Avid readers of this column know that many of our articles are inspired by a date on the calendar. It might be the anniversary of an historical event, the birthday of a famous author, or a national holiday. You probably celebrate the usual holiday suspects (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July), but every day is some sort of holiday you can celebrate -- often an eccentric one. Don't wait another year to celebrate exciting holidays including "Punctuation Day," "Math Storytelling Day" and "Hug a Vegan Day" on Sept. 24, 25 and 26th.
Sept. 19 is "Talk Like a Pirate Day." People around the world will be free to say words and phrases like "booty," "poop deck" and "shiver me timbers" without getting too many strange looks. (Disclaimer: Your results may vary.) This whimsical holiday was created by a group of friends and gained popularity a decade ago when it came to the attention of a national columnist. If you'd like to join in on the celebration, ask a librarian about our online language database, which includes "Pirate" as a language option.
September might be "Fresh Fruit & Veggies Month," but today is "National Cream-Filled Donut Day," so make sure to nibble one with your coffee this morning. To see the food holidays for the rest of the year, download our ebook "Foodfest 356" by Yvan Lemoine, who was a finalist on the show Food Network Star. In his creative cookbook, Chef Lemoine collects all 365 national food holidays and provides a recipe for each day. You still have time this month to celebrate delectable days like "Corned Beef Hash Day," "Pancake Day," and "Pecan Cookie Day."
In between munching delicious treats, take time this month to appreciate the woman in your life because it's "International Women's Friendship Month." Catch up with your girlfriends, have lunch with your coworkers, and read some great chick lit. In Robin Carr's novel "Four Friends," Andy, Gerri, and Sonja have been friends and neighbors for years and see each other for a power walk every morning. Though they've mastered their stride around their neighborhood, their walk through life together gets rocky when all their marriages start crumbling for different reasons. A new neighbor -- a morning runner with a dark secret -- enters their lives and helps smooth out their life path with the power of friendship.
In honor of "Shameless Promotion Month," I'd like to remind you that the best part of September is that it's "Library Card Sign-Up Month." Library cards are free, and give you access to all our print books, ebooks, and online databases -- like the one that can teach you to speak "Pirate." If you don't like this column, that's too bad! September is also "Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month," so you can't complain. (Though, I might observe "Update Your Resume Month" just in case.)
Speaking Volumes, written by Manatee County Public Library System staff members, is published each Sunday.
Stephanie Katz is a reference librarian at the Manatee County Central Library.