October Book Fun

October 9-15
Read for the Fun of It
Check out the great resources at your public and school libraries during Teen Read Week. This national initiative began in 1998 and is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, which serves teens 12-18. The purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

October 10
Star Wars Reads Day
Read more, you must on the fifth annual Star Wars Reads Day, a celebration of all things Star Wars and the joy of reading.

October 11
Ada Lovelace Day
Ada Lovelace Day, founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson, celebrates women in science, highlighting role models to inspire young women today.

October 17
Black Poetry Day
On this day in 1711, Jupiter Hammon, the first African American to publish poetry in the United States, was born in Long Island, New York. In honor of Hammon’s birth, we celebrate the contributions of all African Americans to the world of poetry. Check out poets such as Langston Hughes, Nikki Grimes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Lucille Clifton, Maya Angelou, Hope Anita Smith, Joyce Carol Thomas, and Jacqueline Woodson.

October 22
Make a Difference Day
On the fourth Saturday of October, millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. Make A Difference Day celebrates the power of people working together to help others.

October 27
Read for the Record
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® is a global campaign that generates public support for high-quality early learning and highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading. Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book as the catalyst for Read for the Record. This year’s book is The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Children and adults worldwide will participate in the world’s largest shared reading experience. Help break the world reading record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.