I’m always excited to write about days that promote reading! National Bookmobile Day was created in 1958 and is celebrated on April 12. This special day is sponsored by the American Library Association. the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.
National Bookmobile Day celebrates more than 930 bookmobiles (and their staff) who’ve provided mobile library services for over 100 years. (Source)
How to write about National Bookmobile Day:
- Have you ever used a bookmobile? Describe the experience and the impact it made on your life.
- When was the last time you went to the library? Was it when you were a student and had no choice?
- Does your city (or town) have a library system? Do you use any of their resources?
- What role have libraries played in your life?
Read a Roadmap Day is celebrated on April 5. I was watching the TV show The Great Indoors where one of the millennial cast members found a book of maps. Her comment was, “Oh look! Someone printed out Google maps!” This made me realize that – thanks to routing software and GPS systems — there is a whole generation of people who can’t read maps.
Maps have been around for thousands of years. Historians believe that that the Turin Papyrus, created around 1160 BCE, is the oldest recorded road map in the world. Maps have always represented adventure and a way to expand our world. (Source)
How to write about Read a Roadmap Day:
- Describe an experience using a roadmap? How did it go? Did you get to your destination? What challenges are involved with roadmaps? (PS: I still can’t fold a roadmap.)
- Do you know how to read a roadmap? If you don’t, teach yourself and take a short trip using a paper map.
- If you can read a roadmap, teach someone else. Embark on a short adventure (walking or driving) using the map. How did it go?
- Do you think learning to read a roadmap is obsolete? Should we let the skill disappear (like cursive writing) because it’s no longer necessary? Share your opinion.
National Bunsen Burner Day is celebrated on March 31. It celebrates the birthday of the Bunsen burner creator – German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen – in 1811. The Bunsen burner is used for heating liquids during chemistry experiments and for analyzing materials during a flame test. Bunsen Burners are used in classrooms and laboratories around the world.
How to write about Bunsen Burner Day:
- Have you ever used a Bunsen burner? When did you use it and how was the experience?
- Are you familiar with a Bunsen burner? Describe how it is constructed and the importance of its adjustable flame.
- Write about science education. Do you believe that using Bunsen burners get students excited about careers in chemistry? Is there something that we could do better?
This holiday is part of the British Charity Comic Relief, which was founded in 1985 in response to a famine in Ethiopia. Red Nose Day is a telethon that is held every two years in the United Kingdom, by comedians, to benefit social causes. Red Nose Day will be held on March 24 with a spotlight on immunization, mental health, vulnerable young people, domestic violence and fighting malaria. The Red Nose Day web page also contains information on how you can help raise funds. (Source)
How to write about Red Nose Day:
- Describe the role comedy has played in your life. Have comedians caused you to think differently?
- What is your favorite charity? Write about the work they do and how you support them.
- Have you participated in a fundraising activity such as the ALS Bucket Challenge? What was your role and how did it make you feel?
- Are you afraid of clowns? I’m surprised how many people find them truly creepy!