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Reference Question of the Week – 4/11/10

   April 17th, 2010 Brian Herzog

Arbor Day treeThe phone rang and an elderly woman asked,

Can you please tell me when Arbor day is this year? I looked on every April calendar I have in my house, but none of them list it.

I checked the two printed calendars we have near the desk, and sure enough, it wasn't marked on either of them.

For date-related questions, my favorite resource is Chase's Calendar of Events, which we have in the ready reference collection. I pulled that out, flipped to the index and found that this year's National Arbor Day is April 30th.

I gave her the date, then said I too was surprised it wasn't on any of our printed calendars. Her reply made me laugh out loud:

Well, thank you. It was a big deal when I was a little girl, but I guess nowadays if you can't sell something or get naked, no one cares.

Too right.

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