Monday, April 1, 2013

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”
― Bertrand Russell

Welcome to April! As with every month, this month has a lot of holidays and observances that are month long, week long, and daily. We will be sharing many of these with you in the Village Book Shop blog.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Increasing public awareness of the need to ensure the safety and welfare of children led to the passage of the first Federal child protection legislation, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), in 1974. While CAPTA has been amended many times over the years, most recently with the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, the purpose of the original legislation remains intact. Today, the Children’s Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the Federal agency charged with supporting States, Tribes, and communities in providing programs and services to protect children and strengthen families. The Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has calendars available full of daily activities for this month.

April is Genocide & Human Rights Awareness Month. Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month (GHRAM) is an annual initiative of the Florida Holocaust Museum. The goal of GHRAM is to build public awareness about the current genocide in Darfur and past genocides including the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, as well as other human rights violations. Programming during GHRAM includes exhibitions, commemorative events and programs focused on public awareness.

It is Alcohol Awareness Month. We can use this month to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action toward a solution – both at home and in the community. Here are just a few ideas: Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits. Share tips with parents on talking with their kids about the risks of alcohol use. Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of drinking alcohol only in moderation.

autism puzzle ribbonApril is Autism Awareness Month. In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 88 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism!

April is Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM) sponsored by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). “It is a time for awareness for all pregnant women, all mothers, and all women everywhere. The risks of surgery are not felt only by the women who have cesareans, but by our society as a whole. We owe those women the access to knowledge and the availability of information and support.” As the cesarean rates in the United States hit a record high of 31.8% of all births, many women are interested in learning more about cesarean section as well as vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

This is the Fifth Annual Multiple Birth Awareness Month. The objective is to help spread the word of the services provided by the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. (NOMOTC) through research, education and support from local community clubs. In partnering with local support groups, health care providers, researchers, and educators, and with the highest standards of integrity, respect and professionalism, they endeavor to aid parents of multiples and to raise public awareness of the unique qualities of multiple birth families.


April is Pharmacists War on Diabetes Month and Defeat Diabetes® Month. Whether you are a person with diabetes, at risk of diabetes or just someone who wants to eat healthier, April is the perfect opportunity to get started. But, lifestyle changes can be tough. So, theye’ve developed a month of activities, articles, downloads, tools and cartoons to help get you started. Each day review the activities for the day and click the links to get more information or to complete the activity. Together We Can…Defeat Diabetes®

On a related note, it is Emotional Overeating Awareness Month.

April is National Car Care Month.

It is Celebrate Diversity Month. Join this new celebration of diversity in the workplace, schools and communities. Engage in dialogue and learn to appreciate our similarities and differences.

Observed mostly in the Southern United States, April is Confederate History Month.

It is Couple Appreciation Month. Spend some extra time and effort this month on improving your relationship with and appreciating your partner.

April has been declared National Financial Literacy Month; and for good reason. Too many Americans are insufficiently educated about their personal finances. April is also Fair Housing Month.

The American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics announced that the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month, April 2013, is the Mathematics of Sustainability. Humanity continually faces the task of how to balance human needs against the world’s resources while operating within the constraints imposed by the laws of nature. Mathematics helps us better understand these complex issues and is used by mathematicians and practitioners in a wide range of fields to seek creative solutions for a sustainable way of life. Society and individuals will need to make challenging choices; mathematics provides us with tools to make informed decisions.


To recognize the healing power of Christian joy, humor and celebration; to celebrate “Holy Humor Sunday,” the Sunday after Easter and to be “Fools for Christ” on April Fools’ Day. Churches and prayer groups nationwide participate in Holy Humor Month each April.

This month is International Customer Loyalty Month. The concept for this is for companies and their employees to make an extra push to create loyal customers. This isn’t about being good. It is about being great. Creating loyalty is about a continuous effort that creates customer confidence. Village Book Shop prides itself on personal service to all customers. We love to make you happy and do everything we can to provide the best possible service, not just during the month of April, but every day all year long.

Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in l986 designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child”. Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of services provide special days and events to honor the family and their children. The military child as they grow and become youth into the teenage years, are an inspiration and a source of pride for our nation. Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, and then the reintegration issues make life especially challenging. Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life changing events.

April 1st-7th is Explore Your Career Options Week. Maybe you’re aspiring to a new career or merely interested in more opportunities in your present career. Get a fresh start by taking stock of all available options.

Did you know that April 1-7 is Golden Rule Week? The Golden Rule comes from The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:12: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (KJV)

Laugh at Work Week is observed annually the week that begins with April Fools Day. What better way to build teamwork and improve working conditions than through laughter? Happy employees make for a happy workplace!

Also starting on April Fools’ Day, Medication Safety Week serves to raise awareness about medication safety and improving health communication. The Women’s Heart Foundation started a Medication Safety Week to offering communities strategies to reduce risk while raising awareness. Are you taking what your doctor ordered? The Women’s Heart Foundation recommends maintaining an up-to-date medication record that includes both the generic and trade names listed. This can help clear some of the confusion with medicines and reduce your risk of a medication-related illness. Seven Focus Days were created to help commemorate Medication Safety Week with theme days to perform outreach. April 1 is Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet day. Start with a clean slate. Discard outdated medicines and old prescriptions. Many drugs lose their potency over time. Store medicines in their original containers and in a cool, dry place. Locate medicines away from children and pets and from those who do not understand.

The first week of April is Read a Road Map Week.


Today is All Fools, or April Fools Day. Traditionally, April Fool’s Day is an opportunity for playing jokes or tricks on one another. The stranger and the more absurd the better. The challenge is to carry out a trick that is believable, if only for a little while. Tricks are most successful if played earlier in the day before a person is wise to what is going on. Younger children are also more gullible. Any tricks or jokes must be harmless and in good taste for the unsuspecting “victim“.

The Saint Stupid‘s Day Parade is an annual parade that takes place in San Francisco on April 1st. The somewhat anarchistic parade was founded by Ed Holmes (aka Bishop Joey of the First Church of the Last Laugh) in the late 1970s. If April 1st falls on a weekday, the parade starts at the foot of Market Street and follows a well established route through the financial district. If April 1st falls on a weekend, the parade starts at the Transamerica Pyramid, proceeds up Columbus Street and ends at Washington Square. The parade begins promptly at noon. Participation in the parade is open to the public and silly costumes are encouraged.

Today is Fun at Work day. Don’t have so much fun you get yourself fired, but do enjoy yourself.

Today, the First Family is hosting the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year, more than 35,000 people from all 50 states will be joining the First Family on the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.

The Monday after Easter is Dyngus Day, a Polish holiday. It is very popular in Poland, and in Polish communities in America. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And, perhaps a little romantic fun. The world’s largest organized Dyngus Day celebration occurs in Buffalo, New York. In Buffalo’s eastern suburbs and the city’s Historic Polonia District, Dyngus Day is celebrated with a high level of enthusiasm. Guys sprinkle and drench girls with water as a goal. They chase after ladies with squirt guns, buckets, or any other containers of water. Hitting (gently, please) the ladies on the legs with switches or pussy willows is also common. Ladies can strike back and get their revenge on Tuesday, when tradition has it that they throw dishes or crockery back at the boys. Historians point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. at the roots of Dyngnus Day.

The International Edible Book Festival is an annual event usually held on or around April 1, also called Edible Book Day. The global event has been celebrated since 2000 in various parts of the world, where “edible books” are created, displayed, and small events are held. The creations are photographed and submitted to www.books2eat.com and then consumed. The official website says that the International Edible Book Festival is held to commemorate “the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food,” though April Fools’ Day is also related as “the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as the ‘books‘ are consumed on the day of the event.” (cf. The Phantom Tollbooth, as regards eating ones words.)

International Tatting Day is always on April 1st. This day has been celebrated for more than 44 years internationally. This day in April allows tatters to celebrate their hobby and introduce this hobby to others. They can celebrate the day by making tatted lace and eating chocolates. Tatting is using a a needle or shuttle to create lace for garments, doilies, and other durable goods. Tatting laces is more delicate of work compared to crocheting this type of trim work for items.

Fossil Fools Day is an environmental demonstration day. It occurs on April 1. The name is a play on the term fossil fuels and April Fools’ Day. Fossil Fools Day began in 2004 with coordinated actions across the United States and Canada. Subsequent Fossil Fools Days have been held in many cities around the world, and are generally organized by one or more environmental organizations with funding from Energy Action Coalition and Rising Tide. These events oppose energy derived from fossil fuels, promote education about alternative sources of energy, and encourage support for climate justice, strong legislation, corporate responsibility and a clean renewable energy future.

The first day of April is well known for being a day in which funny jokes and pranks are pulled around the world. Well, the prank-pulling part of the world, anyway. Besides being April Fool’s Day, however, April 1 is also celebrated in libraries across the country as Reading is Funny Day. Reading can be a way to laugh out loud.

Today is Poetry & The Creative Mind Day.
National One Cent Day is celebrated on April 1, every year. A cent is one hundredth of a dollar. It was designed and minted first in the year 1909. It took four years to design and issue the first prototypes of the coin. One cent is a very small denomination today. Its value has diminished. Nonetheless, the coin has its own charm. On National One cent Day, one can revisit its history and other aspects that made it possible. One can realize the power of one cent by understanding how one can save a cent every day on purchases made. Most stores display price tags of items as $9.99. Try saving that one cent in a piggy bank. It can accumulate over a long time and come handy when you need some instant cash.

April 1 is National Atheist Day.

Some of the writers born on April 1st include:

John Wilmot (1647), Antoine François Prévost (1697), Joseph de Maistre (1753), Nikolai Gogol (1809), Edmond Rostand (1868), Edgar Wallace (1875), Whittaker Chambers (1901), Maria Polydouri (1902), Abraham Maslow (1908), Abner Biberman (1909), Sheldon Mayer (1917), Melville Shavelson (1917), William Manchester (1922), Anne McCaffrey (1926), Milan Kundera (1929), Rolf Hochhuth (1931), Vladimir Posner (1934), Gideon Gadot (1941), Samuel R. Delany (1942), Ronnie Lane (1946), Gil Scott-Heron (1949), Bernard Stiegler (1952), José Rodrigues dos Santos (1964), Lachy Hulme (1971), Christian Finnegan (1973), and Daryn Tufts (1973).

The United States House of Representatives held its first quorum on this day in 1789 in New York City and elected Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first House Speaker.

Charles DickensHard Times began serialisation in his magazine, Household Words, on this day in 1854.

The Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois on April 1, 1891.

The rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy was established April 1, 1893.

Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the “Beer Hall Putsch” on April 1, 1924. He only spend nine months in jail, during which time he wrote Mein Kampf.

Eighty years ago today the recently elected Nazis under Julius Streicher organized a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, ushering in a series of anti-Semitic acts.

In the last campaign of WWII, Operation Iceberg occurred on this day in 1945 when United States troops landed in Okinawa.

On April 1, 1957, BBC broadcasted the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs programme Panorama.

The TIROS-1 satellite transmitted the first television picture from space on April 1, 1960.

The United States Department of Transportation began operation on this day in 1967.

President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law on April 1, 1970. This Act required the Surgeon General‘s warnings on tobacco products and banned cigarette advertisements on TV and radio in the United States, starting on January 1, 1971.

Forty years ago today Project Tiger was launched in Corbett National Park, India. This is a tiger conservation project.

Apple Inc. was formed April 1, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

On April 1, 2001, same-sex marriage became legal in the Netherlands. This was the first country to allow it.

People of Sparks

Today we highlight The People of Sparks, the Second Book of Ember by Jeanne Duprau. We have copies in Good condition on our shelves.  This book is approximately 350 pages in length and has a reading level of ages 8 and up. Amazon gives the following description:

The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn’t long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town’s resources are limited and it isn’t long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it’s up to Lina and Doon to discover who’s behind the vandalism and why, before it’s too late.

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Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia and Amazon.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

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