Thursday, October 12, 2017

National Freethought Day! And RAK Bookmarks!

In this issue:
Happy National FreeThought Day
Library Laugh
That’s a Great Idea!
It’s not too early…


This is a great day to celebrate in the library!

National Freethought Day is observed annually on October 12. The purpose of National Freethought Day is to encourage people to be free thinkers and to base opinions on facts, science, logic and reason.

This day occurs on the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch trials on October 12, 1692. On this day, Massachusetts Governor William Phips wrote a letter condemning the use of spectral evidence against the accused.

At some point, the trials did resume and “spectral evidence” was allowed but largely discounted and those convicted were swiftly pardoned by Phips.


Think rationally and use #FreethoughtDay to post on social media.
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Library Laughs
That’s a Great Idea!

I know I’m not supposed to pick favorites, but I think this idea is my favorite of all the great ideas submitted for the contest earlier this year.

Karen Johnson from Auburn, AL submitted:

We are a 7th grade only campus and we have students who are creating random acts of kindness bookmarks and placing them in our library books.  Students don’t know which books they are in, but they are very excited once they do find one.  It brightens their day and it is getting more students in here to check out books.  Word of mouth spreads fast! 
Thanks Karen!

It’s not too early…

Arctic Express is an assembly program that teaches students about winter holidays all over the world. I’d love to come to your school and share this educational, fun and wonder-filled show for your kids. Go to, click on programs and read all about it!

See you next week!

Encouraging kids to read, I am
Tommy Johns
Educational Entertainment Specialist

PS – Don’t forget to send me your stories to encourage!

PPS – Remember to share this newsletter and blog with your colleagues!

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