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February 20th - Featuring Clean Out Your Bookcases Freebies!

By Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt @frugalfreebies
Image: Boy Reading Book, by jutheanh/Thế Anh Trần on Pixabay
February 20th is... Clean Out Your Bookcases Day, Love Your Pet Day/Love Your Dog Day, National Cherry Pie Day, Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day (2006), Post Office Birthday (1792), Toothpick patented (1872), World Day for Social Justice, National Student Volunteer Day, National Handcuff Day, National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Immigrants, Missing Day, Columbo's Birthday/First episode (1968), St. Wulfric's Day
PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, paper crafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.
Want more Holidays to celebrate? Click for our Index of Holiday Freebies

Image: Clutter-Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space, by Kathi Lipp (Author). Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2015)Clean Out Your Bookcases Day
-- Is your bookcase full of books you will never read again, books your children have outgrown, pregnancy and birth books when your babies have all grown up, magazines just collecting dust? Clean them out -- and donate any books or magazines you no longer want to your local literacy project, seniors' center, daycare center, craft groups, midwifery practice or the nearest library (depending on your reading materials). Then replace your favorite books with an e-reader!
Read: Clutter-Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space
-- If you've ever wished you could clear out your clutter, simplify your space, and take back your life, Kathi Lipp's new book has just the solutions you need. Building off the success of her The Get Yourself Organized Project, this book will provide even more ideas for getting your life and your stuff under control. As you try out the many easy, doable solutions that helped Kathi win her battle with clutter, you'll begin to understand why you hold on to the things you do, eliminate what's crowding out real life, and make room for the life of true abundance.
Image: All-new Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Includes Special OffersKindle Paperwhite -- The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet — with a flush-front design and 300 PPI glare-free display which reads like real paper even in bright sunlight. Now waterproof, so you are free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath. Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks. Now with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
Kindle for Kids -- For kids reading their first chapter books, Word Wise, available on many popular English language titles, makes it easier to enjoy and quickly understand more challenging books. Short and simple definitions automatically appear above difficult words so they can keep reading with fewer interruptions. Tap on a word to bring up a simple card with definitions, synonyms, and more. Kindle holds thousands of books, so your family will never have to leave their favorite titles behind.
Kindle Coloring and Activity Books

February 20th - Featuring Clean Out Your Bookcases Freebies!

Declutter Workbook:
A Step by Step Practical Guide
to Organising Your Life

Amazon Freebies:
📕 Free Kindle books. No Kindle? Download a FREE Kindle Reading App
📕 Read Kindle ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited
📕 Free Kindle apps
📕 Free Kindle games
📕 Watch Kindle Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime
📕 Free Alexa Skills | Kindle

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
📕 Book Unhaul Challenge
📕 Where to Donate Used Books – 10 Places to Start
📕 Clear Out Old Books with This Triage System
📕 Kindle User's Guide
📕 Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature
📕 Free Books/Libros Gratis/Livres Gratuits/Kostenlose Bücher/Libri Gratuiti
📕 Free Books - For Your Nook, Kobo, Kindle and Audio Books
📕 Read your Magazine subscriptions online
And if you just can't let go of any of your books, here are some storage solutions:
📕 What is the cheapest way I can build a bookshelf?
📕 FRUGAL TIP: Rain Gutters Into Reading Nook

Love Your Pet Day
- Why do you think we need a special day to love our pets? Sometimes people get very busy. They have homework to do. They have relatives to visit. They have chores to do around the house. Sometimes our pets get a little lonely when we are busy doing other things in our lives. If you don't have a pet, maybe today is the day to adopt a pet. Take a trip to your local Humane Society, and bring home an animal who needs you. It will make you both feel good.
National Cherry Pie Day
- As a young boy, George Washington made the Cherry tree popular, with his famous quote I can not tell a lie, I chopped down the Cherry tree. Americans celebrate George Washington's Birthday and President's Day in February. So, it's traditional to bake cherry pies in honor of the occasion.
Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day
- On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant Hoodie-Hoo. It is a day to chase away winter and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere is sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun. (©2006 by Wellcat Holidays)
Post Office Birthday (1792)
- The Postal Service Act signed by President George Washington on February 20, 1792, establishing the Department. Postmaster General John McLean was the first to call it the Post Office Department rather than just the Post Office.
Toothpick patented (1872)
- The toothpick is known to predate the arrival of early modern humans. The skulls of Neanderthals, as well as Homo sapiens, have shown clear signs of having teeth picked with a tool. It is the oldest instrument for dental cleaning. Toothpicks are well-known in all cultures. Toothpicks made of bronze have been found as burial objects in prehistoric graves in Northern Italy and in the East Alps. It was also well-known in Mesopotamia. The first toothpick-manufacturing machine was developed in 1869, by Charles Forster. Another was patented on February 20, 1872, by Silas Noble and J. P. Cooley.
World Day for Social Justice
- a day to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication. It also focuses on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration.

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