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F.A. Day Library: Monthly Celebrations

Monthly Celebrations/Observations

November is Native American Heritage Month

Click the image below for a clickable PDF with information on each person. 

Spooky 1st Chapters by Jamie Lightfoot

Hispanic Heritage Month Ebooks and Audiobooks (September 15- October 15)

Banned Books Week October 1-7

Hispanic Heritage Month Ebooks and Audiobooks (September 15- October 15)

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

 

March is Women's History Month

 

March is Women's History Month & Read Across America Month. This clickable US map, edited from a version created by The Book Wrangler (Mike Rawls) has links to picture book read alouds and other resources by state. They feature important women from that state, or who have had an impact on that state. 

Visit the FA Day Museum's exhibit on Women's History Month. Click through each page to learn about the important women displayed in the museum. 

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Learn about a new important person/event each day of February. Using this calendar created by Michael Rawls (The Book Wrangler), we have linked each day to the book in Sora (when available), a YouTube read aloud, or information from one of our Day Library Databases. Click the plus symbol on the book, and then click the blue box that pops up, to access the information. Let us know if you have any questions. 

Celebrate Valentine's Day

February Book Calendar by Jamie Lightfoot

Happy New Year! Click for stories about new beginnings.


 
 
Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is a holiday that originated in China but is very widely celebrated by many Asian countries. This holiday is also widely known as Spring Festival and globally celebrated by over two billion people. Lunar New Year begins on the first new moon of the lunar calendar and lasts for fifteen days. This year, Lunar New Year will start on January 22, 2023. It is a time of the year to come together with close friends and family. The Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner, also referred to as the ‘reunion dinner,’ kicks off the holiday. Families often come together and prepare a feast with symbolic dishes that bring good luck and fortune. The first full moon marks the final and fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year. The final day of the holiday is known as the Lantern Festival, during which people often carry lanterns and enjoy sweet treats to mark the end of the celebration. In the Chinese zodiac, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, specifically the Water Rabbit. The Rabbit symbolizes peace, elegance, and prosperity. We want to also acknowledge that many Asian American and Pacific Islanders do not follow the Chinese/Lunar zodiac.


 
 
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27th is Designated as International Holocaust Remembrance day. International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a date for official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and to promote Holocaust education throughout the world, rejecting any form of Holocaust denial. Commemoration ceremonies are held to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. Each year the UN designates a theme for the annual commemorations; the theme of 2023 is “Home and Belonging” which asks us to reflect on what these words meant to persecuted individuals during the Holocaust and its aftermath.

 

Adopted from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

From the NPS DEI newsletter. Learn more here. 

Books about the Holocaust

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