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Downward-Facing Goat: Programs for Animal and Human Health

Patrons doing yoga poses with rabbits

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. 

Looking to Cook? Instant Pots, Supermarket Dieticians and More

A dietician speaking to people around a table

Winterset is a rural community of approximately 5,200 in central Iowa, about 30 miles southwest of Des Moines. Residents can dine at the few eateries in town, but with the abundance of gardens and fresh ingredients available, patrons are often looking for ideas to create their own meals.

Go Outside & Play Day!

Soccer balls

Go Outside & Play Day was a launch event to promote our new Sport Port equipment-sharing collection of circulating youth sports equipment.

YMCA mobile programming, Y on the Fly, provided outside games, activities and snacks on the library lawn to celebrate and promote Sport Port. 

Join the Fight Against 'Nature-Deficit Disorder'

girl playing outdoors

As libraries become centers of community-based lifelong learning, they seek more opportunities to enhance access to natural spaces located in the communities they serve. The nonprofit Children & Nature Network (C&NN) helps librarians find the partners and resources they need to understand how and why to connect children and families to nature. C&NN also helps potential partners understand the impacts that can derive from working with libraries.

Honor the Past, Embrace the Future: Exploring Services for Veterans and Their Families

Nina Coffin and her Cohort 6 colleagues discuss community engagement

Blog post author Nina Coffin is a librarian in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Social Science & History Department at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 6 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings.

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.

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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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