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Special Days in June


June is

Audio Book Month (Re)discover the joy of having books read out loud to you with one of our many audiobook selections at JCPL. If you haven't yet, be sure to sign up for Summer Reading this month!

National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month Learn fun new ways to make fruits and vegetables part of your daily plate with these video winners of the national My Plate Fruits & Veggies Video Challenge.

National Dairy Month Visit the Fair Oaks Dairy Farms for the Milk Cow Festival June 2, or the Travis Tritt concert June 23, or read a book about cows, or read one of the fun books (like Click, Clack, Moo) by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewis.

Word of the month: discombobulate: to throw into confusion. There are so many things to do at a carnival, it discombobulates me.

June 2 It’s Helen Oxenbury’s birthday.

June 4 Full Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse. Remember to DREAM BIG!

June 5 It’s Rick Riordan’s birthday. Visit Riordan’s Kane Chronicles website for links to good sites for Egyptian fun and games, or visit this link to enter Percy Jackson's world.

June 10 Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are, was born this day in 1928, and passed away May 8, 2012 at the age of 83. Read about the life of this beloved author. or read one of his many books.

June 12 70 years ago today, Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday, which allowed her to tell her story to the world. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” -- Anne Frank

June 14 is Flag Day. Read the online short story Betsy Ross and the Flag about our nation's first flag.

June 15 is Fly a Kite Day. Get some printable kite bookmarks in color or black and white.

June 15 It’s Brian Jacques’ birthday. Read one of our books or visit the Redwall website.

June 16 Fear of the dark? Read a book about the night.

June 17 is Father’s Day. Read a book about dads!

June 18 It’s Vivian Vande Velde’s birthday. Coming soon, a new chapter book by Vande Velde called Deadly Pink.

June 19 is Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Read Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi or The Underground Railroad for Kids by Mary Kay Carson.

June 20 Summer begins. Because of the tilt of the Earth's axis, tonight, the Summer Solstice, will be one of the shortest nights of the year, with sunset at around 8:30 p.m. and sunrise the next day around 5:30 a.m. giving 9 hours of darkness and 15 hours of light. The Winter Solstice, in December, is, by contrast, one of the longest nights of the year with around 9 hours of light and 15 hours of darkness.

June 22 Disney’s animated film Brave opens today.

June 23 Did you know? The hula hoop was patented forty-eight years ago today. Did you know the Ancient Greeks exercised by "hooping"?

June 25 It’s Eric Carle’s birthday. Celebrate with one of his books about caterpillars, spiders or bears!

June 28 The Raggedy Ann doll was invented in 1917. Creator Johnny Gruelle made them to accompany the books he wrote.

June 29 Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince, was born this day in 1900.

Q: Why couldn’t the astronaut book a room on the moon?

A: Because it was full.

Q: What did one firefly say to another?

A: Got to glow now!

“I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking.“ —The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White