Sunday, July 28, 2013

As the hours crept by, the afternoon sunlight bleached all the books on the shelves to pale, gilded versions of themselves and warmed the paper and ink inside the covers so that the smell of unread words hung in the air.”
― 
Maggie StiefvaterShiver

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July is National Make a Difference to Children Month. Find a way to make a difference to a child in your life this week. Does not have to be much, read them a book, play a game with them, take them out to eat, listen to them.

Condor

Starting today, for one week only, we are lowing the cost of the hardcover book Condor by Bernard Cohen. We only have one new copy in stock so get it while you can.

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World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Approximately 500 million people worldwide are living with either hepatitis B or hepatitis C. If left untreated and unmanaged, hepatitis B or C can lead to advanced liver scarring (cirrhosis) and other complications, including liver cancer or liver failure. In 2013 the ‘This is hepatitis’ theme has been evolved to ‘This is hepatitis… Know it. Confront it.’ The new slogan encourages people to recognise how prevalent the condition is. It also challenges people to take steps to increase their own awareness, but also the priority of the disease worldwide.

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Today is Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness Day. The mission of the Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness group is to generate public awareness of Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease through recreational paddle boating in observance of Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness Day on the last Saturday of July each year. Being a disease of the hips, it seems most appropriate to create awareness without the use of the legs. What better way to show your support than to spend the day paddling your row boat, canoe, kayak, or raft while enjoying the outdoors! According to Mayo Clinic, “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a childhood condition associated with a temporary loss of blood supply to part of the hip joint. Without adequate blood flow, a process can occur in which the bone becomes unstable, and may break easily and heal poorly. ”

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Chocoholics unite—it’s National Milk Chocolate Day! Did you know that chocolate actually has mood-enhancing benefits? That’s right—chocolate can make you happy! This is due to the fact that it contains a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!

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In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as ParentsDay, a perennial day of commemoration similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” The establishment of Parents’ Day was the result of a bipartisan, multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation’s children. The National Parents’ Day Council does not envision Parents’ Day to be yet “another” day to honor parents, but rather a day when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love. Today is not a day of gift giving. That’s for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The best way to mark this day is by spending time with your parents doing something fun. Its also important that you let them how how much they are loved and appreciated.

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Sponsored by Savvy Auntie, Auntie’s Day, is a time to thank, honor and celebrate the aunt in a child’s life, whether she is an Auntie by Relation (ABR), Auntie by Choice (ABC), or godmother, for everything she does for a child not-her-own. On Auntie’s Day – a ‘Mother’s Day’ for aunts – aunts and godmothers will be celebrated with special activities and gifts.

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In 1992 the U.S. Congress passed a law designating July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the United States. This day commemorates the formation on that date in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers. African-American soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. But it was not until after the war that permanent all-black regiments were established, maintaining the U.S. armed forces policy of segregation. The African-American regiments were deployed in the southwest and in the plains states to serve U.S. interests against Native American tribes, to protect important shipments, and to construct roads and trails. A longstanding debate ranges around the origin of the term “Buffalo Soldier,” with some maintaining that the nickname reflected the toughness of the soldiers and others claiming that it was a disparaging racial term used by Native Americans to describe the dark-skinned soldiers they met in battle. The segregated regiments served in the Spanish-American War, World War II, and other conflicts, before being disbanded during the 1940s and 1950s as the U.S. armed forces embraced integration.

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Some of the writers born July 28th include:

Fabre d’Églantine (1750), Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844), Beatrix Potter (1866), Malcolm Lowry (1909), C. T. Vivian (1924), John Ashbery (1927), Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929), Jean Roba (1930), Natalie Babbit (1932), Francis Veber (1937), Tonia Marketaki (1942), Jim Davis (1945), Fahmida Riaz (1946), Randall Wallace (1949), Shahyar Ghanbari (1950), Glenn A. Baker (1952), John Feinstein (1956), Michael Hitchcock (1958), William T. Vollmann (1959), Rachel Sweet (1962), Michael Ruhlman (1963), Jeffrey S. Williams (1971), Justin Lee Collins (1974), James Piotr Montague (1979), and Stephen Christian (1980).

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Disclaimer:
Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as holidayinsights.com, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, Goodsearch.com and Google.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.

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