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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI)

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Come to the library to see our display of figures in history as well as books written by AAPI authors and illustrators!



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Mother’s Day

Various forms of Mother’s Day have been celebrated by different societies throughout the history of the world. The official holiday in the United States, however, began with a lady named Ann Jarvis in 1868. Ann tried to establish a Mother’s Friendship Day after the Civil War. She wasn’t successful during her lifetime, however her daughter Anna Marie Jarvis began to work on a Mother’s Day holiday after Ann died.

Fun Facts About Mother’s Day

  • There was a stamp commemorating the holiday in 1934.
  • It is the biggest day of the year for the restaurant industry.
  • Carnations are the traditional flower for Mother’s Day.
  • There was a Russian mother who had 69 children over the course of 27 pregnancies. Wow!
  • There were over 122 million phone calls on this day in 2011.
  • There are an estimated 1.7 billion mothers worldwide.
  • The average age of first time moms in the United States is around 25 years old.
  • Each year around $2 billion is spent in the United States on flowers.

Memorial Day

Interesting Facts About Memorial Day

  • Two of the biggest car races of the year take place on Memorial Day, the NASCAR Coca Cola 600 race in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Indy 500 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • May 30th was originally chosen because it was not an anniversary date of a major battle.
  • The longest running Memorial Day parade takes place in Ironton, Ohio where they have had a parade every year since 1868.
  • Every year the National Memorial Day concert takes place on the lawn in front of the US Capitol.
  • Waterloo, New York is considered the “Birthplace of Memorial Day”.

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