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Round 2: Communities for Immunity

Text reads: Communities for Immunity Museums and Libraries as Trusted Community Partners

ALA is partnering with Communities for Immunity, an unprecedented collaboration among libraries and museums to boost COVID-19 information and vaccine confidence in communities across the United States.Text reads: Communities for Immunity Museums and Libraries as Trusted Community Partners

Communities for Immunity

Text reads: Communities for Immunity Museums and Libraries as Trusted Community Partners

ALA is partnering with Communities for Immunity, an unprecedented collaboration among libraries and museums to boost COVID-19 information and vaccine confidence in communities across the United States.Text reads: Communities for Immunity Museums and Libraries as Trusted Community Partners

Adopt a House Plant

Photograph of a variety of houseplants sitting on a table.

Adopt a House Plant was a "plant swap," where people could come and pick up an indoor plant, share cuttings of their own, or drop off a plant they no longer wanted.

The Guilty Librarian: Grappling with Job-Related Guilt

Illustration of woman touching her temples and closing her eyes

I have been trying to write this blog post for weeks. The more time that goes by, the more guilt I feel. The powers that be at ALA are going to lose their patience with me, I tell myself. One post a month is not that huge of a commitment — just send it already! I frequently feel this crushing sense of guilt about a lot of things, particularly this year, and I don’t think I’m alone.

Pedaling Through History: Pedal PV at Palos Verdes Library

a view of the seaside in Palos Verdes

For the past four years, Monique Sugimoto has commuted to her job at the Palos Verdes Library District on an electric bike — a scenic ride along the cliffs in her coastal California town. As she rode, her librarian brain was hard at work.

“When I came across historic locations, I would devise these little tours in my head,” Sugimoto says. “When the pandemic struck, I thought, how great would it be if I could bring these tours out of my head and into people’s homes?” And that is exactly what she did.

Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course

Kids jumping through the sidewalk obstacle course.

The goal of the Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course is to provide a sense of liberation and fun while emphasizing the importance of wellness during these unprecedented COVID-19 times.

Upon completion of the course, patrons can enter the library and salute the librarians to be entered in a raffle for a silly prize. Our obstacle course has proven to be popular among all age groups in the community.

Virtual Tales & Travel Adventures

Tales and Travel Logo

Tales & Travel Adventures is an online adaptation of the original Tales & Travel Memories program, which was designed to actively engage persons living with dementia in literacy activities. This is an ongoing series of excursions to US and global destinations, currently including Chicago, Italy and California.

Retro Aerobics Online

Retro Aerobics Online is a low-impact exercise program for adults that follows a different vintage workout routine each month, such as Richard Simmons’s “Sweatin’ to the Oldies.”

This was originally an in-person program that moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fit Lit Book Discussion

Photo of someone walking up stairs; zoomed in on sneakers.

The Fit Lit Book Discussion group is a virtual book group where we discuss a book, listen to a health expert and encourage each other in healthy habits and physical activity.

It includes a monthly Zoom meeting and a Facebook group for encouragement and resource-sharing. The first five people to register for and attend each session will receive a free copy of the book for next month.

Cooking Matters® Pop-up Grocery Store Tour: Online!

Photograph of vegetables in a grocery store.

Ellsworth Public Library and the local community health nonprofit Healthy Acadia partnered to present an online grocery store tour to share helpful tips about shopping healthy on a budget.

Nicole Gurerri, a Maine SNAP-Ed nutrition educator from Healthy Acadia, took participants on a virtual tour through a PowerPoint presentation, covering each food group and including tips for how to choose healthy options while saving money.

General Info

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PLA Resources on COVID-19

The PLA Board of Directors and staff are committed to providing information on the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members. We have compiled some infor...

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Insurance Outreach Hub

This Google Drive folder contains social media graphics, one pagers, fact sheets, videos and other materials you can use in your outreach to consumers for the open enr...

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Libraries Connecting You to Coverage

As part of its ongoing work to support the public library’s role in creating healthy communities, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering resources for librar...

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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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