April is National Poetry Month! Started in April of 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a celebration of poets and poetry across the country. In conjunction with National Poetry Month is Poem in Your Pocket Day, celebrated on April 21st. The goal of Poem in Your Pocket Day is to encourage everyone to share their favorite poem with the people around them. If you read us your favorite poem on Poem in Your Pocket Day, we'll even give you 20% off all regularly priced books and gift in the shop! Stop by and check out our poetry section, including such popular poets as Shakespeare and Langson Hughes! Happy National Poetry Month!
About a month after Mardi Gras, as the Calendar of Saints turns, we alight upon the feast day of St. Patrick where upon we are free to imbibe all of the green beer we can get our hands on (and unsurprisingly it is quite a lot). St. Patrick’s feast day falls on March 17th, his death date, and commemorates both St. Patrick himself and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The day also stands to celebrate Irish culture and heritage in general. Many parades and festivals are held and Lenten sacrifices are lifted for the day (thus the popularity of green beer – drinking is banned during Lent).
Beware the Ides of March! Today is March 15th, known as the Ides in Ancient Rome. It’s a fun day for celebrating Ancient Rome and stories of betrayal, often commemorated by people sporting togas and spouting “Et tu, Brute?” to their friends. But the Ides of March is a day which has a long trail of history following behind it, and few recognize just how important a day this is.
Thank you some much to everyone who came out to our event on Saturday! We were overwhelmed by the amount of community support and immensely proud to be a part of a community that seeks knowledge and information in the face of a problem that many would prefer to ignore. For those of you that were unable to attend, both The Livingston Parish News and The Livingston Business Journal had journalists in attendance and will have articles detailing the panel in future publications should you be interested in learning more.