The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is dominating the news of late as health experts try to prevent  this deadly virus from becoming an epidemic. So far, there are confirmed cases in the U.S., Australia, Asia and France. Coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses that severely debilitates the respiratory system. Across the U.S. and in China, scientists are racing to create a vaccine. The NIH and WHO recommends the general public heed travel advisories and to seek medical attention if any signs and symptoms appear. Good advice! Want to learn more? Here's some suggestions...

How close are we to having another worldwide health crisis? Epidemiologists predict that another pandemic is coming--one that could kill hundreds of millions of people. Learn about factors that contribute to the spread of disease by examining past pandemics and epidemics. Examine case studies of potential pandemic diseases, and discover how scientists strive to contain and control the spread of disease both locally and globally. See how human activities such as global air travel and the disruption of animal habitats contribute to the risk of a new pandemic. And investigate the challenges we face with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and mutating viruses. Can scientists control the spread of disease and prevent the next pandemic?

Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. From the Spanish flu to the 1924 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Los Angeles to the 1930 "parrot fever" pandemic, through the more recent SARS, Ebola, and Zika epidemics, the last one hundred years have been marked by a succession of unanticipated pandemic alarms.In The Pandemic Century, a lively account of scares both infamous and less known, Mark Honigsbaum combines reportage with the history of science and medical sociology to artfully reconstruct epidemiological mysteries and the ecology of infectious diseases. We meet dedicated disease detectives, obstructive or incompetent public health officials, and brilliant scientists often blinded by their own knowledge of bacteria and viruses. We also see how fear of disease often exacerbates racial, religious, and ethnic tensions--even though, as the epidemiologists Malik Peiris and Yi Guan write, "'nature' remains the greatest bioterrorist threat of all."Like man-eating sharks, predatory pathogens are always present in nature, waiting to strike; when one is seemingly vanquished, others appear in its place. These pandemics remind us of the limits of scientific knowledge, as well as the role that human behavior and technologies play in the emergence and spread of microbial diseases.

 

The American Library Association announced its 2020 Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many recognize Dr. Seuss as an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue and improve on that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Geisel Award Winner

Stop! Bot! by James Yang

Today the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the Michael L. Printz Award. The Young Adult Library Services Association awards the Printz to the books that exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature. 

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Printz Award Winner

Dig by 1970- A. S. (Amy Sarig) King

 

The American Library Association announced the top youth books and media of 2020, including the Coretta Scott King Awards. The Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table have issued awards to outstanding African American authors and illustrators since 1970. 

To find past award winners in our catalog to check availability, do a title search for Coretta Scott King Award. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

New kid by Jerry Craft
Also available in: e-book

Tiny Tea Time

Tea cup with tea inside. Daisies are sprinkled around the cup.

Put on your fancy clothes and join us for Tiny Tea Time! Participants will drink tea and juice from tiny cups and eat tiny sandwiches. While socializing with others, participants can make fancy crafts and play games. Fancy clothes are encouraged but not required. 

  • Ages 6-8
  • Registration Required (opens February 20th)

 

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, March 7 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Friends' Activity Room Register

 

Today the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children awards the Newbery to the books deemed the most outstanding contributions to children's literature. 

To find past award winners in our catalog to check availability, do a title search for Newbery Medal Winner. For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Newbery Medal Winner

New kid by Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

 

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2020, including the Randolph Caldecott Award. This award goes to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

To find past award winners in our catalog or to check availability, do a title search for Caldecott Medal Winner. For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Caldecott Medal Winner

The undefeated by Kwame Alexander

This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States, highlighting the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. 

 

Did you miss our Knitting Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own cozy 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

Extra yarn by Mac Barnett

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

Kobe Bryant was one of the most talented and influential athletes of the 20th Century. He was revered around the world for his physical abilities as well as his intellectual prowess. Bryant inspired a generation while encouraging the youth to excel beyond the expectations of others. For more about Kobe and his contributions, check out these materials. 

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