National Tell A Joke Day


August 16 is National Tell a Joke Day. Jokes come in many forms and this is the perfect chance for you to try out your favorite. For some, that might be a one-liner or a knock-knock joke. While many people groan at the sight of a pun, they bring on chuckles, too. If you aren’t comfortable with the whole comedic act, rely on your sense of irony. Others simply rely on gestures to express humor. Keep in mind that you might have a tough crowd.

What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta

When telling a joke, timing and delivery can be an essential element. Without it, the joke will fall flat. Also, be sure to know the audience. For example, clown jokes may not go over well at a phobia convention. In moderation, laughter is healthy, uses the abdominal muscles, and releases endorphins (natural feel-good chemicals) into the brain.

What do you call an illegally parked frog? Toad!

Are there other joke holidays? Yes! National Knock Knock Joke Day on October 31 focuses on one type of joke. National Limerick Day on May 12 takes a look at the humorous poem. Another combination of poetry and humor is National Clerihew Day on July 10.

Knock, knock. Who's there? Cargo. Cargo who? Car go "toot, toot, vroom, vroom!"


If you're in need of some good jokes, check out these fun books in the library's various collections.

joke books

Why do hummingbirds hum? Because they don't know the words


Looking for a laugh out loud read? We've got you covered, check out these hilarious books for various ages. 

Picture Books are perfect for children who are not reading on their own yet, generally in the 3 to 6 age range. They rely heavily on pictures and illustrations to tell a story and are great for story time at the library or at home. Early Readers are considered the earliest chapter book a child can experience. Broken up into smaller chapters, early readers are a great way to boost confidence in young readers. While they are mostly read from the ages 5-9, early readers can be enjoyed by anyone!

funny picture book covers

Why do ducks have feathers? To cover their butt quacks!


Chapter Books or JFiction books are generally for children ages 9-12 and they are 4,000-15,000 words in length. These books have more content and more complex language than the children may have seen before. Therefore, they are broken into chapters to help the readers better comprehend the material. JNon-Fiction books tell you facts and information about the world around you. These can cover almost any topic, from wild animals to Vikings. If it's about something that really happened or something that really exists, it is nonfiction.

Funny middle grade book covers

A dime and a nickel leaped off the Empire State Building at the same time, which one landed first? The dime did, because it makes more cents.


YA or Young Adult: These books are geared toward teen readers. Generally speaking, the age of the main character is one of the main differences between YA and Adult books. Content is often similar and can be enjoyed by readers of various ages. 

funny young adult book covers

What do you get when you cross a porcupine with a snail? A slowpoke!


These books can be found in our vast adult collection. This collection includes Mystery, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Non-Fiction. These books are intended for readers ages 18+.

funny adult books

Two muffins are baking in an oven. One of them looks to the other and says, "Phew it's getting hot in here." The other looks back and says, "Ahh! A talking muffin!"


By SamanthaN on August 10, 2023