Health Happens in Libraries

  • October is Health Literacy Month

    Health literacy is bigger than any one person, profession or program. It takes all of us working together to improve health understanding. That includes those who are working at, overseeing and visiting public libraries.

    I have been focused on...

  • How to Provide Tools for Change with a Community Health Fair

    Buffalo & Erie County's Central Library (NY) serves one of the most economically challenged communities in the nation. With poverty comes health challenges of every kind ranging from managing chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and ast...

  • Gamifying and Growing a Community Health Program at Springvale Public Library

    One of my favorite things about public libraries is how visible and tangible learning is in these community spaces. Patrons from all over question, consider, explore and persevere within the information universe. Perhaps most invigorating for public ...

  • Free Consumer Health Information for Libraries and Patrons

    The Office of Minority Health Resource Center's Knowledge Center Library aims to reduce health disparities in the United States, serving as a resource center for individuals and as an excellent resource for library staff. Public libraries can use the...

  • Growing Library Garden Programs

    Upon hearing news of First Lady Michelle Obama's surprise visit to school and community gardens, we thought it would be a good time to collect together a list of related resources and examples of libraries who are creating gardens and hosting garden ...

  • Consider Your Library’s Community Health Programming Holistically

    Dedicated planning time is a precious commodity in library land. It can sometimes be challenging to find a good starting point to identify a new program or update a programming idea without becoming overwhelmed. We're pleased to share with you some r...

  • Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health information

    Variety is the name of the game when it comes to the types of reference requests fielded in public libraries every day. Many of you may be aware of the #letmelibrarianthatforyou declaration on social media, based on a wonderful assortment of referenc...

  • Library Kitchens and Cooking Programs

    Frequently we spot posts on Facebook groups, like ALA Think Tank or the Programming Librarian Interest Group, that get us really excited. Today was one of those days, when we saw a question posted by someone who's library has just opened a renovated ...

  • Nourish Strong Partnerships to Foster Health Education

    Public library staff expedite impact in their communities. They are supreme connectors and agents of collaboration, for users and the numerous other local organizations that serve them. We have enthusiastically featured many examples of public librar...

  • Spring into Community Health

    It may seem hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner. (It's true—Punxsutawney Phil has verified it!) For many people, spring represents a time to get outside, get active and get healthy. For me, this looks like more bike rides in my Seat...

Check out the following posts for news and resources regarding libraries and community health.