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Mother Goose Day

May 1 is Mother Goose Day!

Mother Goose is a make-believe author of scores of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, and is a fabled figure that has been around for centuries. In actuality, Mother Goose has been several different authors transposed across different periods of time, and most stories attributed to Mother Goose have been passed down orally and in “folklore fashion.”

Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in the midst of the release of her book Mother Goose: From Nursery to Literature. This holiday offers a day to fully appreciate the nursery rhymes we were told as children and share them with a new generation.

Celebrate Mother Goose Day by reading your favorite Mother Goose nursery rhymes, putting on a play of a popular fairy tale, or doing Mother Goose related arts and crafts.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Library Support

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Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Take Your Daughter to Work Day falls on the 4th Thursday of April every year. In 2013, this holiday is recognized on Thursday April 25.

Take Your Daughter to Work Day dates back to 1993 when it was founded by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women. This program was initiated to boost self-esteem in girls who otherwise lacked self-confidence, especially in academic and work related settings. Take Your Daughter to Work Day was founded as a way for women to explore the workplace, and assure them that they could have the same types of jobs as men.

Girls would “take off” from school and instead go to work with their mother or father. They would spend the day learning about what an office job might entail and how to act professionally in an office setting. The holiday expanded to include boys in 2003 and was renamed “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”. Today, more than 37 million Americans at over 3.5 million workplaces participate.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Forbes

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Cartoonist William Hanna Dies at 90

Born William Denby Hanna in Melrose, New Mexico on July 14, 1910, William Hanna was a famous American animator, director, producer, voice actor, and cartoonist. He is best known for his work alongside Joseph Barbera on their hit animated shows Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Yogi Bear.

William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s 60-year friendship and business partnership in the animation industry led them to win seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards. Legendary cartoonist William Hanna died from lung cancer at the age of 90 on March 22, 2001.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography.com

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