Author Archives: Alicia James

I Solemnly Swear I Am Up To No Good

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”  The opening lines from J.K. Rowling’s book have become quite iconic to fans since first being read 20 years ago.

On June 26th, 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (also released under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) was the first book by Rowling to be published in her Harry Potter series. Continue reading

Once Upon a Time…

GRIMM: HANSEL AND GRETEL. - '"It's the loveliest House I...“Once upon a time…” is how a great many stories start off. A few simple words compelling your mind to paint pictures of far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, and maybe even a prince in disguise. National Tell a Fairy Tale Day is celebrated on February 26th each year. As the name states, the intent of the holiday is to share fairy tales by telling them with one another.


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You Can’t Spell Heart Without Art

Break out your brushes, prepare to count yourself in, and draw your attention toward Inspire Your Heart With Art Day. While the origins and creator of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day are unknown, this celebration is always held on the 31st of January each year. Celebrating this event isn’t hard at all, just find yourself some art and let it inspire you!


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It’s About Time

Alice in Wonderland.

How does a year seem to pass quicker and quicker the closer it gets to ending? Many people, including myself, tend to find a kinship with the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland towards the end of the year. “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” While there may not be a way to slow down the feeling of (slightly panicked) nostalgia as the holidays flypast, there is an opportunity to make sure you get the most out of your year. “It’s About Time Week” stretches from December 25th to December 31st, covering the time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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‘Tis the Season for Scary Stories

hallows-readFall is in the air and Halloween is nearly here! Thoughts of Halloween tend to include all sorts of creepy crawlies, monsters, pumpkins, costumes, candy, and decorations galore (just look around at the library). While all those things are typical for Halloween, have you ever considered associating books with it? A few remarkable people have done just that in recent years and created a few wonderful events!

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Hoist the Colors High

Alright mates, get ready to ready the cannons and break out your best, or worst as the case may be, pirate vocabulary because September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! While pillaging and plundering may not be socially acceptable anymore, and for good reason, there’s nothing to stop you from letting a little bit of buccaneer speech into your life for a day, savvy? Continue reading

Color me excited!

Break out your crayons, markers, or colored pencils for this year’s National Coloring Book Day! Taking time to sit down and color a picture or two (maybe even five or twenty) sounds a perfect way to celebrate this bright, creative holiday.

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I Scream, You Scream…

Hopefully we’re all screaming about the same thing- National Ice Cream Month! There are plenty of different styles of ice cream and other frozen desserts that have come into existence over time. Not to mention the countless flavor opportunities available! So what better to celebrate in the midst of summer, than an entire month dedicated to the wonder of chilly treats?


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Read any good inventions lately?

REVOLVING BOOKCASE. - Steel engraving, 19th century.Get set to invent everybody because May is National Inventor’s Month! It’s pretty awesome to think about how every gadget, gizmo, and thing-a-ma-bob there has ever been, (not to mention all the whoozits and whatzits galore that are out there) were invented by regular people. How cool is that? Being the literary nerd that I am, I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about when a few literary genres were “invented” and by whom. Continue reading

Drop Everything And Read Day Are you ready to be a D.E.A.R. and Drop Everything And Read? D.E.A.R. day is April 12th, in honor of author Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Originally the event was regulated to just the one day but is now also celebrated all month long. The D.E.A.R. program was set in motion by Beverly Cleary— thanks to her introduction of it in her book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Continue reading