Baltimore County Now
Shayna Murphy, M.S., CHES
Public Health Educator
Baltimore County Department of Health
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects us against heat, sunlight, injury and infection. Unfortunately, too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage the skin, causing wrinkling, blotching and leathering. The most dangerous effects of long-term exposure to UV radiation are tanning and sunburns, which can lead to skin cancer.
Although people with lighter skin tones are at greater risk, people of all races and ethnic backgrounds can develop skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most preventable type of cancer — all you have to do is avoid getting sunburns.
Protect yourself and your family with these simple steps:
- Limit sun exposure, especially during the sun’s peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds.
- Generously apply UVA/UVB sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Re-apply every two hours after swimming or sweating.
- Wear protective clothing such as long pants and long sleeved shirts, plus a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection to prevent cataracts.
- Seek shade under umbrellas, trees and awnings.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand, as they reflect the sun’s damaging rays, increasing chances of sunburn.
Remember to follow safety tips on cloudy days and during every season of the year. Click here for more information on sun safety from the Center for Disease Control.
by Kevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive
In Baltimore County, we are proud to be the home of the Ravens. They may play their games in M&T Bank Stadium, but when the games are over and the lights are off, they make their home in Owings Mills. The preseason is always exciting, not necessarily because of the games themselves, but because we know football season is on the way.
As the Ravens play the Detroit Lions tonight in Baltimore, things are a little different. For the first time in years, on the same night as a football game, the Baltimore Orioles are deep in a playoff race. The O’s may not make their home in Baltimore County the way that the Ravens do, but they are just as near and dear to our hearts as the Ravens.
So tonight, we face a dilemma that we haven’t had to deal with in ages, the prospect of flipping back and forth between Ravens football and a playoff race involving our own Baltimore Orioles. As problems go, this is a pretty good one to have and I know I speak for everyone in Baltimore County when I say its one we wouldn’t mind having every year.
by Jamie Watson
Collection Development Coordinator
Baltimore County Public Library
A trip down the ocean is part of every Baltimore County resident's summer routine, but what's the point of going to the beach without a good book to read? Before you make your way to the beach this summer, swing by your local branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and get some great beachside entertainment, free of charge.
The newest Jack Reacher novel comes out in September, and the first Jack Reacher movie, starring the ubiquitous-this-summer Tom Cruise, will be out in December. If you’ve not read this thriller series, about a former military policeman, Killing Floor is his first, although you can jump into this series anywhere. Baltimore County Public Library has volumes of the series in print, large type, book on cd, Playaway, downloadable audiobook, e-book, and even one volume in Russian!
Another hot genre for summer escapes is paranormal romance. Melissa de la Cruz began her series, The Witches of East End, last summer. Set in the Hamptons, it features two sisters and a mother who have been alive for hundreds of years, but are currently forbidden from practicing their magic – until now. The first volume ended on a cliffhanger, but never fear, Serpent’s Kiss, the follow-up, came out this summer.
Fiction written for teens remains hot, especially on the heels of The Hunger Games, but don’t write it off as “kids books.” Many of the hottest teen books can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. John Green’s The Fault in our Stars tells the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who are suffering from terminal cancer. All the tropes of a teen novel are here – growing up, life’s purpose, the opposite sex, friendship, your family, but at an accelerated speed – because unlike most teenagers, Hazel and Gus don’t think they’re going to live forever. This is one to read in an air-conditioned room, not the beach or pool, unless you’re ready to shed a few tears in public.
Finally, it’s almost Olympics time! It’s also the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team – the US Olympic basketball team made up of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and more. Sports journalist Jack McCollum was “embedded” with the team from their inception to their Gold Medal, and he has lots of tales to tell!
None of these strike your fancy? Come check out Baltimore County Public Library’s newest blog, Between the Covers. Recent posts on cozy mysteries, small-town romance, and even books for kids will have suggestions to keep the whole family busy for the rest of the summer!