September Holidays

No no no, not the BIG holidays (“Labor Day”? pah!). I mean those celebrations and commemorations of weirdly specific phenomena: “Snowman Burning Day,” for example (that one is March 20, for the record).

Since September also my birthday month, I figure I’d share some of the holidays I’m excited about (or, well, just curious about) this September.

Things To Celebrate All Month Long:

  • Backpack Safety Month
  • Be Kind To Editors & Writers Month
  • College Savings Month (how about, “pay back college loans month”?)
  • National Honey Month
  • International People Skills Month …AND National Self-Awareness Month (contradictory?)
  • Subliminal Communications Month (does that count as “people skills”?)
  • Mold Awareness Month (…um)
  • Pleasure Your Mate Month (do they really need a month for this?)
  • One-on-One Month (redundant)
  • Women’s Friendship Month
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month

Week-Long Celebrations:

  • National Waffle Week (5th – 11th)
  • Beer Days (16th-18th)
  • Turn Off Your TV Week (19th – 25th)
  • National Chimney Safety Week: (Sept 26 – Oct 2)
  • National Keep Kids Creative Week: (Sept 26 – Oct 2)
  • Banned Books Week: (Sept 27 – Oct 2)

And, For Only One Day:

  • National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day: Sept 1
  • International Literacy Day: Sept 7
  • Swap Ideas Day: Sept 10
  • International Chocolate Day: Sept 13
  • National Urban Eden Day: Sept 13
  • Anne Bradstreet Day: Sept 16
  • Talk Like A Pirate Day: Sept 19
  • Autumn Equinox: Sept 22
  • Dear Diary Day: Sept 22
  • Elephant Appreciation Day: Sept 22
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day: Sept 23
  • Love Note Day: Sept 24
  • National Public Lands Day: Sept 25
  • Ancestor Appreciation Day: Sept 27
  • National Women’s Health & Fitness Day: Sept 29

2 Responses to “September Holidays”

  1. 1 Dan Kleinman September 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century. See “National Hogwash Week.”

    Thomas Sowell says Banned Books Week is “the kind of shameless propaganda that has become commonplace in false charges of ‘censorship’ or ‘book banning’ has apparently now been institutionalized with a week of its own.” He calls it “National Hogwash Week.”

    Former ALA Councilor Jessamyn West said, “It also highlights the thing we know about Banned Books Week that we don’t talk about much — the bulk of these books are challenged by parents for being age-inappropriate for children. While I think this is still a formidable thing for librarians to deal with, it’s totally different from people trying to block a book from being sold at all.”

    And then there’s Judith Krug herself who created BBW:

    Marking 25 Years of Banned Books Week,” by Judith Krug, Curriculum Review, 46:1, Sep. 2006. “On rare occasion, we have situations where a piece of material is not what it appears to be on the surface and the material is totally inappropriate for a school library. In that case, yes, it is appropriate to remove materials. If it doesn’t fit your material selection policy, get it out of there.”

  2. 2 Cole September 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks for the caveat about Banned Books Week. Unfortunately, you’re not quite correct that no books have been banned in the US in the last half century. It’s true that state/federal governments have not banned books, but generally it’s school districts that most often attempt or succeed to ban books, and this has happened as recently as 2008 (Sherman Alexie’s ‘Diary of A Part Time Indian’ is the case that comes to mind).

    I don’t think the purpose of Banned Books Week is to “fight the censors and read whatever we want”; rather, it’s meant to raise awareness about all the subjects and material that we have censored at one point or another in this country. Many books that we find invaluable today were once banned– and when we bring attention to that, perhaps we can also bring attention to the subjects that we might find objectionable today, as well.

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