Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
September 25 to October 1 is Banned Books Week. As one who loves reading, I cannot imagine my life without books or a life where someone tells I cannot read this or that book.
Baby Safety Month. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers wants consumers to know all there is to know about keeping the babies safe. They talk about safety issues involving car seats, strollers, cribs and beds, toys, and other accessories for infants. For more information visit its website at http://www.jpma.org for ideas and details.
Library Card Sign-Up Month. Children who use the library as a resource tend to perform better in school and are more likely to use the library for learning and exploring new opportunities throughout their lives. If you are not a member of your local library think about joining this month. Libraries are more than books.
National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 4-10. Suicide is the 11th-leading cause of death, according to the American Association of Suicidology. Learn the warning signs, and possibly save a life, by going to the AAS website at http://www.suicidology.org
Balance Awareness Week, Sept. 18–24. Millions of people are affected by inner-ear balance disorders, but getting effective treatment is frequently complicated by the challenge of diagnosing the specific source of the problem. Balance Awareness Week was created to improve public understanding of inner-ear balance disorders and their impact on the lives of affected individuals of all ages. For more information, visit http://www.vestibular.org/about-veda/advocacy/bal.-awareness-week.php
Tolkien Week, Sept. 18-24. Observed during the calendar week that contains Sept. 22, the birthday shared by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Celebrations are held in universities, libraries, prisons, and army bases. For more information visit http://www.americantolkiensociety.org/index.html
Banned Books Week, Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm
Labor Day, Sept. 5. To honor and celebrate the contributions of the American labor force. For more information visit http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm
Sept. 11. Date of the al-Qaida attacks on New York City and the Pentagon in 2001. September 11 is not a day of celebration it is one of remembrance, it is the day that changed America. There are archives and digital reminders across the Internet of what happened that day. For more information search September 11 2001.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 16. The third Friday of September is a time for Americans to remember prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. For more information visit http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/pow_day/
Constitution Day, Sept. 17. Commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. For more information visit http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/constitution-day/
Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept. 19. Avast! me hearties! Reread Treasure Island, or watch the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, to get into character. For more information about this fun day visit http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html
National Museum Day, Sept. 24. Celebrating America’s museums. Visit a museum every week, not just on Museum Day. Visit your local museum. Sharing my favorite museum http://www.newarkmuseum.org/