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Click Your Needles to Prevent Infant Abuse

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By , June 24, 2016 2:48 pm

Purple hats

For the fifth consecutive year, Parsons Public Library is partnering with the Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) and the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome in the campaign “Click for Babies: the Period of Purple Crying” to help raise community awareness about the dangers of shaking a baby.

The grassroots campaign invites knitters and crocheters across North America to make purple colored baby caps which will be delivered to newborn families in hospitals to help educate parents about the “Period of Purple Crying,” a normal but frustrating period of increased crying that all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.

The library is once again serving as a local collection site.  To participate, local crafters are encouraged to knit or crochet caps and drop them off at the library, 311 South 17th Street, Parsons.  All caps need to be finished and turned in to the library by Friday, September 23, so that the library can send them to the Kansas Children’s Service League.  Staff there will launder, tag and distribute the caps to Kansas hospitals along with information to educate parents about normal infant crying and coping techniques to avoid reacting in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant.

Guidelines for creating the hats are simple.  Crafters may create as many caps as desired using a newborn baby cap pattern and any shade of soft, baby-friendly, washable purple yarn.  Pom-poms, straps, ribbons, bows, buttons, tassels, strings, etc. are discouraged as they pose potential choking hazards.  Other colors may be present, but the cap must be more than 50% purple.  The caps are to be worn by 1 to 2 day old infants, so caps should have a circumference of 14 inches when easily stretched and a height of 4 – 6 inches.  Hats may be either knitted or crocheted, but use of knitting looms is discouraged, as large, loose stitches do not provide enough warmth and may be too tight for a comfortable fit.  A complete set of this year’s updated guidelines may be picked up at the library.  Hats not meeting the guidelines will be returned to the donor.

Crafters who don’t already have a favorite pattern can download a free pattern from the website www.clickforbabies.org or pick one up at the library.  Hats collected by the library will be on display in the library until the end of September.

Last year the library collected 1,307 caps, with the Oswego Correctional Facility contributing 376 of those.  “There are several opportunities for members of the community to get involved in this worthy project,” said Jean Strader, Library Director.  “In addition to making hats, you can spend time teaching someone else how to knit or crochet.  It would be a great project for church groups or clubs to take on, and it would be a fun way to pass skills from one generation to another, while spreading awareness about shaken baby syndrome.  People who do not knit or crochet can donate purple yarn or money to buy yarn, and we will see that the yarn gets into willing hands.”

In conjunction with the campaign, knitting and crocheting workshops will be held at the library.  Crafters of all experience levels are encouraged to participate.  Complete novices will be able to receive instruction on how to make baby hats, and more experienced knitters/crocheters are encouraged to come and share tips or just enjoy a relaxing few hours of knitting or crocheting.

Crochet workshops will be led by Peggy Blackburn, and will be held on Tuesdays, July through September from 11:00 to 1:00.  Dana Sailsbury will lead knitting workshops, which will be held every Thursday from 11:00 to 12:00, July 5 through the end of September.

Patrons may drop in for one or any number of workshop sessions.  Plan on bringing your own yarn and hooks/needles (size J crochet hook/size 8 knitting needles are recommended, but others may work depending on pattern and gauge).

Those who do not knit or crochet, but who wish to contribute to the effort, may donate skeins of soft, baby-friendly, washable yarn in any shade of purple.  The yarn may be dropped off at the library anytime.

Frustration with a crying infant is the number one trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants.  According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, it is the most common and most dangerous form of abuse in children under the age of one.  Approximately 80% of all infants who are shaken suffer significant brain injuries and approximately 25% die as a result of their injuries.

“Click for Babies”, now in its sixth year, is a collaborative effort between the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and sixteen states and two Canadian provinces.  The Kansas 2016 goal is to collect 6,000 caps.  More information on the “Period of Purple Crying” and tips on soothing babies can be found at www.purplecrying.info.

For more information, contact the library (620-421-5920) or email staff@parsonslibrary.org.

Afternoon Movie

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By , June 24, 2016 11:19 am

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Friday, June 24, 2016 at 2 pm. Afternoon Movie.   Tall Man Riding, starring Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle.  Larry Madden returns after several years still vowing to avenge himself against the humiliating whipping he received at the hands of cattle baron Tucker Ordway.

This Week At The Library

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By , June 23, 2016 1:55 pm

June 27-July 2, 2016

Monday June 27, 2016 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie for Story Hour.  Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading a book followed by a craft. Bring a clean t-shirt for this craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program held in the Multipurpose Room.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 10 am.  Percussion Magic.  Join us for a special program for all ages put on by Percussion Magic.  Johnny and Adam Pierce will have you shaking and rattling, clapping and stomping, and signing and drumming with their interactive rhythm and music show.  All Ages can participate in the fun activities.  No musical knowledge needed.  Experience the magic of community rhythm making with Percussion Magic at 10 am in the Municipal Building Basement.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 12:00.  On Your Mark, Get Set Lunch Bunch. Children ages 6-10 are welcome. Miss Willie will host a weekly lunch bunch series that combines lunch, listening, and laughs.  Each week participants will bring a sack lunch to the library and eat while Miss Willie reads a few chapters of a book aloud.  Each week after the reading and eating are finished, participants will make a sports related craft. Program begins at 12:00 in the Multipurpose Room.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 2 pm.  Coding and Beads.  Young Adult Program.  Join us to learn about computer coding and make a bracelet or earrings with coding.  Supplies will be furnished.

Wednesday,  June 29, 2016 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie for Story Hour.  Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading a book followed by a craft.  Bring a clean t-shirt for this craft.  Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program held in the Multipurpose Room.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 1 pm.  Children’s Craft: Jump Rope.  Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for jump rope Making.  Pick from three types of jump rope. For Braided rope: bring 3-4 rolls of color/pattern Duct Tape.  For Plastic Bag Jump Rope: bring a bundle of plastic bags( approximately 12). For Straw Jump Rope: bring nylon cord.   Children ages 2-10 are welcome.  Program starts at 1 pm in the Multipurpose Room. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 2 pm.  Color Your Stress Away.  Join us for some relaxing coloring.  Bring your own pictures and pencils/colors or come use ours.  We also have a giant mural in Young Adult Section that you can color any time.  Just ask for the coloring supplies and color anytime the library is open.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 2 pm.  Bingo for Adults and Young Adults. Join us to play bingo for library prizes.  There will be drawings for door prizes at all the adult programs.  You may win a summer Library t-shirt.

Friday, July 1 , 2016 at 10 am.  Family Morning Movie. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the Family Morning Movie, Jump In!  Children ages 0-10 are welcome.  Program starts at 10 am in the Multipurpose Room.

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 2 pm.  Afternoon Movie. To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. John Robie, a reformed jewel thief who was once known as “The Cat,” is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances, he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother’s fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but France, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape.

Adult Dietary Guidelines 2015-2016

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By , June 22, 2016 11:17 am

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 2 pm.  Adult and Young Adult Program.  Dietary Guidelines 2015-2016, presented by Elaine Hudson.  There will be drawings for door prizes at all the adult programs.  You may win a summer Library t-shirt.

Story Hour

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By , June 22, 2016 11:11 am

storyhour

Wednesday,  June 22, 2016 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie for Story Hour.  Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading a book followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program held in the Multipurpose Room.

Color Your Stress Away !

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By , June 21, 2016 11:16 am

mural

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2 pm.  Color Your Stress Away.  Join us for some relaxing coloring.  Bring your own pictures and pencils/colors or come use ours.  Adults and Young Adults welcome.

Coffee Pot Terrariums

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By , June 20, 2016 11:14 am

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 2 pm.  Young Adult Craft Program.    Coffee Pot Terrariums.  Join us to make a terrarium.  Sign up for this program.  Bring a container( a glass coffee pot or other container) and some small plants to put in your terrarium.   Soil will be provided.

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On Your Mark, Get Set Lunch Bunch!

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By , June 20, 2016 11:12 am

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 11:30 On Your Mark, Get Set Lunch Bunch. Children ages 6-10 are welcome. Miss Willie will host a weekly lunch bunch series that combines lunch, listening, and laughs.  Each week participants will bring a sack lunch to the library and eat while Miss Willie reads a few chapters of a book aloud.  Each week after the reading and eating are finished, participants will make a sports related craft. Program begins at 11:30 in the Multipurpose Room. lunch bag

This Week At The Library

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By , June 16, 2016 11:55 am

 

June 20- 25, 2016

Monday June 20, 2016 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie for Story Hour.  Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading a book followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program held in the Multipurpose Room.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 11:30 On Your Mark, Get Set Lunch Bunch. Children ages 6-10 are welcome. Miss Willie will host a weekly lunch bunch series that combines lunch, listening, and laughs.  Each week participants will bring a sack lunch to the library and eat while Miss Willie reads a few chapters of a book aloud.  Each week after the reading and eating are finished, participants will make a sports related craft. Program begins at 11:30 in the Multipurpose Room.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 2 pm.  Young Adult Craft Program.    Coffee Pot Terrariums.  Join us to make a terrarium.  Sign up for this program.  Bring a container( a glass coffee pot or other container) and some small plants to put in your terrarium.   Soil will be provided.

Wednesday,  June 22, 2016 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie for Story Hour.  Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading a book followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program held in the Multipurpose Room.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2 pm.  Color Your Stress Away.  Join us for some relaxing coloring.  Bring your own pictures and pencils/colors or come use ours.  Adults and Young Adults welcome.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 1pm at Forest Park.   Pool Noodle Obstacle Course.   Join Miss Willie at 1 pm on June 22 for the Pool Noodle Obstacle Course at Forest Park, Parsons. this event is for children 6-10 years old.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 2 pm.  Adult and Young Adult Program.  Dietary Guidelines 2015-2016, presented by Elaine Hudson.  There will be drawings for door prizes at all the adult programs.  You may win a summer Library t-shirt.

Friday, June 24, 2016 at 2 pm. Afternoon Movie.   Tall Man Riding, starring Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle.  Larry Madden returns after several years still vowing to avenge himself against the humiliating whipping he received at the hands of cattle baron Tucker Ordway.

Afternoon Movie

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By , June 16, 2016 11:36 am

rear window

Friday, June 17, 2016 at 2 pmAfternoon Movie.  Rear Window, starring  James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr, Wendell Corey,  & Thelma Ritter.  When a professional photographer (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects his neighbor of murdering his nagging wife, he enlists his socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to help investigate the suspicious chain of events.

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