April Fool’s Day-1 April. According to History.com:
Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563.
April is School Library Month. The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library
April is also Poetry Month. National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. If you can’t write your own poem, use the magnetic fridge poetry to creat one.
One of my favorites, National Library Week, is April 7-13. Check out your local libray or take a librarian to lunch. Yes, you do need a masters degree and no, we don’t sit around reading books all day. That book that you just checked out had to be selected, purchased, cataloged, available to find and check out in the integrated library system, prepared with stamps, security stripped, and shelved so it was available for you to find and read.
It figures that if you have libraries, you need library workers. Celebrate National Library Workers Day on April 9.
Preservation Week is April 21-27. From the Preservation Week webpage.
In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. These collections include books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and drawings, and objects such as maps, textiles, paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and furniture, to give just a sample. They include moving images and sound recordings that capture performing arts, oral history, and other records of our creativity and history. Digital collections are growing fast, and their formats quickly become obsolescent, if not obsolete.
On April 22, celebrate Earth Day. Clean up your neighborhood, recycle, plant or care for some plants. Eat vegan for a day. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.