Saturday, March 16, 2013

March 16 - National Quilting Day

Have you ever had the urge to pick up a pair of knitting needles and make yourself a sweater? A scarf? A blanket? If not, today might just be the day to start!

Celebrate National Quilting Day with us!

Looking for some ideas? Check out these books at the library:
"Quilt It With Wool: Projects Stitched on Tartans, Tweeds, and Other Toasty Fabrics", by Nathalie Mornu

"The Patchwork Quilt", by Valerie Flournoy
"Kids Can Quilt: Fun and Easy Projects for your Small Quilter", by Dorothy Stapleton
"The Josefina Story Quilt", by Eleanor Coerr
"The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club", by Wanda E. Brunstetter
"Creative Quilts: Inspiration, Texture & Stitch", by Sandra Meech

Today is also International Sports Car Racing Day, and Lips Appreciation Day!

Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:

- Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" was published in 1850
- Joseph Lister published an article outlining the discovery of an antiseptic surgery in "The Lancet" in 1867
- Hiram R. Revels made the first official speech by an African American in the Senate in 1869
- Leo-Ernest Ouimet, who opened the first permanent cinema in Montreal, was born in 1877
- The Northwest Territories were divided into the Districts of Keewatin, Mackenzie, and Franklin, and brought into the Dominion of Canada in 1918 (effective January 1, 1920)
- Hitler ordered German rearmament, violating the Versailles Treaty in 1935
- The first annual National Book Awards took place in 1950
- The American Cancer Society released a report showing a slight decline in the incidence of cancer in 1998, the first recorded decline since the 1930s
- The largest coordinated worldwide vigil took place in 2003, as a part of global protests against the Iraq War.
- 80 000 students protested for six weeks a $103 million cut to bursary funds by the government in downtown Montreal in 2005. The strike went on for six weeks, including as many as 200 000 college and university students from nearly every region.
- The X Paralympic Winter Games were held in Vancouver (first time for Canada) from March 12 - March 21, 2010. 506 athletes from 44 countries participated, Canada ranking 3rd in overall medal standings.

Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History".

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