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On this day back in 1945, the battle of Iwo Jima was taking place. During the fighting, a group of U.S. military personnel climb to the top of Mount Suribachi and planted the American flag. This moment lives on due to a well timed photo from Joe Rosenthal.
To learn more about the Battle of Iwo Jima and this iconic moment visit your local library!
February is Heart Health Month.
We all want our bodies, and especially our hearts, to be healthy, but it’s often hard to know where to begin.
The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) are urging people to start by focusing on one thing: their blood pressure.
67 million Americans (that’s 1 in 4) have high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Compared to people with normal blood pressures, those with high blood pressures are 3 times as likely to die from heart disease and 4 times as likely to die from stroke.
High blood pressure has no symptoms, so the best way to keep tabs on it is to check it often—at your doctor’s office, drugstore or with a home blood pressure cuff.
The CDC suggests these simple steps to get and keep your blood pressure in a healthy range:
- Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be.
- If you require medication to control it, be sure you take it consistently.
- Don’t smoke. If you’re already a smoker, take steps to quit.
- Reduce sodium in your diet. Consider the DASH Diet.
Find out more at your library! Books about blood pressure located at 616.132 in the nonfiction section.
Most people know that February is Black History month and American Heart month but did you know it is also Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness month? Relationship violence is a real problem and for teens it affects their home life, school life, friends and families. The library has some excellent resources to help the teen in your life recognize what a safe and healthy relationship involves.
Since February is the month of love, I thought I would share five children’s picture books that I absolutely LOVE!
First, Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson. This book is about a bear that snores away in his cave while his friends gather to get out of the “fluff-cold” snow. The book is written in rhyme and will have you “cuddled in a heap” while reading it.
Second, That’s Not a Good Idea, by Mo Willems. This book is about a fox and hen who meet on the street. Fox asks Hen to come to his house for dinner…but that’s NOT a good idea! I LOVE the suspense and twist ending this book offers. I’ve read this book to many kids and they all loved it!
Third, Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes, by James Dean and Eric Litwin. As Pete walks down the street, he steps in all sorts of stuff that turns his shoes different colors. But instead of getting angry, he just keeps on walking because…It’s ALL good! The chorus of the book is very catchy will leave you humming the song for the rest of the day!
Fourth, Can You Make a Scary Face, by Jan Thomas. This book is so fun to get the child involved with because it’s all about pretending there is a bug on you. Or…is it? I use this book quite often when I am out reading to preschools because the children love it so much that I usually have to read it a second time.
And fifth, The wide-Mouthed Frog, by Keith Faulkner. This pop-up book is incredible. Frog is fascinated in the eating habits of other creatures found in the great outdoors…that is, of course, until he comes upon a big green one with lots of teeth who finds wide-mouthed frogs simply delicious. I love using different voices while reading this book because it just animates the book so well and keeps the kids very interested to the “splashing” end.
Happy World Wetlands Day!
Here at the Green Branch Library we are celebrating our local wetland, Growing Green Wetland, (http://www.cityofgreen.org/growing-green-wetland) at our Toddler and Preschool Storytimes, today. Our goal is to introduce awareness and appreciation of this precious and important habitat.
The wetland is located on Steese Road, directly in front of the Green Middle School campus.
It will develop into a habitat for the unique animals, insects and plants that call wetlands home. And as it does so, it will also do what wetlands do so well- provide us with clean water and air.
Look for updates on our wetland and how it benefits our community as we prepare to celebrate Wetlands Month in May.
The Green Branch Library has many books on the subject. Here are a few:
Meadowlands A Wetland Survival Story by Thomas F. Yezerski
In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
Frog in a Bog by John Himmelman
President William McKinley born January 29, 1843 in Niles, Ohio—making him the fifth president from Ohio—would have turned 172 today. President McKinley served from March 4, 1897 until September 14, 1901 when he died from wounds inflicted by Leon Czolgosz at the Buffalo, New York Pan-American Exposition.
While he only served a few months of his second presidential term, he was the sitting president during Dingley Tariff—the highest protective tariff in American history—as well as during the Spanish-American War.
For further information on our former president on his 172nd birthday:
The Rocky Mountain National Park was established. If you would like to visit a National Park, here are some books to help you plan your trip.
On Wednesday, December 31 Main Library will be one of the event sites for First Night Akron. These events include Akron Symphony Gospel Choir, Ballet Le Reve, Music from Dale A. Galgozy, and also music from acoustic guitarist and harp guitarist Brian Henke. And the kids can make a noise –maker shaker at Children’s Library, then watch magic and illusion from Magic Mike Productions. These and more at Main Library on New Year’s Eve. For a full list of First Night Events go to firstnightakron.org.