Skip to content


Librarians, Plan Ahead for January: National Blood Donor Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are January 2014 health programming ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center. Keep looking for us around the first of each month to find resources for two months out.

Still working on Early Winter? Check out  November: National Family Caregivers Month and December:  AIDs and HIV Awareness Month. Is your library focusing on Maintaining a Healthy Weight or Exercise and Fitness this January? Check out our January 2011 and 2012 library health programming ideas.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs donated blood to survive or to thrive. To meet this demand 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.  January is an especially difficult month for the nation’s blood supply. As the heart of winter, January is cold, snowy, and icy, lending to a decreased blood supply and an increased blood demand because the winter weather keeps many blood donors home, and at the same time traffic accidents increase, causing a higher demand for donated blood. Appropriately, January is set aside as a National Blood Donor Month.

Whether you are looking for quick links to trustworthy statistics, information about how to schedule and promote a blood drive at your library, or a good book club idea, bringing National Blood Donor Month to your library will be easy with this collection of free online resources presented to you here from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

  • Quick and Easy: ready to print coloring and activity pages for children, and a quiz for adults
  • Featured Resources: links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: a book club idea
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize National Blood Donor Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: interactive quizzes, computer games, and more

Quick and Easy

For Children

For Adults

Featured Resources

Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre
Warner Books, 1985

Originally published in French, City of Joy is the story of an American doctor who finds hope in a brutally poor slum in Calcutta, India. The story weaves together the experiences of a Polish priest, the American doctor, and an impoverished rickshaw driver who devotes his life to saving enough money for his daughter’s dowry. Among other things, he donates his blood for money.

A movie adaptation of the book, starring Patrick Swayze was released in 1992.

Review from Library Journal:

“What irony that one of Calcutta’s most devastating slums should be known as Anand Nagar, ‘the City of Joy.’ By interweaving impressionistic glimpses from the lives of a French priest, a rickshaw driver, and an American doctor, Lapierre creates a searing vision of the struggle for survival, the flashing violence, and the social and cultural practices of the slum. His theme that from human misery can emerge joy might seem to some readers as a bogus acceptance of a terrible evil. Yet Lapierre’s narrative slides skillfully in and out of both history and fiction to create an effective but horrible montage of disease, death, and destruction amid elements of charity, hope, and love. The City of Joy should elicit strong reactions from readers. BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club alternates. John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant.”

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations,  join social networking communities, or point family caregivers to local resources.

Publicity Resources

Fun Stuff and Cool Tools

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add a fun, interactive experience to a library program and enhance your library website with these fun and interesting links:

Posted on: November 8, 2013, 3:50 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with: , ,

0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

You must be logged in to post a comment. Otherwise, feel free to register for free and post a comment.