The first Take Back Your Time Day was celebrated on Oct. 24—nine weeks before the end of the year, to symbolize the fact that Americans now work nine weeks more each year than do our trans-Atlantic neighbors. The nationwide initiative has a Web site that has information about the Take Back Your Time Day National Conference, which will be held in Chicago in June, how to engage public officials in the fight against “the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine” and links to multiple resources to assist stressed-out Americans in their struggle to strike a healthy balance between work and family life.
For National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets will launch a National Poetry Almanac, a year-long promotion which is available online at the Academy’s award-winning Web site. Inaugurated in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops and other events.