Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 2009

Stay Fire Smart!
Don’t Get Burned

Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 2009

This year focuses on burn awareness and prevention.
Here are some tips to “Stay Fire Smart”. Share these safety tips with the your children.
*Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled or knocked over.
*Always be careful when using things that get hot such as curling irons, oven, irons, lamps and heaters.
*Hot things can hurt children. Remind them to stay away from hot things.
*Test the water before placing children in the tub.
*Treat a burn right away. Put it in cool water for 3-5 minutes. Cover with a clean , dry cloth.
*If the burn is bigger than your fist, or if you have any questions, get medical help right away.
*Keep things that can burn (potholders, towels, and paper) away from the stove.
*Keep space heaters 3 feet from anything that can burn.
*Turn off space heaters every time you leave the room and before going to bed.
*Never use an oven to heat the house.
*Children should tell a grown-up if they find matches or lighters.
*Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
*Put out lit candles when you leave a room.
*Stay three feet away from burning candles.
*Check electrical cards to make sure they are not damaged.

.... National Fire Protection Association

Friday, September 18, 2009

Picturing America

September has several particularly American holidays: Labor Day, Patriot Day, and Constitution Day.

The Picturing America books reflect our American history and culture. In addition, the libraries have books on these September observances.

If you’d like to know more about Labor Day, there are several books to choose from. There was even a hurricane on Labor Day: Storm of the Century; the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.

Much has been written about the September 11 attacks. Closure, the Untold Story of the Ground Zero Recovery Mission and September 11 Terrorist
are just two of many.

To find out more about the U. S. Constitution take a look at Creation of the U.S. Constitution by Loreta Medina or Everything American Government Book by Nick Ragone. There is even a book about the ship named the U.S.S. Constitution by Jason Cooper.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

We the people

On September 17, 1787, the U. S. Constitution was signed by 39 men. This document changed the course of history.

All schools accepting federal money are now required to include activities on the Constitution on this day. We can all use a review of the document.

Various other activities are planned on this day too. This website from the Constitution Center has information about the U.S. Constitution and planned events.

The libraries in Baker, Bradford and Union Counties are three of 4000
libraries across the United States selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to receive free hardcover editions of 17 classic books as part of We the People Bookshelf grant program. The theme of this year’s bookshelf is Picturing America.
These books were chosen to further the study and understanding of American history and culture.

Some of the titles included are: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Birchbark House, The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe; Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez (in both English and Spanish), Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Democracy in America , and 1776: The Illustrated Edition.

The collection is on display now at each library and all books are available for checkout.