Shore Signs of Summer

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time for adventures!  Grilling, family vacations, beach trips… but with summer activities, comes risks: sunburns, ticks, and heat strokes just to name a few. Here are some articles to help keep health in the forefront of your mind this summer:

Skin Cancer Awareness

How Can I Protect My Children from the Sun? 

5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration

Tips for Preventing Heat Related Illness

Tick Bites: What to Know, When to Worry

Prevent Lyme Disease

Tips for Safe Summer Travel with Pets

Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

25 Biggest Summer Health Hazards

WebMD’s Top Summer Health Hazards

LOOKING FOR… FUN THINGS TO DO?

Did you know that family vacations can have long-lasting impacts on a kid’s happiness? “Family holidays are valued by children, both in the moment and for long afterward in their memory,” psychologist and best-selling author Oliver James explained to The Telegraph. “It’s all about talking nonsense with your parents, sharing an ice cream and moments of time in which your interests are genuinely taken into account.”  Additional research shows that exposure to the ocean, a lake, a river, or the like, for example, actually reduces depression, boosts creativity, and relaxes the brain.

Check out these articles to help prepare you for family vacation time:

5 Fun, Educational Summer Activities for Kids

10 Fun Car Games the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Peaceful Family Vacation Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Kids

If you don’t have a lot of money for big family vacations, keep it local:

Don’t forget the Easton Carnival opens on June 28th!

LOOKING FOR… A GOOD READ?

Check out some of our top book picks for the summer:

Memoirs:

  • Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America by Gregory Pardlo – A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet looks at his troubled youth, his father and the plight of black men in America.
  • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú – A man who worked for the Border Patrol for four years describes his efforts to stop and help people coming into the United States.
  • The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison – An uncompromising look at addiction — and writing about addiction — based on the author’s experience.

Fiction:

  • Circe by Madeline Miller – A thrilling reimagining of the myth of Circe, the witch in Homer’s “The Odyssey.”
  • The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce – Can a man wholly dedicated to old vinyl records find modern love? Play on!
  • Sociable by Rebecca Harrington – A delicious romantic comedy about love and work in the digital age.

Thrillers:

  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman – Inspired by ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice,’ a superb psychological-suspense tale starring an enigmatic femme fatale.
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – First-rate entertainment — a beautifully written, brilliantly plotted tale of love, loss and madness.

Cooking:

  • Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World by Sam Kass – This former chef to the Obamas and White House food policy advisor makes it easier to do a little better for your diet–and the environment–every day, through smart ways to think about shopping, setting up your kitchen so the healthy stuff comes to hand most naturally, and through 90 delicious, simple recipes.
  • Saladish: A Crunchier, Grainier, Herbier, Heartier, Tastier Way with Vegetables by Ilene Rosen – Cooking the saladish way has been Ilene Rosen’s genius since she unveiled the first kale salad at New York’s City Bakery almost two decades ago, and now she shares 100 fresh and creative recipes, organized seasonally, from the intoxicatingly aromatic to the colorfully hearty.

Sports:

  • Why Baseball Matters by Susan Jacoby – A baseball fan pays homage to a sport that seems doomed in this age of distraction. How, she asks, can America’s pastime be saved?

Children:

  • Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine (PreK–2) – One of the best parts of summer is staying up late! The nighttime adventure these children have will inspire students to click on their own flashlights—and their imaginations—and head out into the dark.
  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (grades 3-6) – Make-believe definitely isn’t just for little kids. This engaging graphic novel will inspire bigger kids to spend summer break building and creating with friends.
  •  The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi (grades 5–8) – Summer is for compelling page-turners and characters that move you. Everything changes for Jason when he finds out that his Afghan mother, who he thought was deported, is living illegally in the United States.

For more information on summer reads, check out these articles:

Washington Post 2018 Summer Books

New York Times Summer Reading List 2018

Best Products Books for Summer Reading

Summer Reading List for Kids

and then head on over to your local library (Talbot County Free Library – Easton or St. Michaels branches) to check them out!  Need some motivation for your kids?  Try this: How to Inspire Summer Reading and then go download these fun Summer Reading Bookmark Challenges.

LOOKING FOR… SUMMER FOOD?

  • Free Meals for Kids: Many children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the school year may not have access to nutritious meals during the summer when schools are closed. To help address this need in our community, Talbot County Public Schools is participating in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  The program is made possible with support from the Partnership To End Childhood Hunger in Maryland, the Maryland State Department of Education, and No Kid Hungry. Meals are available to children and teens age 18 and under free of charge.

Everyone have an amazing summer!  Be sure to check back to our website often for new topic articles and resources, and most importantly – stay healthy!

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