Category Archives: September

Shiver Me Timbers – Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

It all started on June 6th 1995 when friends, John Baur and Mark Summers, were playing racquetball. They found the game was more fun when they shouted encouragement to each other using “pirate talk.” It wasn’t until 2002 when Baur happened upon Dave Barry’s (author and columnist) e-mail address and contacted him with the great idea of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Dave Barry wrote a column about Talk Like a Pirate Day, and it took off from there.

You can talk like a pirate:

Ahoy! – Hello!

Aye – yes

Blow me down! – expression of shock of disbelief akin to “Oh my gosh!”

Hornswaggle – to defraud or cheat out of money or belongings

Pieces of eight – coins or found in pirate stashes

Run a shot across the bow – warning shot to another vessel’s captain

Savvy? – do you understand and do you agree?

Scallywag – mild insult akin to rapscallion or rogue

Scurvy dog – the pirate is talking directly to you with mild insult

Scuttle – to sink a ship

Seadog – old pirate or sailor

Shiver me timbers! – comparable to “Oh my gosh!”

Thar she blows! – Whale sighting

Walk the plank – punishment in which person walks off a board jutting over the side of the ship while at sea. The consequence is drowning and a visit to Davy Jones’ Locker.

Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! – pull up the anchor and the sail and let’s get going

Yo Ho Ho – cheerful exhortation to demand attention

Stop in to see our pirate book display, and check out some books to take home with you!

What have you done to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day? Please share your ideas below in the comment section.

Happy Birthday Syd Hoff

Syd Hoff


Syd Hoff is a well know children’s book author and cartoonist whose popular Danny and the Dinosaur (1958) sold more than 10 million copies. Mr. Hoff was also involved in advertising commissions for Jell-O, Eveready Batteries, S.O.S. Pads, Ralston Cereal, and many more. When he was 18, he sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker and ended up selling 570 more to them over the years. Between 1970-1990s Hoff continued to write children’s books as well as visit schools and libraries to talk about his books and cartoons. By the time of his death, Hoff had written/illustrated nearly 125 books to leave as his legacy.  Check out our collection of Syd Hoff books here.

Syd Hoff Books

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

School has started and so has National Library Card Sign-Up Month.  A library card is the most important school supply of all, so to honor of this month’s celebration, we are offering free children’s replacement library cards until September 30th.

Don’t have a library card?  Stop in anytime and we will be more than happy to get you signed up.  While you’re visiting, be sure to check out the following books and more!