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Special Days in June

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Summer is here this month, and so is summer reading. There is a lot of science going on this year with FIZZ BOOM READ, so be sure to check out the exciting programs and events happening at your local library.

June is Fruits and Vegetables Month. Read a book about gardening. Visit Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom for some fun old-fashioned fruits and vegetable games.

June is Dairy Month. Check out some cow art and craft ideas. Visit our own Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure to see a real live dairy operation up close.

Word of the month: bovine: characteristic of or resembling cows or cattle. To err is human, to moo bovine.

June 1 It’s Oscar the Grouch’s birthday. Read a grumpy storytime online.

June 2  It’s Helen Oxenbury’s birthday.  Did you know? Helen Oxenbury is married to another children’s book creator, John Burningham.

June 4 It’s Aesop’s birthday. Read a book based on one of Aesop's fables.

June 5 World Environment Day Visit Enchanted Learning for World Environment Day crafts and projects.

June 5 It’s Rick Riordan’s birthday. Visit Riordan’s Kane Chronicles website for links to good sites for Egyptian fun and games, or visit this link to enter Percy Jackson's world.

June 6 Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Allied troops’ invasion of Normandy, a turning point in World War II known as D-Day. Read a book about D-Day or check out some online videos and links about D-Day from SurfnetKids.

June 10 Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are, was born this day.

June 11 Wedding bells are ringing with Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century, a new Fancy Nancy title by Jane O’Connor.

June 12 It’s Anne Frank’s birthday. Visit Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary Extension Activities at www.scholastic.com.

June 14 Did you know? Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the US flag on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

June 15  is Fly a Kite Day. Read about this fun hobby, or try it out!

June 15 It’s Brian Jacques’ birthday. Visit the Redwall website.

June 15 is Father's Day. Check out Darth Vader and Son or Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown with your favorite Star Wars fan.

June 16 The first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, on this day in 1884. Read a roller coaster book today!

June 17 It’s baseball season. Want to see baseball as it was played in the 1800s? Check out the free Deep River Grinders Vintage Baseball games in nearby Lake County.

June 19 is Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Read The Underground Railroad for Kids by Mary Kay Carson.

June 21 Summer begins. Because of the tilt of the Earth's axis, tonight, the Summer Solstice, will be one of the shortest nights of the year, with sunset at around 8:30 p.m. and sunrise the next day around 5:30 a.m. giving 9 hours of darkness and 15 hours of light. The Winter Solstice, in December, is, by contrast, one of the longest nights of the year with around 9 hours of light and 15 hours of darkness.

June 22 The invention of the donut on this day in 1847 is attributed to Captain Hansen Gregory. Read about an unstoppable donut machine in Homer Price by Robert McCloskey.

June 23 It’s Olympic Medalist Wilma Rudolph’s birthday. "My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother." – Wilma Rudolph. Watch Wilma run in the 1960 Olympics at YouTube.

June 25 It’s Eric Carle’s birthday. Celebrate with one of his books about caterpillars, spiders or bears!

June 26 The American Library Association's Annual Conference starts today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn about being a librarian.

June 27 It’s Helen Keller’s birthday. Watch a 1930 newsreel of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller at YouTube.

June 28 The Raggedy Ann doll was invented in 1917. Creator Johnny Gruelle made them to accompany the books he wrote.

June 29 Ramadan Begins.

June 30 It’s David McPhail’s birthday.
 

Q: What are the rules in zebra baseball?

A: Three stripes and you’re out.