Today is an important day for three reasons:
1) It is International Hug a Librarian Day – the picture above comes from the Facebook event page for this year. Sadly, a lot of libraries are closed today, so there’ll be no hugging, but if you have a librarian in your family and/or a librarian friend, let them know how much you appreciate them and their profession today. That’s the real point of today; as libraries and the professional status of their staff are under constant threat, there’s an ever growing need to demonstrate the importance, and the necessity, of the institutions and their people in society. Many people may feel uncomfortable about receiving, or giving, a hug, so a visit to your local library, the act of borrowing books, DVDs, CDs, and, ideally, the giving of feedback (to the staff themselves, to the councils, to the government, as publicly as possible, online, by phone, in writing, in person), would actually make us feel just as content as a hug, if not more so. You can ask us a question, or several questions, which could improve your lives and your understanding of what a library can do, just as much as a hug. I suppose what I’m saying in the end is that a hug can take many forms, when it comes to hugging your librarian.
2) It is Saint David’s Day, David being the patron saint of Wales; do go to the link and read the story, as it’s really rather good, with lots of odd little events as happen in many saints’ lives (hence my love of such tales). When still living in London, I learned from a friend about the wonder that is the Welshcake, as he was so kind as to bring some to our fencing class one year. I didn’t manage to make any today, but really ought to try my hand at them. I also liked today’s Google Doodle (see above), featuring the daffodil and Welsh dragon, in a stained glass style of design.
3) Today is, officially, the first day of Spring, according to the BBC’s wonderful programme Countryfile, although at least locally yesterday, as the last day of winter, was much warmer than today with all its snowfall and winds. I must admit to not having previously known this; to me, spring has always started when the snowdrops and the crocuses begin to grow. I’ll post a photo tomorrow of both flowers growing beautifully in my garden. I know that I have given most of my readers little time to celebrate these events, but I mention them that you, and I, may be better prepared next year.
For 1 March 2016, then, you must remember the three events listed above which occur on this date annually, and celebrate them appropriately. But I must first ask you to remember a date which is much closer – 9 March this year. I have reviewed a couple of books now for virtual book tours organised by France Book Tours, and on 9 March, will be posting a review of Kathleen C. Perrin‘s The Keys of the Watchmen, published 28 November 2014 at Langon House/CreateSpace. I mention it in advance because it will be accompanied by a giveaway; if you like entering competitions, please remember to come back one week tomorrow to read the review and take part. I chose to review this book because the story has as its principal location Mont Saint Michel, an interesting place which I visited on my tour of Brittany and Normandy last year. I will say no more about the book until 1 March, and I hope to see you return then.