Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from the Birmingham Public Library in downtown Birmingham to check out the 2016 Summer Reading program. The Birmingham Public Library offers reading programs for teens, children and adults! It has a summer of fun planned with activities, programs, and prizes! Register for Summer Reading 2016 at your favorite branch, or visit BPL's summer reading page to register online, log your books, view the calendar of events, and more.
On Your Mark, Get Set…Dance! – Come down to the library to learn the latest dance moves with M.A.D Skillz Dance Company. Play Ball! – The Negro Southern League Museum and the Birmingham Public Library are excited to share the newest museum to be added to the Birmingham community. Ready, Set...Science! – The science of sports is all about motion and Newton knew sports. This engaging, fun, and educational show from Dynamic Education Adventures will explain Sir Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion and how it applies to sports. Scales, Tails, and More! – Did you know that animals are natural born athletes that come outfitted with their own sports equipment and protection gear? Join Alabama 4-H and their cast of kid-friendly critters as they present some super jocks from the world of scales, tails, and more. Get in the Chemistry Game – Have some fun with chemical reactions and see that chemistry is cool. We'll be exploring states of matter by making elephant toothpaste, mixing Diet Coke with Mentos, and much more. Get in the Game…Paint! – Local artist, Cherie Hunt will provide step-by-step instructions for participants to complete their very own canvas masterpiece.
Get in the Game with Virtual Reality – Love to play video games? Ever thought about designing them? UAB's Enabling Technologies Laboratory will provide an awesome interactive presentation and discussion for teens regarding virtual reality complete with giant screens, Oculus Rift headsets to test out, and more! It's So Easy to Exercise! – Join us for a sample of a low impact/chair exercise program designed for cardiovascular activity, strength training, and flexibility techniques. Coloring for Adults – Summer is the perfect time to discover something new, have fun, and relax. Join us to explore your creative side and discover the benefits of coloring. Device Training – Downloadables – Summer is the ideal time to explore an interesting subject or learn something new. Would you like to learn how to download and read e-books or listen to audiobooks for free on your device? Every House Has a History: Researching Birmingham Area Houses, Buildings and Churches – Jefferson County enjoys a rich architectural heritage. This talk will introduce you to sources available at the Birmingham Public Library Archives to help you locate vintage photos of your house, building, or church, determine the age of the structure, and learn who has lived or worked there.
Explore the Past with the Birmingham Public Library's African-American History Online – Our database, African-American History Online, covers a multitude of topics associated with the African American experience. Gifts of a Wordsmith Location – Free adult poetry workshop. Handle with Care: Preserving Your Family Papers and Photographs – There are many basic and inexpensive things you can do to ensure that your family letters, scrapbooks, and photographs are preserved for the future. Knitting Basics for Adults – Learn the basics of knitting. From a simple cast-on to knitting and purling. Let's Talk About It: Oral History: Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Relatives and family friends are important sources of information. Life in 1916 – What was life like in Birmingham 100 years ago in 1916? Get a glimpse into the past as the Southern History Department takes you on a journey through the news, stories, and advertisements gleaned from Birmingham newspapers for the year 1916. Origami 101 Class – Learn the basics of the Japanese art of paper folding. All supplies will be provided. Urban Fiction – Urban fiction has become one of the most popular genres for our library patrons. Birmingham Public Library staff will provide an overview of the genre, discuss urban fiction publishers, authors, and series, and reveal ways to discover new authors you may like. For more information on the times and locations for the different programs, visit http://www.bplonline.org/.
BETH K - The new food label is finally here! Sort of . . . UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin first told us about the food label changes two years ago. They were proposed back in 2014. Now, two years later, they've been approved. But here's the catch – manufacturers have until July 26, 2018 to make the changes. Small companies with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have until 2019. Here's the link where you can see a run-down of the changes: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/UCM502182.htm. You will not changes with your labels as food companies make the switch.. they feature more realistic serving sizes, added sugars, and also key nutrients. The other thing you will notice is this "dual column" label to show what a whole package contains. This will be a requirement for foods or drinks where the whole contained could be eaten or drunk in one sitting – such as a pint of ice cream or a 3-ounce bag of chips. A 20-ounce soda will now have to be labeled as one serving in the bottle since most people drink the whole thing.
MONEY TUESDAY - Last week, Stewart Welch discussed seven tips for having a winning job interview. Once you've got that new job, here are the six habits for becoming a superstar employee:
1. "Lights on…lights off". Before Stewart started his first job, his father gave him this advice, "How you conduct yourself in the first six months of work will set the tone for how your employer sees you forever. Make an effort to be the first one at the office and the last one to leave. Your employer will notice and in his or her mind, will see you as a hard worker." One side benefit is that more time on the job equated to more job experience and a shortening of the learning curve. He also found that folks were more willing to mentor the 'new kid with hustle'.
2. Adopt a 'Whatever it takes' attitude. Don't be a 'That's not my job!' type of employee. Most businesses in America are small businesses and everyone needs to be prepared to help where needed. In fact, ideally, you want to become the 'go-to' person when a special project comes up.
3. Be a team player. Americans are innately competitive by nature, but in business, the greatest success comes from cohesive teams. You know you have a good team when members are willing to help each other without concern for personal recognition.
4. Do the unexpected. What can you do outside your normal job responsibilities to help or add value to the company? What can you do to help your company that would be unexpected?
5. Think like an owner. Too often there's a sense of 'us versus them' between employees and management. Think of how you'd act and what decisions you'd make if you owned the company and let that help guide your activities and office-related conversations. If you have a suggestion for improving the company, let management know. Conversely, if you have a problem that needs management's attention, be sure to have at least one possible solution to that problem. Understand that owners will notice when you are thinking like an owner.
6. Embrace the concept of 'continuous improvement'. Every day think of what you can do to improve your skills at least a little bit. In particular, look at where you are and where you want to go within your company then ask yourself, "What do I need to do to prepare me to move to the next level?" It may be more education or experience in another area.
One final thought: If you are not a new employee but rather a seasoned pro, how many of the six habits would your coworkers attribute to you?
SUMMER VACATION PLANNING - Summer is fast approaching and the time to start planning your escape is NOW. Vacations don't have to be a financial drain. With proper planning and some expert tips, you and your family can enjoy the break you've been waiting for all year. Consumer advocate and savings expert Andrea Woroch discusses ways to stick to your budget with her travel saving tips. Andrea's top tips for your best summer vacation ever include:
o Beat the Friday rush and be flexible with your travel days: from June to August, Fridays are the busiest travel days of the year.
o Think outside the box and discover alternative accommodation options such as vacation rentals.
o Sign up to receive coupons from your favorite car rental companies and travel booking sites.
o Use warehouse club stores to find better car rental rates and vacation packages.
o Be your own tour guide by using apps to uncover historical sites, architectural design, gardens, museums and much more.
PREVENT DROWNING - Memorial Day Weekend kicks off pool season, and rising temperatures will surely have the nation's youth sprinting for the nearest swimming pool for some good old fashioned summer fun. Yet, a new report from CPSC - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - underlines that more must be done before pool season starts to stop children, especially those younger than five, from drowning. CPSC's Pool Safely campaign works to prevent drownings and drain entrapments in pools and spas by reminding everyone of the simple water safety steps they can take: sign children up for swim lessons, watch all children at all times around water, learn CPR, and install a four-sided fence around the pool. The Pool Safely campaign provides information on the simple steps that parents, caregivers, and pool owners should take to ensure that children and adults stay safe in and around pools and spas:
• Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your children closely around all bodies of water.
• Designate a water watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone, or otherwise distracted.
• Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
• Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.
• Install a protective fence, with a self-latching, self-closing gate, that surrounds the entire pool.
• Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.
• Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards, and, if you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safe drain covers.
Visit www.PoolSafely.gov for vital safety information regarding the prevention of child drownings in and around pools and spas.