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Bookish Trailblazers

Bookish Trailblazers logo. Image shows three trees coming out of an open book.

Bookish Trailblazers is a monthly outdoor book club dedicated to bringing nature and adventure to patrons. Through the program, we seek to encourage patrons to spend more time outdoors, to appreciate and learn about nature through books, and to exercise.

Unlazy River

Photograph shows children outside playing a sidewalk chalk game with pool floaties on.

The Unlazy River was the kick-off event for our summer programming and gave families the opportunity to choose a fun pool floatie to wear as they completed a chalk obstacle course outside the library. Attendees could also play lawn games and eat thematic snacks.

Female Veterans Art Therapy Program

Illustration of a person in a green shirt painting. There is a watercolor American flag in the background.

Sacramento Public Library held a virtual art therapy program for female veterans in partnership with Women Veterans Alliance. This four-week program met once a week for an hour.

Skincare of the Ancient World

Photograph of a ancient Grecian bust with a towel and face mask on. Text reads: Skincare of the Ancient World

Inspired by a make your own ancient perfume station at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Skincare of the Ancient World was a program in which I taught patrons how to create their own skincare using the oils and spices that Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans would have used.

This hands-on program combines self-care, sustainability and history to teach patrons how they can use everyday, natural ingredients to create inexpensive, yet effective, skincare products found in ancient times.

Mindfulness Story Time

Photograph of two kids sitting on green yoga mats facing an open laptop screen. They have their arms above their heads in a sitting yoga pose.

I developed a mindfulness story time curriculum during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing from my own experience using yoga as a coping mechanism, and based on my work as a children’s librarian.

I knew we were seeing unprecedented levels of stress among children, and while mindfulness webinars proliferated for staff and working adults, I wanted to think about ways in which I could bring concepts of mindfulness to existing children’s programming.

Farm-2-Library

Photo of strawberries. Text reads: Fresh Books Fresh Food

The Southern Adirondack Library System works with two regional food distribution networks – the Comfort Food Community and Capitol Roots’ Squash Hunger Program – to reduce food waste by rescuing food. The food gleaned from local farms is shared through libraries located in rural food deserts to alleviate the challenges of food insecurity and food access.

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.

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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