To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are December 2013 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 Fall? Check out October: National Bullying Prevention Month and November: National Family Caregivers Month. Is your library focusing on Holiday and Cold Weather Safety or Hand Washing Awareness this December? Check out our December 2011 and 2012 library health programming ideas.
December 1, World AIDS Day, has been set aside as a day to remind communities and nations that more can be done to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. This global initiative to stand against HIV/AIDS can be carried through the entire month of December.
AIDS is the final stage of HIV. The rate of new HIV infections worldwide has fallen by one third over the last ten years, but still stands at 2.3 million. Someone can have HIV for years without even knowing it. In fact, of the more than one million people in the United States who have HIV, one in five do not even know that they have it. Meanwhile, they are not getting the medical care that may stop the progress of HIV, and they also may be spreading the disease to unsuspecting partners and even children, who can contract HIV from their mothers before birth. Certainly, World AIDS Day is worth recognizing at your library.
Whether you are looking for quick links to trustworthy information, places to request a speaker, or a good book club idea, bringing World AIDS Day 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 activity pages for children, and useful information and checklists for adults
- Featured Resources: books for adults and 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 World AIDS Day at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
- Fun Stuff: interactive quizzes, computer games, and more
Quick and Easy
- Animals to the Rescue, Teaching Kids About HIV and AIDS: An Activity Book for Children in Grades 1-3 (in Spanish)
- The Super Sleuths Learn About HIV and AIDS: An Activity Book For Children in Grades 4-5 (in Spanish)
Trustworthy Online Resources
- E-School Today: Facts and Tips on HIV AIDS
- Planned Parenthood: HIV & AIDS
- Voices of Youth: HIV and AIDS
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- KidsHealth: HIV and AIDS
- Mayo Clinic: HIV / AIDS
- MedlinePlus: HIV / AIDS
- National Institutes of Health: AIDS Info
- WebMD: HIV & AIDS Health Center
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleague
Avon Books, 1997
From the publisher:
“Ava Johnson has had a decade of wild living in Atlanta and now she’s returning to her home town of Idylwild in Michigan, her fabulous career plans in tatters. Ava is certain that Idylwild is the end of the road for her, but instead it turns out to be a new beginning. She falls for Eddie, a tough, but tai-chi-practising, Vietnam veteran; she rediscovers her relationship with her recently widowed sister Joyce; she supports the town’s teenage mothers. But Ava also makes enemies. The Reverend and his formidable wife seem determined to drive her out of town. But what secrets are they hiding? Pearl Cleage’s debut novel is a truly engaging, universal story, and her sparkling voice combines compassion, honesty and warm humour..”
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: