23 лютого 2012 р.

Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22). In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, the Presidents' Day, to be observed on the 3rd Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America. All states celebrate a version of President's Day, but names and honorees vary depending on location. Many states have expanded the holiday to honor other presidents who were born or raised in their state. In Virginia, the holiday is known just as George Washington Day, while Massachusetts honors all the presidents that have hailed from that state with Presidents Day. Alabama celebrates Washington and Jefferson Day while many other states, including California, hold President's Day as a federal holiday and celebrate Lincoln's birthday as a state holiday. Regardless of what state, President's Day or its equivalent is a special holiday designed to honor and remember the leaders of the United States and their contributions to creating the country it is today. Location is a primary factor in how people celebrate President's Day. Because President's Day is always on a Monday, many people celebrate what's often referred to as President's Day Weekend. Most use the holiday to travel and recreate, whether it's camping in the mountains, a picnic on the beach or visiting friends or family. Elementary and middle schools often take the time around President's Day to teach students about U.S. presidents. Generally, the focus is on Washington and Lincoln and any president originating from that state. Other President's Day observances include community and city celebrations. Many choose to honor government workers on this day; even the U.S. Congress holds a special ceremony. The U.S. Senate takes a moment to read Washington's "Farewell Address" each year, a tradition dating back to 1862. President's Day weekend is also a time where retail stores typically hold major sales. Big shopping excursions have now become a regular occurrence for many during the President's Day holiday. The American Librray at Kyiv-Mohyla academy also celebrates this holiday. Our staff prepared book display Presidentt's Day: The America's Greatest Leaders. And we hosted students fron school #118 with presentation and quiz dedecated this holiday.

8 лютого 2012 р.

On February 7-9 at the American Library at NaUKMA the workshop of the Ukrainian Library Association "Building strong library associations." take place The workshop is held within IFLA project "Development of powerful library associations" with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ULA, the program "Bibliomist" and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. The program of this workshop includes following topics: Ensure the stability of the Association Advocacy: Libraries on the agenda Library statistics for legal protection

4 лютого 2012 р.

Black History Month is an observance of the history of the African diaspora in a number of countries outside of Africa. Since 1976, it is observed annually in the United States and Canada in February. Black History Month was begun as Negro History Week by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. His goal was to educate the American people about African-American history, focusing on African Americans' cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. American Library at Kyiv-Mohyla academy prepared book display "Black Thought and Culture". On February 3 film "Malcolm X" has been shown and discussed.