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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that seems to be a controversial topic among parents. The state of Michigan requires schoolchildren to be immunized from 14 contagious diseases, but it also allows exemptions. Measles is an especially potent virus. According to the CDC, there's been 101 cases reported of a measles outbreak in 10 states. The CDC has a link to a fact sheet for parents called Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent them. Want to know more? Here's some books to help separate fact from fiction. 

One of the most important tools in the public health arsenal, vaccines are to thank for the global eradication of smallpox, and for allowing us to defeat the dire threat of infectious disease for more than one hundred years. Vaccine development is where scientists turn when faced with the frightening spread of new diseases like Zika, SARS, and Ebola. So if vaccines have proven to be such an effective tool, why are growing numbers of people questioning the wisdom of vaccinating children? Why have public-sector vaccine producers almost vanished? And can we trust the multinational corporations that increasingly dominate vaccine development and production? In this highly original and controversial new book, Stuart Blume argues that processes of globalization and unmet healthcare needs are eroding faith in the institutions producing and providing vaccines. He brings together short, readable histories of immunization practices over the past century, from the work of early pioneers such as Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch to the establishment of the World Health Organization and the introduction of genetic engineered vaccines. Focusing on today's "vaccine hesitancy," the book exposes the inadequacies of public health persuasion, and discusses what will be needed to restore parents' confidence. This is a timely history, one that not only sheds new light on the origins of our global vaccine crisis, but also points a way forward.

In 1994, Peter J. Hotez's nineteen-month-old daughter, Rachel, was diagnosed with autism. Dr. Hotez, a pediatrician-scientist who develops vaccines for neglected tropical diseases affecting the world's poorest people, became troubled by the decades-long rise of the influential anti-vaccine community and their inescapable narrative around childhood vaccines and autism. The alleged link between the two was first espoused in a fraudulent scientific paper, long since retracted, but the story shows no signs of letting up. As a result, we've seen deadly and disabling outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases around the country, and Texas, where Hotez lives, is at particular risk.

In Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism, Hotez draws on his experiences as a pediatrician, vaccine scientist, and father of an autistic child. Outlining the arguments on both sides of the debate, he examines the science that refutes the concerns of the anti-vaccine movement, debunks current conspiracy theories alleging a cover-up by the CDC, and critiques the scientific community's failure to effectively communicate the facts about vaccines and autism to the general public, all while sharing his very personal story of raising a now-adult daughter with autism.

Love for Lunch

hand made Bento style lunches with love notes in them and inspirational quotes

"What's for lunch?" We want to help you spread extra Love at lunchtime. Whether you are making lunches for your kids or partners or spouses, or even if you just want to spread some good cheer to your besties, create a nice little note to stuff in their lunch box. We will provide templates and supplies to create a fun note or you can create your own design! Everyone deserves a little kindness and good feelings and this is a great way to share your love and brighten someone's day. Drop in on March 4!

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Looking for books to read with your child for Black History Month? Here are just a few of our books we have about African American history and African American biographies. 

Dream big, little one by Vashti Harrison

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

Got a case of the winter blues? Recharge with our Fully Charged Spark Sheet! Explore the many library services available to you beyond books and movies. With your CPL card, you have access to:

  • Hoopla (streaming music, comics, ebooks, movies, TV shows)
  • Kanopy (streaming movies)
  • RBdigital (digital magazines)
  • Mango Languages (language learning)

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Farms do amazing things! They raise animals, grow food, and even let you visit sometimes. We had lots of fun talking about Farms in Storytime. Be sure to check out these great books we read plus some of the extra suggestions too.

Stories and Songs from Storytime

 

Did you miss our Dinosaur Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own prehistoric storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Crunch, the shy dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap

It may have been desperately cold outside, but we were cozy and warm in Storytime today as we talked about food. Do you have a favorite food? Enjoy these stories and songs from Storytime as you ponder what your favorite food is.

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Thank you to the brave babies that came out for Animal Storytime today. :) We had such fun roaring and quacking together. Here are some stories and songs for you to enjoy in the coziness of your own living room.

Stories and Songs from Storytime

 

Did you miss our Snow Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own wintery storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Into the snow by Yuki Kaneko

When the weather outside is frightful, the Library has you covered. Check out entertaining and educational video from the library without leaving the comfort of your home, with streaming video from Kanopy or Hoopla (or both!). These services offer movies and television for all ages, and its content is always available with your CPL card. 

Did you know that Kanopy Kids specializes in curating collections of mindful entertainment for developing minds? Both Kanopy and Hoopla offer a wide assortment of animated children's tales, including classics such as The Snowy Day-one of our favorites! Click here to learn more about Kanopy Kids.  
 

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