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NNLM Reading Club

What is the NNLM Reading Club?

The NNLM Reading Club is a selection of “ready-to-use” fiction and nonfiction books along with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support health literacy and their communities’ health information needs by celebrating important National Health Observances through the fun and intimacy of a book club.

How are books selected?

Books reference a health topic in support of the National Health Observances calendar and are selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Award-winning book or author and/or national best seller
  • Consistently positive reviews
  • Recent publication (< 5 years), unless the title is a classic
  • Title available in another format such as audio, e-book, or large print
  • Publicly-available discussion guides

What materials are available to download?

Discussion guides, promotional materials, as well as health information and program ideas can be downloaded, printed, and shared from the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide.

What is the NNLM Reading Club Book Kit?

Short on time? Want to own a "program-in-a-box?" The NNLM Reading Club Book Kit can be requested and shipped free from a participating National Network of Libraries of Medicine regional office. A standard NNLM Reading Club Book Kit includes:

  • 8 books
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of Us Research Program brochures
  • 8 reading club book bags
  • 1 library book bag

How are the NNLM Reading Club Book Kits funded?

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kits are made available with federal funds from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NIH All of Us Research Program. By submitting an application, you agree to promote NLM resources and raise awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program by sharing brochures and information included in the shipment. Within six to eight weeks of receipt of the book kit, you also will be asked to complete a short survey about the NNLM Reading Club.

How to apply?

Any United States library that is an organizational member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is eligible to apply and to receive one NNLM Reading Club Book Kit from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

Due to the limited supply of federally-sponsored NNLM Reading Club Book Kits, public libraries supporting outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research criteria receive priority status.

To request the NNLM Reading Club Book Kit Feature Selection from your participating NNLM Regional Medical Library, complete the online application form.