School Library Month
School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and school libraries. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school libraries play in transforming learning
National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry which takes place in April. Introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets, the purpose is to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.
View the Poetry Month Collection.
SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) Day of Action
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was first nationally observed in 2001. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educate communities on how to prevent it and bolster prevention efforts throughout the year.
April Observances (Week):
National Library Week
Explore the many available resources in our Libraries. Literature & Learning Collection!
National Public Health Week and April 7: World Health Day
View our KnowItAll Healthy! Collection
April Observances (Day):
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Take Down Tobacco - Day of Action
- Stop Smoking | Earth Today Kid Minutes
- The Tobacco Story | Pee Dee Explorer
- Tobacco: Present and Future | Pee Dee Explorer
- Reflections on the Tobacco Industry | Pee Dee Explorer
- The Last Auction
- Television – Newport Commercial | Artopia
- Critical Viewing: Cigarette Ads | Artopia
Children's Book Day
Love Your Produce Manager Day
- Learn to Vary Your Veggies and make a colorful salad with Healthy Hannah’s Healthy Choice Heroes!
- Find out about Vegetables and Farming – from Eye Wonder!
- Try growing Vegetables from scraps that usually go to your compost pile – from Environmental Minutes!
April 3, 1783: American writer Washington Irving was born in New York City. Irving is most well known for his stories Rip Van Winkle, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. (Artopia)
Dr. Maya Angelou
Actor, Dancer and Poet Dr. Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928. (Periscope)
Musician Hugh Masekela was born in Witbank, South Africa on April 4, 1939. (Artopia)
Martin Luther King, Jr. assasinated
April 4, 1968: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Andrew Young, politician, diplomat, and friend to Dr. King, reflects on the loss of an American icon. (ETV Shorts).
- View the Martin Luther King Collection
National Hug a Newsperson Day
- View our Journalism, Broadcasting & Communications Collection
- View our Pulitzer Prize Winners in SC Series
U.S. Entered World War I
April 6, 1917: Following a congressional vote for a declaration of war, the U.S. entered World War I, which began in 1914. The war would not only affect the men fighting in Europe, but also the civilians left behind over here on the homefront. (Carolina Stories)
National Library Workers Day
- Visit our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection and tell your librarian and library workers what you found!
National Student Athlete Day
- Try out our new series - First Choice Fit - with Marcus Lattimore!
- Explore content on athletes at various stages of their lives on KnowItAll!
World Health Day / National Walking Day
There are two necessary observances on April 7. Visit our Knowitall Healthy! collection to find ways to improve your health with simple exercises like walking.
National Zoo Lovers Day
- Visit our Zoo Minutes Series
- Explore our Riverbanks Roundup Series
- More interesting topics are available in our Riverbanks Roundup Bits!
National Unicorn Day
Have you ever seen a Unicorn Beetle? Now you can!
National Winston Churchill Day
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
Explore content in our Wars and Conflicts Collection.
- Vanishing Generation, Part 4 – Prisoner of War
- Vanishing Generation, Part 8 - Liberated
- Andersonville Civil War Prison Camp | 27:Fifty
- Holocaust Remembrance Collection
- The Enemy in Our Own Backyard! (Lesson Plan)
Encourage A Young Writer Day
- View our collection “For Young Writers” in the Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection.
- View our Ask an Anthor Series
- Check out our Grammar Pitfalls | Standard Deviants TV!
- Explore the apostrophe, the dash, the hyphen and more in Punct Rock | Standard Deviants TV!
- Take some inspiration from Shakespeare | Standard Deviants TV!
- Also view:
- Artifactual Literacy
- Informative Writing
- Opinion Writing
- Persuasive Writing
- Persuasive Writing - Superhero
- Writing Letters
Nazi Concentration Camp at Buchenwald, Germany
April 10, 1945: The Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany, was liberated by allied forces during World War II. The allied soldiers made German civilians residing in the area visit the camp to witness the horrors for themselves. Some South Carolinians remember their experiences with what they saw and how they reacted. Viewer discretion is advised. (South Carolinians in WW II)
National Farm Animals Day
- The Farm | Pee Dee Explorer
- A Living Farm Museum | Pee Dee Explorer
- Farm Festival | Pee Dee Explorer
- Trail Ridge Farm 1 | Youth Media Health Institute
- Trail Ridge Farm 2 | Youth Media Health Institute
- Wil-Moore Farms | Youth Media Health Institute
National Pet Day
View our Animal Lovers Collection!
National Submarine Day
- H.L. Hunley Museum | Let’s Go!
- 3D VR – Hunley Museum | Let’s Go!
- Confederate Submarine C.S.S Hunley | History of SC Slide Collection
- CSS Hunley | Eye on the Past
- Raising the Hunley | Walter Edgar’s Journal
- A Giant Puzzle | Walter Edgar’s Journal
- H Is for Hunley | South Carolina from A to Z
- The CSS Hunley | Walter Edgar’s Journal
- The Hunley’s Design | Walter Edgar’s Journal
- The Hunley | Palmetto Special
- The Hunley, Conservation Efforts 10 Years Later (Full Version)
- H.L. Hunley Discovered | Project Discovery Revisited
- Submarine – Eye Wonder
Eye Wonder's D.V. meets a submarine captain who tells him all about the science and technology of submarines and how they can be used to collect samples and data for other scientists. April 11 is commemorated by the United States submarine community as Submarine Day, the anniversary of April 11, 1900 when the American Government purchased its first commissioned submarine, the USS Holland. (Eye Wonder)
April 12, 1861: Confederate forces, under command of General P.G.T. Beauregard, opened fire on Fort Sumter (commanded by Maj. Robert Anderson), in Charleston, S.C., signaling the beginning of the American Civil War. Learn more about Fort Sumter, and the key people involved here and here. (History of S.C. Slide Collection, Palmetto Special, and SCETV Specials)
International Day of Human Space Flight
National Peach Cobbler Day
View our resources on peaches including these and more!
- Peach Farming | Pee Dee Explorer
- Peach Process | Pee Dee Explorer
- Where Does Your Food Grow? | Healthy Hannah
Elizabeth Evelyn Wright
Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute founded The Denmark Industrial School on April 14, 1897. In 1967, the school became Voorhees College. (Road Trip)
Look Up at the Sky Day
- Explore our new series – From the Sky! - From the Sky is a digital series that offers viewers a glimpse into the cities and towns of South Carolina from a “not often seen” vantage point – from above – using a drone camera.
National Dolphin Day
National Support Teen Literature Day
National Orchid Day
- Yellow Lady Slipper | The Cove Forest (a native orchid)
- Mosquitoes are often thought of as annoying pests to be exterminated. However, they play a rather large role in the pollination of many flowers, including goldenrod and orchids. View lesson.
International Bat Appreciation Day
- Bats, Bats, Fact and Myths | Project Discovery Revisited
- Red Bat | The Cove Forest
- Eastern Pipistrelle Bat | The Cove Forest
- Hampton Plantation State Historic Site | Destination: SC Parks
- Animal Myths | Riverbanks Roundup
- Introduction to Pollinators (Lesson Plan)
Ellis Island Family History Day
International Haiku Poetry Day
- Haiku How-To | Periscope
- What is Haiku? What Are the Rules?
- Remembering the Real Meaning of Memorial Day (Lesson Plan)
The Doolittle Raiders
April 18, 1942: During World War II, the first air raid on the Japanese mainland occurs when General James "Jimmy" Doolittle leads a squadron of B-25 "Mitchell" bombers, launching from the U.S.S. Hornet, to bomb Tokyo, and three other cities. The men who carried out this mission would forever be known as "The Doolittle Raiders." (South Carolina's Greatest Generation)
National Columnists Day
- Pulitzer Prize Winners in South Carolina: Commentary
- Pulitzer Prize Winners in South Carolina: Reporting
Earth Day began in 1970 and is celebrated annually around the world on April 22. View our Environmental Awareness Collection.
Matthew J. Perry, Jr.
The Matthew J. Perry, Jr. United States Courthouse was dedicated on April 23, 2004. (Road Trip)
World Book Day
View these resources:
- Costume Shop: Fashion in Shakespeare’s Time
- Theater – One Minute Art Lesson | Artopia
- Shakespeare (Hamlet and Macbeth Resources) | Standard Deviants TV
John James Audubon
April 26, 1785: American artist and naturalist John James Audubon was born in Haiti. He is most well known for his realistic illustrations of birds in North America. (History of S.C. Slide Collection, South Carolina Public Radio)
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
Poet and playwright August Wilson was born on April 27, 1945. (Artopia)
National Tell a Story Day
- Baker’s Dozen
- Conversations with SC Writers
- Foreign Language Scholastic Series - French
- Foreign Language Scholastic Series – Spanish
- Gullah Tales
- Inside Storytelling
- Literary Tour of SC
- National Book Month | Periscope
- Scholastic Children’s Stories
Great Poetry Reading Day
- Poets & Poetry collection
Dia! Diversity in Action Day/El Dia de los Niñosis
A celebration of children, families and reading, emphasizing literacy for children of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
International Jazz Day
Revised by Eva Chillaru, 2021 ETV Endowment Intern, June 2021