January 18th – Thesaurus Day

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HEY KIDS!  Time to learn!!!!

January 18 is Thesaurus Day. Impress your family and friends with big, complicated, and fancy sounding words to celebrate this lexicographic holiday.

The unofficial holiday commemorates the birth anniversary of British lexicographer and physician, Peter Mark Roget, the author of the Roget’s Thesaurus.

Storehouse of Words

A thesaurus is a book that compiles words grouped by similarity of meaning. The term thesaurus comes from the Greek word, thesauros, meaning treasure or storehouse.

Roget’s Thesaurus is one of the most widely used reference books in the English language around the world. It was first published in 1852 with 15,000 words. Since then, the book has never gone out of publication.

Therapeutic Origins

It is believed that Roget worked on making word lists that later became the Roget’s Thesaurus as a way to combat with depression and mental illness. Roget is also known for inventing the log slide rule in 1814. The slide rule helps calculate the roots of number very easily.

How to Celebrate?

  • Bring out your thesaurus and carry it with you the whole day, using it every time you want to speak with someone.
  • Play a game of Synonym.

Did You Know…

…that synonym is an antonym of antonym?

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Kids,

Today honors a very important person in our lives:  Martin Luther King Jr.

It is very important that you read and learn as much as possible about this amazing man.

Here is a link to some great books that are available to you can help you learn and grow your mind and your life.

Books To Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

If you have any questions, please make sure you reach out to your parents, teachers, elders, etc. to learn the answers!!!

Take care one and all!

Naptown Books!

Reading Is Fun

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Adventures with Books~Velda Blumhagen

Books are ships
That sail the seas
To lands of snow
Or jungle trees.
And I’m the captain bold and free,
Who will decide which place we’ll see.
Come, let us sail the magic ship.

Books are trains
In many lands,
Crossing hills
Or desert sands.
And I’m the engineer who guides
The train on its exciting rides.
Come, let us ride the magic train.

Books are zoos
That make a home
For birds and beasts
Not free to roam.
And I’m the keeper of the zoo,
I choose the things to show to you.
Come, let us visit in a zoo.

Books are gardens
Fairies, elves,
Cowboys, and people
Like ourselves.
And I can find with one good look
Just what I want, inside a book.
Come, let us read!                                       

For reading’s fun