July is National Park and Recreation Month

fireworksDiscover the power of play and adventure. For children and adults, play is a vital part of our mental wellbeing, physical health and personal interactions. The National Recreation and Park Association challenges everyone to "get their play on" with their local parks and recreation. Whether it’s summer camp, a sports league, exploring a trail, Zumba class, meeting friends on the playground, playing in the park, or discovering nature — parks and play go hand in hand.


Booster seats provide protection for older children

booster seat

Car booster seats keep children as old as 12 safer than seat belts alone, according to a new study. Roughly 242 children ages 8-12 years died in vehicle crashes in 2015, making crashes the leading cause of injury deaths for that age group.  To ensure seat belts are positioned properly, the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest using boosters for children up to age 12 depending on the child’s height and weight, Read More external link


Child Safety: Make Summer Safe for Kids

swimming safetySummer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. Whether they are young children or teens, learn ways to keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy summer fun. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website offers timely tips on how to master water safety, beat the heat and sun, keep mosquitoes and ticks from bugging your child, prevent injuries, and stop violence. Click here to read more. external link


Summer Travel Tips for Family Vacations

travel with kidsPlanning on taking your family on a vacation this summer?  So much to plan for, so much to overlook... but so much to enjoy!  This resource from Parents Magazine offers forty-five tips that you might find helpful, especially if you have young travelers in your family, and can help your vacation to be 100% fun and relaxing for all. Or, as close to 100% as possible.  Read all about it at Parents.com external link


Secondhand Marijuana Smoke and Your Children

marijuana leafYes, weed is legal now, and many adults legally smoke it. Some parents do so around their young children. And while they may believe that using pot is safer and more natural than smoking tobacco, experts say secondhand smoke from pot might be just as hazardous for children's developing bodies and minds. If you are a parent and partaker of pot, you should be interested in this article at  Health.USNews.com. external link


Caring For Your Child: Type I Diabetes

Type I diabetesType I diabetes affects children and young adults. Only 5% of people with diabetes have Type I, but diabetes is a disease that impacts the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. Whether you're a parent, sibling or other family member, your support and understanding can make all the difference. Read more at the American Diabetes Association's website. external link



Children and Firearm Safety

gun safetyWe are all concerned about the large numbers of children and adolescents killed by firearms.  While we cannot gun-proof our children, there are ways to reduce the possibility of injury or death by guns.  Even if parents don't own a gun, they should check with parents at other places where their kids play, to make sure safety precautions are followed. Here are some tips from SafeKids.org external link


Youth Events at Klamath County Library

July Library Events

Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for July include Vocabulary Guessing Games, construction crafts, explore ancient technologies, in-your-face science, "Let's Dance with Iris" and much more!  Read more 


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