Good Day Sunshine

August 16, 2017 | Reagan

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Like The Beatles song Good Day Sunshine goes,

I need to laugh and when the sun is out
I've got something I can laugh about

Of course sunshine effectively lifts our spirits. However, the song goes on to warn us, 

We take a walk, the sun is shining down
Burns my feet as they touch the ground

woman lying on beach with baby
Safe sunning: no matter what your age or skin type, no one should risk getting a sunburn. Image from TPL's Digital Archives

The dreaded sunburn! Most of us have been there right? Nothing can spoil a vacation or a good nights sleep the way a sunburn can. For me personally, gone are the days of my youth when I would sit outside roasting myself in order to get a tan (a.k.a. burn then have some colour for a week then go back to being my pale self). In 2017 we know better!

The sun is a powerful force that we need to protect ourselves from. And to keep us safe, I figured we should debunk any myths about sun safety. Check out the great Sun Safety Recommendations page a Toronto Public Health nurse recently told my Toddler Time parents about last week.

Is it just me or do others always forget to put sunscreen on your lips? Augh, up there with burning your ears!

The Government of Canada's Sun Safety website is also an excellent resource. This website has information about: 

illustration of a bottle of sunscreen with a sunhat on it

In preparation for this blog post, I checked out all the books my branch had about the Sun. Since I am usually in the kids' department, I went and found a ton of information about the Sun. I thought I'd spice things up with a little trivia. 

Did you know? 

The Sun accounts for 99.86% of the mass in the solar system!


That over one million Earth's could fit inside the Sun!

In case you found those tidbits of Sun trivia interesting, I thought I'd share where I got them from. Who says we always have to read books intended for adults...  


Lastly, these reference books were too good not to share; worth the trip to the Toronto Reference Library I'd say!


I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the sunshine SAFELY this summer! 

Stay healthy friends :)