Simple Health Precautions for Cold, Flu, and Other Concerns

It’s all over the news, even causing President Trump to address the concern in a brief conference last night : coronavirus (or, more properly, COVID-19).  You can click here to see Trump’s remarks, they start on COVID-19 at 06:30 on the time stamp slide, prior to that it’s set-up, and remarks on the most recent mass shooting. At 23:50 on the same video, a representative from the CDC speaks about how to stay healthy.

In an effort to provide facts, we’re sharing a link-rich resource with you. Each link (until the word “*Additionally”) takes you to a vetted medical or science-based source.

The main advice health officials are repeating is the importance of good and frequent hand-washing.

The good news is: That’s simple! The bad news is: you may be doing it wrong. You can review how to do it correctly here. In short, 20 seconds of good, serious scrubbing with soap and water (sing the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end twice), and get under your nails–all sorts of creepy stuff can linger there.

Other advice includes: covering your mouth and nose properly if coughing or sneezing (the previous advice via World Health Organization or  WHO), keeping out of people’s “personal bubble,” and, if you’re sick (cold, flu, whatever), please stay home. 

The virus is zoonotic, and has an incubation period of 1 to 14 days (with most people showing symptoms at five days after exposure before symptoms show up). Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath.

If you would like to see a map of where cases have been verified, Johns Hopkins has shared one that is very informative.

The CDC is providing tips for communities so they can be better prepared here.

This is a useful site to share with friends on social media if you want to help slow the spread of disinformation.

The CDC also has suggestions for businesses and employers to consider as pandemic plans are updated (which should routinely be done).

Here’s what the NY Gov site specifically says about it: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/. They have a chart they are updating daily there.

*Additionally, one CDC official (head of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Dr. Nancy Messonnier) has suggested Americans consider preparing for a disruption of norms by being ready with essential supplies, food, water, medicine, and entertainment for family members. Dr. Messonnier has also suggested schools consider tele-schooling and that certain jobs consider telecommuting options for employees. You can read her suggestions here or here, at various news media sites.

We hope this is helpful to our patrons and readers. At the library we are continuing to disinfect shared surfaces and items and have no issues (ever) if you need to call and renew books because you are feeling under the weather. We are here to help you.

World War II Book and Movie Club

This Saturday, February 29th, join us at 11am to talk about the book The Zookeeper’s Wife and the invasion of Poland by the Nazis in 1939. If you haven’t read the book, you still have time–we’ll only discuss up to page 125 at the first meeting! Even if you’ve previously read the book (even years ago) and want to talk about it, let Shannon know–she’ll be providing a free light lunch as always.

2020 Reading Challenge: Historical Hindsight

We’re holding a special 2020 Reading Challenge for our library patrons (of all ages!) for the year! Come into the library and pick up your challenge sheet, read books that connect to the “prompts” (like read “A book about a world leader” or “A graphic novel” or “An anthology”).  You do NOT have to read one of each type–you pick and choose (because libraries are about freedom, friends), but for every TEN books you read that fit the challenge sheet prompts you get one chance/ticket you’ll be able to use to enter an end of the year raffle-type prize. There are special prompts that relate to historical anniversaries happening this year (or decade). Do YOU know some of the big moments that happened a century ago? Come and check it out–use 2020 to activate your historical hindsight!

Challenge sheets will be due the week before the Silver Tea so you can make your entries and we can draw a winner at the Annual Silver Tea in early December.

Fun Activities during Cabin Fever Season

Winter can make it hard to keep everyone entertained and happy, so here are a few active ideas to engage in during the cold weather. We especially love Understood’s mention of both the Scavenger Hunt and Word-building Charades in their Cabin Fever posting, and, if you have Legos and marbles are appropriate for your children’s ages, why not make a Marble Maze? Or, if you have Nerf (or other) foam-shooting guns, maybe do a spinning target or maybe roll up some socks and play these “snowball” games! Keep the kids moving and having fun (and keep your sanity) during cabin fever season!

Challenge Yourself to Read More in the New Year

As we approach the New Year, reading challenges are popping up all over, so we’ve devised one for library patrons! Pick up your challenge sheet at the library any time during 2020 and, for every 10 reading prompts you respond to, you’ll get to enter another chance in a drawing for the end of the year. Read 10 books, you’ll have 1 chance, for 20 books you’ll get 2 chances, 30 books equals 3 chances and so on.

Maybe one challenge isn’t enough for you! If so, hop over to A Book Worm’s Musing for a 20 in 2020 Challenge. Or pop over to Ginger Mom for an A to Z Challenge. Ginger Mom also has a Picture Book Challenge, and if those still don’t satisfy, here’s a list featuring a larger selection of reading challenges–something for everyone!

Winter Activities: Snowflake-Making

Winter time is beautiful but it can make you feel you’re limited in the activities you can do.

Luckily there are some fun traditional (and creative!) pastimes you can do that have a neat, modern take on them. If you remember cutting snowflakes out of paper and want to do that again, but differently, you can now join the Baby Yoda and Mandalorian madness and make snowflakes inspired by those characters.

Go to Anthony Herrera’s site and check out what he’s done for Star Wars fans! You can download the snowflake templates, and cut and fold according to his instructions. Got kids or grandkids? This may be a great activity to do with them. It develops and strengthens hand-eye coordination AND engages them in a creative activity that’s cheap and wall-hanging-worthy.

Don’t have a printer at home? Come down to the library and we’ll help you print what you like: 20 cents a page for black and white, and 25 cents a page for color.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving–we hope you all enjoy many reasons to be thankful and know how thankful we are for each and every one of YOU!

Stop by the library Saturday to get your December calendar of events, have some coffee, and check out our Silver Tea Baskets–there’s something for everyone! Santa visits Thursday December 5th at 6pm, the Silver Tea will be held on Sunday December 8th at 2pm, and we have a Paint & Sip scheduled for December 14th–and lots, lots more! We hope to see YOU @ YOUR little but lively library! Soon, and often!

December will bring lots of changes, including our hours! Our hours will change to: Mondays 11am-5pm, Tuesdays 10am-4pm, Wednesdays 12pm-6pm, Thursdays 10am-4pm, and Saturdays 9am-12pm.

Local Author Panel this Saturday 1-3pm!

This Saturday–November 16th–from 1pm-3pm we are hosting a great panel of local authors!

We’ll have Alice Lichtenstein (The Genius of the World, Lost, and The Crime of Being), Deborah Blake (The Baba Yaga series, The Broken Rider series, and 11 books on modern witchcraft), and Dennis Fowler (Earth’s Song).

Audience members will be able to ask authors questions about the writing and publishing process and purchase books directly from the authors–and have them signed! A great event for readers, would-be writers and other creatives, and right on time for the holiday shopping season!

                           

Deborah Blake                                           Alice Lichtenstein                                                         Dennis Fowler

A Bit More about Dennis Fowler’s Most Recent Book

In 1972 Dennis Fowler was out of work, and, with a pregnant wife and a fierce need for money, began to write. With wife Peggy at his side, he launched a writing career that has lasted more than forty years, utilizing several pseudonyms and jumping through the genres. His earliest works paid him between $500 and $750, and though it might not sound like much today, it kept the family fed. He wrote a Gothic for Berkeley and romances for Jove. Suffering from writer’s block he jumped genres and wrote articles for Computer Shopper and other magazines–some paying a dollar a word, and it, as Dennis puts it, “feathered our nest nicely.”

The shifting markets focused more on technology and webpages and, now retired, says, “I still write. If I’m not writing I’m not breathing. But I have no illusions of making a living at it. I’m living off our IRAs. My most recent effort is Earth’s Song, self-published through Lulu, 90,000 words, available at The Green Toad in downtown Oneonta, as well as online from the printer, Lulu, as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. A sequel is planned.”

Dennis also suggests, having seen the changes in the writing marketplace, “If you want to be a writer today, don’t quit your day job.”

Dennis Fowler will be one of three local authors on our Author Panel on November 16th.  Earth’s Song is his debut young adult novel. The panel will include time to ask authors questions, and opportunities to buy their books and have them signed.

A Bit More about Alice Lichtenstein’s Recent Work

Author and Hartwick professor Alice Lichtenstein will join us on Saturday, November 16th for our Local Author’s Panel (running from 1pm-3pm). For those wondering about ripped-from-the-headlines writing, Alice’s current work is influenced by an event that hit the region’s news several years ago. Perhaps you’ll remember it…

Here are some glowing endorsements for Alice’s most recent novel:

During the brilliant and explosive opening pages of Alice Lichtenstein’s The Crime of Being, bullets fly.  Thanks to one teenager’s violent and racist act, the minds and hearts of people in a small Upstate New York community are forever fractured and divided.  Alice Lichtenstein delves deep into the viewpoints of an astonishing range of characters, presenting the disparate voices of victim and perpetrator, and those who surround them.  It’s a feat of extraordinary writing, all mounting toward a terrifically tense final confrontation.  A tour de force of unsparing insight and empathy.

–Adrienne McDonnell, author of The Doctor and the Diva

 

“The Crime of Being” is a fast-paced,

urgent story of how we live now.

Alice Lichtenstein tells some hard truths with

poise, wisdom, and compassion.

–Hilma Wolitzer, The Doctor’s Daughter

 

Join us for this wonderful event and consider taking home one of the stunning books that will be available for sale!