Author Archives: Robin Bernstein

Navajo Code Talkers

There are approximately 6,500 different languages spoken around the world, each one diverse enough to be unique.  One such language was used as a code language during World War II and those who spoke it were better known as the Navajo Code Talkers.  President Ronald Regan proclaimed August 14, 1982 “National Navajo Code Talkers Day” to recognize all tribes for their contribution to the war efforts and Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, signed legislation making this day a legal state holiday every year on August 14th.

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Clerihew Who? Or What?

Today, July 10th is celebrated as National Clerihew Day in honor of English novelist and humorist Edmund Clerihew Bentley (July 10, 1875 – March 30, 1956).  He is credited with developing a poem style where the rules state:

  • Include four lines
  • The first and second lines rhyme with each other
  • The third and fourth lines rhyme with each other
  • Include a person’s name in the first line
  • The second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person
  • Say something about that person
  • Be humorous as it is meant to be a funny poem

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Every Second Counts…

Could you save a life?  Someone’s life could be in your hands and their vital statistics could depend on your actions.  June 1 – 7, 2021 is “National CPR and AED Awareness Week.”  The Red Cross emphasizes “Every Second Counts” because every second does count when someone is in cardiac arrest and their life could possibly be saved if everyone knew CPR and how to use an AED. Continue reading

Thinking Small=Big Business!

What do we think of when we think of the month of May?  Let me count the ways…  May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day, just to name a few.  However, did you know that May is also “Small Business Month” and the first week of May is designated “Small Business Week.”  The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has been recognizing the contributions of entrepreneurs and small businesses for more than 50 years.  This is an opportunity for small businesses and business owners to engage their community, collaborate and/or partner with colleagues, and reward loyal customers for their dedication and support.

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Where in the World Is________________?

Is there somewhere you would like to travel once most COVID-19 restrictions are lifted?  Would it be to Europe, Asia, Africa, or right here at home in the United States of America?  Regardless of where you might travel, you need to know how to get where you are going.  Today, April 5, 2021, is “National Read A Road Map Day.”  Now, does anyone ever really read a road map anymore?  In this day and age of GPS, satellites and voice commands, do we need traditional print maps?  Of course, we do…  Haven’t you ever heard of technology failing, dead batteries, and or lost satellite connections?  Well, it does happen and you might need to rely on a current road map to get you where you were going.

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Surveys! Surveys! Surveys!

Everyone has probably filled out a survey one time or another. You might ask yourself who needs this information, what is the information needed for, where will this information be stored, why do I need to do this, and exactly how is the information going to be used?

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week

Learning to care for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia is the first step in understanding the differences between the two diseases.  The week of February 14 – 20, 2021 is “Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week.”  The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) has dedicated a week to raise awareness while educating on the caring of persons suffering from the condition.  Healthcare professionals are encouraged to learn new ways and techniques to assist their patients throughout the week. Continue reading

Happy Birthday UNICEF!

Sixty-four years ago on this day, the United Nations General Assembly established UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund); however, it originally began as the International Children’s Emergency Fund (ICEF) created to provide immediate relief to children and mothers affected by World War II.  Seeing the need to further the cause, UNICEF’s obligation extended further, addressing the long-term needs of women and children in developing countries.  To date, UNICEF has helped save the lives of more than 122 million children.

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Setting the Record Straight

When you think about “world records,” most people immediately think “sports.”  However, librarians are probably more familiar with the Guinness Book of World Records, published annually since 1955, acknowledging record-breaking human achievements.  Today, November 18, 2020, is “Guinness World Records Day.”  Celebrated every November, this day was first recognized in 2004, when the publication became the world’s bestselling book.  However, some believe it actually goes back to November 10, 1951, when Sir Hugh Beaver, manager of Guinness Breweries in Ireland, argued about the fastest game bird in Europe.

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National Online Learning Day

Traditionally, “National Online Learning Day” represented the achievements made via online schooling and those students attending.  This day began July 2016 to bring awareness to this evolving online technology making education more manageable and convenient.  However, this year due to COVID-19, this type of learning has been essential for families everywhere.  Online learning is available in various ways and involves preschool through college age students.  It helps people accomplish their goals of obtaining an education when circumstance may not allow for the brick and mortar approach.  The influence of technology has made this a reality.

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