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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 11:46 pm 
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Location: saskatchewan, canada
Personally the books in the library kind of scare me. My milk allergic daughter has reacted to board books before, but just a few hives.

MY LOCAL LIBRARY IS GETTING ALEXANDER THE ELEPHANT BOOKS!!!
I brought mine in and an order form and they are ordering them.

If you have never heard of Alexander, he is an elephant who is allergic to peanuts and has wonderful books, a coloring book and a dvd for kids with allergies. He is a very responsible elephant. I HIGHLY recomend these for allergic children.

The library also used to have party days in their story time programs where everyone brought food, and food at their summer reading party for kids. Food is no longer allowed in MY library because I brought it up that it was discouraging allergic kids from attending library events.

My library was very quick to change its policy on food. They actually appologized for over looking it, and not realizing that it was a concern.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 11:47 am 
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Hey, it looks like there are a whole bunch of characters. Cool!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:30 pm 
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When I asked my librarian why there was food at every library kids party, and pointed out that food allergic kids were being discouraged from attending they were appologetic and said they would change this policy imediately.

However, they reviewed it and they will still be having the wide assortment of junk food and peanuts are not banned either. Parents bring the snacks, and are allowed to bring anything. Last halloween my friends peanut allergic daughter was given peanut butter cups to take home! They allow all this food in the craft and storytime room. I wanted to sign my kids up for storytime (since it should be a nice, food free activity ), but was advised that there will still be food of any kind at "party days" and that the tables in the craft room are never washed.

The lady in charge of storytime said "if they have allergies, and this is too risky for them, then don't come." I was pretty mad, since I was told previously that they would eliminate the junk food at the party days so that kids with allergies could attend too. Liars!

Why exactly does the library feel the need to teach kids about junk food? Isn't the library a publicly funded place that my tax dollars pay for? Doesn't the term "public" library mean that everyone can attend? They seem to agree that the building needs to be wheelchair accessable...why not free of food, at least in the kids area and kids programs.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:14 am 
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That's pathetic. Sounds like a good subject for a letter to the editor in your local paper...or maybe you could write your local MPP (if you have any time that is between caring for allergic children!)


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