February is…

February makes me think of Valentines and ground hogs. I think of presidents and chocolate. I think of leap days and Black History. But, as my faithful readers well know, February offers so many more reasons to celebrate! So bake some cookies, visit the library, learn a new Black History fact, feed a bird, spay or neuter your pet, chew some bubble gum, plant some sweet potatoes, and eat a hot breakfast. February may be the shortest month of the year but it’s certainly not going to take that lying down! Enjoy!
Note: the comments in italics are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the ideas, musings, political leanings, or opinions of any other person, group or entity.

Birthstone:       Amethyst         Flower: Violet or Primrose
New Moon:      February 6th    Full Moon:        February 20th
Lunar Eclipse:   February 20-21           
Solar Eclipse:    February 6-7 (E. Australia, New Zealand)

 Monthly observances…
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
American Heart Month
Bake for Family Fun bake some cookies!
February is Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
International Boost Your Self-Esteem Month
International Expect Success Month
Library Lovers’ Month that’s every month for us, isn’t it?
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
Marijuana Awareness Month
National African American History (Black History) Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Cherry Month even though they won’t be ready until Spring…
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Get to Know an Independent Real Estate Broker Month
National Hot Breakfast Month have dried cherries on your oatmeal!
National Laugh-Friendly Month much more fun than unfriendly laughs!
National Parent Leadership Month wish that was a daily observance…
National Pet Dental Health Month do they make beef flavored toothpaste?
National Senior Independence Month
National Time Management Month
National Weddings Month
North Carolina Sweet Potato Month Calling All Queens!
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
Relationship Wellness Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month make sure it’s empty when you find it!
Spiritual Teachers Month
Spunky Old Broads Month when I am old I shall wear purple…
Sweet Potato Month put on your green sequined prom dress and join the Queens!
Wise Health Consumer Month
Youth Leadership Month

 Wonderful weekly observances…
2/1-7    National Patient Recognition Week I would hope my doctor would recognize me!                       
              Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend maybe they could sit together!
              Women’s Heart Week
2/3-9   Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week
              Boy Scout Anniversary Week http://www.scouting.org/
              International Coaching Week
              National Consumer Protection Week
              National Leadership Week
              National Pancake Week eat at your neighborhood IHOP!
               Publicity for Profit Week
2/3-3/22  Lent don’t give up pancakes!
2/4-8     International Networking Week 
               
Intimate Apparel Market Week
               National School Counseling Week
2/4-10  Dump Your Significant Jerk Week oh, the stories that could be told…
2/7-14   Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
               Rejection Risk Awareness Week especially if you’re a significant jerk!
2/8-14   Love Makes the World Go Round but Laughter Keeps us from Getting Dizzy Week
2/10-16  Children of Alcoholics Week http://www.nacoa.org/
                 Freelance Writers Appreciation Week
                 National Family, Career & Community Leaders of America Week
                Jell-O Week get jiggy with it!
               
Heart Failure Awareness Week
2/11-15  Just Say No to Powerpoints Week use an overhead!
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/11-17  International Flirting Week
                Random Acts of Kindness Week http://www.actsofkindness.org/people/days.asp
2/14-21  National Condom Week overlaps  with the above – a coincidence?
               
World Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week
2/15-17  NBA All-Star Week
2/15-18  Great Backyard Bird Count Week how do you tell them apart?
2/17-23   Build A Better Trade Show Image Week
2/17-25   National Engineers Week
2/24-3/1 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
                  Telecommuter Appreciation Week http://www.yourata.com/index.html 
2/25-3/2  Read Me Week
2/29-3/2  Texas Cowboy Poetry Week there once was a horse from Nantucket… 

Fabulous February days…
2/1       Bubble Gum Day 
             Give Kids A Smile Day http://www.ada.org/public/events/gkas.asp 
             Hula in the Coola Day can you do this & chew gum at the same time?
            
National Freedom Day
             Robinson Crusoe Day is it because it’s a Friday?
            
Spunky Old Broads Day hope I live to be one…
            
Wear Red Day
             Women’s Hearth Health Day
2/2       Ground hog Day
             Candelmas
             Ground hog Job Shadow Day this is a real job?
            
Hedgehog Day
             Imbolic http://www.moonstar.me.uk/page23.html 
             Teach Your Daughter to Volunteer Day
2/3       Four Chaplains Memorial Day
             Super Bowl XLII make a football shaped paté!
2/4       Bun Day: Iceland
             Dump Your Significant Jerk Day especially if they made fun of your paté
            
Liberace Day tickle the ivories in a sparkly outfit!
            
USO Day
2/5       Fastnachts Day http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art8521.asp 
             International Pancake Day
             Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)
            Mardi Gras get your beads! http://www.mardigrasday.com/ 
           
Paczki Day
            Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day why?
           
Weatherman’s (Weatherperson’s) Day
2/6       African American Coaches Day
            
Ash Wednesday
             National Girls & Women in Sports Day
2/7       Chinese New Year’s Day it’s the Year of the Rat
            
Wave All Your Fingers at your Neighbor’s Day
2/8       Boy Scout Anniversary Day
            Laugh and Get Rich Day oh if only it were this easy!
            Snow Festival: Japan
2/9-10  Corvette Days a car so cool it needed 2 days to appreciate!
2/10     Grammy Awards Day let’s pray for an end to the Writer’s Strike!
            Man Day
            Plimsoll Day
            World Marriage Day
2/11     Pro Sports Wives Day
            National Shut-in Visitation Day
            Satisfied Staying Single Day for those not suckered into World Marriage Day!
            Westminster Dog Show
            White Shirt Day
            Youth Day: Cameroon
            Founding Day: Japan (660 B.C.)
2/12     Darwin Day ever heard of the Darwin Awards?
            Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
            Safety Pup Day
2/13     Black Love Day
            Employee Legal Awareness Day
            Get a Different Name Day there are so many good ones still available…
2/14     Ferris Wheel Day
            National Condom Day nope, no coincidence…
            World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
            League of Women Voters Day
            National Women’s Heart Day
            National Call In Single Day 
            Race Relations Day
            Quirky Alone Day
            Valentines Day rose are red, violets are blue…
            Viticulturists’ Day: Bulgaria
2/15     Lupercalia
            Susan B. Anthony Day
            National Gum Drop Day http://www.candyusa.org/Classroom/calendar.asp 
2/17     Daytona 500 gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines!
           My Way Day listen to a Sinatra record!
           National PTA Founders Day
            World Human Spirit Day
2/18     Presidents Day
2/19     Chocolate Mint Day
2/20     Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day well, Hoodie Hoo!
2/20-21  Lunar Eclipse (visible in the Americas between 10pm and 1:15am)
2/21     International Mother Language Day
            Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
            Single Tasking Day not possible…
            Lantern Festival: China
2/22     George Washington’s Birthday
            Martyrs’ Day: Bangladesh
2/23     Clam Chowder Day I’ll take a bowl of the New England style, please!
           Curling is Cool Day only if you’re also into cheese rolling…
            Iwo Jima Day
            Open That Bottle Night why save it…drink it!
2/24     Academy Awards writers, writers, writers
2/26     For Pete’s Sake Day who is Pete and why should I care?           
             
Spay Day USA spay and neuter and spay and neuter and spay and neuter
2/27     Inconvenience Yourself Day if you don’t spay or neuter we’re ALL inconvenienced!
2/28     National Chili Day 3-alarm for me!
            Floral Design Day
            National Tooth Fairy Day leave a flower with your tooth!
2/29     Leap Year Day
            American Crossword Puzzle Convention (through 3/2)

 Selected Author Birthdays:
2/1       Langston Hughes, 1902; Jerry Spinelli, 1941
2/2       James Joyce, 1882; Ayn Rand, 1905; Judith Viorst, 1931; Betsy Duffey, 1953 (?)
2/3       Norman Rockwell, 1894; Joan Lowery Nixon, 1927
2/4       Russel Hoban, 1925; Barbara Shook Hazen, 1930
2/5       Patricia Lauber, 1924; David Wiesner, 1957
2/6       Jerome Wexler, 1923; Weyman B. Jones, 1928; Betsy Duffey, 1953 (?)
2/7       Charles Dickens, 1812; Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867
2/8       Jules Verne, 1828; Anne Rockwell, 1934
2/9       Dick Gackenbach, 1927; Alice Walker, 1944; Stephen Roos, 1945
2/10     E. L. Konigsburg, 1930; Stephen Gammell, 1943; Mark Teague, 1963
2/11     Sidney Sheldon, 1917; Jane Yolen, 1939
2/12     Randolph Caldecott, 1846; Judy Blume, 1938; Jacqueline Woodson, 1964
2/13     Ouida Sebestyen, 1924; Simms Taback, 1932; William Sleator, 1945
2/14     Phyllis Root, 1949; George Shannon, 1952; Paul O. Zelinsky, 1953
2/15     Norman Bridwell, 1928; Elaine Landau, 1948
2/16     Elizabeth K. Cooper, 1908; Carol Gorman, 1952
2/17     Alice Mary Norton, 1912; Robert Newton Peck, 1928; Susan Beth Pfeiffer, 1948
2/18     Toni Morrison, 1931; Barbara Joosse, 1949
2/19     Louis Slobodkin, 1903; Jill Krementz, 1940; Amy Tan, 1952
2/20     William MacKellar, 1914; Rosemary Harris, 1923
2/21     Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, 1933; Jim Aylesworth, 1943
2/22     Edward Gorey, 1925; Harry Kullman, 1919
2/23     C. S. Adler, 1931; Walter Wick, 1953
2/24     Wilhelm Grimm, 1786; Uri Orlev, 1931
2/25     Frank Bonham, 1914; Cynthia Voigt, 1942; Iain Lawrence, 1955
2/26     Judith S. George, 1931; Colby Rodowsky, 1932
2/27     Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807; Uri Shulevitz, 1935
2/28     Ben Hecht, 1894; Donna Jo Napoli, 1949; Megan McDonald, 1959
2/29     David R. Collins, 1940; Susan I. Roth, 1944; Patricia McKillip, 1948

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About susangrigsby

I am the District Media Specialist on Special Assignment with Forsyth County Schools, Georgia. In August, 2017 I will become the middle and high school librarian at the United World College of Southeast Asia (East Campus) in Singapore.

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