There are many joys to be found in working at a library, but on days like today I especially enjoy my job. As we speak I am cataloging the 2011 Chase's Calendar of Events book to be placed in our Reference collection.
As I imagine most normal people would, you might be wondering why such a seemingly simple activity would provide so much joy. Well, my joy stems from giving in to the urge to see what holidays (silly or serious) loom on the horizon for November. For instance, who knew that November was National Pomegranate Month? Or Peanut Butter Lovers' Month? Oh, and to all our Banana Pudding lovers, November is your month too! On a more serious note, it is also an awareness month for several health issues such as Alzheimer's disease, AIDS, and lung cancer.
However, the best celebrations naturally return our thoughts to the library. So during the Month of November we hope you will take the time to celebrate:
National Authors' Day (Nov. 1) - adopted by the General Federation of Women's Club in 1929, National Author's Day was created with the intent to "not only show patriotism, loyalty, and appreciation of the men and women who have made American literature possible, but would also encourage and inspire others to give of themselves in making a better America."
National Family Literacy Day (Nov. 1)
National Lifewriting Month (Nov. 1-30) - "An opportunity to celebrate ourselves and our families by committing our life stories to writing. Preserving our autobiographies in writing allows us to know ourselves better and to share our stories with future generations."
Fun or serious, holidays provide us with an excuse to pause in our day to remember, learn, be aware or just laugh. So, in these last days of October we hope you will take a moment to appreciate a Bat. Yes, you read that right. October is Bat Appreciation Month.