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December is…

Well, folks, it is December. The last month of the year. The month of ho-ho-ho, “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel,” and The Nguzo Saba. The month of Las Posadas, gingerbread cookies, candy canes, and Hanukkah gelt. It is the month of giving gifts and stealing parking spots, cold mornings and warm hearts, nights by the fire and days at the mall. So put up your feet, have a caramel latte and enjoy all the OTHER things you can celebrate!


Birthstone:        Turquoise or Zircon (anybody want some tweezers?)

Flower:               Holly or Narcissus

New Moon:      December 9

Full Moon:        December 24


Monthly observances…

Bingo’s Birthday month  the game, not the dog

Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month

Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month cut up those credit card receipts!

Learn a Foreign Language Month didn’t we just learn Chinese in November?

National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month HAH! Like that’ll ever happen…

National Sign Up For Summer Camp Month

National Write a Business Plan Month

National Tie Month buy one for all the men on your list!

Operation Santa Paws (12/1-22)

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Spiritual Literacy Month know your religion!

Take a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking (TANYRSS)

Universal Human Rights Month


Special December weeks…

12/1-7             Cookie Cutter Week gingerbread people rule!

                        National Aplastic Anemia Awareness Week

                        Tolerance Week

12/1-8              Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week

12/2-8              National Handwriting Week download a handwriting font!

12/3-9              Clerc-Gallaudet Week

12/4-12            Hanukkah ‘oy to the World!

12/10-16          Human Rights Week

12/15-21          International Language Week talk to someone…

12/15-29          Halcyon Days ah, the golden days of holiday lights…

12/16-24          Las Posadas

12/17-23          Saturnalia

12/25-31          It’s About Time Week

12/26-1/1         Kwanzaa

Delightful Days of December…

12/1     Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day too late…

            Day With(out) Art Day is like a day without sunshine…

            Skywarn Recognition Day

            World AIDS Day

12/2     International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day

            Special Education Day

12/3     International Day of Disabled Persons

12/4     Chase’s Calendar of Events Birthday

            Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day hug your coworkers!

            National Dice Day

            Saint Barbara’s Day

            First Day of Hanukkah (at sundown)

12/5     AFL-CIO Day look for Jimmy Hoffa!

            Bathtub Party Day

            International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development

            National Communicate with your Baby Day teach an infant sign language!

            Special Kids Day

            Thailand: National Holiday for the King’s Birthday

            Second Day of Hanukkah

12/6     Miners’ Day

            National Pawnbrokers Day holiday gifts at your local pawn shop!

            St. Nicholas Day

            Ecuador: Day of Quito

            Third Day of Hanukkah

12/7     Firepup Day

            National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

            National Civil Aviation Day

            National Cotton Candy Day

            Fourth Day of Hanukkah

12/8     International Shareware Day download something!

            Fifth Day of Hanukkah

12/9     Day of the Horse

            National Childrens’ Memorial Day

            Weary Willie Day who the heck is Weary Willie?

            Sixth Day of Hanukkah

12/10   Human Rights Day

            Nobel Prize Day

            Seventh Day of Hanukkah

12/11   International Mountain Day go hiking!

            UNICEF Birthday

            Burkina Faso: National Day

            Indiana: Admission Day

            Eighth Day of Hanukkah

12/12   Gingerbread House Day as much fun to make as they are to smash on 12/31!

            Mexico: Lady of Guadalupe Day

            Puerto Rico: Las Mañanitas

            Poinsettia Day

12/13   Ice cream and Violins Day listen to Vivaldi at Brusters!

            Sweden: St. Lucia Day

12/15   Bill of Rights Day

            Cat Herders Day don’t you think they deserve a special WEEK?

12/16   Barbie and Barney Backlash Day paint an old Barbie doll purple!

            National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

12/17   Clean Air Day

            Wright Brothers Day

12/18   International Migrants Day

            Belgium: Nuts Fair food or people?

            Mexico: Feast of Our Lady of Solitude

12/20   Eid-ul-Adha

            Sacagawea Day

            Mudd Day

12/21   Forefathers Day

            Humbug Day go see A Christmas Carol & cheer every time Scrooge says it!

            Phileas Fogg Win-A-Wager Day

            Underdog Day there’s no need to fear!

            First Day of Winter

12/22   Abilities Day

            National Haiku Poetry Day write one for a Wiccan Witch (see below)

            World Peace Day

            Iran: Yalda

            Wiccan: Yule

            Forefathers’ Day

            Winter Solstice (1:08am EST)

12/23   Festivus

12/25   Christmas Day

            A’phabet Day or No “L” Day

            Stock Exchange Holiday

            Taiwan: Constitution Day

12/26   Boxing Day (Canada)

            National Candy Cane Day put some in a box!

            National Whiner’s Day but I wanted a Pooooonnnnnyyyyy!

            Bahamas: Junkanoo sounds like fun…Red Stripe anyone?

            Ireland: Day of the Wren

            Luxembourg: Blessing of the Wine

            St. Stephen’s Day

            South Africa: Day of Goodwill

            First Day of Kwanzaa

12/27   St. John, Apostle-Evangelist: Feast Day

12/28   National Chocolate Day the 2nd best day in December!

            No Interruptions Day don’t bother me…I’m eating chocolate!

            Australia: Proclamation Day

            Nepal: National Holiday

            Holy Innocents Day (Childermas)

            Second Day of Kwanzaa

12/29   National Chocolate Day (#2) oh, heaven!

            Tick Tock Day

            Third Day of Kwanzaa

12/30   Falling Needles Family Fest Day

            Fourth Day of Kwanzaa

12/31   Leap Second Time Adjustment Day I’ll never catch up on the lost sleep…

            Make up Your Mind Day

            New Year’s Eve

            Universal Hour of Peace Day

            World Peace Meditation Day

            Ghana: Revolution Day

            Japan: Namahage

            Samoa: Fire Dance

            St. Sylvester’s Day

            Scotland: Hogmanay does this have anything to do with haggis?

            Fifth Day of Kwanzaa

Selected Author Birthdays:

12/1     Jan Brett, 1949

12/2     William Wegman, 1943; David Macaulay, 1946

12/3     Esther Carlson, 1920; Barbara Broooks Wallace, 1922

12/4     Munro Wilbur Leaf, 1905

12/5     Ann Nolan Clark, 1896

12/6     James Arthur Kjelgaard, 1910; John Reynolds Gardiner, 1944

12/7     John Tunis, 1889

12/8     Edward Tunis, 1897; Miriam Chaikin, 1929

12/9     Joel Chandler Harris, 1848; Mary Downing Hahn, 1937

1/2/10  Mary Norton, 1903; Douglas Wood, 1951

12/11   Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1918; William Joyce, 1957

12/12   Gustave Flaubert, 1821; Barbara Emberley, 1932

12/13   Tamora Pierce, 1954

12/14   Rosemary Sutcliff, 1920

12/15   Deborah Savage, 1955

12/16   Peter Dickinson, 1927; Bill Brittain, 1930

12/17   David Kheridan, 1931

12/18   Marilyn Sachs, 1927

12/19   Eve Bunting, 1928

12/20   Carol Farley, 1936; Dennis Brindell Fradin, 1945

12/21   Michael Berenstain, 1951

12/22   Jerry Pinkney, 1939

12/23   Avi, 1937; Keiko Kasza, 1951

12/24   John Langstaff, 1920; Mary Higgins Clark, 1931

12/25   Ann Nolan Clark, 1896; Eth Clifford, 1915

12/26   Jean Van Leeuwen, 1937

12/27   Ingir Parin d’Aulair, 1904; Diane Stanley, 1943

12/28   Carol Ryrie Brink, 1895; Cynthia DeFelice, 1951

12/29   Richard Atwater, 1892; Molly Garrett Bang, 1943

12/30   Rudyard Kipling, 1865; Mercer Mayer, 1943

12/31   Margery Cuyler, 1948

Susan Grigsby, Teacher-Librarian
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Alpharetta, Georgia

Media Specialist of the Year

{Update November 19: See additional story in the Gainesville Times }

From the Hall County School District website:


Ginny Sapp, Media Specialists Coordinator, has announced that Linda Martin of Sugar Hill Elementary has been selected by her peers as Media Specialist of the Year for 2006-07. “As you can see from the attached picture, Linda is a delightful storyteller at Sugar Hill Elementary. She likes to dress in character and bring stories to life!”
This year Linda has started a storytelling cohort for librarians and teachers. They meet and discuss the role of storytelling in the curriculum, how to find stories, and how to tell them. She coaches the group in performance techniques.
Linda integrates storytelling into many of her media lessons. Students hear facts, but they remember stories. For example, telling the story of how a girl convinced Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard makes Lincoln more real to second graders.
In the past year, Linda has presented at the Coastal Plains RESA library conference and the Georgia Educational Technology conference. In October she will present at the American Association of School Librarians in Reno, Nevada.

November is…

Ahh, November. The leaves turn red or gold or mixtures of yellow and green. The air is nippy with the hint of winter to come. The sweaters come out of the boxes and corduroy begins showing up in the stores. School children everywhere leave their coats at school on those warm afternoons that followed a chilly morning. It seems as if there isn’t much room for more to celebrate…but that’s where you’d be wrong, my learned friends! Read on…


Flower:       Chrysanthemum

Birthstone:    Topaz

New Moon:    November 9

Full Moon:     November 24


November is the month for…

American Diabetes Month

Aviation History Month hug a diabetic pilot!

Celebrate Empty Nester Month

Cozy Cuddles for Kids (11/1-12/20) just not at school…

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Family Stories Month tell them about the time you (insert crazy kid thing here)

I Am So Thankful Month

International Drum (Percussion) Month I’m thankful I don’t live with a drummer…

International Microfinance Month

Learn Chinese Month I don’t think I can get this done in one month…

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

MADD’s Tie One On for Safety Holiday Campaign (11/16-12/31)

Military Family Appreciation Month hug a military kid!

National Adoption Month if just 1% of us adopted, the world would be a better place…

National AIDS Awareness Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Month I almost forgot to include this one…

National American Indian Heritage Month

National COPD Awareness Month love your lungs

National Family Caregivers Month

National Georgia Pecan Month make a pie, y’all!

National Home Care & Hospice Month

National Impotency Month not touching this one (no pun intended)

National Inspirational Role Models Month wait…that’s US!

National Life Writing Month no one would believe mine anyway…

National Marrow Awareness Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month love it on bananas!

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

National Pomegranate Month just wish it wasn’t so pricey to drink the juice…

National Roasting Month where are the marshmallows!

National Scholarship Month

Prematurity Awareness Month behavior or birth?

Vegan Month did you know you can be a vegan eating potato chips and Cool Whip?


Weekly celebrations…

11/1-7                     National Fig Week who gives a fig?

                                World Communication Week

11/3-9                     National Care Week I do.

11/4-10   National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week thank you shelter people!

                                National Long-term Care Awareness Week

11/5-9                     Dear Santa Letter Week that’s why there’s Xmas stuff in stores already!

                                Kids’ Goal Setting Week

11/5-11   Pursuit of Happiness Week did we have life week? Liberty week?

11/11-17 National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week

11/11-18 Home Care Aide Week

11/12-18 American Education Week

                        Green Ribbon Awareness Week I can’t keep up with all these colors!

                                Childrens’ Book Week read to a kid!

                                 Perioperative Nurse Week

11/16-22 National Farm-City Week keep growing & our farms will be IN the city!

11/18-24 National Family Week

                                National Game & Puzzle Week play games with your family!

11/18-25 National Bible Week

11/19-25 Better Conversation Week talk about the Bible.

11/25-12/2              Travelers with Disabilities Week


Try to remember these days in November….

11/1                         All Saints’ Day

                                National Authors’ Day

                                National Family Literacy read, read, read, read

                                National Men Make Dinner Day a man, a can, and a plan!

                                Mexico: Day of the Dead (and 11/2)

                                Guatemala: Kite Festival of Santiago Sacatepequez (All Souls Day)

11/2                         National Traffic Directors Day honk at one today!

                                Plan Your Epitaph Day there isn’t a stone big enough…

11/3                         Cliché Day easy as pie, state-of-the-art, thinking outside the box

                                Digital Scrapbooking Day

                                Fala Day la la la la la la la

                                International Tongue Twister Day rubber baby bugger bumpers

                                Sadie Hawkins Day ask a man to dance!

                                Samoa: Arbor Day

                                Sandwich Day peanut butter with pecans!

11/4                         Daylight Savings Ends

                                National Chicken Lady Day who is the chicken lady?

                                Use Your Common Sense Day a shrinking asset these days…

                                Zero Tasking Day if you get the urge to do something, lie down till it passes!

11/6                         International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

                                Election Day

                                Saxophone Day coincidence?

                                Australia: Recreation Day

11/7                         National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day yum!

11/8                         Abet and Aid Punsters Day punsters, not pundits…

                                Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day with a punster

                                Merchant Sailing Ship Preservation Day

                                National Parents as Teachers Day they’ve got the 1st five years

11/9                         Diwali

                                Guiness World Record Day what would you try to get a record with?

                                National Child Safety Council

                                Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day it’s never too late to say thanks

11/9-10   Kristallnacht

11/9-11   National Donor Sabbath Days is this a reprieve from donating??

11/10                       Area Code Day

                                Marine Corp Birthday simper fi!

                                Great American Warm Up (November 10-12) snuggle!

11/11                       Death/Duty Day

                                Veteran’s Day (actual)

11/12                       Birth of Baha’U’Llah

                                I Need A Patch for That Day jeans or software?

                                World Orphan Day adopt, adopt, adopt

                                Veteran’s Day (observed)

11/13                       National Young Readers Day

                                World Kindness Day be kind and read to a child!

11/14                       Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day this should be the day after T-giving!

                                National American Teddy Bear Day

                                National Educational Support Professionals Day hug your clerk!

                                India: Children’s Day

11/15                       America Recycles Day

                                Great American Smokeout could we recycle all the ejected butts??

                                I Love to Write Day

                                National Bundt (Pan) Day remember the scene in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding?”

11/16                       International Day for Tolerance

11/17                       Homemade Bread Day love those bread machines!

                                National Family Volunteer

                                National Survivors of Suicide Day

                                Remembrance Day

11/18                       Married to a Scorpio Support Day

                                Mickey Mouse Day m-i-c, see ya next month!

                                Push-button Phone Day remember the rotary phones?!

11/19                       Have a Bad Day Day why?

11/20                       African Industrialization Day

                                Name Your PC Day I call mine Charlie.

                                National Adoption Day rid the world of orphans!

                                Transgender Day of Remembrance

                                Universal Children’s Day

11/21                       Pumpkin Pie Day

                                World Hello Day

                                World Television Day say hello to your pie while watching Oprah!

                                What Do You Love About America? Day all these “holidays”

11/22                       Humane Society Anniversary Day

                                Thanksgiving Day

                                Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Day can you make a turkey out of tofu?

                                Lebanon: Independence Day

St. Cecilia Feast Day

11/23                       Black Friday

                                Buy Nothing Day only crazy people go shopping today…

                                Flossing Day

                                Japan: Labor Thanksgiving Day

                                National Salesperson’s Day

                                Sinkie Day as in eating the leftovers over the sink…

                                You’re Welcomegiving Day

11/24                       D. B. Cooper Day why do we celebrate a plane-jumping thief?

                                International Aura Awareness Day watch SciFi!

11/25                       Alascattalo Day (About Alaska)

                                Blasé Day whatever…

                                International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

                                Shopping Reminder Day as if Xmas commercials weren’t enough…

11/27                       Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Day

11/29                       Electronic Greetings Day send a happy email (no forwards!)

                                International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

11/30                       Computer Security Day

                                National Meth Awareness Day the rotten teeth will give you away…

                                Stay Home Because You’re Well Day and go shopping online!

                                Philippines: Bonifacio Day


Selected Author/Illustrator birthdays in November

11/1         Stephen Crane, 1871

11/2         Mildred Ames, 1919; Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, 1956

11/3         Betty Bao Lord, 1938; Janell Cannon, 1957

11/4         Sterling North, 1906

11/5         Thomas Aylesworth, 1927; Raymond Bial, 1948

11/6         Michelle Magorian, 1947

11/7         Armstrong Sperry, 1897; Jan Adkins, 1944

11/8         Katherine Briggs, 1898; Willa Cather, 1873; Marianna Mayer, 1945

11/9         Lois Ehlert, 1934; Pat Cummings, 1950

11/10       Kate Seredy, 1899

11/11       Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1907; Diane Wolkstein, 1942

11/12       Dahlov Ipcar, 1917; Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, 1928

11/13       Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850

11/14       Miska Miles, 1899; William Stein, 1907; Astrid Lindgren, 1907

11/15       Marianne Moore, 1887; Daniel Pinkwater, 1941

11/16       Jean Fritz, 1915; Robin McKinley, 1952

11/17       Andrea Spalding, 1944

11/18       Margaret Eleanor Atwood, 1939

11/19       Ann Herbert Scott, 1926; Elizabeth Cleaver, 1939

11/20       Marion Dane Bauer, 1938

11/21       Elizabeth George Speare, 1908; Leo Politi, 1908; Megan Whalen Turner, 1965

11/22       George Eliot, 1819; Jamie Lee Curtis, 1958

11/23       Marc Simont, 1915; Lois Johnson, 1936

11/24       Carlo Collodi, 1826; Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849; Yoshiko Uchida, 1921

11/25       P. D. Eastman, 1909; Marc Brown, 1946; Crescent Dragonwagon, 1952

11/26       Doris Gates, 1901; Laurence Pringle, 1935

11/27       James Agee, 1909; Kevin Henkes, 1960

11/28       William Blake, 1757; Ed Young, 1931; Mary E. Lyons, 1947

11/29       Louisa May Alcott, 1832; C. S. Lewis, 1898; Madeleine L’Engle, 1918

11/30       Jonathan Swift, 1667; Mark Twain, 1835; Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1874

Susan Grigsby, Teacher-Librarian
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Alpharetta, Georgia

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Kris Woods