Purim is a joyous holiday commemorating the rescue of the Jews by Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai from the evil Haman. The story is read aloud and when Haman is mentioned in the Megillah of Esther, people use noisemakers called groggers to drown out his name. Purim traditions include eating hamentashen, three-cornered, pastries filled with fruit.
Purim begins on March 15, 2014.
Celebrate women’s myriad of contributions to history with resources from NOBLE’s Women’s History Month page.
The annual celebration of Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” begins on March 4th. Mardi Gras marks the beginning of the Lenten season, which culminates with Easter. If you can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, visit our page of links for ways that you can celebrate.
George Washington’s Birthday — America’s first President, George Washington, was born on February 22, 1732. As a young man, Washington fought in the French and Indian War before returning home to manage his plantation. In 1775 he was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army which he led to victory in the Revolutionary War against Britain. Washington was elected President in 1787 and re-elected in 1791. Washington died on December 14, 1799.
We know that many of you are using the NOBLE OverDrive Library to borrow ebooks and audiobooks for yourself and members of your family. We now have a special versions of the site that only includes the children’s books. This should help make it easier for children, parents and adults get directly to right books.
You’ll find all kinds of books good for kids from preschool through the elementary grades, including picture books, easy readers, novels, mysteries, popular series, and nonfiction about science, history, geography, and much more. Most ebook titles can be read right in the browser on almost any device, downloaded to a tablet or other mobile device using the OverDrive app, or transferred to Kindle. Most audiobooks are in the MP3 format and can be downloaded to your computer and transferred to an MP3 player, or downloaded directly to a tablet or smartphone using the OverDrive app.
Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday — Our sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln, was born on February 12, 1809. He lead the country through the crisis of the Civil War, but just as the war was ending, President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.