Click Your Needles to Prevent Infant Abuse

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By , June 19, 2015 12:37 pm

For the fourth 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 25, 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. Caps should have a circumference of 14 inches when easily stretched and a height of 4 – 6 inches. To see if your hat meets the specifications, try your finished hat on any spherical object that measures 14″ around, such as a ball, bowl, doll’s head, stuffed animal head, etc. 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 lobby until the end of September.

Last year the library collected 2,016 caps, with the Oswego Correctional Facility contributing 807 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 10:30 to 12:00, July 16 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 upwards of 30% die as a result of their injuries.

“Click for Babies”, now in its fifth year, is a collaborative effort between the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and fifteen states and two Canadian provinces. The Kansas 2015 goal is to collect 7,600 caps. More information on the “Period of Purple Crying” and tips on soothing babies can be found at www.purplecrying.info.  Purple Babe

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

This Week At The Library

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By , June 19, 2015 9:10 am

June 22-28, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie reading the book, Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome.   Program held in the multipurpose room.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 11:30 am. Side Kick Lunch Bunch. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the 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 chapter of a book aloud. After eating and listening, the participants will make a new sidekick gadget. Program begins at 11:30 in the multi-purpose room. Children ages 6-10 are welcome.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 2 pm.   YA Craft . Pet Rocks. Join us as we decorate rocks.   We will have several designs to use. Bring a round flat rock to paint.   Paint & Materials provided.   Teens and Tweens welcome.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie reading the book, Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome.   Program held in the multipurpose room.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1 pm. T-Shirt Capes. Join Miss Willie to make t-shirt superhero capes.   Children age 6-10 are welcome to come and make comic book wallets. Program runs from 1- 3 pm in the multipurpose room. This is a Drop In program. You will need to bring a Clean man size white T-shirt.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 Adult/ Young Adult Book Discussion. Join us for the book discussion, The Blind Side, by Michael Lewis, presented by Sara Combs. Program starts at 2 pm in the multipurpose room.

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 2 pm. Adult/ Young Adult Book Discussion Movie. Join us to watch the movie, The Blind Side at 2 pm in the multipurpose room. Refreshments will be provided.

 

 

Friday, June 12, 2015 Summer Reading Activities

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By , June 11, 2015 12:00 pm

bingoChildren’s Bingo

Join Miss Willie for Children’s Bingo.  Children ages 4-10 are welcome to attend and play bingo.  Program starts at  pm in the multipurpose room.

This Week At The Library

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June 15-21, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie reading the book, My Dad is a SuperHero, by Lily Lexington followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome.   Program held in the multipurpose room.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 11:30 am. Side Kick Lunch Bunch. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the 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 chapter of a book aloud. After eating and listening, the participants will make a new sidekick gadget. Program begins at 11:30 in the multi-purpose room. Children ages 6-10 are welcome.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 2 pm.   YA Movie. Join us as we watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Teens and Tweens welcome.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 10am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie reading the book, My Dad is a SuperHero, by Lily Lexington followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome.   Program held in the multipurpose room.

June 18, 2015 at 10 am. Children’s Concert at the Municipal Building. Join Miss Willie for Allen Cunningham’s concert for children. Children ages 3-10 are welcome.

June 18, 2015 at 2 pm, Adult Craft Program.  Join us as we make Roaring Twenties Head Pieces.   Program starts at 2 pm in the multi-purpose room. You must bring a head band, clip or hat to make head piece. All other materials will be provided.

June 19, 2015 at 10 am, Family Morning Movie.   Join Miss Willie & Miss Carol for the family movie, Bolt, in the multipurpose room. Children 0-11 and their families are welcome.

June 19, 2015 at 10 am, Adult Book Discussion Movie. Chicago.   Program begins at 2 pm in the multipurpose room. Adults 18 and older welcome. Please wear your Roaring Twenties Head Piece to the movie.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 Summer Reading Activities

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By , June 10, 2015 11:33 am

mel's picJoin us for the The X-tra Ordinary Bracelet presented by Melanie Kent-Culp. Come make rock bracelets.  Program starts at 2 pm in the multipurpose room.   Supplies are provided.   Limit 20.  Please sign up for program.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Summer Reading Activities

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By , June 9, 2015 12:00 pm

firefightersJoin Miss Willie for Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie for Story Hour.  Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading Firefighters A to Z, by Chris L. Demarest followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome.  Program to be held in the multipurpose room.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Summer Reading Activities

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By , June 9, 2015 11:25 am

wallet  Join Miss Willie for Comic Book Wallets.  Children ages 6-10 are welcome to come and make comic book wallets.  Program runs from 1 pm- 3pm in the multipurpose room.  This is a drop in program.  You will need to bring a roll of clear packing tape.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Summer Reading Activities

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By , June 8, 2015 1:00 am

wallet1Join us to make “Comic Wallets” at 2 pm in the multipurpose room. We will make awesome wallets. We provide the materials. Teens and tweens welcome.

Monday, June 8, 2015

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By , June 7, 2015 11:02 am

firefightersJoin Miss Willie for Story Hour. Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading Firefighters A to Z, by Chris L. Demarest followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multipurpose room.

June 5, 2015 Summer Reading Activities

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By , June 4, 2015 12:21 pm

hr_the_lego_movie_10Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the Morning Family Movie, The Lego Movie.  Children ages 0-11 are welcome. Program begins at 10 am in the multipurpose room

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