 6 minutes writing.  Students had the option of submitting their writing to the Young Writer's Project.

Wonderful books about the holidays abound and can be easily found at area libraries if you are looking to explain the significance of these celebrations with an exception of Leap Day.  A quick search of the various bookstores such as Amazon and Albris saw a small selection.

Please stop by if you would like to see Benson Village School's library display of celebration books.

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