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National Read a Book Day


National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th.  On August 9th, we all celebrated National Book Lovers Day.  While these bookish days may seem similar, National Read a Book Day invites us ALL to grab a book we might enjoy and spend the day reading.  

Don’t keep it to yourself.  Share the experience!  Read aloud either to children or to grandparents.  Read to your pets or to your stuffed animals and plants.  

Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress. Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime.  Books are an inexpensive entertainment, educational tool and time machine too!

Featured Books

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Set during the Civil War, Little Women follows the life of the March family. Loosely based on Alcott’s life, she cast herself as the talented Jo March. 

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – David Copperfield tells the story of a young boy’s life as he struggles to become a writer. From an abusive start and many trials, the author relays the memories of his life. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – The 7th book in the Harry Potter series brings Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger back to Hogwarts for a final standoff with Voldemort and his Deatheaters.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George – This is the story of nine-year-old Miyax and her transition from an Eskimo culture to an American one in San Francisco.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – Loved by generations, this classic story tells of the bond between a boy and his dog in the Ozarks. 

As Brave As You  by Jason Reynolds – Set during a summer visit with grandparents, a young boy learns from his mistakes and about the imperfections of the people he loves.


Sit back, relax and read a book.  Use #ReadABookDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the origin of National Read A Book Day.

National Lazy Mom's Day - First Friday in September


During the first Friday in September, National Lazy Mom’s Day delegates everyday mom jobs to someone else.

Busy moms know that the work of being a parent is never done. However, occasionally parents need to recharge. The laundry and the dishes will be there later. When possible, finding someone to watch the children for a few hours is worth it. Sometimes all a mom needs is a nap. Other times, mothers (and fathers too) seek adult conversation.

Even though moms around the country view this day in different ways, the majority see it as a day for moms to take a break. While the occasion holds no shine to Mother’s Day, may we suggest some cooperation with Mom? Allow her to take a break. Divide the chores. Place a moratorium on family feuds. That’s how most celebrate this National Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLazyMomsDay

You don’t have to celebrate like most moms do, however. Maybe it is a hammock and book kind of day for your lazy afternoon. Help mom celebrate this holiday by cleaning up after yourself. Rub her feet. Walk the dog. Mow the lawn. Put the dishes away. Pick up your dirty clothes. The list goes on.

Use #NationalLazyMomsDay to post on social media.


We were unable to identify the creator of National Lazy Mom’s Day.

National Food Bank Day - First Friday in September



National Food Bank Day on the first Friday in September encourages you to commit to contributing to the cause that believes no one should go to bed hungry. 

Hunger may be as close as your neighbor or your coworker in the next cubical. Bare cupboards and empty stomachs look just like yours and mine behind closed doors.

Food banks across the country help some of the 42 million men, women and children who struggle with putting food on the table. The reasons range from illness to job loss and a general change in circumstances. Circumstances that can happen to anyone of us.

For parents struggling to make ends meet, the ability to look their children in their eyes over a meal instead of into hungry eyes is a difference made by supporting food banks. Food banks fill the gap for those living on a meager budget. Many food banks offer educational opportunities that help people change their situation and begin anew. Often, those who have benefited from the programs return to volunteer and contribute to the very food bank that staved off hunger to do the same for others.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFoodBankDay

Help a neighbor, a friend, coworker or a child by making a donation. Volunteer at your local food bank. Food banks take nonperishable food items and cash donations every day. Check their needs list for the fresh items they are seeking.

Use #NationalFoodBankDay to give your local food bank a shout out and to share on social media.

Food Book 50 Logo

St. Mary’s Food Bank founded National Food Bank Day to recognize the outstanding contributions of food banks around the country and to commemorate the establishment of St. Mary’s Food Bank by its founder John van Hengel in 1967. John van Hengel came up with the idea of grocery rescue and food banking and the idea spread throughout the country making St. Mary’s Food Bank the very first in the world! In 2017, St. Mary’s celebrates its 50th anniversary!

They distribute 250,000 meals on a daily basis through the efforts of dedicated staff, partner agencies and volunteers. Their mission is to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy, and education.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Food Bank Day to be observed annually on the first Friday of September beginning in 2017.

National Coffee Ice Cream Day - September 6


On September 6th National Coffee Ice Cream Day permits us to indulge in a caffeinated dessert. Coffee lovers will delight in the opportunity, especially if they also enjoy ice cream. 

The cool and creamy result of our morning java in a refreshing dessert magnifies the celebration. While not everyone drinks coffee, some like the flavor in desserts. So this day may interest even those who don’t wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning.

Besides, when caffeine finds its way into a frozen, creamy blend, it’s nearly irresistible. Coffee ice cream has been around for many years.  In 1869, coffee ice cream was used in a parfait. One recipe appeared in a 1919 cookbook for an Egg Coffee, consisting of cream, crushed ice and coffee syrup.

Howard Johnson’s serves coffee ice cream as one of their standard menu items. According to Foodtimeline.org, since at least the 1960′s coffee is listed right along with vanilla, chocolate, banana, macaroon and coconut.

One thing is for certain, coffee ice cream and chocolate will almost always go well together. Serve a scoop over a dark chocolate cake and the celebration will be complete.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CoffeeIceCreamDay

Indulge in some coffee ice cream. Swap recipes and discover new flavors. 

Coffee Ice Cream Fudge Cake
Dulce de Leche Mocha Ice Cream Dessert
Smores Coffee and Fudge Ice Cream Cake

Use #CoffeeIceCreamDay to post on social media.


We were unable to find the creator of Coffee Ice Cream Day.


Attention Procrastinators!!
(You May Now Celebrate The Following)



On September 5th National Be Late for Something Day permits for us to not abide by our schedules. Go ahead and sleep in a little bit today as you have an excuse. 

The holiday aims to promote the positive parts of procrastination. For example, those who focus more on spending quality time with customers and family versus being punctual seem less anxious overall. 

Quote mark  “Most people think they don’t have time to stop and smell the roses. This day tries to alleviate that factor.”
~ Les Waas, Procrastinators’ Club of America Founder

It certainly may be hard for some of us to do as we are taught to be punctual at all times.  We are also trained to obey rules and follow regulations and schedules.  In today’s busy lifestyles, the pressure to be here and be there causes us to watch the clock. 

The observance urges us to ditch the clock for the day. Not only that but to forgive those who don’t live by the clock. Consider those you know who are perpetually late. Do they seem stressed by their lateness? Or do they tend to shrug it off to your further annoyance? Attempt their light-hearted approach to time.

Another focus of the day takes a look at missed opportunities. Is it really too late to put that birthday card in the mail? We often look at chores with a skeptical eye. However, it’s never really too late to get started on them. You know, those we’ve already put off. It might be okay to be delayed if we’re working on a pile of laundry.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBeLateForSomethingDay

How often have you been on the way to an appointment and a beautiful scene unfolded before you? This observance encourages you to stop and observe the sunrise, a set of deer frolicking in a field or a sea of grain swaying in the wind. When these opportunities present themselves, we should take the time to enjoy them. Procrastination demands it.

For just a moment, stop and smell the roses. Slow down for a little bit. Whether you enjoy the scenery or take a few minutes longer for lunch, the procrastination will be worth it. Visit with a friend, play with your children. Be late for something because of it!!  It will be ok. Be sure to tell others on social media all about being late for something, too. Use #NationalBeLateForSomethingDay as you spread the word.


Procrastinators’ Club of America was founded in 1956 by Les Waas.  Shortly after the club’s beginning, the committee designated September 5th as Be Late for Something Day.

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Recipe of the Day

Easy Bacon Cheese Ball
Prep: 30 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Servings: 12


2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese (softened)
2-1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 small pkg real bacon pieces
1 cup finely chopped pecans or veggies.


In a medium bowl, smooth cream cheese.  Mix and blend dressing mix, cheddar cheese and bacon into cream cheese.  Shape mixture into a ball shape.  Roll into nuts or veggies until covered.  Chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers. 

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