Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. The brainchild of environmentally-conscious Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day was first observed in 1970. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 175 countries throughout the world. See our Earth Day page for information and ideas for celebrating Earth Day.
Patriots’ Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, marking the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. Patriots’ Day is celebrated on the third Monday in April. This year’s observance falls on April 21st.
- Passover — Passover is an eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the delivery of the Jews from bondage in Egypt. This year Passover is celebrated from sunset on April 14th to nightfall on April 22nd
- Easter — This Christian holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and this year falls on April 20th.
“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
The first of April is known as April Fool’s Day, a traditional day for practical jokes of all kinds. Some have noted connections between April Fool’s Day and the Roman celebration of Hilaria on March 25, and the Hindu holiday of Holi, ending March 31. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894, refers to “the mockery trial of our Redeemer” as a popular explanation. Find out more about this popular celebration on our page of resources.
We know that many of you are using the NOBLE OverDrive Library to borrow ebooks and audiobooks for yourself and members of your family. We now have a special version of the site that only includes the children’s books. This should help make it easier for children, parents and adults get directly to the right books.
You’ll find all kinds of books good for kids from preschool through the elementary grades, including picture books, easy readers, novels, mysteries, popular series, and nonfiction about science, history, geography, and much more. Most ebook titles can be read right in the browser on almost any device, downloaded to a tablet or other mobile device using the OverDrive app, or transferred to Kindle. Most audiobooks are in the MP3 format and can be downloaded to your computer and transferred to an MP3 player, or downloaded directly to a tablet or smartphone using the OverDrive app.