New StoryWalk at Glenlake Park

Lauren Tennyson, Children’s Librarian at Decatur Branch

Thanks to Lauren Tennyson, the Children’s Librarian at the Decatur Library, we have a new StoryWalk at Glenlake Park. The story is posted along the trail on the east side of the park. This month’s book is The World is Not a Rectangle, by Jeannette Winter.

StoryWalk® was created by Anne Fergusan of Montpelier, VT. StoryWalks have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea!

Read more about StoryWalks here.

Parent Chat Session: Self-Care is Important

From Live Healthy DeKalb:

Dealing with COVID, a long summer and virtual learning? Join the parent chat session and receive support, information and self-care items.

For more information and to register, contact Teresa Wright-Johnson at (770) 568-0572.

It’s National Dogs in Politics Day!

From NationalToday.com:

For National Dogs in Politics Day on September 23 we celebrate The First Dog of the United States (FDOTUS), who holds an important place in the hearts of all Americans. Dogs and other pets have a long history of living in the White House; they have endeared us to their owners (the First Families) and have even swayed the vote of animal lovers with interests in the rights of their furry friends.

Learn more about the history of man’s best friend and their role in politics today as well as some fun activities to celebrate the day.

Do you know which president is rumored to have kept a pet alligator in the White House?

“Bike There” This Week

From the League of American Bicyclists:

This September 21-27, and specifically on September 22, we are encouraging everyone to Bike There, wherever that there may be. Bike to Work, yes. Bike with friends, yes. Bike to an errand, yes. Bike to a Bicycle Friendly Business, yes. Bike around your neighborhood and back to your home, yes. Any bike, anywhere, it all counts. We just want to bike together and inspire each other to do this simple act that means so much to our lives and our future. 

Share photos of your solo or family rides on social media using #BikeThere and #BikesUnite and share the joy biking brings you. Show us, show the world, show your neighbors the power of bicycling. By sharing your “reason to ride” on social media and encouraging friends and family across the country to go by bike, we can experience the joy of biking together even as we keep our distance. 

Celebrate Climate Week by Going Plant-Based

Kick-off Climate Week with Meatless Monday and learn more about how you can help fight climate change by attending virtual Climate Week NYC events September 21st – 27th. Share climate-friendly eating tips and info with your friends and family. #EatforClimateWeek

If you can’t go all week without meat, try it for a few days or a few meals.

Biking Benefits the Environment

Biking not only benefits your health, but it also benefits the environment. Biking instead of using a car can be a useful step in reducing your carbon footprint and preserving the environment.

Transportation accounts for more than half of the carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides emitted into the air, with the average U.S. car emitting a pound of carbon dioxide per mile from burning fuel. By opting to bike, you are saving fossil fuel and reducing the number of cars on the road. Fewer cars relieves congestion and traffic and of a need for new parking lots and roadways, and more potential locations for public green spaces. Bicycles can use existing infrastructure, without demanding too much in terms of road construction and parking spaces. Bikes are also quiet, which means no honking or obnoxious noise pollution.

Third, biking around our neighborhoods gives us a greater appreciation for the surrounding natural beauty. By choosing to Move It Monday by biking, you are embracing the outdoors, appreciating the environment, all the while bettering your own health.

#Bike and Be Well on Wednesday, September 16

Safe Routes to School, GA Commute Options and GA SRTS invites children to participate in Bike and Be Well on Wednesday, September 16.

Students in grades K – 5 are invited to bike (or walk) by their school  and pick up an incentive item and a Bicycle Safety Guide for Kids. Each school will set their own time frame to coordinate with the Wellness Wednesday activities for students at their school. Check below for a list of participating schools. If your school is not listed, we encourage you to bike (or walk) around your neighborhood.

Westchester:  12 – 1:30 pm; Stop by the basketball court behind the school

Glenwood: Walk or Bike in your neighborhood; take photos and tag #bikeandbewell

Talley Street:  Walk or Bike in your neighborhood; take photos and tag #bikeandbewell. If you’d like the photos to be shared with friends at Talley, hopefully on the next Talley Rally, please email them to atlarge5th@talleypto.org.  

Oakhurst:  11 am – 2 pm

Winnona Park: TBD – check the school news

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. 

Cycle Smart to Stay Safe

Basic Cycling Guidelines to Ensure You Stay Safe

Zipping through city streets or country roads on your bike can be an exhilarating workout, but any cyclist, no matter their skill level and comfort, should adhere to some basic biking safety protocols.

The most important safety requirement is wearing a helmet that fits your head properly. Helmet sizes differ based on manufacturer, so the only real way to know how it fits is to put it on and adjust the straps. You also want to make sure the bike you’re riding is the right size with functioning. Before your ride, make sure your shoe laces are tucked securely into your pant legs so that they don’t get tangled in the bike chain. It also helps to plan your route ahead of time. If driving on the road, choose areas with less traffic and slower speed limits; for leisurely rides, try to stick to a bike path.

You also want to do your best to avoid crashes; because, regardless of who is responsible, if a cyclist falls or collides with another vehicle, they are often the one who suffers with the physical consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most bicyclist deaths occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm in urban areas, so try to avoid riding during these times of day when visibility is limited. If you do decide to ride during dusk or the evening, use reflective gear and clothing as well as a flashing front and rear light.   

 Bicycles on the roadway have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Riding defensively is the best way to avoid an accident. Drive with the flow of traffic, obey street signs, signals, and road markings, and always assume that the other person or vehicle doesn’t see you. When biking, riders should be as predictable as possible, using hand signals and following the other rules of the road.

These basic guidelines will help ensure your ride is a safe success. 

Today is National Sudoku Day

From NationalToday.com:

International Sudoku Day takes place, of course, on September 9 (9/9). Sudoku enthusiasts will no doubt notice the date’s symbolism. The goal of the Sudoku game is to fill a 9×9 grid so that each column, row, and 3×3 sub-grid contains all the digits from 1 to 9. So nine-nine is the natural choice for the day of celebration. It’s time to get your brain into gear because although today is most definitely a cause for celebration, some hardcore logical thinking will be required.

Read more here.

Try your hand at some free online puzzles here.

Wellness Wednesday on the Square Cancelled Tomorrow, September 9

Due to Monday being a school holiday, students will be doing online learning tomorrow. We will see you next week at 10 am or 2 pm for elementary school physical activity fun.

To reserve your space, email Stacy.Green@decaturga.com.

Groups are limited to 10 children. Masks are required. Bring your water bottle.