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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Leap Year Capital of the World

Tiny Anthony, Tex., which hugs the Texas-New Mexico border will hold its sixth annual Leap Year Festival Feb. 29-March 2. Each year, the town’s 4,000 residents hold an event to celebrate people who were born on Feb. 29, known as “leap day.” The festivities include a parade, a birthday dinner, hot air balloon lifts and other events.

It’s estimated that four million people worldwide have been born on Feb. 29 with 200,000 living in the U.S.

And at one time, two nations, at least, observed Feb. 30 in their calendars. Sweden and the former Soviet Union. Sweden’s Feb. 30 resulted in an error when the country converted to the Julian calendar in the 18th century. Feb. 30 was observed in the former Soviet Union in 1930-31 and the nation adopted a revolutionary calendar in 1929 which featured five-day weeks, 30-day months for every working month and the remaining five or six days were “monthless” holidays.

Are you a “leap day” celebrant? Know anyone who is?

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March 2 is Read Across America Day, sponsored by the National Education Association. This year’s theme is “Grab Your Hat and Read With the Cat.” You can join in the special celebration which coincides with Dr. Seuss's birthday at the following branches:

George Mason Regional LibrarySaturday, March 1, 10:30
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Games, activities and a surprise guest! Cosponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. All ages.

Oakton LibrarySaturday, March 1, 2:00
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, activities and a birthday cake. All ages.

Kings Park LibraryMonday, March 3, 10:30
Welcome to Seussville. Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Age 3-5 with adult.

Lorton LibraryTuesday, March 4, 10:30
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Stories, activities and a birthday celebration. Age 2-5 with adult.

Centreville Regional Library
Thursday, March 6, 11 a.m.
Dr. Seuss Surprise. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult.

Thursday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss. Stories, a craft and a special surprise. Age 5-8.

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