December Is...

Universal Human Rights Month :

I bunch of raised hands with words written on the arms including Trust, Equality, Freedom, Hope, Peace, Justice, Rule of Law, Dignity - December is the season for holidays including Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanzaa. Those are just a few of the celebrations American citizens will be celebrating this month.

December is also the month that the Universal Month for Human Rights is observed. In 1948 the United Nations wrote up a document called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This happened because the U.N. wanted to prevent the atroicities that had happened during World War II. They wanted a way to properly define what human rights should be protected.

The first article states its purpose - All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and consicience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

The rest of this document lists the specific rights and emphasizes how important it is to work towards protecting freedom for all to keep peace.

One important thing you can do throughtout this month is to find common ground with the people around you and remember that people of different races, religions, cultures, and beliefs are still people.

 

Find a good book (or audiobook or dvd or cd!) in our online catalog. Check our online calendar for a program of interest to you at YOUR Library.

National Safe Toys & Gifts Month:

National Safe Toy and Gift Month- Do you know what toys are safe for your children?

Sharp or pointed edges, small removable parts and even pull strings longer than 7 inches can pose a health threat to small children. You can use the toilet paper cardboard roll as a small parts tester. If a toy can pass through, it is too small for young children and may cause them to choke if swallowed.

Consider the child's age, interests and skill level. Follow age and safety recommendations on labels.

Falls and choking cause most toy-related deaths and injuries in children. Children 4 years old and younger account for almost half of all toy-related injuries and almost all deaths.

Toys can sometimes be recalled for safety reasons. Check www.safekids.org for updates and information on recent recalled toys.

For more information visit www.kidshealthy.org,