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Librarians, Plan Ahead for March: Brain Injury Awareness Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are March 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 Winter? Check out January:  National Blood Donor Month and February: National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Is your library focusing on Nutrition, Colo-rectal Cancer, or Healthy Vision this March? Check out our March 20112012 and 2013 library health programming ideas.

Why Focus on Brain Injury Awareness?

At least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries happen every year in the United States either alone or along with other injuries. Also, more than 30 percent of all death related injuries in the United States have at least something to do with a Traumatic Brain Injury. With statistics like these, clearly, brain injuries affect every community. The issue of sports, particularly football, related injuries has been making national headlines, but more information about brain injury needs to be shared.

Whether you are looking for quick links to trustworthy statistics, teen programming ideas, a good book club idea, or ready-to-go publicity tools, bringing Brain Injury Awareness 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

For Children

For Teens and Adults

Featured Resources


Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club and Movie Discussion

The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie
by Kim and Krickett Carpenter
B&H Books, 2012

The Vow
Sony Pictures, 2012

About the Book – From the Publisher: “Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks.

When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

And yet, against all odds, but through the common faith in Christ that sustained them, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. Even though Kim stood by Krickitt through the darkest times a husband can ever imagine, he insists, “I’m no hero. I made a vow.”

Tie In

Teen Movie Night
The Crash Reel directed by Lucy Walker
HBO, 2013

From HBO:

“In 2009, American snowboarding champion Kevin Pearce was enjoying the most successful competitive season of his career, winning several events and challenging the dominance of his friend-turned-rival, the legendary Shaun White. But on Dec. 31, while riding the slopes of Park City, Utah in final training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, he suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him in a coma, followed by a long road of adjusting to what would be a lifelong disability.

Directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Lucy Walker, THE CRASH REEL is an exhilarating ride through the world of Pearce, whose story underscores the high stakes for extreme sports stars. This riveting tale takes surprising turns as it follows his close-knit family and friends, drawing on footage filmed over two decades, from 232 different sources, that captures the soul of the sport.”

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: January 2, 2014, 12:58 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with: , ,

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