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SMB Favorite Literary Dates

This is a work in progress and will likely never be finished. It is a labor of love, from Burns Supper to the Book Flood in Iceland, dates on the calendar that commemorate literary interests or events keep me in tune with centuries of reading.

I cannot lay claim to creatingthese lists. The list itself is from a great website On the Cobblestone Road.


Jan 9-15: Universal Letter Writing Week (Second full week of January)

Jan 11: Poetry at Work Day (Second Tuesday of January)

Jan 25: Burns Supper, aka Burns Night, in honor of the poet, Robert Burns’, birthday)

Jan 26: Library Shelfie Day (fourth Wednesday of January)








September 13 is Roal Dahl day. He gave us great children's books Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach.

September 24 is National Punctuation Day.

September 25-30: Banned Books Week (Last week of September)


Oct 2-8: National Newspaper Week (Starts on the first Sunday of October)

Did you know: (from National Day Calendar)

  1. Some of the earliest newspaper publishers had a second job as postmasters.

  2. Oldest continually published newspaper began in 1764, the Hartford Currant

  3. Sensationalized newspaper reporting is called “yellow journalism.”

Oct 2-8: Mystery Series Week (First full week of October)

Wear a hat

Read passages from Alice in Wonderland.

Birth of Noah Webster in 1758 in Hartford, CT, whose first dictionary was published in 1806.

Read The Professor and The Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. By Simon Winchester. New York: HarperCollins Publisher, 1998. This is the true story of two men, their relationship to one another, and the relationship of both to the Oxford English dictionary.

Watch the 2019 movie, The Professor and the Madman,

Oct 16-22: Friends of Libraries Week (Third week of October)

Oct 28: Frankenstein Friday (Last Friday in October)


Nov 3: National Nonfiction Day (First Thursday of November)

Nov 8: Young Readers Day (Second Tuesday of November)

Nov 18: High Five a Librarian Day


Dec 21: Crossword Puzzle Day | National Short Story Day | Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day (from Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne)

Dec 24:Jolabokaflod, Iceland. Read the you received during the Christmas Book Flood, Jólabókaflóðið, Jolabokaflod

Dec 25: A’phabet Day or No L Day (Pun Day — “No L” = Noel… get it?)


last revised: 01/29/2024 by SMB


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