First weekend of September


September 6, 2013

When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”
John GreenLooking for Alaska


We have reached the first Friday of September. Woo-hoo for the weekend! Those of you who entered our Love Bites Giveaway last month should be receiving an email by the time the next blog gets posted with consolation prizes from both Jim Grayson and Deborah Gould to thank you for your interest. These prizes are available no where else.

This Month

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Each month there are dozens of observances. One of the observances in September include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month. The purpose is to educate healthcare groups, children and family organizations, teachers, parents and others by providing information on effective treatments for ADHD.

This weekend in history

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On September 6, 1847, Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts.


Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in his 2,131st consecutive baseball game on September 6, 1995, breaking a record that stood for 56 years.


The first Star Trek series premiered on NBC on September 8, 1966.

Holidays and Observances for this weekend


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Read a Book Day

Today is a day we stand strongly behind. September 6th is Read a Book Day. Take time out of your busy life, and relax with a good book. Cozy up on a chair, indoors or out. It doesn’t matter where you read that book, as long as you can do so in a comfortable manner. If you doze off along the way, we won’t tell anyone. Reading is a great lifetime hobby. It offers so many positive attributes. It’s relaxing and therapeutic. It’s educational. Its entertaining. And, a whole lot of other good things, too. If you have young children, or elderly people in your home, take the time to read a book to them today. It is a wonderful time to bond with them and it creates pleasant, lasting memories.


Fight Procrastination Day

Fight Procrastination day is September 6th. This is a day to get things done, it’s a call to action. To many people, procrastination is a way of life. The more difficult the action or decision, the easier it is to join the league of procrastinators. As a procrastinator, you are in very good company. You can even become a card carrying member of a Procrastinator’s club. Today is a day to fight procrastination. Make a decision. Take action. Do it now. Do it today. It may be hard to do. But, you will be glad you did.


Neither Rain nor Snow Day


Neither Rain Nor Snow Day celebrates the opening of the New York Post Office building on September 7, 1914. This following inscription was inscribed on the building: “Neither snow nor rain not heat nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” A lot of people assume the inscription represents the Post Office motto. This assumption is incorrect. But, this inscription is very close to the old Pony Express rider’s motto. Which leads to a third misconception.. ……The Pony Express was not a government funded predecessor to today’s Post Office. The Pony Express was a courier and message delivery service. However, it was privately owned and funded. Use this day to show your appreciation to postal delivery people.


Salami Day

Salami Day was first started in 2006 in Henrico, Virginia, by the Salami Appreciation Society (SAS for short). Salami is cured sausage that has been fermented and air-dried. Countries like Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, and Spain each produce their own style of salami. The varieties differ in the coarseness or fineness of the chopped meat as well as the size and style of the casing. Although the exact origin of salami is unknown, there is evidence that fermented sausage has been made in the Mediterranean region for more than 2,000 years. Both the Romans and Greeks cured their meat so that the final product could be stored at room temperature for up to ten years without going bad. The way in which salami is fermented has many natural health benefits. For example, the final product contains lactic acid bacteria, which can help maintain a healthy digestive system. To celebrate Salami Day, enjoy some delicious salami on a sandwich, in a salad, or on its own!

i got a d in salami

Because there is no better day than Salami day to give you a discount on the second book in the Hank Zipzer series we are lowering the cost of I Got a D in Salami this week only. This book is written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. Jesse Joshua Watson illustrated it. This paperback book is aimed at kids 7-11 years and is 176 pages long. Amazon gives the following description:


It’s report card day-the most dreaded day in Hank’s school year. And when Hank gets his grades, they’re his worst nightmare come true: a D in spelling, a D in reading, a D in math. After school, Hank and his friends go to his mom’s deli. His mom is on the prowl-she knows a report card day when she sees one. Hank tries to stall her, but she’s going for his backpack. He’s cornered. Hank hands the report card off to his friend Frankie, who gives it to his friend Ashley, who gives it to Robert, who puts it into a meat grinder! Hank watches as his Ds are ground into a big salami, and this particular salami is being made for a very important client. How will Hank get out of this one?



International Literacy Day

The United Nations created International Literacy Day to celebrate and promote literacy all over the world. According to the UN’s UNESECO, “The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.” The first celebration was on September 8, 1965.

Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women;60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

Celebrations of International Literacy Day have included specific themes. The 2013 theme is “Literacies for the 21st Century”. A long list of well know writers are supporting UNESCO through the Writers for Literacy Initiative.

Literacy is a means of personal liberation and development and delivering individuals educational efforts. Literacy is a method of achieving faculties to develop their economic status and general well being and inculcating values of national integration, conservation of surroundings, fairer sex’s equality, observance of standard family tradition, etc. Literacy is not just about educating, it is a unique and powerful tool to eradicate poverty and a strong means for social and human progress.

On this special day, let us take an oath to make our country as well as the world literate. It is possible if we take the very first step ourselves by sparing some time for uneducated people living around us.

reading is fun

National Pet Memorial Day

People love their pets. We quickly grow attached to our pets. National Pet Memorial Day, held the second Sunday in September each year, is an opportunity to bring closure to the departure of our beloved pets. It allows us to fondly remember our departed pet(s). There are all kinds of pets. Sure dogs and cats are by far the most popular. But, pets also include rabbits, fish, turtles, crabs, snakes, hamsters, and a huge assortment of other animals. Your pet would want you to cherish their memory, then move on. Use this special day for this purpose. This very special day for pet loves was established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Cremoratories(IAPC).

angel reading

Pardon Day

Pardon Day, on September 8th, an opportunity to seek forgiveness where needed. It is a day to say “Pardon Me”, or “Excuse Me” as appropriate. In today’s busy society, too many people race about their lives, forgetting the small courtesies in life. Among the easiest things to let slip by, is etiquette. Use Pardon Day to reaffirm your manners. People will like you more. And, your mom will be so proud! You can also use this day to seek pardon or forgiveness for mistakes and grievances you have committed. Take the opportunity to clean the slate and start anew.

The roots of this day go back to September 8, 1974. On this day, newly installed President Gerald Ford issued a Presidential Proclamation pardoning President Richard M. Nixon of any wrong doing related to the Watergate scandal.


Grandparent’s Day

The first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparent’s Day. It is only right and fitting that one day of the year is set aside to honor our grandparents. It is time to celebrate those special people who are always there with a hug, a kiss, a cookie, something special, or take us somewhere. National Grandparent‘s Day originated in 1978. Then President Jimmy Carter declared it to be the first Sunday after Labor Day. If you can, enjoy the day with them. That is the greatest gift they can receive from you. If you can’t see them, call them.

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Some of the writers born September 6th include:

Felix Salten (1869), Julien Green (1900), Carmen Laforet (1921), Bud Shrake (1931), Sergio Aragonés (1937), Dan Cragg (1939), Donna Haraway (1944), Go Nagai (1945), Raymond Benson (1955), Ali Divandari (1957), Jeff Foxworthy (1958), Elizabeth Vargas (1962), Alice Sebold (1963), Christopher Nolan (1965), Christopher Brookmyre (1968), Paul Rea (1968), Tony DiTerlizzi (1969), and China Miéville.

Some of the writers born September 7th include:

C. J. Dennis (1876), Elinor Wylie (1885), Edith Sitwell (1887), Taylor Caldwell (1900), Margaret Landon (1903), C.B. Colby (1904), Elia Kazan (1909), Nancy Keesing (1923), Eric Hill (1927), Malcolm Bradbury (1932), Sunil Gangopadhyay (1934), Denis Vagueois (1935), Joe Klein (1946), Barry Siegel (1949), Peggy Noonan (1950), and Jennifer Egan (1962).

Some of the writers born September 8th include:

Charles J. Guiteau (1841), Siegfried Sassoon (1886), Jane Arbor (1903), Gianni Brera (1919), Rasul Gamzatov (1923), Grace Metalious (1924), Robert W. Firestone (1930), Paul M. Fleiss (1933), Michael Frayn (1933), Barbara Frum (1937), Archie Goodwin (1937), Jack Prelutsky (1940), Jon Scieszka (1945), Ann Beattie (1947), Marianne Wiggins (1947), Michael Shermer (1954), Terry Tempest Williams (1955), Christopher Klim (1962), and Angela Rawlings (1978).


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


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