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Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 8:18am
April in KC's picture
Joined: 08/28/2006 - 09:00

Oh boy, my turn. I remember this thread from earlier this year.
I just got a copy of my local library's program for preschoolers. This year, 8 out of 12 events for the year involve a "Food Craft". 8 out of 12. Candy apples (no mention of whether nuts will be used). Dipped marshmallows (dipped in what?). Ghost cookies made with Nutter Butters. Gingerbread houses. The list goes on and on. I have to give the person credit - at least she planned everything in advance and put out a list. It's better this than show up to a surprise week after week.
It is so obvious that food allergy is not on this person's radar that I feel very overwhelmed about how I am going to handle this.
Does anyone remember the percentage of under-5-year-olds who have food allergies? Source?
My 3-1/2 year old would be the one attending the activities. He has Celiac Disease (gluten) and casein intolerance (milk), so most of the crafts involve ingredients he cannot eat (and there's one day to play with Play-Doh, a big no-no for Celiacs). And he does not eat peanuts because of his brother's allergy. My son with the PA also goes to that library, so I am scared to think of the preschoolers eating Nutter Butters.
I don't have a plan. And I want to be nice - so nice. I live in a small community. Honestly, I don't have the cycles to figure out a plan. But I will review this thread.
Wish me luck!

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 8:38am
lakeswimr's picture
Joined: 02/01/2007 - 09:00

FAAN says 1 in 17 5 and under now have FAs. Good luck!

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 9:49am
booandbrimom's picture
Joined: 08/23/2000 - 09:00

Perhaps you could sponsor an alternative craft day in a room nearby. It would both give your child something to do (and I'm sure there will be overflow from the other activity as well) and make a point.

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 10:58am
April in KC's picture
Joined: 08/28/2006 - 09:00

Thanks for the stat. The alternate craft would be a good idea, but "library day" actually occurs during my workday. My son's granny takes him to it.

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 9:24am
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by luvmyboys:
[b]We just moved to a new town and went to check out the new library. We picked up
a sheet on summer activities for kids. First of all, everything seems to have an animal theme...mostly dogs. It surprised me they would bring dogs into a library but I think they are! (a seeing eye dog and a retired k-9) plus a petting zoo and pet parade outside on different dates...but here's what got me....
Are you kidding! It's called Kibbles n' Bits and is some kind of food treat they are making. Are they making it in the library? If it's not safe for kids with allergies then how is the library safe? What is food doing in a library anyhow? And if I have say a shellfish allergy is it still unsafe? After all they don't say WHAT food allergy...talk about CYA.
Wonderful that my (high) tax dollars are at work making our public library unsafe for my children.
Looks like an opportunity for educating the library staff on food allergies.
Best of luck!

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 10:26am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

the thing that gets me about situations like this is....that they could have easily altered the activity IF THEY WANTED TO so that kids with FA's could participate. just my opinion.

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 1:01pm
luvmyboys's picture
Joined: 05/25/2006 - 09:00

Exactly! My old zoo, requiring private membership or tickets, SPECIFIED that for the preschool classes they held, activities were peanut free!!! (For example, making those pine cone bird feeders) I was sooo impressed. With this, a public place, I am SOOOO unimpressed.

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 2:10pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

WooHooooo... do I ever have experience with this one!!!
Write to the library director and complain. As a [i]taxpaying citizen who expects at least [b]one[/b] place in town to be reasonably safe with respect to [b]food.[/b][/i]
Just nicely explain that this "activity" may well make the library INACCESSIBLE to your child. They'll see the connection if you use that word, I'm pretty sure.
You could also try the "honey" approach... write and tell them how dismayed you were to see this and offer to "help make future children's events accessible to [b]all[/b] children..." you know, since food allergies are covered under IDEA and this is a public institution and all...
DUH. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
Works like a charm. Trust me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
It also helps if they get to know you well... we're in our library at least once a week and usually have about 100 items out at any one time. So "we've met." [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] We've spent four years ingratiating ourselves in the most insidious manner possible with one of the world's cutest, most well-behaved, erudite children would be more like it, but y'know....
They wouldn't dream of doing anything that they know would limit DD's access at this point. And I [i]know[/i] it comes up at times.
As for the dog thing, you can [i]probably[/i] relax a bit about that. Often these are therapy dogs, and there is a protocol for how they must be groomed, etc. before they come. Even [i]I[/i] don't have any trouble at all when they bring them en masse. And the kids just [i]love[/i] reading to the dogs. It is totally worth it. There are kids who really blossom in their reading skills because of programs like that. I take an extra snort of my nasal steroid and let it go, in other words. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
But no PB pinecones are getting made in my DD's library. No way.
[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited June 15, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 6:04pm
notnutty's picture
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

Kibbles n' Bits...I think it is basically Chex mix, pb, powdered sugar. We make it all the time with Sunbutter and you cannot tell the difference. Perhaps you can tell them...make your Kibbles n' Bits, but can you make it "peanut free" so the whole library is not contaminated?
Good luck...what a bummer...

Posted on: Thu, 06/15/2006 - 1:27am
pgrubbs's picture
Joined: 10/27/2003 - 09:00

We have had the same issue. We don't do story time. I'm just tired of fighting about EVERYTHING! It's usually not developmentally appropriate anyway (in our library).We get books and go home.


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