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Librarians, Plan Ahead for December 1: World AIDS Day

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

For Children

For Adults

Featured Resources

Books

Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

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..”

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: October 8, 2013, 2:40 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with:

Librarians, Plan Ahead for November: National Family Caregivers Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are November 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 late summer? Check out September: National Food Safety Education Month and October: National Bullying Prevention Month. Is your library focusing on National Diabetes Month or National Healthy Skin Month this November? Check out our November 2011 and 2012 library health programming ideas.

With an estimated 21% of American families involved in family caregiving responsibilities, National Family Caregiving Month is one worth observing 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 National Family Caregiving 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 Adults

Featured Resources

Books

Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

A Family Affair by Reshonda Tate Billingsly
Simon and Schuster, 2013

From the publisher:

“Her dream of studying dance at Juilliard is within reach, but Olivia Dawson turns down the opportunity, choosing instead to stay with her ailing mother in the Houston projects where they barely make ends meet. Lorraine Dawson is Olivia’s whole world, and now Olivia insists on being there for her. But when Lorraine learns Olivia is sacrificing college for her sake, her heartache triggers a series of shattering events that results in Olivia discovering her father, a man she was told had died years ago. But he is alive and well—and he’s the powerful CEO of one of the country’s richest corporations.”

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations,  join social networking communities, or point family caregivers to local 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: September 3, 2013, 12:21 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with: ,

Librarians, Plan Ahead for October: National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are October 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 late summer? Check out August: Food Allergy Awareness Month and September: National Food Safety Education Month. Is your library focusing on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month or Talk About Prescriptions Month this October? Check out our October 2011 and 2012 library health programming ideas.

Bullying, which can be physical, verbal, or psychological, affects approximately 23% of students in the United States, with middle-school age children bearing the worst of it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Classified by the CDC as a public health problem for both the bullied and the bullier, health concerns include physical injury, depression, anxiety disorders, suicide, substance abuse, and violence both during the bullying events and later in life.

Bringing National Bullying Prevention 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: ready to print activity pages for children, and useful information and signs for adults
  • Featured Resources: books for children and adults and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: a book club idea for teens
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize National Bullying Awareness 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

Books

Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories by Megan Kelley Hall and 
Harper Collins, 2011

From the publisher:

“Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class.

Today’s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying-as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators-in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.”

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations and join social networking communities.

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s October programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

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: August 5, 2013, 11:36 am Category: Library Programming Tagged with:

Librarians, Plan Ahead for September: National Food Safety Education Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are September 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 summer? Check out July: Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month and August: Food Allergy Awareness Month. Is your library focusing on National Head Lice Prevention Month or National Cholesterol Awareness Month this September? Check out our September 2011 and 2012 library health programming ideas.

For most children and teens, September means that school is in full swing. Families are back from vacation, summer is over and everyone settles into the rhythm of autumn. While parents and school staff worry about the dangers of bullying, peer pressure, bus safety, and sports injuries, another danger lurks beneath the surface of everyday life: food.  Whether children eat a lunch from home, cafeteria food, birthday treats, fresh fruit, or takeout, invisible bacteria, viruses, and parasites can grow and multiply on food and make us ill, which can be fatal. With 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and  3,000 deaths traced back to contaminated food each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food safety is an issue that needs attention

Bringing Food Safety Education 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 signs for adults
  • Featured Resources: books for children and adults and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: a book club idea for adults
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize Food Safety Education 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

Books

Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

For Adults: Fiction

Fever: A Novel by Mary Beth Keane
Scribner, 2013

From the publisher:

On the eve of the twentieth century, Mary Mallon emigrated from Ireland at age fifteen to make her way in New York City. Brave, headstrong, and dreaming of being a cook, she fought to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic-service ladder. Canny and enterprising, she worked her way to the kitchen, and discovered in herself the true talent of a chef. Sought after by New York aristocracy, and with an independence rare for a woman of the time, she seemed to have achieved the life she’d aimed for when she arrived in Castle Garden. Then one determined “medical engineer” noticed that she left a trail of disease wherever she cooked, and identified her as an “asymptomatic carrier” of Typhoid Fever. With this seemingly preposterous theory, he made Mallon a hunted woman.

Bringing early-twentieth century New York alive – the neighborhoods, the bars, the park carved out of upper Manhattan, the boat traffic, the mansions and sweatshops and merging skyscrapers, Fever is an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life. In the imagination of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon becomes a fiercely compelling, dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable heroine.”

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations and join social networking communities.

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s September programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and National Food Safety Awareness Month.

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: July 1, 2013, 12:42 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with: , , ,

Librarians, Plan Ahead for August: Food Allergy Awareness

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are August 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 summer? Check out  June: National Fireworks Safety Month and July: Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month . Is your library focusing on  Children’s Eye Health and Safety or  National Immunization Awareness Month this August? Check out our August 2011 and 2012 library health programming ideas.

For many children and teens August means back to school — and school lunches and treats. With eight percent of children under 18 being allergic to at least one food and forty percent of those children having life-threatening reactions to a food, the concern cannot be underestimated.

Bringing the subject of Food Allergies to your library will be easy with all of these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

  • Quick and Easy: ready to print activity pages for children, bookmarks, and useful information and tools for adults
  • Featured Resources: books, DVDs, and music for children and links to reliable online information
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize Food Allergy Awareness at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: interactive quizzes, videos, and more

Quick and Easy

For Children

Featured Resources

Books

Trustworthy Online Resources

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations and join social networking communities.

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s August programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and Food Allergy Awareness.

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: June 3, 2013, 3:37 pm Category: Library Programming Tagged with: