The Truth About Summertime

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The Truth About Summertime

What's the deal with summer anyway? Don't get me wrong -- it's really awesome: You get to take a break from school and have A LOT more sunlight. But there's so much more to know:
  • When did summer start and why is the day longer?
  • What are fun activities to do during the summer (besides Summer Reading at DCPL)?
  • When does it really start and when does it really end?
  • What are some really good books and movies about summer?
Want to find out? Then keep reading! :)

Sunny Summer
Diary of A Wimpy Kid Dog Days Book CoverJune 21 is the first day of summer, and it is also the longest day of the year! In the past (and even by some people today), June 21 was an opportunity to celebrate the sun and every year there is still an opportunity for people to go to Stonehenge and discover the exact way it was set up for viewing the sky above us throughout the changing seasons.

The 21st is the longest day, not because it has more than 24 hours, but because it has the most sunlight! For the rest of summer -- even though it won't get dark until late -- the sunset will happen a little earlier and earlier each day.

Dog Days
From now until Aug. 26 (when public schools start up again) enjoy the long, hot days. Actually, the phrase "dog days of summer" started because of Sirius, the dog star in the constellation Canis Major, which is brightest this time of year (the 40 days from July 3 to Aug. 11).

Sweet Cream and Sugar ConesWe All Scream for Ice Cream!
Hopefully with all that heat, you'll be able to cool off with swimming and ice cream! July is National Ice Cream Month and it is the month which sees the most ice cream sales! Delicious!

Pay attention to all of the opportunities for fun things to do that D.C. has to offer! There are free movie nights, free swimming, and of course, summer reading! Check out the DC Parks and Recreation website to sign up for fun programs.

And don't forget to check out some great summer books!