Book Love: Literary Holidays


If you love books, here is a list of holidays that you should mark on your 2018 calendar. We’re writing them down here at the library and brainstorming some fun activities to go along with them. How much fun would Harry potter party be?!

11 Literary Holidays You Need To Add To Your Calendar If You’re A Book-Lover

After what seemed like the longest twelve months in recorded history, 2017 is finally over, and there is a lot to look forward in the new year. While you’re marking your 2018 calendar with important dates, anniversaries, and celebrations to come, make sure to mark down Burns Day and 11 other unique literary holidays you should celebrate this year.

Whether you consider yourself a hardcore bibliophile or a casual reader, there are probably dozens of literary holidays you know about and look forward to celebrating every year. There’s World Book Day and National Poem in Your Pocket Day in April, Book Lovers Day and Coloring Book Day in August, and the now famous Banned Books Week in September. But in between the well-known celebrations like the Ides of March and Bloomsday are so many other equally entertaining bookish dates worth knowing about.

Have you ever wanted to show you librarian just how much you appreciate what they do? There’s a holiday (okay, several holidays) for that. Are you obsessed with not only reading but telling good narratives? Just wait until April. Do you love science fiction and can’t wait to celebrate its most famous writers? Don’t worry, there’s a day for that, too.

If you want 2018 to be the best and most awesomely bookish year yet, make sure you are celebrating these 12 fun and unique literary holidays.

January 25: Burns Supper

Grab your favorite sonnet and pour your finest glass of whiskey, because January 25 is officially Burns Supper. Otherwise known as Burns Night, this annual tradition celebrates beloved Scottish poet Robert Burns and includes bagpipes, poetry readings, dancing, and plenty of traditional dishes. Haggis, anyone?

February 14: Library Lover’s Day

This year, spend Valentine’s Day with your first true love: books. Not only is February 14th a day for lovers, it is also a day for library lovers. Celebrate by spending time at your local branch, where you can not only find incredible books, but great programming, important resources, and some of the most helpful people on the planet: librarians.

March 2: Read Across America Day

We all know about the Ides of March, but if you want to celebrate a less depressing literary-linked holiday, make sure you participate in 2018 Read Across America Day. Set on March 2 in honor of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the NEA’s annual reading awareness program encourages children, their families, and their communities to enjoy books together.

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