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Thank You, Teachers and Librarians


Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to reflect on what and who we are grateful for, but it also reminds us that expressing our thanks should happen year-round. Gratitude, after all, has numerous health benefits, including improved physical and psychological health. Expressing gratitude also has the ability to improve someone else’s well-being. Unfortunately, teachers and librarians rarely get the recognition they deserve.

Only 29% of teachers said that they had received recognition or praise for their work within the last seven days.

According to a Gallup employee engagement poll, only 29% of teachers said that they had received recognition or praise for their work within the last seven days. When recognition does finally arrive, it usually happens during the last days of the school year, before summer recess. Teachers and librarians work hard all year long. Recognition shouldn’t be limited to the last day of school.

At ProQuest, we recognize teachers and librarians for who they truly are: heroes. From all of us at ProQuest, thank you to teachers and librarians for your service and dedication. And Happy Thanksgiving!

How do you show gratitude? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @ProQuest or in the comments below.

We Are ProQuest: What We’re Thankful For


Happy Thanksgiving from the ProQuest Team

Photo credit: kennymatic / Foter / CC BY

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, turkey-induced comas, long weekends, and of course, a time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the past year. For this edition of our We Are ProQuest feature, our editors share what they’re grateful for this holiday season.

“I’m thankful for my family (which includes my pets), my friends, my job and my co-workers, my house and the community I live in, and most of all my health, which allows me to enjoy all of the other blessings I have. In October, I celebrated 10 years as a breast cancer survivor!”—Becky Beville

“I’m thankful for my family.”–Michelle Brault

“I’m thankful for having incredible friends and family. I’m thankful for the wonderful opportunities I have at work. And I’m also thankful for all the Black Friday deals I will be taking advantage of this year.”–Kim Carpenter

“I am thankful for wonderful family and friends and the Florida sunshine.”–Ilana Cohen

“Although I may not have everything I want, I have everything I need, and for that, I am grateful.”–Jennifer Genetti

“I am thankful for my wonderful husband and my two beautiful children, who surprise me with how much they learn every day. And I am thankful for my loving parents and my brother who are all such wonderful people.”—Jennifer Oms

“I’m grateful for many blessings–my home, job, health, coworkers, friends, and family. I’m especially grateful for my Mom who just moved near me after 20 years of being in separate states.”—Christie Riegelhaupt

“I am thankful for friends who have been like family, an amazing first year in Boca Raton with the best team, gorgeous weather, and the ever-lovely cortadito.”—Juliana Rorbeck

“I’m thankful for my family and friends, especially that they are all healthy.”—Jaclyn Rosansky

“I am thankful for weekends at the beach with my dogs, Loki and Scooby.”—Amy Shaw

“I am grateful for every day that I can see and feel the love and positivity in the world, and for each day that I am hopeful and happy. (I’m working toward being grateful for the days I am not those things.) I am thankful every day for my daughter, and for her wisdom and compassion. She certainly helps me in the hopefulness and happiness departments.”—Michelle Sneiderman

“I’m thankful for good health, a growing family (more grandchildren!!!) and beautiful Florida weather. I am also extremely thankful for a Chicago Cubs World Series Championship!”—Kathy Starzyk

“I am thankful for good health, good people, good food, good books, and good days.”—Jeff Wyman

What are you thankful for? Share with us! Comment below or tweet us using #ProQuest.

Heroic Librarians

“Librarians are the coolest people out there doing the hardest job out there on the frontlines. And every time I get to encounter or work with librarians, I’m always impressed by their sheer awesomeness.” ― Neil Gaiman

All librarians are heroes to me, and with Thanksgiving approaching, I thought I would share my top ten list of amazing real-life librarians who have enriched our world. (If you can’t view the list below in your browser, you can also view it on Playbuzz.)

Who is your Super Hero Librarian?

Is there a librarian you are thankful for? Feel free to share with us in comments section below!

We Are ProQuest: What We’re Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving from the ProQuest Team

Photo credit: kennymatic / Foter / CC BY


Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, turkey-induced comas, long weekends, and of course, a time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the past year. For this edition of our We Are ProQuest feature, our editors share what they’re grateful for this holiday season.


“I’m thankful that on October 13, I celebrated eight years as a breast cancer survivor. It really makes you so aware of how blessed you really are, and how grateful you are for each day that you are granted on this Earth!” —Becky Beville


“I am thankful for my family, my co-workers, and my friends.”–Jennifer Oms


“I’m thankful for my coworkers. I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people to work with. I went through a hard time last year and I’m very fortunate that I’m still here.”
Jaclyn Rosansky


“I am thankful for a happy and healthy pregnancy, my amazing husband who has put up with my pregnancy mood swings, and supportive and loving family and friends.”–Giselle Gerber


“I am thankful for neither needing nor wanting anything for Christmas.”–Jeff Wyman


“I am thankful for wonderful family and friends and the Florida sunshine”.–Ilana Cohen


“I am thankful for my two strong legs, which have carried me further than I ever thought possible!”–Jennifer Genetti


“I’m thankful for my family and I’m thankful that for 36 years I was able to have Thanksgiving with my dad.”–Michelle Brault


“Grateful to work for a company that values the whole person with incentives for health and volunteerism. Healthy happy people=great employees.”–Christie Riegelhaupt


“I am so grateful every day for the light, love, and laughter that surrounds my daughter…and I sure am grateful for her hugs! I am so thankful for the love and support of my family, for all that the Earth provides, and for all that is my life.”
Michelle Sneiderman


“Having moved here from Chicago almost fifteen years ago,  I am very thankful for the beautiful weather we have in Boca Raton, Florida, especially in the winter months!”
Kathy Starzyk


“I’m thankful for Loki, my Rat Terrier-Shar Pei-Pomeranian.”–Amy Shaw


The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

The First Thanksgiving

“The First Thanksgiving” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons

Thanksgiving is a particularly American holiday. Tradition traces it back to sometime during the fall of 1621. Only half of the original 102 passengers who had sailed on the Mayflower and landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts the previous December had lived through that first winter. The surviving Pilgrims joined their Wampanoag Indian neighbors for a three-day feast to celebrate the autumn harvest. Contrary to common belief, the celebration was not repeated.

It was nearly 55 years later when the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. They issued what is known as the First Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring a day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on June 29, 1676. Later, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer.” In 1863, during the Civil War, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. For the first time, Thanksgiving became a national, annual holiday with a specific date. It was celebrated on that day until 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt caused a national uproar by moving the date up one week to allow an extra week of Christmas shopping as the Nation’s economy was still recovering from the Great Depression. For two years, Thanksgiving was celebrated on two different days throughout the country. On October 6, 1941, Congress ended the confusion by enacting a joint resolution declaring the last Thursday in November to be the legal federal holiday of Thanksgiving Day.

Goverment Reporter Historic Documents

Historic Documents Page in SIRS Government Reporter

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation is one of over 325 full text historic documents available on SIRS Government Reporter. Educators that need primary sources to support teaching with the Common Core State Standards or other curriculum needs can choose from speeches, treaties, legislation and other selected works of exceptional historic value that cover dates from 1215 (Magna Carta) up to the present (President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address). All documents are searchable by title, subject heading, or alphabetically, and each includes a summary explaining the background and significance of the document.

Turn to SIRS Government Reporter‘s Historic Documents feature for your primary source curriculum requirements, or learn more about the history and evolution of the Thanksgiving holiday at these websites from SIRS WebSelect:

Investigating the First Thanksgiving

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving in North America: From Local Harvests to National Holiday

The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings

New Leading Issue in SIRS Issues Researcher: Airport Security


Airport by Skitterphoto [Public Domain] via Pixabay

Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and this year is no exception. According to Airlines for America, an industry trade organization, there is a 1.5% expected increase of passengers over last year to 24.6 million. Along with increased holiday travelers comes travel-induced stress resulting from queuing up in endless lines to undergo security measures that make many people look back in nostalgia at the way things used to be.

Those of you who are teachers or media specialists may have students who will be traveling by air during the holiday. Before school lets out for vacation, why not engage your students in a debate over the intrusiveness of airport security?

Show them our Airport Security Leading Issue, one of eight new Leading Issues introduced this fall, to get them thinking about the nature of privacy versus security.

airport security

Airport Security Leading Issue in SIRS Issues Researcher

The Airport Security issue contains an overview, a Pro/Con and Essential Question with articles, and Critical Thinking and Analysis questions and Perspectives and more. To see a chronology of security measures enacted from the 1960’s to the present day, you can direct them to the Airport Security Timeline, where many of the entries are linked to full-text articles.

How do you feel about airport security measures? Are the tougher measures enacted post-9/11 worth the hassle? Share with us in the comments section below.

Thanksgivukkah: Eight Days of Lights, Seven Days of Leftovers

Question: What upcoming convergence has only occurred once before, is of particular significance for American Jews, and is the perfect time to try out that recipe for sweet potato latkes?


Go tell Aunt Vivica,
it’s Thanksgivukkah!

Answer: The joint celebration of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, a.k.a. Thanksgivukkah!

This year, for the first time since 1888, the launch of the Jewish Festival of Lights will coincide with the All-American holiday of family, food and football. In addition to being a once-in-a-lifetime excuse to create clever portmanteau neologisms (such as “Thanksgivukkah” and “menurkey”), the event provides an excellent opportunity to teach and learn (perhaps starting with the meanings of “portmanteau” and “neologism”).

eLibrary can help with that.

Curious users can begin with a perusal of our Research Topics on Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. There they can investigate the history and traditions of both holidays, learning what makes them unique, as well as what similarities they share.

Further exploration can help one figure out how to balance the individual rituals of these overlapping observances, find appropriate mealtime mash-ups, or see how these celebrations of bounty and religious freedom complement one another in surprising ways.

Thanksgivukkah is a hybrid holiday for the ages—the confluence of dressing and dreidels won’t come again for another 79,000 years. But if you gear up with eLibrary before you sit down with family and friends, you’ll be ready to ring in the day with a mighty Gobble Tov!

The History of Thanksgiving

While it is almost certain that the “original” Thanksgiving meal was not like the annual feast we are accustomed to, it was, in a sense, a “traditional” meal…traditional for the Native Americans at the time.

The First Thanksgiving

In 1621, the Plymouth Plantation held a 3-day celebration after a successful growing season. According to records, the harvest feast was attended by 53 Pilgrims and about 90 American Indians, including Squanto, a Patuxent Indian, and Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoags. Squanto served as interpreter and taught the Pilgrims how to catch eel and grow corn. Massasoit donated food stores to the Plymouth colony during their first, harsh winter. Turkey may have been on the menu, but most likely the feast consisted of other roasted fowl, deer, shellfish, corn, beans, squash and possibly pumpkin and cranberries (though cranberry sauce is unlikely because the Pilgrims had probably run out of sugar, and no pumpkin pie because they had no butter or wheat flour).

For almost 200 years, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. The first National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was given by the Continental Congress in 1777 during the Revolutionary War.

On October 3, 1863, in the wake of the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26th. Lincoln’s successors followed his example of annually declaring the final Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving, but Franklin D. Roosevelt broke with tradition in 1939, declaring Thanksgiving Day to be on the 4th Thursday in November instead of the last Thursday. FDR changed the date to accommodate retailers who feared that having Thanksgiving at such a late date might have a negative impact on Christmas sales during the Great Depression.  This change was officially passed into law by Congress in 1941.

Norman Rockwell's The Thanksgiving Picture (Freedom from Want)