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Special Days in July


July is

National Parks and Recreation Month. Enjoy our Storytime in the Park at DeMotte on July 5 from 7:30-8:30.

National Blueberry Month. Pick a tasty treat at a local blueberry grower! (Call ahead to confirm they are open; this year's weather has been hard on farmers.) Try the patriotic flag dessert recipe.

Word of the month: incorrigible: (about a person) Not able to be corrected, improved, or reformed. My friend is an incorrigible cheat at board games.

July 1 The first U.S. zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874.

July 3 Spiderman returns. Opening in a theater near you: The Amazing Spiderman (PG-13).

July 4 Independence Day Did you know? In 1831, Samuel Francis Smith wrote the song “My Country, 'Tis of Thee” for Boston’s July 4th festivities. Check out some printable holiday activities.

July 5 It’s P.T. Barnum’s birthday. Read a book about the circus!

July 8 It’s Raffi’s birthday. Sing a silly song!

July 9 Youth Day in Morocco. What do you know about Morocco? Use library resources to learn more.

July 10 It’s Don’t Step on a Bee Day, the time to remember that going barefoot can mean getting stung by a bee!

July 11 It’s E.B. White’s birthday. Check out Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac.

July 13 Coming to a theater near you: Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG). Check out one of the other Ice Age movies at the library and catch up!

July 14 It’s Brian Selznick’s birthday. Read The Invention of Hugo Cabret or watch Hugo.

July 15 National Ice Cream Day. Learn how to make ice cream in a bag!

July 17 Did you know? Disneyland, America’s first theme park, opened on this day in 1955.

July 18 It’s illustrator Felicia Bond’s birthday. Read one of Laura Numeroff's mouse books (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) and make mouse pictures.

July 19 Ramadan begins at sunset. Read about the month of Ramadan observed by Muslims around the world.

July 20 Did you know? On July 20, 1969, U.S. astronaut Neil A. Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.

July 24 It’s Amelia Earhart’s birthday. Make paper airplanes!

July 26 It’s Jan Berenstain’s birthday. Read a Berenstain Bears book.

July 27 The Summer Olympic Games begin in London. Plan your own Olympic games day!

July 31 It’s J.K. Rowling’s birthday. Visit for trivia tidbits and new content from J.K. herself, and live through the books all over again.

Q: What did the pig say at the beach on a hot summer day?

A: I’m bacon!

"Remake the world, a little at a time, each in your own corner of the world." —The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan