Top Reasons to Celebrate NOVEMBER!

Submitted by kdeweese on November 8, 2010 - 2:09pm

Native American Heritage Month

"Pride in Our Heritage, Honor Our Ancestors" is the theme for the 2010 Native American Heritage month.  There are lots of great books about Native Americans in the library -- what better to remember their contributions than to check one out?

Aviation History Month

Observe Aviation History Month by creating paper airplanes!  Take them out to a local park or just outside your school, and see how many folks line up to watch!  Lots of fun designs for paper airplanes can be found here, or check out a book at the library!


Family Stories Month

Every family has thousands of stories.  Whether happy, sad, silly, outrageous, or nostalgic, they are all important.  Call up a relative and ask them to tell you a story about your parents when they were young.  Tell your parents about your first memories.  Reminisce about "the good old days."  Or maybe actually write some of your favorite family stories down -- you are never too young to start your own memoirs!


Peanut Butter Lovers' Month

Here's a bunch of facts about peanut butter.  Did you know the average kid will eat 1500 PB&J sandwiches by the time they graduate high school?.  Try my favorite -- grilled peanut butter and banana!


1     El Dia de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration, a time to honor and celebrate deceased loved ones.  It is believed that the souls of the dead visit their families between October 31 and November 2 ;  families make altars with photos and offerings to welcome them. 


2     U.S.A. Election Day

The first Tuesday after the first Monday.  Don't forget to vote!!


5     Guy Fawkes Day

"Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November."  A day of bonfires and fireworks to mark the 1605 date of a failed plot to assassinate the King of England.  It's an exciting bit of history -- check out a book to learn more!


7     Daylight Savings Time Ends

First Sunday in November.  Don't you just hate how dark it is when you go home at night?!


11    Veterans Day

Veterans Day began as a celebration of the anniversary of the WWI Armistice.   "At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" fighting ceased in World War I.  No matter your political views or your thoughts about war, there are ways you can show your gratitude to those who have served in the Armed Forces.   How can you celebrate Veteran's Day
-----Make a thank-you card and bring it to a local VA group. 
-----Watch a movie that celebrates our veterans.
-----Ask your living relatives who are veterans to share stories with you.
-----Click the link above for other great suggestions.

14    National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

 Besides the fact that it needs to be done, and your parents may be shocked of the offer to help, you get to compare notes about the grossest thing you found in the fridge!


25    Thanksgiving Day

It is thought that the first Thanksgiving traces back to a 1621 harvest feast at the Plymouth Plantation.  In 1789, it became the first US holiday by presidential proclamation.  Thanksgiving became an annual tradition, and then in 1939 President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November.  What are you doing for your Thanksgiving this year?  Perhaps check out some cookbooks and try some new recipes!

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