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Librarians, Plan Ahead for April: National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are April 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 February: National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and March: Brain Injury Awareness Month. Is your library focusing on Autism Awareness, Organ Donation, or Alcohol Awareness this April? Check out our March 20112012 and 2013 library health programming ideas.

Distracted Driving, and in particular cell phone use while driving, causes accidents that steal the lives of thousands of people each year in the United States alone. In fact, cell phone use is known to be a factor in at least half of all fatal crashes in recent years; the number of fatal accidents in which drivers do not admit cell phone use is unknown. With statistics like these, clearly distracted driving affects every community. The issue of distracted driving has been making national headlines, but more information 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 Distracted Driving 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

Featured Resources


Distracted Driving

Trustworthy Online Resources

Tie In: Movie Discussion for Teens or Adults

Seven Pounds
starring Will Smith
Sony Pictures, 2008
About the Movie – From Sony Pictures: “Academy Award® nominee Will Smith (2006, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Pursuit of Happyness) stars as Ben Thomas, a man at a crossroads searching for a way to redeem his heavy conscience. He discovers he has the power to change the circumstances of seven strangers who deserve a second chance. But when one of them captures his heart, he must decide if he should reveal his secret — even if it means giving up on his plan. From the creators of The Pursuit of Happyness, SEVEN POUNDS is an “emotionally charged, captivating mystery with a soulful, tender love story and a tearful but joyfully inspiring ending” (MOVIEGUIDE®).

Community Resources

Find a speaker, 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: February 3, 2014, 12:54 pm Category: Uncategorized

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