July is a month known for many celebrations. On the Fourth, the decorations come out, we start the grill, grab the condiments and make the perfect hot dog. Then we finish it off with a cool, smooth ice cream cone. Did you know while you indulge in these, you are celebrating not one, but five national holidays? In addition to celebrating Independence Day, July is also nationally recognized as Grilling Month, Horseradish Month, Hot Dog Month and Ice Cream Month!
Some other recreational holidays to celebrate in July include Park and Recreation Month, Vacation Rental Month, “Doghouse Repairs” Month, and Women’s Motorcycle Month. You could also educate yourself on some national causes and awareness initiatives in researching Alopecia Month for Women, Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, Bioterrorism/Disaster Education Awareness Month, Make a Difference to Children Month, and Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
July is also recognized as Cellphone Courtesy Month. Other than silencing your cellphone during meetings, you could also show proper cellphone etiquette by using headphones to watch videos, avoiding dangerous (and illegal) texting while driving, and looking where you’re walking while hunting Pokémon. Give yourself a personal challenge for the rest of this month and see if you can separate yourself from your cellphone. Start with meals, then try a whole evening or afternoon, and soon you may be able to go without it for an entire day!
Whatever event you choose to recognize and celebrate, the Delaware County District Library can help. Every month, we celebrate new books on the shelves, and here are a few audiobooks that you will find during July:
• “The Black Widow” by Daniel Silva. Art restorer, assassin and spy Gabriel Allon finds himself poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service, but not before answering the French government’s request to eliminate the person responsible for detonating a massive bomb in Paris.
• “Killer Look” by Linda Fairstein. The shady underside of glamour challenges Alex Cooper, Mike Chapman, and Mercer Wallace, who embark on a murder investigation at the height of New York City’s Fashion Week to expose dark undercurrents in the garment district and the machinations of a resolved killer.
• “Night and Day” by Iris Johansen. Targeted by the enemies pursuing Cara Delaney, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan flees with Cara from California to a remote mountain in the Scottish Highlands but, when Cara is taken in spite of their precautions, Eve risks everything to save her.
• “Truly Madly Guilty” by Liane Moriarty. A busy couple formerly on the brink of realizing their dreams reflects on a fortuitous gathering with their best friends and another couple, in a tale that explores the role of guilt in relationships and the power of everyday moments in family life.
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