Have some extra vacation days lying around?

CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK, MAY 5-11!

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time to recognize and celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being. Maybe it’s a bit short notice to actually go on a little trip this week, but you could at least start planning one.

Where would you go and what would you do once you’re there? Good questions. Here is where we would recommend going to look.

Travel Destinations: Dewey Decimal Call Numbers by Location

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Get Caught Reading Month!

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Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages. Launched in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and now managed by Every Child a Reader with support from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Get Caught Reading promotes the fun of reading and provides teachers and librarians with small posters of TV and sports stars, authors, and beloved book characters reading a book. Find out more at getcaughtreading.org.

If you’re a book lover now is the time to post those pics of you curled up with your favorite book. Want to add an element of fun? Take the picture someplace you wouldn’t normally read; in a tree, a pool, hanging upside down from the monkey bars, get creative!

D.E.A.R. DAY!

National Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) Day

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April 12 is also Beverly Cleary’s birthday. This is not a coincidence.

Cleary, one of the most successful authors alive today (she’s 103 today, which is a kind of  achievement in itself), having sold over 90 million copies of her work worldwide.

Beverly Cleary created several beloved characters and chief among them for many young readers are Ramona Quimby and older sister Beezus (although, I was always partial to Ralph the Motorcycle Mouse myself). It was in the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 that Cleary first wrote of Drop Everything And Read Day and ever since then fans have been carrying on the tradition in honor of Ramona and Beverly.

To celebrate families are encouraged to take at least half an hour today to stop, take a deep breath and read together (or at least simultaneously). Enjoy.

And if you need help finding something to read the Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation is having a huge overflow book sale until 5pm today. In addition to all the books the library has available for check out of course.

IT’S NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY!

To recognize the diligence, dedication, and skill of library staff and librarians, the Tuesday of National Library Week has been designated National Library Workers Day!

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Don’t worry, he actually enjoys his work and loves books. He just always looks like that.

So, if you are a library patron, consider giving your favorite library staff members a, “Good job,” or a, “Thank you for all your help,” today. Maybe even consider nominating them as a Star Library Worker.

If you are not a library patron, consider becoming a library patron and then doing that. 😉

13 Ways Book Lovers Make More Time for Reading

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So many books, so little time? Every reader’s been there. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: How do you make more time for reading? From savvy tips (“Listen to audiobooks while you drive!”) to cheeky suggestions (“Just don’t sleep!”), these are the ways your fellow book lovers fit reading into their busy lives.

Go read the rest of the article go to Goodreads blog.

HAPPY π(PI) DAY!

π, the famous mathematical constant that comes in handy when dealing with circles (who could forget its greatest hit, πr?), is 3.14 when rounded to two decimal places. And today being March 14 (3/14)… It’s PI DAY everybody!

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Its one of those things that doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. Plus, since it sounds like pie it makes perfect sense that a lot of people celebrate by eating pie. But that’s totally not why we’re excited. Pie Math is important.

Okay. So it doesn’t have anything directly to do with libraries, but hey, any excuse to appreciate the universal principles of mathematics that support reality, right? And eat pie of course.

HAPPY LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY!

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The fourth Wednesday in January offers a unique opportunity for book lovers on Library Shelfie Day.

Some collectors of books tend to arrange their collections so their spines can be admired pleasantly.  Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form.  However our books are organized on the shelf, on Library Shelfie Day, they are meant to be photographed and shared on social media.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Whether you have just a small library with a few select favorites or are a true bibliophile, on Library Shelfie Day, arrange your collection on a shelf and take a picture.  Use #LibraryShelfieDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

The New York Public Library founded Library Shelfie Day as a way to observe various national holidays by displaying shelfies representing books from each day.