During a recent interview for Celebration Spotlight, I spoke with Fay Stout, a retired critical care nurse who Celebrates Every Day through her photography. Throughout the interview, I couldn’t help but laugh or smile. Fay is the epitome of joy, and she sets out every day with a spirit of adventure.

    Getting Started

    Michele: You’ve been celebrating every day for a long time now. What got you started?

    Fay: I think it’s been since about 2015, and it’s fun. I don’t remember how I stumbled on the site, but ever since I did, it’s been, “Oh! What day is this?” and “What day is tomorrow?” and each time I try to find a photo that I’ve taken to go with that day. I’m back in the archives trying to find something to use. Sometimes I can find things; sometimes I can’t, and sometimes I go out specifically to take a photo for that day. It just depends. But it’s been a great amount of fun. It’s something to look forward to, and I post the day to my Facebook site, and people seem to enjoy it. If I miss a day, they’re like, “Oh, what happened to her?” or “What day is it?” (Fay begins to laugh.)

    Michele: They call you out on it, don’t they?

    Fay: Yeah! But it’s just so much fun.

    Michele: I agree with you there. You’re very talented with your photography. You look like you’re having fun. One of the photos you directed me to was the National Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day photo. Can you tell me a little bit about that?

    Time Travel

    Fay: This was a very surprising photo for me. I went to the Wiley [Reed] Blues Festival in Texas, and it was a day event. And I was sitting in a little park area just watching people; I love to watch people and love to photograph people. And across from me was a building with the most beautiful mural on it. But it was going back in time with an old automobile and an old building. It was beautiful.

    Fay Stout - Pretend to Be a Time Traveler
    Photo by Fay Stout

    All of a sudden, a man comes walking along. And he looks like he’s just come out of the wall of that mural; he fit in so perfectly. He had a little derby hat on, and there was a woman following behind him very close, and I didn’t want her in the picture. So, I had my long lens on my camera, and I took a couple of quick shots hoping it would work, and it did! It was so exciting when I saw the photo because he looked like he blended into that whole mural. I’m sorry I didn’t run and get his name and email so he could have the photo, but it really turned out to be a lot of fun.

    Michele: You also told me about your bumper stickers.

    Bumper Stickers
    Fay Stout bumper stickers
    Photo by: Fay Stout

    Fay: Oh, yeah. (She chuckles.) My last day of nursing in 2012, I was going to retire. I had been a critical care nurse for 45 years. Loved my job. Every day was different. You could go home at the end of the day and know you had helped someone through a difficult time in their life.

    So, anyway, as I came out of the door of the intensive care unit, I kept hearing all these beeps and buzzers. And I thought, “Never again will I hear these familiar sounds that have been a part of my life for so long.” But I had one thing, as I approached my car, I had one bumper sticker, and it said, “Retired RN,” and I slapped that on the back of my car.

    Well, it has been all downhill since then. (Faye chuckles again.) I drive an old Honda CRV. And I have about 100 bumper stickers on my car. Some of them have been bleached out by the Texas sun. Some of them, somebody took a key or knife and cut through some of them. But my bumper stickers are not of places that I’ve been. It’s just fun quotes or fun sayings. One of my favorites is, “Don’t do anything you don’t want to tell the paramedics.”

    And Practical Jokes

    They’re just fun to look at. Sometimes I catch other people looking at them. I came out of a store one day, and three ladies are around my car looking at these bumper stickers, and I thought, “Ok. This looks like a little bit of fun. I’m going to play a little game.” And I walked along very nonchalantly as if it wasn’t my car and one of the ladies said to me, “Come here! Come here! You have to see this.” And I went over, and she says, “Look at all these bumper stickers.” She started pointing and reading them.

    Another girl was up by the passenger side of the car, and she called me over to her, and she says, “You gotta see this. There’s a skeleton in the car!” And Mr. Bones, especially in October, Mr. Bones rides with me. He’s my passenger. I always buckle him in for safety, and people get quite a kick out of him. We were just laughing. And very quietly, I turn to them and said, “That’s my car.” And they broke up laughing.


    Michele: That’s one thing about talking with you is that you spread joy. And after we got done talking the other day, I thought, “She is so infected with JoyGerm.” We have National JoyGerm Day on the calendar, and that made me think of you.

    Fay: That’s a good germ to have.

    Michele: That is a good germ to have.

    Fay: Some joy and humor in our life; it makes life easier.

    Michele: I definitely walked away with a smile that day. Another thing that we talked about…tell me about your friend Lucy.


    Fay: Oh, Lucy is so special. I used to love going to estate sales. As a matter of fact, I used to take every Friday off to go to an estate sale. You never knew what you would find. You could find a $5000 painting with a gilt frame or buy leftover toilet paper if it hadn’t been used. There’s something there for everyone. But I was in the garage looking for a flowerpot. It was kind of dark in the garage. There was a lady sitting at the table there. She had kind of dark glasses on. Made no sense to me.

    I came around again, and I looked at her, and I realized she wasn’t real. She was a mannequin. Oh my gosh! I got so excited. And it was a sale day. I forget how much off, but she was $65. That’s pretty good for a mannequin, especially one that pretty.

    Fay Stout and Lucy
    Photos by: Fay Stout

    I said to the fella handling the sale, “I want her.” I told him I was parked about a block and a half away and that I’d pick her up. At this point, people are overhearing this conversation. So when I got there to pick her up, he was starting to take her arms off. I’m like, “No, no. She’s going to sit in the passenger seat next to me.” People started laughing at that point. So we got her in the seat, and we got her buckled in, and off we went. All the time, I’m thinking, “What am I going to call her?” She reminded me… Do you remember the I Love Lucy Show? Her reddish hair kind of reminded me of that, and I decided, “I’m going to call her Lucy.” And that’s what I did.

    Lucy Goes on an Adventure

    I got her a pretty dress to wear. And sat her in the rocking chair. She sat there, and she sat there. After a while, I thought, “Lucy needs to get out and have some fun.” I took her to the Rowlett Library. Outside of the building, they have a bench where a statue of Mark Twain sits. And I thought it would be fun to have a picture of Lucy with Mark Twain. I carried her to the bench, got her all situated and was getting ready to take her photo when an elderly woman comes out of the library with a bunch of books in her arms and about burst out laughing when she saw Lucy.

    She turned to me and said, “What’s this all about?”

    I said, “It’s my friend Lucy. She wanted to go out for the day.”

    She just laughed some more. She said, “I have been so depressed. This is the highlight of my week.” When she said that, I realized Lucy could bring a lot of joy into people’s lives in such simple ways. It seems that everywhere I took her, people loved her. I took her to the arboretum. She got her first kiss at the arboretum from one of the male volunteers. I was wondering what she was feeling. Was she excited? Was she embarrassed? You know, she didn’t say a word!

    (Big laughs from Fay and Michele.)

    But everywhere she would go, she would meet new friends, and people loved her, and everybody wanted their photo taken with her. And I am sorry I didn’t get a photo of that first lady who made that remark at the library. Because I don’t know, if it weren’t for her, I might not have taken Lucy out, but she just sparked everything.

    Nature Photography

    Michele: And you’ve posted all her adventures out there. Lots of people seem so interested and do find joy through Lucy. I love the stories that you tell. Another subject we had talked about was… You had a photo of an armadillo on National Wildlife Day. Did you take that photo?

    Fay: I sure did.

    Michele: It’s beautiful. Did you get up close, or how did you get this photo?

    Fay: This is an interesting thing. A bunch of the photographers from the nature photographer group I’m in went down to the Santa Clara Ranch in Texas, and they have areas where you can go underground, and they have it opened up so you can put your camera through there. And they set up different scenes like ponds or whatever. We were leaving that day when all of a sudden, this armadillo comes up and wants a drink of water. I have never seen an armadillo up close like that. He didn’t seem to see us or wasn’t afraid of us, and he got his drink of water. And that was probably one of my favorite nature shots.

    Michele: I can see why. It’s absolutely gorgeous. You have a lot of unique photos out there. You pose Lucy for National Absurdity Day for one, but you have a few Absurdity Day photos out there.

    Two Toilets

    Fay: The two toilets…no, I did that for Toilet Day.

    Michele: Well, let’s talk about that since you bring that up. Tell the story for National Toilet Day, this photo you had in your archive.

    Fay: Immediately when I saw it was National Toilet Day, I knew I had a photo in the archives. What are the chances of having a toilet picture that you would want to post? But I love to go to little towns in Texas. They are fascinating. I was out for a weekend with a couple of girlfriends, and we were just doing photography in little towns. We went to this little café for lunch, and my one friend had been there previously.

    Fay Stout - Toilets
    Photo by: Fay Stout

    I needed to use the bathroom, and so I got up to go use the bathroom, and she says, “Oh, wait, wait! You need to take your camera with you.” I thought, “Wow. That’s really weird.” So I took my camera with me, and I opened the door and in this enclosed area are two toilets, one in front of the other. It was insane. And it just tickled me, so when toilet day came up, that’s the one I used.

    Michele: I don’t blame you. It’s so perfect. What you’ve mentioned before is that you meet new people, and you spread that joy creating a bit of a ripple effect. Can you tell me a little bit about the people you’ve met?

    Strangers and Friends

    Fay: I have met so many wonderful people through photography, and a challenge site on Flicker called 100 Strangers. I have met my 100 strangers, and I’m on my second batch of 100 strangers. You must go up to a stranger and ask to take their picture. And then, I would get their email and send them their picture. They would tell me something about themselves, and of course, I’d get permission to post this.

    It was just a fun challenge to do. I think the best portrait I took was of a fella at a 4th of July event, and his daughter told me because she saw it on the computer, she said, “My father said that this is the photo he wants in front of his casket when he died.” You never know what photo you will take that will be so meaningful to a family. I love meeting strangers, and I met strangers every day at work as a nurse; I heard so many life stories. We all have a story to tell.

    Michele: You have so many stories to tell. So many, we probably haven’t even scratched the surface with our little conversations here.

    We talked about festivals and events at one point. Which one would you like to talk about?


    Fay: There are a couple that are a lot of fun. One is where they have rubber ducks in Rockwall, TX. There’s a fountain and a little waterfall area, and a little stream area. And people can actually put money on these ducks as to who will be the winner. All these rubber ducks are sponsored by these different businesses. So they’re all dressed in a different way. You might have a little duck with a beard or all kinds of crazy things. When they start floating, and they go over the falls, and they start coming to the end of the line to see who the winner will be, people go crazy about it. I have had such fun photographing the ducks. There’s such a thing as Rubber Ducky Day! Who knew?

    Michele: It’s one of my favorite days.

    Fay: And when I saw that, I said, “Yes, I do have some ducks I can use for the day.”

    Michele: You even have them featured on your main page.

    Fay: They’re just fun to look at. I enjoy them. That’s a good day to celebrate, even if it’s just in a bathtub with a rubber duck.

    Celebrate Every Day

    Michele: That’s true, too! You’ve just celebrated a lot, and I find that especially wonderful. What does Celebrate Every Day mean to you?

    Fay: You know, we never know what happens in the future. As a nurse, I know that. You may live; you may die. It may come on suddenly. And I think because of that, it’s so important to celebrate something out of each day. It might be something stupid and silly, but that’s ok. Whatever makes you happy, celebrate that thing. And I think part of this too.

    The day after Christmas in 2015, we lost our house in a tornado. In a matter of 10 to 20 seconds, our lives were literally turned upside down. If you had asked me the day before, “Are you going to lose your home tomorrow?” I would have looked at somebody like they were crazy. But we never know what tomorrow holds, so cherish today. Celebrate something for today. Make today special in some way. That’s kind of how I like to do it.

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    Iowa is known for its cornfields. In fact, it produces more corn than any other state in the United States. But Iowa has more than cornfields. From border to border, Iowa’s landscape holds some hidden gems. It’s also home to fascinating history and notable personalities. The state’s culture is rich in fun and educational activities, too. With so much to explore in the state, we broke it down into the 5 Best Reasons to visit Iowa.

    1. Nature and Recreation

    It should be no surprise that number 1 of 5 Best Reasons to Visit Iowa is Nature and Recreation. Iowa is a primarily rural state. Even near its population centers like the state capital in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, there are numerous state parks and preserves. Some of the best places to visit and experience nature include:

    Backbone State Park – Delaware County

    Located in Delaware County, Iowa’s oldest state park was established in 1919. It boasts beautiful hiking along Backbone Lake and camping and cabin sites. Fishing, boating, and climbing are also available.

    Effigy Mounds – Harpers Ferry
    little bear mound
    Little Bear Mound at Effigy Mounds National Monument

    Considered sacred, Effigy Mounds is part of the National Park System and is a designated National Monument. Home to some 200 animal-shaped American Indian mounds, the monument offers cultural, natural, and historical significance.

    Crystal Lake Cave – Dubuque

    Crystal Lake Cave is a natural work of art located 5 miles south of Dubuque. Explore the living cave with guided tours. Mine gemstones or exercise your knowledge of stalagmites and stalactites.

    National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium – Port of Dubuque

    Located along the Mighty Mississippi River at the Port of Dubuque, the 14-acre facility features historical exhibits and a wide variety of species from both the air, land, and water.

    Okojobi Lake – Okajobi

    Five interconnected lakes make up the largest natural lake in Iowa. Also known as the Iowa Great Lakes, these lakes host year-round recreation, dining, and shopping.

    Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad – Boone

    Tour the museum and history of the area before taking an almost two-hour scenic ride on the Fraser Train from Boone to Fraser, IA.

    Maquoketa Caves State Park – Maquoketa

    A spelunkers dream, Maquoketa Caves State Park boasts more caves than any other state park. However, there’s a cave for just about everyone, so you don’t have to be an experienced spelunker to go exploring.

    Pikes Peak State Park – McGregor

    No, you’re not in Colorado. Pikes Peak State Park overlooks the Mississippi River and features some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. The park also offers year-round recreation.

    Greater Des Moines Botanical Center – Des Moines

    Comprised of both indoor and outdoor gardens, Greater Des Moines Botanical Center offers year-round beauty to horticulture lovers. Explore bonsai, orchids, corpse flowers, water gardens, roses, art, and more in beautiful and serene settings.

    2. Odd and Unusual

    Iowa is not immune to the odd and unusual. That’s why Odd and Unusual is number 2 of 5 Best Reasons to Visit Iowa. For those who like to explore the out-of-the-way places, interesting backstories, or prefer the weird and quirky, Iowa has collected its fair share.

    Historic Squirrel Cage Jail – Council Bluffs

    We know what you’re thinking. “Why are squirrels in jail?” Well, at the Squirrel Cage Jail, they aren’t. The jail’s name comes from its unique design. The rotating, pie-shaped cells allow for maximum security and minimum staffing. In fact, this jail is three stories tall, the tallest squirrel cage jail ever built. Yes, you read that right. There are more than one of these still in existence.

    Fenelon Place Elevator – Dubuque

    If you don’t mind a quick trip, travel from Fourth Street in Dubuque up to Fenelon Place (still in Dubuque). This train ride is touted as the shortest and steepest train ride. The whole round trip ride covers 592 feet and elevates riders to a view of three states and downtown Dubuque.

    Ida Grove Castles – Ida Grove

    Ida Grove thanks one person for the unique architecture of the city. Byron Leroy began building castles in the city back in 1969 when he built Lake LaJune, named after his wife. There are six more castles found around Ida Grove.

    Villisca Ax Murder House – Villisca

    If the macabre piques your interest, the Villisca Axe Murder House will interest you. Shrouded in rumor, the murder of eight people, including six children, remains an unsolved mystery. If you’re up to a challenge, you can rent it out overnight.

    Rollercoaster Road – Allamakee County 

    Near Harpers Ferry, this stretch of rural country road gives a thrill as you go over several successive hills. Just make sure your shocks are well maintained.

    Black Angel – Iowa City

    Theresa Dolezal Deldwert, a Czech-Bohemian immigrant, commissioned the statue for the grave of her son Eddie in 1912. Located in the Oakland Cemetery, the Black Angel is surrounded by myth. The hauntingly beautiful statue is made of brass that has oxidized over time to give the sculpture its black patina.

    3. Historic Places

    In the U.S., it’s difficult to go somewhere and not experience a little bit of history. Iowa is no exception. In fact, the state is rich in historical places that will satisfy any history buff.

    Herbert Hoover National Historic Site – West Branch

    Located in the childhood home of the country’s 31st president, the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site follows the life and career of Herbert Hoover. It is also home to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. The library also hosts numerous educational and fun events like Kites Over Hoover Park.

    State Capital – Des Moines

    Tour the majestic Iowa Statehouse. Designed by John C. Cochrane and Alfred H. Piquenard, the elaborate five-domed building took 15 years to build. The central dome is covered in 23-carat gold.

    Amana Colonies – Amanda

    Settled by German immigrants over 100 years ago, the Amana Colonies take visitors back in time. They boast immersive creative experiences, several festivals highlighting German culture, museums, authentic German food, and shopping.

    National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library

    Iowa is rich in Czech, Bohemian, and Slovak culture. During the 1850s, they immigrated to Iowa and brought their traditions with them. Explore this history at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

    4. Pop Culture

    American Gothic House – Eldon

    Known as the famous setting for Grant Woods’ iconic American Gothic painting, the house still stands and is a unique photo opportunity. In addition, the site offers exhibits and a gift shop.

    Pappajohn Sculpture Park – Des Moines

    Part of the Des Moines Art Center, the 4.4-acre park features artwork donated by John and Mary Pappajohn. Nine unique artists contributed unique pieces of art that visitors can explore, photograph, and enjoy.

    Surf Ballroom – Clear Lake

    On February 3, 1959, musical artists Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper completed a concert at the Surf Ballroom. They would board a plane piloted by Roger Peterson en route to Fargo, North Dakota. Unfortunately, they would never arrive but instead, perish in a plane crash. The Surf Ballroom serves as a memorial to these talented musicians and yet still hosts musical entertainment for the area. They also host a Winter Dance Party, taking everyone back in time to dance the night away.

    Field of Dreams – Dyersville

    The 1989 film Field of Dreams was filmed in Dyersville, Iowa. The baseball field and home featured in the film still stands and hosts baseball fans and movie lovers alike. Depending on the time of year, you might also hear the ghosts of baseball past echoing in the cornfield.

    Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk – Riverdale

    Trekkies love to make a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the fictional James T. Kirk in the very real town of Riverdale, Iowa. In just over 200 years from now, the captain of the Starship Enterprise will be born in this quaint community. They mark this future historic moment with a modest but peaceful monument.

    John Wayne Birthplace And Museum – Winterset

    The birthplace of one of Hollywood’s most beloved cowboys, John Wayne is the epitome of the western film genre. Born Marion Robert Morrison, “The Duke” grew up in a modest home in Winterset, which is located next to the museum. Not only does it include the largest collection of John Wayne memorabilia, but it also features a theatre where fans can watch his films in all their glory.

    5. Festivals

    Last but not least, on the 5 Best Reasons to Visit Iowa is all the fun festivals. These events bring people from all over the country for concerts, heritage, culture and let’s not forget the food.

    Iowa State Fair – Des Moines

    State fairs are one of the pinnacle events every summer in just about every state. They showcase the accomplishments of youth, agriculture, and the state as a whole. They also bring entertainment, food, and exhibits up close and personal to the visitors. Iowa State Fair is no different and is on everyone’s summer bucket list!

    Pella Tulip Festival – Pella

    Many Dutch settlers found their way to Iowa and especially to the community of Pella. So it should be no surprise that the community hosts a tulip festival to honor their heritage and usher in the warmer months with beautiful tulips!

    National Balloon Classic – Indianola

    There is nothing like seeing a brilliant blue sky filled with colorful hot air balloons. Each year in Indianola, the National Balloon Classic hosts more than a hundred balloons across the nine-day festival. Other attractions at the event include concerts, exhibits, balloon rides, and balloon races.

    Midwest Old Threshers Reunion – Mount Pleasant

    Every year in September, the ingenuity and heritage of Iowa go on display during the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. The five-day event features hundreds of farm machinery from the past as well as food, camping, and much more!

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  • CLASSROOM – Shelfie

    CLASSROOM – Shelfie

    National Library Shelfie Day in January is a perfect time to explore new and old books in the classroom. This week we celebrate Library Shelfies with a couple of fun projects to get the creativity flowing.

    HOW TO OBSERVE in the CLASSROOM – Shelfie

    Download and print this week’s projects about kindness and open up dialogue in your classroom about name-calling and kindness. You can also follow the suggestions below to help your students explore the days in their own way. It might surprise you what they discover! We’re often surprised by our own discoveries!

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    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.


    16 Differences Shelfie Day PuzzleCan you find the 15 differences in the Picture Puzzle? If not, you can always try the Celebration Challenge each week. Don’t forget to break out your crayons for the Shelfie Coloring page, too. Have fun celebrating National Library Shelfie Day!

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    Winnie-the-Pooh and all his Hundred Acre Wood friends have been entertaining us since 1924. The bear with “very little brain” captured our imaginations and was embedded in pop culture worldwide. Dive into these 7 Intriguing Stories Behind Winnie-the-Pooh to learn more.

    1. Pooh Bear joins the public domain.

    Well, maybe. As of January 1, 2022, Winnie the Pooh is in the public domain according to U.S. copyright law. However, there is some dispute on the matter. In the United Kingdom, copyright law doesn’t start the clock on public domain until the author is deceased. Since British illustrator E.H. Shepard died in 1976, Pooh Bear may not indeed be in the public domain until 2046. In terms of value, only Mickey Mouse is more valuable than Winnie-the-Pooh.

    2. Disney wasn’t the first to dress Pooh in a red shirt.

    After acquiring the rights to the Pooh kingdom, Stephen Slesinger presented the first color version of Winnie-the-Pooh wearing a red shirt in 1932. However, E. H. Shepard, Pooh’s original illustrator, occasionally drew the bear wearing a shirt, images that illustrators would later add color to.

    3. A.A. Milne published other works before Winnie-the-Pooh.

    A.A. Milne began his career writing plays and began writing as a soldier during World War I. He also wrote poetry and non-fiction. British writer J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, even produced one of Milne’s plays. Milne published First Plays in 1919, and it contained “Worzel Flummery,” “The Lucky One,” “The Boy Comes Home,” “Belinda,” and “The Red Feathers.” One of his poems titled “Teddy Bear” featured Edward Bear published in 1924. The poem appeared in a collection titled “When We Were Very Young,” illustrated by E.H. Shepard.

    4. You can visit the original Pooh Bear. 

    The New York Public Library displays the original Pooh Bear, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger.

    5. Milne purchased the stuffed animals at Harrods of London.

    The stuffed animals were gifts to Christopher Milne, A.A. Milne’s son, and he purchased them from Harrods of London. Charles Henry Harrod established the department store in 1824. The young Milne received an 18-inch Alpha Farnell teddy bear from his father around 1920. In subsequent years, Milne would also give his son Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger.

    6. Hundred Acre Woods is real, too.

    Located outside East Sussex in Hartfield, England, Ashdown Forest is the 500 Acre Wood (not hundred acre) featured in the classic stories by A.A. Milne. You can even visit Pooh Corner for tea and biscuits!

    7. Kenny Loggins was only 17 years old when he wrote “The House At Pooh Corner.”

    Loggins was a senior in high school, and going through the right of passage into the next stage of his life got him thinking. In an interview in the Tennessean in 2014, he tells Bart Herbison that The House at Pooh Corner “was the first book I ever read. The last chapter is where Christopher Robin is leaving the Hundred Acre Wood.” After becoming a father, Loggins returned to the song and Pooh Corner and added a new verse, “Return to Pooh Corner.”

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  • NATIONAL MOVIE NIGHT – Second Friday in June


    Pop some popcorn, grab a blanket and your favorite buddy, put away the cell phones and tablets, and then queue up a string of movies for a fun night of entertainment. National Movie Night on the second Friday in June encourages us to start (or restart) a tradition of movie nights with friends and family.


    Movies have been bringing people together for over 100 years. The stars, the stories entertain us, connect us and help us create memories. As technology evolves, so does how we enjoy our movie nights. From the theater to reel-to-reel home movies, the VCR, DVD, and streaming, we’ve been enjoying movies on big and small screens. Drive-in movies invited us to enjoy films from the comfort of our cars. Today, our video library is as large as we want it to be thanks to streaming services. We can even enjoy movies in our own backyards projected onto screens under the stars.

    Can you smell the popcorn popping? Start your tradition with friends and family on National Movie Night with new and classic movies at the theatre or in your homes.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Movie Night

    What movie will you watch and who will you invite for National Movie Night? There are so many ways to start a movie tradition:

    • Make a movie night bucket list.
    • Share your favorite movie quotes.
    • Create a group with people who love movies. Plan to celebrate with a night out at the movie theatre.
    • Host a movie night in with the family. Pick a film the whole family will enjoy.
    • Invite friends and family for a movie night BBQ. Hang a sheet or screen to project the movie onto. Wait for it to get dark and then let the entertainment begin.
    • Load up the car and head to the nearest drive-in movie theatre.
    • Create a buffet of your favorite movie snacks and beverages for everyone to enjoy.
    • Ask everyone to write a review and deliver it in their best critic voice.
    • Invite everyone to dress in their red-carpet best for movie premieres and go to the movies in style.

    Don’t forget to share your movie night traditions. Use #NationalMovieNight to share your celebration on social media and follow @movienightjournal. Sit back, hit play, and enjoy the show!


    Movie Night LogoJennifer and Jayda Borget, a mother-daughter duo fluent in movie quotes and authors of the Family Movie Night Journal, founded National Movie Night to create an opportunity to bring new and old movie night traditions to life. Be prepared to laugh, cry or cringe, but most importantly, to make memories! Need a list of suggestions for National Movie Night? This list at movienightjournal.com will get you started.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Movie Night in 2022 to be observed the second Friday in June and every year thereafter.

  • GIS DAY – Third Wednesday in November


    On the third Wednesday in November, GIS Day celebrates the technology of Geographic Information Systems. It’s also a day to discover and understand the benefits of GIS.

    A Geographic Information System (GIS) connects data to a map and integrates location data with descriptive information. This system of mapping and analysis is used in science and other industries. One example of a world problem that GIS tries to help solve is the opioid epidemic in the United States.

    Using GIS, researchers are able to attain a geographic view of opioid prescriptions made throughout the country. This data is used to compare different regions of the country. This allows governments and other officials to see where more resources are needed to combat the problem. One map attained using GIS shows that West Virginia has the highest overdose rate in the country.

    Other industries that use GIS include:

    • Supply chain management
    • Insurance
    • Forestry and timber
    • Urban planning
    • Banking
    • Health and human services

    These industries use GIS to uncover patterns, understand trends, monitor changes, perform forecasting, and respond to events. All of this helps public officials and governments to make better decisions, establish priorities. and solve problems.

    While GIS sounds fairly modern, it was first established in the 1960s. In 1963, Roger Tomlinson developed the Canada Geographic Information System. This turned into the first computerized GIS in the world.


    Educators, technology coordinators, cartographers, and other organizations around the world hold events on this day that help people learn more about GIS. These events include meet and greets with GIS professionals, GIS demonstrations, and workshops on digital geographies.

    To participate:

    • Find examples of GIS maps online.
    • Learn more about GIS and how it benefits various industries.
    • Download the GIS Day app to your phone.
    • Teach your kids about geography and digital mapmaking.

    Share this day on social media with #GISDay.


    The first GIS Day was held in 1999. Ralph Nader is credited for inspiring the global event. Nader considers the event a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the many uses of GIS. Several organizations sponsor this day. These organizations include National Geographic Society, United States Geological Survey, Library of Congress, and Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri).

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    Every parent knows that reading is a foundational part of their children’s education. However, some children are more interested than others. Finding 1 way to encourage reading can be hard enough, let alone 9 ways. That’s why we did it for you. Your child’s literacy begins with you. There is no one singular way to encourage your child to read; there are many. The more ways you incorporate reading into their lives, the more successful a reader they will be.

    1. Start as young as possible.

    Reading habits can start before your child is even born. Read aloud to them while they are in the womb and continue the routine even after they learn to read. It doesn’t matter what you read, either. Textbooks, magazine articles, newspapers – whatever, just read aloud to them.

    2. Create a routine.

    Speaking of routines, one of the best routines is bedtime. It’s a time of day that already has a set routine (usually) of winding down to a slower pace. Reading to your children or them reading to you is a quiet way to end the day and an excellent way to include reading in your daily schedules.

    3. Replace technology with books.

    Replace the television, tablets, phones, and computers with books. While we can store and read hundreds of books on one device, you don’t need a battery for a book. Ok, well, maybe one for the flashlight, but you know what we mean. You also don’t have to worry if they are talking to strangers through a book, or browsing social media, or playing a video game.

    4. Get in the kitchen.

    This may seem like an odd way to encourage reading, but every recipe out there requires a little reading. So crack open your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe or get creative and try something new and fun. Reading directions is a skill that never goes out of style!

    5. Use reading as the answer to nearly every question.

    Why is the sky blue? When is National Dog Day? Who was George Washington Carver? How do I build a go-cart? All these questions can be answered by reading. Whether we direct our children to a book or an online article, allow them to find the answer themselves. They may need a little help reading the bigger words, but over time, they will develop the skills to answer the question, “How do I pronounce quintessential?”, too.

    6. Get a library card.

    A library card opens us to a world of resources. New topics and authors abound in a library. History, science, journals, memoirs, technology, plays, periodicals, film, and so much more. If your 12 year old can’t find the book he’s looking for at your local library, the librarian may be able to borrow it from another library. There are no boundaries to a library.

    7. Write.

    Encouraging our children to write helps them to organize their thoughts and practice using the language they speak. They can write letters, lists, stories, in journals or record memories from family vacations. Writing effectively takes time, so giving children an early start will open many doors for them.

    8. Get caught reading.

    Our children look up to us. They like to emulate the things we do – at least until they reach a certain age. Until then, grasp the opportunity to set an example. Read instead of watching TV. Read outdoors or as you drift off to sleep. It doesn’t have to be a book, either. You can read the newspaper, local magazine, comic book, blog, or the mail. But whatever you do, be a reader, too. The more you read, the more opportunity there is your children will catch you in the act.

    9. No book is too big.

    Repeat that. No book is too big. Yes, there will be words they don’t know yet, but how else will they learn them? Maybe they only read a chapter – at first. They might come back to it as an adult, or it might challenge them to learn more now. Of course, you do want to include age-appropriate books in your library but if your six-year-old is eyeing Tolstoy, indulge her.

    What other skill gives you access to learning anything you want? Reading is not only powerful; it is something no one can take away once you learn. It’s also a skill that is self-rewarding and self-challenging. When a child masters a new word, their eyes light up. We don’t need ribbons or awards to encourage our children to read. We only need to make it a part of their life.

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  • SUBSTITUTE EDUCATORS DAY – Friday Before Thanksgiving


    American Education Week wraps up recognition of teachers and administrators by recognizing Substitute Educators Day. The event occurs the Friday before Thanksgiving each year and highlights the important role substitute teachers play in education.

    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were over 500,000 substitute teachers in 2020. These educators fill the shoes of the class’s regular teacher for half a day up to several weeks. Substitutes apply to teach in a school district. They will receive notice from the district of an opening sometimes hours before they are needed. Other times, substitutes fill in for a teacher when they are scheduled to be away. A substitute often doesn’t know which subject they may be teaching from one week to the next. They are flexible and resilient educators who provide a bridge between full-time educators and their students.

    The observance aims to elevate the respect owed to substitute educators. It is also a way to advocate for substitutes at all levels of educations. The day also promotes being prepared for an absence at school and improving the receptiveness of substitute teachers.

    Substitute teachers come from every facet of life with experience in math, science, language arts, history, business, and more. Focusing on the continued progress of a classroom’s education, these teachers play a vital role in maintaining high levels of education in every school system.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SubstituteEducatorsDay

    Celebrate the substitute teachers who work at your school. Recognize their dedication and support them as they provide a bridge to your child’s education.

    • Give a shout-out to a substitute teacher you know.
    • Recommend a substitute teacher to your school.
    • Let your child’s school know how well a substitute teacher did.
    • Teach your children to respect a substitute teacher and classroom teacher.
    • While it might be difficult to do, learn the names of the substitute teachers who frequently work in your school.
    • Send a note of encouragement.
    • If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, learn the requirements in your state.
    • Share your experiences as a substitute teacher.

    Use #SubstituteEducatorsDay to give a shout-out to the excellent substitute teachers in your district.


    The National Education Association (NEA) founded Substitute Educators Day to be observed the week of American Education Week.

    Substitute Educators FAQ

    Q. How many substitute teachers are there in the United States?
    A. In 2020, there were over 500,000 substitute teachers in the United States.

    Q. Does a substitute teacher cover every academic subject?
    A. A substitute teacher may be assigned to teach any subject. They closely follow a lesson plan supplied by the classroom’s regular teacher. They have the skills to teach students following those materials.

    Q. Do substitute teachers have the same education as the classroom teacher?
    A. From state to state, the requirements for licensure, education, and certification may be different. However, some substitute teachers work in the field related to the subject, making them an ideal person to teach a class temporarily.

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    Every year on August 28th, International Read Comics in Public Day encourages the general public to read comic books for all to see. It’s also a day to celebrate the various comic genres and styles.

    Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and Spiderman are some of the most popular superheroes in history. These fictional characters are also some of the biggest names in the world of comics. In recent years, comics have increased immensely in popularity. What some may not realize, however, is how long comics have been around. The first modern comic book was published in 1933. Famous Funnies was comprised of reprinted newspaper comic strips.

    Three years later, Lee Falk created the first superhero, The Phantom. The original superhero made his newspaper comic strip debut in 1936. In 1938, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster created one of the most popular superheroes of all time, Superman. The man of superhuman strength first appeared in Action Comics. Superman became the prototype for many superheroes featured in comic books. Other famous comic characters include Charlie Brown, Donald Duck, Calvin & Hobbes, Dennis the Menace, Garfield, and Beetle Baily.

    Throughout the years, there have been many genres of comic books. Some of these genres include:

    • Alternative/Esoteric
    • Manga
    • Science Fiction
    • Fantasy
    • Comedy
    • Action/Adventure
    • Horror
    • Humor
    • Romance

    People around the world enjoy reading comic books. India is the country in which people read the most comic books. Thailand and China follow close behind. Sadly, In the United States, 59 percent of the population has never read a comic book. If you’re one of those, today would be a great day to read a comic book for the first time!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalReadComicsInPublicDay

    On this day, all around the world, people read comic books in public. Some might choose a park or coffee house to read their comic book. Others might do their comic book reading at the library. As long as the comic book is read in public, that’s all that counts! Share this day on social media with a picture of your favorite comic book or character with #ReadComicsInPublicDay.


    Comic lovers Brian Heater and Sarah Morean began International Read Comics in Public Day in 2010. The duo was also the creator of a comic blog called, The Daily Cross Hatch. They chose August 28th to celebrate Jack Kirby’s birthday. Kirby was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor. He helped to co-create the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man.




    National Barcode Day - June 26


    National Barcode Day commemorates more than 40 years of efficiency and accuracy that began on June 26, 1974, when a clerk scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, OH. On that day, the barcode system invented by George Lauer, an IBM engineer, began to change the world.

    Since then, barcodes have been revolutionizing industries all over the world. Barcodes, also known as UPC, 1 Dimensional (1D) codes, contain data that help businesses and organizations do their jobs more easily. A more modern version of the barcode is called a QR code, or a 2 dimensional (2D) code. The QR code contains even more data than the 1D code.

    Barcodes contain a wealth of information, including pricing, product, dates, manufacturer, and shipping. They are ideal for tracking inventory and sales, but they do so much more than that. Almost every industry uses barcodes, and they likely make your life easier without you even knowing it. Where can you find barcodes besides retail products?

    • VINs – Tracking a car’s history became easier when a barcode was added to the VIN.
    • Libraries – Barcodes track books, videos, periodicals, resources in and out of the library.
    • Logistics – Every major shipper uses barcodes to track shipments and deliver your orders.
    • Healthcare – Barcodes help keep patient care more streamlined and records at the provider’s fingertips.
    • Agriculture – Farmers use barcodes to track harvests and livestock.

    Imagine how different our lives would be without these unobtrusive black and white bars and that satisfying beep every time we scan a product, delivery, or file. It is certainly a technology that will be around for a long time, simplifying our lives. That’s another reason to celebrate National Barcode Day!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBarcodeDay

    Can you imagine getting through your day without using a barcode? Would you want to? Celebrate the barcode’s birthday! National Barcode Day encourages you to take notice of the barcodes that make your life easier. Host a barcode birthday party and include everyone all along your supply chain and in every industry. When you celebrate, share the history, design, and progress of the barcode, too.

    Follow the celebration using #NationalBarcodeDay on social media.


    Barcoding, Inc., Datalogic, and ScanSource founded National Barcode Day on June 26, 2021, to celebrate the birthday of the barcode, the innovative technology that has been transforming our world over four decades.

    In 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Barcode Day to be observed on June 26th, annually.

    About Barcoding, Inc.

    Barcoding is a supply chain automation and innovation company that helps organizations be more efficient, accurate, and connected. With extensive subject matter expertise in data capture, labeling and printing, and mobile computing, we are trusted to build and manage solutions for some of the best IT and operations teams in the world. Founded in 1998, Barcoding is headquartered in Baltimore, Md., with offices across North America (Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver). For more information, visit www.barcoding.com.

    About Datalogic:Datalogic

    Datalogic is a global technology leader in the automatic data capture and factory automation markets specialized in the designing and production of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors for detection, measurement and safety, RFID, vision, and laser marking systems. Closeness and timely response to every customer requirement, together with continuous innovation and high-quality offering, are the distinctive elements at the base of Datalogic success for over 40 years. Its cutting-edge solutions help to increase the efficiency and quality of processes in the Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and Healthcare industries. Visit www.datalogic.com to learn more.

    About ScanSource, Inc.

    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is at the center of the technology solution delivery channel, connecting businesses and providing solutions for their complex needs. ScanSource sells through multiple, specialized routes-to-market with digital, physical and services offerings from the world’s leading suppliers of point-of-sale (POS), payments, barcode, physical security, unified communications and collaboration, telecom and cloud services. ScanSource enables its sales partners to create, deliver and manage solutions for end-customers across almost every vertical market. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, ScanSource has been named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for six consecutive years and is on FORTUNE magazine’s 2021 list of World’s Most Admired Companies. ScanSource ranks #654 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit www.scansource.com.

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