“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Those true words were uttered by the human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The UN General Assembly asks individuals around the world to make a difference in their communities to honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy on the day he was born, today, July 18th. Continue reading
Today we are highlighting a day that represents all that a library stands for—educating and inspiring students. National Higher Education Day is fairly new, having started in February, 2015, by Izamar Olaguez and Marcie Hronis; however, the registrar at National Day Calendar declared it to be observed annually on June 6th. The original purpose of the day was to provide and communicate funding opportunities, such as financial aid and scholarships, to students who thought obtaining a college degree was not possible. Continue reading
May is Jewish American Heritage Month, officially recognized by President George W. Bush on April 20, 2006. Each year this proclamation is renewed by the current president to recognize and celebrate Jewish American culture, achievements and contributions since they first arrived in New Amsterdam, the southern tip of Manhattan Island, in 1654. Continue reading
Have you ever heard the phrase “Laughter is the Best Medicine?” Well, according to some studies, laughter produces chemicals in our bodies that relieve stress and enhance one’s physical and mental health and that positive thinking can help people heal from illnesses. If that holds true, then laughter is a good thing and what better way to recognize it then with a month to celebrate humor. Continue reading
On March 16th, Law colleges and other institutions celebrate the rights and freedoms provided as a result of the “Freedom of Information Act.” Why do we celebrate on this particular day when the “Freedom of Information Act” was enacted on July 4, 1966? Well, on March 16, 1751, the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison Jr. was born. He earned that title for drafting the Constitution of the United States and the U.S. Bill of Rights. Continue reading
Are you wearing red today? If not, maybe you should and join the thousands of people around the country celebrating “National Wear Red Day ®” to raise awareness against women’s heart disease. This is a day of national public recognition observed the first Friday in February, which started in 2004. Heart disease is the number one killer of women affecting 1 in 3 every year; therefore, the American Heart Association created a campaign called “Go Red For Women,” designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. Strokes and cardiac-related issues can be prevented with education and action. Continue reading
“I have a dream…” Those words are as famous as the man we are honoring today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister who devoted his life to the advancement of civil rights. With change to our country right around the corner, Dr. King perhaps said it best when he exclaimed “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Those words are as true today as they were then. It is important to remember and learn from the past so that we can educate the new generation as they will be the ones leading and teaching in the future.
Many places around the country will commemorate by celebrating with a day of service. Volunteers will be coming together to give back to their communities through projects and/or specific needs. Bellevue University is asking for people to help in saying “thank you” to all who served in the military by making care packages today in the Student Center from noon to 1:00 p.m. To find how you can help out in your neighborhood visit the Corporation for National & Community Service website.
You can learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the impact he has had by checking out these links below:
President Roosevelt appeared before Congress on December 8, 1941, and declared December 7, 1941, as a date that will live in infamy, as this is the date that the United States of America was attacked by the Empire of Japan. Continue reading
Today is “Origami Day.” Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding and good for any age, and for all those who love a challenge. Origami is educational, developmental, and therapeutic. Whether you are an educator, physician, blue-collar worker, or parent, origami is for you. Continue reading
Today, October 8, 2016, marks the the inaugural “Annual Indie Author Day.” Libraries across America and Canada are hosting events to bring the indie writing community together. This is a day for local authors, libraries, and publishing industry experts to get together to celebrate, educate, and collaborate. Continue reading