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Reindeer Run: A Healthy Holiday Tradition

A group of runners outdoors for the LP Fisher Public Library's Reindeer Run

The LP Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, N.B., Canada has had a running club for a number of years now. In addition to our annual summertime Kids Kilometer Fun Run, we also hold a yearly Reindeer Run in partnership with the River Valley Runners (our local run club) and the Salvation Army.

Taking a Walk with the Library: StoryWalk®, Walking Book Clubs and More

Library logos representing the location of each presenterJoin us for a webinar with Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library, Gail Borden Public Library District (Elgin, Ill.), and Let’s Move in Libraries! to learn how libraries of all sizes can incorporate walking into programs for all ages.

The Library as 'Force Multiplier': Finals at the UT-Knoxville Library

Man looking at laptop

University libraries can't be all work, all the time. In fact, when I entered the University of Tennessee's Hodges Library, one of the first things I saw was a poster advertising a monthly game night in the library. This program, which started in spring 2019, has become hugely popular, with some nights attracting more than 100 students.

Libraries Reduce Health Disparities with Improved Literacy Skills

Because quality information helps you make better health decisions. Libraries Transform. American Library Association. US National Library of Medicine.

Health care can be confusing for everyone. More than 90 million U.S. adults have low health literacy, which provides a framework to guide both health care professionals and community members to use health information and make informed decisions about their own, their family’s and their community’s health and wellbeing. Libraries play an essential role in making quality health information accessible to all.

A Recipe for Reading: Culinary Literacy at Your Library

Free Library of Philadelphia and Athens Regional Library System LogosIn this session, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center will share their work over the last five years using food and cooking as a context for learning in neighborhood libraries across Philadelphia. With some basic utensils and countertop appliances, you can create your own mobile kitchen classroom.

Campus Wellness: Promoting Self-Care for Students

students stretching while studying

Beginning in the early 1970s, colleges and universities across the U.S. (and beyond!) started developing campus wellness offices and initiatives. Today, these units have become nearly ubiquitous.

Special Olympics Young Athletes Program Creates Environments for Inclusive Play Partner

A Young Athlete participating in a program at the New Brunswick Free Library in New Jersey.

When you think of providing programming at your library collaborating, with Special Olympics might not be the first organization that comes to mind. However, if you are in need of inclusive programming that reaches children with and without intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Young Athletes program is a great place to start.

Have Things, Will Program: Programming around Your Sports 'Library of Things'

Child kicking soccer ball

This month, two Michigan public libraries — Pontiac and Pinckney — acquired basketballs, footballs, baseballs and other sports equipment that can be checked out from the library for a two-week period, marking the beginning of Project Play: Southeast Michigan.

Of course, all that equipment does no good if it just sits on the shelves, so libraries are working with partners, in particular local YMCAs, to offer active play programs that show patrons how to utilize the new collections. 

Libraries Rock

Painted rocks displayed on a table

If you weren't already familiar with the craze for painting rocks and hiding them, you might be living under, well … a large boulder.

Biking through History at the Library

Group of bicyclists in front of building

Library-led tours can be a highly engaging — and surprising — addition to your programming lineup.

General Info

Health Literacy Bookmark File

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

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 ...

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...