American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines

immunizationsIn response to news reports today suggesting a possible new federal commission on immunizations, the American Academy of Pediatrics reiterates that vaccines protect children’s health and save lives. They prevent life-threatening diseases, including forms of cancer. Vaccines have been part of the fabric of our society for decades and are the most significant medical innovation of our time. 

Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives.  Click here to read more.

 

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

human trafficking monthHuman Trafficking is not something that only goes on in third world countries.  Each day, there is a news story about someone missing, about a sex trafficking operation being busted, about exploitation of minors somewhere in America.  Yes, even here in Klamath Falls.  Tragically, the victims of human trafficking are often children. 

We have listed some resources that will help you understand the problem of human trafficking, become aware of its scope, understand the signs that someone is a victim, and learn how you can help them.  Click here to go to our resource page.

IF YOU SUSPECT SOMEONE IS BEING TRAFFICKED, DO NOT PUT THEM OR YOURSELF IN DANGER BY TRYING TO INTERVENE ON YOUR OWN.  CALL 911 AND REPORT YOUR SUSPICIONS AND OBSERVATIONS.

 

Teens and Relationships

relationshipAre you in a healthy relationship?  Does your boyfriend or girlfriend treat you as well as you treat him or her? Does your BF or GF support you in good times as well as bad? Hopefully, you and your significant other are treating each other well. Not sure if that's the case? Take a step back from the dizzying sensation of being swept off your feet and think about whether your relationship has these seven qualities:... Read more at KidsHealth.org external link

 

 

Talking With Your Kids About The Election

child at laptopWe can't avoid politics.  We are deluged by political posts in social media, on the news, in conversations with friends.  But how do you talk politics with your children?  How do you reassure them that they are going to be all right in spite of all the anger and confusion they see? When it comes to talking to your kids about political matters, you may think that they would not be interested — but you might be wrong.  Read more at LiveScience.com and HuffingtonPost.com external link

 

Talking With Your Kids About Smoking

kids and smokingIt's important to make sure kids understand the dangers of smoking and using chewing tobacco.  The health risks of smoking are well known, but kids and teens continue to smoke and use chewing tobacco; many young people pick up these habits every year.  Talking with your children about the risks of these products and setting clear rules about not using them can help protect them from these unhealthy habits.  Read more at KidsHealth.org. external link

 

 

Fun Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

snowmanNeed some ideas about fun things to do with the kids this winter? Sandbox Network's FamilyEducation aims to make it easier for busy moms and dads like you to raise happy, healthy, engaged children at every age and stage, and their website offers a host of things to enjoy from educational activities to vacation planning, winter crafts and more. Check out their website at familyeducation.com external link

 

 

 

New Mom's Survival Guide

babyWelcome to motherhood! The first baby is every mother's introduction to motherhood. Your own mom may have given you tips about what to expect, and so have your friends who are moms, but chances are, if it's your first child, you don't know much about taking care of a newborn. Here are some tips that you may find tremendously useful in getting motherhood off to a great start. Read more at fitpregnancy.com external link

 

Youth Events at Klamath County Library

January 2017

Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for January include Youth and Teen Plushie Workshop, Girls Who Code, World Travelers Club, Teen Gaming Club, Make comics with Lemon Brick Road Studios, All-Ages Bingo,Family Movie, Youth Book Club, Writers Groups and more!  Read more