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Our next Practical Parenting session will be this Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3 p.m.  The theme will be Sleep Help.  Children commonly have trouble sleeping—-whether falling asleep or sleeping in their own beds. We’ll talk about ways parents can improve their children’s sleep.  The speakers, Haley Bednarz and Helen Root, are graduate students in UAB's Medical Clinical Psychology Program.  We'll also have parenting books that address sleep problems as well as picture books about bedtime to check out and share with your children.  There is no need to register to be part of this session.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently added racism to the list of critical child health issues that require immediate attention and action.  Having worked with children in public libraries for almost 20 years, I could not agree more.  With the increased access to technology, especially smartphones and social media, today's youth have even more ways to be exposed to racism.  It's easy to be a target for racist attacks . . . and it's easy to target others.  That's why it is so important to talk about race and racism with your children!  It won't be easy.   But it will be worth it.  Here are some resources you can access to help you prepare for this discussion.

Today, November 13, 2019 is World Kindness Day.  I'm sure you already know the number one most important way to celebrate, right?  PRACTICE KINDNESS!  But, in case you need a little help, the second most important way is available right here at Hoover Public Library.  Read one of these books!