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Special Days in January

Photo of kids enjoying flower blossom "snow" by John-Morgan via flickr

January is Get Organized Month, National Eye Care Month and National Soup Month.

The Caledecott and Newbery awards are given each January. Check out these award winning books in the JCPL catalog and more at our Best Books for Young Readers page.

Word of the month widdershins: counterclockwise, in a left-handed or contrary direction. Jane decided to stir her soup three turns clockwise and a half-turn widdershins, for perfect blending.

4 It's Jacob Grimm's birthday. Read a fairy tale!

5 It's National Bird Day. Read a book about birds.

8 On this day in 1935, rock and roll singer Elvis Presley was born. Check out a musical CD from the library to celebrate.

11 Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif. in 1935.

15 In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day. Visit the King Center's digital archive at

17 Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday.

19 It's poet and author Pat Mora's birthday.

20 It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It's author Tedd Arnold's birthday. Read a Fly Guy adventure today!

23 It's National Handwriting Day. Send someone a hand-written note today, or visit for writing activities and printables.

24 Gold was discovered in California in 1848. Read a book about the Gold Rush.

25 Did you know? The first Winter Olympics opened 90 years ago today in Chamonix, France. The 22nd Winter Games begin on Feb 7 in Sochi, Russia.

27 Today is the birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.

29 Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven was published in 1845.

31 Baseball giant Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.

31 Chinese New Year begins. It's the Year of the Horse. Enjoy some crafts at Activity Village or Enchanted Learning.


Q: What did the horse say when it fell?

A: I've fallen and I can't giddyup!