Health Happens in Libraries

  • Opioid Addiction Resources for Patrons

    The opioid crisis which has crashed through American communities has brought patrons to public libraries seeking information about opioids and addiction. This collection of resources can help you connect patrons to the information that they need to s...

  • Healthy Libraries and Healthy Communities

    Libraries have long supported patrons who want to improve their health by providing access to books on health-related topics, online medical databases such as PubMed, and even cookbooks that support healthy eating. Those core services continue today,...

  • NNLM Training Opportunity for Public Library Staff

    The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting public library staff to participate in the free online training, " Stand Up for Health:...

  • Reflections on Opioid Crisis Town Hall

    In collaboration with the Public Library Association, WebJunction hosted the Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses, on September 12, 2017 (see Town Hall Summary). Three months following the event, we surveyed participants, asking them ...

  • Got patrons with health questions? PLA/NNLM sessions at upcoming conferences may help you provide answers.

    Americans are bombarded with information related to their health, but the messages they receive may not be understandable, reliable, or even credible. Faced with confusing medical terminology, conflicting reports, and a constantly changing healthcare...

  • Columbus Metropolitan Responds to Hunger: Summer Meals and More

    As a library looks ahead to its busiest programming schedule of the year, why would it consider becoming a summer meal site? At Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), staff realized kids were hungry from the time they arrived at 9am until they left at ...

  • Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More

    Autumn is an excellent time of year to highlight ways libraries are fighting hunger in their communities, and October is a great month to start planning for summer lunch and learning programs. Below you’ll find a list of some resources for learning m...

  • Opioid Crisis: Libraries, Resources, Context and Data

    Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them. We've begun to collect links to news, resource...

  • Libraries Provide Much Needed Access to Nutrition in the Summer

    According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 13.1 million children under 18 in the United States live in food-insecure households. And even as the number of children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals increases, according to the Foo...

  • Case Study: Henry County Library System Provides Summer Food Service Program

    The amount of children who suffer from hunger due to near-poverty economic status has risen in recent years. It has long been the assumption that public schools are the logical place for low-income children to access additional nutritional opportunit...