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Special Days in May

May is

Get Caught Reading Month. Check out KidsReads.com and discover a new author today. Be sure to sign up for Summer Reading this month!

National Bike Month. Spend a few minutes refreshing your bike safety skills.

Older Americans Month. Spend a day reading with your grandparents. Invite them to come to the library with you!

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. Read Armstrong Sperry's Call it Courage, about a Poylnesian boy who overcomes his fear of the sea.

Word of the month: spontaneous: happening in a free and natural way, without planning or external influence; impulsive, free, unplanned. Dad took us on a spontaneous trip to the zoo. Do something spontaneous this month and give a loved one a happy surprise.


Be Kind to Animals Week (May 6-12)

National Children's Book Week (May 7-13) Vote for your favorite book!

May 1 is May Day. On May Day, Hawaiians celebrate Lei Day. Learn about the 'Aloha spirit.'

May 4 is National Teacher Day. "The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book." — Author Unknown. Visit the virtual mural at the National Education Association and Thank a Teacher, or write a thank you note to your favorite teacher.

May 9 It's Eleanor Estes' birthday. Read Ginger Pye.

May 12 is Limerick Day. Visit Barbara J. Feldman's limerick's website for links to good kids' sites on limericks and writing them.

May 13 is Mother's Day -- Read Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary. Do something nice for your mom!

May 15 It's L. Frank Baum's birthday.Have you read The Wizard of Oz?

May 22 It's Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday. Read a mystery to celebrate the creator of the greatest detective ever: Sherlock Holmes!

May 23 It's Margaret Wise Brown's birthday. Read or re-read Goodnight Moon!

May 24 The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1882.

May 28 is Memorial Day, a day to honor American soldiers fallen in battle. Try your hand at these puzzles, or color a flag to hang in your window.

May 29 Mount Everest Summited! On this day in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first team to reach the top of this legendary mountain. Follow one of the groups of people climing the mountain right now through National Geographic.


Q: Why couldn't the bicycle stand up on its own?

A: Because it was two-tired (too tired).