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Special Days in February

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In the middle of a snowy winter, there is lots to celebrate this February. The 2014 Winter Olympics start this month, and the Year of the Horse Lunar New Year celebration continues. Check out all the things going on at the library this month!

Read a book about the library and help us celebrate Library Lovers Month!

Check out a book about Black History Month. Learn about the history of and current issues facing African Americans at Time for Kids and Fact Monster.

American Heart Month. Check out the American Heart Association's Activities for Kids page and learn about nutrition, your family health tree and more!

Word of the month: Suffrage: The right to vote, also the exercise of such right. When women across the nation were campaigning for the right to vote in the 1920 presidential election, some states and territories already allowed women's suffrage at the state level.

1 Visit Groundhog.org and learn all about Punxsutawney Phil - America's official groundhog -- and watch him predict the weather with a live webcast on Groundhog Day!

2 Celebrate American football on the 48th annual Super Bowl Sunday.

4 The first rubber galoshes were introduced in 1824 by B.F. Goodrich. It's Mardi Gras! Check out this National Geographic Kids History video about this modern holiday with Christian roots.

6 It's National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Read about the Top 100 women athletes at Sports Illustrated for Women.

7 The 22nd Winter Olympics start today in Sochi, Russia. Read a book about Russia, or about the Olympics. It's Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday. Read one of her books or check out an episode of Little House on the Prairie, the television series based on her books, to learn more about her pioneer life.

11 It's Thomas Edison's birthday. Turn on a light bulb and celebrate! It's also Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 10-14). Did you know Random Acts of Kidness can make you more popular? Check out a book about kindness!  "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -- Aesop

12 It's Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Have you seen the new "Mini Abe" ads from the Illinois Office of Tourism?

14 Valentine's Day! Take a look at animals you can make using paper heart shapes.

15 It's Susan B. Anthony Day.

17 Celebrate our presidents on Presidents Day. Watch this short video set to the tune of Yankee Doodle featuring all the names of the presidents up to President Obama.

19 The Donner Party was rescued on this day in 1847. Read about their story of survival.

22 It's George Washington's Birthday.

26 It's Buffalo Bill Cody's Birthday.

28 It's Lemony Snicket's not-so-unfortunate Birthday.