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How-To Festival: Earth Day Edition

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The Springfield-Greene County Library District has hosted an annual How-To Festival since 2016. In 2020, the How-To Festival will be dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Paws & Claws: Programming with Furry Friends

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There are very few programs that guarantee great attendance, but animal programs are a safe bet for all age groups. Who wouldn’t want to snuggle with kittens, meet rescue dogs or learn about exotic animals? Here are a few of my tried-and-true ideas to incorporate some furry (or slimy, feathery or slithery) friends into your programs.

8 Last-Minute Ways to "Go Green" for Earth Day

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Being eco-friendly has taken center stage in recent years. Many library users want to make more sustainable choices but may lack the knowledge of how to do so. Programs focused on "going green" are a fun, accessible way for patrons to celebrate Earth Day, and they can also be an easy lift for a busy librarian. Below are eight eco-friendly program ideas that you can use to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with hardly any prep work at all.

Calendar of Events & Celebrations

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Listed below are events and celebrations to help with your program planning. Know of a celebration or event that is not on the list? Send it to ProgrammingLibrarian@ala.org.

9 Ways To Take a Walk with the Library

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According to America Walks, “good health is not the only benefit of walking. In fact, there is a broad range of individual and community benefits that accrue when people walk more often and when communities are designed to make walking safe, enjoyable and convenient.” The benefits include safe neighborhoods, healthy communities, social equity, environmental sustainability and even improved economies.

Downward-Facing Goat: Programs for Animal and Human Health

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When you think of health programs in public libraries, you probably think of people. But public health includes the environments in which we live, which includes the animals around us. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an entire website devoted to Healthy Pets, Healthy People, and this is the topic we will explore in this month’s blog. 

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Health Literacy Bookmark File

Let community members know the important role your library plays in health and wellness!

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Health Literacy Poster

Whether helping people find health information online, or holding yoga classes, your library is a critical element of building a healthy community. Tell library users ...

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ALA Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkit

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and The American Library Association (ALA) have partnered through the Libraries Transform public awareness campaig...

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