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 National Library Week 2009

National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. Check out these books and websites, with library themes, that you can add to your “must read” list!

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April 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Passover

j0433271Passover, or Pesach, is an eight day festival in the Jewish religion celebrating the Exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery into freedom. The highlight of the holiday is the Passover Seder, which is part meal and part religious service. The order of the meal, which features the symbolic cracker-like flatbread called matzah, is determined by reading from the Haggadah. Above all, it is a family celebration and a time for parents to teach their children and pass along the time-honored traditions of their faith. Click here for books and websites about Passover.

April 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day!

j0395706Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and friendship that we celebrate on February 14th. You may be wondering how this holiday came to be. Well, a long, long time ago, there was a man named Valentine who was thrown in jail because of what he believed in. While he was in jail, he fell in love with the guard’s daughter.  Before he died, he sent her a love letter and signed it “From your Valentine.” This man was later named a saint and the legends and traditions of Valentine’s Day began. 

 There are many traditions going back hundreds of years that celebrate Saint Valentine and Valentine’s Day. Some of the traditions that are observed today include giving Valentine’s cards and treats to our family and friends, decorating with ribbons, hearts, and lace, and having Valentine’s Day parties. 

 Click here for books on Valentine’s Day. You will also find links to games, crafts, and facts about Valentine’s Day. 

February 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Presidential Inauguration

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Check out Time for Kids for information on our new President, Barack Obama’s, Inauguration yesterday!

January 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Halloween

Every year on October 31, we celebrate Halloween. It is a holiday that might remind you of pumpkins, costumes and candy! But there is more to Halloween than you might think.

Check out these fun books & links to learn more about the history of Halloween and to get great ideas about how to celebrate it!

October 21, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 to October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month

 Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries-Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino.” More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.

Source: FactMonster.com

To visit some websites with special activities and games about Hispanic Heritage, and to learn more through books click here!

September 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Just Read Florida!

     

September is Literacy Month in Florida. To celebrate, entrance to all Florida state parks will be free the week of September 7-13 for visitors who bring a library card, library book or who donate a new or gently used family book. Hillsborough River State Park is celebrating literacy month with a storytelling event at Fort Foster Historic Site:

Just Read, Florida! at Fort Foster Historic Site 
“Back in Time” Storytelling
Saturday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The event is for children (12 years old and under) and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event includes free admission to the park, lemonade, cookies and a tour of the Fort Foster Historic Site. For more information, call (813) 987-6870.

September 6, 2008 at 6:42 pm

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