AUGUST 9, 2018 | NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY | NATIONAL VEEP DAY | NATIONAL RICE PUDDING DAY

NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY

National Book Lovers Day harnesses all the excitement bibliophiles feel about books into one celebration on August 9th. 

A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and read the day away.

Bibliophile – a person who has a great appreciation for or collects books.

Step back in time
  • The very first books used parchment or vellum (calf skin) for the book pages.
  • The book covers were made of wood and often covered with leather.
  • The books were fitted with clasps or straps.
  • Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
  • Public libraries often chained the books to a shelf or a desk to prevent theft.
Moving forward

Along with several recent developments, book manufacturers use digital printing.  Book pages are printed using toner rather than ink.  As a result of digital printing, print-on-demand opens up a whole new realm of publishing. In this case, distributors don’t print the books until the customer places the order.

More and more, people read E-books. E-book (electronic book) refers to a book-length publication in digital form.  They are usually available through the internet. However, they can also be found on CD-ROM and other systems.  Read an E-book on a computer or via a portable book display device known as an e-book reader, such as a Reader, Nook or Kindle.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Sit back, relax and READ! Don’t forget to share the joy of reading with the young people in your life. Inspire them with your favorite novel or find out about the last book they took off the shelf. Read to the littlest of the up and coming readers. And share what your reading with us, too! Use #NationalBookLoversDay to post on social media and spread the word.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Book Lovers Day.

NATIONAL VEEP DAY

National Veep Day is designated to give recognition to the succession plan of the President of the United States.

In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

ARTICLE II, SECTION 1, CLAUSE 6

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalVeepDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

On August 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald Ford became President of the United States upon the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

NATIONAL RICE PUDDING DAY

On August 9 many enjoy their favorite dish on National Rice Pudding Day.

Rice pudding is made from rice mixed with water, milk, coconut milk, evaporated milk or cream and sometimes vanilla, cinnamon, and raisins. A variety of recipes are available to prepare the dish, and National Rice Pudding Day encourages us to sample at least one, if not more! While many enjoy the dish as a dessert, it may also be served for breakfast or as a side course. So there’s an opportunity to try it out more than once on this food holiday. 

Dating back to the Tudor period, the earliest rice pudding recipes were called white pot.  One of the first-known methods was written down by Gervase Markham in 1615.

After being baked, serve the pudding hot or cold with a fruit, nut or cream topping. Bake the pudding with apples or other stone fruits and nuts, but raisins are traditional. Other spices, such as nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and even cayenne, add variety to rice pudding recipes. Citrus zests bring brightness to the dessert that can at times be rich and heavy to the palate.  Although sugar is usually the primary sweetener in the recipe, honey and other natural sweeteners can be used. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Have fun in the kitchen by trying this Rice Pudding Recipe and then share it with your family and friends!  Use #NationalRicePuddingDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Rice Pudding Day.

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