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April Fool’s Day

“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
Mark Twain

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.

St. Patrick’s Day

Oxalis Shamrocks, Two KindsSt. Patrick’s Day — St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17, and is celebration of Irish history and culture. Our page of links will help you find information on the story of St. Patrick and sites with craft ideas, recipes and ways to celebrate the day.

[Shamrock photo by Cobalt123]

February 22 is Washington’s Birthday

George Washington’s Birthday — America’s first President, George Washington, was born on February 22, 1732. As a young man, Washington fought in the French and Indian War before returning home to manage his plantation. In 1775 he was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army which he led to victory in the Revolutionary War against Britain. Washington was elected President in 1787 and re-elected in 1791. Washington died on December 14, 1799.

February 12 is Lincoln’s Birthday

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday — Our sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln, was born on February 12, 1809. He lead the country through the crisis of the Civil War, but just as the war was ending, President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.

February 14 is Valentine’s Day

Little girl sitting on a flying heart Vintage Post CardSaint Valentine’s Day was established in 496 AD to honor one or more early Christian saints named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages, and by the fifteenth century, it had become a day in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, notes or other symbols of devotion.

Today Valentine’s Day celebrates all types of love and friendship, and cards and gifts are exchanged by people of all ages. Symbols of Valentine’s Day include hearts, cupids, flowers (especially roses) and the colors red and pink.

Valentine’s Day — Here’s a page of links to sites with more information and ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day.

February 2 is Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day — Will the groundhog see his shadow? Will we have six more weeks of winter? Learn more about the origins of Groundhog day with the links on our Groundhog Day page.

Groundhog Day Books for Kids — See our Pinterest board for some stories for Groundhog Day, linked to the library catalog to make it easy to find and request them.