Library Shelfie Day | Fourth Wednesday in January
    Library Shelfie Day | Fourth Wednesday in January


    The fourth Wednesday in January offers a unique opportunity for book lovers on Library Shelfie Day. Read more…

    National Opposite Day | January 25
    National Opposite Day | January 25


    Day Opposite National on January 25th celebrates a fun day of switcher-roos. What better way than to not celebrate? We don’t really mean that, or do we? Read more…

    National Irish Coffee Day | January 25
    National Irish Coffee Day | January 25


    National Irish Coffee Day kicks off January 25th each year with a mug of strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and topped with a layer of cream. Read more…

    National Florida Day | January 25
    National Florida Day | January 25


    National Florida Day on January 25th recognizes the 27th state to join the United States. Read more…

    On Deck for January 26, 2023

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    Recipe of the Day

    Peanut Butter Fudge recipe

    Peanut Butter Fudge
    Prep: 5 minutes
    Cook: 10 minutes
    Total Prep: 15 minutes
    Servings: 3 – 4 dozen


    2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup milk
    1 1/3 cup peanut butter
    7-ounce jar marshmallow creme


    Butter an 8-inch square pan and set it aside.

    In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil; boil for 3 minutes.

    Stir in peanut butter and marshmallow creme.

    Pour into prepared pan.

    Let set until firm.

    Cut into squares.

    January 25th Celebrated History


    Nellie Bly arrives in New Jersey, completing her 72-day journey around the world inspired by Jules Verne’s novel.


    The world’s largest diamond is discovered at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa. Measuring 3,106 carats, the gem is named the Cullinan diamond.


    Playwright Karel Čapek introduces the word “robot” into the world’s lexicon when his play Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R.) debuts at Prague’s National Theatre.


    The first Winter Olympic Games in modern history took place in Chamonix, France.


    The jet age begins when American Airlines schedules the first transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707 in the United States.


    President John F. Kennedy addresses the nation in the first live televised presidential news conference. The 35th president took off five days before the televised event. In his prepared statement, Kennedy announced the decision to postpone negotiation in Geneva, aid to Congo, and two surviving American pilots. He also took questions from reporters present in the room.

    January 25th Celebrated Birthdays

    William Colgate – 1783

    In 1806, the candle and soap maker established William Colgate & Son. The company would eventually become Colgate-Palmolive.

    Charles Curtis – 1860

    In 1907, Curtis became the first Native American Senator (R-Kansas). During his career as a politician, Curtis would serve as the Senate Majority Leader and support the 19th Amendment. In 1928, Curtis was Herbert Hoover’s running-mate and became the first Native American Vice President.

    Virginia Woolf – 1882

    The author best known for Mrs. Dalloway and A Room of One’s Own was also one of the pioneering writers of the modernist era.

    Florence Mills – 1886

    From her debut as a 5-year-old “Baby Florence” to her Blackbirds review, the talented jazz performer sang and danced her way to the headlines of the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance.

    Donald Featherstone – 1936

    In 1957, the artist created the iconic plastic pink flamingo yard art.

    Gloria Naylor – 1950

    In 1982, the American author published her first and most recognized, novel, The Women of Brewster Place, earning the National Book Award for First Novel.

    About National Day Calendar

    National Day Calendar is the original and authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we have been tracking the National Days, National Weeks, National Months, and International Days. We became the first calendar of its kind to curate the days all in one place and tell their stories, too! Here at National Day Calendar, we are on a mission to Celebrate Every Day with you! And by you, we mean families, businesses, educators, and strangers we meet on the street. There’s more than one day for everyone.

    At National Day Calendar, we discovered the National Days have a way of inspiring us. We’re honored to tell the stories behind the days and provide you with informational ways to incorporate the National Days into your business, family, schools, and home!

  • CLASSROOM – Library Card

    CLASSROOM – Library Card

    One of the most important areas in a school is the library, and that’s why a library card is essential to every student in the classroom. Reading isn’t the only reason a library is so important. The library opens doors to technology, offers a space to explore the world through other people’s eyes and gives us the independence to think for ourselves. A library is priceless.

    September is National Library Card Sign Up Month. The celebration offers a variety of ways for us to celebrate in and out of the classroom.


    Follow us on Instagram @natdaycal and Twitter @NationalDayCal. It’s where teachers seem to love us the most. Also, we’ll let you know when there’s a new project in our evening posts. To receive them, subscribe on the website at www.nationaldaycalendar.com

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.


    One thing that goes really well with a library card is a bookmark. Not only do we have one for your students to download, but we have two!

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!


    Thanks for Celebrating Every Day

    with National Day Calendar®!




    As kids head back to school, there’s no better time for them to discover the treasures awaiting them in the local library. September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!

    A library card can be a rite of passage for your child, giving them a sense of obligation and responsibility. As a library patron, children learn the importance of caring for things that belong to others. Children take the essential early step in their development when they obtain their library card and become a conscientious member of the community.

    Visiting your local library also encourages your child to read. Reading helps brain development and provides a solid foundation of the language and literacy skills. Opening a book encourages children to travel to far away places and let their imagination sore. Develop reading as a hobby early and young for every child.

    Libraries of the World

    The world’s oldest running library is the St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai, Egypt. It was built in the mid-6th century C.E. And, the Vatican houses the most extensive collection of religious material in the world. When the Great Library of Alexandria burned down (circa 640 C.E.) among the great works believed to have been lost was the private collection of Aristotle.

    The U.S. Library of Congress houses over 150 million items as the world’s largest library. This accomplishment takes up to 830 miles of shelves. In contrast, only one person at a time fits in the world’s smallest library on the streets of New York. The reader can choose from just 40 books


    Visit your local library to get your library card today. You might also enjoy volunteering at your local library to read to children.

    Use #LibraryCardSignUpMonth in your social media correspondence.

    Families and educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for resources, projects and ways to Celebrate Every Day!


    In 1987, the American Library Association funded the first Library Card Sign-Up Month.

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

  • NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK – Generally the 2nd Week in April


    In early April, National Library Week recognizes the enormous value we receive from our libraries every day. Millions of people worldwide frequently celebrate libraries, but this week in April each year brings them into the spotlight and shows all the ways libraries benefit individuals and communities alike!

    Not only do libraries provide us with books to read, but they offer valuable tools and resources. Libraries are continually changing to meet the demands of today’s technology and ever-expanding volumes of knowledge. Technology and those who coordinate the effort to keep them up to date have been challenged to provide a wide range of media, and they have met the need. And they’ve stepped up to the challenge, too! Some of the resources and programs libraries provide include:

    • Educational entertainment for preschoolers – They offer theatre, activities, music, art, and friendship.
    • Meeting spaces – Many communities rely on their libraries for public forums, socials, fundraisers, and classes.
    • Family and community history – They provide resources for researching family and community heritage.
    • No cost lending – Libraries lend other media like movies and music.
    • Access – They offer digital resources for the entire community to use.

    Other events during National Library Week include:

    • Library Workers Day
    • Book Mobile Day
    • Library Giving Day
    • Take Action for Libraries Day
    • Citizen Science Day

    Visit the ala.org library week page for more information.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLibraryWeek

    • Visit your local library and give your library card a workout.
    • Support your library’s fundraisers.
    • Attend a library event.
    • Give a shout-out to your favorite libraries and librarians.
    • Volunteer at your library.
    • Discover 8 Unique Libraries Across the Country.
    • Find out more by visiting the American Library Association to find out more.
    • Use #NationalLibraryWeek to share on social media.


    In conjunction with the Advertising Council, the American Library Association founded the first National Library Week in 1958. To find out more, visit the American Library Association website.

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  • LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY – Fourth Wednesday in January


    The fourth Wednesday in January offers a unique opportunity for book lovers on Library Shelfie Day.


    Some collectors of books tend to arrange their collections so their spines can be admired pleasantly. Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form. However our books are organized on the shelf, they are meant to be photographed and shared on social media.

    Library Shelfies offer book stores, libraries, schools, and individuals an opportunity to express their reading preferences through a single photograph. Whether they frame their favorite authors, titles, genres or cover art, readers share a bit of their library in creative ways. With or without dust jackets, signed and unsigned, dogeared and in mint condition, bibliophiles love books of all kinds.


    Whether you have a small library with a few select favorites or are a true bibliophile, arrange your collection on a shelf and take a picture. Express your inner artist! Build a tower of babbling books or a wall of words. Invite others to join you in your aesthetically pleasing book-building adventure. Some suggestions include:

    • Arrange by color
    • Order books by height, thickness, width
    • Arrange book titles so they send a message
    • Stack books artistically
    • Place books in the order in which they were read
    • Rely on the good ol’ alphabetical order by author
    • Display a biography only shelfie

    Once you’ve taken your library shelfie, visit a local library and check out theirs. You might find they’ve developed clever ways to entice you to new books and old ones, too. Have fun displaying your collection in fun ways! Don’t forget to use #LibraryShelfieDay to share on social media.

    Once you’ve shared your shelfie, explore 8 Unique Libraries In The United States for more shelf inspiration.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for classroom projects to celebrate the day.


    The New York Public Library founded Library Shelfie Day as a way to observe various national holidays by displaying shelfies representing books from each day.

    Library Shelfie FAQ

    Q. Can anyone participate on this day?
    A. Yes. Library Shelfie Day is for everyone.

    Q. I only read digital books. How can I participate?
    A. Find another book lover and team up with them to create an amazing shelfie.

    Q. Where is the largest library in the world?
    A. The largest library in the world is the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., United States. It contains more than 2.9 million books and millions of recordings, sheet music, and photographs.



    National Library Lover’s Month in February is dedicated to the people who love whole buildings devoted to reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying, and otherwise loving books.

    Libraries provide so much more than a place for us to enjoy great novels or to discover amazing adventures and untold history. Yes, they help us ace our research papers and provide a quiet space to study. However,  they do so much more.

    • Libraries provide educational entertainment for preschoolers. They offer theatre, activities, music, art, and friendship.
    • Many communities rely on their libraries for meeting space for public forums, socials, fundraisers, and classes.
    • They provide resources for researching family and community heritage.
    • Libraries lend other media like movies and music.
    • They offer digital resources for the entire community to use.

    Libraries also provide rotating art displays give local artists exposure to the community. Larger libraries provide preservation services, preserving some of the most treasured books, periodicals, and documents for future generations.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLibraryLoversMnth

    Continue enjoying your library, but consider volunteering your time, too. If you don’t have a library card, it’s never too late! Visit your library to get one! Other ways to celebrate National Library Lover’s Month include:

    • Making a list of libraries you would love to explore.
    • Writing a story about being trapped in a library.
    • Giving a shout-out to your favorite library.
    • Creating a list of books to check out from the library.
    • Helping someone obtain their library card.

    You can also explore these 8 Unique Libraries in the United States.

    Use #NationalLibraryLoversDay to share on social media.


    Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Libary Lover’s Month.


    Church Library Month - October


    National Church Library Month in October shines a light on the periodicals, books, and resources available to our parish leaders and congregations.

    A flourishing library provides a way for parishioners to continue their church education beyond the Sunday sermon. The church library also gives the classrooms a way to prepare for next Sunday’s lessons. If your church doesn’t have a library, starting even a small one creates the foundation for a growing and reliable resource that will continue to give back to your church family for years to come.

    While growing your library, celebrate National Reading Group Month and create a group for your library to meet during October. During the Church Library Month, include a book offering in one service to help grow your library.


    This is a good time for church libraries to add more books to their collections and for patrons to help out, either by donating books or volunteering to be the librarian for a day. Use #ChurchLibraryMonth to post on social media.


    Evangel Church Library Association founded Church Library Month. 



  • NATIONAL LIBRARY OUTREACH DAY – Wednesday of National Library Week


    National Library Outreach Day (formerly known as National Bookmobile Day) in April recognizes the dedicated library staff who make libraries accessible to everyone wherever they are. Services range from mobile access to information and resources through bookmobiles to pop-up services throughout the community. These professionals diligently work to provide these services and to improve and increase service year after year. For more than 100 years, bookmobiles have been bringing library access to those who might otherwise go without them.

    Bookmobiles are mobile libraries designed to travel from neighborhood to neighborhood. They hold a variety of books and periodicals and usually run on a schedule. Many have computer access, too. Librarians check out books much like at a local library. Books can be returned at the next scheduled stop or at the associated library. But this service is just the tip of the iceberg where outreach services are concerned. Other outreach services include:

    • Library open houses
    • Author talks and readings
    • Student events
    • Partnerships with schools
    • Presentations and projects

    Libraries are constantly changing and their outreach services do too, fitting the needs of the community. They work in every kind of library often supporting underserved populations.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBookmobileDay

    • Utilize your local bookmobile.
    • Learn their schedules and make sure you have your library card at the ready.
    • Check out your library’s outreach services. What is on the schedule this month?
    • Attend a library event.
    • Thank an outreach librarian for their hard work.
    • Share what you like about your local library’s services using #NationalBookmobileDay to post on social media.


    The American Library Association, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach service, and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries coordinated National Bookmobile Day as part of National Library Week. In 2021, their focus was changed to National Library Outreach Day incorporating all the outreach services libraries provide.  

    Bookmobile FAQ

    Q. How old are bookmobiles?
    A. The first mobile libraries were horse-drawn carriages that brought books and other reading materials to people in the United Kingdom. In the United States, mobile libraries began appearing during the early 1900s.

    Q. How do I find out if a bookmobile comes to my community or neighborhood?
    A. Contact your local library for information on bookmobile schedules in your area.

  • NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY – Tuesday of National Library Week.


    Each year in April, National Library Workers Day recognizes the valuable contributions library staff make every day to their communities through their hard work and dedication. The observance takes place annually on the Tuesday of National Library Week.  

    Libraries do so much more than house the books we borrow nearly any time of the day or night. (Yes, any time, day or night. Online reservation is highly popular.) Today as always, library workers are masters of research. They find the obscure quote (or partial misquote as the case may be) helping you to annotate your research paper correctly. When you’re on a job search, they offer internet access and computers so you can polish up your résumé, too.

    Libraries also archive local history. The names of pioneers and settlers are usually recorded in books and newspapers of the era. Many libraries across the country house those books, papers, and many other resources.

    Library workers champion our youth. They foster creativity and are a wealth of diverse opportunities for growth. Not only do they create projects and inspiration for our youth, but they also create them with enthusiasm! It can be quite infectious. 

    Despite all libraries and their employees provide to their communities, their budgets and salaries continue to shrink. This day brings awareness to this continuing trend. Libraries and their employees continuously utilize the latest technologies to make information, books, and resources more accessible. Their knowledge and ability bring valuable tools directly to communities that might otherwise go without. They also serve every age group, many organizations, and entire communities.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLibraryWorkersDay

    • Give a shout-out to a library worker you know.
    • Discover all of the resources your library offers.
    • Support your library and its staff.
    • When budget time comes for your city or state, do your part to support your library.
    • Visit your local library.
    • Use #NationalLibraryWorkersDay to post on social media.


    The American Library Association sponsors National Library Workers Day, and it was first celebrated in 2004. It was started as a way to raise support for better benefits and salaries at a time when they had been stagnant for years. The observance continues to promote increased benefits and wages for the services provided by library workers every day.

    Library Workers FAQ

    Q. What kinds of jobs do library workers do?
    A. Depending on the size of a library, there are a variety of jobs to be done. Some library workers are assistants to the librarian while others manage the entire library. A library may also hire an archivist, technician or media specialist. Others may work specifically with youth, developing programs for the children’s area.

    Q. Do libraries offer internships?
    A. Yes. Many libraries offer internships to those interested in library sciences. It’s a terrific way to develop the tools to be a skilled librarian.