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Community Engagement Ideas

Friday, February 20th, 2015

WebJunction has some great ideas for innovative community engagement as well as some community-generated ideas on the future of libraries. They point to major takeaways from the recent 10-day experiment, in which people were invited to join the discussion and generate ideas: http://bit.ly/1D4qeqp.

Braille Tales Print Braille Book Program

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

American Printing House (APH) for the Blind and the Dollywood Foundation have an exciting partnership that expands Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program http://bit.ly/1CIwP4O  by providing  young children who are blind and visually impaired with accessible books in print/braille and audio formats.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a part of the Dollywood Foundation, partners with local sponsors in 1,300 communities in 3 countries to provide a quality, age appropriate book each month to preschool children enrolled in the program.

Print, Braille Books, Audio
APH/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Partnership with the support of Penguin Group USA, offers a growing collection of audio files of Imagination Library books available as free downloads.  See the selected Imagination Library audio books for the month of February. http://bit.ly/1yX4NQM

Books are available free-of-charge in print/braille format. APH selects the titles from the current year’s DPIL booklist—those most appropriate for a child with a visual impairment.

Print/braille versions are mailed directly to the child’s family. When you enroll in the Braille Tales Print/Braille Book Program, your family can receive six free print/braille books each year until the child reaches his/her 6th birthday. There are eligibility requirements for the program. You or your child must meet the definition of blindness.
To learn more about the program visit http://bit.ly/1CIwP4O

January is National Diet Month

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The holiday is just weeks away!  In preparation for New Year’s resolutions, Kids.gov has compiled resources for National Diet Month. These resources include information on healthy eating, exercising, staying active for kids, lesson plans, nutrition games for children, posters, coloring sheets, and much more!

To view the resources: http://1.usa.gov/1wPUuQG

How do you explain a deductible… in plain language?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

From the blog – We Love Health Literacy, Oct 10, 2013

With the launch of the ACA many Americans who have never had health insurance will encounter terms that are foreign to them. This is a great piece that raises our awareness as we speak to consumers who are making decisions about their healthcare insurance.

http://bit.ly/GJEObS

Virginia Adult ESOL Health Literacy Toolkit

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The Virginia Adult ESOL Health Literacy Toolkit <http://bit.ly/16DcggK> was created by a hospital social worker and ESOL educator. This toolkit can help ESOL educators and others involved in health literacy to better understand and address the health  literacy challenges encountered by adult English language learners in U.S. healthcare.

The toolkit includes:

  • Reproducible lesson plans and teaching materials on high-interest, hard-to-teach health topics
  • Easy-to-read resources on using US health care for English language learners to access directly
  • Explanations of health literacy terms, concepts, and issues as they relate to English language learners
  • Resources for understanding and explaining US health care to English language learners
  • Case studies to see the issues in action
  • Resources and tips for accessing affordable care
  • Examples and how-to’s for engaging in interdisciplinary health literacy projects
  • And more!

Kaiser Family Foundation releases a new animated video about the Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare is written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation and narrated by Charlie Gibson, former anchor of ABC’s World News with Charlie Gibson and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. This new animated video features the YouToons as they get ready for “Obamacare” and explore health insurance changes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The cartoon serves as a health reform tutorial for consumers and organizations. 2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare <http://bit.ly/1c2tDGX>

Native.LGBTQ2S.Proud: Media Campaign Materials

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

In recognition of June as LGBT Pride Month, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the Indian Health Service National HIV/AIDS program are pleased to announce the availability of new media materials designed to reduce stigma and promote HIV testing among American Indian and Alaska Native LBBT2S community members.  The campaign was developed in collaboration with national partners and Native LGBTQ2S community members from throughout the US.  A limited number of these materials can be ordered free of charge from Project Red Talon.  Contact Wendee Gardner with desired quantity and your mailing address to order materials: wgardner@npaihb.org

Access, download and print the Native.LGBTQ2S.Proud Media Campaign materials on lines and share them on National HIV Testing Day on June 27th: http://bit.ly/121rsvQ

Information from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

For parents who need help in talking to their children about the recent events in Boston here are some links from the NCTSN.

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage http://bit.ly/11nVqLV

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal http://bit.ly/15dy4gf

Talking to Children about the Bombings http://bit.ly/Z0R0LH

Parents Tips for Helping Preschool-Aged Children after Disasters  http://bit.ly/13hWjpV

Parents Tips for Helping School-Aged Children after Disasters http://bit.ly/11nWSy7

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Bombings http://bit.ly/YQNK6E

The Adventures of Rubberkid: Anti-Bullying Game for Elementary School Students

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Adventures of Rubberkid (http://bit.ly/14Tnon0) is a simple-yet-entertaining game that can be beaten in less than half an hour, but the lessons it leaves behind are invaluable. Each level pits Rubberkid – the player – against bullies, in an effort to protect the innocent child (or children) from the harsh insults hurled at them. Each successful level shows potential consequences of the bullying and potential future accomplishments of the victims now that you’ve helped them maintain confidence. Players can also can print out a certificate pledge as a reminder to not bully others, but to also speak up when others are bullied.

The Adventures of Rubberkid is available for no-cost as an online Flash game or as a downloadable file. The game developer is working directly with schools and libraries to create customized versions of the game and to provide copies of the game on CDs.

Branches of Opportunity

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Center for an Urban Future’s report, Branches of Opportunity, highlights the unique position of libraries to help cities address economic, demographic and social challenges.    According to the report, “No other institution, public or private, does a better job of reaching people who have been left behind in today’s economy, have failed to reach their potential in the city’s public school system or who simply need help navigating an increasingly complex world.  Although they are often thought of as cultural institutions, the reality is that the public libraries are a key component of the city’s human capital system. With roots in nearly every community across the five boroughs, New York’s public libraries play a critical role in helping adults upgrade their skills and find jobs, assisting immigrants assimilate, fostering reading skills in young people and providing technology access for those who don’t have a computer or an Internet connection at home.”   The report is a call to action for policymakers, social service leaders and economic officials to support and use public libraries as a critical 21st century resource of opportunity for all.  Read the full report at:   http://bit.ly/URNXnY