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The cloth book Big Rex and Friends by St. Martin’s Press has a red dot in it that contains an “excessive level of lead.” Refund information is available here and you can read more, including links to the CPSChere.

A few comments from the librarian:

Note in Macmillian’s announcement that the problem is with the sewn-in dot rather than with the book overall. As you hear and read more about legislation concerning lead levels and books (CPSIA) and the need and/or requirements for testing, bear in mind that the culprits appear most often to be:

  • components added to books (such as dots, foils, spirals, little doo-dads, glitter, etc.) and
  • components made in China (the same country that brought us poisoned milk, toothpaste, and dog food).

As a concerned parent, those are the types of books and items I would avoid at this point until further testing and legislation are hammered out.

I hope the media does not blow this out of proportion, leading parents to worry about all books that their children are handling and reading.

Stay informed,



If you’re like most of us, you’re not real accustomed to dealing with what statistics really mean.

This article from the New York Times highlights one of the most misunderstood statistical factors about vaccinations especially the flu vaccine. What does it really mean when someone has a problem after getting a vaccine?

It also reminds us of the hazards of 24/7 news coverage. And the hazards of black and white thinking (all vaccines are good and necessary; all vaccines are bad and unnecessary). I encourage you to read and think about these issues before you need to make a decision.

I am very grateful that this virus has remained mild and not mutated toward the virulent end of the spectrum (especially since one son had it while away from home this summer).  But it is still early in the game and it’s a bit like trying to predict a hurricane. Where, when, how bad, too much, too little, too soon, too late, what are the best steps to take? It’s science at work in the real world, and some of the best of it out there comes from the CDC– but there are limits to human understandings, and decisions can only be made one day at a time and only with the info available right then. Life is still as much art as science.

I am grateful for people who are willing and able to put themselves on the front lines of making these really, really tough judgment calls.



If you have a young child and they are prescribed the “liquid” (oral suspension) type of Tamiflu, please read this alert from the CDC and FDA.

Many kids’ liquid medicines are dispensed in milliliters (ml). Tamiflu, however, comes in milligrams (mg) and it should be measured out with a dispenser marked in milligrams (mg).   Do not measure out a mg type prescription using a ml dispenser. It will not be the proper amount as ml and mg are not the same.

If you have questions, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.


ArchitectsAs many Alamosa folks know, the City is working hard on options for building a new library (as well as police and fire departments).

Can’t build, though, until you know where you want to do it! 🙂

Two locations have been proposed: One directly behind the current location, using the space running from the library’s back parking lot, over eastward to the train, back through the parking lot on the south side of the park, and over to Hunt Avenue.

That’s roughly speaking, of course. (The important point is that it doesn’t run into the park).

The other location is the old Kmart building out west of town towards the Walmart.

Wednesday, September 2, 7 p.m., City Council would like to hear the public’s views on the possible site locations. If would like to speak, you are allowed up to 3 minutes. If you’d like to simply stand with others at the appropriate time to silently express your preference, there will likely be time for that as well.

Here’s a great chance to truly make a difference in the future of not just Alamosa but the entire Valley (we may be a city library but we do serve the whole Valley).

If you need to know more, feel free to email me with questions or see several issues of this week’s Valley Courier for articles.

Mark your calendars!


E.Coli has been found in Nestle’s Toll House refrigerated cookie dough. Don’t handle it; don’t eat it raw. Toss it or return it to your grocer for a refund.

Click here for more info.

Can kindergarten, and increasingly so preschool, be hazardous to your child?sandbox You betcha! And I’m not talking about toy recalls or contaminated peanut butter.

It’s rapidly becoming the whole process.

Please read Kindergarten Cram. Worried now? Read The Alliance for Childhood’s Crisis in the Kindergarten report. Read the book  Miseducation by David Elkind.

Then start talking–to your friends, your schools, your administrators. No one listens? Maybe your child’s better off without kindergarten. If that makes you nervous, email me; I can help.

To what’s truly best for our kids,


FLU has been on my to-read list for a very long time. I’ve always had a deep fluabiding interest in all things medical and health related and had read Kolata in the NYT for years (she is also a microbiologist). I also had a great-grandfather who died in the 1918 pandemic and another great-grandfather who was an undertaker during it.

FLU happened to be on the shelf here at the library on Saturday when I first heard the news from Mexico. It has been an invaluable read for me in the days since. Kolata is an excellent writer, the story has the twists of a thriller, and the info contained has helped me understand better what we as a world are dealing with right now, what our decision-makers are going to have to deal with, and how to grasp what we may likely be dealing with come fall.

It is a hopeful book but realistic, very balanced in its look at what medical science can and cannot do. We are a society which does not like to be limited in any way, especially by nature. But in our post-modern world, we are beginning to learn our limits and how to live with and within them.

I highly recommend FLU. You will enjoy it. You will be better informed. You can become a much needed voice for what is and isn’t possible in the days and months ahead.

Good reading!


…at least not the peanut butter snacks.

Peanut butter in jars from the grocery seem to be OK but anything you buy made with peanut butter could contain salmonella. Child care centers and schools should discard any institutional size containers of peanut butter.

I threw my new box of Austin peanut butter crackers away today. 😦

Here’s the story.

No, that’s not the title of a new book; it’s the awful truth.  Halloween candy from China has been found in Connecticut. It’s tainted with melamine and it’s poisonous.  It will cause kidney damage and even death.  This is the same situation as happened with pet food about a year ago and for the last several months with baby formula in China.

I would avoid all generic, no name candies this Halloween–and perhaps for quite a while after.  Whatever I do, please read about this serious health issue, make your own decision, and then share it with your children and your friends.

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